Best Sci-Fi Languages

Wired declares Klingon the king of sci-fi slang
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2009 5:25 PM CDT
Jabba the Hutt is seen in this still shot from Return of the Jedi.   (Flickr)
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(Newser) – Creators of true geek art follow JRR Tolkien’s example and craft fictional languages to populate their worlds. Wired lists the best examples:

  1. Klingon. The Star Trek creation is the king of all sci-fi languages, with fully realized grammar and vocabulary.
  2. City Speak. Blade Runner’s vision of earth as a mishmash of Western and Eastern cultures was greatly enriched by this language, described as a “mixture of Japanese, Spanish, German, what have you.”

  1. R’lyehian. HP Lovecraft’s intended the language of elder god Cthulhu to be so bizarre that it would drive humans insane. Did he succeed? ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!
  2. Huttese. We hear only snippets of the native language of Jabba and his minions in Return of the Jedi, but Star Wars books and video games have greatly expanded on Hutt culture.
  3. Sindarin. Tolkien set the standard for fantasy and sci-fi writers.
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