Saturday, November 2, 2013

Humanity and The Universe

A thought on space fiction or high fantasy (copied over from my facebook synopsis of the same link):
In most fiction, humans take one of three roles. We're either boring, baseline of the universe, absolutely shit and outgunned/muscled/toughnessed/intelligenced by literally everything, or we are among the scariest things in the universe.

In a universe where the other sentient species don't drive technological advancement primarily by killing vast swaths of their populations (and creating better means of doing so leading to most other technologies as a side effect), humanity is freaking terrifying. In fiction where "murder machines" aren't the baseline of the universe, we end up either A. killing everything or B. meeting something that managed to get good enough tech to threaten us and we wind up serving as super shock troops

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