It used to be, science fiction took place in the future and fantasy in the past. But lately, more science fiction takes place in the past. So we can't help wondering whether there'll be more fantasy set in the future.
U.S. science fiction used to be fascinated with Japan, from Blade Runner to Neuromancer. Everything Japanese was cooler, sleeker and shinier than our grubby American aesthetic, and Japan was destined to dominate. And then, Japan's futuristic status waned. What happened?
It's a sad week for comics this week; a week I'd hoped would never come: The first appearances of annoying X-Men Gambit are being collected to tie in with his upcoming movie debut. I'm sorry.
So you're writing a science fiction story or script about a hot new drug, that all the kids are licking or sticking or smoking. And you want a name for this drug that screams "awesome" and sounds like something the kids would go apeshit over. But all the cool names, like KillKillKill and Pink Robots, are already…