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9th Sep '17 7:25:17 AM Conradus
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* Seriously explored, and eventually subverted, in Creator/HBeamPiper's novel ''Space Viking''. The Space Vikings of the title aren't much interested in raw resources; those are cheap. They want manufactured goods, the more sophisticated (and therefore valuable) the better. The only problem is that a planet with enough of an economy to have good loot can, by virtue of that self-same economy, also field a decent space navy, which can generally beat off a Viking raid, resulting in no loot, but lots of expensive damage to the Viking ships. The protagonist over the course of the novel gradually changes from plunder to peaceful trade mainly because it's more profitable (although he is troubled by the doubtful--to put it mildly--morality of it all, too).

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* Seriously explored, and eventually subverted, in Creator/HBeamPiper's novel ''Space Viking''. The Space Vikings of the title aren't much interested in raw resources; those are cheap. They want manufactured goods, the more sophisticated (and therefore valuable) the better. The only problem is that a planet with enough of an economy to have good loot can, by virtue of that self-same economy, also field a decent space navy, which can generally beat off a Viking raid, resulting in no loot, but lots of expensive damage to the Viking ships. The protagonist over the course of the novel gradually changes from plunder to peaceful trade mainly because it's more profitable (although he is troubled by [[WhatTheHellHero the doubtful--to put it mildly--morality of it all, all]], too).
24th Aug '17 12:57:20 AM PaulA
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* A humorous short story by R.A. Lafferty called "Land of the Great Horses" pretends that the UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} are nomadic because extraterrestrials ''took their homeland'' (ripped it loose, apparently, right down to the bedrock). They weren't actually looters, though, but ''scientists'' who took it for geological examination, instilling a compulsion to wander so the Romani wouldn't settle anywhere else. When the aliens bring the land back in the late 20th Century, everyone with a significant degree of Romani blood feels impelled to return to India. "It's come back, you know." An epilogue reveals that the extraterrestrials sampled UsefulNotes/LosAngeles next -- and haven't brought it back yet three centuries or so later.

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* A humorous short story by R.A. Lafferty Creator/RALafferty called "Land of the Great Horses" Horses", published in ''Literature/DangerousVisions'', pretends that the UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} are nomadic because extraterrestrials ''took their homeland'' (ripped it loose, apparently, right down to the bedrock). They weren't actually looters, though, but ''scientists'' who took it for geological examination, instilling a compulsion to wander so the Romani wouldn't settle anywhere else. When the aliens bring the land back in the late 20th Century, everyone with a significant degree of Romani blood feels impelled to return to India. "It's come back, you know." An epilogue reveals that the extraterrestrials sampled UsefulNotes/LosAngeles next -- and haven't brought it back yet three centuries or so later.
20th Aug '17 1:27:25 PM kazokuhouou
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* The Diamond Authority in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' colonizes planets and pillages them for badly needed resources to make more Gems. By the series' present, this strategy seems to be facing diminishing returns and the next generation of Gems are weaker than those that came before. This makes it all the more glaring that [[spoiler:Yellow Diamond wants the Earth destroyed. She knows it's lush with resources, but she's putting RevengeBeforeReason and wants it destroyed for all the trouble the Crystal Gems have given her, including causing the death of Pink Diamond.]]

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* The Diamond Authority in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' colonizes planets and pillages them for badly needed resources to make more Gems. By the series' present, this strategy seems to be facing diminishing returns and the next generation of Gems are weaker than those that came before. This makes it all the more glaring that [[spoiler:Yellow Diamond wants the Earth destroyed. She knows it's lush with resources, but she's putting RevengeBeforeReason and wants it destroyed for all the trouble the Crystal Gems have given her, including causing the death of and for being where Pink Diamond.Diamond died.]]
6th May '17 11:05:52 PM JackG
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* The final novel of the [[Film/ColossusTheForbinProject Colossus trilogy]] ''Colossus and the Crab'' has Martians seeking to steal our oxygen. Humanity has to reactivate Colossus (the MasterComputer that had [[TheComputerIsYourFriend taken over the world]] until overthrown in the second novel) as a GodzillaThreshold.
23rd Apr '17 10:21:56 AM nombretomado
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* In ''SwordOfTheStars'', the Zuul use the resources of their worlds at an unsustainably high rate, called "overharvesting". While all races can do this, it is only compulsory for the Zuul. According to AllThereInTheManual, however, the Zuul's greatest pillaging goal is slaves: Zuul use other races' bodies for food and manual labour, and their minds for technological advance and other... [[MindRape Recreation]]. And they obtain them by raiding other species colonies, or colonizing a planet whose civilian population partially survived the OrbitalBombardment.

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* In ''SwordOfTheStars'', ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'', the Zuul use the resources of their worlds at an unsustainably high rate, called "overharvesting". While all races can do this, it is only compulsory for the Zuul. According to AllThereInTheManual, however, the Zuul's greatest pillaging goal is slaves: Zuul use other races' bodies for food and manual labour, and their minds for technological advance and other... [[MindRape Recreation]]. And they obtain them by raiding other species colonies, or colonizing a planet whose civilian population partially survived the OrbitalBombardment.
17th Apr '17 5:09:18 PM nombretomado
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* StephenBaxter uses Planet Looters in ''ManifoldSpace'', but the aliens attack any planetary bodies they come across. It's just that there are so many of them (with so many different needs) that sooner or later they'll get to the inhabited ones. All of known space has been picked over repeatedly for hundreds of millions of years.

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* StephenBaxter Creator/StephenBaxter uses Planet Looters in ''ManifoldSpace'', but the aliens attack any planetary bodies they come across. It's just that there are so many of them (with so many different needs) that sooner or later they'll get to the inhabited ones. All of known space has been picked over repeatedly for hundreds of millions of years.
13th Apr '17 5:12:14 PM nombretomado
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* The Vasari from ''SinsOfASolarEmpire'' have built their whole culture around this. They've been fleeing some threat for ten thousand years, stopping only to strip worlds of materials to build new ships and fuels for the next leg of their journey. The problem arises when they arrive in human space; they loot both the uninhabitable planets and those colonized by humans.

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* The Vasari from ''SinsOfASolarEmpire'' ''VideoGame/SinsOfASolarEmpire'' have built their whole culture around this. They've been fleeing some threat for ten thousand years, stopping only to strip worlds of materials to build new ships and fuels for the next leg of their journey. The problem arises when they arrive in human space; they loot both the uninhabitable planets and those colonized by humans.
4th Apr '17 6:03:10 PM eroock
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->"''They're like locusts. They're moving from planet to planet, their entire civilization. Once they consume every natural resource, they move on.''"

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->"''They're ->''"They're like locusts. They're moving from planet to planet, their entire civilization. Once they consume every natural resource, they move on.''""''
20th Feb '17 12:07:05 PM Unregistered
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* The space vampires from ''film/{{Lifeforce}} come to Earth to harvest the eponymous [[LifeEnergy life force]] from humans to power up their EldritchStarship. They have been doing this since ancient time, hiding within the tail of Halley's comet, to the point that's theorized within the film that their past visits [[DoingInTheWizard gave birth to the legends of modern vampires]].

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* The space vampires from ''film/{{Lifeforce}} ''Film/{{Lifeforce}} come to Earth to harvest the eponymous [[LifeEnergy life force]] from humans to power up their EldritchStarship. They have been doing this since ancient time, hiding within the tail of Halley's comet, to the point that's theorized within the film that their past visits [[DoingInTheWizard gave birth to the legends of modern vampires]].
20th Feb '17 12:05:11 PM Unregistered
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* The space vampires from ''film/{{Lifeforce}} come to Earth to harvest the eponymous [[LifeEnergy life force]] from humans to power up their EldritchStarship. They have been doing this since ancient time, hiding within the tail of Halley's comet, to the point that's theorized within the film that their past visits [[DoingInTheWizard gave birth to the legends of modern vampires]].
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