Category:End of the Universe in fiction
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1. Fiction – Fiction is the classification for any story or similar work derived from imagination—in other words, not based strictly on history or fact. Fiction does not refer to a mode or genre, unless used in its narrowest sense to mean a literary narrative. Instead, the context of fiction is generally open to interpretation, characters and events within a fictional work may even be openly set in their own context entirely separate from the known universe, a fictional universe. Science fiction, for example, predicts or supposes technologies that are not realities at the time of the works creation, for example, Jules Vernes novel From the Earth to the Moon was published in 1865 and only in 1969 did astronaut Neil Armstrong first land on the moon. Historical fiction places imaginary characters into real historical events, in the early historical novel Waverley, Sir Walter Scotts fictional character Edward Waverley meets a figure from history, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and takes part in the Battle of Prestonpans. Some works of fiction are slightly or greatly re-imagined based on some originally true story, often, even when the author claims the fictional story is basically true, there may be artificial additions and subtractions from the true story to make it more interesting. One such example would be Tim OBriens The Things They Carried, creators of fantasy sometimes introduce entire imaginary creatures or beings such as dragons and fairies. In terms of the separation between fiction and non-fiction, the lines are now commonly understood as blurred, showing more overlap than mutual exclusion. Even fiction usually has elements of, or grounding in, truth, also, infinite fictional possibilities themselves signal the impossibility of fully knowing reality, provocatively demonstrating that there is no criterion to measure constructs of reality. The Internet has had a impact on the creation and distribution of fiction. Also, digital libraries such as Project Gutenberg make public domain texts more readily available, the combination of inexpensive home computers, the Internet and the creativity of its users has also led to new forms of fiction, such as interactive computer games or computer-generated comics. Countless forums for fan fiction can be online, where loyal followers of specific fictional realms create and distribute derivative stories. Types of literary fiction in prose, Short story, A work of at least 2,000 words, the boundary between a long short story and a novella is vague. Novella, A work of at least 17,500 words, joseph Conrads Heart of Darkness is an example of a novella. Novel, A work of 50,000 words or more, cartoonist Character Fiction writing Legend Mythology Non-fiction Pseudohistory Eco, Umberto 2009. On the ontology of fictional characters, A semiotic approach
2. Science fiction – Science fiction often explores the potential consequences of scientific and other innovations, and has been called a literature of ideas. Science fiction is difficult to define, as it includes a range of subgenres and themes. Author and editor Damon Knight summed up the difficulty, saying science fiction is what we point to when we say it, a definition echoed by author Mark C. Glassy, who argues that the definition of science fiction is like the definition of pornography, you do not know what it is, in 1970 or 1971William Atheling Jr. According to science fiction writer Robert A, rod Serlings definition is fantasy is the impossible made probable. Science fiction is the improbable made possible, Science fiction is largely based on writing rationally about alternative possible worlds or futures. Science fiction elements include, A time setting in the future, in alternative timelines, a spatial setting or scenes in outer space, on other worlds, or on subterranean earth. Characters that include aliens, mutants, androids, or humanoid robots, futuristic or plausible technology such as ray guns, teleportation machines, and humanoid computers. Scientific principles that are new or that contradict accepted physical laws, for time travel, wormholes. New and different political or social systems, e. g. utopian, dystopian, post-scarcity, paranormal abilities such as mind control, telepathy, telekinesis Other universes or dimensions and travel between them. A product of the budding Age of Reason and the development of science itself. Isaac Asimov and Carl Sagan considered Keplers work the first science fiction story and it depicts a journey to the Moon and how the Earths motion is seen from there. Later, Edgar Allan Poe wrote a story about a flight to the moon, more examples appeared throughout the 19th century. Wells The War of the Worlds describes an invasion of late Victorian England by Martians using tripod fighting machines equipped with advanced weaponry and it is a seminal depiction of an alien invasion of Earth. In the late 19th century, the scientific romance was used in Britain to describe much of this fiction. This produced additional offshoots, such as the 1884 novella Flatland, the term would continue to be used into the early 20th century for writers such as Olaf Stapledon. In the early 20th century, pulp magazines helped develop a new generation of mainly American SF writers, influenced by Hugo Gernsback, the founder of Amazing Stories magazine. In 1912 Edgar Rice Burroughs published A Princess of Mars, the first of his series of Barsoom novels, situated on Mars
3. End times – The end time is a future time-period described variously in the eschatologies of several world religions, which believe that world events will achieve a final climax. The Abrahamic faiths maintain a linear cosmology, with end-time scenarios containing themes of transformation and redemption, however, other Christians believe that the end time represents the personal tribulation experienced before they become enlightened with the Word of God. In Islam, the Day of Judgement is preceded by the appearance of the Mahdi mounted on a white stallion, with the help of Isa, the Mahdi will triumph over Masih ad-Dajjal. Non-Abrahamic faiths tend to have more cyclical world-views, with end-time eschatologies characterized by decay, redemption, in Hinduism, the end time occurs when Kalki, the final incarnation of Vishnu, descends atop a white horse and brings an end to the current Kali Yuga. In Buddhism, the Buddha predicted that his teachings would be forgotten after 5,000 years, a bodhisattva named Maitreya will appear and rediscover the teaching of dharma. The ultimate destruction of the world will come through seven suns. Theories have included the Big Rip, Big Crunch, Big Bounce, zoroastrian eschatology is the oldest in recorded history, with beliefs paralleling and predating the framework of the major Abrahamic faiths. By the year 500 BC, a fully developed concept of the end of the world was established in Zoroastrianism, and men become more deceitful and more given to vile practices. Honorable wealth will proceed to those of perverted faith, and a dark cloud makes the whole sky night, and it will rain more noxious creatures than water. A Manichaean battle between the righteous and wicked will be followed by the Frashokereti, on earth, the Saoshyant will arrive as the final savior of mankind, and bring about the resurrection of the dead. Ashavan will pass through the river as if it were warm milk. It will then flow down to hell, where it will annihilate Angra Mainyu, the righteous will partake of the parahaoma, which will confer immortality upon them. Humanity will become like the Amesha Spentas, living without food, hunger, thirst, bodies will become so light as to cast no shadow. All humanity will speak a language, and belong to a single nation with no borders. All will share a single purpose and goal, joining with Ahura Mazda for a perpetual, in Judaism, the main textual source for the belief in the end of days and accompanying events is the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible. The Five Books of Moses describe a time when the Jewish people will not be able to keep the Laws of Moses in the Land of Israel, major sources for this scenario include the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Other books of the Hebrew Prophets also elaborate about the end of days, in rabbinic literature, rabbis elaborated and explained the prophecies that were found in the Hebrew Bible, along with oral law and rabbinic traditions about its significance. The main tenets of Jewish eschatology, in no order, include
4. Human extinction – In futures studies, human extinction is the hypothetical end of the human species. The probability of extinction within the next hundred years, due to human cause, is an active topic of debate. In contrast, human extinction by wholly natural scenarios, such as impact or large-scale volcanism, is extremely unlikely to occur in the near future. Existential risks are risks that threaten the future of humanity. Philosopher Robert Adams rejects Parfits impersonal views, but speaks instead of an imperative for loyalty. The aspiration for a better society- more just, more rewarding and our interest in the lives of our children and grandchildren, and the hopes that they will be able, in turn, to have the lives of their children and grandchildren as projects. Nuclear or biological warfare, for example, an arms race results in much larger arsenals than those seen during the Cold War. Pandemic involving one or more viruses, prions, or antibiotic-resistant bacteria, past examples include the Spanish flu outbreak in 1918 and the various European viruses that decimated indigenous American populations. However, they are confident that in practice, countries would be able to recognize and intervene effectively to halt the spread of such a microbe and prevent human extinction. However, well before this, the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will be too low to support plant life, destroying the foundation of the food chains. About 7–8 billion years from now, if and after the Sun has become a red giant, human-induced changes to the atmospheres composition may render Earth uninhabitable for humans. The upper limit, above which human survival and reproduction would be impossible, is still unknown, If developing world demographics are assumed to become developed world demographics, and if the latter are extrapolated, data suggest an extinction before 3000 AD. Leslie estimates that if the reproduction rate drops to the German level the extinction date will be 2400, however, evolutionary biology suggests the demographic transition may reverse itself, conflicting evidence suggests birth rates may be rising in the 21st century in the developed world. The work of Hans Rosling, a Swedish medical doctor, academic, statistician, the creators of the first superintelligent entity could make a mistake and inadvertently give it goals that lead it to immediately annihilate the human race. Some scenarios, Uncontrolled nanotechnology incidents resulting in the destruction of the Earths ecosystem, early in the development of thermonuclear weapons there were some concerns that a fusion reaction could ignite the atmosphere in a chain reaction that would engulf Earth. Calculations showed the energy would dissipate far too quickly to sustain a reaction, near-Earth objects, serve as an absolute threat to the survival of living species, and that even small-scale events caused by one can result in a substantial amount of local and regional damages. Because there are very few extraterrestrial impacts ever recorded in Earths history, however, a single, extraterrestrial event can lead to the accumulation of more deaths and destruction than any man-made war or epidemic could ever produce. One mitigation technique includes the Kinetic impactor, during this process, what must be noted and paid attention to is that a second observer spacecraft is also present and vital in precisely calculating the resulting change in the asteroids orbit
5. Cities in Flight – Cities in Flight is a four-volume series of science fiction stories by American writer James Blish, originally published between 1950 and 1962, which were first known collectively as the Okie novels. The series features entire cities that are able to fly through space using an anti-gravity device, the stories cover roughly two thousand years, from their very near future to the end of the universe. One story, Earthman, Come Home won a Retro Hugo Award in 2004 for Best Novelette, since 1970, the primary edition has been the omnibus volume first published in paperback by Avon Books. Over the years James Blish made many changes to stories in response to points raised in letters from readers. They Shall Have Stars, incorporating the stories Bridge and At Deaths End, is set in the near future, in this future, the Soviet Union still exists and the Cold War is still ongoing. As a result, in the West, civil liberties have been eroded more and more, alaskas Senator Bliss Wagoner, head of the Joint Congressional Committee on Space Flight, is determined to do something about it. Scientific research has stagnated, mainly because knowledge has become restricted, on the advice of scientist Dr. Corsi, Wagoner concentrates his attention on fringe science theories. One project he has funded is the building of a made of Ice IV on the surface of Jupiter to make measurements. This leads to one of two major discoveries which make interstellar space travel feasible, gravity manipulation, which leads to both a travel and effective shielding. Another project yields an anti-agathic drug, which stops aging, Wagoner is eventually convicted of treason by an oppressive regime, but not before he has sent out expeditions. Politically, the book clearly expresses a strong opposition to McCarthyism, reviewing a later edition, the Hartford Courant described the novel as a skillful mixture of human reality and technological fantasy. However, this power was broken by the spindizzy drive which works for very large objects. First factories, then eventually whole cities migrate from the economically depressed Earth in search of work, a Life for the Stars is a bildungsroman describing the adventures of sixteen-year-old Chris deFord, born when the above process of migration had already been going on for a considerable time. When Chris goes to watch the imminent departure of Scranton, Pennsylvania, after several adventures, Chris is fortunate to be transferred to the much more prosperous New York, a major Okie city under Mayor John Amalfi. Scranton is run by the city rather than its figurehead mayor. Impressed, Amalfi elevates him to the newly created position of city manager of New York, Earthman, Come Home, combining the stories Okie, Bindlestiff, Sargasso of Lost Cities and Earthman, Come Home, is the longest book in the series. It describes the adventures of New York under Amalfi, amongst a galaxy which has planets settled at different periods of history under loose control by Earth. New York eventually ends up in an Okie Jungle created by an economic collapse, Amalfi realises that the Vegan Orbital Fort, a semi-mythical remnant of the previously dominant alien civilisation, is likely to emerge in such chaos to take its revenge on Earth
6. City at the End of Time – City at the End of Time is a 2008 science fiction novel by American writer Greg Bear. It was published in August 2008 by Del Rey in the United States, the story follows three drifters in present-day Seattle who are tormented by strange dreams of the Kalpa, a city one hundred trillion years in the future. The Kalpa is attempting to ward off the Typhon, an entity that has consumed the rest of the ancient universe. The novel belongs to the Dying Earth subgenre and it is rooted in hard science fiction, but also incorporates several other genres, including fantasy and horror. Bear called it science fiction stretched to the nth degree and he said that in the novel he honors those writers who changed the face of science fiction and fantasy, including William Hope Hodgson and Arthur C. Clarke, and pays homage to Hodgsons 1912 novel, The Night Land, the novel received a mixed reception from critics. Some reviewers were impressed by the scope and grandiosity, while others felt that the characters were underdeveloped. City at the End of Time was nominated for the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, City at the End of Time is about the Kalpa, the last city on Earth, one hundred trillion years in the future. The novels backstory describes how the universe continued expanding and its spacetime fabric weakened. With the galaxies burnt out, humanity dispersed across the cosmos, where they encountered the Typhon and it consumed matter and replaced space-time with emptiness and inconsistencies beyond the laws of physics. The resulting Chaos spread rapidly, driving some humans back to ancient Earth with its rekindled sun, in an attempt to fend off the approaching Typhon, leaders of the dying Earth sent for Polybiblios, a human living with the Shen, an ancient alien race. Polybiblios returned to Earth with his daughter, Ishanaxade, a being he had constructed from fate-logs of intelligent species collected by the Shen. After the Shen system fell, and the Chaos surrounded Earth, as each city fell, its inhabitants retreated to the last remaining cities, the Kalpa and Nataraja. Using knowledge he had gleaned from the Shen, Polybiblios built reality generators to protect the Kalpa, Nataraja, which had rebelled against the instruction to convert to noötic matter, was left to fend for itself. Ginny and Jack also have disturbing dreams of the Kalpa, and are connected to Jebrassy and Taidba. Fate-shifters and their sum-runners are hunted by collectors working for the Chalk Princess and these hunters place adverts in local newspapers inviting dreamers to contact them for help. In the future, the Typhon is destroying history and world-lines are being broken, merging the past, with the Chaos closing in on the Kalpa, the inhabitants are unable to venture outside the city walls. Under Ishanaxades instructions, they create breeds, copies of ancient humans and they send them in groups into the Chaos to find out if Nataraja still stands, but none return
7. Diaspora (novel) – Diaspora is a hard science fiction novel by the Australian writer Greg Egan which first appeared in print in 1997. This novels setting is a future, in which transhumanism long ago became the default philosophy embraced by the vast majority of human cultures. The novel began as a story entitled Wangs Carpets which originally appeared in New Legends. Egan later adapted and included Wangs Carpets as a chapter in the novel, an appended glossary explains many of the specialist terms in the novel. Egan invents several new theories of physics, beginning with Kozuch Theory, Kozuch Theory treats elementary particles as semi-point-like wormholes, whose properties can be explained entirely in terms of their geometries in six dimensions. Certain assumptions common to Egans works inform the plot, most of the characters choose a neutral gender, Keri Hulmes gender-neutral pronouns ve, vis, and ver are used for them. These include enhancements such as disease-resistance, life-extension, intelligence-amplification, there even exists a subculture whose ancestors bred out the capacity for speech and some of the higher brain-functions, apparently in order to attain a primal innocence and rapport with nature. In contrast to 21st-century society prior to the novels Introdus event and this divergence has prompted the development of a culture of Bridgers who modify their own minds to form a chain of intermediates between exuberant strains. The gleisners live in space, mostly in the asteroid belt and they eventually implement a program of interstellar exploration using a fleet of 63 ships, targeting the nearest 21 stars. The citizens, intelligence as disembodied computer software running entirely within simulated reality-based communities known as polises and these represent the majority by far of humanity in the novel, followed in a distant second place by the gleisners. Together with vast networks of sensors, probes, drones and satellites throughout the Solar system, they make up the Coalition of Polises. They interact primarily in virtual environments called scapes, through the use of avatars or icons, the citizens of the Coalition view the gleisners and their colonial aspirations as puerile and ultimately futile, believing that only bacteria with spaceships. Diaspora focuses in part on the nature of life and intelligence in a post-human context, and questions the meaning of life. Diaspora begins with a description of orphanogenesis, the birthing of a citizen without any ancestors, Yatima matures within a few real-time days, because citizens subjective time runs about 800 times as rapidly as flesher and gleisner time. Early on, Yatima and a friend, Inoshiro, use abandoned gleisner bodies to visit a Bridger colony near the ruins of Atlanta on Earth. Years later, the gleisner Karpal, using a detector, determines that a binary neutron star system in the constellation of Lacerta has collapsed. Previous predictions portrayed the systems stable orbit as likely to last for seven million years. By analysing irregularities in the orbit, Karpal discovers that the devastating burst of energy will reach Earth within the four days
8. Dying Earth (subgenre) – Dying Earth is a subgenre of science fantasy which takes place in the far future at either the end of life on Earth or the End of Time, when the laws of the universe themselves fail. Themes of world-weariness, innocence, idealism, entropy, exhaustion/depletion of many or all resources, the Dying Earth genre differs from the apocalyptic subgenre in that it deals not with catastrophic destruction, but with entropic exhaustion of the Earth. The genre was prefigured by the works of the Romantic movement, jean-Baptiste Cousin de Grainvilles Le Dernier Homme narrates the tale of Omegarus, the Last Man on Earth. It is a vision of the future when the Earth has become totally sterile. Lord Byrons poem Darkness shows Earth after the Sun has died, another early example is La Fin du Monde, written by Camille Flammarion and published in France in 1893. The first half of the deals with a comet on a collision course with earth in the 25th century. The last half focuses on Earths future history, where civilizations rise and fall, humans evolve, and finally Earth ends as an old, dying, and barren planet. Another early and more science fiction work to utilize the familiar Dying Earth imagery was H. G. Wellss famous novella The Time Machine. At the end of work, the unnamed time traveller travels into the far future. He then returns to his own time to relate his tale to a circle of contemporaries, two brooding works by William Hope Hodgson would elaborate on Wellss vision. The House on the Borderland takes place in a house besieged by unearthly forces, the narrator then travels into a distant future in which humanity has died and then even further, past the death of Earth. Hodgsons The Night Land describes a time, millions of years in the future, the last few millions of the human race are gathered together in a gigantic metal pyramid, the Last Redoubt, under siege from unknown forces and Powers outside in the dark. A work by the early French science fiction author J. -H, rosny aîné, La Mort de la Terre, deals with the last, scattered generation of an evolved humankind on an exhausted, desert earth and their encounter with a new type of mineral-metallic life. In some ways it reads like the inversion of his earlier Les Xipéhuz, in early humans encounter and battle an utterly alien. From the 1930s onwards, Clark Ashton Smith wrote a series of stories situated in Zothique, the last continent of Earth. Smith said in a letter to L. Sprague de Camp, dated November 3,1953, Zothique, vaguely suggested by Theosophic theories about past, the continents of our present cycle have sunken, perhaps several times. Some have remained submerged, others have re-risen, partially, the science and machinery of our present civilization have long been forgotten, together with our present religions. But many gods are worshipped, and sorcery and demonism prevail again as in ancient days, oars and sails alone are used by mariners
9. Hell Bent (Doctor Who) – Hell Bent is the twelfth and final episode of the ninth series of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It was first broadcast on BBC One on 5 December 2015 and this episode sees the return of Ohila and the Sisterhood of Karn after previously appearing in the ninth series premiere The Magicians Apprentice. This episode also sees the return of Gallifrey and the Time Lords, after last appearing in The Day of the Doctor, while also featuring the Daleks, the Weeping Angels. The episode marks the appearance of Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald. In Nevada, the Doctor enters a diner and encounters a waitress physically identical to Clara Oswald, neither one appears to recognise the other. He begins to tell her a story about Clara and they try to summon the Doctor to them, but he refuses their overtures. The President then attempts to have the Doctor executed, but others, including the Gallifreyan military, instead, they help to exile the President, who is revealed to be Rassilon, and the High Council. The General and Ohila attempt to more about the Hybrid from the Doctor. The Doctor has the Time Lords use a chamber to retrieve Clara from her timeline the instant before her death in Face the Raven. This keeps her alive, but leaves her without a pulse, the General attempts to explain the situation to Clara, but the Doctor steals his sidearm and, after confirming that he can still regenerate, shoots him to cover his and Claras escape. The Doctor takes a block from the lab before the pair flee to the Cloisters which contains the Matrix. While looking for the exit and avoiding the Cloister Wraiths that protect it, Clara recognises this was the Doctor himself, having learned of the prophecy of the Hybrid from the wraiths. This would lead him to leave Gallifrey in a stolen Type 40 TARDIS, the newly-regenerated female General and Ohila give chase and attempt to convince Clara to come with them and for the Doctor to tell them what he knows. Clara turns the tables, distracting them long enough for the Doctor to steal a new TARDIS from the workshop below the Cloister, the Doctor attempts to take Clara far enough away from Gallifrey that she will break away from the time loop and regain her heartbeat. The Doctor hopes that he can escape having to return her to the moment of her death, when it becomes apparent that Claras timeline is not readjusting, the Doctor pilots the stolen TARDIS to the extreme end of the Universe, minutes before it is due to totally collapse. Having travelled only in time, not space, the TARDIS materialises inside the ruins of Gallifrey, the Doctor answers a knock at the door and finds Ashildr waiting for him, having lived through the entire existence of the universe and becoming the last immortal being left. He accuses her of being the Hybrid, being a modified with Mire technology. Since they are so alike, each pushes the other to potentially catastrophic actions
10. Timothy Hunter – Timothy Hunter, is a fictional character, a comic book sorcerer published by DC Comics. He first appeared in The Books of Magic vol.1 #1, Tim Hunter was created by writer Neil Gaiman when DC Comics asked him to come up with a four issue prestige-format series about our magic characters. Gaimans story was structured to use different artists for each issue, and it was the artist for the first issue, John Bolton, who designed Tims appearance, basing him on his own son. When The Books of Magic was initially released over 1990–91, it proved very popular and led Vertigo Executive Editor Karen Berger to make it a regular ongoing series under editor Stuart Moore. While Riebers personal connection to Tim gave the character a sense of realism, it also was a source of frustration for the writer, he said, Ive found it difficult to like Tim now. Of course he gets on my nerves, hes a lot like someone I spent years learning not to be. When the time came, however, DC opted to relaunch the series as Hunter and it also took Tim into the opening stages of the magical conflict mentioned in Gaimans series that he was to play such a pivotal role in. However, the series was cancelled after 25 issues, and Vertigo decided to relaunch again, following the 2011 companywide DC reboot, Tim Hunter appeared in the non-Vertigo Justice League Dark title. His appearance in the mainstream DCU seems to take into account the events of the original Books of Magic miniseries. Tim was born as a conduit for the raw magic that shared the name of the most famous magician to serve it, The Merlin. In order to increase his power and his legend, the Merlin arranged for Tim to have multiple and he also unconsciously created thousands of alternate worlds with thousands of alternate Tims. As he started to grow up, Tim started to attract the attention of mystic groups such as the Cult of the Cold Flame, who wanted to seduce him into becoming a force for evil. Indeed, at point, Tims destiny was at a crossroads, he could become the greatest magician of his age for good or for evil. In order to resolve this ambiguity—and hopefully prevent his turning to evil—a group of mystics jokingly called The Trenchcoat Brigade set out to offer Tim the chance to all about magic. Tim agrees to be taught, and then make his decision whether to let magic into his life or not. When the Trenchcoat Brigade discover that Tim is in imminent danger from the Cult of the Cold Flame, on Halloween, Zatanna takes Tim to a club called Bewitched, a place populated by a number of villainous black magic users in the Vertigo/DC Universe. In an ill thought-out move, Zatanna seemingly breaks a rule of magic—not to reveal ones true name to possible enemies—when she introduces Tim to the club owner. Soon, the start to attack Tim and Zatanna, and are stopped only by the reappearance of John Constantine
11. I, Q – I, Q is a 2000 Star Trek novel by John de Lancie and Peter David, set in the Star Trek, The Next Generation fictional universe. Like all Star Trek novels, it is not considered canon, the novel depicts Q joining forces with Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Lieutenant Commander Data to save his wife and child and avert the end of the universe. This is the first novel to explore Qs parenthood and he became a father in the Star Trek, Voyager episode The Q and the Grey. The novel opens with a mysterious Lady, who, having grown bored with contemplating the Universe, has decided to bring it to an end and she walks to the beach of the island where she lives alone, and summons a storm. As the storm builds up, a bottle washes up to the shore, the Lady picks up the bottle, takes out a manuscript it contains, and begins to read as the storm stands by and waits for her. Q is deep-sea fishing with his wife Q and son q, Q powerlessly watches as his wife and son are taken in, and is only barely able to escape. He arrives in the Holodeck of the Enterprise, where Picard, in order to investigate what happened, Q takes Picard and Data to the Q Continuum, which they perceive as the fictional world of Dixon Hill. There, they learn that the Universe is ending, and that not only is the Q Continuum powerless to stop it, the Continuum actually welcomes the opportunity. Having explored all there is to explore and experienced all there is to experience, the Continuum is old and bored, Q is unwilling to accept this decision, so the Continuum freeze him as a statue. But with the help of Q2, Q escapes this punishment, Q, Data and Picard return to the site of the whirlpool, to find it has calmed down and turned into a long shaft leading underground, which they proceed to explore. Q, Picard and Data go through each level, trying to reach the bottom, while exploring, Q contemplates his existence and that of the Q Continuum, the most powerful beings in existence, since he is convinced God does not exist. He reminisces on a girl he met in Times Square during the 2000 New Year party. She was insightful and intelligent, and when they kissed, Q thought she could almost feel his true power, in that universe, the celebration in Times Square was the target of a terrorist attack. Q, enraged by this act, immediately puts out the fires and explosions. He later finds her body amongst the dead and this level is populated with beings who try to ignore the fact the universe is ending, focusing instead on their more normal daily problems. Everyone is herded onto a train headed for oblivion, but no one believes it, Q, Picard, and Data battle Locutus in a race to uncouple the train before it incinerates every non-believing being on it. Together, the four of them are hunting the Romulans also present on this level, however, Q realizes that the real culprit is his rival from the enemy M Continuum, who tries to blame him for the end of the universe. M stages a trial against Q in front of an infuriated jury and this level is dominated by Grand Nagus Zek, who offers to trade whatever the other residents of the level own for empty promises of an afterlife
12. The Late Philip J. Fry – The Late Philip J. Fry is the seventh episode of the sixth season of the animated series Futurama. It originally aired on Comedy Central on July 29,2010, in the episode, Fry attempts to make it on time to a birthday dinner date for Leela. He is sidetracked by Professor Farnsworth and Bender, who force him to test out the Professors time machine, after overshooting and thus going forward to the year 10,000 AD, they must keep traveling forward in time until a backwards time machine has been invented. The episode was written by Lewis Morton and directed by Peter Avanzino, the episode was met with critical acclaim from critics and won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program in 2011. In 2013, fans ranked it the fourth best episode in the history of the series, Leela and Frys growing relationship is marred by Frys constant tardiness. As the Professor, Bender, and Fry prepare the machine, Fry records a message in a birthday card for Leela, apologizing for being one minute late. As he is about to finish, the Professor accidentally pulls the lever too far, during the trip, Fry loses the card in the time stream. Meanwhile, an accident at Hedonismbots party kills all but Hedonismbot, leading Leela and the rest of the crew, who think Fry. In the year 3050, she finds the lost birthday card as it emerges from the time stream, having lost their opportunity to return home, Fry, Bender, and the Professor resign themselves to going to the end of time. They realize that they can continue forward in time and eventually reach the moment that left in the new copy of the universe. Fry rushes to meet Leela and manages to make it to their date on time, after dinner, Fry apologizes for losing his birthday card to her, but Leela dismisses it and tells him that she will always remember their time together. Bender can be seen under the bridge they stand on, burying the bodies of the dead duplicates, the Late Philip J. Fry was written by Lewis Morton and directed by Peter Avanzino. The table reading for this took place on October 21,2009. Comedy Central also released a clip of the episode online on July 23. Depictions of the past also include several callbacks to events in previous Futurama episodes, Farnsworth takes advantage of the time travel to kill Adolf Hitler, a classic temporal paradox, but misses and kills Eleanor Roosevelt instead. The sound of the machine is that of the Enterprise in Star Trek. A parody of the 1969 Zager & Evans song In the Year 2525 accompanies the scenes of Fry, the Professor, the Late Philip J. Fry originally aired on July 29,2010 on Comedy Central. In its original American broadcast, The Late Philip J. Fry drew 100,000 more viewers from the week to 2.046 million viewers
13. Listen (Doctor Who) – Listen is the fourth episode of the eighth series of the British science fiction television programme Doctor Who, first broadcast on BBC One on 13 September 2014. It was written by Steven Moffat and directed by Douglas Mackinnon, Listen was originally watched by 4.81 million viewers in the UK and received critical acclaim for its script, direction and performances. The Doctor, alone in the TARDIS, talks aloud to himself and he muses that the entity would never be seen, and questions what this entity would do should it exist. Meanwhile, Clara Oswald meets with fellow Coal Hill teacher Danny Pink for their first date at a restaurant and they mutually offend each other due to a lack of understanding regarding Dannys army career, and she decides to leave to avoid further confrontation. Clara returns home to find the Doctor waiting for her, the Doctor would like Claras help to investigate why every living being in the universe, including himself, seems to have a dream about a hand reaching out from under their bed for them. They find one of the children there is young Danny, at that time going by the name Rupert, Rupert is frightened by something he believes is under his bed. They witness a figure under the bed that scampers out of the room when they look away. Though the Doctor suspects it is a fellow child teasing Rupert, he tells Rupert that he should use his fear to enable himself, allowing the adrenaline to overcome his obstacles and fears. With Rupert drifting off to sleep in his bed, the Doctor wipes his memory of the encounter, leaving him with nothing. Inspired by this event, Clara asks the Doctor to return her to the restaurant shortly after she walked on Danny and she is able to apologise but inadvertently reveals her knowledge of Dannys past which he has not shared with her. Clara sees a spacesuit-wearing figure step out of the TARDIS and beckon her, inside, the figure is revealed to be Orson Pink, one of Dannys descendants from 100 years in the future. The Doctor explains that Orson is one of mankinds first time travellers but became stranded at the end of time, and the Doctor has recovered him. The Doctor takes them via TARDIS to Orsons ship at the end of time, as the Doctor believes the entity that represents his fear had followed Orson there and they witness strange events that could be easily explained but the Doctor remains wary. The Doctor sends Orson and Clara to the TARDIS as he faces this entity, but Orson is forced to rescue him when the air containment seal is breached, Clara decides to use the TARDIS telepathic link to return them to her time. When the TARDIS lands, they are in a strange barn, Clara explores to find a child alone by his bed, crying to himself. Clara suddenly realises that the child is a younger Doctor, the TARDIS link having centered on him. She is able to convince the child that he is dreaming, helps him return to bed and she also promises him that he will return to this barn at the time of his greatest fear. With the child asleep, she returns to the TARDIS and has the now-conscious Doctor promise to not look outside as they depart or ever attempt to find out where they have been
14. Star Maker – Star Maker is a science fiction novel by Olaf Stapledon, published in 1937. The book describes a history of life in the universe, dwarfing in scale Stapledons previous book, Last and First Men, Star Maker tackles philosophical themes such as the essence of life, of birth, decay and death, and the relationship between creation and creator. A pervading theme is that of unity within and between different civilizations. Some of the elements and themes briefly discussed prefigure later fiction concerning genetic engineering, Arthur C. Clarke considered Star Maker to be one of the finest works of science fiction ever written. A single human narrator from England is transported out of his body via unexplained means and he realizes he is able to explore space and other planets. This snowballing process is paralleled by the expansion of the books scale, the disembodied travelers encounter many ideas that are interesting from both science-fictional and philosophical points of view. A key idea is the formation of collective minds from many telepathically linked individuals, on the level of planets, galaxies, a symbiotic species, each individual composed of two species, both non-humanoid, is discussed in detail. The climax of the book is the moment of the cosmos, when the cosmical mind attains momentary contact with the Star Maker. But stands in the relation to it as an artist to his work. This element makes the one of Stapledons efforts to write an essay in myth making. After meeting the Star Maker, the traveler is given a fantastic myth or dream and he discovers that his own cosmos is only one of a vast number, and by no means the most significant. He sees the Star Maker experimenting with more elaborate universes, which include the travelers own universe, finally, the traveler returns to Earth at the place and time he left, to resume his life there. The novel is one of the most highly acclaimed in science fiction and its admirers at the time of first publication saw it as one of the most brilliant, inventive, and daring science fiction books. Among its more famous admirers were H. G. Wells, Virginia Woolf, Jorge Luis Borges, Brian Aldiss, Doris Lessing, Borges wrote a prologue for a 1965 edition and called it a prodigious novel. Lessing wrote an afterword for a UK edition, freeman Dyson was also a fan, admitting to basing his concept of Dyson spheres on a section of the book, even calling Stapledon sphere a better name for the idea. Among SF writers, Arthur C. Clarke has been most strongly influenced by Stapledon, critics of the novel tend to see it as full of interesting ideas but its writing as dry, characterless, difficult, as well as scientifically implausible at points. Some of Stapledons contemporaries were appalled at the philosophy, in a letter to Arthur C. Clarke in 1943, C. S. Lewis described the ending as “sheer devil worship. ”Some of the science described in Star Maker has since been shown to be inaccurate. Astronomical scales would have to be adjusted by a few orders of magnitude, Stapledon was an author who contemplated interstellar and galactic distances seriously
15. Tau Zero – Tau Zero is a hard science fiction novel by Poul Anderson. The novel was based upon the short story To Outlive Eternity appearing in Galaxy Science Fiction in 1967 and it was first published in book form in 1970. The book is regarded as a example of hard sci-fi. It was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1971, Tau Zero follows the crew of the starship Leonora Christine, a colonization vessel crewed by 25 men and 25 women aiming to reach a distant star system. The ship is powered by a Bussard ramjet, which was proposed 10 years before Anderson wrote the book, however, the Leonora Christine passes through a nebula before the half-way point, damaging the Bussard ram scoops which were to have been the deceleration module. The text consists of narrative prose interspersed with paragraphs in which Anderson explains the basis of relativity, time dilation. The ships ever-increasing velocity brings the time dilation to extreme levels, the initial plan is to locate and land on a suitable planet in another galaxy. Millions of years would have passed since their departure, and in any case they would be millions of years from Earth. However, they find the vacuum of intergalactic space insufficient for safety and they do, but the extremely thinly spread matter is then too dispersed to use for deceleration. They must wait, flying free but essentially without the ability to change course and he explains his system to his partner Chi-Yuen Ai-Ling, The human animal wants a father-mother image but, at the same time, resents being disciplined. You can get stability like this, The ultimate authority source is kept remote, god-like and your immediate superior is a mean son-of-a-bitch who makes you toe the mark and whom you therefore detest. But his own superior is as kind and sympathetic as rank allows, the end result is that Captain Telanders been isolated. His infallibility doesnt have to cope with essentially unfixable human messes, hard, harsh, demanding, overbearing, inconsiderate, brutal. Not so bad as to start a petition for my removal, but enough to irritate, be disliked, although respected. Its healthier to be mad at me than to dwell on personal woes, as first officer, she sustains my power. But she overrules me from time to time and she exercises her rank to bend regulations in favor of mercy. Therefore she adds benignity to the attributes of Ultimate Authority, the storyline is similar to that of the long poem and later opera Aniara, in which the ship was unable to stop and doomed to travel endlessly, but Tau Zero has a more upbeat ending. By the time the ship is repaired, tau has decreased to less than a billionth, but by the time that they are ready to attempt to find a future home, they realize that the universe is approaching a big crunch
16. Treehouse of Horror XVI – Treehouse of Horror XVI is the fourth episode of the seventeenth season of The Simpsons. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on November 6,2005, Burns hunts humans for sport, and costumed Springfieldians become whatever they are wearing, thanks to a witch who was disqualified from a Halloween costume contest. It was written by Marc Wilmore and directed by David Silverman, terry Bradshaw and Dennis Rodman guest star as themselves. Around 11.63 million Americans tuned in to watch the episode during its original broadcast, when everything was sucked up by the baseball players, Kang places a post-it note revealing the title of the episode. Bart winds up in a coma after attempting to out of a window into a swimming pool. The family takes in a boy, named David, who quickly proves to be a better son. Bart wakes up from his coma and competes against David for the affection of the family, however, Bart is dumped on a road by Homer. When Bart finds a group of old robots, he steals their parts and he returns home, saws David in half with a chainsaw, and does the same to Homer. Although the family is now again, Homer is angry that he has to be fused with Davids lower half. Suddenly, the scenario is revealed to be a dream conjured by Homers demonically possessed mind as he is being exorcised. Men from Springfield arrive at Mr. Burns mansion to go hunting, unbeknownst to them, they are the prey to be hunted and broadcast on television. Homer manages to survive the night while the others are killed, just as he is about to be shot, Burns and Smithers are knocked out with frying pans by Marge. The citizens of Springfield dress in their Halloween costumes for a costume contest, the winner is declared to be a strange old witch. When given the award and asked who she is, she is forced to admit that she is a real witch, as a result, her reward is rescinded because she is not in actual costume. In anger, she turns everyone into their costumed characters, the only person who can reverse the spell is Maggie, who was costumed as a witch. Maggie turns them all into pacifiers with their heads and flies off on a broom. Treehouse of Horror XVI at the Internet Movie Database
17. Vacuum Diagrams – Vacuum Diagrams is a collection of science fiction short stories written by Stephen Baxter. The collection connects the novels of the Xeelee Sequence and also shows the history of mankind in the Xeelee universe, Vacuum Diagrams won the Philip K. Dick Award in 1999. At the end of the collection, a chronology of the Xeelee Sequence is provided, every short story and book from the cycle is noted, with notable events from each story plotted. Vacuum Diagrams is also the title of the short story in this collection. It was originally published in Interzone in 1990, the title Vacuum Diagrams refers to the violation and reassertion of the uncertainty principle in our universe. Set in A. D.21124, the concerns the main characters attempt
18. The World at the End of Time – World at the End of Time is a 1990 hard science fiction novel by American writer Frederik Pohl. It tells the stories of a human and a plasma-based intelligence who manage to survive to the time near the heat death of the universe. The book is thus a work in speculative cosmology and space colonization. World at the End of Time follows the story of a young Earth-born human, Viktor Sorricaine, the colonists are frozen for the long trip between stars. Wan-To, one of the oldest and most powerful creatures, is engaged in a war. After creating modified copies of himself, or children, for company, the board is the entire galaxy and the weapons are the stars themselves. Each star may be home to a child, using a variety of exotic particles, Wan-To is able to cause a targeted star to flare. Into the middle of this battlefield, the three colony ships unwittingly head for their new home, upon arriving, the colony begins to establish itself. Only to discover that their local group of stars appears to be undergoing a bizarre acceleration. After a disastrous disease outbreak and terraforming failures, the colonists eventually decide to investigate the strange radiation emissions from a small world within their solar system. Upon arriving in orbit, their ship is damaged and Viktor is forced into the onboard freezer systems. They are eventually rescued and unfrozen four hundred of the years later. The star around which the colonys world orbits has dimmed considerably and they are now travelling so fast that, due to relativistic effects, the colony has become factionalized and heavily religious, with scientific investigation discouraged. Viktor is eventually frozen again for attempting to investigate why they have been accelerating and he makes his way, eventually, to the former colony to find only a few fellow-colonists unfrozen and attempting to rebuild it. His unique status as someone who was born on old Earth brings publicity to their efforts, during the four thousand years of Viktors frozen sleep, the star system has been slowed again. After the vast amount of time that has passed, all remains of the once young universe are dead stars and black holes