First is this article from Abebooks. It’s the top ten scariest characters in literature:
- Big Brother from 1984 by George Orwell
- Hannibal Lecter from the novels by Thomas Harris
- Pennywise the clown from It by Stephen King
- Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
- Count Dracula from Bram Stoker’s novel
- Annie Wilkes from Misery by Stephen King
- The demon from The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
- Patrick Bateman from American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
- Bill Sykes from Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
- Voldemort from the Harry Potter books by JK Rowling
What do you think of that list? I’m not sure some of them are really all that frightening to me. But I agree with Big Brother being at the front.
Next is this article about the ten things that science fiction got wrong (although there are only nine on the page…). The short version is as follows:
- Sound in Space
- Faster-than-light Travel
- Laser Bolts You Can Dodge
- Human Looking Aliens
- Half-breed Aliens
- Brain-sucking Aliens
- Shape-shifting Aliens
- Time Travel
- The Planetary Sameness Principle
I agree with 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, and 9. I’d argue against human looking aliens because life could very well evolve on other planets to bring out humanoid aliens. That might not be the case always, but certainly it would have to happen sometimes. The Universe is kind of a big place. As for brain-sucking aliens, in which he refers to symbiotic relationships such as in Alien, I have to argue that one needs to really look into parasitic relationships on this planet. While it might be very uncommon for humans to be significantly affected by parasitic relationships, there are parasites in the animal kingdom that actually will alter the ‘brain’ chemistry of other animals to get them to do something that the parasite needs–usually this involves reproduction. Perhaps, then, we can assume that larger, more evolved creatures could very well do this to humans, and how are we supposed to know exactly what alien parasites will be like or how they will affect us? Also, some parasites on Earth do feed on brain matter. There’s an amoeba that I talked about here that does just that.
What do you all think about those nine things?