Atmosphere Abuse YKTTW Discussion
Kizor: No, not breaking the ambiance. The destruction or irreparable maiming of a gas layer that surrounds a planetary body, which appears to be a distinct and semi-frequent concept. One problem: does this have too much overlap with The End of the World as We Know It and Apocalypse How? The Apocalypse How rating of Atmosphere Abuse varies, but it's hard to imagine it not having one. Another matter is whether we should include situations where the atmosphere is changed enough to kill off previous inhabitants, but not removed altogether. Examples come to mind in the Tripods books, an episode of Stargate, and UFO: Afterlight, in all cases due to Terraforming, twice inadvertently and once knowingly.
- ''The Science of Discworld.
Rincewind (from memory): Ah. This is going to be one of the times when the atmosphere catches fire. I hate those.
- Skullcrusher Mountain.
Picture the two of us alone inside my golden submarine While above the waves my doomsday squad ignites the atmosphere...
- Traffic Department 2192. The Rebellion kills The Emperor's daughter, so the Emperor floods the atmosphere with flammable gases and takes a match to the planet.
- An elaborate Non-Standard Game Over in Conquests: Frontier Wars has this in video, with a nice low-angle shot that shows how the atmosphere burns.