Talk:Space Western

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Weird West[edit]

It would probably also be useful to merge or at least link this article to weird west.

Backdrop Section[edit]

The section discussing the western as backdrop contains only sritique of the idea. While this information should be part of the section the more basic information is missing. How is the setting established? What themes, cliches, etc. do authors draw from the western genre? Why have authors chosen to use a western motif in outer space?


I can't find any indication that Westworld is actually set anywhere other than on Earth. One seems to need only take a hovercraft to get to the Delos amusement park. This would make the film a science fiction Western, correct? Perhaps it would be appropriate to remove this from the list. Savagediana (talk) 18:03, 4 July 2011 (UTC)

I agree. Nicolasdawson (talk) 22:55, 6 April 2013 (UTC)


Science fiction Western, having no reliable sources, should be merged here as the actual term that is used for works that combine sci fi and western genre. -- TRPoD aka The Red Pen of Doom 23:29, 27 March 2014 (UTC)

Yeah, I agree. Back during the Space Frontier AfD, I became aware of these articles. I was originally going to suggest Science fiction Western be merged here, but you redirected that article before I could. I have found a few sources that discuss science fiction Westerns, but none of them do it independently of space Westerns. The concepts are so intertwined and interrelated that it makes sense that they be discussed in one article. We don't need to split hairs on sub-genres. NinjaRobotPirate (talk) 23:58, 27 March 2014 (UTC)
  • No don't merge. Science fiction western is not set in outer space as opposed to Space Western. Why do you keep merging everything into Space Western? Already there was a vote to delete it and it was voted KEEP
    • 1) the "keep" was 8 years ago and the rigor for which we evaluate sources had increased dramatically since then while the sourcing for the article had not increased at all at the time of the merge suggestion. and in fact the decisions was not actually "keep" it was a "no consensus to delete- please discuss potential re-naming" - we are now discussing the renaming. 2) there is zero evidence that there is anyone who actually makes any distinction such as you are claiming, in fact, the Science Fiction Western article now has references that clearly identify Fire Fly as a "science fiction western".[1][2] 3) we dont need to try and maintain two articles about the same thing when neither has any significant quantity of reliably sourced content - it all is about the same stuff and can easily be covered in a single article. -- TRPoD aka The Red Pen of Doom 21:11, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

Mild disagree. There just seems to be nothing notable to merge into the Space Western article. I propose just deleting Sci-fi Western on notability alone and leaving it at that. The summary as a subgenre under "Western" is already a lot more detailed than the article it's self. If describing it (as, say, a typical Western with Sci-fi elements) as a point to not be confuse it with the similar "typical Sci-fi with Western elements" dissuades people from recreating the SciFi Western page, then I can see a benefit, even if I'm reluctant to call it a "merge" at this point. Dried cherry (talk) 21:08, 30 May 2014 (UTC)

It was a useful distinction. I'm sad to see it go. :( SharkD  Talk  18:21, 4 June 2017 (UTC)


Why is "Space" not capitalized? It is a place just like the West. SharkD  Talk  18:20, 4 June 2017 (UTC)

  1. ^ Chocano, Carina (October 3, 2002). "Giddyup, spaceman". Salon. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Whedon seeks return of 'gritty' sci-fi". BBC News. London: BBC. October 7, 2005. Retrieved March 27, 2014.