No, this is not gonna be one of those versus posts. I just wanted to share a revelation I had the other day.
You see, growing up I was mostly into fantasy. LoTR and Harry Potter were the obvious big ones, next to games such as Age of Wonders and Skyrim. And ever since I've expanded more and more into fantasy.
Even though I was a massive Halo fan and really liked its setting, I thought that was the exception and I wasn't much of a scifi fan.
You see, I've seen a few episodes of Star Trek and I have watched and enjoyed all Star Wars movies, but something was always off.
I started watching Stargate and later I started reading popular scifi books, such as Ender's Game and Dune. And a bit in a different corner there was H.G. Wells War of the Worlds and the Time Machine.
That's when I realised; "hmmm, scifi seems really good too. And the variety is amazing. There seems to be so much you can do with it then fantasy." (That really is a simplification, but the options for scifi seemed more open then standard medieval or hidden world fantasy).
Then I got to thinking: Why didn't I like scifi (or got interested in it) before?
The answer is simple: Star Wars & Trek. Those were the biggest ones I've been exposed to. And even though they're huge, (and Star Wars is even entertaining), there is one GINORMOUS aspect of them that I as a scientist cannot look past:
They are goddamn illogical as fuck.
I won't go into detail here, I don't think I need. It's bloody obvious. The plot, technology and systems of those universes are mind boggling to me. As a scientist I don't need to have an explanation for everything, but I need everything to make sense.
In my rambling I made some examples, which I'll post in the comments instead of making this journal too long.
So, there you have it, why I used to think I didn't like scifi thanks to dumb ass franchises like Star Wars and Star Trek.
It's not that I hate them, it's just that I'm frustrated by their stupidity that prevented from discovering awesome series like The Expanse, GRRM's Thousand World series and others.