Main Space Is An Ocean Discussion

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09:26:13 PM Apr 18th 2012
I can't seem to able to edit this in (probably because I'm a freshly registered user), but I'd like to mention under "Real life" that this trope appears in language (And probably has been doing so since the beginning of actual space travel and before):

We're calling people who're going to space (and people who went there) "astronauts" - literally "star-sailors" in many western european languages and "kosmonauts" - "space-sailors" - in eastern european languages. Given the translations the german Wiktionary has to offer - minus the asian ones, where i can't track the etymology - only Danish seems to deviate with "rumpilot" - "space pilot" (

Also, in German, the only term for "spacecraft" (encompassing the whole class of vehicles made for space travel) is "Raumschiff" - "space-ship". Space craft of the Space Shuttle or Buran variety - large, reusable, manned, aircraft-style design and reentry mode - are called "Raumfähre" - "space-ferry". Even the term for space travel is "Raumfahrt" - "space-fare" as in "seafare" as opposed to "space flight" (While the term "Raumflug" exists, it is used rather seldomly, referring only to specific space flight events, but not to the whole concept of travelling in space).

12:22:16 PM Jul 29th 2010
edited by GrizzlyJer
I don't think the following section really has anything to do with space being an ocean. It looks to me like it has more to do with space being portrayed in an unrealistic way. Am I missing something? I don't want to get too delete-happy until I'm sure.

  • Spaceships often have artificial gravity, even if there is no realistic explanation why or how. Depending on the show, it can be mild or strong.

    • Two reasons. In universe, it's just easier to work and live if stuff isn't going floaty all the time. And as far as production goes, zero G is hard to simulate and harder to simulate well.

  • Asteroids ALWAYS have artificial gravity, and it is almost always "Full" gravity. But can some times be explained away by the author.
  • People can be born in space or on the moon with no detrimental birth defects due to low gravity.
12:37:23 PM Jul 29th 2010
edited by girlyboy
You're right. I think all these points AND "ships have decks parallel to direction of travel" AND "ships have a noticeable "up" and "down"" can be combined into, basically, one point that sums all this up.
  • "There's an "up" and "down" in space, and space-ships are laid out accordingly, with decks parallel to their direction of travel (usually using Artificial Gravity), and a clear "top" and "bottom." This is so they can look and function more like naval ships."
Or... something like that, but better worded.

Otherwise it does indeed sound like Space Does Not Work That Way, which is much broader.
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