Human culture had prepped the public for the idea of a hostile alien invasion. We never prepared for one that was benevolent.
This is a continuation of part 1, Deconstructing Doc Smith.
In this part, I’ll be talking about the underlying model of a typical Doc Smith universe, the unfortunate implications or outright problem areas, and how to grapple with them.
Film Crit Hulk writes about “breaking a story”. Rather than constructing a story, the goal is to take a story you’re familiar with, or want to tell, and separate it into its component pieces. So I’m going to attempt to do just that, and try to extract a formula for writing a space opera in the vein of E. E. “Doc” Smith.
Two ideas came together for me this morning: a discussion of the mass graves of London, and the recent victory of AlphaGo over Lee Sedol.