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"Okay, here's the scenario. You are a crew member on a starship."
"Cool."
"Space travel is slow, you'll be stuck with your crewmates a long time."
"So we must get along."
"Yes. Communicate, listen, share limited resources."
"I can do that. What's the starship called?"
"Earth."

** The subject deserves a long post, but in short:
All fiction, but especially genre fiction, builds on and plays with ideas and concepts conceived by earlier writers, used and told in new ways.
"Spaceship Earth" was a concept first (I think) invented by Buckminster Fuller in the 1960s, and by now a quite well-known trope, often used in pop-science TV programs.
1/2 **

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** A lot of my stories use genre tropes, because that saves space. So if you recognise an idea in a story from somewhere else, you're probably right (or both riff off an older story).
Having said that, it is important to recognise that an idea does not make a story, and that how a story is told is generally more important than the idea(s) expressed by it, in terms of the impact the story has on the reader/listener. 2/2 **

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@MicroSFF 'kay, well done! this one really cracked me up! thanks!

@mrbeanbag @MicroSFF aaaand cue my brain's insertion of "The Orb's Adventures in the UltraWorld: pt 2"

@MicroSFF If you get too many questions - maybe create a second account that provides links?
TVtropes should have all you need…

@ArnimRanthoron
I know people need distractions these days, but sending unprepared people to TV tropes is a bit extreme, isn't it?
Seriously though, I never know before posting what people don't know, and finding the correct links sounds like a lot of work.

@MicroSFF See it that way - the people following the links have the time for TVTropes😉

@ArnimRanthoron @MicroSFF I would ask that TV Tropes gets a CW, because some people are working from home and can't afford to realize at 2 a.m. they forgot to clock back in from lunch. XD

Seriously, though, if I link TV Tropes in anything I write, I always provide a prominent warning next to the link. It really is that dangerous.

@MicroSFF
"So we must get along"
"There's 8 billion of people in the crew, there's no way everyone will get along everyone else"

kinda dark 

@MicroSFF @orrery "Ah, OK. So you're saying that if I can exercise threatening control over the water systems I can make people do whatever I want?"

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