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"Hmm," said Greg. "It's a lot of money to spend on it, but that is a beautiful replica." He admired the rune-inlaid, leaf-bladed short sword Sting on the dealer's table. "I just don't know where I'd put it."

"What are you even looking at that for?" said Alex, lovingly cradling a detailed light-and-sound model of a stapler-shaped gun from Space: 1999. "Who wants a sword when you can blast somebody from a quarter mile away?"

"Where's the honor in that?" said Greg. "A true warrior should confront his foe face-to-face. Besides, I just prefer fantasy, okay?"

"Pfft!" said Alex. "Fantasy is dumb, a meaningless attempt to crawl back into an idealized womb-life that never really existed. 'Oooooh, I'm a hobbit! I live a contented life in my little hole in the ground! Oh noes! Some goblin might get me!' Bah! It's for intellectual babies!"

Greg shook his head. "Like SF is any better," he said. "Sheesh."

"Hell yeah it's better!" said Alex. "SF is about things that are really possible, not a bunch of made-up magical-thinking shit. SF is about exploring the unknown, about using your creativity and intelligence to solve real problems. SF looks forward at the future that could be! Fantasy looks back at the world people wish was real. Look at the crew of the Enterprise, exploring strange new worlds. Look at how revolutionary it was for its time."

Greg just raised one eyebrow. "You do realize, I hope, that Spock is an elf."

Alex's hand tensed violently around the grip of his facsimile weapon. "You take that back! YOU TAKE THAT BACK!"

Greg sighed and looked over at the dealer operating the booth. "I see this all the time," the man said. "There's a reason I keep the swords wired to the display case."

-The Gneech

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Mar. 10th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
I love SF... but a replica sword beats a replica blaster any time.
Mar. 10th, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
Hell, yeah. Even a cheaply made replica sword can do the stabbity death. The best replica blaster in the world is just a paperweight.
Mar. 11th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)
That's why I like Stargate. The P-90 is real, and you can put the smack down on that armored swordsman at range. n_n
Mar. 10th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
I'm sure Spock appreciated the comparison!
Mar. 10th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
I think he would have found the comparison highly illogical. :P

Mar. 10th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
(Snerk!) Thing is, I think we probably BOTH know people who ARE EXACTLY LIKE THIS...
Mar. 10th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
Hah, good arguments all together. That one made me smirkle a bit. That's a bit of a smile and a smirk. Or maybe a smirk and chuckle? Regardless, I can just visualize Brigid's response to the both of them.

"You two need a life." or something along those lines.
Mar. 10th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
Nah, she wouldn't. Remember, she was a pirate's woman.

Edited at 2009-03-10 07:06 pm (UTC)
Mar. 10th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
I don't think Brigid could remain in a place that sold replica swords and blasters long enough to hear this conversation... This is a conversation that would take place following her snarky exit.
Mar. 11th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
Spock is not an Elf.

Delenn was an Elf.

And Warcraft Orcs are Klingons.

Mar. 11th, 2009 01:43 pm (UTC)
Too funny. Charles and I have this discussion frequently - about Spock being an elf. The Clingons are dwarfs, Ferengi are Gnomes, Romulins might be Drow, etc.

On a side note - How surprised do you suppose the Klingons were when they got to Stovocor and saw a bunch of Vikings waiting for Ragnarok?
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