pcqgod wrote:Ghost of Harry Smith wrote:...the fundamental requirement of good speculative fiction - is it believable?
I've always felt that the fundamental requirement of good speculative fiction was to ask interesting questions, rather than to be strictly realistic.
They're not mutually exclusive points. Maybe "requirement" is the wrong word but my point is that it's vital for speculative fiction to present its world/environment realistically, so that the reader/viewer believes in its internal logic*.
If that doesn't take place (and I'd argue Westworld is only partially successful), then it's difficult to feel a depth of connection with the narrative and characters.
*in realist drama anyway, I get that postmodern fictions etc are doing something different.