It’s Tuesday so it must be Top 5 Tuesday created by Shanah over at Bionic Book Worm, and this week’s topic is: 5 Tropes I Want More Of! Which means, for me at least, all my favourite SF tropes.
#1 : Robots
I love me a good robot story. I mean, who hasn’t read and loved Isaac Asimov’s robot novels? There are so many angles to this trope that are yet to be discovered, as science catches up with science fiction. Endless possibilities as we think artificial A.I. or humans becoming Cyborgs.
#2 : Interstellar Travel
The first books and series that comes to mind is Frank Herbert’s DUNE saga, and Isaac Asimov’s FOUNDATION series. Both galaxy spanning sagas that cover thousands of years of futuristic history.
#3 : Transformation
This can come in many guises, not least of which is the one and only original, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mister Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, right on through to today’s super heroes like the big green Hulk. Transformations can be small and subtle or, right there in your face. How about the ‘Fly’? Who can forget the movie, it terrified me.
#4 : Parallel Universes
Anyone that’s seen an episode of one or other incarnation of Star Trek, will have seen at least one episode where the crew ends up in an alternative universe and as fast as you can say, ‘Mirror, Mirror‘ we are dealing with alternative time lines and characters. Always a great way to have a bit of fun!
#5 : Alien Invasion
Yes, we’ve seen it all, from Mars invading Earth in H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds, right on through to Arthur C. Clark’s Childhood’s End and Frederik Pohl’s Gateway, or Carl Sagan’s Contact. They’re out there and they’re coming … for us!
Okay, so these are just some of my personal favourite science fiction tropes, what are your favourite tropes?