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Inspiration for Science Fiction


When I think of Science Fiction and colonizing new planets, I like to work with "low tech". The resoning behind that is that "low tech" is easier to manage when things are turning difficult.

I also like to think that such colonists would avoid the mistakes we made here on Earth with fossil fuels and exploitation - that is, if they intend to stay on that planet.

And then I read something like this, and have my mind blown:

]New Device Harnesses Sun and Sewage to Produce Hydrogen Fuel

Wouldn't this be cool? Use hydrogen for energy, by converting your own sewage? Wow.

So how do envision future worlds?

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Low tech only works if we're thinking Mars or other options in this solar system (moons of Jupiter/Saturn). If mankind is supposed to colonize planets in other systems, we need huge technological advancements to get us there. First of all, a virtually infinite power source.

So if we mean to go beyond the close neighborhood, I'd imagine we must by then have far-developed nuclear fusion or the kind of fission tech that you can have as your cell phone battery (Remember Terminator 3? Like that but one that can't explode when damaged).
And if energy is no problem, we can have plenty of machines to help us, a nice bunch of robot servants to do heavy/dirty work.

The main question IMO would be gathering/refining materials - but then again I would expect that to be one of likely main goals/reasons for whole operation, so at least some kind of factory/equipment for the purpose would be carried with the colonists. Unless it was meant to be farming colony.
Food in general is a problem, even with some genetically engineered fast-growing algae you'd need more to feed them than just sewage.

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Yes, I believe that getting to another planet is one thing, establishing a working, self-supporting colony a completely other thing.

I also think many writers underestimate the enormous distances involved in travelling from one solar system to another. Getting there without warpdrive, wormholes or other non-likely means will certainly involve generation ships that need long-term, reliable sources of energy.

We're not ready. But even establishing a Moon or Mars base would be a big step in the right direction.

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Although I've never done anything with it, I've always thought that a cool idea for a stroy would be if the colony had a kind of steampunk level of technology, and the "big-bad" came from the original high-tech colony.

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I like the idea but it does sound like the colony wouldn't have much of a chance...

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That could be a sort of "native Americans meet Europeans" setting, if the low tech colony has been out of contact for centuries.
Unless the big bad is Skynet.

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quote:

Firlefanz wrote:

I like the idea but it does sound like the colony wouldn't have much of a chance...



And over-confidence lead's to the big bad's demise?

I've also considered taking the steampunk technology to ridiculous limits (massive steam powered war tanks, air ships and blimps etc...).

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Well, why not? That's the subject of many movies. I would like to see the colony win by forging something entirely new - not just the underdog winning a military victory. (That's what really, really bothered me with Avatar. Quite the disappointment - loved the world, hated the stereotypical "resolution".)

And absolutely, a fully fledged steampunk world would be very cool to develop. emoticon

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