I’ve written a blog post on Asteroids, and briefly touched on Jupiter, so now it’s time to stretch a little further afield and talk about the multitude of planets existing within and beyond our solar syste
Planets, both real and imagined, are of huge thematic importance in science fiction. Mankind’s exploration of space, whether physical or through the lens of a telescope, has provided an amazing – albeit limited – view of the universe. Although, according to scienceblogs there are ‘at least 200 billion galaxies out there (and possibly even more), we’re very likely talking about a Universe filled with around 1024 planets, or, for those of you who like it written out, around 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 planets in our observable Universe.‘
As a child, Star Wars and the original series of Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek opened my eyes to the possibility of life on other planets – Dan Dare too. It’s no wonder I’ve grown up believing there is life out there ‘somewhere.’
Planets in Science Fiction
Planets within science fiction feature in numerous guises. Kevis Hendrickson’s Roque Hunter series involves Zyra Zanr – the Galaxy’s greatest bounty hunter – travelling the Draeda glaxy with ‘an arsenal of high-tech weapons and her trusty spaceship, the Helship-II.’ Two powerful governments are embroiled in a bitter struggle for power, and Zyra needs to keep her wits about her to stay one step ahead.
The theme of planets from another perspective can be found in ‘A Space Story – The Journey of a bald little alien named Dean Kilmer.’ Instead of the exploration heading outbound, Dean is searching for Earth, with a view to persuading a human to return ‘home’ with him. ‘Dean’s’ fast-paced storytelling describing his misadventures will appeal to its intended young adult audience.