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15th Jul '17 7:19:41 AM trumpetmarietta
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* Creator/StephenKing's short story "[[Literature/SkeletonCrew The Jaunt]]" features a family waiting to be instantaneously teleported from Earth to Mars, in a process that first requires them to be gassed unconscious. The father tells his two children a bowdlerized version of how the technique came to be discovered and why the gas is needed, skipping over the gruesome semi-apocryphal account of the first man to make the trip awake. Unfortunately [[spoiler:the son hears enough to be curious about what the trip is like, so he holds his breath when the gas is administered. The father wakes up on the other end to witness his cackling white-haired son clawing his own eyes out: The physical trip is indeed instantaneous, but the mental journey... well... "[[DoubleMeaning It's longer than you think]], Dad! Longer than you think!!"]]\\\
The interesting thing is that in this example, it's believed that hyperspace itself isn't scary but the fact that the mind is freed from the body. Essentially, the traveller's conciousness is devoid of any sensory input yet still self-aware. It's theorized that the human mind can't take the ultimate isolation caused by the jaunt with no input and that the sense of time works differently with no physical sensation.\\\
Worse than that, there's a mention of a man who'd set out to murder his wife by sending her through a jaunt gate, and ''not entering a destination''. His lawyers argued at his trial that no-one could actually prove the woman was dead, and the court promptly threw the book at him because the thought of her being lost forever in mid-jaunt, ''alive'', [[AFateWorseThanDeath was so horrifying]].

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* Creator/StephenKing's short story "[[Literature/SkeletonCrew The Jaunt]]" features a family waiting to be instantaneously teleported ("Jaunted", in-universe) from Earth to Mars, in a process that first requires them to be gassed unconscious. The father tells his two children a bowdlerized version of how the technique came to be discovered and why the gas is needed, skipping over the gruesome semi-apocryphal account of the first man to make the trip awake. Unfortunately Unfortunately, [[spoiler:the son hears enough to be curious about what the trip is like, so he holds his breath when the gas is administered. The father wakes up on the other end to witness his cackling white-haired son clawing his own eyes out: The physical trip is indeed instantaneous, instantaneous (or nearly so), but the mental journey... well... journey… well… "[[DoubleMeaning It's longer than you think]], Dad! Longer than you think!!"]]\\\
The interesting thing is that in this example, it's believed that hyperspace itself isn't scary but the fact that the mind is freed from the body. Essentially, the traveller's conciousness traveler's consciousness is devoid of any sensory input yet still self-aware. It's theorized that the human mind can't take the ultimate isolation caused by the jaunt Jaunt with no input and that the sense of time works differently with no physical sensation.\\\
Worse than that, there's a mention of a man who'd set out to murder his wife by sending her through a jaunt Jaunt gate, and ''not entering a destination''. His lawyers argued at his trial that no-one could actually prove the woman was dead, and the court promptly threw the book at him because the thought of her being lost forever in mid-jaunt, mid-Jaunt, ''alive'', [[AFateWorseThanDeath was so horrifying]].
24th Jun '17 9:10:01 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* In ''Anime/GunBuster'', this trope is used as joke to scare the younger space cadets by telling them that ghosts appear on ships during hyperspace travel.

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* In ''Anime/GunBuster'', this trope is used as a joke to scare the younger space cadets by telling them that ghosts appear on ships during hyperspace travel.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'', the UMN, source of faster than light travel & communications is also the source of the nightmarish creatures known as the Gnosis. This turns out to be because [[spoiler:[[DreamLand it is actually humanity's collective unconscious]].]]

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'', the UMN, source of faster than light travel & communications and communications, is also the source of the nightmarish creatures known as the Gnosis. This turns out to be because [[spoiler:[[DreamLand it is actually humanity's collective unconscious]].]]
22nd Jun '17 5:35:19 AM jormis29
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* In ''The Bad Place'' by Creator/DeanKoontz, one character has uncontrolled subconscious teleportation abilities. It wouldn't be this trope, except that he frequently visits an alien planet where space lobsters are used to grow red diamonds. Not to mention, every time he jumps, he suffers a small TeleporterAccident.

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* In ''The Bad Place'' by Creator/DeanKoontz, ''Literature/TheBadPlace'', one character has uncontrolled subconscious teleportation abilities. It wouldn't be this trope, except that he frequently visits an alien planet where space lobsters are used to grow red diamonds. Not to mention, every time he jumps, he suffers a small TeleporterAccident.
20th Jun '17 10:29:40 AM DaibhidC
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* In ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' hyperspace is fine. It's ''hyper''-hyperspace that might [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/3680.html drive people insane]].
17th Jun '17 1:57:12 PM Pilomotor
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Worse than that, there's a mention of a man who'd set out to murder his wife by sending her through a jaunt gate, and ''not entering a destination''. His lawyers argued at his trial that no-one could actually prove the woman was dead, and the court promptly threw the book at him because the thought of her being lost forever in mid-jaunt, ''alive'', was so horrifying.

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Worse than that, there's a mention of a man who'd set out to murder his wife by sending her through a jaunt gate, and ''not entering a destination''. His lawyers argued at his trial that no-one could actually prove the woman was dead, and the court promptly threw the book at him because the thought of her being lost forever in mid-jaunt, ''alive'', [[AFateWorseThanDeath was so horrifying.horrifying]].
11th Jun '17 11:21:19 PM jtierney50
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* Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2 introduces the concept of "jumps", which are essentially wormholes that connect to otherwise distant locations. In moderation, they're fine - doing 50 at a time is about the limit a human body can take, and most locations are never more than a few jumps away - but when you do 700 at once (like Rocket, Yondu, Groot, and Kraglin do), things get [[BodyHorror really weird]].
25th May '17 6:49:22 AM Theriocephalus
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*** ComicBook/MarvelStarWars introduced "otherspace", a dimension ''beyond'' hyperspace, a weird place with its own inhuman inhabitants; the effect is spoiled when said inhabitants are pretty much just big (read: Wookiee-sized) mean [[InsectoidAliens bugs]], who later turned out to have come from realspace to begin with.
** In the WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels episode [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E13TheCall The Call]], the dangers of unprotected hyperspace travel are retconned by the existence of an entire species of {{Space Whale}}s that can and do regularly travel through hyperspace unprotected. Later in the series, it's shown that a vessel without a functional hyperdrive cannot actually ''remain'' in hyperspace -- when a hyperdrive-less shuttle detaches from its ship, it is shown immediately falling into normal space. The transition is fairly violent, and there's no guarantee you'll come out anywhere near somewhere inhabited, but it's better than the fate awaiting you in the old ''Legends'' continuity.

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*** ComicBook/MarvelStarWars ''ComicBook/MarvelStarWars'' introduced "otherspace", a dimension ''beyond'' hyperspace, a weird place with its own inhuman inhabitants; the effect is spoiled when said inhabitants are pretty much just big (read: Wookiee-sized) mean [[InsectoidAliens bugs]], who later turned out to have come from realspace to begin with.
** In the WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' episode [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E13TheCall "[[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E13TheCall The Call]], Call]]", the dangers of unprotected hyperspace travel are retconned by the existence of an entire species of {{Space Whale}}s that can and do regularly travel through hyperspace unprotected. Later in the series, it's shown that a vessel without a functional hyperdrive cannot actually ''remain'' in hyperspace -- when a hyperdrive-less shuttle detaches from its ship, it is shown immediately falling into normal space. The transition is fairly violent, and there's no guarantee you'll come out anywhere near somewhere inhabited, but it's better than the fate awaiting you in the old ''Legends'' continuity.
2nd May '17 11:44:30 PM pvsage
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-->'''Dylan Hunt:''' Slipstream - it's not the ''best'' way to travel faster than light, it's just the ''only'' way.



** Series canon states that the very act of choosing a Slimstream path by an organic being makes their choice the correct one (kind of like the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle in reverse), explaining why organics are so "good" at it and [=AIs=] can't do it.

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** Series canon states that the very act of choosing a Slimstream path by an organic being makes their choice the correct one (kind of like the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle in reverse), "Observer Effect" fallacy sometimes used to link Quantum Mechanics to pseudoscience), explaining why organics are so "good" at it and [=AIs=] can't do it.
11th Apr '17 7:40:27 PM KillerClowns
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** The ''Utopia'' expansion allows Spiritualists who have sufficiently strong PsychicPowers to contact the Shroud directly and make [[DealWithTheDevil bargains]] with its denizens. Some are [[BlueAndOrangeMorality relatively benign]] and potentially helpful. Most are decidedly ''not''.

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** The ''Utopia'' expansion allows Spiritualists who have sufficiently strong PsychicPowers to contact the Shroud directly and make [[DealWithTheDevil bargains]] with its denizens. Some are [[BlueAndOrangeMorality relatively benign]] and Denizens whose morality [[BlackAndGrayMorality ranges from]] "[[BlueAndOrangeMorality vastly alien but willing to strike a potentially helpful. Most are decidedly ''not''. mutually beneficial bargain]]" to "[[CosmicHorrorStory no matter how powerful or clever you think you are, they regard you as but lambs to fatten and slaughter]]".
9th Apr '17 8:35:03 PM KillerClowns
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** At present, the player's only interactions with it results from using Jump Drives, which [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane may or may not]] involve PsychicPowers. Jump Drives are simply the best FTL method available... but may tear a hole in reality and allow [[EldritchAbomination the Unbidden]] to come through from the Shroud into the physical universe to feed upon every sapient being they can get.
** The upcoming ''Utopia'' expansion will allow Spiritualists who have sufficiently strong PsychicPowers to ''contact'' the Shroud and make [[DealWithTheDevil bargains]] with its denizens. Some are benign. Many are decidedly ''not''.

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** At present, In the player's only interactions with it results from using base game, Jump Drives, which [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane may or may not]] involve PsychicPowers. Jump Drives not involved PsychicPowers, are simply the best FTL method available... but available. They may also tear a hole in reality and allow [[EldritchAbomination the Unbidden]] to come through from a place "very close" to the Shroud into the physical universe to universe. Where they will feed upon every sapient being they can get.
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** The upcoming ''Utopia'' expansion will allow allows Spiritualists who have sufficiently strong PsychicPowers to ''contact'' contact the Shroud directly and make [[DealWithTheDevil bargains]] with its denizens. Some are benign. Many [[BlueAndOrangeMorality relatively benign]] and potentially helpful. Most are decidedly ''not''.
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