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17th Sep '17 1:24:02 PM superkeijikun
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** "Elogium" discusses this trope: since the ''Voyager'' is seventy-five years from returning home, Janeway and Chakotay discuss the possible need to turn the ship into one.
15th Sep '17 9:49:38 AM Khathi
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* In ''Literature/{{Honorverse}}'' the generation ships remained a chief way of human Diaspora way after the FasterThanLightTravel was invented, for [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace Hyperspace remained a scary place]] for several centuries before they found a way to safely navigate it. So the habitable planets were prospected by the daredevils with far more spunk than the common sence, betting their lives on a chance they don't meet the NegativeSpaceWedgie on the way; while the settlers themselves moved far more safely and sedately in the slower-than-light ships, fisrt as generation crews, and later as {{Human Popsicle}}s. The protagonists' world of Manticore took about 600 years to be settled since the launch of the colonisation ships, in which time the colony trust managed to LightspeedLeapfrog them to supply an already prepared bootstrap colony for them.
1st Aug '17 4:46:10 PM appealus
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* After Earth is destroyed at in ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'', most of the surviving humans turn their ships into this. Fortunately, this only lasts 15 years until [[spoiler:Planet Bob (AKA New Earth) is created]].

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* After Earth is destroyed at in ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'', most of the surviving humans turn their ships into this. Fortunately, this only lasts 15 years until [[spoiler:Planet Bob (AKA New Earth) is created]].
19th Jul '17 12:54:28 PM FurryKef
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** Its sequel ''VisualNovel/HatePlus'' reveals that its navigational AI was destroyed by a rebellion less than half a millenium into the ship's voyage, thus ensuring that the ''Mugunghwa'' would never reach its destination even without [[spoiler:[[KillEmAll Hyun-ae's intervention]]]].

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** Its sequel ''VisualNovel/HatePlus'' reveals that its navigational AI was destroyed by a rebellion less than half a millenium millennium into the ship's voyage, thus ensuring that the ''Mugunghwa'' would never reach its destination even without [[spoiler:[[KillEmAll Hyun-ae's intervention]]]].
25th Jun '17 4:33:09 AM LondonKdS
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** The story "World Enough and Time"/"The Doctor Falls" had an example where things went horribly wrong before the planned voyage even began. A [[spoiler:Mondasian]] generation ship was on its shakedown cruise when it became caught in the gravity well of a black hole. The crew members who went from the bridge at the front to the rear part of the ship to try to soup up the engines became trapped by massive TimeDilation effects along the length of the ship, bred, and created a culture which eventually, under the effects of social degeneration, increasing environmental degradation due to technical failures, and [[spoiler:possible manipulations by the Master, turned themselves into Cybermen in what may be a new official origin for the culture.]]
19th Jun '17 10:03:47 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* The Axiom from ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' is one of these, sustaining human life in space after the Earth has become uninhabitable. Subverted in that it wasn't ''meant'' to be. The humans were supposed to be aboard for just a few years, while the Wall-E units cleaned up the earth. The Buy-n-Large president, however, deemed the Earth permanently doomed and ordered the Autopilot to keep them in space forever. He turned out to be wrong, but it's 700 years before the first plant life reappears on the planet.

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* The Axiom from ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' is one of these, sustaining human life in space after the Earth has become uninhabitable. Subverted in that it wasn't ''meant'' to be. The humans were supposed to be aboard for just a few years, while the Wall-E units cleaned up the earth. The Buy-n-Large president, however, deemed the Earth permanently doomed and ordered the Autopilot to keep them in space forever. He turned out to be wrong, but it's 700 years before the first plant life reappears on the planet. By that time the inhabitants have been heavily effected by generations of sedentary lifestyles, although they recover quickly once their routines are broken.
17th May '17 7:01:04 PM Saber15
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** ''Chrysalis'' has the last lifeboat of humanity traveling through the galaxy to collect species before [[InYourNatureToDestroyYourselves they destroy themselves]], with immortal robots controlling the ship.

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** ''Chrysalis'' has the last lifeboat of humanity traveling through the galaxy to collect species before [[InYourNatureToDestroyYourselves they destroy themselves]], with immortal robots controlling the ship. [[spoiler: Turns out humanity didn't do such a thorough job blowing themselves up, and those that survived on Earth have advanced far beyond the technology of the ship and spread across the galaxy.]]
17th May '17 6:59:03 PM Saber15
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* RobertReed is a fan of this trope. His short story, ''The Children's Crusade'', is about a simulation of a crashed alien starship on Mars - in which the organic passengers are essentially cargo, while the robotic crew controls the ship. ''Chrysalis'' has the last lifeboat of humanity traveling through the galaxy to collect species before [[InYourNatureToDestroyYourselves they destroy themselves]], with immortal robots controlling the ship. ''The Winemaster'' has a Buick being used essentially as a generation ''car'' - the transhuman / post human residents are so small and live so quickly that an hour real time is like a year to them; several generations go by in the trip from a northern state into Canada.

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* RobertReed is a fan of this trope. His Creator/RobertReed:
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short story, story ''The Children's Crusade'', is about the eponymous organization creates a simulation of the Mars they wish to some day make. On it, there is a crashed alien starship on Mars - in which generation ship where the organic passengers are essentially cargo, while the robotic crew controls the ship. [[spoiler: The organization, backed by [=AIs=], eventually reveals that it intends to launch a similar ship to a star several thousand years distant]]
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''Chrysalis'' has the last lifeboat of humanity traveling through the galaxy to collect species before [[InYourNatureToDestroyYourselves they destroy themselves]], with immortal robots controlling the ship. ship.
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''The Winemaster'' has a Buick being used essentially as a generation ''car'' - the transhuman / post human residents are so small and live so quickly that an hour real time is like a year to them; several generations go by in the trip from a northern state into Canada.
17th May '17 3:53:20 AM Arivne
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* Another non-space generation ship is Armada from ''Literature/TheScar'' by China Mieville, which is a floating city build by connecting hundreds of regular ships. It doesn't have a permanent destination and it is not meant to ever reach land (as it is a piratical society), but has a permanent population that has lived in the city for generations.

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* Another non-space generation ship is Armada from ''Literature/TheScar'' by China Mieville, which is a floating city build built by connecting hundreds of regular ships. It doesn't have a permanent destination and it is not meant to ever reach land (as it is a piratical society), but has a permanent population that has lived in the city for generations.
17th May '17 3:51:39 AM Arivne
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* The title vessel in ''Literature/RendezvousWithRama'' superficially appears to be ''failed'' example of these in the original novel as there are no apparent inhabitants in the vessel. The characters speculate that all of its inhabitants died off during the vessel's hundred-thousand journey through space, leaving some pre-programmed robot systems in operation, although the robots are biological in nature and are created ''denovo'' whenever needed and recycled when not needed so there is no reason to believe the 'inhabitants' are not also made-on-demand. The sequels reveal that they [[spoiler: aren't intended to be generation ships (as they can accelerate to relativistic speeds) for travel but are merely prowling the cosmos to find the perfect life forms.]]

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* The title vessel in ''Literature/RendezvousWithRama'' superficially appears to be ''failed'' example of these in the original novel as there are no apparent inhabitants in the vessel. The characters speculate that all of its inhabitants died off during the vessel's hundred-thousand year journey through space, leaving some pre-programmed robot systems in operation, although the robots are biological in nature and are created ''denovo'' whenever needed and recycled when not needed so there is no reason to believe the 'inhabitants' are not also made-on-demand. The sequels reveal that they [[spoiler: aren't intended to be generation ships (as they can accelerate to relativistic speeds) for travel but are merely prowling the cosmos to find the perfect life forms.]]



* Eric Flint's ''Slow Train to Arcturus'' with the added bit most of the ship consists of misfits people wanted off Earth in their own sealed habits. Including Neo-Nazis, SpaceAmish, [[LadyLand Radical feminist genetic engineers]], [[NobleSpaceSavage Native Americans]], extreme sports enthusiasts, and [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny North Korea]]. A PlotTailoredToTheParty follows with a message about needing each other to survive (well at least needing everyone except for the [[AcceptableTarget Neo-Nazis and the leaders of the North Korean group]]).

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* Eric Flint's ''Slow Train to Arcturus'' with the added bit most of the ship consists of misfits people wanted off Earth in their own sealed habits.habitats. Including Neo-Nazis, SpaceAmish, [[LadyLand Radical feminist genetic engineers]], [[NobleSpaceSavage Native Americans]], extreme sports enthusiasts, and [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny North Korea]]. A PlotTailoredToTheParty follows with a message about needing each other to survive (well at least needing everyone except for the [[AcceptableTarget Neo-Nazis and the leaders of the North Korean group]]).
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