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Where is my story on the Mohs Scale of Scifi Hardness?:

 1 OOZE, Sun, 17th Oct '10 2:18:53 PM from Transsexual,Transylvania
Don't feed the plants!
First off, I'd like to say that I'm not intentionally making my story harder or softer. I don't really care about my story from a scientific point of view as I'm focusing more on the art of it. I'm just curious.

  • No FTL travel, so I guess that's good.
  • No Biochemical Barriers. Alien parasites can infect humans and other animals and read their genetic and mental information and interact with it.
  • Glassesless 3d T Vs.
  • The main character works in a future medical company that sells a cure for the common cold and first aid kits that essentially allow you to Heal Thyself.

I don't think there's anything else worth noting.
I'm feeling strangely happy now, contented and serene. Oh don't you see, finally I'll be, somewhere that's green...
Space hobo
Well, that's kind of odd. If there is no FTL travel, how did the alien germs get over here in the first place? Aside from that unexplained detail, I say it's "Unobtanium" hard.

 3 OOZE, Sun, 17th Oct '10 2:34:14 PM from Transsexual,Transylvania
Don't feed the plants!
Slower than light travel.
I'm feeling strangely happy now, contented and serene. Oh don't you see, finally I'll be, somewhere that's green...
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I suppose the hardness depends a lot on how that STL travel is treated. Is it a monumental undertaking, requiring flavours of unobtanium, or just another space launch?
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 5 OOZE, Sun, 17th Oct '10 2:49:46 PM from Transsexual,Transylvania
Don't feed the plants!
I can't really say because the reader never actually SEES the slower than light travel moving through space, they just see it arriving on Earth.
I'm feeling strangely happy now, contented and serene. Oh don't you see, finally I'll be, somewhere that's green...
Space hobo
Well, then those microbes must have been travelling space for a really long time now, conisdering our closest star is several light years away, that unless your little buggers came from our own solar system.

 7 OOZE, Sun, 17th Oct '10 4:01:17 PM from Transsexual,Transylvania
Don't feed the plants!
I think the term is a "generational ship".
I'm feeling strangely happy now, contented and serene. Oh don't you see, finally I'll be, somewhere that's green...
 8 Major Tom, Sun, 17th Oct '10 4:37:45 PM Relationship Status: Barbecuing
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Unobtanium level. It's pretty hard.

Which is in stark contrast to mine which is on the softer end utilizing the Minovsky Particle. (Most to all other physics are realistic)
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 9 doorhandle, Sun, 17th Oct '10 7:18:29 PM from Space Australia!
I think I saw somewhere else on this forum that there may be less chemical barriers than we think, as carbon might be the only atom capable of being the base of D.N.A or D.N.A-like structures. This would mean that the alien parasites and their hosts would be a lot more biologically compatible than we might like.

tl:dr: the setting might be even harder than thought, but it's pretty unlikely.

edit: FOUND IT! http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=a59mjj2wa7f0hgpgqq9w98e2&page=0#

edited 17th Oct '10 7:24:09 PM by doorhandle

 10 pvtnum 11, Mon, 18th Oct '10 11:01:09 AM from Kerbin low orbit Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
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Wonder if alien DNA would have the same twist direction as our own. I think I saw a Freefall comic about that topic once.
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 11 doorhandle, Mon, 18th Oct '10 3:36:27 PM from Space Australia!
Hmmm.... Proably only in a softer setting, but could there ever be a triple helix?

...it would proably not count as D.N.A after that.

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