Some shows love playing genre conventions, a Fantasy Kitchen Sink
will have everything in the mythological handbook and then some, Trope Overdosed
works will keep adding tropes so long as they run, and then there are even shows that make new tropes.
These are not those shows. (Or can they be?)
A Sci-Fi Kitchen Sink is for all intents and purposes the playground of Science Fiction Tropes and everything associated with them. Have an Artificial Intelligence
construct able to run the Cool Starship
? It makes you coffee in the morning. Humongous Mecha
? You walked by several on the way to work. Faster-Than-Light Travel
? Totally mastered to the point where even Joe Penniless can get a ride to the stars. Laser and particle beams as weapons?
Everybody and their dog has one. The list of possible areas seems to be endless.
A good way to tell if a work is a Sci-Fi Kitchen Sink, is ask three questions. Is it in the Sci-Fi
genre? Is it softer than reality by a wide margin according to the scale?
Does it use all or much of the stuff in the genre of Sci-Fi
and not Hang A Lampshade
on it? Answer yes to all three and you likely are dealing with a Sci-Fi Kitchen Sink.
Popular in Space Opera
. Also popular in Mega Crossover
fanfic. Naturally compare Fantasy Kitchen Sink
; when both sinks are combined, it becomes Science Fantasy
. See also Standard Sci Fi Setting
, a particularly popular instance of Sci-Fi Kitchen Sink.
open/close all folders
- Spectral Shadows could qualify for this. There's a Mad Scientist, a world in a time that takes place After the End, there's Time Travel, Funny Animals that evolved from genetic slag due to weaponized acid rain, there's an intergalactic empire of Space Pirates, android funny animals, a virtual reality rpg where one can learn powers at the expense of feeling any and all pain, world warping powers, a space ship that can travel time and space, humongous mechas, and more.
- In the universe of Iain M. Banks's hyper-advanced people, The Culture, there's everything from dystopian ultra-capitalist planets, small debauched backwaters, "Sublimed" civilisations living in entire other dimensions, neglectful precursors, Proud Warrior Races, post-singularity communist civs...well, you get the idea. The fact that this is just a very incomplete list of some of the civilisation types should tip you off to the fact that this series mixes-and-matches an awful lot of sci-fi tropes. Tech levels vary right alongside the civilisations, although we rarely see a world a great deal less developed than present day Earth. Expect to see Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale stunningly averted, in both range and size of ships, drones, space battles, androids, sentient space-suits, conspiracies and counter-conspiracies.
- Perry Rhodan is running for over 50 years now and did start with The Space Race and then features things like Ancient Astronauts, Sufficiently Advanced Alien, Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence, The Battlestar, Cosmic Chess Game, Lensman Arms Race, Order Versus Chaos, and and ... and we have not nearly covered everything in the first one hundred books.
- Doctor Who, by virtue of it having run from 1963 to 1989 and subsequently from 2005 onwards and ranges through the entirety of time and space. After 30+ years on-air, that's a lot of sci-fi ideas.
- The Halo series including its Expanded Universe. It has Humongous Mecha, Faster-Than-Light Travel, Artificial Intelligence, Space Marines, Precursors, etc. While the weirder aspects of Sci-Fi like Psychic Powers or various Negative Space Wedgies haven't show up in the games (although the Flood Hive Mind, Slipspace anomalies, and the Ur-Didact's gravity control powers come close), The Forerunner Saga dips into that territory by going the Cosmic Horror Story route, complete with Eldritch Starships, Genius Loci, and a Sentient Cosmic Force which allows technology to be made of thought.
- Starcraft: Everything can travel faster than light via Psychic Powers, science or biological creatures able to do so on their own! AI exists but is lower key, Starfighters abound as do Humongous Mecha and Tanks and more.
- Mass Effect: Combines everything in Space Opera genre together in a single package.
- Axe Cop uses a wide variety of sci-fi tropes in creative (and frequently ridiculous) ways.