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02:03 pm - We used to dream of living in the corridor
Corridors and SF, SF and corridors: they go together like a horse and carriage. One of those associations, like bread with butter, which one hardly examines.

Via this metafilter thread: an article in praise of the SF corridor. The design of the corridor defines the ship (or space station) and hence the whole universe in which it exists.

The corridor reached its apogee in the first Alien film: sophisticated enough that different parts of the ship have different corridors (emphasising the class division which characterises human society in the Alien films IMHO).

Other examples include
Outland
Moon (pretty!)
Solaris
Aliens
Serenity
Event Horizon
Stalker (Tarkovsky FTW)

Actually, this would have been quite a good quiz wouldn't it?

The heading of this post is from the Four Yorkshiremen sketch of course, but the funny thing is I do dream of SF corridors.

(ETA - see comments for the corridor of the Liberator, thanks to kalypso_V and mistraltoes)

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From:kalypso_v
Date:September 4th, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
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I've always meant to make an icon of this one



Can't remember which episode it's from, but it's almost certainly from Lisa's site.

Edited at 2009-09-04 01:51 pm (UTC)
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From:communicator
Date:September 4th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, lovely. I think they only had that one bit of corridor didn't they, which stood in for every part of the mile-long Liberator (or however big it is - big).

Edited at 2009-09-04 01:57 pm (UTC)
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From:mistraltoes
Date:September 4th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
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Ah, how amusing, I'm a bit later than you, but we've chosen the same picture. :)
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From:kalypso_v
Date:September 4th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
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Great minds... but you've identified the episode, so you're ahead of me!
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From:katlinel
Date:September 4th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
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Lovely corridor picture!
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From:communicator
Date:September 4th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, that was quite a coincidence
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From:katlinel
Date:September 4th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
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Ah, corridors! I love liminal spaces! I don't have an appropriate icon, but I'm tempted to make one from the pics above.

When we went to a Buffy convention, the guy who plays the mayor in S3 (blanking on the actor's name) was talking (v. excitedly - he's a fan) about the time when he was an extra on Star Trek (Next Gen, I think) and about how awesome the corridors on the Enterprise set where because they'd built in all the corridor ceilings so they truly felt like corridors.
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From:communicator
Date:September 4th, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
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The ceilings and floors of corridors show how serious the art design is. At least the B7 designers had the sense to pop down a few cheap grey carpet tiles :-)

Talking about liminal spaces, in a lot of hypno exercises you have to envisage walking along corridors and down stairs and so on. I often use spaceship corridors, typically the Nostromo.

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From:katlinel
Date:September 4th, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
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Nothing like cheap carpet tiles to show you what kind of bureaucracy you're dealing with!

Interesting about the exercises. Are the Nostromo's corridors particularly memorable? Does it depend on whether there's lots of action taking place in the corridors? The corridors of the West Wing, as in the TV series, are always very busy in my mind because quite a lot of the dialogue takes place in them.
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From:communicator
Date:September 4th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
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I find them very memorable, but they are always empty and peaceful. Everyone is still in suspended animation I suppose.
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From:emeraldsedai
Date:September 4th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
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*boggles*

You're right! There is something fundamentally hypnotic about those long sci-fi corridors.

I read a screed somewhere about the satanic evils of the Harry Potter books; one of its tenets was that because the characters were constantly moving, moving, moving along passages and corridors, the reader became hypnotized, and the message of evil (whatever it was perceived to be) could enter their brain more directly.

Strange little kernel of truth there in the madness.
From:egretplume
Date:September 4th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for this. I love SFnal interior design.
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From:communicator
Date:September 5th, 2009 06:27 am (UTC)
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So do I. It's something that's quite a bit harder to do elegantly in written SF.
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From:vilakins
Date:September 4th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
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I was going to mention the B7 ones (hexagons seem to be a feature both on the Liberator, and in the clean while corridors of the domed city where hexagonal doors lead outside). But there's also the toroidal one in 2001 used for jogging. :-) And of course the many in Star Trek.

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