|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, 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”“PEOPLE DIED OF THE COLD AND YOUR SOLUTION WAS TO SEND MORE PEOPLE???!?!?!?”Excerpts from a "Humans Are Weird" Tumblr thread
In addition to humans being considered dangerous, they're often considered reckless and prone to bizarre experimentation.
...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.
Links & Resources
- (Podfic) Earth is Space Australia, Live-recorded podfic of tumblr meta on the concept of Earth being the galaxy's Australia.