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13th Aug '16 5:15:30 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''{{Discworld}}/Series/TheBigBangTheory'' crossover ''Fanfic/TheManyWorldsInterpretation'', Creator/AAPessimal introduces the idea of ''Carrotworld'' as one of several alternative cosmologies. People living on the relatively flat bit at the top of Carrotworld would perceive themselves as living on a flat Earth. And it would be true as far as it goes. But how would they know the bit underneath, that they cannot directly see, is not a long thin roughly conical mass tapering down to a point? Sheldon Cooper and Ponder Stibbons agree this is feasible. Sheldon points out it's what you might expect to see of matter extruded out through the sphincter of a White Hole, squeezed down by cosmic forces to the point where it is pinched off by passage through the cosmic orifice... why are you ''sniggering'', Howard?

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* In the ''{{Discworld}}/Series/TheBigBangTheory'' ''Literature/{{Discworld}}[=/=]Series/TheBigBangTheory'' crossover ''Fanfic/TheManyWorldsInterpretation'', Creator/AAPessimal introduces the idea of ''Carrotworld'' as one of several alternative cosmologies. People living on the relatively flat bit at the top of Carrotworld would perceive themselves as living on a flat Earth. And it would be true as far as it goes. But how would they know the bit underneath, that they cannot directly see, is not a long thin roughly conical mass tapering down to a point? Sheldon Cooper and Ponder Stibbons agree this is feasible. Sheldon points out it's what you might expect to see of matter extruded out through the sphincter of a White Hole, squeezed down by cosmic forces to the point where it is pinched off by passage through the cosmic orifice... why are you ''sniggering'', Howard?
6th Aug '16 10:18:49 AM Aquila89
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** In fact, one novel concerns the bold efforts of religious fanatics who believe the world is round because God prefers perfect circles going about crushing dissent from any scientist who tries to prove the world is actually flat. Which it is.

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** In fact, one novel ''Discworld/SmallGods'' concerns the bold efforts of the Omnians, religious fanatics who believe the world is round because God prefers perfect circles going about crushing dissent from any scientist who tries to prove the world is actually flat. Which it is.
25th Jun '16 9:51:32 PM jormis29
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Flat worlds typically only appear in fantasy. They will usually be a circular disc, although other shapes have appeared. The edges will either be [[TheWallAroundTheWorld surrounded by walls]] (often {{Invisible Wall}}s in video games) or will be unguarded, [[NonStandardGameOver so that the unwary may fall off]]. Occasionally, there are no edges - the world goes on in all directions [[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale for infinity]].

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Flat worlds typically only appear in fantasy. They will usually be a circular disc, although other shapes have appeared. The edges will either be surrounded by [[WaterfallIntoTheAbyss waterfalls cascading into nothingness]] or [[TheWallAroundTheWorld surrounded by walls]] (often {{Invisible Wall}}s in video games) or will be unguarded, [[NonStandardGameOver so that the unwary may not fall off]]. Occasionally, there are no edges - the world goes on in all directions [[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale for infinity]].



* The Godwheel in the cancelled ''Ultraverse'' comics [[TheVerse 'verse]] is an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alderson_disk Alderson disc]]: a flat disc billions of kilometres across with a star in a hole in the middle, on which multiple ecosystems evolved in widely separated regions. All the alien species that visit Earth originate from this single world.

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* The Godwheel in the cancelled ''Ultraverse'' ''ComicBook/TheUltraverse'' comics [[TheVerse 'verse]] is an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alderson_disk Alderson disc]]: a flat disc billions of kilometres across with a star in a hole in the middle, on which multiple ecosystems evolved in widely separated regions. All the alien species that visit Earth originate from this single world.
9th May '16 7:24:58 PM LeeM
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* Technically, the landscape of the ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'' is a Flatworld, as it only has one side and has edges walled off with hundred-thousand-mile high walls.

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* Technically, the landscape of the ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'' is a Flatworld, as it only has one side and has edges walled off with hundred-thousand-mile high walls. Its diameter is so great that any local deviation from a flat plane is negligible.
* Ringworld creator Creator/LarryNiven's essay "Bigger than Worlds" includes a description of a world shaped like an LP without grooves, hundreds of millions of miles wide, with its sun bobbing up and down through the center hole. Local gravity means that down is always toward the surface of the disc. Because the sun never gets overhead, the effect is a world of twilight alternating with night.
1st May '16 9:45:27 AM Lightice
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* Glorantha in ''TabletopGame/RuneQuest'' is a flat perfect square, which lends its shape to the Earth Rune in the setting. It ends in an endless wall of ice in the north and a wall of fire in the south, which are too cold and hot respectively to approach. To the east and west there is endless ocean that can technically be sailed past the world's borders, but at that point one enters into the realm of the gods where distance and direction have no meaning. Still, with powerful enough magic it is possible to find the Gates of Dusk and Dawn where the Sun God Yelm enters and exits the Underworld every day. Naturally this is best to observe from a safe distance.
30th Apr '16 12:35:01 AM jormis29
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* In ''Film/EricTheViking'', the characters [[spoiler:sail off the edge of the world and land in Valhalla]]. This partially averts the usual "flat error" (that "back then everyone thought the world was flat"). The token Christian [=DISbelieves=] in the edge of the world.

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* In ''Film/EricTheViking'', ''Film/ErikTheViking'', the characters [[spoiler:sail off the edge of the world and land in Valhalla]]. This partially averts the usual "flat error" (that "back then everyone thought the world was flat"). The token Christian [=DISbelieves=] in the edge of the world.
29th Apr '16 10:50:45 AM IstamVitamDeploravi
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* Hal Ketchum's song 'Small Town Saturday Night' includes a verse where Bobby tells his girlfriend, Lucy, that the world must be flat, because nobody ever comes back when they leave town. He says they fall straight off the edge.
15th Apr '16 7:50:07 PM Fireblood
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In ancient history, many cultures believed the Earth was flat. Certainly the curvature is so slight that it wasn't until the Greeks that the spherical Earth theory took hold (contrary to popular belief, [[{{DeadUnicornTrope}}Christopher Columbus didn't have to try and convince people that the earth was round]]. Rather, he thought it was much smaller that it's turned out to be. His opponents were right in saying the earth is much larger. The idea of it being about if the earth is flat or round [[NewerThanTheyThink dates from a novel in the early 1800s]]).

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In ancient history, many cultures believed the Earth was flat. Certainly the curvature is so slight that it wasn't until the Greeks that the spherical Earth theory took hold (contrary to popular belief, [[{{DeadUnicornTrope}}Christopher Columbus didn't have to try and convince people that the earth was round]]. Rather, he thought it was much smaller that it's turned out to be. His opponents were right in saying the earth is much larger. The idea of it being about if the earth is flat or round [[NewerThanTheyThink dates from a novel in the early 1800s]]).
15th Apr '16 7:49:53 PM Fireblood
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In ancient history, many cultures believed the Earth was flat. Certainly the curvature is so slight that it wasn't until the Greeks that the spherical Earth theory took hold (contrary to popular belief, [[{{DeadUnicornTrope}}Christopher Columbus didn't have to try and convince people that the earth was round. Rather, he thought it was much smaller that it's turned out to be. His opponents were right in saying the earth is much larger]]).

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In ancient history, many cultures believed the Earth was flat. Certainly the curvature is so slight that it wasn't until the Greeks that the spherical Earth theory took hold (contrary to popular belief, [[{{DeadUnicornTrope}}Christopher Columbus didn't have to try and convince people that the earth was round.round]]. Rather, he thought it was much smaller that it's turned out to be. His opponents were right in saying the earth is much larger]]).
larger. The idea of it being about if the earth is flat or round [[NewerThanTheyThink dates from a novel in the early 1800s]]).
15th Apr '16 7:48:26 PM Fireblood
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In ancient history, many cultures believed the Earth was flat. Certainly the curvature is so slight that it wasn't until the Greeks that the spherical Earth theory took hold (contrary to popular belief, [[{{DeadUnicornTrope}}Christopher Columbus didn't have to try and convince people that the earth was round]]).

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In ancient history, many cultures believed the Earth was flat. Certainly the curvature is so slight that it wasn't until the Greeks that the spherical Earth theory took hold (contrary to popular belief, [[{{DeadUnicornTrope}}Christopher Columbus didn't have to try and convince people that the earth was round]]).
round. Rather, he thought it was much smaller that it's turned out to be. His opponents were right in saying the earth is much larger]]).
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