Since I've been working on freelance non-stop for the past week or so, I've had very little time to create tutorial videos. Similarly, all my current work is tied in NDAs (non-disclosure agreements) so I can't share too much about them. However, I will be beginning a new batch of contracts on the 16th when I return from the IMC and some of those I should be able to share.
Also, I do have some final glamour shots of the nanite sculpt to share, but they are currently idling on my camera's internal memory.
Anyway, I thought I'd take some time to talk about something a bit off-topic, my personal preference between Science Fiction and Fantasy.
I've done quite a bit of scifi and fantasy reading and watching over the years, and although fantasy was originally my favorite flavor, over the years I've found that my tastes have moved more into scifi.
There are quite a few possible reasons for this shift, not all of which I think can be articulated clearly. Regardless, I'll try to explain my predilection to the best of my abilities.
In fantasy, there never really seems to be much "at risk." What I mean is that in scifi, at least in hard scifi, often focuses on the threat new technology poses to status quo and the social implications of said technology. Furthermore, characters in scifi often must reconcile the changes that technology will make in their lives and their place within the universe.
Fantasy, on the other hand, doesn't really have this sort of risk. Yes, there are always the "risks" inherent to a looming threat, new alliance, awakened creature, etc, but these sort of risks can be found in many scifi stories, too.
2. Magic vs. Technology
This is probably just me, but I always find magic to be less interesting than technology. In my opinion, magic is either yet unexplained science, or so nebulous that its origin is impenetrable and meaningless. I find soft scifi (non-reality based/ fairly unexplained technology) to be less interesting for this very reason.
3. Limitations and Logic
One thing that always bothers me about magic is that it seems fairly limitless in power and ability. What really perturbs me is when there appears to be a magic spell for every situation. Have broken glasses? There's a spell for that. Need to find an object? There's a spell for that. Similarly, many magics appear to have randomly imposed limitations, like the need for channeling devices (wands, staves, runes) or require incantations. Why do they require these devices? Who established that certain words are bound with certain powers? What's the point of doing anything when magic can do it more easily and effectively than you can? A pet peeve of mine from the Harry Potter series has been why wizards use cameras and other technological devices (trains, radios, electric lighting) when they could be using magic. Similarly, do wizards have any grasp of basic science or medicine? Do they understand that the universe is governed by physics?
I like the limitations in scifi because, to me at least, they make more sense. Why can't we do something? Because we are limited by our technology. I find it easier to understand a universe with rules which are based on logic and technology, even if I don't fully grasp the intricacies of the science behind it.
I find that scifi is a better device than fantasy for conveying deep principles and conducting theoretical explorations. The greatest works of science fiction generally address societal issues pressing the reader whereas the greatest fantasy works are best known for their immersive settings. I love a well-developed universe as much as anyone else, but I find the addition of risk to make these universes even more compelling.
5. Development and Stagnation
Lastly, I view fantasy universes to be the paradigm of stagnation. In a world saturated with magic, there is no progress, no development, no science. What need is there to develop new technology when one can simply speak a few words or wave a wand to have their wishes fulfilled? Many fantasy universes attempt to bring "research" into their magics, but the point of such research always seems to be uncovering forgotten lore or mastering existing spells. Since magic is ethereal, I can't really wrap my head around testing and developing new spells (this goes back to the Limitations and Logic issue).
In science fiction, on the other hand, there can always be progress. Technology builds upon previous technology, so, as long as understanding is maintained, there is always a race for better tech and new science. I find this universe to be limited only by time and the rate of scientific progress, not some esoteric or arcane laws set forth by (presumably) a deity. It is also possible that this issue might be exacerbated by my atheism.
Anyway, I'd love to hear your feedback and thoughts on the subject. As I've mentioned before, I love all fiction and enjoy fantasy greatly, but hopefully you all can see why I prefer scifi.
Please forgive any typos, I haven't had the time to read this over before posting!