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The Sciences

New Horizons

Cosmic VarianceBy Sean CarrollDecember 18, 2008 11:57 PM

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And the winner of our Elevator Pitch Contest is: Jason Dick, for New Horizons!

Takes place about a century from now. Humanity has discovered planets around other stars harbor life. We send out a generation ship, where multiple generations of intrepid explorers will be born and die before it reaches its destination. This show follows their journey, where they are faced with mechanical failure, collisions with small dust grains that cause lots of damage, and people who crack under the stress of their situation. Mostly it’d be about a human drama of extremely driven people who are in a difficult situation, and whose children are forced to carry the torch of their parents.

A well-deserved victory, as Jason has long been one of our most intelligent and helpful commenters. And it's a good show idea, certainly comparable with many things actually appearing on TV. Jason, shoot us your address and a T-shirt will be forthcoming -- soonish. Interestingly, concepts that took the framework of a conventional sitcom or drama (Friends/ER) and made the characters scientists didn't fare as well with our voters. This might be a reflection of our voting pool, or a real difficulty involved in translating the life of a scientist into compelling narrative.

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