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7th Nov '16 2:08:32 AM Theriocephalus
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* The planet Albia in the ''VideoGame/{{Creatures}}'' games is a disc-shaped world- but life only occurs on the outer edge, so essentially this combines a disc-shaped and a ring-shaped world. (It doesn't encircle its sun like the other ring-worlds on this page.) The discovery by the [[NeglectfulPrecursors Shee]] that most planets are round is a plot point.

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* The planet Albia in the ''VideoGame/{{Creatures}}'' games is a disc-shaped world- world -- but life only occurs on the outer edge, so essentially this combines a disc-shaped and a ring-shaped world. (It doesn't encircle its sun like the other ring-worlds on this page.) The discovery by the [[NeglectfulPrecursors Shee]] that most planets are round is a plot point.
9th Oct '16 10:32:26 AM erforce
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* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' has this in the third movie. Beyond the edge of the world is the entrance to Davy Jones's Locker. A rather strange case, since you apparently can't just pick a direction and sail there until you reach the end, because then anybody could get there. You have to be truly lost at sea, and then you magically teleport to the end. So, it's debatable if the world is flat in this universe, or if it's round, and you just get transport to a strange waterfall place when you're lost.

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* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' has this in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd third movie.movie]]. Beyond the edge of the world is the entrance to Davy Jones's Locker. A rather strange case, since you apparently can't just pick a direction and sail there until you reach the end, because then anybody could get there. You have to be truly lost at sea, and then you magically teleport to the end. So, it's debatable if the world is flat in this universe, or if it's round, and you just get transport to a strange waterfall place when you're lost.
4th Oct '16 1:24:48 PM AreYouTyler
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* In 2016, Atlanta pop-rapper B.o.B. released a dis track towards astrophysicist UsefulNotes/NeilDeGrasseTyson titled "Flatline". The song was inspired by B.o.B.'s beliefs in conspiracies, such as the Earth being flat, and even included audio clips of Tyson disproving B.o.B's comments.

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* In 2016, Atlanta pop-rapper B.o.B. Music/{{Bob}} released a dis track towards astrophysicist UsefulNotes/NeilDeGrasseTyson titled "Flatline". The song was inspired by B.o.B.'s beliefs in conspiracies, such as the Earth being flat, and even included audio clips of Tyson disproving B.o.B's comments.
2nd Sep '16 9:15:00 PM Theriocephalus
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* 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.

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* Ringworld creator Creator/LarryNiven's essay "Bigger than Worlds" includes a description of a world shaped like an LP a phonograph record without grooves, hundreds of millions of miles wide, with its sun bobbing up and down through the a center hole.hole and a thousand-mile-high wall around the hole to keep the atmosphere in. 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. Niven notes that this world would be ideal for SwordAndSorcery novels, especially should the builder civilization fall -- it's got the right "strange, unfamiliar world" feel, and since areas at different distances from the sun could house aliens from very different worlds, natural spread and adaptation of alien life across the borders would provide for the monsters.



* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has Rath, a flat world which is "vibrating" on a different frequency than Dominaria. As Rath gets larger, its vibrations slow until it vibrates in sync with Dominaria. The whole plane exists so [[TheVirus the Phyrexians]] can take over.

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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has Rath, ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''
** Rath is
a flat world which is "vibrating" on a different frequency than Dominaria. As Rath gets larger, its vibrations slow until it vibrates in sync with Dominaria. The whole plane exists so [[TheVirus the Phyrexians]] can take over.



* Pandora, from the ''Literature/DominionAndDuchy'' canon is a flat world that is somewhat unique in that it exists, possibly naturally, in a space opera setting.
* In part 4 of ''The Sick Kids'', the sequel to ''TheIntercontinentalUnionOfDisgustingCharacters'', we learn that Central Earth is flat. ("What did you think it was anyway, round? Hah, we'd all fall off then!")

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* Pandora, from the ''Literature/DominionAndDuchy'' canon canon, is a flat world that is somewhat unique in that it exists, possibly naturally, in a space opera setting.
* In part 4 of ''The Sick Kids'', the sequel to ''TheIntercontinentalUnionOfDisgustingCharacters'', ''Literature/TheIntercontinentalUnionOfDisgustingCharacters'', we learn that Central Earth is flat. ("What did you think it was anyway, round? Hah, we'd all fall off then!")
27th Aug '16 8:45:43 AM arda777
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* In ''Film/GodsOfEgypt'', the world is flat like in egyptian mythology.
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.
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