Parasitic Black Hole
Is the phrase "black hole" not scary enough for you? Need something edgier? Look no further than so-called black hole parasites. Rather than sucking in matter from an adjacent star, these singularities actually consume their host from the inside out.
The existence of these bizarre star eaters hinge on prolonged gamma ray bursts. Scientists have long suspected that these bursts signal the death of a particularly massive star. The alternative explanation, however, calls for a drawn-out death, not just a massive one. In this scenario, the parasitic black hole burrows in like a gigantic worm. It takes longer for the hole to consume the star this way, which prolongs the jets of expelled radiation.
Three decades have passed since an unsuspecting audience watched a robot eviscerate Anthony Perkins in a Disney movie. This time around, maybe the black hole itself should steal the show.
Black Hole Exile
In the original film, the titular black hole threatens a handful of humans, a few robots and an army of mindless cyborgs. Why not up the ante in your remake and cast a rogue black hole from another galaxy? Perhaps it's even hurtling toward an occupied system or the Earth itself?
When two galaxies merge, scientists believe the massive black holes at their centers sometimes circle up and consume one another. Other times, according to a controversial 2008 study, the outcome sees one black hole flung completely out of the galaxy. A team from Germany's Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics reported signs of a black hole speeding through a quasar called SDSS J0927+2943. This theoretical phenomenon is called a recoiling supermassive black hole.
Throw this bad boy into your movie, and suddenly you have a high-speed chase scene on your hands. It may be an uncertain theory, but seriously Hollywood, has that ever stopped you before?
Retrograde Black Hole
Imagine not just a supermassive black hole, but a backward-rotating supermassive black hole. In this, the singularity spins in the opposite direction of the accretion disc, the material spiraling into its inescapable density. This process pushes the accretion material away from the center, warping space-time to send powerful jets of ejected plasma out in opposite directions. These plumes then fuel the evolution of future galaxy clusters. See, black holes are creators as well as destroyers, so why not capitalize on that? Audiences love a complicated villain.
Any of these five black holes would make an excellent centerpiece for a science-fiction film, and they'd all provide a great opportunity to include the line, "I'm afraid this is no ordinary black hole." And if you could hire Jeff Goldblum to say it, all the better!
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