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7th Feb '18 4:38:18 AM Piterpicher
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* In the Creator/StrugatskyBrothers' NoonUniverse, FTL travel is impossible. All ships travel at near-light speeds and return centuries later (objective time). This all changes when the crew of a starship decides to try something new. Normally, constant or slowly-increasing acceleration is maintained for most of the voyage. The captain of the ship decides to try high acceleration for most of the trip (about 10g) in order to ''reverse the effects'' of time dilation, as this would fall outside of the Special Theory of Relativity. According to the captain, General Theory of Relativity allows for this. This works, and the ship returns to Earth six months later; however, several years pass for the crew.

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* In the Creator/StrugatskyBrothers' NoonUniverse, Franchise/NoonUniverse, FTL travel is impossible. All ships travel at near-light speeds and return centuries later (objective time). This all changes when the crew of a starship decides to try something new. Normally, constant or slowly-increasing acceleration is maintained for most of the voyage. The captain of the ship decides to try high acceleration for most of the trip (about 10g) in order to ''reverse the effects'' of time dilation, as this would fall outside of the Special Theory of Relativity. According to the captain, General Theory of Relativity allows for this. This works, and the ship returns to Earth six months later; however, several years pass for the crew.
4th Jan '18 4:44:03 AM jormis29
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* Creator/AlastairReynolds plays with time dilation a lot in his novels. The most notable example is probably ''Pushing Ice'', which involves a near-future spaceship encountering an advanced alien artifact which accelerates to such a degree that they end up millions of years in the future.

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* Creator/AlastairReynolds plays with time dilation a lot in his novels. The most notable example is probably ''Pushing Ice'', ''Literature/PushingIce'', which involves a near-future spaceship encountering an advanced alien artifact which accelerates to such a degree that they end up millions of years in the future.
6th Dec '17 7:26:24 PM tropeminer
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Compare LudicrousSpeed. RipVanWinkle is a related trope in more fantastical works. YearInsideHourOutside is the inverse, and tends to show up in [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness softer]] works or those using magic rather than physics.

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Compare LudicrousSpeed.LudicrousSpeed and YearOutsideHourInside. RipVanWinkle is a related trope in more fantastical works. YearInsideHourOutside is the inverse, and tends to show up in [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness softer]] works or those using magic rather than physics.
24th Nov '17 11:05:24 AM nombretomado
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** The titular protagonist mentions once intercepting a message sent out from one world about a scientist claiming to have proven FermatsLastTheorem. While French admits that this is probably a big deal for a mathematician, the message has no commercial value to him as a space trader. In fact, in all his millennia of travel, he has only intercepted about two dozen interstellar messages, as sending them requires putting up a powerful relay satellite in orbit as well as maintaining it for little or no return. As such, the various human worlds are isolated with an occasional space trader passing through every half-a-century or so. Of course, given that aging has been eliminated in this 'verse, it's entirely possible for a planetbound person to meet the same space trader who comes back 200 years later.

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** The titular protagonist mentions once intercepting a message sent out from one world about a scientist claiming to have proven FermatsLastTheorem.UsefulNotes/FermatsLastTheorem. While French admits that this is probably a big deal for a mathematician, the message has no commercial value to him as a space trader. In fact, in all his millennia of travel, he has only intercepted about two dozen interstellar messages, as sending them requires putting up a powerful relay satellite in orbit as well as maintaining it for little or no return. As such, the various human worlds are isolated with an occasional space trader passing through every half-a-century or so. Of course, given that aging has been eliminated in this 'verse, it's entirely possible for a planetbound person to meet the same space trader who comes back 200 years later.
5th Nov '17 11:27:25 AM 64SuperNintendo
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* According to her backstory from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'', Rosalina was whisked into outer space by several Lumas, in which she then befriended, but even though she spent a few days traveling through space on the Lumas' spaceship, by the time she returned to Earth, [[spoiler: a hundred years have already gone by, and Rosalina's family is now long dead (it's implied that she returned at the same time when the Mario Bros, Peach, and Bowser are all still children).]]

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* According to her backstory from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'', Rosalina was whisked into outer space by several Lumas, in which she then befriended, but even though she spent a few days traveling through space on the Lumas' spaceship, by the time she returned to Earth, [[spoiler: a hundred years have already gone by, and Rosalina's family is now long dead (it's implied that she returned at the same time when the Mario Bros, Bros., Peach, and Bowser are all still children).]]
5th Nov '17 11:26:39 AM 64SuperNintendo
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31st Oct '17 5:09:32 PM jormis29
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* This is ''The Gentle Giants of Ganymede''[='s=] premise, when humanity runs into a shipload of AncientAstronauts who had been forced to circle around the solar system for the last several million years due to an emergency hyperspace jump gone wrong, until their engines finally ran out of fuel.

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* This is ''The ''[[Literature/GiantsSeries The Gentle Giants of Ganymede''[='s=] Ganymede]]''[='s=] premise, when humanity runs into a shipload of AncientAstronauts who had been forced to circle around the solar system for the last several million years due to an emergency hyperspace jump gone wrong, until their engines finally ran out of fuel.
11th Sep '17 12:00:34 PM CosmicFerret
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** A later book shows a race that has developed projected time dilation fields as a response to the race having an extremely slow metabolism compared to most other races. To them, every other being is TheFlash, so their solution is to use time dilation to slow them down to their level. They can also slow them down even more as a way to immobilize enemies. Their "time twister" ships can project a field in a spherical manner for a short distance away from the ship, which helps it survive non-direct nuclear explosions (the blast is slowed down, which means the ship is exposed to smaller amounts of deadly radiation for a longer period of time instead of a quick burst of a lot of it). The field can also be turned into a directed long-ranged version, although this limits it to a cone.

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** A later book shows a race that has developed projected time dilation fields as a response to the race having an extremely slow metabolism compared to most other races. To them, every other being is TheFlash, Franchise/TheFlash, so their solution is to use time dilation to slow them down to their level. They can also slow them down even more as a way to immobilize enemies. Their "time twister" ships can project a field in a spherical manner for a short distance away from the ship, which helps it survive non-direct nuclear explosions (the blast is slowed down, which means the ship is exposed to smaller amounts of deadly radiation for a longer period of time instead of a quick burst of a lot of it). The field can also be turned into a directed long-ranged version, although this limits it to a cone.
29th Aug '17 12:09:06 AM PaulA
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* This effect is present in ''Literature/TheLeftHandOfDarkness''; the [[TheFederation Ekumenical]] diplomats consider it a good thing, since if their mission on a particular planet fails, they can hop over to the nearest planet, then turn around and come right back and have a whole new generation of leaders with which to try again.
** In the prologue to the related novel ''Rocannon's World'', a young woman named Semley left her low-tech native planet to reclaim a family heirloom that had wound up being traded off-world. By the time she returns from a journey that was very short for her, her daughter is a grown woman. In the main story, Rocannon, who returned the necklace, meets Semley's granddaughter but has aged very little due to traveling.

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* Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's Hainish Cycle:
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This effect is present in ''Literature/TheLeftHandOfDarkness''; the [[TheFederation Ekumenical]] diplomats consider it a good thing, since if their mission on a particular planet fails, they can hop over to the nearest planet, then turn around and come right back and have a whole new generation of leaders with which to try again.
** In the prologue to the related novel ''Rocannon's World'', a young woman named Semley left her low-tech native planet to reclaim a family heirloom that had wound up being traded off-world. By the time she returns from a journey that was very short for her, her daughter is a grown woman. In the main story, Rocannon, who returned the necklace, meets Semley's granddaughter but has aged very little due to traveling.
1st Aug '17 8:29:24 AM C105
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** The ''Bellerophon'', Earth's earliest starship, traveled half the speed of light across the galaxy for 3000 years, but far less passed on the ship.

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** The ''Bellerophon'', Earth's earliest starship, traveled travelled half the speed of light across the galaxy for 3000 years, but far less passed on the ship.



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* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E11WorldEnoughAndTime The two-parts]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E12TheDoctorFalls ending]] of ''Series/DoctorWho'' season 10 takes place aboard a GenerationShip slowly escaping the pull of a black hole. Because of the increased gravity near the black hole's event horizon and the length of the ship, time passes much more slowly in the ship's command center than in the lower decks. This is bad news, as said decks are now inhabited by malevolent creatures who have years to plan attacks while only days or minutes pass in the higher-level decks.[[/folder]]
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