Every genre has its archetypes: The elves belong to fantasy like the robots belong to science fiction.
Beautiful, pointy-eared, long-haired, accurate with the bow and magically gifted on the one hand.
Metallic, emotionally cold, rational, quick to deduce with a laser and optimised for its function on the other.
At first glance, elves and robots don’t have much in common either, but a closer look reveals similarities. They are long-lived, their thinking and ethics do not conform to human conventions, but within their community and with their habitat they are closely connected. In the end, are they closer than they seem? For example, in terms of their dramaturgical function when it comes to writing novels?
This is the question that bestselling author Robert Corvus explores in his lecture Elves versus Robots.