Any kind of home aquarium takes an inordinate amount of upkeep. Everything needs cleaning and filtering and feeding all the damn time. And fish are nasty little bastards who can’t love you and won’t hesitate to eat each other.
When you’re writing a SF novel, you have none of the budgetary and practical constraints that hinder SF TV shows and movies. You can have a giant space squid eating the Moon if you want. There are literally no constraints — except for the need to make sense, says Monster author A. Lee Martinez:
One thing missing from J.J. Abrams' new Star Trek was a heavy handed message, about racism or international relations. We asked writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman what it all meant. With minor spoilers...