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Interstellar by MachiavelliCro

Who needs enemy aliens — when the oddities of space travel itself are so mind–blowing?

s the following gallery of landscapes of deviantARTist–imagined other worlds well attests to — the natural desire of humans to explore and discover knows no bounds, not even the limits of the Earth’s atmospheric shell. Whatever’s out there, beyond our galaxy: we want to put eyes on it. But space travel presents quite a problem.

Even spaceships much faster than anything we’re technologically capable of engineering today would mean voyages to the closest inhabited or habitable world lasting not years — but generations. Exploring new worlds might mean signing up for excursions that would be “one way” and completed by our great–grandchildren, and that’s if we can figure out how to protect ourselves from space radiation. And for shorter outings with a return ticket to Earth? The “twin paradox” is the curious space–time phenomenon of returning to Earth just a few years later and older (by our perspective), only to find that all our friends and family have died of old age.

In the upcoming film, Interstellar, Christopher Nolan takes a break from fighting hostile space aliens to return the “thought–provoking” vein of sci–fi pioneered by 2001 and The Right Stuff. Nolan has expressed a desire to return to the sense of wonder in intergalactic “exchanges” exemplified by Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind. While Nolan was accused of crypto-neoconservative sympathies for his “Dark Trilogy” of Batman films, his Interstellar will now no doubt provoke the rage of climate change deniers by positing a climate–change devastated barely habitable Earth in the near future. A space mission via “wormholes” must first locate a habitable replacement for Earth and then race back to Earth for an organized exodus before the “twin paradox” accelerates the planet dying along with everyone the astronauts knew in life. Nolan’s focus is the human psyche’s necessary adaptations to the “future” paradoxes that we all might be facing sooner than we think.

Our future survival will depend upon how well we can evolve our perceptions of time and being.

In an
Empire interview
Christopher Nolan:

I do liken [Interstellar] to the blockbusters I grew up with as a kid, A lot of them by Spielberg. […] there’s a great spirit to films like Close Encounters and Jaws that I really wanted to try and capture, because I haven’t seen it in a very long time.”

You can’t pretend 2001 doesn’t exist when you're making Interstellar, But the other film I’d have to point to is The Right Stuff. […] It’s one of the great American movies and people don’t quite realize how great it is–probably because it’s four hours long!”

Your Thoughts

  1. Do you have any doubts about Climate Change?

  2. Do you believe there are other inhabitable worlds in our Universe?

Who needs enemy aliens — when the oddities of space travel itself are so mind–blowing?

Author: techgnotic
Curator/Editor: DeevElliott
Designer: seoul-child 

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SteerpikeOFFICIAL Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
"his Interstellar will now no doubt provoke the rage of climate change deniers by positing a climate–change devastated barely habitable Earth in the near future."

Actually, global warming/climate change wasn't even mentioned in the film, the reason why the earth is becoming uninhabitable in that film is because of a plant disease called the blight that kills food crops while eating up the nitrogen in earth's atmosphere 
Tallen2889 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Yes I do believe that there other worlds out there that are inhabitable and capable of supporting and sustaining life whether they be in our own galaxy or beyond it.
bubul1986 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
good movie but still doesn't explain who put the worm hole near saturn.
GreaterFiend Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
I'm not so sure but didn't they say the 12 astronauts that when to space before Cooper's crew put it there?
ArtClem Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The "future" humans opened the wormhole so that "actual" humans can find habitable planets. It's a time loop, just like Cooper sending messages in his daughter's bedroom
Donnewtype Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
1. No, no doubts at all. My two children have made the issue more relevant, and I try to make small changes in my life where and when I can.

2. Absolutely!
RyRy2057 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Student General Artist
I am sure that humanity will eventually spread out beyond earth. Likely to their own solar system first, but after a few thousand years I am sure interstellar travel will become viable. Whether it be massive solar sails to pull massive colony ships, or, like in the movie, "population bombs" used solely to keep humanity alive and not to colonize for ourselves as individuals.

Did that make sense?
WyrdWillow Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
1. I think sometimes that the climate change argument obscures the fact that we need to stop poisoning the earth, the water, the air, animal life, and ourselves.
2. If there are (human) habitable worlds out there they are to far away to help us. And how many billion people do you think we could fit in a space ship anyway?

So the point remains, that as a species we need to stop pillaging the planet. But as our current society exists, and the way we trade, it's not going to happen.

We're toast, it's just a matter of time. :(
segura2112 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
1) I think that climate change is a natural process, but humans have sped that process up by how much I'll leave that to others.
2) We've already found 100s of exo-planets sooner or later we'll find many that are earth like, and I believe there's a strong possibility that by 2200 or 2250 we'll have faster than light space travel so we'll be out there exploring them.
eris-11 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Student Writer
I agree with Yuumei--space exploration is amazing but we need to fix where we live while we still can. 
1. I don't doubt climate change for a second. I fully agree that the planet has natural ebbs and flows in its climate, but our careless use of fossil fuels and other damaging substances is causing dangerous, rapid changes.
2. I also believe there's gotta be life elsewhere in the universe. Some science quote whose originator I don't know said something like, "either there is no other life out there, or there is. Both possibilities are terrifying." I agree, but I hope that there is other life, and in the hopefull Mass-Effect-Star-Trek kinda way. I think it's almost rude to assume that life on Earth is the only thing that's evolved over billions of years. 
RoamingEopeton Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014
VERY eager to see Interstellar.  Looks to be a totally awesome movie!  Space -- and space art -- is awesome! (to look at, anyway..)
*Question-answering time!
1.  Earth's climate is always 'changing'...  My main doubts are as to the true cause of the past 100 years or so of it.  There have been past decades where scientists thought a new ice age was imminent, and others where they thought a hot-house Earth was coming for us; just within the 20th century.
The warm spell of Y2K-to-2012 on Earth was also matched on Mars by very similar (but scaled down due to its distance from the Sun) climatic patterns.
And again the cool spell we're currently in now, that started with the winter of 2012, has also been largely matched on Mars.
It seems to me this indicates the Sun is the main driver of the current climate change trends, with the big oil and power companies coming in a far second with their emissions and we plebs coming in a farther third with ours.  But of course the anthropogenic factor could be removed completely if cold fusion research could be funded and perfected and the clean energy technologies (like the quantum electric generator) could be adopted fully.
2.  Of course there are other inhabitable worlds out there!  We've already found around a dozen of them just in our neighbourhood of the Milky Way alone!  Gliese 667C c & e & f, Gliese 832 c, Kapteyn b, Kepler 186 f, Kepler 62 e & f, and Kepler 22b are just a few of them that astronomers have confirmed as orbiting within their host star's habitable zone.  Whether they have their own life is a whole other thing...
Kapteyn b is the closest confirmed (potentially) habitable planet to us, only 13 lightyears away.  At 50% light-speed, that's only 26 years; that means a crew in their 20's could set off for the planet, explore it, and then return to Earth in their 70's.
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valerie-greatdreamer Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I loved the trailer too and I am looking forward to watch the movie. It's just so sad that we are now at this point in time where we are reaping what we and generations before us did to Mother Earth.
Garada-Adam Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just love this style and the working class.
4thofficial Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Every year or so I watch close encounters. Not sure if it was the she I was at or how visitors were presented. Richard Dreyfuss was amazing ... Such an intense actor and who will forget him digging in his living room.

I do agree and miss that clever and magical style of movie. Do you think ET and Jaws has the same magic? I think they did. Looking forward to this one.
boatmich Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
what an absolute stunning collection 
CHARlZARD Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
Do you believe there are other inhabitable worlds in our Universe?
Yes, most definitely. I highly doubt we are the only planet in the universe able to contain life forms. But if Earth is the only inhabitable planet in the universe, well, we're fucked.
Sam-Nicholson Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
awesome images
BeataKO Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
wow :)
TheTwiggyDance Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014   Digital Artist
Well... one thing is for sure and that is climate change. I am not saying from any scientific proof or research on the subject currently but I mean... climate has ALWAYS changed. Its inevitable. Yes its happening - we just seem to be obsessing over it now more than ever. I doubt it will make a different to humanity until a long time from now and many generations ahead though so... I dont know what all the fuss is about. Its not the climate - its about the way people treat each others. People will succumb to their own ways far before anything else.

And as for life on other planets - hell yeah! And I certainly hope so. We can't be the only ones going apeshit about the planet we live on - there are so many planets. So many other ways to live.
CoolBoysEnt Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Professional Filmographer
very nice
Rwd4more Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014

I met an alien once and it told me to keep it as a secret, but now I can´t hold on to this secret any longer. The aliens are here and they are many!  They arrived in a time when Clinton was president, everybody was watching Jerry Springer and close to no one was talking about Climate Changes.  The climate changes that we see in today’s global weather is not a consequence of humans polluting mother earth.  The gasses that destroys the ozone layer is not coming from overproducing meat productions either, it’s coming from the aliens. Even through the aliens appears to look exactly like us; their bodies work differently compared to ours. Humans sweat to cool the body from overheating. Aliens pass out gas through tiny invisible air holes under the chin and neck to get rid of the heat. These gasses, and because of the increasing amount of the alien population, is the key to understanding the Climate Changes this world is now facing.  So what to do you may ask?  There is nothing to do about it.  Personally I believe it´s only a matter of time before the humans are outnumbered. The aliens are very sneaky when it comes to adjusting human behavior and for all I know they could have outnumbered us already.  Maybe you are sitting next to one while reading this. I think I dated a few of them a couple of years ago, because they insisted to go all in without protection. So most likely I´ve contributed to the Climate Changes in that way and made a couple of aliens too. Human + Alien =Alien (doesn’t work the other way around).    But why are they here you may ask?  Well only time will tell. At some point in time the mother ship will enter our home in space and we will all follow instructions. At that time the earth’s resources are gone, and we will be deported to new planets in the Milky Way. Right now there are wars between good and evil going on in the Universe that is so enormous compared to anything we have seen in the 1940´s or even in the George Lucas´ Star Wars Universe. Therefore it would be reasonable to suggest that a reason why we are living on planet earth could be that we are going to be used as intergalactic soldiers in war in a not so distant future.

“We are now at this moment approaching a narrow point in time when human evolution speeds up tremendously and makes a jump into a new level of awareness, we become something greater than what is now called human but you have no reason for fear, it is not the end, it is the beginning as you will soon understand”

arunion Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Awesome. Can I meet them? What kind of music do they like?
Sam-Nicholson Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
active imagination!
Rwd4more Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
I wish it was..  But thank You :)
VictorHugo Featured By Owner Edited Oct 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
this is the plot of "Space Battleship Yamato", with bits of "Star Trek:Enterprise", and all those nebulas were used in Babylon 5.  :P so why the big fuzz? 
Realmwright Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
A) Climate change (note that the words "global warming" specifically weren't used) is entirely irrefutable.
Do I believe mankind alters nature and thereby affects our environment? Absolutely! We homonids have done it for millions of years and show no signs of stopping.
Do I think that climate change is all our fault? Not for a second.
Look at the trends of global climate change over the planet's history.
There have been more than a dozen ice ages (that we can identify.)
The dinosaurs reigned supreme for millions of years because the environment supported it. Before them it was all bacteria. Much later it was warm-blooded mammals.
Mother Nature is like any other mother. She'll support you until you push it and make her mad. Then she will lose her patience and spank you.
Look at natural disasters. I'm not saying it's God's vengeance, or that innocent people deserve to lose homes/lives.
Quite the contrary.
Ol' Ma Nature can get rid of us easy, anytime she wants.
I think that we are ticks on a dog. One of many...possibly, billions of dogs!
When this planet has had enough of us, it will simply shake us off, ending our turn as the dominant lifeforms.
If future archaeologists care enough or are lucky enough to find our remains, they'll ponder and hypothesize and argue about us the same way we do today about things from a long long time ago.

B) manages to make the Fermi Paradox not only understandable, but funny and enjoyable.

I fully support the notion that it is not only arrogant, but mathematically impossible that we are the only "intelligent" life out there.

I get a laugh out of watching shows like Ancient Aliens, but to be fair, I don't find all of their wacky theories all that laughable.
It's insulting to say that "primitive" peoples couldn't have built the things they did without divine/extraterrestrial help. After all, today we rely on how many computers, calculators, and heavy equipment to build megalithic shopping centers?
Folks thousands of years ago were doing calculations with sticks and string and erecting stone monuments to their gods. And, oh yeah, they did it with ropes and pulleys and the sweat of their brow. They were no steam engines, diesel machinery, or survey least that we've found evidence of.
But is it so outlandish to think that Earth has had visitors from other worlds throughout our history?
Maybe they're among us, but staying hidden - not by a government cover-up, but by their own choosing.

Think of it this way: Are you real apt to take a vacation/go exploring in a violent, war torn country? If you are you're either really brave or really stupid.
Why would beings with intergalactic capabilities stop to chat and have their picture taken with some upright, bald monkeys? Especially considering we used the genius minds of the last century to make a nuclear weapons! And even though the Cold War ended more than 20 years ago, we still have nukes standing by, ready to decimate our own world.
And because we (as the U.S.) fund the military more than we fund NASA, we the radioactive crap finally does hit the fan, we won't have a way off world or any notion of where to go even if we could.

Something I use to point out to friends how advanced, yet still primitive we modern humans are: we're still using fossil fuels to rocket ourselves into space. Think about that.

Another comparison I've made to break people's brains is: think of an ant living in a crack in your patio. That ant knows his colony. He might know a few inches of the surrounding concrete. He doubtfully has no idea about the yard beyond the patio. Or that your yard is only one of hundreds in your neighborhood, one of hundreds of thousands in your city. One of millions and billions on the planet. Do you think it's even possible for that lone ant - or even all of the ants in the world, all working together - to have any concept of the entirety of the cosmos?
*:o (Eek) * Mind blown.

P.S. I know I go on and on and probably sound really pretentious, but I got my degree in this stuff. I can't help but nerd out on it. It's what my friends and I do.
JRettberg Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
good points, fun to read and very enlightening :)
Urus-28 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome article :clap:
6pt02E23 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome art & article! I can't wait for interstellar!! *n*
I believe that it would be frightening for earth to be the ONLY source of life in the universe, than for other life to exist somewhere else.

It would be bizarre for us to be ALL there is. 
Diogo-Costa Featured By Owner Edited Oct 18, 2014   Digital Artist
Interesting article. Can't wait for the film, as for the questions:

1. It's a scientifically proven fact. Whether people like it or not, one can't have an opinion over a fact and it's a waste of time to argue over it. I'm glad climate change denial isn't a big issue in my country.
2. Theoretical, there are. A lot of research points in that direction. That doesn't mean we can move to another world that easily.

I honestly fear for our future in this world and for what we'll leave for the upcoming generations, if we leave anything at all.
CuteKittens1 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Student Artist
Oh. My. God. 
UndyingAstigmatism Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is unbelievable Jake Gasp Jake Gasp Jake Gasp 
0rvel Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I the better question to ask would be: Why do we need aliens, when we have mankind (each other) to fight?
AlaiziaDarkstar Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
Marysewable Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed i do believe, yet i feel in one of those Galaxies that people say we cant see with the naked eye, there is a parallel universe with a different Earth and everything. 
PotatoOni Featured By Owner Edited Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This reminds me kinda of Sunshine where the humans experiences during space travel are also the focus point. It also seem like Nolan is just taking whatever political leaning works for the story no matter if it's his own or not.

1. No, I don't. But I try to be as rational about it as possible to avoid becoming either a stuck up "humans have nothing to do with that" dimwit or a raving "modern society needs to be destroyed" maniac. Climate change itself is a rather natural thing that occurs every now and then but that doesn't mean that man made pollution doesn't play a part in the current one. Wich it does.

2. Yes, but not only are they quite rare but humans would also need to adapt to the environment wich would require a ton of ressources.
Artificial-Thunder Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely beautiful stuff here! I love to look at these interplanetary environments, it's giving me ideas for something I want to do in the future (which, as evidenced by the overflow of pony art on my page, is not happening right now). I should read up on Nolan's upcoming movie.

Can we find other habitable worlds? Possibly. I hope we do. Sometimes I feel as if, to quote a Futurama meme, "I don't want to live on this planet anymore". My dreams never come true so I'll just stay behind and watch.
CreativityOutbreak Featured By Owner Edited Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm going to skip "1" to avoid the debate on climate change. Pluss, JenFruzz pretty well argued a damn good point already. XD

2. Earth is a "Goldy Locks" planet. Not too hot. Not too cold. Its just right for life to exist. While its possible for any old cosmic dust-ball hurtling through space to support a life-form ranging from hyper intelligent, to politician levels of stupidity and savagery. The chances of it happening on a planet not comparable to a piece of morning porridge perfection from a story is mind bogglingly slim. If you're wanting a habitat among the stars, just look for a planet like ours in the massive big black of space. Their out there. We've found them.
remanlongtail Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
1. Do I have any doubts about climate change? No, not really. It seems pretty clear to me that it's happening, and it's going to affect us all in the years and decades to come, regardless of what we do to try to mitigate it.

2. I'm positive there must be other inhabitable worlds out there. They might all be so far away that we may never find them, but they're bound to be out there somewhere. Lots of them. I'm sure of it.
mudepom Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
this is the greatest article of all time
JenFruzz Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Oooh, yes this was an awesome read. I'm going to go look at that movie trailer once I am done typing this!

And I love the discussion question! My degree is actually in earth science/environmental geosciences so I have done quite a bit of climate change studying. One might think "Ah, this girl with her 'degree' is about to defend all the crazy politicians saying we are killing the planet" however; that's not technically true. ;P

The media and politicians REALLY hype up global warming. Most people see this term or "climate change" and immediately assume it's all about man killing earth. But what many do not know is that climate change is a perfectly natural process. There has not only been one Ice Age, and we are not in the first EVER period of global warming. The rise and fall of earth's temperature has been a constant for millions of years, if not billions. The changing weather patterns we are seeing have happened before, are happening now, and will happen again.

This graph shows temperature rise and fall over time:…

We are currently in the bottom half of the graph, all the way over to the right. You can see the rising and falling peaks: the mean temperature of the earth as we have interpreted it. The last ice age is depicted and we are currently at a peak of high temperatures. What this graph infers is that we are close to the beginning of the next ice age (since we are at the top of the peak)! Of course, this will take a long, LONG time to actually happen.

I will spare you all the details of HOW exactly the earth goes through these changes. It is beside the point.

I'm not trying to discredit fully what we see in the media. Humans are definitely impacting the environment and temperatures are rising faster than scientists have seen in the past. But that does not mean this hasn't happened before and it does not mean that we can "stop" it from happening. This planet will see another ice age, but it will see warming temperatures before that happens!
1TW1 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 18, 2014
But that is the point. The changes are very fast, and can be linked to the rapid atmospheric changes caused by humans.  Sure, it has happened in the past, but not at this rate. The rapid changes now are not going to do us very much good.
JenFruzz Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Understood :nod: It's definitely happening faster than we've ever seen it (at least from the data that scientists have collected to date) but I am unsure how much of this speed is because of actual human-made processes or if it mostly due to something less controllable such as our population as a species and the speed at which it is growing. But in the end, they are all related.

My main argument is that many people think this is the first time climate change has happened. Or they think that it is only caused by humans. Or that we can stop and reverse climate change. That is just simply not true :D
AnEnemySpy Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
Natural climate change occurs over periods of thousands of years. The change we're seeing now has been occurring way too fast to just chalk it up to Earth's natural processes.
JenFruzz Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Well based on information scientists have gathered this is "too fast" but who really knows? It could have been this fast in the past as well :D But as I told another deviant, the main point I wanted to make is that a lot of people think that this is the first time we have ever seen climate change or think it can be stopped, reversed. Not true :D (for now, anyway)
Brolom Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
Even if 'artificial' climate change wasn't true, contamination itself still is. Countries like China and India are in a very bad state because of pollution. Not fixing it could lead to a similar dystopian world. That atleast can be stopped.
JenFruzz Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah pollution and contamination are huge issues. And not just in Asia... the US has plenty of problems. We're running out of places to put our trash. I work in environmental geology. My job centers around soil and groundwater contamination and ways to remediate it. A lot of stuff underground is GROSS. :puke:
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