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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]]).
2nd May '17 5:30:57 AM Saber15
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** The 2014 sequel, ''Videogame/EliteDangerous'' added generation ships (and other 'mega ships') in the 2.3 Multicrew update. So far, every generation ship discovered has been lifeless for centuries; however, a large number of systems were successfully colonized and the ship disassembled. It should also be noted that they kept making generation ships even after the invention of FasterThanLightTravel, they just bolted into the ship for even greater range.
17th Apr '17 5:04:57 PM nombretomado
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* The TedReynolds novella ''{{Literature/Ker-Plop}}'' features quite possibly the ultimate example: the ship in question was sent out by a previous (human) galaxy-wide civilization to colonize one of the Magellanic Clouds, and is now returning. It's the size of a (dwarf) planet, has its own gravitational field, and (as the protagonist eventually realizes) contains a population nearly equal to the total population of the galaxy, since it's inhabited in three dimensions rather than just on the surface, as with habitable worlds.

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* The TedReynolds Creator/TedReynolds novella ''{{Literature/Ker-Plop}}'' features quite possibly the ultimate example: the ship in question was sent out by a previous (human) galaxy-wide civilization to colonize one of the Magellanic Clouds, and is now returning. It's the size of a (dwarf) planet, has its own gravitational field, and (as the protagonist eventually realizes) contains a population nearly equal to the total population of the galaxy, since it's inhabited in three dimensions rather than just on the surface, as with habitable worlds.



* The novella ''Mayflower II'' (a ''Literature/XeeleeSequence'' story by StephenBaxter) is set on a fleeing generation ship bound for a satellite galaxy 25,000 years away; at .5c, the trip will take fifty thousand years. A crew of nigh-immortal "pharaohs" rule over the "transients" (colonists with normal human lifespans). As the ship drifts through space and time, the society of the transients breaks down as the pharaohs slowly die off, devolving into little more than chimps with reflexive ship maintenance habits. The story is a dark, chilling, and excellent one.

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* The novella ''Mayflower II'' (a ''Literature/XeeleeSequence'' story by StephenBaxter) Creator/StephenBaxter) is set on a fleeing generation ship bound for a satellite galaxy 25,000 years away; at .5c, the trip will take fifty thousand years. A crew of nigh-immortal "pharaohs" rule over the "transients" (colonists with normal human lifespans). As the ship drifts through space and time, the society of the transients breaks down as the pharaohs slowly die off, devolving into little more than chimps with reflexive ship maintenance habits. The story is a dark, chilling, and excellent one.
31st Mar '17 3:14:59 PM nombretomado
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* In ''OrionsArm'' a few early colony ships were these, but smaller and faster sleeper ships had a tendency to reach the destination systems earlier. They're currently used as mobile habitats, freighters, and wormhole layliners.

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* In ''OrionsArm'' ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'' a few early colony ships were these, but smaller and faster sleeper ships had a tendency to reach the destination systems earlier. They're currently used as mobile habitats, freighters, and wormhole layliners.
19th Mar '17 2:50:27 PM mlsmithca
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* The entire world of ''PhantasyStarIII'' takes place on one of these. Ships like it were basically planetary escape pods, sent out when Parma exploded. Didn't go too well, though - some got lost, some were caught in the explosion and destroyed. Later, in ''Phantasy Star 4'', the heroes find the wreckage of one such ship that was crippled in the escape and suffered the nasty fate of getting stuck in a decaying orbit around Motavia.

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* The entire world of ''PhantasyStarIII'' ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIII'' takes place on one of these. Ships like it were basically planetary escape pods, sent out when Parma exploded. Didn't go too well, though - some got lost, some were caught in the explosion and destroyed. Later, in ''Phantasy Star 4'', the heroes find the wreckage of one such ship that was crippled in the escape and suffered the nasty fate of getting stuck in a decaying orbit around Motavia.
10th Mar '17 3:14:33 PM StFan
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* DC's ComicBook/{{Earth2}} ended with HomeworldEvacuation on Generation ships after [[spoiler: Darkseid sucessfully took over the earth]] but their trip only lasted for a short time after ComicBook/{{Convergence}} with discovery of new Earth-like planet but [[spoiler: most of the ships crashlanded on Earth with Terry Sloan--who specifically engineered the flaw of the Generation ships--which left him as defacto ruler over the survivors.]]

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* DC's ComicBook/{{Earth2}} ComicBook/Earth2 ended with HomeworldEvacuation on Generation ships after [[spoiler: Darkseid sucessfully took over the earth]] but their trip only lasted for a short time after ComicBook/{{Convergence}} with discovery of new Earth-like planet but [[spoiler: most of the ships crashlanded on Earth with Terry Sloan--who specifically engineered the flaw of the Generation ships--which left him as defacto ruler over the survivors.]]



** One of the stories took place on the ships was focused on Tris Plover, who was assigned as an agricultural worker and sentenced to be [[HumanResources a fertilizer]] at age 30 until she joined with Batman as Robin after the discovery that the ship has went off course. [[spoiler: Although she managed to use new navigation data to get the ship on right track, [[BittersweetEnding The new course will take at least more than three centuries to reach the journey and Tris had to turn herself in to the authority due to knowing that she will not be there to see it.]]]] [[/folder]]
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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.
* 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]].
* ''Film/BattleForTerra'' has the last survivors of a massive interplanetary war fleeing the solar system in a generation ship (the Ark) to the Terrians star, at least a hundred year's travel away. The ship has been experiencing [[UsedFuture more and more frequent fatal malfunctions]], forcing humanity to take [[HostileTerraforming drastic measures to survive]], becoming InvadingRefugees.

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** One of the stories took place on the ships was focused on Tris Plover, who was assigned as an agricultural worker and sentenced to be [[HumanResources a fertilizer]] at age 30 until she joined with Batman as Robin after the discovery that the ship has went off course. [[spoiler: Although she managed to use new navigation data to get the ship on right track, [[BittersweetEnding The new course will take at least more than three centuries to reach the journey and Tris had to turn herself in to the authority due to knowing that she will not be there to see it.]]]] [[/folder]]
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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.
* 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]].
* ''Film/BattleForTerra'' has the last survivors of a massive interplanetary war fleeing the solar system in a generation ship (the Ark) to the Terrians star, at least a hundred year's travel away. The ship has been experiencing [[UsedFuture more and more frequent fatal malfunctions]], forcing humanity to take [[HostileTerraforming drastic measures to survive]], becoming InvadingRefugees.
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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.
* 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]].
* ''Film/BattleForTerra'' has the last survivors of a massive interplanetary war fleeing the solar system in a generation ship (the Ark) to the Terrians star, at least a hundred year's travel away. The ship has been experiencing [[UsedFuture more and more frequent fatal malfunctions]], forcing humanity to take [[HostileTerraforming drastic measures to survive]], becoming InvadingRefugees.
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* In a baffling non-space example, the train in ''Film/{{Snowpiercer}}'' becomes one of these, with children born on board. It houses the last survivors of a brutal, global IceAge, and is powered by a PerpetualMotionMachine.

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* In a baffling non-space example, the train in ''Film/{{Snowpiercer}}'' becomes one of these, with children born on board. It houses the last survivors of a brutal, global IceAge, Ice Age, and is powered by a PerpetualMotionMachine.



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20th Feb '17 4:10:00 AM jormis29
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* The early science fiction game "Metamorphosis Alpha" from [=TSR=] was set on one of these. It was reworked later as the Amazing Engine setting book "Metamorphosis Alpha To Omega".

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* The early science fiction game "Metamorphosis Alpha" from [=TSR=] Creator/{{TSR}} was set on one of these. It was reworked later as the Amazing Engine setting book "Metamorphosis Alpha To Omega".
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