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Best Sci-Fi planets
« on: August 21, 2008, 03:29:55 AM »

What do you consider the best Sci-Fi planets?

This can be ones in literature, not just ones viewed on the big-screen. I came across an article here that inspired me to start this topic. Also, I thought you'd all find the link interesting in itself.

Personally, my knowledge is fairly limited when it comes to Sci-Fi, as I've never took a deep interest in this. The Star Wars universe is the only world(s) I'd be familiar with to comment on properly. Though, Dagobah is one of the top 10 listed on that site, and I'm familiar enough with some of the others, so...

Well, if I was to pick a world from SW alone, it wouldn't of been Dagobah. I mean, as the author of the article stated '(But) Dagobah sticks out for its organic messiness and claustrophobic atmosphere that stands in contrast to the typical open spaces that provide the large stages for the movies’ space opera', Dagobah was definitely something different. However, it's just not a favourite of mine. Perhaps it's this that makes it worthy of being one of the best? I'd probably like to think more of worlds like the beautiful world of Naboo, or the awe inspiring capital world that is Coruscant.

Of the others mentioned, I can't say Dune would be one of the better worlds, in my opinion. It's just as bad as SW's Tatooine, even if the world has been written in a very impressive way. Maybe I just can't get past that first glance, as the author mentioned. I'd favour, most of all, LV-426 out of all the others.

What's your opinion on the list? And do you have any planet suggestions of your own?


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Re: Best Sci-Fi planets
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2008, 03:52:04 AM »

Interesting, I read alot of sci-fi and had trouble coming up with one other than Dune (which is actually Arrakis(sp?) )

Depends on what you mean by 'best'. In the context of most interesting its Solaris I think (movie sucked though).
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Re: Best Sci-Fi planets
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2008, 12:24:40 PM »

best planet?

It has to be Jack Chalker's "Well World" from his .... er .... Well World series.

The entire surface area of the planet is made up hundreds of Hex shaped eco systems as the world was supposed to be an evolutionary experiement designed by the "ancient and advanced but extinct" race and in the middle is the ancient computer called the Well of Souls that controls everything.

People periodically get transported to the world by random worn hole things created by the computer as the population isn't stable and needs to be "topped up".

The stories based around a few of these travelers and a character who calls himself Nathan Brazil. They are long novels but pretty good.

    * Midnight at the Well of Souls, Del Rey, 1977 (ISBN 0-7434-3522-2)
    * Exiles at the Well of Souls, Del Rey, 1978 (ISBN 0-7434-3603-2)
    * Quest for the Well of Souls, Del Rey, 1978 (ISBN 0-7434-7153-9)
    * The Return of Nathan Brazil, Del Rey, 1980 (ISBN 0-345-28367-8)
    * Twilight at the Well of Souls, Del Rey, 1980 (ISBN 0-345-28368-6)

I haven't read these last 2 in fact didn't know they existsed.

   * The Sea is Full of Stars, December, 1999 (ISBN 0-345-39486-0)
    * Ghost of the Well of Souls, 2000 (ISBN 0-345-39485-2)

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Re: Best Sci-Fi planets
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2008, 03:23:42 AM »

personally, I'd probably name Eight Squared, which is a virtual 'planet' in Tad William's Otherworld. It's a chessboard, you see. The Kings and White Queen are 'asleep', and the Red Queen rules the world. All the other characters are pieces from the chessboard, and they can only move in certain ways. On that planet, though, there is no such thing as chess..... it's intriguing.

Actually, those four books have some of the most interesting worlds I've ever read of. It's set in a virtual reality traversed only by a single River, a programmed playground for the rich where they can do anything they could want, so Williams can do basically anything he wants in creating the worlds. I can't remember most of the names, but there's one of bird-people, one of the War of the Worlds in London, one of WWI, one of prehistoric humans....
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Re: Best Sci-Fi planets
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2008, 10:52:22 AM »

I'll go with either:

K-PAX (the paradise world from the series of books, and movie, of the same name);

Miranda (the empty world home to a failed government experiment from Joss Whedon's 'Verse); or

Krikkit (HHG2G. I kinda hoped I wouldn't have to explain this one, but... <- just in case).

Honourable mentions:

Trantor (depicted as the capital of the first Galactic Empire in Asimov's Foundation books);

Klovia (base of operations for the Galactic Patrol in the Second Galaxy - 'Doc' Smith's Lensman books);

Chapterhouse (entirely more interesting than Arrakis/Dune if you ask me. Colonised by the Bene Gesserit and turned into the second Dune);

L'gy'hx (the true name of 'Uranus' as told in the Cthulhu Mythos. Seriously cool. "It is inhabited by metallic, cube-shaped beings with multiple legs. These creatures worship a minor deity known as L'rog'g (possibly another aspect of Nyarlathotep), whose rituals require a yearly sacrifice in the form of the excising of the legs from a native.");

Caprica (Battlestar Galactica (reimagined) a lot of time was spent on this planet during the first season and I really became interested in every detail I was fed.); and

Ilos (Mass Effect - Ilos lies in a remote area of the Terminus Systems only accessible by the legendary Mu Relay. It appears to be mostly covered in wicked Prothean ruins and vines, giving a really great dark atmosphere that lends itself favourably to the pace of the story at its climax)

I could go on and on I'm sure, but I'll just click 'Post' and bugger off.
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