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Fluidic space

I was watching Star Trek: Voyager the other day and the episodes about fluidic space and species 8472 reminded me of something. What I remembered was that long ago, when I was a kid, one of the universes I would sometimes play in was a universe that, instead of being a vacuum, was full of air and water vapor. Stars were truly fires and not atomic reactions (or maybe they *were* atomic reactions, who knows?) Life thrived everywhere, and there were a myriad of space-dwelling creatures. After all, planets were nothing more than islands in the vastness, a nice place to rest for a while but no need to stay there (unless you had the misfortune to evolve in such a way that you couldn't leave the planet's gravity). And spaceships were like sailing ships in that they were open to the air, having no need of being airtight; I remember the ones I used to imagine myself on were like giant hollow rafts with railings, with cargo and sleeping quarters below decks. Oh, and another thing: the place was bright! It wasn't dark like our universe. Sure, there were shaded areas and degrees of brightness, but there was basically light everywhere, since it was scattered by the air. And it was brighter than Voyager's fluidic space. Also, a friendlier color than fluidic space.

I don't remember a lot about the species of that universe, except for one: the Zapto. The Zapto [zaap-toh] looked humanoid from the waist up, except that they were reptilian. And from the waist down, they were essentially giant snakes. But they were a benevolent race of traders, I remember that. Also, they were usually light green. I vaguely remember that universe originally had some vague connection to the Traipah universe, but whatever it was I can't recall now.

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fayanora
Aug. 28th, 2008 04:20 am (UTC)
It was 3D, just like outer space is here. Obviously, the "rafts" had to have either artificial gravity, or people had to have some way of hanging on. I suspect the Zapto had bars or something to coil their bodies around.
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