Our Imposter Syndrome cancels out our Dunning-Kruger

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L.I. Underhill is a media critic and historian specializing in pop culture, with a focus on science fiction (especially Star Trek) and video games. Their projects include a critical history of Star Trek told through the narrative of a war in time, a “heretical” history of The Legend of Zelda series and a literary postmodern reading of Jim Davis' Garfield.


  1. Ross
    June 10, 2015 @ 1:04 am

    What I want to focus in on here is the assumption that the most important thing was the central speculative idea and that everything else was just window dressing and irrelevant details. This is a very traditional (read Hard SF) way of going about doing science fiction, and that simply isn't going to fly anymore for a lot of very good reasons.

    I noticed some time ago, probably as a result of reading a lot of 365 Tomorrows, that traditional/golden age SF is structurally more similar to a joke than a narrative. It's built around a clever setup, followed by details which serve to either support the setup, obfuscate, or add color, and ends on a punchline (Frequently "It turns out it's man" or "It was Earth all along").


  2. Daru
    July 6, 2015 @ 9:21 pm

    "And what's immediately astonishing here is how well the crew has adjusted to a new set of roles"

    Yes! The new roles that crew members take on seem to solve many problems that characters had in the TV show, especially Deanna – sounds great what happened to her here.


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