Tripp’s Top-Ten Science Fiction Worlds

zealotpetetransbgbighead
by Tripp Bond

Science fiction, it is a genre highlighted by futuristic tech, strange new customs, and fiction grounded just so in real science that it seems plausible. All of these items draw us in to the wonderful worlds of science fiction, however, the worlds themselves seemingly have the strongest gravity of all. The reality created in a sci-fi story is what neatly ties together and packages everything else that gravitates us toward them. Here are our top ten sci-fi worlds. Continue reading

Advertisements

Tripp’s Top Ten Fantasy Worlds

zealotpetetransbgbighead
by Tripp Bond

Fantasy worlds, they have the power to transport us to new universes, fulfilling our most wild and vivid dreams of escapism. These locales offer us singular and exciting experiences by which we may traverse our dull lives and explore lands of grand adventure. We all have dreamed of living in our own cozy hobbit-hole in the Shire or of living as royalty in gleaming Cair Paravel on Narnia’s Eastern Shore. And for good reason. Without further ado, here are our top ten fantasy worlds.

Continue reading

Top Five Noteworthy Fantasy Weapons

zealotpetetransbgbighead
by Tripp Bond

Powerful weapons have been a staple in fantasies and myths since the dawn of language. In fact, they have become so prevalent that we expect to see them in any action movie or book that has even a hint of the preternatural. These armaments are often extremely powerful, being imbued with magical or cosmic forces, granting their wielders some pretty cool abilities. Ranging from swords and wands to hammers to rings, here are our top five fantasy weapons. (Disclaimer: We normally present a top ten, but since so much can be written on each of these weapons we have stopped at five for the sake of brevity.)

Continue reading

Top Ten Inventions Predicted by Sci-Fi Authors

by Tripp Bond

  • Geostationary Communications Satellites: In a magazine called Wireless World, famous science fiction author Sir Arthur C. Clarke proposed that one day there would be geosynchronous satellites created for communications purposes. At the time, it was not taken seriously but almost 20 years later it became a reality.

[Pete’s note: check out the original article here, it’s a good read!] Continue reading

The Importance of Fictional Religions

Religions, faiths, cults, and spiritualities (or lack thereof) shape and define our worldviews, personalities, and cultures. If you have ever been to a far off, exotic country then you know that religion is the most important factor shaping its culture. It affects what a culture eats, their music, their architecture, their calendar, and their views on the collectivism/individualism debate. As such, the religions of fictional peoples greatly influence their cultures. To understand a people’s religion is to understand their culture: be they Vikings or Elves, Chinese or Dothraki, real or fictional. Obviously, fantasy literature is sprawling with fictional religions. Understanding them may be the key to aiding you to a better, more intimate acquaintance with the ins and outs of their cultures. Continue reading

Top Ten Sci-fi/Fantasy Conlangs

Constructed languages, or conlangs as they’re called, are a staple in many science fiction and fantasy works. They add a depth to otherwise shallow worlds and a new level of complexity to already deep settings. The three things that ultimately relate the uniqueness of a culture are its religion(s) (or lack thereof), its art, and its language(s). Language conveys meaning to an otherwise hum drum world, breathing rich life into the mundane. Without further ado here are our top ten conlangs. Continue reading

Top Ten Deities in Fantasy Literature

*Disclaimer: this list is in no particular order.

  • tolkien-jrr-the-silmarillionEru Ilúvatar – Eru is the supreme deity in the Middle Earth mythos. Featured most prominently in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion, Eru is the deity of Creation, the father of the Children (Elves and Men), and king over all lesser “deities” (Ainur).
  • Most interesting fact: Eru is an analogue for the Judeo-Christian God Yahweh.
  • Attributes: Omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, omnibenevolent, and immutability.

Continue reading