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Unconquered Space: Exploring a “Parallel” World

“From a science-fiction standpoint, space has been conquered.”

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I did a double-take when I read that sentence. Michael Doran, managing editor of the pop-culture site Newsarama, was theorizing why the producers of the new Fantastic Four movie decided to drop the original space-based explanation of how the quartet gained its powers.

In other words, we may have more to explore in real life, but a space setting in science fiction? Been there, done that.

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He may be onto something, but I’m glad to say I’m not that jaded. Maybe if I immersed myself more in the genre, I’d feel differently, but space still has a pull on my imagination. And I think it always will. Read the rest of this entry