Hello dear readers and welcome to this week’s edition of Seriously Geeky Sundays. Today we’re talking about science fiction, a genre I am a huge fan of, so why not join me to find out all about my favourite sci-fi fandoms!
I’ve been a sci-fi fan pretty much as long as I can remember so I was pretty excited to see this topic come up. Huge thanks as always to Heather from Just Geeking By for coming up with these great questions and giving me the opportunity to chat about some awesome space based things!
So! On with the questions:
What is your favourite sci-fi fandom?
This won’t surprise anyone who has been reading these posts, but Star Trek is my favourite sci-fi fandom. From first watching it when The Next Generation premiered when I was about 6, I have journeyed with this fandom. I’ve laughed, cried, been terrified, had crushes, stayed up all night, had arguments, got drunk and cosplayed along with Star Trek. I was never a huge fan of the original series (although The Voyage Home is my favourite film), and I haven’t really enjoyed anything they have done since Voyager finished (although Enterprise had its moments), but none the less Star Trek is a huge part of my life and I’m not sure anything will ever really compare.
What is your favourite fictional planet?
Mira – Xenoblade Chronicles X
Did I talk about Mira last week? Oh well, it deserves all the column inches it can get as it is truly an amazing place. The home to the Homs after they flee Earth during an alien invasion, Mira holds many mysteries and there is certainly more to it than meets the eye. It is home to many alien lifeforms but how did they get there? What are the planet’s secrets? The true nature of Mira is never explained in the game and at the end you have more questions than answers. What you do get from the game is an opportunity to freely explore all the planet’s environments, taking in the lush plains of Primordia, the humid jungle of Noctilum and the ethereal sparkle of Sylvalum. The planet’s regions, its inhabitants and its mysteries make it a planet like no other and I am still holding out hope that one day I will get to return to discover its secrets.
Who is your favourite alien character?
Ford Prefect – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Ford is an alien named after a car, but in a world of complete madness he comes across as a thoroughly normal guy who just kinda wants to chill, write articles and drink gin and tonic instead of worrying too much about the end of the universe. Compared to Arthur’s stressing and Zaphod’s ego he is often the voice of reason in the cast, and his laid back nature and dry sense of humour make him super likeable. I’ve experienced Hitchhiker’s in many forms – the books, the radio show, the TV series and the film – and Ford is always the one character that I am drawn to.
What is your favourite alien species?
The Vorlons – Babylon 5
One of the first species to have existed in the universe, the Vorlons are utterly mysterious and their power is unfathomable. Their claim that “we have always been here” seems hard to believe, but compared to all other sentient life they may as well have been given the time spans involved. Despite their importance they often stay in the background, influencing the course of history by posing as historically important figures in a number of other civilizations. By the time Babylon 5 comes along they are more actively involved in galactic affairs, even sending an ambassador to the station. Even then though they do not lose their mystery, and appear only in encounter suits, not revealing their real identities. They don’t speak much, or even appear all that often, but somehow you still know that they hold all the cards.
What alien creature would you like to have as a pet?
The baby Metroid – Super Metroid
Generally I think Metroids probably don’t make great pets. I mean they often seem to want to eat your brain. But the baby Metroid from Super Metroid is just so cute! It may not be entirely natural for a baby Metroid to have imprinted on a human, but its experience with Samus suggests that it can be done, and if I were to look after it properly (instead of delivering it to be ‘researched’) I think we’d have an awesome time together exploring the galaxy.
What is the most visually stunning alien landscape you’ve seen in a fandom?
Oblivia – Xenoblade Chronicles X
Am I really talking about Xenoblade Chronicles X again? Twice in one article might seem a bit excessive but I just never run out of things to say about this marvellous world. My favourite landscape in the game is the desert of Oblivia. It is a vast, almost endless landscape of sand and rock punctuated by streams and big nasty monsters. Deserts may not always be breathtaking, but Oblivia is different. Whilst there is a lot of sand and stone, you will occasionally stumble upon relics of an ancient society who make up a history which is never explained. These relics are huge in scale and entirely without context, making for many moments where you just have to stop and say wow. Later in the game you get the opportunity to explore the area from the air, and this just adds to the sheer epicness of this intimidating and mysterious environment.
So that is that! I hope you enjoyed reading about some of my sci-fi faves. But what about you? What planet or alien species would you pick? Let me know all about your sci-fi favourites below in comments, and don’t forget to visit Just Geeking By to find out how to take part.
Thanks for reading,