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27th Jun '16 2:41:39 PM StFan
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SpaceIsAnOcean for all science fiction and it shows with [[{{Two-DSpace}} two dimensional space]] and {{Space Whale}}s. So what do we need to complete the trope?

Spices. ''[[SpaceX Space]]'' spices.[[note]][[{{Portmanteau}} "Spaices"]], if you will.[[/note]]

For some reason, all kinds of futures have a high demand for something called "spice", though it tends to be only tenuously related to flavorings on Earth. Space spice (try saying ''that'' ten times fast) is often a valuable {{Mineral MacGuffin}}, sometimes being the point of contention for all the known nations and smugglers. Sometimes controlling it is directly followed by controlling fates. In other futures, spice is just a valuable trade commodity. It is nearly always consumable but, depending on the canon, can do other things, such as fuel starships and act as [[FantasticDrug drugs]].

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SpaceIsAnOcean for all science fiction and it shows with [[{{Two-DSpace}} two dimensional [[TwoDSpace two-dimensional space]] and {{Space Whale}}s. So what do we need to complete the trope?

Spices. ''[[SpaceX Space]]'' ''{{Space|X}}'' spices.[[note]][[{{Portmanteau}} "Spaices"]], if you will.[[/note]]

For some reason, all kinds of futures have a high demand for something called "spice", though it tends to be only tenuously related to flavorings on Earth. Space spice (try saying ''that'' ten times fast) is often a valuable {{Mineral MacGuffin}}, MineralMacGuffin, sometimes being the point of contention for all the known nations and smugglers. Sometimes controlling it is directly followed by controlling fates. In other futures, spice is just a valuable trade commodity. It is nearly always consumable but, depending on the canon, can do other things, such as fuel starships and act as [[FantasticDrug drugs]].






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* ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'', the TropeMaker. Spice is produced only by the {{sandworm}}s of Arrakis, making the planet the most strategically important planet in the galaxy. The spice [[SuperSerum gives]] various psychic organizations their [[PsychicPowers abilities]], and allows (safe[[labelnote:*]]The actual FTL mechanism itself doesn't require spice, but due to an ancient prohibition on computing power, the navigators need it if they want to get the ship moving within anyone's natural lifetime[[/labelnote]]) use of the setting's manual [[FasterThanLightTravel FTL travel]]. Since it also extends life somewhat, nearly the entire ruling class is addicted to it (often consumed as flavouring--the taste is described as somewhat similar to cinnamon). And withdrawal is fatal. Painfully. Critics generally see the spice as a metaphor for oil, making the Fremen Space Arabs.

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* ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'', the TropeMaker. Spice is produced only by the {{sandworm}}s of Arrakis, making the planet the most strategically important planet in the galaxy. The spice [[SuperSerum gives]] various psychic organizations their [[PsychicPowers abilities]], and allows (safe[[labelnote:*]]The actual FTL mechanism itself doesn't require spice, but due to an ancient prohibition on computing power, the navigators need it if they want to get the ship moving within anyone's natural lifetime[[/labelnote]]) use of the setting's manual [[FasterThanLightTravel FTL travel]]. Since it also extends life somewhat, nearly the entire ruling class is addicted to it (often consumed as flavouring--the flavoring -- the taste is described as somewhat similar to cinnamon). And withdrawal is fatal. Painfully. Critics generally see the spice as a metaphor for oil, making the Fremen Space Arabs.



* Ordinary ginger turns out to be an addictive drug [[spoiler:and aphrodisiac]] to the vaguely reptilian members of the Race in Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''{{Worldwar}}'' series. The setting isn't SpaceOpera, but trade ends up developing fast.

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* Ordinary ginger turns out to be an addictive drug [[spoiler:and aphrodisiac]] to the vaguely reptilian members of the Race in Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''{{Worldwar}}'' ''Literature/{{Worldwar}}'' series. The setting isn't SpaceOpera, but trade ends up developing fast.fast.
* The ''Literature/SpaceCaptainSmith'' novel, ''God-Emperor of Didcot'' is by and large one long parody of Dune, with ''Tea'' taking the place of Melange. Yes, the brown stuff in a cup with milk and two sugars. Apparently it's what gives the British Space Empire the edge over everyone else. It Builds Moral Fibre, old boy. Very important.



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* In ''Series/{{Firefly}}'',

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* In ''Series/{{Firefly}}'',



* In ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' the ''Enterprise'' trades a rack of Earth spices for the recipe for [[{{Unobtanium}} Trellium-D]]. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] as the ''Enterprise'' was extremely far from Earth, making Earth spices effectively irreplaceable (and therefore quite valuable). When selling the trader on the deal, Trip references the old spice wars: "On our planet, wars were fought over these."

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* In ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', the ''Enterprise'' trades a rack of Earth spices for the recipe for [[{{Unobtanium}} Trellium-D]]. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] {{Justified|Trope}} as the ''Enterprise'' was extremely far from Earth, making Earth spices effectively irreplaceable (and therefore quite valuable). When selling the trader on the deal, Trip references the old spice wars: "On our planet, wars were fought over these."



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* ''TabletopGame/{{Space 1889}}'' has bhutan. Not the country. Itís a mildly narcotic Martian spice, perhaps Mars' third most important exports. Monopolized in by the Boreo-Syrtan League.
* {{Traveller}}: Downplayed. There are a lot of exotic products available from thousands of different planets. These do include spice. The "dust-spice" is loved by both Aslan and Vargr.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Space 1889}}'' has bhutan. Not the country. Itís It's a mildly narcotic Martian spice, perhaps Mars' Mars's third most important exports. Monopolized in by the Boreo-Syrtan League.
* {{Traveller}}: ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'':
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Downplayed. There are a lot of exotic products available from thousands of different planets. These do include spice. The "dust-spice" is loved by both Aslan and Vargr.



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* Basically every other space trader game has a spice commodity.
* Most FourX space games will have spice as a very expensive resource to buy and sell.
* In ''{{Spore}}'', most of the stuff you trade for sporebucks in the space stage is Spice, in various colors and ranks of rarity. The homage to ''Dune'' is obvious, down to the spice blows, although [[AllThereInTheManual the Sporepedia]] states that most of the spices are used for food.
** Generally speaking, the different colors of Spice from different worlds change the speech of the colonist's you put there, and although none of the creatures actually say anything identifiable, the tone and the accent is different. For example: Blue Spice, which is described as a sleep aid, results in colonist with a sort of smooth and relaxed tone. The sour Yellow Spice colonists sound somewhat high strung, and as for Pink Spice... they sound..."happy". Occasionally colonies, including the homeworld (99.9% of the time, red spice) will have different accents.
* ''{{Starport}}'', a obscure game in the vein of ''VideoGame/StarControl''. Spice is seen as a resource that can produce valuable warp fuel for the player and earn some money. Obvious as a ShoutOut to Dune, desert planets produce this product.
* The ''SpaceCaptainSmith'' novel, ''God-Emperor of Didcot'' is by and large one long parody of Dune, with ''Tea'' taking the place of Melange. Yes, the brown stuff in a cup with milk and two sugars. Apparently it's what gives the British Space Empire the edge over everyone else. It Builds Moral Fibre, old boy. Very important.

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* Basically every other space trader game has a spice commodity.
* Most FourX space games will have spice as a very expensive resource to buy and sell.
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* In ''{{Spore}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'', most of the stuff you trade for sporebucks in the space stage is Spice, in various colors and ranks of rarity. The homage to ''Dune'' is obvious, down to the spice blows, although [[AllThereInTheManual the Sporepedia]] states that most of the spices are used for food.
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food. Generally speaking, the different colors of Spice from different worlds change the speech of the colonist's you put there, and although none of the creatures actually say anything identifiable, the tone and the accent is different. For example: Blue Spice, which is described as a sleep aid, results in colonist with a sort of smooth and relaxed tone. The sour Yellow Spice colonists sound somewhat high strung, and as for Pink Spice... they sound... "happy". Occasionally colonies, including the homeworld (99.9% of the time, red spice) will have different accents.
* ''{{Starport}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Starport}}'', a obscure game in the vein of ''VideoGame/StarControl''. Spice is seen as a resource that can produce valuable warp fuel for the player and earn some money. Obvious as a ShoutOut to Dune, desert planets produce this product.
* The ''SpaceCaptainSmith'' novel, ''God-Emperor of Didcot'' is by and large one long parody of Dune, with ''Tea'' taking the place of Melange. Yes, the brown stuff in a cup with milk and two sugars. Apparently it's what gives the British Space Empire the edge over everyone else. It Builds Moral Fibre, old boy. Very important.
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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', as Future!Mandy uses her "cinnamon mines" to support her tyrannical regime. It's a parody of Dune and it's sequels, with Mandy as an immortal giant-worm God Empress who has had thousands of Billy clones (one at a time) created over the years to serve as her constant companion and UnwittingPawn in her EvilPlan.

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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', as Future!Mandy Future Mandy uses her "cinnamon mines" to support her tyrannical regime. It's a parody of Dune ''Dune'' and it's its sequels, with Mandy as an immortal giant-worm God Empress who has had thousands of Billy clones (one at a time) created over the years to serve as her constant companion and UnwittingPawn in her EvilPlan.
13th May '16 2:35:15 PM Quanyails
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* In ''{{Spore}}'', most of the stuff you trade for sporebucks in the space stage is Spice, in various colors and ranks of rarity. The homage to Dune is obvious, down to the spice blows, although [[AllThereInTheManual the Sporepedia]] states that most of the spices are used for food.

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* In ''{{Spore}}'', most of the stuff you trade for sporebucks in the space stage is Spice, in various colors and ranks of rarity. The homage to Dune ''Dune'' is obvious, down to the spice blows, although [[AllThereInTheManual the Sporepedia]] states that most of the spices are used for food.
13th Apr '16 11:41:10 AM HeraldAlberich
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* In ''StarWars'',
** Han Solo is in debt to Jabba the Hutt due to jettisoning a shipment of spice he was supposed to be transporting for him to keep it from being seized by TheEmpire. His spice was apparently some kind of drug. There's also mention of the spice mines of Kessel. Possibly inspired from ''Franchise/{{Dune}}''.
** Spice Miners on the moons of Naboo were the primary suspects of Padme's assassination attempt in Episode 2.

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** ''Film/ANewHope'': Han Solo is in debt to Jabba the Hutt due to jettisoning a shipment of spice he was supposed to be transporting for him to keep it from being seized by TheEmpire. His spice was apparently some kind of drug. There's also mention of the spice mines of Kessel. Possibly inspired from by ''Franchise/{{Dune}}''.
** ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'': Spice Miners on the moons of Naboo were are the primary suspects of Padme's assassination attempt in Episode 2.attempt, until Obi-Wan finds out that Count Dooku and Viceroy Gunray are the real culprits.



* ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'', the TropeMaker. Spice is produced only by the {{sandworm}}s of Arrakis, making the planet the most strategically important planet in the galaxy. The spice [[SuperSerum gives]] various psychic organizations their [[PsychicPowers abilities]], and allows (safe[[labelnote:*]]The actual FTL mechanism itself doesn't require spice, but due to an ancient prohibition on computing power, the navigators need it if they want to get the ship moving within anyone's natural lifetime[[/labelnote]]) use of the setting's manual [[FasterThanLightTravel FTL travel]]. Since it also extends life somewhat, nearly the entire ruling class is addicted to it (often consumed as flavouring -- the taste is described as somewhat similar to cinnamon). And withdrawal is fatal. Painfully. Critics generally see the spice as a metaphor for oil, making the Fremen Space Arabs.
* The second volume of the ''SpaceCaptainSmith'' series is a ''Dune'' parody with [[SpotOfTea tea]] instead of melange.

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* ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'', the TropeMaker. Spice is produced only by the {{sandworm}}s of Arrakis, making the planet the most strategically important planet in the galaxy. The spice [[SuperSerum gives]] various psychic organizations their [[PsychicPowers abilities]], and allows (safe[[labelnote:*]]The actual FTL mechanism itself doesn't require spice, but due to an ancient prohibition on computing power, the navigators need it if they want to get the ship moving within anyone's natural lifetime[[/labelnote]]) use of the setting's manual [[FasterThanLightTravel FTL travel]]. Since it also extends life somewhat, nearly the entire ruling class is addicted to it (often consumed as flavouring -- the flavouring--the taste is described as somewhat similar to cinnamon). And withdrawal is fatal. Painfully. Critics generally see the spice as a metaphor for oil, making the Fremen Space Arabs.
* The second volume of the ''SpaceCaptainSmith'' ''Literature/SpaceCaptainSmith'' series is a ''Dune'' parody with [[SpotOfTea tea]] instead of melange.



* ''StarWarsExpandedUniverse''. Several versions of spice exist, and many, but by no means all, are mined. The most expensive and worst is the "glitterstim" Han was running for Jabba. It's a drug from Kessel that makes people both high and (in concentration) mildly telepathic, as well as paranoid and twitchy. "Glit biters" is an in-universe term for people who take the pure form.
** In the Literature/XWingSeries, the Rogues have to talk a glitbiter -- someone who regularly takes glitterstim and shows it - via hologram, and the glitbiter apparently forgets that he's using a hologram. Glitterstim telepathy doesn't work on someone who's aware of the glitbiter's ability and hostile, so because this guy couldn't read Rogue Leader, he got defensive.
** A second type of spice, introduced with glitterstim in the Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy, was ryll, which was more common and named for the Twi'lek world of Ryloth where it was generally found.

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* ''StarWarsExpandedUniverse''. Franchise/StarWarsLegends: Several versions of spice exist, and many, but by no means all, are mined. The most expensive and worst is the "glitterstim" Han was running for Jabba. It's a drug from Kessel that makes people both high and (in concentration) mildly telepathic, as well as paranoid and twitchy. "Glit biters" is an in-universe term for people who take the pure form.
** In the Literature/XWingSeries, the Rogues have to talk a glitbiter -- someone glitbiter--someone who regularly takes glitterstim and shows it - via it--via hologram, and the glitbiter apparently forgets that he's using a hologram. Glitterstim telepathy doesn't work on someone who's aware of the glitbiter's ability and hostile, so because this guy couldn't can't read Rogue Leader, he got gets defensive.
** A second type of spice, introduced with glitterstim in the Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy, was is ryll, which was is more common and named for the Twi'lek world of Ryloth where it was generally found.found.
** Andris spice is another variety from Kessel. It acts as a stimulant and sharpens concentration. In the Literature/YoungJediKnights series, an andris addict is reasonably proficient with a [[LaserBlade lightsaber]] due to her habit, even though she's not Force-sensitive.
3rd Mar '16 10:14:50 AM eroock
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28th Feb '16 1:29:45 PM MarkLungo
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Spices. ''[[SpaceX Space]]'' spices.[[labelnote:*]][[{{Portmanteau}} "Spaices"]], if you will.[[/labelnote]]

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Spices. ''[[SpaceX Space]]'' spices.[[labelnote:*]][[{{Portmanteau}} [[note]][[{{Portmanteau}} "Spaices"]], if you will.[[/labelnote]]
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17th Jan '16 5:37:51 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Starport}}'', a obscure game in the vein of ''StarControl''. Spice is seen as a resource that can produce valuable warp fuel for the player and earn some money. Obvious as a ShoutOut to Dune, desert planets produce this product.

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* ''{{Starport}}'', a obscure game in the vein of ''StarControl''.''VideoGame/StarControl''. Spice is seen as a resource that can produce valuable warp fuel for the player and earn some money. Obvious as a ShoutOut to Dune, desert planets produce this product.
13th Dec '15 4:01:53 PM nombretomado
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** In the XWingSeries, the Rogues have to talk a glitbiter -- someone who regularly takes glitterstim and shows it - via hologram, and the glitbiter apparently forgets that he's using a hologram. Glitterstim telepathy doesn't work on someone who's aware of the glitbiter's ability and hostile, so because this guy couldn't read Rogue Leader, he got defensive.

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** In the XWingSeries, Literature/XWingSeries, the Rogues have to talk a glitbiter -- someone who regularly takes glitterstim and shows it - via hologram, and the glitbiter apparently forgets that he's using a hologram. Glitterstim telepathy doesn't work on someone who's aware of the glitbiter's ability and hostile, so because this guy couldn't read Rogue Leader, he got defensive.
7th Aug '15 11:58:22 AM MarsJenkar
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** A second type of spice, introduced with glitterstim in the [[Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy]], was ryll, which was more common and named for the Twi'lek world of Ryloth where it was generally found.

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** A second type of spice, introduced with glitterstim in the [[Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy]], Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy, was ryll, which was more common and named for the Twi'lek world of Ryloth where it was generally found.
7th Aug '15 11:57:54 AM MarsJenkar
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** A second type of spice, introduced with glitterstim in the [[Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy]], was ryll, which was more common and named for the Twi'lek world of Ryloth where it was generally found.
4th Jul '15 11:25:07 AM LordInsane
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* ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'', the TropeMaker. Spice is produced only by the {{sandworm}}s of Arrakis, making the planet the most strategically important planet in the galaxy. The spice [[SuperSerum gives]] various psychic organizations their [[PsychicPowers abilities]], and allows (safe[[labelnote:*]]The actual FTL mechanism itself doesn't require spice, but due to an ancient prohibition on computing power, the navigators need it if they want to get the ship moving within anyone's natural lifetime[[/labelnote]]) use of the setting's manual [[FasterThanLightTravel FTL travel]]. Since it also extends life somewhat, nearly the entire ruling class is addicted to it. And withdrawal is fatal. Painfully. Critics generally see the spice as a metaphor for oil, making the Fremen Space Arabs.

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* ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'', the TropeMaker. Spice is produced only by the {{sandworm}}s of Arrakis, making the planet the most strategically important planet in the galaxy. The spice [[SuperSerum gives]] various psychic organizations their [[PsychicPowers abilities]], and allows (safe[[labelnote:*]]The actual FTL mechanism itself doesn't require spice, but due to an ancient prohibition on computing power, the navigators need it if they want to get the ship moving within anyone's natural lifetime[[/labelnote]]) use of the setting's manual [[FasterThanLightTravel FTL travel]]. Since it also extends life somewhat, nearly the entire ruling class is addicted to it.it (often consumed as flavouring -- the taste is described as somewhat similar to cinnamon). And withdrawal is fatal. Painfully. Critics generally see the spice as a metaphor for oil, making the Fremen Space Arabs.
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