I just finished watching Stephen Moffat's latest Dr Who ep, and, since its theme was fear of the dark, I thought I'd post a question that's been bugging me.
Why can't scifi exploit fear of the dark?
I don't get it. Space is infinite and eternal night. It's the blackness we hide from when we pull the covers over our heads. It seems strange to me that science fiction has never really treated it that way. Oh sure, you have shadows and dark caves and such, but hardly any stories I can think of has ever drawn out the fearful qualities of space itself. Off the top of my head I can think of two examples, William Gibson's short story "Hinterlands" (which to my mind is still the best story he has ever written) and Alien.