Before I even started this blog, I would occasionally pose a SyFy Question of the Day to my facebook friends. Sometimes, it was directly related to what I was writing, and I really did want some input to help me decide what direction to take with the story. Other times, it was purely fun.
Here’s one of my favorites, from August 2011:
SyFy Question of the Day: What plausible reasons might there be for an alien race to abandon a planet, leaving behind an environment that it suitable for humans?
Jody: Didn’t the Incas or Mayans or something do something like that?…..
US_Nessie: It is true that there are several ancient earth civilizations who deserted their cities… and we don’t know why in most cases.
Greg: Maybe they exhaust it Wall-E style, then after a long long time, it comes back?
John: War with another culture, Disease, Whatever resources they use to lvie in dry up and by the time humans get there it’s been replenished.
Cat: Maybe it’s an ambush, and as soon as the humans get comfortable, mayhem and madness will occur. Or maybe they’re itinerant farmers, and after preparing the planet for this crop of humans, they’ve moved on to the next. Or maybe they simply got a raise and moved to a nicer alien neighborhood. 😀
Patty: The environment is no longer suitable for them!
John: @Cat: Love the idea of them moving on because they’re heading to a nicer area. Kind of like the exodus of the middle class to suburbia, and humanity gets the ghettos.
Cat: @John: Suburbia–yes! That one does get my imagination going about what the planetary suburbs might be like–the word “nicer” being subjective since we don’t know their ideals…
Perry: I agree with Patty. The environment now which is favorable to humans, is not favorable to them. Maybe the mutation and advent of photosynthetic life on that planet generated an atmosphere too rich in oxygen for them, or how about global cooling from too little carbon dioxide in their atmosphere lead to an environment too cool for their biology.
Barbara: they breathe methane
Dave: Taxes were too high? lol j/k
Jess: Republicans took over the world
Dave: No but really, it had little to do with Earth. It was do to a major enviromental condition on their own home world. Their ruler stopped all exploration in order to commit resources to improve the conditions of his people.
Jess: Dinosaurs are freakin’ scary.
Gawain: This could be the effect of the alien race abusing the planet so that it is no longer hospitable for their own kind… it is just a lucky break that the environment that is so inhospitable to them happens to be suitable for humans.
Bill: They found a suitable upgrade…we have all “moved on up” have we not?
Pony: The Preservers. Maybe just to ensure that intelligent life would continue.
US_Nessie: Oooh… Pony, you might just have inspired a whole novel…
Pony: It’s been done. The Preservers is a concept common to a fair number of SciFi novels over the last half-century or so, especially in the STAR TREK books.
They were the ones who seeded those American Indians on that planet where Kirk became Kirok, and they had to deflect an asteroid away from hitting the planet.
Peter: while the environment may be suitable for humans – could it not be toxic to that other specie – another man’s junk is another man’s treasure 🙂
US_Nessie: Nirmimani… or was it Mirimani? And didn’t someone write about her surviving somehow and having Kirk’s baby?
Geri: They followed a false prophet who warned them that the world was about to end so they all packed up their space campers, painted apocalyptic messages on the sides, and booked it. ‘Course, since the prophet was false, the world failed to end and in fact continued on better than ever thanks to the exodus of the parasitic species that was willfully destroying their own environment in a nihilistic frenzy of self-satisfaction.
Geri: …and now I’m switching to decaf for the night…thank you!
Dan: the zeitgeist will never lead you wrong: Zombie Apocalypse
Shane: An empire expanded then collapsed. Unable to support its furthest colonies, some outlying terraforming projects are abandoned. Like the Roman Empire, or how some countries do with the conquering of lands in the present day….
US_Nessie: Like Detroit?
Robert: Because other life on their planet was beginning to show signs of intelligent thought. They might move here as we will all soon be gone dew to the Democrats! We can call it CHANGE!
Bill: one more thought…what if they left because they had to? we explore space and the moon, mars …etc …what if they did the same thing but were attached at the hip so to speak…one goes, they all go? Just a thought
Post Script: I’ve wavered back and forth about the whole SciFi vs SyFy thing for a long time. Saving just one little letter in a tweet isn’t really saving much, and the Polish translation is a really strong argument against SyFy! I’m not one to make changes lightly. But I think that, at the end of this year, along with other structural changes I might make to the site, I will change SyFy Question of the Day to the name SciFi Question of the Day.
Joe will be happy.
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