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Is the defining feature spacy minifigs? Space weapons? Space fighting? I know it is not starwars.

With that in mind, I have decided to test the public perception of the boundary between 'spaceyness' and 'unspaceyness'.
To be precise, I have decided to see exactly how much unspaceyness I can possibly get away with.

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/90838
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| January 14, 2009, 9:17 pm
I see where you are going with this. Strangely, I do consider this a Space MOC. More and more Space to me is the generic setting in which a science fiction story might take place.

As you pointed out, a scientific principle might drive a science fiction story, but when we think of sci-fi, the images in our minds - odd technology, flashing lights, energy weapons, robots, and so on - the setting of these stories, is what Space is. In other words, if the content is Science Fiction, the wrapper is Space.

This MOC clearly catches the visualizations - odd looking weapons (I like the ice cream gun!), a futurey floor, and high tech looking costumes. Unfortunately, that does mean that Star Wars might fall under Space, because it is a fantasy story in the same "wrapper". This is of course why I would like this group to limit itself to "non-commercial space", because this MOC of yours that has tested the boundaries has shown, to me at least, that anything with the right trappings can't be denied the label of Space - Star Wars and Halo included. We can, though, limit ourselves to generic and "microbrew" Space.
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| January 14, 2009, 9:48 pm
Actually, the guns are Pirate muskets and the ice-cream is being used as smoke; you'll notice the one that's already gone off has smoke and the one that is being fired has a flash.
The costumes are not meant to be high-tech: it was not supposed to prove a point, I was merely fiddling around and decided to test the waters, as it were.

You know what? I prefer your explanation.

Wait, wait. You see where I'm going with this? Do you think you could share that insight with me?
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| January 14, 2009, 11:37 pm
Well, I thought I knew where you were going... I thought it was where you took me, but oh well.

Ice cream as smoke, huh? Do those come in grey? Still, any future with guns that shoot ice cream is a future I want to be part of.
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| January 15, 2009, 4:56 am
hehe, SPACE is well the astronomical boundry we have around us, REAL space is ships etc, but space is now just sci-fi, even though sci-fi can mean anything else, futuristic, whether it be planet side, or in space. that is sci-fi
Sci-fi is NOT space, space uses sci-fi, but space is ONLY things that are astronomical boundry related, in essence "classic space" is not really space at all, it has space in it, but mostly it is normal sci-fi, because it uses futuristic vehicles and space craft.

SCIENCE-FICTION can be anything that is future/advanced.

~Martin
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| January 15, 2009, 10:58 am
Ice-cream does not come in grey that I know, but it does come in that cream colour and white.

That was not meant to be advanced; the minifigs are carrying MUSKETs, which are antique muzzle-loading firearms. Not exactly advanced.

Although I've seen mocs with LAZER SORDDS so I suppose the line between space and the ridiculous is a little blurred. It certainly is now, thanks to me.
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| January 15, 2009, 2:18 pm
Ooh, that's an idea: guns that shoot ice-cream. Ta, I'll be having that.
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| January 20, 2009, 9:22 pm
This goes on from the debate of UFO's.
When i say UFO, what do you immediately think?... Aliens!.
I have seen SO many people put up movies on youtube saying a UFO crashes into a Wind Turbine, and ALL of the comments say, " Aw you just put up UFO to make it look like an alien crashed into it"...or "Haha, you'd think if aliens were SO advanced, they'd have anti-collision sensors."
It is a pointless debate, there will ALWAYS be those people who think when some one says Sci-Fi, that this Immediately means, SPACE SHIPS.
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| February 1, 2009, 5:52 am
When you say UFO, I think of the Lego UFO subtheme.
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| February 10, 2009, 12:27 am
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