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3rd Dec '16 12:22:29 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* The Imperium of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' uses Earth years in a continuation of the Gregorian calendar, with the year nominally divided into 1,000 parts for record-keeping purposes. They do use a unique notation, though. Instead of "38,420 AD" they would write "420 M39," meaning 420th year, 39th millennium.

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* The Imperium of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' uses Earth years in a continuation of the Gregorian calendar, with the year nominally divided into 1,000 parts for record-keeping purposes. They do use a unique notation, though. Instead of "38,420 AD" they would write "420 M39," meaning 420th year, 39th millennium. There's also an official way of recording how accurate the date is considered to be (the vagaries of space travel and communication in the setting mean they're lucky of it's within ten years in many cases), but few authors bother with the whole 10 character date.
7th Jun '16 4:04:03 AM Morgenthaler
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7th Jun '16 2:30:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's later ''{{Foundation}}'' novels, this is used as a plot point to deduce the identity of Earth, the forgotten homeworld. The standard year and day correspond to no day or year cycle on any known world, but just might correspond to the original.

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* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's later ''{{Foundation}}'' ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' novels, this is used as a plot point to deduce the identity of Earth, the forgotten homeworld. The standard year and day correspond to no day or year cycle on any known world, but just might correspond to the original.



* The Ekumen of UrsulaKLeGuin's novels has a nominal standard year for recordkeeping, but due to the difficulty of interstellar travel most worlds use [[AlternativeCalendar idiosyncratic calendars]] based on the local year.

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* The Ekumen of UrsulaKLeGuin's Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's novels has a nominal standard year for recordkeeping, but due to the difficulty of interstellar travel most worlds use [[AlternativeCalendar idiosyncratic calendars]] based on the local year.



* This is a plot point in the StarWarsExpandedUniverse novel ''[[Literature/XWingSeries The Krytos Trap]]'' where Corran Horn notes that he's either on a planet so backwater that all local clocks are set to GST, regardless of local time, or... [[spoiler:he's actually been on Coruscant the whole duration of his imprisonment]].

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* This is a plot point in the StarWarsExpandedUniverse Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse novel ''[[Literature/XWingSeries The Krytos Trap]]'' where Corran Horn notes that he's either on a planet so backwater that all local clocks are set to GST, regardless of local time, or... [[spoiler:he's actually been on Coruscant the whole duration of his imprisonment]].
10th Mar '16 4:24:09 PM Nentuaby
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** Though they themselves have forgotten the fact, and falsely believe that their clocks start from the time of the first Moon landing.
*** The Unix epoch just so happens to be the first new year after the moon landings. So if you wanted to introduce a calendar using the moon landings as its reference event, but with the same new-year's day as the Gregorian calendar, you might well end up just subtracting 1970 from the Gregorian year, and have the calendar's epoch be the same as the Unix epoch. If you then went over to a seconds-only count because of interstellar colonization, that second-count would be identical to Unix time (with the possible exception of the handling of leap-seconds).

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** Though they themselves have forgotten the fact, and falsely believe that their clocks start from the time of the first Moon landing.
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landing. (It's close enough for government work, anway; the Unix epoch just so happens to be is coincidentally the first Gregorian new year after the moon landings. So if you wanted to introduce a calendar using the moon landings as its reference event, but with the same new-year's day as the Gregorian calendar, you might well end up just subtracting 1970 from the Gregorian year, and have the calendar's epoch be the same as the Unix epoch. If you then went over to a seconds-only count because of interstellar colonization, that second-count would be identical to Unix time (with the possible exception of the handling of leap-seconds).landing.)
13th Dec '15 4:02:39 PM nombretomado
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* This is a plot point in the StarWarsExpandedUniverse novel ''[[XWingSeries The Krytos Trap]]'' where Corran Horn notes that he's either on a planet so backwater that all local clocks are set to GST, regardless of local time, or... [[spoiler:he's actually been on Coruscant the whole duration of his imprisonment]].

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* This is a plot point in the StarWarsExpandedUniverse novel ''[[XWingSeries ''[[Literature/XWingSeries The Krytos Trap]]'' where Corran Horn notes that he's either on a planet so backwater that all local clocks are set to GST, regardless of local time, or... [[spoiler:he's actually been on Coruscant the whole duration of his imprisonment]].
11th Aug '15 8:58:13 PM phoenix
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* When Nameless Technician in ''NuklearAge'' points out that the alien spaceship spotted was exactly one mile in diameter, Dr. Genius disbelievingly points out what a coincidence that would have to be. Of course, there is a [[CallBack good reason]].

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* When Nameless Technician in ''NuklearAge'' ''Literature/NuklearAge'' points out that the alien spaceship spotted was exactly one mile in diameter, Dr. Genius disbelievingly points out what a coincidence that would have to be. Of course, there is a [[CallBack good reason]].
2nd Jul '15 8:46:41 PM nombretomado
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* The 2000s ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]'' uses standard Earth units and 24-hour military time without explanation. The series takes place [[spoiler:in the Neanderthal era, in a society that has no knowledge of the planet Earth]], so the best possible explanation is that "standard Colonial time" just happens to exactly resemble Earth chronological conventions.

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* The 2000s ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]'' ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' uses standard Earth units and 24-hour military time without explanation. The series takes place [[spoiler:in the Neanderthal era, in a society that has no knowledge of the planet Earth]], so the best possible explanation is that "standard Colonial time" just happens to exactly resemble Earth chronological conventions.
22nd Jun '15 6:41:29 PM Winter
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* ''Literature/{{Redshirts}}'' has universal time used on all Universal Union ships and bases, but it seems most planets keep some sort of local time since Dahl has to work out the time in Boston when calling an old friend from a distant space station.
22nd Jun '15 6:17:24 PM TompaDompa
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* In ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'', it becomes clear that the GM has ''not'' set up a standard calendar for the universe when everyone's debating whether Jim can use his Fate Manipulation ability again to avoid his character's death. This despite the Republic in ''StarWars'' having using a standard calendar (based on the calendar of its central planet, Coruscant); of course, Jim's character [[DoomedByCanon did have to die in that scene]].

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* In ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'', it becomes clear that the GM has ''not'' set up a standard calendar for the universe when everyone's debating whether Jim can use his Fate Manipulation ability again to avoid his character's death. This despite the Republic in ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' having using a standard calendar (based on the calendar of its central planet, Coruscant); of course, Jim's character [[DoomedByCanon did have to die in that scene]].
4th Sep '14 3:05:00 AM Sensemaker
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Space 1889}}'' Mostly averted. Martians use their own time units, but since the Martian day is 24 hours and 40 minutes conversion is not really necessary. Martian year is close slightly less two earth years making conversion easy.
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