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What’s the best Generation Ship science fiction book / film / song?

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Doug.Amos   12/9/2011 9:20:18 AM
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You wouldn't know it from the title but Flood by Stephen Baxter has some great material about a long-range, long-duration spaceflight and there are kids born on the ship, so I think it qualifies as a generation ship story. The interesting twist is that, although massive planning goes into training and selecting a perfect crew, things don't quite go to plan and the "society" that develops is pretty scary but believable.

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Max The Magnificent   12/9/2011 3:08:50 PM
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I hadn't heard of this -- I just checked and it seems that the action in "Flood" all takes place on Earth -- it's in the sequel "Arc" where the Generation Ship comes into play... ...I've read some of Stephen Baxter's stuff and found it a bit wearing ... on the other hand I did quite like his book "Evolution" (one day I hope to finish it :-)

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Max The Magnificent   12/9/2011 3:12:26 PM
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I really likes Rama -- I can't remember if I got all the way through Rama II but I know that the whole thing started to drag for me after a while. I did really like "Cradle" by Clarke and Lee

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Anonymouse1234567891011121314151617181920   12/9/2011 6:56:25 PM
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My vote? The BBC series Red Dwarf...always good for grins and giggles...the guy that evolved from the cat is a hoot!

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Max The Magnificent   12/9/2011 7:12:34 PM
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Arrhhhhgggg -- I can't believe I neglected to mention Red Dwarf -- of course it was never intended to be a Generation Ship -- but it ended to that the Cat's entire race evolved there, so it definitely has to count... Do you remember the "Gazpacho Soup" episode? Laugh? I almost bought a round of beers! :-)

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OmegaMan   12/9/2011 8:41:11 PM
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Wasn't there a Doctor Who episode about a generation ship... Starship UK?

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TFCSD   12/11/2011 5:21:16 AM
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And Star Trek TOS

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Max The Magnificent   12/12/2011 3:57:00 PM
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Yes -- that's right -- it was the latest Dr Who -- the ship was a city riding on the back of a "Space Whale"... ...I was a bit surprised by this episode because the Dr almost lobotomized the Space Whale ... that's not something the old Dr(s) would have done (mutter mutter, groan moan)

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Max The Magnificent   12/12/2011 3:59:22 PM
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Star Trek TOS (The Original Series) doesn't count if you're talking about the Enterprise (A Generation Ship is slower than light)... ... but are you saying that there was an episode with a Generation Ship in it?... Now you mention it I vaguely seem to remember something ... but not much ... can you remember the name of the episode?

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Bob Lacovara   12/12/2011 4:54:01 PM
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Gee, guys... "The Book of the Long Sun", Wolfe. Hasn't anyone mentioned that in this thread? Discussing "best" in this context is pointless, that's like "best" beer. And the authors mentioned here aren't small beer, either. I like the Wolfe book. But there are so many gen ship novels... I am remembering them as I look over the thread. Lots of fun. Curiously enough, one significant author, Jack Vance, didn't go in for gen ships, although he did write an outline for such a story. (If you don't know anything about Jack Vance, you have missed the ship, partner...)

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