Space Australia

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Synonyms: Earth is a Death World
Date Started: June 16, 2016
Related: Humans Are Weird, Humans Are Space Orcs
See Also: Stabby the Space Roomba, Space Australia tag at Tumblr
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Space Australia is a science fiction meme from Tumblr that posits the idea that Earth is one of the most dangerous planets in the known universe. The term was first used by arafaelkestra, in a thread titled Humans Are Weird[1], which contains additional "Space Australia" input from several people.

arcticfoxbear: What if all the other life bearing planets are these mild, Mediterranean climates with no seasons, no tectonic plates, and no intense weather?

What if several species (including humans) land on a world and the humans are all “SCORE! Earth like world! Let’s get exploring before we get out competed!”

arafaelkestra: To paraphrase one of my favorite bits of a ‘humans are awesome’ fiction megapost: “you don’t know you’re from a Death World until you leave it.” For a ton of reasons, I really like the idea of Earth being Space Australia.

the-grand-author: “we sent-”

“no yeah I heard you I just- what? You sent… HUMANS… to a place one hundred degrees below freezing?”


“and they didn’t… die?”

“Well the first few did”

Excerpts from a "Humans Are Weird" Tumblr thread

This concept has been combined with several fandoms, notably Star Trek and Star Wars, both of which get occasional Stabby the Space Roomba posts at Tumblr.

In addition to humans being considered dangerous, they're often considered reckless and prone to bizarre experimentation.[2]

...the Federation as a culture are a bunch of deranged hyper-neophiles, tooling around in ships packed full of beyond-cutting-edge tech they don’t really understand.

-- So to everyone else in the galaxy, all humans are basically Doc Brown.

-- Reminds me of the thing I wrote a while back about Humans in high fantasy realms - they’re basically Team Fuck It Hold My Beer I Got This.

The 2019 Yuletide exchange included "Humans Are Space Orcs (Meme)" as a fandom, and 7 new fanworks were created.


Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.


  • Ain by Raven. Humanity, as a species, is confusing. An encounter on a exoplanet between a human and an alien whose culture says confusion is blessed. Written for Yuletide 2019.


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Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.





  1. ^ Humans Are Weird thread started by arcticfoxbear; accessed Dec 1, 2018
  2. ^ Random Headcanon about the Federation, Tumblr thread started by Prokopetz, accessed March 25, 2018