Recently, there were 2-3 science fiction movies where alien technology was overcome by humans in the same way. I will omit the titles and their debut years to avoid spoiling for others. But for those who have seen them will notice that so often the aliens possess a kind of 'hive' technology. To the discerning viewer this is becoming borderline dull, because the plot invariably leads up to killing the 'queen', or disrupting their swarm intelligence -- at which point the aliens fall into total disarray.
If my readers are really tired of the repetitive science fiction plots, what can I introduce as a new/different plot twist?
As mere humans writing science fiction stories, it's not easy to fathom an alien technology's weakness. Swarm intelligence / hive minds are very cutting edge, I will concede it is hard to beat that.
Of course I could wave my magic pen and write their technology down as omnipotent, but I would like to create something for the reader to identify with. If I take too many creative liberties, the technology and possibly plot could seem overly contrived. So it's a fine line I'm walking, I'm hoping some other people have some helpful input.
- You can cite emerging technology that you feel one-ups the whole 'hive' concept (in terms of cool technology, novel looking/sounding, paradigm shifting, etc), and any conceivable weaknesses
- You can use your imagination and briefly describe a semi-imaginary technology and potential weakness (perhaps a technology rooted in something real, but with higher limits)