Questions tagged [planets]

Planets are large celestial bodies in orbit around a star. Sometimes, large moons are also called planets - especially if they are able to support some kind of life. A typically habitable planet is about 6,000 kilometres in diameter, while large gas giants can be much bigger. Planets can be host to millions of sentient inhabitants, or barren wastelands, or anywhere in between.

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80's 90'sTV series/movie identification, live-action: bad guy turns to be the good one [duplicate]

I remember a sci-fi show/movie as a child where a kid/teen and a generic hero traveled to other planets. One was a mushroom people one, another was a giant people one, can't remember more. They were ...
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Cartoon from 90s-2000s about alien who is stranded on Earth and has a son with a woman

There was this 90s-2000s cartoon (like the old-style cartoons X-Men, Spider-Man, Superman etc) about an alien being stranded on Earth and fathering a child with a woman. Then something happened to the ...
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What was the first instance of a “planet eater” in sci-fi?

In Sci-Fi, there are quite a few 'planet eaters'; giant beings that consume/live off planets or similarly large celestial bodies. The ones I know of are: Unicron from Transformers 1986 Galactus from ...
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SciFi book with man and woman traveling across planets in a three seater cycle, with their pet dog

I remember reading a SciFi book as a child! It involved a man and a woman, possibly sibilings traveling across different planets in a three seater cycle along with their pet dog! The book must be from ...
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Does the Disney canon of Star Wars include any multiple-biome planets?

Star Wars is quite famous for fitting the Single Biome Planet trope to a T (warning: TVTropes link). You have the desert worlds of Tattooine and Jakku, the Forest Moon of Endor, the woodland planet of ...
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First named, colonized planet in a science fiction story

What is the first non-Sol system planet that's colonized by humans in a work of fiction? To be specific, I'm not looking for "Proxima Centauri B" or that sort of scientific nomenclature, and no ...
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Man on another world, kicked out of colony, tries to survive in jungle

Paperback book, probably from the 1950s or 60s. Premise, a colony has been established on a mountain plateau of a jungle planet. (pop maybe 200-500 people) There are ape like creatures living in ...
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Trying to find 1960s comic about another planet

I remember reading a comic book in the 1960s about people (maybe a family?) visiting another planet, whose original inhabitants had used up the planet's oceans by using the hydrogen for propulsion to ...
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Name of a book where humans land on a planet getting trapped and have to reinvent rocketry

A few days ago my friends told me about a sci-fi book where a group of future humans drop their ship out of FTL above a planet and descend to the surface in a small lander, shortly before having the ...
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What is the Vegan home planet in 'Cities in Flight'?

In James Blish's Cities in Flight tetraology there are mentions of the war between Earth colonists and the Vegan Confederation that ruled half the galaxy. Naturally the Vegans come from Vega, or ...
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First story to describe humans colonizing another planet?

Elon Musk has plans to colonize Mars within the next decade. This made me think: What was the first SF story to describe humans colonizing another planet? I don't want stories where humans establish a ...
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Short story about humans landing on a planet met with human-like aliens

I'm looking for the title/author of a short story in which humans are living on a ship on another planet and they let in a human-looking male alien. The alien is (possibly) red-headed and very good-...
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Is there blood on the planet Crait?

One of the most visually impressive things of the new Star Wars movie The Last Jedi is the depiction of the planet Crait. At a first sight, its likeness is of an ice crust covering a bloody soil. At ...
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Book title: Only plot point remembered is bugs that eat through rock and create jewels/gems

I'm fairly certain this is a sci-fi book, not a movie. On an alien planet, a person discovers that these "bugs" (if memory serves that are the size of say turtles...) burrow and dig through rock, ...
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Novel About Shape-Shifting Aliens

Trying to find a novel about a group of humans stranded on a planet with shapeshifting aliens. There was another human stranded on the planet before this group arrived. This person taught the aliens ...
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Why did Yoda tell the Rebels to go to Malachor?

When the Rebels decided to fight back against the Inquisitors and sought Yoda's advice for help, Yoda told them to go to Malachor. Why there of all places? Surely not so they could employ the Sith ...
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Would the planet Coruscant fall into a black hole? [closed]

The Planet Coruscant in the Star Wars Galaxy is close to the deep core of the galaxy. So how likely would the planet fall into the supermassive black hole at the centre of the galaxy?
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Why do planets in Star Wars only have one environment? [duplicate]

This thought came to me concerning the Star Wars universe. On our planet (Earth) we have many different habitats (snowy wastelands, forests, cities); but in the Star Wars universe there only appears ...
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Trying to find a book about an extraordinary elevator [duplicate]

I don't know when I read this, probably a long time since I can't remember most of the plot scenes. Plot details I can remember: There's an engineer who, I think, wants to create an elevator. I don'...
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Looking for the title of about time/space and astrophysics

Looking for the title of a book for young kids (8-13). The premise of the books is: a "supreme" race that generates planets and is in charge of organizing the cosmos. The leader has several offsprings ...
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Why the “Class M” label?

I've never understood the significance behind labeling habitable planets in the Star Trek universe as "Class M". Does the "M" stand for something? Or are there classes A-Z and the habitable class ...
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50s or 60s sci fi film about people on alien planet

I remember seeing parts of an old sci fi movie about a group of people on an alien planet. The aliens kind of look like bugs. One of the people in the group is a woman who is trapped by the aliens, ...
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Earliest known example of a “hot-Jupiter” in fiction

Does anyone know when a gas giant planet that orbits very close to its star was first used in science fiction? The first one was discovered in 1995 and no planet formation theory predicted it (...
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Which celestial bodies in the Sol system have been colonised by TNG era?

In Star Trek: First Contact, Riker comments how strange the moon looks and that in his time you can see the city of New Berlin. In TNG 'The Naked Now', Data begins reciting a limerick about a girl ...
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Animated series with secret inside planet stardrive [duplicate]

If I rememeber well, it must be an animated series frome the mid 90's, possibly the early 2000's. I'm mostly sure it was broadcasted on either France 3, canal J or cartoon network Part of the plot ...
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How is Qresh capable of supporting human life?

Season one of the series Killjoys takes place primarily in 'the quad' two known moons (Westerly and Leith) both of which have human populations and a third moon thought to be barren and lifeless (...
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Author+title of story of planet inhabited by intelligence which makes mouse and man evolve on ship

In my youth, I’ve read countless science fiction and fantasy books. One of these, when I finished it, I felt like a part of my life ended with the end of the book, and surely there must be a sequel… ...
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American Indian and others escape Earth that is controlled by a computer

Please help me identify a science fiction book series I read in the early 80s. The story starts with an American Indian that is given an injection so he remembers he's not just a member of a tribe, ...
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Why is the planet Lola Sayu so damaged?

The wikis just say it's "sulphurous and cracked" which sounds like a huge understatement. Is there any backstory to this rather damaged planet?
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Was Tatooine part of the Galactic Republic before the Clone Wars?

This question seems to assume that Tatooine allowed slavery because it wasn't part of the Galactic Republic. I'm not sure about that. Wookieepedia doesn't address the issue, merely reinforcing the ...
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Looking for old (maybe 60's) b&w movie with colliding planets and dinosaurs!

I'm looking for an old SciFi movie I'd seen as a child (a long time ago). I just remember, the earth is colliding with another planet (and it's not "When Worlds collide") and the atmospheres of the 2 ...
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What is the first work to feature a planet that is one city?

Many sci-fi works have planets which are just one big city. (e.g. Trantor in Foundation and Coruscant in Star Wars) What was the first work to do so?
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Was starkiller base a rogue planet?

Was Starkiller Base a rogue planet, wandering through the galaxy/universe? The planet could be similar to Zonama Sekot,( a sentient world born from the homeworld of the Yuuzhan Vong, and capable of ...
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How do all the planets in the Star Wars universe contain breathable atmosphere and Earth gravity?

All sorts of different species inhabit the Star Wars universe. How is it that their biological function is compatible with the same atmospheric gases, and that the gravity is the same on all the ...
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Is the fact that Coruscant is a city-planet impressive?

In The Phantom Menace, while arriving at Coruscant, a crew member tells Anakin the following: Coruscant, the capital of the Republic. The entire planet is one big city. The way it's phrased ...
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What was the first work of science fiction to feature a counter-Earth?

A counter-Earth is a planet always opposite the Earth in its orbit around the Sun - or, as first conceived by Greek philosopher Philolaus, in its orbit around the central fire, around which the Sun ...
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Which (non-Earth) planet appears in the most Babylon 5 episodes?

I was inspired by this question: Which (non-Earth) planet appears in the most Star Trek episodes? to ask the same for Babylon 5. I'll also adopt the same rules: "appears" means a scene in the ...
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Which (non-Earth) planet appears in the most Star Trek episodes?

Which planet, other than Earth, appears in the most episodes of Star Trek? Clarifications: "appears" means a scene in the episode is actually set there (mention of a planet is not sufficient) ...
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Old SciFi book about a prison planet [closed]

Trying to remember a sci-fi book I read in the 70s about a boy/young man getting caught and put on a prison planet that was "hell-like". He eventually escapes.
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Sci Fi Novella with different political systems on different planets

I'm trying to find a novella for my mother, that she has read a long time ago. She says it was before I was born, that would be '86 but I wouldn't be too sure about that. The only thing she has been ...
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CG series about a beast planet

I remember seeing this series back when I was in the early grades of primary school (prep to 3) so this would be between 1996 and 1999 from what I remember it was set in space and the cast was made ...
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Anthology: underwater aliens / an impassable wall / a moon with an incredibly low orbit

I am looking for the names of these three short stories that I read long back in an anthology of sci-fi stories. First Story: It's about a planet mostly water that has been seeded by some ...
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Book title with a harsh alien world and buoyant balloon-like beings [duplicate]

I specifically remember that those buoyant explosive gas filled balloons were an annoyance for flying ships. This is mentioned several times in the book. At the end they seemed to play a very ...
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Planet farthest from Coruscant?

What is the planet farthest from Coruscant in the Star Wars Galaxy? I understand that this information might not be available. If it isn't, please tell me.
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Do any movies/shows attempt to portray non-Earth, but non-micro gravity?

We've all seen movies and TV shows that portray zero-gravity situations, floating on space stations, etc. And we've all seen movies and TV shows where alien planets are conveniently Earth-like, and ...
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Novel with boy space traveler and his alien buddy

I read this book probably 5-6 years ago. The main plot was about a boy who travels through space to individual planets with an alien buddy of his or something like that. I remember that they lived in ...
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During the TNG era, how were the visual effects for planets produced?

In TNG, most of the ships look really good due to excellent model work. A lot of the on-screen effects look sort of hokey (think various iffy aliens, 2D morphing, motion capture of insect parasites, ...
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Looking for the name of a graphic novel about an astronaut who crashes on a planet with limited water

I am looking for the title of a graphic novel/comic book series probably from the 1970s or 1980s where an astronaut's ship is dragged through a wormhole and crashes on a planet that has little water. ...
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Short story about exobiology during human exploration of an alien planet

I have read a story long ago, where some explorers of an alien planet take an animal and use it like a boat (with a description similar to a very large Victoria. Eventually, they have serious ...
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Girl sent to defeat planet that uses attacker's own defenses to defeat them

Looking for the name of a science fiction novel. It's about a planet that is able to pick up your defenses and it is slowly growing and destroying other planets. Nobody can infiltrate because this ...