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Old 03-02-2013, 10:00 AM   #61
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I don't read science fiction in any other languages, is this an affectation found in other languages?
Interesting question. I don't read much science fiction, but the word Terra is new to me in French. Gaïa, used as a representation of Mother Earth, the core of things, seems to occur quite often (written Gaia in English), though.

Note: Gaia is the Greek equivalent of the Roman Terra.
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Interesting question. I don't read much science fiction, but the word Terra is new to me in French. Gaïa, used as a representation of Mother Earth, the core of things, seems to occur quite often (written Gaia in English), though.

Note: Gaia is the Greek equivalent of the Roman Terra.
Though Gaia seems to have more ancestral or psionic way of coming things. A source of life or some sort of group mind... Atleast this is how I find it in English sci-fi. Haven't read much of sci-fi in Finnish lately...
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English speakers say 'extra-terrestrial' for things & beings that come from beyond the earth. 'Terrestrial' means 'of the earth', 'mediterranean' means in the middle of earth, and so on. There's a certain logic to taking the root of those words to refer to our planet. On the other hand, in english, latin terms often have a certain hi-falutin ring them. It's that upper register which seems to be making people uneasy.

What happens in German science fiction? Is it just Erde?
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