SciFi versus fantasy

Discussion in 'SciFi & Fantasy' started by Dinosaur, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. gamelord Registered Senior Member

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    I have revised my phlebotinum, to say that it is not merely "energy", but some kind of substance that can pass through solids, maybe similar to how X-rays do.
     
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  3. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    X-rays are photons.
     
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  5. gamelord Registered Senior Member

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    Maybe in the future they make some kind of photon that can slow down and develop a mass?

    If that isnt feasible, simply make a mass that can pass through objects for a certain amount of time, then turn into denser mass.
     
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  7. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    You need to get help from Dr. Sumgui.
     
  8. gamelord Registered Senior Member

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    Who is that?
     
  9. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    Say the next sentence out loud. "Sumgai invented a way to transmit matter through matter safely."
     
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  10. Michael 345 Looking for Bali in Nov Valued Senior Member

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    Didn't Prof Sumgal go to the same Uni as Dr Sumgai?

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  11. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    I used to work with Prof. Sumwon, but the Millennial Gender Neutrality Act made that a won-loss scenario.
     
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  12. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    That was my line.
    I was just observing that the descriptions of Fantasy vs Science Fiction seem to resemble descriptions of good vs bad writing, not the genres themselves.
    For example:
    Le Guin has written an entire series of books set in an imaginary archipelagic world she named "Earthsea", that she and everyone else classified automatically and easily as Fantasy. Not Science Fiction. Definitely not Science Fiction. Not even close - straight up dragons and wizards and magic spells and enchanted places and temple princesses and heroic quests and so forth.
    Your description matches it perfectly. You were describing well-written Fantasy.

    Le Guin provides interesting examples here, because she wrote - and with equivalent care and quality - stories firmly classified in one of each of the three genres on the table here: Fantasy, SF, and Realist. (As well as a fair amount of stuff very difficult to classify in that fashion).
     
  13. Dinosaur Rational Skeptic Valued Senior Member

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    From Seattle Post 4
    The distinction might be difficult to define precisely, but it is usually easy to put a given story into one category or the other. Examples:

    The Sherlock Holmes stories are obviously fiction: There never was such a person. No rational person would classify any of those stories as fantasy.​

    The Hobbit & Ring Trilogy stories would surely be classified as fantasy by most people.

    Superman stories include some fantasies which are actually silly. Two examples:

    Kryptonite’s effect on him seems like fantasy since it does not seem to affect ordinary humans.

    BTW: Where would it fit in the Periodic Table?​

    In at least one episode, he orbits the Earth opposite to its rotation & travels backwards in time.​

    I was not a fan of Superman. I am sure than a person more familiar with stories about him could provide other examples.​
     
  14. Dinosaur Rational Skeptic Valued Senior Member

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    From DaveC426913 Post 5
    The above in reply to my following from Post 1
    You are cherry picking your quotes when you omit the above bold remarks from my Post #1.

    My remarks were not unsupported assertions: They were supported by the bold remarks above which you ignored in your Post.
     
  15. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    One does not normally quote an entire post, simply the crux of the issue.

    The bolded remarks you've re-asserted change nothing, because they are likewise completely unsupported. They are simply more of your personal idea of what you think is plausible. That's not support; that's simply adding detail to your opinion.
     
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