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Top 5 Tuesday: 5 Tropes I Want More Of!

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?

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  2. OMG Parallel Universes – how could I not have this on my list?!?! I’m failing myself here lol. That is one of my all time favourite tropes EVER!

    • It’s one of the most over used and yet, most loved SF tropes of all time, right? I mean, what’s not to love. You can have so many fun story lines with this trope. Everyone wants an alt or parallel universe.

  3. My, my, my Alexandra you went all geek on me today! Aliens, Robots, Parallel Universes ….I am impressed!

    • Alexandra says

      I couldn’t help myself, Sophie, it’s full-on geek day, today, with my sci-fi slipstream showing! snort!

    • Ah! Another who watched the ‘Fly’. I had nightmares about that movie for months afterwards, Veronica! Truly creepy. 😀

      Let’s hope that kind of tech stays in the parallel universe, right?

  4. These are all pretty much right up my alley! <3
    Don't think i read that many stories with transformation, but the Fly movie… uff, really creepy 😀
    Alien invasion, yess. Contact was pretty good, and i kinda like War of the Worlds especially how it ended and it was not overcomplicated just one of those "these things happen" random things.

    • Alexandra says

      I think we can all appreciate these tropes,mwhich have never gotten boring because they offer so much scope to play around with.

      Ah, there are a lot more transformative stories out there than we think. Cinderella and Snow White, both had elements in there, if you think about it. ☺️

      And who doesn’t love a good alien invasion story. Again, a well used plot in the movies. And H.G. Was a clever master story teller.

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