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Is “Wandering Earth” science or not?This issue can be debated for another 20 years



This article comes from the WeChat public account:Touch music (ID: chuappgame)Author: Xiong Yu

10 years ago, sci-fi fans might hardly have imagined that so many people could participate in the discussion on this topic.

The sci-fi movie “The Wandering Earth 2” is officially released. Many years ago, when I first heard that “The Wandering Earth” was going to be adapted for film and television, I was skeptical – there are almost no successful precedents for domestic sci-fi films, and the rumored investment in “The Wandering Earth” does not seem to be large. Can it really be done?

The facts answer this question straightforwardly, and the fact that it has this “2” can explain the problem. Today, among the sci-fi works familiar to the Chinese public, “The Wandering Earth” may be second only to “The Three-Body Problem” in its degree of “out of the circle”. Since the release of “The Wandering Earth” in 2019, there have been endless discussions about it. A rather interesting question has also repeatedly appeared in people’s timelines: Is it scientific or not to launch the earth? After a series of media reports, expert comments, and further media reports and expert comments, this issue has become a very hot topic. On Zhihu, you can find many similar questions with hundreds of answers.

Controversial topics are of course the most concerned

But just as the movie is a remake of the novel nearly 20 years after it came out, these discussions seem like “remakes” of similar discussions from farther back.

The original novel of “The Wandering Earth” was published in 2000. Many years ago, there has been a round of discussions about which science and which are not described in the novel. For example, why do we need to roam the earth? The Sun’s status as a main-sequence star is fairly stable, and it’s hard to believe that people could misassess on such a major issue, and suddenly find themselves with “400 years” – on a stellar scale, that’s down to milliseconds It’s a little time. For another example, in the evaluation of most people, the feasibility of the “Spaceship School” policy of building a spaceship for interstellar travel is significantly higher than that of the “Vagabond School” policy of launching the earth. The answer given by the novel is that the spaceship ecosystem is too small , unable to complete a reasonable cycle—the question is, is it really less difficult to launch the earth? What’s more, an earth separated from the sun would have difficulty maintaining its own ecological cycle. Perhaps the most fundamental of these problems is pushing the Earth itself, because pushing the Earth forward could cause the crust to rupture and the entire planet to fall apart. In addition, the 150 trillion tons of thrust calculated in the novel is actually not enough to complete the goal of pushing the earth out of its original orbit…

The above is quite a rough summary, most of which come from my memory, some of which have been blurred, and some may have been overlooked–almost all the relevant discussions that can be searched now come from after the film was released, and the early discussions on the novel were more limited to the novel. In the circle, the momentum is not as good as it is now, and some discussion communities don’t even exist anymore. Of course, the formulation of these issues is not as rough as the one written above. Although the number of people who read it may be much less than now, the degree of detail of the discussion is not inferior-in the age when the Internet was not so developed, it was just to argue with friends Question, you may spend an afternoon in the library looking for materials that you don’t understand.

Time flies, and after the release of “The Wandering Earth” in 2019, the discussion of “science or science” has come back. This time it is no longer a topic in a small circle, but has attracted the attention of more people and fields-10 years ago, science fiction fans might hardly have imagined that this topic could have so many people participating in the discussion. The questions of some participants are the same as they were back then, but now there are more new problems brought about by film and television adaptations. I like the movie version of “The Wandering Earth”, but to be honest, it has more bugs than the original novel.

In these new discussions, people (more people who were not previously sci-fi audiences) learned some unfamiliar terms, such as what is the “Roche limit” mentioned in the movie (the gravity of the celestial body itself and the second celestial body cause The distance when the tidal forces are equal), is it wrong (it is wrong). People are also concerned about the “gravitational fluctuation” in the main line of the movie, which made the plan to use Jupiter to accelerate the slingshot effect wrong (in fact, it is hard to imagine such a mistake), which in turn caused the earth to fall into Jupiter (expressed in the movie as “tearing rift”, but the more likely catastrophe is indeed a fall), and the final solution “ignite Jupiter”. From a purely scientific point of view, these contents have many flaws, and they were mentioned one by one in the discussion.

Perhaps the most famous thing on Jupiter is the Great Red Spot, and it is for this reason that repeated shots of the Great Red Spot appeared in “The Wandering Earth” in 2019. This is actually a bit unscientific – in order to make movies, Jupiter is also working hard not to rotate…

These issues did not exist in the discussion 10 years ago. In fact, the main storyline related to Jupiter in the movie only appears in 4 paragraphs in the original work of “The Wandering Earth”. In the original story, the wandering earth did not mess up such a “simple” thing as using Jupiter to accelerate. People just watched Jupiter’s Great Red Spot at close range, and then quietly watched it go away.

However, these “mistakes” did not affect the success of the “Wandering Earth” movie at all. The narrative of film and television needs a focus, and science fiction is often too grand, and some more specific plots are necessary. Also, there are always scientific questions in science fiction, aren’t there? New plots along with new bugs are to be expected, just like you can’t expect programmers to write 1000 lines of code without any errors.

Not to mention, the requirement that “science is not science” is itself contained within these discussions themselves. Of course, people understand that science fiction is not the pursuit of complete reality, unless fantasy never exceeds the limits of reality, it will always be “unreal”, or even wrong. Even Liu Cixin himself “admitted his mistakes” many years before announcing that he would adapt the film: the propulsion of the earth in the novel was indeed miscalculated, and if he really faced the choice of related issues, he himself was actually a “spaceship”. group”.

But I can fully understand Liu Cixin’s “betrayal” of his position: “launch the earth” and let the earth wander in the universe, what an idea that cannot be given up! Although there are many commendable places in “The Wandering Earth”, the core reason for its success is naturally the idea itself. This idea has changed from an idea into words, and then into images, and it is still continuing, trying to go to more fields.

This means more possibilities and the collision of many brand-new things, which definitely contains more wonderful content. For example, maybe you think “launching the earth” is not scientific, but does it seem much more scientific than “launching a wasteland earth full of zombies”?

This is what I thought of when the mobile game “After Tomorrow” and “The Wandering Earth 2” launched on the same day the movie was released (January 22).

The launch of the event happens to be the first day of the first lunar month, which is also the first day of the film’s release. It is a very clever time

“Hello, I’m Moss, and now I’m making an urgent broadcast to all survivors after tomorrow: In the past, you have overcome countless difficulties and gradually restored civilization and order here. You are heroes of mankind. However, you cannot The foreseeable greater crisis is coming, and after a unified authorization, Moss will start from now on and start the emergency plan after tomorrow.”

With the appearance of Moss, the world of “After Tomorrow” also encountered the same crisis as “The Wandering Earth 2”-an approaching small planet. Therefore, in this linkage, the story of “The Wandering Earth 2” also has another interpretation in “The Day After Tomorrow”: players need to board the mysterious planet to jointly solve the possible impact of celestial bodies.

Customizing blessings during the Spring Festival is a very convenient function, but having Moss to send them always feels a sense of crisis?

The story of “The Wandering Earth 2” is more like the prequel of the previous film. Things have not progressed to the point of launching themselves. This may reduce a lot of pain for the screenwriter of “After Tomorrow”. Suddenly, an earth floating in the universe is inserted into the worldview. This allows the linkage activities to have a high degree of restoration. In addition to this restoration, the things in the movie and the game also have commonalities. Although the fundamental crises they face are different, “The Wandering Earth 2” and “After Tomorrow” both tell the story of human beings. The response to the huge disaster at the doomsday level, and the stubbornness of all human beings to unite to protect their homeland, this gives the two a wonderful space for collision. The combination of many elements is magical at first glance, but it is also ingenious when you think about it carefully.

For example, “After Tomorrow” originally had the classic “one person, one dog” image setting in the wasteland world, which just left a place for the mechanical dog in “The Wandering Earth 2”. Tu Hengyu’s loyal partner, who was born and died, will replace ordinary pet dogs in the linkage version, and go to space with players to blow up planets. In addition, the human beings in “The Wandering Earth” gradually moved to live in dungeons, which happened to be the elements that existed in “The Day After Tomorrow”-although the functions are completely different, they do all have a “new home” meaning. “After Tomorrow” also continues the plot of Liu Peiqiang in the film, in order to win the dungeon qualification for his family, and then participates in the story of astronauts. Fill in who you want to gift it to. Because of the blessing of these ingenious collisions, although the earth cannot be shot out in the game, such a seemingly magical linkage actually reveals the appropriateness everywhere.

Whether the “mechanical dog” is a dog is still open to question, but judging from the official promotional video, it seems that it is based on the imitation of the dog by the machine and thinks he is a dog…

If the above content can be regarded as “coincidence”, then the unique feature of the game that needs to be “played” gives the linkage more supplementary space.

There is also a setting in “The Day After Tomorrow”. Moss will assign players jobs after going to space. In the movie, whether it is a space elevator across the sky or a huge space station, the cooperation of different types of jobs is indispensable for the operation. But the movie is limited in length and it is difficult to show these things. The linkage of “After Tomorrow” just complements this imagination. You can be a lunar vehicle driver, or a planetary engine architect, or even a lunar base nutritionist. This allows the game to provide a new imagination of the theme of “Wandering Earth” based on a different worldview in addition to the content of the film.

Building a base on a small planet is an element of both the film and The Day After Tomorrow

The completed base

The popularity of domestic sci-fi IP is somewhat unexpected. Many of these works were born many years ago. At first, they could only be regarded as some sci-fi ideas recorded in writing. They were somewhat niche, and they seemed to become even more niche after a while. I used to think that domestic sci-fi has gone downhill, but they became popular again after many years-the “again” is actually wrong, in fact, they are unprecedentedly popular. They appeared on the screen, changed from novels to movies, and then entered To games like The Day After Tomorrow. People started calling them “IPs,” which sort of meant that a lot of them came out of the closet.

Yao Haijun, deputy editor-in-chief of “Science Fiction World”, also praised the space station that appeared in “After Tomorrow”.When the novel “The Wandering Earth” was first published in 2000, he served as the responsible editor of the novel

This is a unique characteristic of cultural products, and it is a wealth that will not depreciate. Wider dissemination and more people’s “use” will not only not deplete it, but will make it more vital – just like the discussion on “”The Wandering Earth” is scientific or not”, regardless of whether the work itself is Science, the works themselves, together with these discussions, give them greater vitality. And we can say that all this is still just the beginning, and there is a broader space in the future. According to the 4-paragraph Jupiter story adaptation of a “The Wandering Earth” movie, this series may be able to produce “The Wandering Earth 11”, which is similar to the algebra of “Dragon Quest”.

From a selfish point of view, I am also happy to see more works. In fact, apart from “The Three-Body Problem” and “The Wandering Earth”, there are many domestic sci-fi works that are worthy of film and television adaptation. Even if you only take Liu Cixin’s works as an example, there are almost endless examples: “Country Teacher” is quite suitable for more serious works. The tune will be filmed again; the fragments of “Chaowendao” can also be short and full of philosophical thinking; if you are willing to make a long story, “Poetry Cloud” together with previous works in the same series, including intelligent dinosaurs, Star Wars, There is also an abstract and romantic enumeration algorithm to write poems, which is also a good subject. In any one, there are countless topics that can be discussed, such as “wandering earth” is scientific or not.

There is even a vast space for game adaptation. In this regard, domestic sci-fi games are completely barren. Whether it is original or a collaboration like “After Tomorrow”, it is rare. From this perspective, the cooperation of “After Tomorrow” is a valuable exploration, and it is also quite interesting. It proves that even if the subject matter does not match completely, careful cooperation and collision can produce wonderful chemical reactions.

If you want me to say, since you have tried “collision”, it is better to collide harder. How about actually launching the Earth out in the next big update of The Day After Tomorrow? The reasons are all ready-made: the flood of zombies is irreversible, but can they withstand the extreme cold on the surface where the atmosphere does not even exist? In order to regain the dominance of the surface, human beings retreated to the ground and decided to launch the planet to kill all the zombies once and for all. A new story begins…

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