Open thread: in SPACE!

(By chris the cynic)

It has long been a tradition to recycle premises, storylines, and more or less anything else in fiction by setting it IN SPACE!

What are some things you think would or do benefit from this?  What are some things that you thing are better left on earth.

[As a reminder, open thread prompts are meant to inspire conversation, not stifle it. Have no fear of going off topic for there is no off topic here.]


11 thoughts on “Open thread: in SPACE!

  1. alexseanchai April 29, 2014 at 7:36 am

    I’m trying to write, basically, a thing exploring the flaws of the Thirteenth Amendment prison-labor loophole by setting La Amistad in space. Does that count?

  2. lonespark42 April 29, 2014 at 8:35 am

    That totally counts, and is awesome!

  3. lonespark42 April 29, 2014 at 8:37 am

    I shall reiterate my opinion that

    John Henry in SPAACE would be a few levels of awesomeness about glam alien viking Marvel Thor.

  4. lonespark42 April 29, 2014 at 8:53 am

    There are lots of fun comics IN SPACE:

    Miranda Mercury:

    Zita The Space Girl (which has parts that make it a little bit like The Snow Queen, IN SPACE):

  5. lonespark42 April 29, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Also I learned from reading the preface or whatever that Anakoinosis by Tobias Buckell ( is, to a certain extent, in parts, The Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglas…IN SPACE. And I find it super wicked awesome independent of that…

  6. christhecynic April 29, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    It seems like there’s rarely fantasy creatures IN SPACE!

    Why is there never a discussion about how the space ship had to be specially constructed to avoid giving the dragon claustrophobia?

    How do elf constructed space ships differ from those used by dwarfs?

    Is there ever a crisis when lights go out in the biodomes of a dryad space ship thus causing the trees the dryads are linked to to wither and, if not saved, die?

    Are unicorns brought in as a part of the teraforming process?

    So forth.

  7. lonespark42 April 29, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Amazon just recommended that I read some books about Cleopatra in Space.

  8. depizan April 29, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    I describe my SW:TOR fanfic as “The A-Team IN SPACE.” Granted, that’s more as shorthand for “heroic team not necessarily backed by authority”… and because I think it would really piss off the creators of The A-Team that I’m describing a group that’s over half women that way. 😛

    As for what should be IN SPACE? Everything! *says the space adventure fan*

  9. Lonespark April 30, 2014 at 7:51 am

    As for what should be IN SPACE? Everything!


  10. froborr April 30, 2014 at 7:54 am


    Add a level of violence so over-the-top it wraps around to boring and a relentlessly nihilistic worldview and you’ve basically got the dreck that is Warhammer 40K.

    Also, Vulcans are basically space elves, and Klingons are evolving in the general direction of being space dwarves.

    There’s actually scads of space elves in anime, the (ironically named) Human Empire of Abh comes from [Brightly Colored Wavy Thing] of the Stars comes immediately to mind.

  11. Lonespark May 1, 2014 at 9:36 am

    I really like Religion In Space. (As well as Religion in the Future…)

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