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The Strangest Planets

Posted by David Conyers on June 17, 2011 at 6:55 AM


I've been very interested in the planets astronomers are detecting around other suns. What they are finding is so unexpected, and so different to what we have previously imagined possible.


But is it really that strange? Life seems to evolve and adapt to all kinds of conditions, so why can't planets.



There are Jupiter sized planets out there orbiting so close to their suns their surface temperatures are thousands of degrees. Worlds with extreme eliciptical orbits. Massive rocky planets three times and half a dozen times as massive as the Earth. Planets that are 12 billion years old (consider the Universe is only 13.7 billion years old). Planets that are covered in oceans many hundreds of kilometres thick. Planets, it seems, appear wherever they can survive, just like life.


I feel that strange planets are going to turn space opera on its head. Authors like Larry Niven and Alastair Reynolds are great at creating bizarre worlds, but planets are going to be even more extreme, I think, than what we've seen in the best space opera. It's going to be even more of a challenge to write in this genre now.


Check out this slide show of strange planets at Space.com to see just what it is that astronomers are detecting out there in the Big Black.

Categories: Interest, Astronomy, Extreme Planets

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David Conyers is a science fiction and horror author and editor from Adelaide, South Australia. He has a degree in engineering from the University of Melbourne, and today works in marketing communications. His Harrison Peel series is collected in The Shoggoth Conspiracy with more stories to follow. Anthologies he has edited include Extreme Planets, Cthulhu Unbound 3, Cthulhu Detective, Cthulhu’s Dark Cults and Undead & Unbound. Since 2013 David has been the Arts and General Editor with Albedo One magazine. The Nightmare Dimension is his collection of horror fiction while Nanofabrica, a collection of best science fiction stories will be released by Aeon Press in 2015.

Contact: david_conyers2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com [dot] au

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