It was pretty mainstream. Maybe not playing it, though you could buy the books and minis at places like Sears and J.C. Penny's, but it had a huge cultural footprint. The number of heroic fantasy movies, TV shows, and books that appeared in the late 70s, early 80s was just ridiculous. In sheer quantity of rip-offs,… » 12/02/14 7:03pm 12/02/14 7:03pm

The only ones who hate "sci-fi" are the ones who desperately want the genre to be taken seriously and often trade it for my own most hated term: speculative fiction. All fiction by definition is speculative. The only way to apply the term specifically to science fiction defines it way too narrowly, implying that all… » 11/25/14 2:44pm 11/25/14 2:44pm

Eugenics isn't rooted in racism and fear at all. 100 years ago, it was a forward-thinking, pro-science position that was embraced by the progressive movement, out of which also came things like universal suffrage and conservationism. The idea was make the species stronger by weeding out "bad" genes while promoting… » 11/19/14 4:56pm 11/19/14 4:56pm

There were supposed to be some, but the DoD pulled its cooperation because it didn't want to be associated with SHIELD, which it found to be a worrying concept. And, ya know, an all-powerful (they had nukes!), international covert organization led by a shadowy people who didn't seem to have much to do with… » 11/14/14 10:20pm 11/14/14 10:20pm

Well, considering that Brienne's armor didn't protect her from punching, I'm going to go on a limb and say it wouldn't stand up to swords and I have no idea why she wears it. In fact, I have no idea why anyone outside of Frodo ever bothers wearing armor in any fantasy or historic movie or show. Even the full plate of… » 11/14/14 1:31am 11/14/14 1:31am

Okay, the Marvel/Avengers template for a shared universe is six-years old, coming off the success of Iron Man in 2008. This was considered overly-ambitious and extremely risky until the release of The Avengers just two years ago, and even then, there was some trepidation that the success of the Avengers wouldn't… » 11/13/14 1:13pm 11/13/14 1:13pm

Native American is just as much a term imposed from the outside as "Indian" and is equally meaningless and confusing because native American has a more general legal definition. American Indian is actually the preferred term where there is a preference, but there usually isn't. Native is okay, too, especially if you… » 11/12/14 7:51pm 11/12/14 7:51pm

Okay. This is really easy. Straight white males can't help the circumstances of their birth anymore than anyone else. The inequities of power and institutional racism are not their fault. This was the world they were born into. Many of them never take much advantage of any societal boost they get, and even fewer have… » 11/12/14 6:02am 11/12/14 6:02am