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Rip Van Winkle Syndrome
A downside of suspended animation...
About this creation
For lack of another term, let's call it Rip Van Winkle Syndrome. It is a potential problem for the pioneers of interstellar travel: given the vast distances between stars, a voyage at even a large fraction of light speed could take thousands of years. So the intrepid first wave of colonists, as soon as they have the technology to do so, set out for a new planet in one of two ways. The first way is in a huge multi-generation ship with its own self-contained ecosystem, where the original voyagers know they will never live to see their ultimate destination. In this case it will be their great-great-great-great-great-etc. grandchildren that settle the new planet. The second way is for the colonists to go into some kind of suspended animation, hibernating the years and light-years away, to be awakened when they arrive.
Either way, the colonists are in for a shock whenever they get there. While the original party spends a few millennia crawling through the void, technological advancement marches on back on Earth. Faster-than-light drives or wormhole technology is mastered. A new, much faster, ship embarks to the same planet, arriving well before the original one. The unfortunate pioneering party arrives on a planet where a far-advanced civilization has been thriving for untold generations. These poor anachronisms would feel as out of place as a Neanderthal being suddenly transported to the 21st century.
All of which is an unnecessarily long-winded way of setting up this vignette: an average classic spaceman, in hibernation for 25 years or so, awakens in a time when his culture is obsolete and forgotten. No more friendly smiling faces clad in suits of bright cheery primary colors -- no, he has come to a grim and terrifying time in the Lego space universe. A time in which something called "Star Wars" has taken over and mercilessly expunged all other space themes...



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   "What have we here? Better wake him up..."



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   "What do you think?"
"Looks like a rebel to me."



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   "Get out of there! You're coming with us!"
"Huh? What's going on?"



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   "Don't play dumb with us, rebel scum!"
"What? What are you talking about? Rebel scum? I don't understand!"



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   "Enough lies! You're not fooling us!"
"I'm not lying! You've got the wrong guy or something!"



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   "That's it! Take him to Lord Vader. He'll wipe that smile off your face."
"What? Lord who? I'm telling you, this is all a big mistake!"



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   "The Empire doesn't make mistakes."
"What about building the Death Star in such a way that an enemy fighter can fly right in and destroy its main power source, not once but twice?"



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   "Aha! I knew it! Rebel scum! We've got you now!"
"Wait, what am I saying? Oh God, this can't be happening! It's like some bad dream!"



Comments

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  January 20, 2010
LOL. It made me laugh.
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  April 18, 2009
BUT THEY'RE ONLY PHASE 2!!!
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  February 4, 2009
hahaha so funny... check out my mocs
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  February 4, 2009
yet another classic tale of disaster. thx
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  January 2, 2009
Oh man I just remembered. KHAN!!!! In the original Star Trek episode "Space Seed" (had to look it up), the Enterprise finds Khan's ship the "sleeper ship SS Botany Bay" (everyone on board in suspended animation) that had left earth in the 1990s.
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  January 2, 2009
I don't know of any, but I would think there almost has to be. I saw some guy on TV, a scientist or sci-fi writer, years and years ago expounding on this and it always stuck in my mind.
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  January 2, 2009
This is a very cool concept. Has there been any kind of book or movie made that focuses on this that you know of?
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  October 3, 2008
Wow. No one knows what their talking about. They just think it's funny. But as a matter of fact, It is, but in school we just read Rip Van Winkle. The basic storyline is that Rip wakes up 20 years later. Nothing special. Ta-Ta. Anthony
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  June 5, 2008
aww,man!that was funni!not once but twice?that iz funny.but why you use clones?
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  March 30, 2008
Great Vig I like all of the details on the wall, and the hibernation module, plus a funny backstory to top it off. 5/5
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  February 10, 2008
very nice! check out my mocs!
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  November 29, 2007
I wasn't around when classic space was avaible. It would be nice to have seen what is was like.
Shannon Young
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Jackson F.
  August 28, 2007
Oh, the days when space vehicles were not bristling with missile pods and machine guns. An ingenius concept, Shannon.
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  August 13, 2007
Ah yes, the fate of all of those courageous spacemen, brutally slaughtered by Star Wars. They went to space in peace, to explore and expand man's knowledge and thus were powerless to defend as they were wiped from almost all but memory. I was to miss their era of peace and knowledge, when sci-fi vehicles didn't necessarily need weapons. Nice statis chamber anyways.
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  June 26, 2007
very well thought through, and i like the pod thing, all those star wars happened a long long time ago :b (in a galaxy far far away)
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  April 8, 2007
This is a brilliant concept when it comes to deep space travel. I love how the MOC looks overall.
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  March 9, 2007
Absolutely brilliant Shannon! your highly informative (if slightly longwinded) explanation as to the creation of this vignette is eloquently perfect but the ending with the scenes of the poor, confused and dishevelled spaceman at the mercy of the dastardly stormtroopers is hilarious! Fantastic work, very enjoyable! ;)
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  March 9, 2007
ROFLMAO! That is so cool! LMAO! Funniest thing i've seen in ages. *chuckles*
 
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