Hilarious. But, midgets are neither fantasy nor science-fiction. What gives?
Hypothesis: "dwarves" is a deprecated term for short people, in addition to being a fantasy species; so maybe EffEmDoubleyou programmed his subconscious to automatically substitute "midgets" instead, on the reasonable assumption that he or she would never actually meet the fantasy version? I dunno.
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Hypothesis: dwarves are a fantasy species, but "dwarves" is also a deprecated term for short people, so EffEmDoubleyou programmed his subconscious to automatically substitute "midgets" instead? I dunno.
Sci fi and fantasy, yes, especially when blended, such as in shadowrun.
Specifically, I just really love good writing though, and am far more picky about the writing style, than of the genre.
For example, I just watched silence of the lambs again yesterday. WONDERFUL movie... but it's not sci-fi. It's not fantasy. It's not even a genre I normally care for, but it's exceptionally well written.
Star trek is alright I guess... at least the original series and TNG were, and the movies until the recent one which I haven't watched out of spite. The others, DS9, voyager, enterprise? Not really interested, the writing sucked and being 'zomg in space!' means nothing. Space exploration is a TOOL to deliver a story. Enterprise used it as a crutch. Voyager used it as a drama -_-;
If yeu want good sci-fi, watch babylon 5. There yeu go, awesomeness in a can. PURE 100% awesome.
Terminator was good, at least the second movie and the first were. Third was alright, haven't seen fourth but not sure I care despite that they finally got to the part I WANTED to see >.<
Dr who is <3, at least most of the time. Everyone knows the best doctor was the fourth doctor, and had the stupidly long scarf and the sonic screwdriver though. And K-9.
*Swoon over scarf* I needs me one of those XD
Anyways, yeah, sci-fi is good... sometimes. GOOD sci-fi is GOOD. Not because it's sci-fi, but BECAUSE it is good. GOOD fantasy is also GOOD, once again not because it's fantasy but because it's well written.
Sci-fi and fantasy just happen to be useful mediums which provide far more creative reach. If yeu're writing non-fiction, yeu're pretty much handicapped on whot yeu can write. Yeu can't place in a moral which doesn't exist without screwing up the storyline, and yeu can't make anything new or interesting which didn't exist. Reality CAN be stranger than fiction (after all, fiction has to stick to possibilities), but fiction can do things which reality hasn't done.
Sci-fi and fantasy just give a vast expance of tools to apply to situations beyond that which currently exist. A truly great writer can make awe-inspiring use of these tools. A bad one still sucks. I like good writing, it just so happens that sci-fi and fantasy give a broader range of tools to the good writers, so that yeu can see just HOW good they really are.
It doesn't matter if they're right. If they can't proove they're right, then they're wrong. No matter how right they may be.
I think silentstream is right, you need to get the good stuff for it to be good. I usually stick to certain authors so I know their quality is high. <3 Asimov, Card, Tolkien, Lewis, (Christie although not scifi/fantasy) I will pretty much read everything available once I find a top of the line author I like.
I find I really have to dig to find good stuff in any genre, I will usually pick 7-8 books at the library at a time and can't always find good stuff. Once I was reading a series that was very "light" and then started another book and couldn't even go back to the "light" one. (light = not many threads of a story)
I've had luck with Dennis McKiernan, Robin Cook, Michael Stackpole.
I've never really gotten into TV much, but I guess I'm watching BSG now. It's pretty good but I just like reading a lot better.