from Fancyclopedia 2
Writers who, to get quantity production, rehash old ideas and strew them with such stock pieces as BEMs and PSDs. Fans are tolerant of the hacks who have to do it for a living, but who turn out an occasional outstanding story; but no mercy is shown to the old Palmer stable and others who may occasionally do fair work but 99% of the time are working over the old Save-the-Earth and There-Are-Limits-Beyond-Which-We-Aren't-Meant-To-Go themes — not to mention (no, please don't!) the running into the well-known ground of the Crafty Earthmen Outwit Stupid Aliens plot, or the dressed-up mundanes.