Space has long been the place, especially when it comes as a setting to spicing up genres or stories or TV shows or tropes that have gone stale:
Friday the 13th . . . IN SPACE!
Sharks . . . IN SPACE!
The Brady Bunch . . . IN SPACE!
And so on.
Some of these work, and some of them don’t, but it got me thinking: what about stuff set IN SPACE that would actually work better on Earth?
Popular and talented artist Carltoons had an excellent example: Aliens but on a submarine:
How has this not been done before? Maybe I’ll be the first!
MegaBusterShepard may have hit the nail on the head here:
Bring back the adventure genre indeed. There are plenty of unexplored places on Earth, including the horrifically terrifying deep sea which is full of Biblical monsters and foul hellspawn. To this end, Daniel J. Davis and Not John Daker make some prescient observations about how this has, and could be, done:
Steve DuBois has an interesting spin on a sci-fi classic:
10/10. Would pay to see.
Patrick J.B. Simmons and Rob Papesch remind us that this has, indeed, been done a few times before:
And Bryce Beattie reminds us of what prompted my original Tweet: the well-known fact that Star Trek was conceived as a Western IN SPACE!
Here are some other space-centered genres, tropes, premises, or situations that I think could work here on Earth (or some other planet; it doesn’t have to be Earth):
- Running out of air or some critical resource while marooned or abandoned somewhere (seriously, we see this, but seem to see this mostly in space when it could work anywhere).
- The implications of super-fast travel. What if there was faster than light (FTL) or something approaching that, but it was developed for terrestrial use and not interstellar?
- TV show The Last Ship, based upon William Brinkley’s novel of the same name, did the whole “generation ship” trope Babylon 5 and other sci-fi stories–including one of my favorite bad movies Space Mutiny–Dan with, but on Earth. I’ve never seen it but I think it’s a cool premise.
- Teleportation/transporters, but on Earth and Earth only.
That’s all I’ve got for now. If you have some extraterrestrial tropes that could be given a unique spin if they got transferred to Earth, let me know in the comments!
My first novel, A Traitor to Dreams, sort of ran with this idea, bringing the main character to another world, but one that is a world within the world on Earth (a technologically enhanced dreamlike state). The heroes face all kinds of strange creatures and situations. It’s a great book with a fantastic message and a protagonist you can really root for. You’ll love it, so buy it here.
This is Part 1 of NortherWild‘s 7 posts in 7 days challenge.