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15th Apr '16 3:53:54 PM Morgenthaler
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* The later books of the ''RendezvousWithRama'' series have the immersion version of this trope. In an interesting twist, the characters at first don't realize just what the hell the tanks are for and have to be herded into them at quite literally the last minute by the ship's robotic crew.
* The novel ''TheForeverWar'', uses the immersion in a fluid method. Since the spaceships tend to change velocity at high speeds, support for internal organs is needed as well. This is accomplished by injecting the characters with special substances and placing them in special suits, wherein they are then surrounded by extremely high pressure fluid, equal to several kilometers underwater. The results of the pressure failing are not pleasant.
* Adamist spacecraft in Peter F Hamilton's ''NightsDawnTrilogy'' do not have any sort of Inertial Damping system at all. The crew lie on acceleration couches, which help cushion their body from the g-forces produced by combat maneuvers. If the acceleration climbs too high, the crews have to put the the ship on autopilot go into stasis.

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* The later books of the ''RendezvousWithRama'' ''Literature/RendezvousWithRama'' series have the immersion version of this trope. In an interesting twist, the characters at first don't realize just what the hell the tanks are for and have to be herded into them at quite literally the last minute by the ship's robotic crew.
* The novel ''TheForeverWar'', ''Literature/TheForeverWar'', uses the immersion in a fluid method. Since the spaceships tend to change velocity at high speeds, support for internal organs is needed as well. This is accomplished by injecting the characters with special substances and placing them in special suits, wherein they are then surrounded by extremely high pressure fluid, equal to several kilometers underwater. The results of the pressure failing are not pleasant.
* Adamist spacecraft in Peter F Hamilton's ''NightsDawnTrilogy'' ''Literature/NightsDawnTrilogy'' do not have any sort of Inertial Damping system at all. The crew lie on acceleration couches, which help cushion their body from the g-forces produced by combat maneuvers. If the acceleration climbs too high, the crews have to put the the ship on autopilot go into stasis.
26th Mar '16 9:53:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* The classic sci-fi movie ''ForbiddenPlanet'' offered one of the earliest examples of this trope. In the beginning when the ship decelerates, we see the crew climb into strange booths which presumably neutralize their inertia.
** Likewise ''Film/ThisIslandEarth'', although it was explained as adjusting the body to differing air pressure.
** It's not certain that inertia is the issue in ''Forbidden Planet''. The spacecraft is "decelerating" from its {{FTL}} cruising speed to the sub-light speeds it'll need to rendezvous with (and eventually land on) the destination planet. The crew had to do ''something'' involving those booths to survive the process, but whether this was due to plain old high G forces or to some completely weird effect of their FTL technology is never made clear.

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* The classic sci-fi movie ''ForbiddenPlanet'' ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'' offered one of the earliest examples of this trope. In the beginning when the ship decelerates, we see the crew climb into strange booths which presumably neutralize their inertia.
** * Likewise ''Film/ThisIslandEarth'', although it was explained as adjusting the body to differing air pressure.
** It's not certain that inertia is the issue in ''Forbidden Planet''. The spacecraft is "decelerating" from its {{FTL}} cruising speed to the sub-light speeds it'll need to rendezvous with (and eventually land on) the destination planet. The crew had to do ''something'' involving those booths to survive the process, but whether this was due to plain old high G forces or to some completely weird effect of their FTL technology is never made clear.
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* Subverted in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'': When the Eagle 5 comes out of "hyperactive", we see that Vespa's luggage is strewn about all over the place (of course, a crash landing will also do that, but the hyperdrive probably helped). Of course, we've just been exposed to the reason why you should buckle up in Ludicrous Speed. Smoke if you got 'em!

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* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'':
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Subverted in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'': When when the Eagle 5 comes out of "hyperactive", we "hyperactive". We see that Vespa's luggage is strewn about all over the place (of course, a crash landing will also do that, but the hyperdrive probably helped). Of course, we've just been exposed to the reason why you should buckle up in Ludicrous Speed. Smoke if you got 'em!



*** Humans too. The rotating sections aren't there for inertial dampening, they're there to extend range: the Human body grows weaker the more time it's in absence of gravity, real or otherwise, and the rotation (present also in most space stations, including the titular one) is a way to counter this.



** Also demonstrated in the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "The Ship". The entire Jem'hadar crew of a Dominion ship was killed when a failing intertial dampener caused every bone in their body to shatter during acceleration. [[spoiler:A changeling managed to survive due to lacking any organs that could be ruptured]].
*** [[spoiler:The changeling was still severely injured by the event, and did end up dying later in the episode.]]
** The ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' episode "Tattoo" lampshades the need for these devices in a conversation between Tom Paris and Harry Kim:

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** * Also demonstrated in the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "The Ship". The entire Jem'hadar crew of a Dominion ship was killed when a failing intertial dampener caused every bone in their body to shatter during acceleration. [[spoiler:A changeling managed to survive temporarily due to lacking any organs that could be ruptured]].
*** [[spoiler:The changeling was still severely injured by the event, and did end up dying later in the episode.]]
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* The ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' episode "Tattoo" lampshades the need for these devices in a conversation between Tom Paris and Harry Kim:



** However, the artifical gravity is sometimes overlooked for the sake of drama. In ''The Metamorph', the use of boosters subjects the Eagle crew to high Gs (simulated by air blown in the actors' faces) even though the Eagle isn't actually accelerating because it's held in a magnetic tractor beam. Bizarrely while the pilots have their seats for support, Helena endures this while standing in the cockpit doorway.
23rd Mar '16 1:36:11 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{UFO}}''. The LittleGreenMen palor of the alien attackers is due to the green liquid filling their spacesuits, which cushions their bodies during months of faster-than-light travel.

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* ''{{UFO}}''.''Series/{{UFO}}''. The LittleGreenMen palor of the alien attackers is due to the green liquid filling their spacesuits, which cushions their bodies during months of faster-than-light travel.
1st Mar '16 12:35:16 AM foxmccloud4387
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* Averted in ''LightNovel/FateZero'', when Berserker uses his ability to hijack an F-15 mid-flight and turn it into his Noble Phantasm. While Berserker is controlling the jet from the outside, the hapless human pilot is left inside; thus, when Berserker is making extremely sharp turns and magically augmenting the plane's jet engines, the pilot is almost immediately reduced to a bloody paste. Berserker himself is unharmed by all this, but that's because he's a Servant and therefore extremely superhuman.
30th Jan '16 11:51:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* Averted in the roleplaying game ''JovianChronicles''. Most ships in the setting are actually built with their decks vertically arranged so that the g-force of acceleration (or deceleration for the second half of the trip) simulates gravity. (not unlike ''{{Tintin}}''[='s=] rocket)

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* Averted in the roleplaying game ''JovianChronicles''.''TabletopGame/JovianChronicles''. Most ships in the setting are actually built with their decks vertically arranged so that the g-force of acceleration (or deceleration for the second half of the trip) simulates gravity. (not unlike ''{{Tintin}}''[='s=] rocket)
24th Oct '15 4:18:45 PM Epithumia
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** However, Centauri fighters have either limited dampeners or none at all. In ''The Fall on Night'' mentions that Centauri pilots are willing to put their fighters on autopilot and risk blacking out from G-force if it gives them the optimum firing position.

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** However, Centauri fighters have either limited dampeners or none at all. In ''The Fall on Night'' mentions that Centauri pilots are willing to put their fighters on autopilot and risk blacking out from G-force if it gives them the optimum firing position.
24th Oct '15 4:18:07 PM Epithumia
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** However, Centauri fighters have either limited dampeners or none at all. In ''The Fall on Night'' mentions that Centauri pilots are willing to put their fighters on autopilot and risk blacking out from G-force if it gives them the optimum firing position.
24th Oct '15 4:11:57 PM Epithumia
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** However, the artifical gravity is sometimes overlooked for the sake of drama. In ''The Metamorph', the use of boosters subjects the Eagle crew to high Gs (simulated by air blown in the actors' faces) even though the Eagle isn't actually accelerating because it's held in a magnetic tractor beam. Bizarrely while the pilots have their seats for support, Helena endures this while standing in the cockpit doorway.
24th Oct '15 4:01:23 PM Epithumia
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* ''Series/{{Space1999}}: Moonbase Alpha and the Eagles have artifical gravity which doubles as inertial dampening. Sufficient acceleration can overpower the artifical gravity, but under normal circumstances an Eagle crew can walk around the ship while under thrust. When the Moon is blasted out of Earth orbit, the crew are at first flattened but the acceleration, but once the thrust eases it is explicitely stated that the Moon is still accelerating, but that gravity generators are compensating.
22nd Oct '15 8:12:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* In Creator/MichaelCrichton's ''{{Sphere}}'' (At least the book, possibly the movie too) the spaceship discovered at the bottom of the ocean features water-filled chair systems to help counteract high g-forces.
* {{Justified|Trope}} in Creator/AlanDeanFoster[='=]s ''HumanxCommonwealth'' series by the unique method of [[FasterThanLightTravel FTL propulsion]]. The ship generates an artificial gravity field ahead of it, to which the ship is then attracted. This motion pushes the field further in front of the ship, which pulls it forward, and so forth. (How this removes the problem of Newton's Third Law is [[HandWave left unstated]].) Since this force acts equally on all parts of the ship, including the crew, there's no ''differential'' of acceleration and therefore no issue with G forces splattering everyone. A variant use of the drive provides the sensation of gravity so the crew can walk around, and combat vessels use a more sophisticated version of it to provide real InertialDampening for combat situations. When the drive is shut off or damaged, the ship and its crew are truly in free fall and normal rules of inertia apply.

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* In Creator/MichaelCrichton's ''{{Sphere}}'' ''Literature/{{Sphere}}'' (At least the book, possibly the movie too) the spaceship discovered at the bottom of the ocean features water-filled chair systems to help counteract high g-forces.
* {{Justified|Trope}} in Creator/AlanDeanFoster[='=]s ''HumanxCommonwealth'' ''Literature/HumanxCommonwealth'' series by the unique method of [[FasterThanLightTravel FTL propulsion]]. The ship generates an artificial gravity field ahead of it, to which the ship is then attracted. This motion pushes the field further in front of the ship, which pulls it forward, and so forth. (How this removes the problem of Newton's Third Law is [[HandWave left unstated]].) Since this force acts equally on all parts of the ship, including the crew, there's no ''differential'' of acceleration and therefore no issue with G forces splattering everyone. A variant use of the drive provides the sensation of gravity so the crew can walk around, and combat vessels use a more sophisticated version of it to provide real InertialDampening for combat situations. When the drive is shut off or damaged, the ship and its crew are truly in free fall and normal rules of inertia apply.



* In SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/ALordFromPlanetEarth'' trilogy, all HumanAliens (there are no StarfishAliens in that universe) use black spheres of AppliedPhlebotinum that absorb extra G-forces by increasing in density. The catch is the crew then has to spend weeks to months in higher-than-normal gravity, while the spheres "give back" the absorbed gravity (the "give back" is usually set to 1.5g). An alternative is to jettison the dense spheres. This is the last resort, as the spheres are expensive. Also, their gravity field can cause them to become a navigational hazard. A ship may have several dozen of these devices onboard.

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* In SergeyLukyanenko's Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/ALordFromPlanetEarth'' trilogy, all HumanAliens (there are no StarfishAliens in that universe) use black spheres of AppliedPhlebotinum that absorb extra G-forces by increasing in density. The catch is the crew then has to spend weeks to months in higher-than-normal gravity, while the spheres "give back" the absorbed gravity (the "give back" is usually set to 1.5g). An alternative is to jettison the dense spheres. This is the last resort, as the spheres are expensive. Also, their gravity field can cause them to become a navigational hazard. A ship may have several dozen of these devices onboard.
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