posted on Aug, 26 2012 @ 02:32 AM
Originally posted by Toxicsurf
I think the Leviathons on "Farscape" were really cool...
That is the first thing that popped into my head before I even read the OP.
reply to post by karam
The idea is actually interesting, until you realize a living ship would need to consume massive amounts of whatever it eats to maintain it's
What happens if the ship can't get food does it shut down?
Does it burn caloric reserves which in turn shrinks it's size?
How much of it's size is rigid frame(skeleton) that can't be consumed?
Why would this creature that travels the vastness of space obey the crews flight patterns and shipping schedules?
What happens during mating season for these creatures?
Or are you creating this in a lab, and it's more of an organic machine with no sentience of it's own and only responds to some form of
If it's alive what about an immune system?
Won't it think the crew and cargo are foreign bodies and need to be eliminated?
You said it can change shape, what's to prevent a room the crew is in from being crushed?
Heck here is a scenario, maybe it can go into a form of hibernation to conserve energy.
To do so though it would have to cut off "blood" flow to sections of the ship which could in turn cut off life support for the passengers.
The idea makes great science fiction, but doesn't seem to be very practical for a space faring vessel.
That isn't to say that things can't live in space, I just don't think they can double as transportation for smaller creatures.