When I started writing these columns for AMC, the first thing I did was to define terms. In particular, we talked about the difference between fantasy and science fiction. While both types of films break the rules of our world, one explains it by magic, the other by science. The only catch is that some science fiction uses science as if it were magic and breaks the laws of physics in ways that aren’t and will never be possible. In literature, we’ll sometimes call this science fantasy. Why? Because it looks like science fiction but is pure fantasy.
Today, I take a look at some common tropes of Science Fantasy films. These are ideas that filmmakers use when they want to slide a little bit of magic into their films but pretend that they are still science based.
You can read it at AMC’s SciFi Scanner.
At the moment, I am amused because the very first comment was “Malarkey.” I think someone is sad because I took his ray gun away.