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Sol Ⅲ = Earth: What is the origin of this planetary naming scheme?

The naming convention has been in common usage forever in science fiction. E.E. Smith from the first Galactic Patrol serial in 1937 referred to planets such as Velantia III, Rigel IV, and Palain VII, ...
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Was Tatooine part of the Galactic Republic before the Clone Wars?

Apparently not, according to this conversation between Qui-Gon Jinn and Shmi Skywalker where Qui-Gon states that Anakin was not born in the Republic (from the Episode I script) : SHMI: He deserves ...
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Why the "Class M" label?

Because of the Vulcans In Enterprise, they use a different name: Minshara-class. 1 I would assume that over time, this was shortened to just M. So that would explain why it's an M, which is smack-dab ...
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How do all the planets in the Star Wars universe contain breathable atmosphere and Earth gravity?

There's never been any indications that ALL the planets in the Star Wars universe have breathable environments, survivable levels of gravity, etc. We see a lot of those kinds of planets because, well, ...
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What is the first work to feature a planet that is one city?

This is a well-known trope in science fiction, known as City Planet by TV Tropes1 and Ecumenopolis (meaning "city world") by Wikipedia. According to these sources, the first person to write about ...
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Does the Disney canon of Star Wars include any multiple-biome planets?

Ryloth seems a pretty good fit. It has a wide range of 'biomes' seen in the canon Clone Wars series including some rugged mountain areas seemingly devoid of life as well as jungles. TERRAIN: Jungles, ...
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Why the "Class M" label?

In-universe there appear to be a wide selection of planetary types (see below for a general list). They range from those that are deeply hostile to human life at one end of the spectrum to those that ...
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Sol Ⅲ = Earth: What is the origin of this planetary naming scheme?

This is a naming scheme that has been used for moons since they were discovered. For example, since their discovery all the way to the 20th century, Jupiter's moons were known simply as Jupiter I, ...
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Why the "Class M" label?

Out of universe, the designation of "Class M" was probably based on the real-life system of Stellar Classification, which describes stars. This system consists of a seemingly rather random set of ...
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Does the Disney canon of Star Wars include any multiple-biome planets?

Naboo I know that you disqualified Naboo already, but I think that you failed to consider that we know that Naboo has large marshy forests (where the Jedi first met Jar Jar), and it also has large ...
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Which celestial bodies in the Sol system have been colonised by TNG era?

I did a google search restricted to "site:chakoteya.net" (a site with transcripts of every Trek episode) along with searching for each planet, I found the following: Mercury: No scripts suggesting ...
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What was the first instance of a "planet eater" in sci-fi?

1948: "Thang", a short short story (about one page) by Martin Gardner. According to Contento it was first published in the Fall 1948 issue of something called Comment. The earth had ...
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Is the fact that Coruscant is a city-planet impressive?

What you are referring to is known as an ecumenopolis, which is a planet-spanning city. in Legends canon, there are a multitude of other examples of this, which include Nar Shaddaa and Taris, among ...
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How do all the planets in the Star Wars universe contain breathable atmosphere and Earth gravity?

In my opinion not all planets in the galaxy far far away are habitable, it's just that we are mostly shown planets that are. There wouldn't be much of a story if everyone on a planet were dead. Kel ...
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Trying to find a book about an extraordinary elevator

That is most likely Arthur C. Clarke's The Fountains of Paradise. The engineer is Dr Vannevar Morgan, who wants to construct a space elevator, an elevator that stretches out into space. This elevator ...
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Was Tatooine part of the Galactic Republic before the Clone Wars?

No. In the Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie, Palpatine says: The Hutts control the Outer Rim...and we'll need their space lanes in order to move our troops. The relationship between the 2 parties ...
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What is the first work to feature a planet that is one city?

"The Machine Stops" (1909) by E.M. Forster The Machine Stops at Wikisource By the same author that wrote A Passage to India, it also predicts the internet, instant messages and tablet ...
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Old short SF story in which people are sent to live in secret within societies on other planets, in order to maintain good interplanetary relations

I think this is a slight misremembering of Ted Reynolds' story "Trial Sample", from Asimov's magazine in June 1981 - it's available here In this story, as a prelude to opening up full trade ...
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1960's-1970's (possibly older) sci-fi story about a man stuck on an inhabited planet with a twist

This is Fredric Brown's Something Green. Here's a blog post about the story. The story was about a man who crashed on a uninhabited planet and was wandering around for few years looking for another ...
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What is the first work to feature a planet that is one city?

Isaac Asimov's Foundation series starts with the novelette "Foundation" in Astounding Science-Fiction, May 1942 (available at the Internet Archive), so that's the date to beat. No doubt that'...
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Is there blood on the planet Crait?

The film's Visual Dictionary identifies the red stuff under the salt as crystalline rhodochrosite, the entire reason for there to have been a mining base emplaced there in the first place. DESOLATE ...
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How is Qresh capable of supporting human life?

The moons may not be Earth-sized, or have an Earth-like density As it happens, someone has looked into this exact question (among many others). All quotes are from that article unless otherwise noted....
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First named, colonized planet in a science fiction story

1900: In The Struggle for Empire, by Robert William Cole, Iosia is a planet of an unnamed star somewhat more distant than Sirius: For a long time past, a band of adventurers had been colonizing a ...
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What planet was the Doctor really from?

In the Classic Doctor Who canon the Doctor was a Gallifreyan - albeit born near Karn. Personally, I always assumed that meant on a spaceship. Karn as in the Witches of Karn which is a Gallifreyan ...
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How do all the planets in the Star Wars universe contain breathable atmosphere and Earth gravity?

It's now part of the Legends universe and non-canon, but the video game Knights of the Old Republic establishes that This is also the explanation for why many of the planets shown in the films are "...
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Name of a book where humans land on a planet getting trapped and have to reinvent rocketry

"Star Ship", not a novel, a novelette by Poul Anderson, in his Psychotechnic League series; first published in Planet Stories, Fall 1950, which you can read for free at the Internet Archive. ...
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What was the first instance of a "planet eater" in sci-fi?

Can metaphors be science fiction? I'm not sure when the earliest example of such imagery comes from, but many alchemical texts use the symbolism of a green lion eating the sun (and the sun seems to ...
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Know a short story (Heinlein?) about a man constantly fighting alien life forms, realizing at the end that they're projections of his own feelings?

Deathworld 1 Although it’s by Harrison not Heinlein. The details are not a precise match: the main protagonist is an outsider not a colonist it’s not “all him”, it’s all the colonists the realisation ...
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Does the Disney canon of Star Wars include any multiple-biome planets?

I think Parnassoss, Phasma's homeworld. We start the book in the coastal area where the Skyre Clan leaves, we see the grassy plains where the Claw clan lives, the desert, the enclosed cities. It's a ...
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First story to describe humans colonizing another planet?

1928: "The Second Swarm", a novelette by Joseph Schlossel, was first published in Amazing Stories Quarterly, Spring 1928, available at the Internet Archive, and reprinted in Science Fiction ...
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