There was, and remains, a known extant god. They are not distant, and instead active in the affairs of mortals, though indirectly through the birthing of cohorts of gods or the individual exaltation of saints. Gods made by the creator are like angels or demons; here they are same kind of creature, and the distinction …
Superhero fiction is defined by its characters having superpowers, or being exceptional in other ways. TV Tropes jokingly has cataloged what it calls the Most Common Super Power: that Western superheroines almost always have large breasts. But this got me thinking: what is actually the most common superpower? A gut-check suggests superhuman strength (the better …
In this write-up, let’s take a look at the setting of the Pacific Rim franchise as a constructed world – rather than examine the story or characters, we’ll look at the setting as an exercise in understanding how it fares as a fictional reality in and of itself.
The Tech Rating system comes from the True20 role-playing game (though it was originally Progress Levels from the d20 Modern system), and the Supernatural Rating system also comes from True20, both of which are reprinted here (with minimal modifications) under the Open Gaming License (included at the end of the article). The subsequent Realism Rating and Culture Rating systems are personal creations of mine; feel free to use them or build on them for your own world creation, but attribution is appreciated.
Blasters are energy guns that replace bullets and deadly gunshot wounds with flashy and non-horrifying ways to incapacitate targets … all of which is nonsense.
Solar punk is a sub-genre of science fiction that imagines a world where green technology and ecologically sustainable practices are ubiquitous.
The Basic Premise: People use genetic modification technology to actively select for and against the traits they desire for future generations.