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24th Dec '16 10:05:26 AM StarSword
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* In ''Literature/{{Aeon 14}}'', artificial gravity by pulling gravitons out of the dark layer[[note]]the imperceptible part of the universe that dark matter exists in, kind of like the underwater part of an iceberg[[/note]] and projecting them. In the 5th millennium only very large installations such as the thirty-kilometer colony ship ''Intrepid'' can fit them, but they're later miniaturized and become much more versatile, ultimately leading to ReactionlessDrive and the discovery of FasterThanLightTravel. By ''Destiny Lost'' graviton emitters are so common that ships don't even need to be airtight anymore. The miniaturization also allows for its use in InertialDampening.



* All the spaceships in ''Series/StargateSG1'' have some sort of artificial gravity. In addition, Ba'al has a research base dedicated to the manipulation of artificial gravity, complete with a jail cell that shares all the same drawbacks as a ForceFieldDoor. In one episode of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', Samantha Carter and Bill Lee were working in a half-finished base that didn't have artificial gravity. Sam glided gracefully from point to point, while Bill... well, spaceships need barf bags, too.
* The in-universe explanation for why the ''[[Series/{{Andromeda}} Andromeda Ascendent]]'' can maneuver like a SpaceFighter despite being a [[TheBattlestar kilometer-long capital ship]] is fine control of the ship's AG field by the AI.

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* ''Franchise/StargateVerse'': All the spaceships in ''Series/StargateSG1'' have some sort of artificial gravity. gravity.
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In addition, ''Series/StargateSG1'', Ba'al has a research base dedicated to the manipulation of artificial gravity, complete with a jail cell that shares all the same drawbacks as a ForceFieldDoor. In ForceFieldDoor.
** ''Series/StargateAtlantis'':
*** When Rodney and two bit characters are trying to repair an Ancient KillSat in part
one episode of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', "The Siege", they're initially weightless because the satellite has been without power for millennia. Then they turn on the artificial gravity too fast and [[AmusingInjuries poor Rodney falls about twenty feet onto his back]].
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Samantha Carter and Bill Lee were working in a half-finished base that didn't have artificial gravity. Sam glided gracefully from point to point, while Bill... well, spaceships need barf bags, too.
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'': The in-universe explanation for why the ''[[Series/{{Andromeda}} Andromeda Ascendent]]'' ''Andromeda Ascendent'' can maneuver like a SpaceFighter despite being a [[TheBattlestar kilometer-long capital ship]] is fine control of the ship's AG field by the AI.
26th Oct '16 7:37:16 AM Sharlee
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* In Michael Reaves' ''The Shattered World'' and ''The Burning Realm'', the fragments of a [[EarthShatteringKaboom broken fantasy planet]] are kept in orbit and provided with localized ArtificialGravity by powerful Runestones, allowing life to continue on each FloatingContinent within an immense magically-preserved air envelope. Smaller Runestones are likewise used to generate normal gravity aboard flying ships that travel from fragment to fragment.
7th Oct '16 4:26:45 AM nighttrainfm
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* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', Mr Terrific switches off the artificial gravity and then switches it back on again to incapacite Lex Luthor, who's in Flash's body at the time.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'', Mr Terrific switches off the artificial gravity and then switches it back on again to incapacite incapacitate Lex Luthor, who's in Flash's body at the time.
13th Sep '16 11:07:39 PM PaulA
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** And then the author {{RetCon}}s this in the ''Earth Afire'' prequel by stating that [[MegaCorp Juke Ltd.]] already has gravity-lensing technology that it uses as a prototype mining drill and to make aircraft fly on projected gravity fields even before the Formics ever get to Earth.

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** And then the author {{RetCon}}s this in the ''Earth Afire'' ''Literature/EarthAfire'' prequel by stating that [[MegaCorp Juke Ltd.]] already has gravity-lensing technology that it uses as a prototype mining drill and to make aircraft fly on projected gravity fields even before the Formics ever get to Earth.
22nd Aug '16 10:39:46 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** In fact ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach'' has the ''Pillar of Autumn'' generate gravity via centrifugal force. In-game, it's generated by Phlebotinum. Worth noting that the book was written before the first game even came out; it's only one of several details that have been retconned over the years.
** The Covenant make much more extensive use of gravity technology; all of their vehicles use anti-gravity to move and stay afloat, and they even use it for things as small and mundane as jetpacks, chairs and lifts. They even have small gravity generators attached to their aptly-named Gravity Hammers to strengthen each blow. The [[{{Precursors}} Forerunners]] they took the technology from had even great mastery over it, allowing them to keep entire skyscrapers afloat for 100,000+ years with little to no outside maintenance. Monitor [=AIs=] even have limited telekinetic abilities, [[spoiler:while the Ur-Didact's own pseudo-telekinesis is so powerful that he can easily beat the Master Chief without ever touching or shooting him]].

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** In fact ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach'' has had the ''Pillar of Autumn'' generate gravity via centrifugal force. In-game, force; in the games, it's generated by Phlebotinum. Phlebotinum instead. Worth noting that the book was written before the [[VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved first game game]] even came out; it's only one of several details that have been retconned over the years.
** The Covenant make much more extensive use of gravity technology; all of their vehicles use anti-gravity to move and stay afloat, and they even use it for things as small and mundane as jetpacks, chairs and lifts. They even have small gravity generators attached to their aptly-named Gravity Hammers to strengthen each blow. The [[{{Precursors}} Forerunners]] they took reverse-engineered the technology from had even great mastery over it, allowing them to keep entire skyscrapers afloat for 100,000+ years with little to no outside maintenance. Forerunner Monitor [=AIs=] even have limited telekinetic abilities, [[spoiler:while the Ur-Didact's own pseudo-telekinesis is so powerful that he can easily beat the Master Chief without ever touching or shooting him]].
11th Aug '16 1:43:25 AM PaulA
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* The invention of artificial gravity helps to drive the plot of Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Falling Free]]'', rendering the Quaddies (genetically engineered HumanSubspecies designed with legs replaced by a second set of arms + hands and free-fall adapted metabolisms) obsolete.

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* The invention of artificial gravity helps to drive the plot of Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Falling Free]]'', ''Literature/FallingFree'', rendering the Quaddies (genetically engineered HumanSubspecies designed with legs replaced by a second set of arms + hands and free-fall adapted metabolisms) obsolete.
7th Aug '16 3:53:37 PM TheGreatSkrond
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In SpaceOpera, artificial gravity is the ''last'' thing that breaks when a ship is damaged. You might have lost shields, weapons, drive systems, and half the hull, but things will still fall when dropped. This makes a certain degree of sense, as fixing a ship while floating around helplessly would probably take much longer. Artificial gravity is also essential for long-term flights, for if you spend too long in Zero G, then your muscles will become a painful, squishy mush once you get back to regular gravity.

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In SpaceOpera, artificial gravity is the ''last'' thing that breaks when a ship is damaged. You might have lost shields, weapons, drive systems, and half the hull, but things will still fall when dropped. This makes a certain degree of sense, as fixing a ship while floating around helplessly would probably take much longer. It also makes sense energetically, as there is no (1st Law) reason for an artificial gravity system to consume a significant amount of energy. Artificial gravity is also essential for long-term flights, for if you spend too long in Zero G, then your muscles will become a painful, squishy mush once you get back to regular gravity.
4th Aug '16 2:33:02 PM Ikibrod9000
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* A realistic example in ''Literature/JunctionPoint''. The starship ''Odysseus'' is able to accelerate at 1g, which simulates gravity via thrust. However, when orbiting a planet, it turns its engines off, and everything becomes weightless again.
2nd Aug '16 1:54:47 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Half explained in the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' universe. Most early human ships had no artificial gravity and the few that did achieved this through centrifugal force. However, once the UNSC started salvaging destroyed [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Covenant ships]], the existence of artificial gravity is {{Hand Wave}}d as AppliedPhlebotinum.

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* Half explained Half-explained in the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' universe. Most early human ships had no artificial gravity and the few that did achieved this through centrifugal force. However, once the UNSC started salvaging destroyed [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Covenant ships]], the existence of artificial gravity is {{Hand Wave}}d as AppliedPhlebotinum.
17th Jul '16 4:55:49 AM FGHIK
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*** Incorrect. It also happened (briefly) in an episode of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. A cloaked alien ship was "coasting" in the NX-01's warp drive wake (effectively pulling them along with Enterprise) due to their warp drive being damaged. The later explanation was that the aliens were too shy to just contact them and ask for help. The presence of the ship in the Enterprise's wake caused warp field distortions that fed back into other systems and caused malfunctions throughout the ship (the computers and crew didn't know to compensate for a ship being there because they didn't know it was). At one point the gravity fails in Archer's quarters while he is taking a shower. He actually floats up out of the shower and nice zero-G CG water floats about his cabin, until the gravity is suddenly restored and he ends up falling flat on his face followed by being drenched.

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*** Incorrect. It also happened (briefly) in an episode of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. A cloaked alien ship was "coasting" in the NX-01's warp drive wake (effectively pulling them along with Enterprise) due to their warp drive being damaged. The later explanation was that the aliens were too shy to just contact them and ask for help. The presence of the ship in the Enterprise's wake caused warp field distortions that fed back into other systems and caused malfunctions throughout the ship (the computers and crew didn't know to compensate for a ship being there because they didn't know it was). At one point the gravity fails in Archer's quarters while he is taking a shower. He actually floats up out of the shower and nice zero-G CG water floats about his cabin, until the gravity is suddenly restored and he ends up falling flat on his face followed by being drenched.
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