Wearing what you love is a longstanding tradition of geekdom. It is a tradition I enjoy. It is a tradition I embrace.
That said, I don’t always love to marry myself to a specific franchise. There are various reasons for this. For one, any time I start seeing t-shirts for a particular series, I also start to feel that the fandom must be becoming mainstream, in which case the fandom feels less remarkable or worth declaring. On the other hand, a fandom too small to be recognized seems snobby and pointless to wear.
Also, when it really comes down to it, I love so many different shows and books with such a passion that very few of those stand out to me as wear-worthy over the others—why this one, and not that one? I start to feel I need a shirt for everything. So instead I have t-shirts for nothing.
It’s possible I’m thinking about this too hard.
All the same, I still love a good science fiction t-shirt. And there are plenty of tees out there that celebrate the genre’s tropes at large, without weighing a girl down with the burdens of any specific fandom.
Half the fun of any genre is embracing the tropes! (The other half of the fun is breaking the tropes.)
So let’s celebrate these science fiction trope tees.
Grab one of these great tropey tees from Etsy:
1. Three Laws of Robotics
The foundation of all robot literature everywhere.
2. The Pensive AI
See how advanced s/he is? Clearly s/he is burdened by great ideas and thoughts.
3. The Laser Gun
Pew! Zing! Zap! Pow!
4. The Evolution of Life
And also of undeath.
5. Evading the FCC
Wash out that dirty mouth.
6. Take Me to Your Leader
Because you don’t have time to mess around.
7. Plausible Deniability
For when you don’t want to be responsible for your actions.
8. Spaceship Timeline
A history of ships, accounting for time travel.
9. Unicorn Abduction
Who says you can’t mix genres?
10. Dinosaur Astronaut
Just go with it.