History Mohs / OneBigLie

12th Mar '18 5:25:51 AM pi4t
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* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': The Big Lies are gravity/inertia control, faster than light radio communications (and possibly travel, albeit still of the "several days to go between stars" variety - precise distances and travel times are rarely stated), and [[spoiler: PsychicPowers]].

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* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': The Big Lies are gravity/inertia control, faster than light radio communications (and communications[[labelnote:*]]and possibly travel, albeit still of the "several days to go between stars" variety - precise distances and travel times are rarely stated), stated[[/labelnote]], and [[spoiler: PsychicPowers]].
12th Mar '18 5:23:48 AM pi4t
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* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': The Big Lies are gravity/inertia control, faster than light radio communications (not travel), and [[spoiler: PsychicPowers]].

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* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': The Big Lies are gravity/inertia control, faster than light radio communications (not travel), (and possibly travel, albeit still of the "several days to go between stars" variety - precise distances and travel times are rarely stated), and [[spoiler: PsychicPowers]].
9th Jan '18 11:03:17 AM drbreakfast
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* In ''Anti-Ice'' by Creator/StephenBaxter, the lie is the titular substance, which is inert when cold but begins shedding mass as pure energy when heat is applied. The novel sets up an alternate history where this material comes to Earth via a comet in 1855, essentially giving the Victorian world access to a mechanically simple, relatively safe, and virtually unlimited source of power. The resulting SteamPunk technology, which includes a rocket capable of reaching the moon, is all well-researched and entirely plausible assuming such an incredible power source were to be provided.
18th Dec '17 10:37:51 PM ProfessorDetective
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** Other films [[FanonDisContinuity diverge from the first two]] in various ways, and become somewhat less hard as a result. Things like the chestbursters taking on features of their host, super-rapid growth into adult aliens, stealth warships, etc etc require disbelief to be suspended somewhat higher. Novels and comics set in the Aliens/Predator extended universe inevitably follow the RuleOfCool and the authors are not usually interested in detailing the consequences of their ideas.

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** Other films [[FanonDisContinuity diverge from the first two]] in various ways, and become somewhat less hard as a result. Things like the chestbursters taking on features of their host, super-rapid growth into adult aliens, stealth warships, etc etc etc. require disbelief to be suspended somewhat higher. Novels and comics set in the Aliens/Predator extended universe inevitably follow the RuleOfCool and the authors are not usually interested in detailing the consequences of their ideas.



** It also has the titular avatar project, which allows humans to project their minds into na'vi bodies, and the na'vi's ability to connect their minds to those of their mounts with their fibre-optic ponytails. If one considers the brain to be essentially a computer, this is all just about justifiable in a science fiction context, as informational exchange does make evolutionary and possibly technological sense. The remote control of the avatar bodies stretches plausibility the most, but without it there would be no film.

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** It also has the titular avatar project, which allows humans to project their minds into na'vi bodies, and the na'vi's ability to connect their minds to those of their mounts with their fibre-optic fiber-optic ponytails. If one considers the brain to be essentially a computer, this is all just about justifiable in a science fiction context, as informational exchange does make evolutionary and possibly technological sense. The remote control of the avatar bodies stretches plausibility the most, but without it there would be no film.
18th Dec '17 10:36:46 PM ProfessorDetective
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12th Dec '17 7:31:03 PM Malady
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* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'': Tends to limit itself to 'theoretically possible but difficult' technologies, such as [[PettingZooPeople genetically enhanced sapient animals]], {{terraform}}ing, AI and [[HumanPopsicle cryonics]]. Even artificial gravity is absent (as the name suggests), and though the Dangerous and Very Expensive ([[FunWithAcronyms D.A.V.E.]]) Drive enables interstellar voyages measured in ''days'', it is explicitly ''not'' [[CasualInterstellarTravel Casual]] -- Planet Jean was colonized by slower-than-light ships carrying {{Human Popsicle}}s, and WordOfGod is that D.A.V.E. journeys also require freezing because it uses a sort of reverse TimeDilation that only reduces the travel time from an outside perspective.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'': Tends to limit itself to 'theoretically possible but difficult' technologies, such as [[PettingZooPeople genetically enhanced sapient animals]], {{terraform}}ing, AI and [[HumanPopsicle cryonics]]. Even artificial gravity is absent (as the name suggests), and though the Dangerous and Very Expensive ([[FunWithAcronyms D.A.V.E.]]) Drive enables interstellar voyages measured in ''days'', it is explicitly ''not'' [[CasualInterstellarTravel Casual]] {{Casual|InterstellarTravel}} -- Planet Jean was colonized by slower-than-light ships carrying {{Human Popsicle}}s, and WordOfGod is that D.A.V.E. journeys also require freezing because it uses a sort of reverse TimeDilation that only reduces the travel time from an outside perspective.
12th Dec '17 7:30:14 PM Malady
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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 things that go beyond 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 things that go beyond the laws of physics.]] ]]



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19th Nov '17 7:27:06 PM WillKeaton
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* Isaac Asimov's Literature/TheCavesOfSteel and other works involving ThreeLawsCompliant robots use artificial consciousness (a "positronic" brain made of an iridium alloy) alongside much simpler (and in some cases, now outmoded) technologies. Although artificial consciousness may someday be achieved, a mass-produced and highly portable one that is economically more viable than human labor ''or'' simpler electronic automation is not very plausible. Again, since the stories are concerned more with the psychological and sociological consequences of robotics than with the technical aspects, the stories do not particularly suffer for this One Big Lie.

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* Isaac Asimov's Literature/TheCavesOfSteel ''Literature/TheCavesOfSteel'' and other works involving ThreeLawsCompliant robots use artificial consciousness (a "positronic" brain made of an iridium alloy) alongside much simpler (and in some cases, now outmoded) technologies. Although artificial consciousness may someday be achieved, a mass-produced and highly portable one that is economically more viable than human labor ''or'' simpler electronic automation is not very plausible. Again, since the stories are concerned more with the psychological and sociological consequences of robotics than with the technical aspects, the stories do not particularly suffer for this One Big Lie.
18th Nov '17 4:58:44 PM WillKeaton
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** Energy weapons - particle[[note]][[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tau_%28particle%29 Tau particles]], which indeed demonstrate a penetrating ability at petaelectronvolt energy levels[[/note]] accelerator the size of an assault rifle and backpack-mounted WaveMotionGun that can rip apart matter on the quark level[[note]]its namesake, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gluon gluon]], is an elementary particle that mediates the strong nuclear force between quarks, thus being essential to the existence of the atomic nucleus by allowing the formation of hadron particles like protons and neutrons[[/note]], both powered by an ultracompact fission reactor that can somehow utilize depleted uranium as fuel.

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** Energy weapons - particle[[note]][[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tau_%28particle%29 Tau particles]], which indeed demonstrate a penetrating ability at petaelectronvolt energy levels[[/note]] accelerator the size of an assault rifle and backpack-mounted WaveMotionGun that can rip apart matter on the quark level[[note]]its level,[[note]]its namesake, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gluon gluon]], is an elementary particle that mediates the strong nuclear force between quarks, thus being essential to the existence of the atomic nucleus by allowing the formation of hadron particles like protons and neutrons[[/note]], neutrons[[/note]] both powered by an ultracompact fission reactor that can somehow utilize depleted uranium as fuel.
28th Aug '17 9:38:57 AM CosmicFerret
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* VideoGame/FrontMission operates on the same principle as ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'', but most of the time the [[MiniMecha Wanzers]] are portrayed as so inhuman, they seem like a glorified WalkingTank ([[SubvertedTrope which don't have to walk]] - they could easily be [[SpiderTank quadrupeds]], HoverTank torsos, or even plain tank treads). The mecha seems mostly to justify the game mechanic of SubsystemDamage on a comprehensible level. ''Gun Hazard'' and other spinoffs treat the [[AMechByAnyOtherName Wanzers]] as more floaty and have wackier science like an extremely wide SpaceElevator, but this is one of the few series that treat reality better than MetalGear.

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* VideoGame/FrontMission operates on the same principle as ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'', but most of the time the [[MiniMecha Wanzers]] are portrayed as so inhuman, they seem like a glorified WalkingTank ([[SubvertedTrope which don't have to walk]] - they could easily be [[SpiderTank quadrupeds]], HoverTank torsos, or even plain tank treads). The mecha seems mostly to justify the game mechanic of SubsystemDamage on a comprehensible level. ''Gun Hazard'' and other spinoffs treat the [[AMechByAnyOtherName Wanzers]] as more floaty and have wackier science like an extremely wide SpaceElevator, but this is one of the few series that treat reality better than MetalGear.
VideoGame/MetalGear.
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