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This is the culture main page. Ideas broken down below.
 
This is the culture main page. Ideas broken down below.
  
==Distance from real world cultures==
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This is an alien culture, a completely different people to ''Homo sapiens''. In fact, the reason these people have stumbled onto a cluster of viable planets around a cluster of stars is because they were terraformed millenia prior, by humans themselves, who are now a vanished people.
The main question here is how far to push the characters. Were they once human beings? Is this earth's history pushed centuries forward? Or is this a completely different time and place with completely different biologies?
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===Alien cultures===
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Pros:
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*Clear visual break from RW cultures
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*Easier suspension of disbelief when confronted with unexpected behaviors
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Cons:
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*Too easy for audience to disassociate
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*Involves increased work on character design
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===Alternate universe===
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Pros:
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*Still use humans
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*Eerie twists on extant cultural cues
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Cons:
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*Requires a starting premise -- i.e., what if the Romans colonised the Americas? (Premise never has to be openly visible)
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===Future world===
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May not be that much different from Alien cultures; if pushed far enough in time, may be just the same. Post- or trans-humans, genetic modifications, evolved bodies. This doesn't appeal as much as it might.
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Pros:
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*Near-future can be fun to play with.
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Cons:
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*Temptation to recast ''Firefly''.
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*Completely defeats the no-RW-cultural-cues idea.
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Revision as of 14:42, 17 March 2013

This is the culture main page. Ideas broken down below.

This is an alien culture, a completely different people to Homo sapiens. In fact, the reason these people have stumbled onto a cluster of viable planets around a cluster of stars is because they were terraformed millenia prior, by humans themselves, who are now a vanished people.