A stimulating and intensely interesting discussion of the problem of languages and universal translators in fictional settings.
Universal translators are quite possibly the laziest deus ex machina out there. Honestly, even hand-waving some kind of superpower to understand all forms of communication has more merit behind it, but universal translators in all shapes and sizes are everywhere, and I really, really wish they weren’t.
On the other hand, though, I understand fully and completely why they are as prolific as they are: no one speaks a million fictional languages.
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