History Literature / Expedition

25th Jul '16 12:43:24 PM justanid
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''Expedition -- Being an Account in Words and Artwork of the 2358 A.D. Voyage to Darwin IV'' by Creator/WayneBarlowe in 1990, is a illustrated SpeculativeDocumentary about an expedition to the [[ScienceFiction fictitious]] planet "Darwin IV" and it's life forms. It was adapted into a [[MadeForTVMovie TV movie]] called ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_Planet Alien Planet]]'' by the Creator/DiscoveryChannel in 2005, featuring [[SpecialGuest guest appearances]] by StephenHawking, Creator/GeorgeLucas, Michio Kaku and Jack Horner.

[[https://waynebarlowe.wordpress.com/artwork/expedition/ The author's website for the book can be found here.]] And the Discovery Channel's [[http://dsc.discovery.com/convergence/alienplanet/ website for the movie here.]]

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''Expedition -- Being an Account in Words and Artwork of the 2358 A.D. Voyage to Darwin IV'' by Creator/WayneBarlowe in 1990, is a illustrated SpeculativeDocumentary about an expedition to the [[ScienceFiction fictitious]] planet "Darwin IV" and it's life forms. It was adapted into a [[MadeForTVMovie TV movie]] called ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_Planet Alien Planet]]'' by the Creator/DiscoveryChannel in 2005, featuring [[SpecialGuest guest appearances]] by StephenHawking, Creator/StephenHawking, Creator/GeorgeLucas, Michio Kaku and Jack Horner.

[[https://waynebarlowe.wordpress.com/artwork/expedition/ The author's website for the book can be found here.]] And the Discovery Channel's [[http://dsc.discovery.com/convergence/alienplanet/ website for the movie is here.]]



* Expy: Considering Wayne Barlowe was a co-designer in ''Film/PacificRim'', it's really no big surprise that one Kaiju in the film, named Mutavore, shares features of some creatures found in the book, the Keeled Slider being an uncanny look-alike.

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* Expy: {{Expy}}: Considering Wayne Barlowe was a co-designer in ''Film/PacificRim'', it's really no big surprise that one Kaiju in the film, named Mutavore, shares features of some creatures found in the book, the Keeled Slider being an uncanny look-alike.



** A lot of the names: The ''Von Braun'', Issac Newton "Ike", & LeonardoDaVinci "Leo", even the planet is "[[UsefulNotes/CharlesDarwin Darwin]] IV"

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** A lot of the names: The ''Von Braun'', Issac Newton "Ike", & LeonardoDaVinci Creator/LeonardoDaVinci "Leo", even the planet is "[[UsefulNotes/CharlesDarwin Darwin]] IV"
24th Jul '16 10:35:26 AM nombretomado
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** A lot of the names: The ''Von Braun'', Issac Newton "Ike", & LeonardoDaVinci "Leo", even the planet is "[[CharlesDarwin Darwin]] IV"

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** A lot of the names: The ''Von Braun'', Issac Newton "Ike", & LeonardoDaVinci "Leo", even the planet is "[[CharlesDarwin "[[UsefulNotes/CharlesDarwin Darwin]] IV"
22nd Jul '16 1:26:51 AM PaulA
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* TooManyMouths: The sea striders have mouths in the bottoms of their feet, allowing them to gulp down mouthfuls of the Amoebic Sea just by walking about.
16th Jun '16 12:50:35 AM CJCroen1393
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* ElephantsGraveyard: The imagery of such an idea is depicted in [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/aliens/images/9/99/SeaStriderSkeleton.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20100427141417 this]] illustration of some animals grazing in the shade of a Sea Strider's skull.

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* ElephantsGraveyard: ElephantGraveyard: The imagery of such an idea is depicted in [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/aliens/images/9/99/SeaStriderSkeleton.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20100427141417 this]] illustration of some animals grazing in the shade of a Sea Strider's skull.
16th Jun '16 12:49:53 AM CJCroen1393
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* ElephantsGraveyard: The imagery of such an idea is depicted in [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/aliens/images/9/99/SeaStriderSkeleton.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20100427141417 this]] illustration of some animals grazing in the shade of a Sea Strider's skull.
9th Apr '16 7:27:48 AM AnotherGuy
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* {{Adorkable}}: The three probes, which have surprisingly expressive faces. It doesn't hurt they were programmed with the curiosity of 5 year olds.
9th Apr '16 7:24:38 AM AnotherGuy
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* AfterTheEnd: Darwin IV itself, possibly. There are many indications from the drones' observations that, as beautiful and unspoiled as the planet is, its biosphere is a mere shadow of its former self. Apparently, Darwin is currently in the process of recovering from [[ApocalypseHow a mass-extinction event of uncertain origin]] sometime in the recent ([[TimeAbyss as in a couple million years]]) evolutionary past that was so horrific it not only wiped out most of the planet's lifeforms but also radically altered the composition of its atmosphere and oceans, possibly similar to prehistoric Earth's "Oxygen Catastrophe" or, [[AbusivePrecursors more ominously]], the current runaway Greenhouse Effect.

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* AfterTheEnd: Darwin IV itself, possibly. There are many indications from the drones' observations that, as beautiful and unspoiled as the planet is, its biosphere is a mere shadow of its former self. Apparently, Darwin is currently in the process of recovering from [[ApocalypseHow a mass-extinction event of uncertain origin]] sometime in the recent ([[TimeAbyss as in a couple million years]]) evolutionary past that was so horrific it not only wiped out most of the planet's lifeforms but also radically altered the composition of its atmosphere and oceans, oceans - in fact, all surface water is ''gone''; this catastrophe led to the evolution of the Amoebic Sea, as organisms banded together to trap what water was left. It's possibly similar to prehistoric Earth's "Oxygen Catastrophe" or, [[AbusivePrecursors more ominously]], the current runaway Greenhouse Effect.
9th Apr '16 7:20:23 AM AnotherGuy
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* CreatorsPet: Check out the Expedition badge - an Emperor Sea Strider is emblazoned on it.

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* CreatorsPet: InUniverse. Check out the Expedition badge - an Emperor Sea Strider is emblazoned on it.
9th Apr '16 7:19:49 AM AnotherGuy
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* CreatorsPet: Check out the Expedition badge - an Emperor Sea Strider is emblazoned on it.
7th Mar '16 4:23:19 PM justanid
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* ArtisticLicense-Biology: Some of the creatures appear to be inspired by man-made Earth machines. For example, the Skewer's gas pods and birdlike shape evoke a World War II jet fighter, and the Gyrosprinter's leg arrangement, flat seat-like tail and handlebar-like halteres bear more than a passing resemblance to a motorcycle.

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* ArtisticLicense-Biology: ArtisticLicenseBiology: Some of the creatures appear to be inspired by man-made Earth machines. For example, the Skewer's gas pods and birdlike shape evoke a World War II jet fighter, and the Gyrosprinter's leg arrangement, flat seat-like tail and handlebar-like halteres bear more than a passing resemblance to a motorcycle.
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