Saturday, 17 September 2016


Science fiction writers can do a lot with moons.

(i) Merseia has four moons (here).

(ii) The Avalonian moon, Morgana, is blasted in the Terran War.

(iii) Poul Anderson speculates on lunar life in a non-fiction work...

(iv) ...and has a lunar terraforming project in a short story.

(v)  The third Minoan moon, Atlantis, Earth-sized and colonized, is the "Virgin Planet." Thus, the story is set on one of the eighteen moons of one of the two planets of one of the two companions in the fourth brightest star of a constellation visible a thousand light years from the Solar System.
-copied from here.

(vi) Wells, ERB and CS Lewis populated the Moon.

(vii) ERB and James Blish do different kinds of interesting things with the Martian moons.

(viii) In a fantasy world created by China Mieville, a moon has a moon.

(ix) E Nelson Bridwell, a Superman expert who reportedly knew Clak Kent's social security number, when asked, "How many moons did Krypton have?," responded, "Do you mean originally or when it exploded?" and then went on to describe each of the moons.

(x) When Spock told Uhura that Vulcan had no moon, this confirmed her perception of Vulcanians as unromantic. However, when James Blish adapted Star Trek scripts into short stories, he referred to Vulcan's mysterious nine moons - so the mystery could be: where did the moons go?

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

And, of course, there's the planet Wayland, actually a moon of a gas giant in the Mimirian system, in A CIRCUS OF HELLS.

I remember discussing "Strange Bedfellows" with two very knowledgeable men, one of them the now late Bruce Binnie, and they both said terraforming our Moon is actually DOABLE!

Things like getting off this rock and terraforming the Moon, Mars, Venus, etc., is what we should be doing NOW!!!