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* MarsNeedsWater: Inverted: The ship needs a huge supply of water to build a shield of ice to prevent micrometeor impacts.


* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: A star like UsefulNotes/TheSun cannot go nova. A nova requires a white dwarf to be orbiting another star, so closely that it can pull material off the other star's surface[[note]]forming a system called a "mass-exchange binary". The nova outbursts happen because the material deposited on the white dwarf's surface eventually gets so hot and compressed that it undergoes nuclear fusion[[/note]]. A ''super''nova requires either such a binary white dwarf, or a star much larger and heavier than the sun. The sun ''will'' eventually expand into a red giant, but that's a completely different animal from a nova; the expansion will take place over millions of years.
** This is actually a case of ScienceMarchesOn; see the YMMV page.

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* %% ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: A star like UsefulNotes/TheSun cannot go nova. A nova requires a white dwarf to be orbiting another star, so closely that it can pull material off the other star's surface[[note]]forming a system called a "mass-exchange binary". The nova outbursts happen because the material deposited on the white dwarf's surface eventually gets so hot and compressed that it undergoes nuclear fusion[[/note]]. A ''super''nova requires either such a binary white dwarf, or a star much larger and heavier than the sun. The sun ''will'' eventually expand into a red giant, but that's a completely different animal from a nova; the expansion will take place over millions of years.
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* ApocalypseHow: Class X-2 as the Sun goes nova wiping out the Solar System.


* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: A star like UsefulNotes/TheSun cannot go nova. A nova requires a white dwarf to be orbiting another star, so closely that it can pull material off the other star's surface[[note]]forming a system called a "mass-exchange binary". The nova outbursts happen because the material deposited on the white dwarf's surface eventually gets so hot and compressed that it undergoes nuclear fusion[[/note]]. A ''super''nova requires either such a binary white dwarf, or a star much larger and heavier than the sun. The sun ''will'' eventually expand into a red giant, but that's a completely different animal from a nova; the expansion will take place over many thousands of years.

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* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: A star like UsefulNotes/TheSun cannot go nova. A nova requires a white dwarf to be orbiting another star, so closely that it can pull material off the other star's surface[[note]]forming a system called a "mass-exchange binary". The nova outbursts happen because the material deposited on the white dwarf's surface eventually gets so hot and compressed that it undergoes nuclear fusion[[/note]]. A ''super''nova requires either such a binary white dwarf, or a star much larger and heavier than the sun. The sun ''will'' eventually expand into a red giant, but that's a completely different animal from a nova; the expansion will take place over many thousands millions of years.years.
** This is actually a case of ScienceMarchesOn; see the YMMV page.


The novel also inspired an album by musician MikeOldfield, released in 1994.

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The novel also inspired an album by musician MikeOldfield, Music/MikeOldfield, released in 1994.

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* TimeCapsule: It's revealed that virtual variants of these were included in Thalassa's archives (and presumably, the ''Magellan's''), which can reproduce life-sized and immersive (albeit edited) recordings of Earth as it was before the end. One character in particular is brought to tears upon activating an everyday scene from Paris.

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* ForWantOfANail: Invoked in the opening chapters, where it's revealed that a seemingly obscure discovery of peculiar solar anomalies in the 20th Century helped shape the future of mankind for generations to come.


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* WellIntentionedExtremist: It's mentioned that in order to guarantee the survival and "proper" development of colonies like Thalassa, the archives and databanks that went along with the colony ships were heavily edited to remove any religious and potentially troublesome ideas. While this was done with the best of intentions in the hopes of giving the colonies the best chance at survival, the scientists didn't take any pleasure in it as it meant removing some great works of literature and art.

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* LibertariansInSpace: In the backstory, it's mentioned that before the end, various factions, religions and nationalities sent their own seedships into space to both escape the impending apocalypse and build their own independent societies. The protagonists at one point muse whether any of those attempts had also survived.


* CozyCatastrophe: As the end drew closer, the authorities tried to make the impending nova as painless as possible.



** Both the ''Argo'' and ''Magellan'''s historical archives were deliberately curated with any religious imagery and influence removed, which while the scientists believe is for the best so the colonies can develop their own culture, also saddens some in that the process leaves out some great works of literature and art.

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** Both the ''Argo'' and ''Magellan'''s historical archives were deliberately curated with any religious imagery and influence removed, which while the scientists believe is for the best so the colonies can develop their own culture, also saddens some in that the process leaves out some great works of literature and art. [[spoiler:Although someone managed to slip in the last surviving copy of Sherlock Holmes' tales onboard.]]

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The novel also inspired an album by musician MikeOldfield, released in 1994.

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** Both the ''Argo'' and ''Magellan'''s historical archives were deliberately curated with any religious imagery and influence removed, which while the scientists believe is for the best so the colonies can develop their own culture, also saddens some in that the process leaves out some great works of literature and art.
** Some of the ''Magellan'''s crew, in particular the older crew members, introduce some religious concepts to the [[spoiler: above-ground]] native Thalassans.

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* TheMutiny: Many of the ''Magellan'''s crew lobby to remain on Thalassa, and the movement even gets close to sabotaging the ship. However, certain tragic events quell the movement, although a significant portion of the revived crew do stay when the ''Magellan'' leaves.


* ColonyShip: When the discovery is made that Earth will be destroyed, these begin to be constructed and launched with increasing frequency. Some ships are created by groups with specific political or religious agendas (both the ''Argo'' and ''Magellan'' were made deliberately agnostic). Also, as the technology improves, it becomes obvious that the newer ships will get to ground much sooner than the ones first launched, by years or even centuries.

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* ColonyShip: When the discovery is made that Earth will be destroyed, these begin to be constructed and launched with increasing frequency. Some ships are created by groups with specific political or religious agendas (both the ''Argo'' and ''Magellan'' were made deliberately agnostic). Also, as the technology improves, improves as the end gets closer, it becomes obvious that the newer ships will get to ground much sooner than the ones first launched, by years or even centuries.

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* ColonyShip: When the discovery is made that Earth will be destroyed, these begin to be constructed and launched with increasing frequency. Some ships are created by groups with specific political or religious agendas (both the ''Argo'' and ''Magellan'' were made deliberately agnostic). Also, as the technology improves, it becomes obvious that the newer ships will get to ground much sooner than the ones first launched, by years or even centuries.


* LiteraryAllusionTitle: Referencing GustavMahler’s ''The Song of the Earth'' (''Das Lied von der Erde'').

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* LiteraryAllusionTitle: Referencing GustavMahler’s Music/GustavMahler’s ''The Song of the Earth'' (''Das Lied von der Erde'').

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