Great question, axle.
I kind of answered it above. I'd say, "hey fellas and gals, we are going to space-opera/sci-fi/Cthulhu it up tonight! So check this out...this is some of the kind of stuff I mean, for tonight's "flavor"/genre/atmosphere.... "The Star Whale..."
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Players: "Ohhhhh, interesting..." (they get ideas and start chattering...) GM: *Grins* (and get ideas from their chatterings...)
I liked the lecture, perhaps the Golgafrinchan's didn't make up that whole space goat idea. You give us the concept of the space whale. It is an interesting idea for explaining mass extinctions because it forces a view human existence that includes the humanity as citizens of the galaxy. But because the space whale is so difficult for humanity or any person to interact with the idea it is difficult to engage with. Thus like the lecturer we are left with nothing to do but throw up the hands of imaginations.
What can you say about giant untouchable (almost unknowable) space whales ( that treat our planet like a cookie jar) that sucks.
Perhaps Moby Dick and the space whale are the last elements of nature that man can not conquer and thus must turn to religion in order to understand his role in the universe? But Moby Dick and Ahab had history, a relationship. There can be no personal relationships with a star whale.
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You could go out and look for Moby Dick. You could look for and physically wrestle with the embodiment of natural death living among man's violent oppression and exploitation of the natural world.