Space Faring Plants

Tchklinxa's picture
November 9, 2017 - 11:53am
Alien space traveling plants... a few ideas.

Berthold rays come from Star Trek and of course are amade up radiation. Funny trivia there is actually a company called 
Berthold Technologies that specifically deals with radiation protection. 

So what does this made up radiation do plot wise... well after about one weeks exposure the flesh of an animal begins to break down, it has no effects on plant life. In the series several colony ships and colonies had been sent to a planet and failed for unknown reasons, the planet is a one year trip from Earth btw. Eventually someone figured out Berthold rays are rare and deadly and so the Enterprise is sent to confirm the latest colonists are all dead too. They never say where this radiation is originating from... I always assumed the sun of that system, but some other natural big space source is possible.

Now of interest is no one is dead except the animal livestock aka lower animal life and it is all because of a plant. In game terms this means the plants only target intelligent species not dumb animals, the plants infect people with spores that cause happiness, harmony, peaceful type emotions, they also improve the physical health of the infected to perfect, body parts even regrow, no sickness. In addition they create a communal group belonging and seem to encourage the infected to spread them so more people can become infected.

The plants thrive on Berthold rays and seek that out. Spock and the others seem to know how they spread by drifting through space from Berthold ray source to the next... I am not sure how intelligent these plants are and control by them is not the same as mindless but more subtle than that. 

The plant’s influences can be fought with anger, agitating stimulus, bad feelings... of not no new progress occurs except what is necessary for the hosts to live, and no children. I did some poking and found a reference that pregnant women when infected give birth to hermaphadite children that might be from a book.

How this plant survives to spread itself in space, survives planet fall, and what it’s life cycle is is never revealed... 

The Day Of The Triffids 

This is a less friendly interplanetary visiting plant... carnivorous it comes in meteorite showers which cause blindness in people, they can walk, are attracted to noise, shoot poison and eat animal life. 

Rainbow Mars

A book which is great fun to read if you have read lots of old Mars based novels... basically the tree of life on Mars is a huge alien plant that travels from world to world destroying each planet it lands on, sucking up the resources till it launches itself out into space again... and it is huge. Life can exist in the tree making it to the next planet, but all worlds it feeds on are doomed. 

The Stage Tree 
From Larry Niven’s Known Space series. Genetically engineered to be solid-fuel rockets. Beginning their lives as “stage bushes,” when ignited they will blast off and send seeds blowing in every direction! If the stage tree gets to its much larger life cycle it becomes a multi-stage rocket nearly half a mile tall. These rockets will eventually blast off and spread their seeds onto distant worlds capable of supporting life.

The Little Shop Of Horrors Plant

An intelligent thinking eating plant from space.

Anyway a few ideas to get Space Plants going... 

 "Never fire a laser at a mirror."

rattraveller's picture
November 9, 2017 - 3:40pm
In the ST TOS episode This Side of Paradise the plants are native to the planet. This of course brings up a huge plot hole. Why would the plants develop spores that shoot in people's faces if there are no animals on the planet? What evolutionary purpose does it serve? The plants were only transported aboard the Enterprise to infect the crew and then everyone abandoned the ship.

The book "Day of the Triffids" the Triffids were developed on Earth and like everyone knows GMOs do went out of control and killed everyone. The asteroid shower blinded everyone but it was that loss of control of the Triffids that let the Triffids out.

Did not read the next two but "Little Shop of Horrors" is a musical/comedy so no real explanation of Audrey II is ever presented. But space plants that need blood are a real long stretch.

You did forget the most famous space travelling plants that take over planets movie ever. "Invasion of the Body Snatchers". That one had a good explanation of plant invasion.
Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?

KRingway's picture
November 18, 2017 - 2:26am
Remember also 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers', in which spore or plant-like things come from space and slowly take over the Earth. H.P. Lovercraft's Mi-Go are also more plant than animal.

jedion357's picture
November 19, 2017 - 6:46am
tendrils connecting asteroids and you have the floating mountains of pandora in space

On a more serious note:

Larry Niven's The Integral Trees- setting was called the smoke ring, unique gas cloud orbiting a star with enough atmosphere pressure that plants and animals evolved and the location was visited by humans who became trapped, living on the trees which spun and imparted simulated gravity at the ends.

interesting story and setting worth the read IMO
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

Tchklinxa's picture
November 19, 2017 - 9:07am
Cool... on the Integral Trees... I think time to hit the used book store.

The Triffid I described was based on the movie, which implied space origin.

Spock in ST episode says the spore Plant is not from the planet... that is why I listed as so, my take on them is that they do effect some sort of group mind on their hosts, not totally mindless but one that makes sure the plants get cared for, spread and can infect more hosts, thus the victims know things about the plants. 

I totally forgot about Invasion of The Body Snatchers

On the GMO angle there is a good crazy one from the Godzilla series Human DNA, Radioactive Lizard DNA & Plant DNA = crazy monster, it need not get giant just be smart large and eating and killing people with teeth, tendrils, claws and hard to kill. 

Oh the Green Slime monsters on an asteroid.  

 "Never fire a laser at a mirror."

rattraveller's picture
November 19, 2017 - 5:29pm
Spock was on spores, you know you can't trust what he says when he gets that way.

Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?

Tchklinxa's picture
November 19, 2017 - 7:46pm
 "Never fire a laser at a mirror."