nancylebov (nancylebov) wrote,

Stupid but effective ideas in sf

What do writers do if they notice that some really valuable story idea won't hold up to rational examination? Do some of them work to not think about the implications of their ideas? Or do they notice and speed up the distractions in the hopes that the reader/viewer won't notice?

I'll take the Reavers in Serenity (the movie based on the Firefly tv series) as an example. They're people who are extremely aggressive. Atrocity seems to be their only hobby. They work very well in the story as a threat, and the explanation for their existance is suitably horrifying. However, how can people like that possibly use spaceships? Maybe they only attack non-Reavers, but this isn't made clear. Should I care?

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