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"Out There" movie premise

DarthRage

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Report this Apr. 05 2010, 1:10 pm

Saw a show the other night on tv, got me thinking. It was about the far future, after the Andromeda galaxy collides with our own Milky Way. The host said our planet would go hurtling off into space, bound no longer by the sun's gravity.

Now. Of course a galactic collision like this has occured in the past. Let's suppose some unlucky, yet advanced civilization had their home planet ripped from it's sun, and sent hurtling through space.

Enter Star Trek. This civilization trapped on it's planet has now entered the outskirts of Federation territory. Are they good? Evil? It seemed like a really cool premise to start a good story with. Perhaps they are well advanced beyond the Federation, forcing an alliance with Klingons? Romulans?

Or, perhaps my inebriation got the better of me? What yall think?

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Report this Apr. 05 2010, 11:15 pm

They would all have died!

DarthRage

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Report this Apr. 06 2010, 1:48 pm

Well, that is an asteroid hollowed out to serve as an ark of sorts. I was referring to an entire planet,  populated similarly underground, on a voyage lasting hundreds of millions of years. Hostile inhabitants, bent on wreaking havoc and strip mining every planet they come across. Just thought it would make a ninteresting story.

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Report this Apr. 06 2010, 2:54 pm

Or "Space: 1999".

You could substitute an asteroid, or a generation starship. It wouldn't need to be a planet to tell the story, but I guess it would be kind of clever. But why would they all be hostile?

ultimatelurker

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Report this Apr. 07 2010, 8:54 am

"Let's suppose some unlucky, yet advanced civilization had their home planet ripped from it's sun"

They would be dead.

DarthRage

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Report this Apr. 07 2010, 12:32 pm

Quote (ultimatelurker @ April 07 2010, 8:54 am)
"Let's suppose some unlucky, yet advanced civilization had their home planet ripped from it's sun"

They would be dead.

Why is that? If they were advanced enough, they could EASILY survive and thrive underground. Cave system? Fusion generators? Replicators? Need I go on?

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Report this Apr. 08 2010, 1:28 pm

Sounds interesting.

ultimatelurker

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Report this Apr. 09 2010, 6:03 am

Quote (DarthRage @ April 07 2010, 12:32 pm)
Quote (ultimatelurker @ April 07 2010, 8:54 am)
"Let's suppose some unlucky, yet advanced civilization had their home planet ripped from it's sun"

They would be dead.

Why is that? If they were advanced enough, they could EASILY survive and thrive underground. Cave system? Fusion generators? Replicators? Need I go on?

Yes, please do (no sarcasm).  I actually would be interested in how a society might survive with a sun.  I guess you can just throw the word "underground fusion generator" out there, but do you have any more specific conjectures?  I've never seen or read a story about a non-orbital planet that I've found satisfactory.

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Report this Apr. 10 2010, 6:56 am

I've heard it said that two galaxies could pass through each other, with few if any collisions, and without much disruption to solar systems.

I've recently heard that there may be many, many more planets wandering interstellar space without suns than we suspected in the past.

The origin story in (Classic) Doctor Who for the Cybermen is that their planet left our solar system, and the inhabitants had to engineer cybernetic replacement body parts foir survival in interstellar space.   Classic Dr Who was actually full of good SF ideas, unlike the current program by the same name.

In Space: 1999 the expulsion of the Moon from the solar system and its traveling faster than light was implausible, except for the possible intervention of some alien force which may have been revealed later on.   This premise made for some excellent science fiction drama, though (season 1 only), so I'm not complaining.

I say the only SF premises worth writing stories about are the ones that are "out there".

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