Talk:Earth in science fiction

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"The only surviving Earthman, Arthur Dent ...". Trillian (who was also a human) also survived.... If the meaning is that Arthur Dent is the only earth male human to survive I think it should be made more clear. Karih 22:56, Apr 14, 2005 (UTC)

Merge Old Earth (Dune) into this page.[edit]

As Old Earth (Dune) is a relatively small page, I think it would be better placed here. Philip Stevens 09:01, 30 January 2006 (UTC)

Minor Edit[edit]

Just made someminor edits to the Star Wars Section ( made ET link directly to the alien dude) Infantrymarine25 3:06, 14 May 2006 (UTC)

Removed text from Star Wars section[edit]

I have removed the following paragraphs from the Star Wars section.

However, with E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial's race being included in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, the idea that Earth is somehow reachable (at least in the future of Star Wars tech) is present.
And then there is the well-known quote from Han Solo: "You've never heard of the Millennium Falcon? It's the ship that made the Kessel run in less than twelve parsecs." A parsec is defined to be the distance from which the Earth and Sun appear to be separated from one another by 1 second of an arc. Therefore, since a parsec is a unit of measurement derived from Earth, the Star Wars universe must currently have or once had a knowledge of Earth.


  1. It's original research, first of all.
  2. Check the IMDb Trivia page for Phantom Menace: the appearance of an E.T.-looking alien in the Galactic Senate chamber is generally regarded as an "in-joke". It does not mean that Star Wars and E.T. take place in the same universe, any more than the musical keypad in Moonraker proves that James Bond lives in the same universe as Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
  3. The "parsec" line is one of the most, if not the most discussed goofs in Star Wars. Solo uses "parsec" as a unit of time, which it isn't. All the justifications which fans have proposed in later years (the Falcon can make really tight corners, etc.) are beside the point. Why should we make wild extrapolations about a movie's world based upon a goof?
  4. Supposing that there were a reason to measure a ship's proficiency at the Kessel Run using a unit of distance, the people in the Star Wars galaxy would have their own units to use. A "light year" in the Republic or the Empire would be, at a guess, the distance light travels in the time it takes Coruscant to go around its own sun. Likewise, a "parsec" would be the distance at which a star would show a parallax of one arc-second, as seen from opposite sides of Coruscant's orbit. No Earth necessary. (Sure, I just made that up, but it's no more made-up than the text I took out of the article, and it's just as good reasoning.)

Anville 15:18, 8 June 2006 (UTC)

Mostly Harmless?[edit]

Isn't the description of Earth in Hitchhikers meant to be "Mostly harmless" instead of just "Harmless"?

Gregwmay 08:16, 10 August 2006 (UTC)

It gets changed one way or the other partway through the series. I think it becomes "Mostly Harmless" later on, and is then updated once again with all the information Ford Prefect submit

== ted during his stay on Earth, shortly before all versions of Earth are destroyed, rendering the entry useless.--Raguleader 00:48, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

Wing Commander[edit]

A previous editor removed a link in my Wing Commander edit. The original link went to a disambiguation page, I replaced the link with a link to the Wing Commander (Computer Game) entry.--Raguleader 00:50, 16 September 2006 (UTC)


Who deleted the Half-Life section? Why did this seem extraneous, or are they simply not a fan or something? If Buck Rogers is culturally signifcant enough to warrant it's own section, why would one of the most popular video game series of all time not be? More to the point, Half-Life portrays a fictional Earth in a pretty different manner to the other Science Fiction franchises noted in this article.

Planet of the Apes?[edit]

Seems to me the treatment/fate of earth in the PotA movies is significant enough to be discussed here. Perhaps someone who has better knowledge of that series than me could add it? If not I'll take a crack at it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Darthmix (talkcontribs)

Done. MrZaiustalk 15:30, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
My thanks. --Darthmix 20:01, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

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BetacommandBot 05:29, 27 October 2007 (UTC)

Original research[edit]

This article appears to contain many summaries of and conclusions drawn from various works of fiction, which I believe qualify as original research. It should be cleaned up to cite reliable sources. Hastyreader (talk) 23:49, 26 November 2012 (UTC)