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Did anyone besides me wonder if Ad Astra was based on Nourse's Scavengers in Space?


Alan E. Nourse's old science fiction tale Scavengers in Space Rocket to Limbo begins with the phrase ad astra. And it's a conventional slower-than-light-speed "generation" star ship in the first chapter, which disappears never to be seen nor heard from again, a mystery to the generations to follow.

The current sci fi film Ad Astra is apparently about a lower-than-light ship that, umm, takes off and disappears, never to be seen nor heard from again, a mystery to the generations to follow.

As far as I can tell, though, Ad Astra is not based on Scavengers.

Did anyone else make the same surmise / wonder about the same connection?

ETA: dammit, not Scavengers in Space, it's the Nourse book Rocket To Limbo that I'm thinking of! (could a mod change the misleading thread title, perhaps?)

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I have no idea, but it's sure great to see a reference to him nearly 30 years after his too-soon death. Alan Nourse, MD wrote one of my favorite books, "Intern" as Doctor X; he revealed about a decade after its publication that he was its author.

It blows me away how many people have read it and remember it; I mentioned it in passing on another board and (I kid you not) most of the people there had indeed read it. It was about his mid-1950s residency in Seattle, Washington, published in 1965.

https://www.amazon.com/Intern-Doctor...9262406&sr=8-1
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Alan E. Nourse's old science fiction tale Scavengers in Space Rocket to Limbo begins with the phrase ad astra. And it's a conventional slower-than-light-speed "generation" star ship in the first chapter, which disappears never to be seen nor heard from again, a mystery to the generations to follow.

The current sci fi film Ad Astra is apparently about a lower-than-light ship that, umm, takes off and disappears, never to be seen nor heard from again, a mystery to the generations to follow.
I don't want to spoil anything but have you seen the current movie Ad Astra?

As for the phrase itself, it does go back a few years.
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I don't want to spoil anything but have you seen the current movie Ad Astra?
No, not yet.
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In that case, you should know that your guess as to the plot of Ad Astra is completely wrong.
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