Literature: Worlds of Shadow
Worlds of Shadow is the three-book series by Lawrence Watt-Evans. It's the tale of an Unlucky Everydude and his friends and family as they find themselves caught up in a battle against an Evil Overlord who's taken over a fantasy universe and is attacking a sci-fi one. According to the author, "That would imply that the series is science-fantasy, blending two genres — but actually, it's more like horror, because in none of the three worlds do the good guys always win."
This series provides examples of:
- Aliens Speaking English / Human Aliens: Justified?there are an infinite number of parallel universes, but contact can be made only if those sending and receiving are of similar species and speak a similar language.
- Anyone Can Die
- Arbitrary Skepticism: One character is convinced the events of the story are All Just a Dream, and essentially goes insane as a result.
- Boring Failure Hero: The reason (or rather, a reason) some people really, really hate the first book.
- Cain and Abel: Raven and his brother.
- Deus Angst Machina: There's a reason there aren't any tropes here from the second or third book.
- Humans Are White: Lampshaded in the sci-fi universe in such a manner as to give Inferred Holocaust a new meaning.
- It's Personal: The villains rape and kill the main character's wife and prepubescent daughter.
- Mind Over Manners: Played straight in that psychics follow it, subverted in that most people don't believe they follow it, and consequently don't trust them.
- Red Shirt: Characters with no first name have a poor survival rate. Interestingly enough, the main character considers himself a Red Shirt.
- Refusal of the Call: Played with.
- This Is Reality: Not to mention something of a Take That to two entire genres and their idealistic tendencies. The main character also qualifies as Wrong Genre Savvy.