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8th May '16 3:45:44 PM DarkHunter
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* In ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'' Old Earth was abandoned after the {{nano|machines}}disaster, because the AI that was designed to protect Earth from Grey Goo decided humanity was the greatest threat to Earth (at least she was considerate enough to make enough ships for us). Granted, Old Earth is still inhabitable, it's just no one's allowed to live there anymore. Of course, after 10,000 years of interstellar expansion Sol has been all but reduced to a tourist trap, significant only in that it's the location of the original homeworld of the Terragens, merely a historical curiosity among the millions of inhabited star system. It's mentioned that by the "present day" of the setting (approx. 12,000 AD) that the AI in charge of Earth has mellowed somewhat and now allows a limited number of tourists, pilgrims and scientists to a limited number of areas on Earth. She even went through the trouble of preserving or restoring some culturally significant human sites such as Mecca or Cape Canaveral.

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* In ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'' Old Earth was abandoned after the {{nano|machines}}disaster, because the AI that was designed to protect Earth from Grey Goo decided humanity was the greatest threat to Earth (at and kicked them off-planet under threat of death (it was at least she was considerate enough to make enough ships for us).build a fleet of starships humanity could use to get off Earth first). Granted, Old Earth is still inhabitable, it's just no one's allowed to live there anymore. Of course, after 10,000 years of interstellar expansion Sol has been all but reduced to a tourist trap, significant only in that it's the location of the original homeworld of the Terragens, merely a historical curiosity among the millions of inhabited star system. It's mentioned that by the "present day" of the setting (approx. 12,000 AD) that the AI in charge of Earth has mellowed somewhat and now allows a limited number of tourists, pilgrims and scientists to a limited number of areas on Earth. She even went through the trouble of preserving or restoring some culturally significant human sites such as Mecca or Cape Canaveral.
6th May '16 7:05:10 AM ChronoLegion
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* In Robert Charles Wilson's ''[[Literature/{{Spin}} Vortex]]'', Earth has been abandoned and rendered uninhabitable in one of the book's parallel storylines. Justified, since the events are taking place millions of years in the future (from the viewpoint of the universe), although [[TimeDilation only 10,000 years from the viewpoint of Earth]], and the Sun has expanded and prepares to scorch Earth. Thanks to the Hypotheticals and their [[PortalNetwork Arches]], humanity has spread to other planets from Earth and Mars (which has also suffered the same fate as Earth), although it's mentioned that not everyone was able to make it out before dying. One group is determined to get back to Earth and contact the Hypotheticals. While the Arch to Earth is no longer functional, they hope that one of the new "arrivals" will act as a key to activate the portal. [[spoiler:It works, but Earth turns out to be an unlivable hellhole. The Hypotheticals attack Vox Core and kill everyone but the three main characters. They witness the Arch start to break apart on Earth and have to find an alternative means to get off the planet]].
6th May '16 6:56:14 AM ChronoLegion
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* In Harry Harrison's ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'' books, Earth was lost even before the Breakdown, and it's unclear whether it was actually called "Earth" or "Dirt". (In a later book, the Rat actually has to ''go to Earth'' through a timewarp to warn of its impending doom. So it ''was'' destroyed)

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* In Harry Harrison's ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'' books, Earth was lost even before the Breakdown, and it's unclear whether it was actually called "Earth" or "Dirt". (In a later book, the Rat actually has to ''go to Earth'' through a timewarp to warn of its impending doom. So it ''was'' destroyed)destroyed. Humanity actually spread to the stars from the terraformed Mars.)
6th May '16 6:52:44 AM ChronoLegion
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** In the other (unofficial) SpiritualSuccessor ''VideoGame/PandoraFirstContact'', Earth isn't doing very well. Humanity is steadily moving out to space habitats and other planets in the Solar System, although their lives are hardly ideal. Then the AI tasked with restoring Earth to habitability decides that humans are the biggest problem for the planet and forces everyone else out, locking down the planet and hiding it under a thick cloud cover. All anyone knows is that strange seismic activity is taking place somewhere on Earth, but the AI is silent on what's happening. This all happens after the departure of the colony ships to the Nashira (Gamma Capricorni) system, though.
6th May '16 5:52:47 AM ChronoLegion
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* The goal of ''VideoGame/{{OPUS}}'' is to find Earth. Set in the distant future, the game has humanity spread out throughout the universe. Unfortunately, rampant genetic engineering has resulted in genome degradation. The only hope likes in the mythical planet of origin, where scientists hope to obtain an original, unmodified DNA sample to save humanity. Notably, a great many people believe that humanity didn't originate on Earth and was simply genetically engineered. Those who believe do so with a near-religious fervor (you even find an Earthology Bible at one point).
30th Mar '16 12:23:27 PM MarqFJA
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[[AfterTheEnd The end came]] and the UsefulNotes/{{Earth}} died. A catastrophe of [[ApocalypseHow irrevocable]] proportions makes the planet unsuitable for large scale civilization-- or even ''life''. It can be self inflicted from our [[GreenAesop abuse]], [[NeglectfulPrecursors negligence]] and wars, or external by aliens, astronomical phenomena, or other causes. Usually, a [[HomeworldEvacuation mass exodus]] occurs where survivors settle on a new planet in an extrasolar system (though a {{Terraform}}ed Mars is a popular in-system option), sometimes all over the galaxy, and live on. Perhaps a little wiser, or perhaps [[HumansAreBastards doomed to repeat our mistakes]]. During the course of generations the Earth will leave fact and become legend; a [[TheTimeOfMyths mythical]] place of endless blue and green and CrystalSpiresAndTogas. How much of this will be Revisionist History, propaganda, or simple nostalgia varies by setting.

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[[AfterTheEnd The end came]] and the UsefulNotes/{{Earth}} died. A catastrophe of [[ApocalypseHow irrevocable]] proportions makes the planet unsuitable for large scale civilization-- or even ''life''. It can be self inflicted from our [[GreenAesop abuse]], [[NeglectfulPrecursors negligence]] abuse, negligence and wars, wars]], or external by aliens, {{alien|Invasion}}s, [[MeteorOfDoom astronomical phenomena, phenomena]], or other causes. Usually, a [[HomeworldEvacuation mass exodus]] occurs where survivors settle on a new planet in an extrasolar system (though a {{Terraform}}ed Mars is a popular in-system option), sometimes all over the galaxy, and live on. Perhaps a little wiser, or perhaps [[HumansAreBastards doomed to repeat our mistakes]]. During the course of generations the Earth will leave fact and become legend; a [[TheTimeOfMyths mythical]] place of endless blue and green and CrystalSpiresAndTogas. How much of this will be Revisionist History, propaganda, or simple nostalgia varies by setting.
14th Feb '16 6:10:04 PM pittsburghmuggle
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[[AfterTheEnd The end came]] and the Earth died. A catastrophe of [[ApocalypseHow irrevocable]] proportions makes the planet unsuitable for large scale civilization-- or even ''life''. It can be self inflicted from our [[GreenAesop abuse]], [[NeglectfulPrecursors negligence]] and wars, or external by aliens, astronomical phenomena, or other causes. Usually, a [[HomeworldEvacuation mass exodus]] occurs where survivors settle on a new planet in an extrasolar system (though a {{Terraform}}ed Mars is a popular in-system option), sometimes all over the galaxy, and live on. Perhaps a little wiser, or perhaps [[HumansAreBastards doomed to repeat our mistakes]]. During the course of generations the Earth will leave fact and become legend; a [[TheTimeOfMyths mythical]] place of endless blue and green and CrystalSpiresAndTogas. How much of this will be Revisionist History, propaganda, or simple nostalgia varies by setting.

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[[AfterTheEnd The end came]] and the Earth UsefulNotes/{{Earth}} died. A catastrophe of [[ApocalypseHow irrevocable]] proportions makes the planet unsuitable for large scale civilization-- or even ''life''. It can be self inflicted from our [[GreenAesop abuse]], [[NeglectfulPrecursors negligence]] and wars, or external by aliens, astronomical phenomena, or other causes. Usually, a [[HomeworldEvacuation mass exodus]] occurs where survivors settle on a new planet in an extrasolar system (though a {{Terraform}}ed Mars is a popular in-system option), sometimes all over the galaxy, and live on. Perhaps a little wiser, or perhaps [[HumansAreBastards doomed to repeat our mistakes]]. During the course of generations the Earth will leave fact and become legend; a [[TheTimeOfMyths mythical]] place of endless blue and green and CrystalSpiresAndTogas. How much of this will be Revisionist History, propaganda, or simple nostalgia varies by setting.
13th Jan '16 12:28:45 AM TrollBrutal
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* ''Film/AlienResurrection''. Every character thinks the place is a polluted, unlivable piece of shit.
* ''Film/BladeRunner''. An interesting subversion. Everyone on Earth is fleeing the overcrowded place for the Offworld Colonies, so it's sort of an UnbuiltTrope.
1st Jan '16 3:14:52 AM AnotherGuy
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* ''Film/AlienResurrection''. Every character thinks the place is a polluted, unlivable piece of shit.
* ''Film/BladeRunner''. An interesting subversion. Everyone on Earth is fleeing the overcrowded place for the Offworld Colonies, so it's sort of an UnbuiltTrope.
18th Dec '15 4:09:57 PM eroock
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