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1st Dec '16 4:55:42 PM TSBasilisk
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** ''Literature/OrphansOfTheSky'' has a massive generation ship whose inhabitants have forgotten their origins and fallen into barbarism, yet [[RagnarokProofing the ship still functions after centuries of neglect]] (albeit with an assist from CargoCult maintenance procedures). Guess they don't make them like they will have used to.
** The ''New Frontiers'' in ''Literature/MethuselahsChildren'' was a Generation Ship which was later upgraded with a FTL Drive.

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** ''Literature/OrphansOfTheSky'' has a the massive generation ship ''Vanguard'' whose inhabitants have forgotten their origins and fallen into barbarism, yet [[RagnarokProofing the ship still functions after centuries of neglect]] (albeit with an assist from CargoCult maintenance procedures). Guess they don't make them like they will have used to.
*** An excerpt indicates the ship was specifically designed in a way that minimized the amount of automation and moving parts, thus reducing wear and tear and extending the functional lifespan of the ship.
** The ''New Frontiers'' in ''Literature/MethuselahsChildren'' was a Generation Ship which was later upgraded with a FTL Drive. It was in fact a sister ship of the ''Vanguard''.
14th Nov '16 11:29:19 PM Ratimir
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* ''Series/AscensionMiniseries'' takes place aboard a starship intended for a 100-year voyage, launched in the 1960s.

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* ''Series/AscensionMiniseries'' takes place aboard a starship intended for a 100-year voyage, launched in the 1960s. [[spoiler:Except that it doesn't. The whole thing is being faked on Earth as a huge, elaborate experiment. The reasons for this are poorly explained, but seem to be an attempt to somehow force the [[EvolutionaryLevels next step]] in (super)human [[GoalOrientedEvolution evolution]].]]
13th Nov '16 8:40:14 AM Winter
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* ''Anime/{{Megazone 23}}'' (the first two installments).

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* ''Anime/{{Megazone 23}}'' (the 23}}'': the first two installments).installments take place on a colony ship that's returning to Earth after centuries away. [[spoiler: The inhabitants think they're living in [=1980s=] Tokyo, the "best time to live" chosen by the computer that runs the ship and wind up at war with a second generation ship of people who retained or developed a higher level of technology.]]



* The eponymous Sidonia from ''Manga/KnightsOfSidonia''.

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* The eponymous Sidonia from ''Manga/KnightsOfSidonia''.''Manga/KnightsOfSidonia'', one of several massive ships constructed to flee Earth after humanity lost the first war against the Gauna. Contact with her sister ships was lost long ago and they're presumed destroyed by the time the series opens.
12th Nov '16 3:24:14 PM LondonKdS
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This doesn't ''have'' to wind up as a CityInABottle, but frequently does (and did in what is perhaps the first story to [[strike:use]] popularize this trope, Creator/RobertAHeinlein's "Universe"). Several examples of GenerationShips are listed on that page.

GenerationShips are great settings for sociological comment: the author has [[ClosedCircle a nice sealed pressure vessel]] to play out their theories or critique existing cultures.

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This doesn't ''have'' to wind up as a CityInABottle, but frequently does (and did in what is perhaps the first story to [[strike:use]] popularize this trope, Creator/RobertAHeinlein's "Universe"). Several examples of GenerationShips Generation Ships are listed on that page.

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page. This is simply the most common failure mode, as it's rare to have a generation ship story in which things don't go horribly wrong, whether technologically, socially, or both.

Generation Ships
are great settings for sociological comment: the author has [[ClosedCircle a nice sealed pressure vessel]] to play out their theories or critique existing cultures.



* Rob Grant's ''Literature/{{Colony}}'' deconstructs this somewhat. Various systems go wrong (notably the eugenics program determining who is allowed to mate with whom, and the career-allocation system), so the later generations are hopelessly inbred, illiterate and unqualified for their jobs.
** Not quite a deconstruction as things going horribly wrong is the ''normal'' state of this trope.

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* Rob Grant's ''Literature/{{Colony}}'' deconstructs this somewhat. ''Literature/{{Colony}}''. Various systems go wrong (notably the eugenics program determining who is allowed to mate with whom, and the career-allocation system), so the later generations are hopelessly inbred, illiterate and unqualified for their jobs.
** Not quite a deconstruction as things going horribly wrong is the ''normal'' state of this trope.
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2nd Nov '16 10:01:11 PM t209
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* The [[http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/levianst.htm Levians]] were another comics race who lived on a generation ship and encountered Earth superheroes.

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* The [[http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/levianst.htm Levians]] were another comics race who lived on a generation ship and encountered Earth superheroes.superheroes who requested their aid to combat [[OctopoidAliens Sporr]] for abducting many of its people with its CombatTentacles. [[spoiler: Much to the [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone dismay]] of Thor, Warriors Three, and Levians who slew Sporr; it was discovered to be GoodAllAlong as its "abduction" were in fact nursing the weak and old in garden environment.]]
2nd Nov '16 9:30:42 PM t209
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* A ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' story had the FF come across an [[http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/kestoranracenegzone.htm alien race]] who had been traveling so long that they had adapted to their ship's artificial environment and could not survive on a planet. When Reed reveals this to their captain, he [[GoMadFromTheRevelation doesn't take it well]] because the religion he follows find the idea that they are not as their god created them but have evolved abhorrent. He commits suicide. Incidentally all the aliens look the same. It's a bit of a surprise to find the first mate is female, the captain's wife, and that her ancestors knew all along but kept it a secret. Ultimately the next leader decides to keep the truth from her people [[IDidWhatIHadToDo for the greater good]].

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* A ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' story had the FF come across an [[http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/kestoranracenegzone.htm alien race]] who had been traveling so long that they had adapted to their ship's artificial environment and could not survive on a planet. When Reed reveals this to their captain, he [[GoMadFromTheRevelation doesn't take it well]] because the religion he follows find the idea that they are not as their god created them but have evolved abhorrent. He commits suicide.suicide when his first mate reveal that the "500" awakened crews to be kept as caretakers were in fact survivors of 20,000 cryogenic sleepers. Incidentally all the aliens look the same. It's a bit of a surprise to find the first mate is female, the captain's wife, and that her ancestors knew all along but kept it a secret. Ultimately the next leader decides to keep the truth from her people [[IDidWhatIHadToDo for the greater good]].
30th Oct '16 10:00:40 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{GURPS}}: Spaceships'' has the uses the traditional concept for the ''Universe'' and ''Endeavor''. The third ship is the ''Magellan'' which carries 20 thousand people in luxury at [[FasterThanLightTravel FTL]] speeds, allowing for ridiculously long trips.

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* ''{{GURPS}}: ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}: Spaceships'' has the uses the traditional concept for the ''Universe'' and ''Endeavor''. The third ship is the ''Magellan'' which carries 20 thousand people in luxury at [[FasterThanLightTravel FTL]] speeds, allowing for ridiculously long trips.
30th Aug '16 3:06:37 PM Koopacooper
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*** Some fans consider that properly going down the "generation ship" route might have been more interesting, rather than resorting to occasional plot devices to throw them across chunks of space. Of course, the show would never have lasted for 70 years. Also it might've become compared too closely with the likes of Battlestar Galactica...
15th Aug '16 1:23:15 PM DarkHunter
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* Uniquely, ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' has several examples of ''faster-than-light'' generational ships (they can cross the galaxy in a couple of years, but they end up being generational because they have ''no idea where they're going''; the galaxy's a big place to map), with humanity deliberately spreading itself out to avoid species-ending disasters like the one that happened at the end of the original ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', with examples including City 7 of ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'' and the eponymous ''Anime/MacrossFrontier''. In fact, ''Anime/MacrossPlus'' is actually the only series set after the original without one.

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* Uniquely, ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' has several examples of ''faster-than-light'' generational ships (they can cross the galaxy in a couple of years, but they end up being generational because they have ''no idea where they're going''; the galaxy's a big place to map), with humanity deliberately spreading itself out to avoid species-ending disasters like the one that happened at the end of the original ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', with examples including City 7 of ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'' and the eponymous ''Anime/MacrossFrontier''. In fact, ''Anime/MacrossPlus'' is actually the only series set after the original without one.
1st Aug '16 6:31:48 PM PaulA
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* ''Endless Universe'', by MarionZimmerBradley, is an example of "Generation Ship Planting FTL Gates".
* ''Paradises Lost'', by UrsulaKLeGuin, focuses on the generations who grow up on the ship.

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* ''Endless Universe'', by MarionZimmerBradley, Creator/MarionZimmerBradley, is an example of "Generation Ship Planting FTL Gates".
* ''Paradises Lost'', by UrsulaKLeGuin, Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin, focuses on the generations who grow up on the ship.
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