Created By: LogansRun on January 24, 2013 Last Edited By: Paradisesnake on December 9, 2013
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Life On Moon

Moon colony

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Exactly What It Says on the Tin: a work where there's a colony on a planet's moon.

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  • January 24, 2013
    Xtifr
    I don't really think this is a trope. Too many unrelated ideas all grouped together here. Especially when you try to mix in things like Endor (or Coyote), which are just planets that happen to orbit something other than a star, really.

    I could see a trope about settling Earth's moon, as a subtrope of Settling The Frontier...maybe. It is often presented as an important first step in reaching space, so that's something that sort of distinguishes it from the supertrope. But any sort of life on any sort of moon? No.
  • January 25, 2013
    m8e

  • January 25, 2013
    Xtifr
    If you're going to follow my suggestion, maybe a name like First Step The Moon would work better. (Custom-titled to "First Step: the Moon".)
  • January 25, 2013
    SharleeD
    I think it could work if it's specifically about Earth's moon. It might actually be two tropes, however: one for older works of fiction in which the moon has native life, and another in which it's colonized from Earth.
  • January 26, 2013
    Arivne
    If this trope is about "a work where there's a colony on a planet's moon", shouldn't it be called Moon Colony?
  • January 26, 2013
    MarkKB
    If anyone doesn't get it, the current title is a bad pun on Life On Mars.

    I agree with Xtifr, "People Colonise Moons" doesn't quite sound tropeable. What's distinctive about settling on a moon, apart from that it's orbiting a planet rather than a star? The Moon, however, has held a distinctive importance to us, as both an inspiration and a first step out into space.
  • January 26, 2013
    LogansRun
    Based on responses so far, then, it looks like this would be at least three different tropes:

    • Colonize The Moon: Earthlings colonize our Moon, in a "One Small Step For Man, Giant Leap for Mankind" kind of way
    • Possibly a broader trope for planets colonizing their moons, e.g. the Le Guin example. (Not sure how many of these there will be)
    • Inhabited Moon: there's already life on a planet's moon, possibly ewoks or dragons.

  • January 26, 2013
    Stratadrake
    As phrases go, "Life on the moon" implies finding pre-existing life on it, not going out to colonize.
  • January 26, 2013
    MokonaZero
    In the manga Moon Boy the rabbits and foxes lived on the moon before coming to Earth.
  • January 26, 2013
    Xtifr
    I'm not sure that Inhabited Moon is really distinct from Inhabited Planet. In hard SF, certainly, there's no distinction; as I said before, a moon is just a planet that happens to orbit something other than a star. (I realize that doesn't match the bizarrely-precise IAU definition of planet, but as far as writers go, that's not particularly relevant.)

    (As for Life On Mars, that's a disambiguation page, and one that refers to several works; the only one I'm particularly familiar with is probably the most obscure one there: the New Orleans Radiators song, which is actually about life on Bourbon Street. However, the TV shows, to the best of my knowledge, are not about the planet Mars either, so the name current name seems like a potentially confusing association even if you make it.)
  • January 26, 2013
    MarkKB
    ^ That was kind of my point. Both TV series are about bring dumped in 1973, and the David Bowie song they're named after is a series of references to different things on the television, including the hubbard about whether or not there's *ahem* life on Mars - but even that's one line in the chorus.

    It's not a particularly graceful pun, and it doesn't really allude to anything about the trope that they couldn't get from a more descriptive title.
  • January 27, 2013
    lakingsif
    How about finding life on a moon that somehow aids the plot; Endor would be a great example for that.

    Also, the Life On Mars TV is brilliant, but has absolutely nothing to do with life on Mars. I just thought I'd add that if it isn't already mentioned.
  • January 27, 2013
    JonnyB
    Iron Sky has a Nazi base on the Moon.
  • January 28, 2013
    Arivne
    Literature
  • January 30, 2013
    LogansRun
    Thanks for the example additions, and glad the main point seems to be getting over even if some people are stuck on the Incredibly Lame Pun issue re "Life On Mars".

    If people have additional lunar colony examples, plase add below.

    FWIW, may put up another YKTTW for "Inhabited Moon" separately.
  • January 31, 2013
    aurora369
    In the GURPS Terradyne tabletop RPG setting, the Moon has a pressurized city (Luna City) which is the capital of the titular Mega Corp turned empire.
  • February 5, 2013
    LogansRun
    bump
  • September 27, 2013
    LogansRun
    Bump in a pre giving up way. Can O Ps add their own hats?
  • September 27, 2013
    dalek955
    Could be a trope for colonizing airless and low-grav bodies like Earth's moon, or similar kinds of places like Titan, via Domed Hometowns and such.

    Or one about the kinds of dynamics you might develop between the colonists of a moon, and those of the more populous and life-friendly 'overworld' nearby.
  • December 9, 2013
    dalek955
  • December 9, 2013
    gallium
    I would think that the trope here is colonizing our moon, the Moon (Luna). Can't see how moon bases on fictional moons are tropeworthy.

    Anyway...

    Film
    • Two Thousand And One A Space Odyssey features multiple colonies on the Moon. The Americans have to close off their Clavius base when the Monolith is discovered.
    • Moon is about a solitary worker running a Helium-3 mining operation on the moon.
  • December 9, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Fixed a Red Link in the draft.
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