"Doomsday parable for the nuclear age of the '50s"
"Needles in a heavenly haystack. There are more stars in the heavens than there are human beings on Earth. Through telescopes men of science constantly search the infinitesimal corners of our solar system seeking new discoveries, hoping to better understand the laws of the Universe. Observatories dedicated to the study of astronomy are set in high and remote places, but there is none more remote than Mt. Kenna Observatory in this part of South Africa."
Opening monologue for When Worlds Collide
The basic plot of the movie according to wiki : "As a new star and planet hurtle toward a doomed Earth, a small group of survivalists frantically work to complete the rocket which will take them to their new home."
Freelance writer Melvin E. Matthews calls the film a "doomsday parable for the nuclear age of the '50s". Emory University physics professor Sidney Perkowitz notes that this film is the first in a long list of movies where "science wielded by a heroic scientist confronts a catastrophe". He calls the special effects exceptional
According to Wiki : "When Worlds Collide is a 1933 science fiction novel co-written by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer; they both also co-authored the sequel After Worlds Collide (1934). It was first published as a six-part monthly serial (September 1932-February 1933) in Blue Bookmagazine, illustrated by Joseph Franké."
This book has a metric ton of material for the DM to mine and goes into a lot more detail about both the ship and the planets that are going to collide with the Earth. The vibe of "Doomsday Earth"
is even more pronounced in all its pulp goodness.
Checkout the plot again according to wiki :
From Flash Gordon To Superman the far reaching effects of these novels on science fiction and even gaming has been profound.
There are mega-dungeons on Beta and we're given hints about them from lines like this one. "Beta is habitable and that there are traces of a native civilization wiped out when, millions of years before, the planet was torn away from its sun."
After Worlds Collide picks up directly after the first novel and gives a great overview of the day to day struggles of the survivors after the destruction of Earth. The text is a lot less umm descriptive then the other novel.
After is a great blue print for a DM looking to combine the genres of post apocalyptic future and space colonization along with exploration of alien mega dungeons. Here we have old nationalistic baggage and new worlds colliding along with alien ruins. Here's the plot according to wiki:
Crew : 50/108
Power 50/1 free
Multi focial Laser +1 to hit/1d4,AP20
Defenses: Hardened Polycermic Overlay
Fittings: Spike Drive 1/Atomic Sublight Engines , Drop pods, Sleep pods, Ships Stores, Cargo Lighter, Sleep pods, Fuel Bunker, Expended Life Support
The Silver Dreams were produced by the score before the stroke in the Talon System and were used extensively throughout the efforts of colonization. These ships are still being produced today and use an atomic sublight engine to boast themselves into space. Lesser versions of the dreams can be produced from local materials with a late 1940's to early 1950's manufacturing base. These dreams lack the spike drives and are known as nightmares to many spacers who find the remains of colonists who still try to make the crossings with those craft.
For the colonists with a decent manufacturing and physics base these craft are reliable, slick, and very space worthy. They prove centuries of service.Silver Dream Space Ark OD&D Version
Hit Points 30
Capacity : Most Major Animal Groups From Old Earth
Weight : 2,000 tons