Marco Lu

Cyberpunk Derivatives

There’s a good chance that you’ve heard of Cyberpunk. Big cities, lots of neon holograms, etc. As I have stated in my previous post, Cyberpunk was first popularized by Canadian writer William Gibson. But you’ve probably also heard of other “punks.” Steampunk is the most likely candidate (see this post for more details), with Dieselpunk […]

Magic Systems

I’ve talked before about sci-fi, and how the technology can be divided into hard and soft. The same can be done with magic. And like hard and soft sci-fi, both have their advantages and disadvantages. So, what divides the two? Hard magic represents magic as technology, albeit very advanced. Hard magic has strict rules, and behaves […]

Deus Ex Machina and the Power of Plot Convenience

How many times have you heard something along the lines of this? Our heroes are in a tough spot! Whatever will they do? But wait! Our hero is going to harness the POWER OF FRIENDSHIP and gain powers they didn’t have before! Or a convenient army arrives and saves them. Or their enemies that are […]