Thursday, November 19, 2015

Top Ten Planets


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This week I'm doing an extra Top Ten post for SciFi Month. I thought I would take a look at some planets in science fiction. Which planets out there would I want to explore? There are so many, but here I've narrowed it down  and some of the reasons why I think they would be awesome to visit.

Yavin IV - introduced in the first Star Wars movie and the site of the Rebel base. The Rebellion took up residence in an old Massassi temple, and in the Star Wars Extended Universe books I believe Luke Skywalker formed a Jedi academy there or something. I haven't read EU books so I only know sketchy details of those.



Dagobah- I think there are a lot of secrets hidden on the swampy world of Dagobah- after all Yoda chose this place as his refuge. We get a few hints during Luke's time there that not all is as it seems on that world.



"Away put your weapon- I mean you no harm."





Altair-4 Perhaps the wildest planet of all would be Altair-4 from the classic Forbidden Planet. A mysterious force running loose on the planet, a terrifying id monster personifying the baser impulses a long vanished race, unstoppable and invisible- what's not to like?



Here's a cool scene where Dr. Morbius shows his visitors the Krell wonders- the great underground city/ machine that runs constantly and can make any thought a reality.



Tatooine. Home of Luke Skywalker, jawas and Jabba the Hutt. And the infamous Mos Eisley spaceport.



And Jabba's palace? Who wouldn't want to explore its labrynthine passages?






Alderaan. We never actually see the surface of Alderaan in the movies, but this Ralph McQuarrie image has always fascinated me.



Here's another McQuarrie image of the plains of Alderaan.



Coruscant. the capital of the Empire, formerly of the Old Republic- the most important planet in the galaxy? Imagine the sheer scale of this immense city- planet, all the things to see.

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Cloud City on Bespin. A tibanna mining colony and the site of Luke Skywalker's first encounter with Darth Vader.





Barsoom- the Mars of the John Carter books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. A world of ocher sea bottoms and decadent cities, of barbarian hordes and airships. The world as presented is fabulous, so yeah it would be fun to explore.

A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1)

Retro Venus. Nowadays we know that Venus is not very hospitable, but earlier in the last century there was a conception of Venus as a water world, or a swampy world with web- footed Venusians and perhaps dinosaurs. Similar to Barsoom (Mars) above, a great many tales from the pulp age of sci fi were set on such a  world. Perhaps a gleaming spaceport are the only signs of human civilization on such a world, but who knows what adventure could be found in the swampy interior, or in a ruined city festooned with vines shimmering in the humidity, or even beneath the waves of a storm tossed Venusian ocean?

There was even an anthology released last year full of retro stories set on Venus, with editing by George RR Martin of Game of Thrones fame.  

 Old Venus

The Sky People (Lords of Creation, #1)

This is the Venus I want to explore. 



The worlds of Roger Dean. Perhaps known best for his psychedelic album covers, he's known for his floating islands and weird landscapes.



9 comments:

  1. Wow, Greg! What a great topic. I love all the visuals especially the floating islands. And also the Star Wars planets. Very nice.

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    1. Thanks Jan! I had a lot of fun putting this together.

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  2. Gah! All of those Star Wars planets! I want to visit them ALL :D You totally narrowed it down to the best ones too. The Worlds of Roger Dean are stunning too ♥ I could stare at those images for hours! Fantastic topic^^ Thanks for sharing these!

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  3. Wow this artwork is amazing! I especially like the last one with floating islands with trees. I don't think I even know of 10 (imaginary) planets... I'd love to explore some of these, though the atmosphere in some seems really inhospitable. That lush, jungle-like Venus sounds better, though there are bound to be loads of poisonous things, too.

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  4. Wow, what a great list! All the star wars planets are so amazing to look at. Myself well I would love to explore the (as well as the ones on your list) LV-426 home of Aliens and Pandora from Avatar.

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  5. I hadn't realized just how many planets Star Wars had introduced to us. Good list and pictures.

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  6. Awesome images! Thanks for sharing these.

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  7. What a great top ten!! I enjoyed looking at these pictures.

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  8. Love this list!! And the artwork is just so wonderful and imaginative. Especially those done by Roger Dean - I'm going to immediately look him up!

    --Sharry
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