History Mohs / OneBigLie

8th Apr '17 8:27:12 PM JBK405
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* The ''Film/IronMan'' movies use the Big Lie of the miniaturized Arc Reactor, a palm-sized power source that, in the words of the first movie, can "power [a] heart for fifty lifetimes... or something bigger for fifteen minutes." You can also consider the PoweredArmor that the Arc Reactor powers as the Big Lie instead, as its capabilities are beyond what's possible in real life and this is the technology that the movies explore the consequences of - namely, that every military in the world wants one and every arms dealer wants to sell one. Or you could consider the repulsors to be the Big Lie. The whole thing is softened considerably in the context of the other Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse movies, though, as they imply that the reactor is based on a Mohs/ScienceInGenreOnly alien artifact.
30th Mar '17 5:31:13 PM supergod
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* ''Literature/TheExpanse'' uses only one real physics assumption, and that is the Epstein Drive: an extremely fuel-efficient and powerful engine that allows ''relatively'' prompt travel throughout the solar system, so that trips take days or weeks instead of months. That is, until [[spoiler: the alien protomolecule gets discovered, which is something that warps time and space, generates stable wormholes, and does other awful, ''awful'' things to the laws of physics.]]

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* ''Literature/TheExpanse'' uses only one real physics assumption, and that is the Epstein Drive: an extremely fuel-efficient and powerful engine that allows ''relatively'' prompt travel throughout the solar system, so that trips take days or weeks instead of months. That is, until [[spoiler: the alien protomolecule gets discovered, which is something that warps time and space, generates stable wormholes, and does other awful, ''awful'' things to that go beyond the laws of physics.]]
30th Mar '17 2:39:57 PM Zaptech
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* ''Literature/TheExpanse'' uses only one real physics assumption, and that is the Epstein Drive: an extremely fuel-efficient and powerful engine that allows ''relatively'' prompt travel throughout the solar system, so that trips take days or weeks instead of months. That is, until [[spoiler: the alien protomolecule gets discovered, which is something that warps time and space, generates stable wormholes, and does other awful, ''awful'' things to the laws of physics.]]
15th Nov '16 11:00:28 AM RavenWilder
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15th Nov '16 10:48:12 AM RavenWilder
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* The first ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' movie has the flux capacitor (which makes time travel possible) as its sole science-fiction element, with everything else being grounded in the reality . . . until the SequelHook at the end shows us a flying car and a portable cold-fusion reactor. ''Back to the Future II'' features much softer and more plentiful science-fiction during the trip to 2015, though the third movie in the trilogy mostly brings things back to about the same level as the first movie.
6th Nov '16 5:45:01 PM StarSword
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* ''Series/{{Intelligence|2014}}'': A computer chip can be inserted into people with a particular genetic mutation, allowing them to access the information grid. Apart from that, the series is LikeRealityUnlessNoted.
6th Nov '16 5:43:16 PM StarSword
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* ''Literature/AlexisCarew'' makes hay out of the fact that scientists currently have no damn clue what dark energy and dark matter really are, using them to justify hardcore SpaceSailing and WoodenShipsAndIronMen via [[SubspaceOrHyperspace an alternate plane of existence called darkspace]]. The fact that most combat in the series takes place in darkspace dictates the designs of ships, which otherwise take into consideration that space is 3D and that one still has to deal with orbital mechanics in realspace (even more so than usual, since ships can only enter or exit darkspace at Lagrange points off of massive objects).
* ''Literature/{{RCN}}'' has the Matrix, a web of {{Alternate Universe}}s into which ships transit to travel faster than light, whose physics require ships' sails to be set by hand or with hydraulics (since any electrics could affect the ship's course). Everything else is at best Mohs/SpeculativeScience: ships and missiles are propelled by matter/antimatter annihilation and all the physics are kept consistent.
5th Nov '16 11:11:26 AM nombretomado
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* ''IlivaisX'' likely falls within this. Though it's set only somewhat late in the 21st century, a LensmanArmsRace at the time the Aztecs fought of Cortez elevates the technology several millenia beyond what it should be (notably, space travel occuring in the 1700s). Most of the technology is fairly plausible- the HumongousMecha are, for the most part, incapable of walking on land and usually meant solely for flight (even the ones that can move on land have some vertical thrust), cities prone to disasters are suspended in the air via satellites, hovering vehicles operate on a computerized maglev system, mechanical and organic regeneration occurs with {{Nanomachines}}, advanced neuroscience allows the Drive Cores to work, etc. The [[DesperationAttack End Codes]] are not explained at all, however, as they apparently stop time for anything that doesn't have an End Code itself, though it generally drains the user's energy very quickly. It's presumed the titular mech's teleportation works this way, which is only possible with its Cyclic Engine, but that isn't explained either aside from stating it took a long time to make. The latter is essentially the MacGuffin of the story.

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* ''IlivaisX'' ''Literature/IlivaisX'' likely falls within this. Though it's set only somewhat late in the 21st century, a LensmanArmsRace at the time the Aztecs fought of Cortez elevates the technology several millenia beyond what it should be (notably, space travel occuring in the 1700s). Most of the technology is fairly plausible- the HumongousMecha are, for the most part, incapable of walking on land and usually meant solely for flight (even the ones that can move on land have some vertical thrust), cities prone to disasters are suspended in the air via satellites, hovering vehicles operate on a computerized maglev system, mechanical and organic regeneration occurs with {{Nanomachines}}, advanced neuroscience allows the Drive Cores to work, etc. The [[DesperationAttack End Codes]] are not explained at all, however, as they apparently stop time for anything that doesn't have an End Code itself, though it generally drains the user's energy very quickly. It's presumed the titular mech's teleportation works this way, which is only possible with its Cyclic Engine, but that isn't explained either aside from stating it took a long time to make. The latter is essentially the MacGuffin of the story.
3rd Nov '16 9:58:32 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''HumanxCommonwealth'' series operates on a great deal of {{Phlebotinum}} mixed with just enough hard sci fi elements to keep things sounding plausible. For example, FTLTravel is performed by means of ArtificialGravity generators that violate [[NoConservationOfEnergy conservation of energy]], but the rules for employing them are very strict, and most other technologies are based on things resembling known physics, or are logical extensions of the use of ArtificialGravity. However, once the {{Precursors}} start to show up with their LostTechnology, things get really fanciful really fast. Examples: constructed artificial planetoids that can traverse the galaxy in a week and fire star system-destroying bursts of energy across intergalactic space, entire planets that warp through alternate dimensions, etc.

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* Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''HumanxCommonwealth'' ''Literature/HumanxCommonwealth'' series operates on a great deal of {{Phlebotinum}} mixed with just enough hard sci fi elements to keep things sounding plausible. For example, FTLTravel is performed by means of ArtificialGravity generators that violate [[NoConservationOfEnergy conservation of energy]], but the rules for employing them are very strict, and most other technologies are based on things resembling known physics, or are logical extensions of the use of ArtificialGravity. However, once the {{Precursors}} start to show up with their LostTechnology, things get really fanciful really fast. Examples: constructed artificial planetoids that can traverse the galaxy in a week and fire star system-destroying bursts of energy across intergalactic space, entire planets that warp through alternate dimensions, etc.
27th Sep '16 8:43:37 PM PaulA
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** Her ''Literature/AllianceUnion'' universe (which includes the ChanurNovels) has an FTL drive which has the additional function of allowing for instantaneous changes in velocity.

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** Her ''Literature/AllianceUnion'' universe (which includes the ChanurNovels) Literature/ChanurNovels) has an FTL drive which has the additional function of allowing for instantaneous changes in velocity.
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