Okay, I'll level with ya. I was shaped a lot by Star Trek. You can kind of tell from my aliens, though part of that is that in a visual medium, not having to think about facial expressions too hard helps.
So, anyway, I was writing my comic and came up with the issue of languages. Trek assumes a universal translator*, while, say, Star Wars takes place in a universe where everyone knows everyone else's species and one tends to learn to understand (and speak, vocal organs willing) the common language(s) or buy a protocol/translation droid.
Here's where I'm at now. Languages in the PD-Verse( Read more... )
I always feel somewhat self-conscious when playing with worldbuilding and stuff.
* So did Animorphs, for that matter.
** No relation to Larry Niven's 'verse. Just like the term for 'the parts of space we trade with' that doesn't convey the idea that the rest of the galaxy is a backwater.
*** Using the term loosely, since at least one species (the Nini, who only get a cameo in the comic proper) communicates via radio created by bio-electricity.
† Never set which human language was common there.