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9th Jan '17 10:57:24 AM ElSquibbonator
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* One of the chapters of [[Creator/MohiroKitoh Mohiro Kitoh's]] manga Manga/WingsOfVendemiaire takes place on a zeppelin, and the whole story is implied to take place in a world resembling Europe around the time of World War I.



* One of the chapters of [[Creator/MohiroKitoh Mohiro Kitoh's]] manga Manga/WingsOfVendemiaire takes place on a zeppelin, and the whole story is implied to take place in a world resembling Europe around the time of World War I.

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* One of the chapters of [[Creator/MohiroKitoh Mohiro Kitoh's]] manga Manga/WingsOfVendemiaire takes place on a zeppelin, and the whole story is implied to take place in a world resembling Europe around the time of World War I.
9th Jan '17 10:56:20 AM ElSquibbonator
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In our world, [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} Zeppelins actually seemed to be doing pretty well]] up until [[UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg May 6, 1937.]] People adored them, they were seen as [[ZeeRust extremely glamorous and futuristic.]] The world-famous LZ-127 ''Graf Zeppelin'' had accomplished global circumnavigations, arctic explorations, and aviation feats that people had only dreamed of. No passengers had ever been injured or killed on a Zeppelin flight since they were invented over thirty years prior, which put them leagues ahead of the era's much smaller and frailer airplanes. Although non-Zeppelin airships had suffered a few highly-publicized crashes, the Zeppelins themselves seemed immune. But in 1937, at the zenith of the Zeppelins' development, the flagship luxury liner ''[[UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg Hindenburg]]'' burst into flames for no apparent reason, the first major catastrophe ''caught on film.'' This Hydrogen fire, which killed roughly a third of the passengers and crew on board, created a global panic. No commercial Zeppelin would fly again until 1999, though relatively tiny nonrigid "blimps" had continued to operate in relative stagnation.

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In our world, [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} Zeppelins actually seemed to be doing pretty well]] up until [[UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg May 6, 1937.]] People adored them, they were seen as [[ZeeRust extremely glamorous and futuristic.]] The world-famous LZ-127 ''Graf Zeppelin'' had accomplished global circumnavigations, arctic explorations, and aviation feats that people had only dreamed of. No passengers had ever been injured or killed on a Zeppelin flight since they were invented over thirty years prior, which put them leagues ahead of the era's much smaller and frailer (though faster) airplanes. Although non-Zeppelin airships had suffered a few highly-publicized crashes, the Zeppelins themselves seemed immune. But in 1937, at the zenith of the Zeppelins' development, the flagship luxury liner ''[[UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg Hindenburg]]'' burst into flames for no apparent reason, the first major catastrophe ''caught on film.'' This Hydrogen fire, which killed roughly a third of the passengers and crew on board, created a global panic. No commercial Zeppelin would fly again until 1999, though relatively tiny nonrigid "blimps" had continued to operate in relative stagnation.



Zeppelins aren't just the fastest way to indicate that you've found yourself in an AlternateUniverse setting, they're quite often a striking symbol of dystopia. Like SpySatellites, Zeppelins can be used to survey the populace, [[PowerPerversionPotential only hundreds of times cheaper and more effectively,]] with next to unlimited endurance[[note]]Provided they do not encounter a storm, which would deprive them of solar power or cause them to use up fuel reserves to keep up with the winds[[/note]]. They are also much more visible than a satellite, obviously, often leading to their use as a PropagandaMachine, acting like [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Big Brother]]'s evil Goodyear Blimp.

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Zeppelins aren't just the fastest way to indicate that you've found yourself in an AlternateUniverse setting, they're quite often a striking symbol of dystopia. Like SpySatellites, Zeppelins can be used to survey the populace, [[PowerPerversionPotential only hundreds of times cheaper and more effectively,]] with next to unlimited endurance[[note]]Provided they do not encounter a storm, which would deprive them of solar power or cause them to use up fuel reserves to keep up with the winds[[/note]]. They are also much more visible than a satellite, obviously, often leading to their use as a PropagandaMachine, acting like [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Big Brother]]'s evil Goodyear Blimp.
Blimp. It also helps that, thanks to the aforementioned Hindenberg, they're readily associated with ThoseWackyNazis.



* Zeppelins and blimps (along with windmills, solar power, and other eco-friendly technologies) are a big part of the "just like ours only better" world of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''.

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* Zeppelins and blimps (along with windmills, solar power, and other eco-friendly technologies) are a big part of the "just like ours only better" world of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''. That said, there are also plenty of airplanes, cars, and other "realistic" technology.




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* One of the chapters of [[Creator/MohiroKitoh Mohiro Kitoh's]] manga Manga/WingsOfVendemiaire takes place on a zeppelin, and the whole story is implied to take place in a world resembling Europe around the time of World War I.
26th Dec '16 8:43:58 AM Rhodes7
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* In ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'' planes are eventually largely replaced with airships, a sign of just how much has changed.
7th Dec '16 1:42:33 PM nighttrainfm
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* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'', what little we see of "Earth-3" includes, naturally, airships.
1st Dec '16 12:00:51 PM Morgenthaler
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* Disney's ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' shows why people riding in hydrogen-filled dirigibles shouldn't back-stab BadAss subordinates packing flareguns.

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* Disney's ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' shows why people riding in hydrogen-filled dirigibles shouldn't back-stab BadAss badass subordinates packing flareguns.
21st Nov '16 9:01:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* The ''CrimsonSkies'' game is alternate history in the DieselPunk genre that has Zeppelins as flying aircraft carriers/battleships.

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* The ''CrimsonSkies'' ''VideoGame/CrimsonSkies'' game is alternate history in the DieselPunk genre that has Zeppelins as flying aircraft carriers/battleships.
12th Nov '16 4:51:51 AM Gowan
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* In ''Literature/TheInvisibleLibrary'', Irene visits a parallel universe where vampires and other mythical creatures are considered normal members of society, and zeppelins are the normal way of air transport. However, no method of wireless communication has been invented; the airships communiate with the ground via devices powered by [[TheFairFolk elf magic]], which horrifies Irene, as elves are consistently evil (the stronger ones can travel between the worlds, so every parallel universe has the same elves.)
29th Oct '16 2:38:14 PM nombretomado
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* Airships appear late in the game ''GuildWars2'', as well as in some of the Living Story updates- they are first developed by the Charr, but are constructed later by the Pact with Human and Asuran inputs. Later on, many of them are stolen and then extensively used by the game's [[SkyPirates Aetherblade]] faction.

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* Airships appear late in the game ''GuildWars2'', ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'', as well as in some of the Living Story updates- they are first developed by the Charr, but are constructed later by the Pact with Human and Asuran inputs. Later on, many of them are stolen and then extensively used by the game's [[SkyPirates Aetherblade]] faction.
12th Oct '16 9:03:52 AM SorPepita
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* Creator/FritzLeiber's short story "Catch That Zeppelin!" is about an alternate universe where things turned out (mostly) much better than our own, It too includes zeppelins docking at the Empire State building, where a RealLife mooring mast was considered. Needless to say, they didn't use hydrogen to lift them.

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* Creator/FritzLeiber's short story "Catch That Zeppelin!" is about an alternate universe where things turned out (mostly) much better than our own, own. It too includes zeppelins docking at the Empire State building, where a RealLife mooring mast was considered. Needless to say, they didn't use hydrogen to lift them.
29th Sep '16 2:36:52 AM Doc_Loki
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* The Literature/RedMarsTrilogy has a fleet of automated "air"ships used both for exploration and as part of the early {{Terraform}}ing effort (ultimately a failure but it turns out somewhat useful anyway), so they're Zeppelins ''on'' another world as well. Later (post-terraforming) a transforming high-tech sailboat turns into a blimp to escape rough seas.

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* The Literature/RedMarsTrilogy has a fleet of automated "air"ships used both for exploration and as part of the early {{Terraform}}ing effort (ultimately a failure but it turns out somewhat useful anyway), so they're Zeppelins ''on'' another world as well. There's solid science backing this: Mars has a much thinner atmosphere than Earth, so fixed-wing aircraft have trouble generating lift there - a problem that lighter-than-air vehicles do not share. Later (post-terraforming) a transforming high-tech sailboat turns into a blimp to escape rough seas.
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