Created By: klas on January 12, 2013 Last Edited By: klas on January 21, 2013
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The trinity of science fiction races.

In space science fiction with races there are 3 races that usually appear regardless of number of races

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In space science fiction with races there are 3 races that usually appear regardless of number of races. Of how many races exists in the setting.

The Glamourous Race. The most civilised and advanced of the races, their trademark is always very "rule of cool" designed space ship. Their advanced tech is based on the rule of cool. They can be equivalent to High Men. Their culture embodies wealth, culture and/or prosperity. Can't Argue with Elves and Utopia Justifies the Means usually apply , they can even be Space Elves. They are the most likely to be extras and if they are chances are that they are pretty.

The Horror Race. The least technologically advanced of the races. This is the race that is closest to Earthling 21th century tech level. If they are not members of the rooster, they are likely to be primitive and underestimated monstrous humanoids. They surprise the other races with having any sort of science fiction weapon or space ship. If they are humans other races may subject them to similar positive discrimination. If they are sympathetically portrayed they are often victims to light cosmic horror. If they are not they are often horrible alien because Evil Is Ugly or because the evil aliens needs to be defeatable.

Ancient Grome in Space. The most space opera and political of the races. They are usually more technologically in the middle if they are not also one of the other races. Can be the Glamour race but usually is the contrast to the Glamour Race. Grome in space, is usually subject to civil war and crises. If the Glamour Race is the Deadly Decadent Court, that is a good sign they are also Grome in space. Can be either The Federation or The Empire and <- Crystal Spires and Togas .

The mundane race rebel against the political race or the political race are so civilised they are vulnerable to attack from a brutal and horrible Gothic race. "Grome in Space" invade the homeworld of the mundane race. A war in space can be become war of idealism versus realism.

A successful space opera is the balance of these tree roles even if they overlap or are overshadowed by a multitude of races. They can work like the space version of Elves versus Dwarves, They are the same race and the story with politicians in the background.

With no Glamour Race, you get extreme Dystopia. Without Grome in space, the other factions doesn't have a chance against The Glamour Race. Without Gothic race, the show is just to mind blowing and the audience have nothing to relate to.
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  • January 12, 2013
    zarpaulus
    You might want to revise the spelling, and grammar, and internal consistency.

    Did you mean something like this?
    • Warhammer40000
      • Glamour Race: The Eldar are highly advanced and extremely arrogant. Though they've seen better days.
      • Gothic Race: Da Orkz are the epitome of crudeness, with all their botched together technology and tendency to fight for fightin's sake. The Imperium of Man could count as well.
      • Rome in Space: The Tau, highly advanced in most areas but still pale in comparison to the Eldar. Very expansionist. The Imperium was also this before the Horus Heresy, they've still got the political infighting but the technology has declined.
  • January 12, 2013
    DRCEQ
    Care to explain what "Rom" is? I can't say that I recognize the reference.
  • January 12, 2013
    Desertopa
    From the content of the description, it seems like it should be "Rome."

    I thought at first that "Ghotic" and "Rom" were technical terms, maybe rooted in literary criticism traditions, that I was simply unfamiliar with, but all the other misspellings made that seem pretty unlikely, and a google search didn't bear it out.
  • January 12, 2013
    rodneyAnonymous
    "Gothic"? And "if they are not members of the rooster"? WTF?

    This seems like it's pretty much Space Elves (And More) meets Standard Fantasy Setting.
  • January 12, 2013
    StarSword
    We have Five Races and Standard Sci Fi Setting, both of which seem to have this covered.
  • January 13, 2013
    Ryusui
    I think he does mean "Rom in Space" - "Space Gypsies," if you don't mind being un-PC.
  • January 13, 2013
    Desertopa
    Doesn't seem to fit with the "Civil war and crises, political and decadent" description.
  • January 13, 2013
    DRCEQ
    ^^ Space Gypsies sounds like the better, less derogatory term here...
  • January 13, 2013
    peccantis
    "Rom" is not a stock character whereas "Gypsy" is. Part of that stock character / stock character type are generalisations and misinformation and romanticising the actual Rom people and their varying culture. I'm with ^ here...
  • January 13, 2013
    klas
    I was in a hurry. I am sorry, it should be Rome.
  • January 13, 2013
    klas
    zarpaulus got it right. Yes, I have to edit the grammar. The warhammer 40k example is a good example.

    Andromeda, Star Trek and Babylon 5 are also like this.

    In Andromeda, the humans are the glamour race, the magog the Gothic Race and the commonwealth was Rome in Space. The federation in the Star trek is very much the Glamour Race. Star trek got Romulans, Babylon 5 got Centauri as Rome in Space. Clingons in Star trek, Humanity in Babylon 5 are the Gothic Race.

  • January 13, 2013
    rodneyAnonymous
    Please address the criticisms of the content. How is this distinct from Five Races or Standard Sci Fi Setting?
  • January 13, 2013
    klas
    Because, The Five Races are fantasy oriented, it is difficult to imagine magical races being substituted for science fiction races. Magical character types does not translate well to advanced space civilizations. Standard Sci Fi Setting, is good but it has more focus on the totality. It doesn't have the same information. This is about 3 roles, that I don't see in Standard Sci Fi Setting.

  • January 13, 2013
    zarpaulus
    I wouldn't call humans the glamour race of Andromeda, considering humans cover everything from Cpt. Dylan Hunt to the average Nietzschean, rather I'd call the Vedrans (despite their single appearance in the series) the glamours.
  • January 13, 2013
    rodneyAnonymous
    "It is difficult to imagine magical races being substituted for science fiction races."

    Space Elves

    Science fiction is a type of fantasy.
  • January 13, 2013
    Larkmarn
    A: Names are awful. Rename the races.

    B: This is covered pretty well by Five Races. I mean, there are a lot of space-based examples in there.
  • January 13, 2013
    zarpaulus
    @rodneyAnonymous: You did not just say that!
  • January 13, 2013
    rodneyAnonymous
    I know, heresy. :) I understand that distinction though.
  • January 14, 2013
    peccantis
    C/e'd the description. Not claiming. Carry on.
  • January 15, 2013
    fulltimeD
    covered by Five Races
  • January 17, 2013
    rodneyAnonymous
    Just to clarify... Obviously "science fiction has robots and fantasy has dragons" sorts of distinctions between the two genres totally make sense, but I mean, in the sense of "fantasy races", no I don't think "science fiction races" is something completely different. And the Space Elves article exactly contradicts the idea that magical races can't be translated to science fiction. And Five Races mentions space flavors. This is covered.
  • January 17, 2013
    dubey
    Video Games
    • A loose example in Universe At War, The Glamorous race would be the Novus, the Gothic would be the Hierarchy and the Grome would be the Masari.

  • January 21, 2013
    klas
    Sight, pace Elves are not science fiction. They are fantasy in space. Obviously they are imported from another genre. For me W40 is not really sci fi, but a combination of sci fi and fantasy. Setting with space elves, rely heavily on magic and religion. Science fiction and fantasy are usually, for me totally different things.

  • January 21, 2013
    klas
    I just don't feel the five races, are satisfactory for science fiction races.
  • January 21, 2013
    klas
    Sight, I contradict myself. Sure, Glamour can be space elves. But if they are, plain Space Elves the setting is probably still fantasy combined with science fiction, but what Five Race race are the other two? I named the Gothic race so, after space horror. Gothic = scary.

    I approve of Crystals and Togas. Grome in Space, would be a better name for the third race.

    Also, how do cutes and mundanes figures into sci fi race?

  • January 21, 2013
    Desertopa
    This has four motions to discard, and while there are many comments arguing for its inclusion, all of them are coming from the author. I think it' fair to discard this one.
  • January 21, 2013
    klas
    As you will.
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