I was playing spot the film/book here.

Foil & Phaser

It’s Wednesday and therefore “Workshop” day according to the Foil & Phaser calendar. This post isn’t exactly a workshop, but I’m a big fan of TvTropes.org and I came across this: The Grand List of Overused Science Fiction Clichés. It reads like a list of classic Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes in some points, but I think we can all agree that many of the storylines and settings are overused at best. The sight of them in a new story we’re reading or even one we’re writing can elicit verbal exhortations that frighten our significant others. I certainly didn’t make such a cry when I realized I was about to write myself into a version of “It was all a dream.”

Anyway, my question for the group is what overused tropes are you most fond of? How do you think they could be reinvigorated? What spin could be added to some…

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