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Kill the Babelfish

A stimulating and intensely interesting discussion of the problem of languages and universal translators in fictional settings.

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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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3 thoughts on “Kill the Babelfish

  1. The best (and most chilling) sci-fi novel I’ve ever read, The Sparrow, iirc gets along without universal translation (indeed the plot relies on the problem of repeated misunderstandings).

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