Systems and Worlds Category
The Shell Worlds concept is the brain-child of engineer Ken Roy, who envisions the building of enormous air-tight spheres around small planets and moons to facilitate terraforming
Some useful information about terraforming Venus, provided by Dmitriy Ivashchenko of the Mars Terraforming Corporation.
This FICTIONAL planet has extremely large polar regions. Human habitation is restricted to a thin band of temperate climate around the planet’s equator.
If you want to colonize a new planet, travelling across the cosmos is only the first hurdle you’ll have to face. You’ll also have to fight government bureaucracy, hippies and eco-warriors, and probably some deadly alien microbes too.
Brunhild is a FICTIONAL world famed for its mineral wealth and its spectacular and unusual glass-volcanoes. It is a moon of the gas giant Odin.
Owen’s World is home a huge diversity of strange and intriguing native lifeforms. So diverse is life on Owen’s World, in fact, that some biologists refer to it as “the liveliest place in the galaxy”.
Quicksilver life forms can sequester or expel mercury from their bodies in various ways. Many plant life forms can transport and expel mercury as an ionic vapor, others channel it in special lipid nodules that can be excreted or dropped.
Humanity has discovered and colonized a trinary star system with multiple habitable worlds. Two other alien species live in this system, one of them with advanced technology, and we share some of the worlds with them.
Aegir is a FICTIONAL planet with cold brackish seas and comparatively small continents. While very few complex organisms live on dry land, the Aegirean seas are home to an abundance of marine life, including one intelligent species.
From the beginning, the people on this planet communicated with gestures, but as time passed new generations developed telepathy.
Sedna is the most distant planet from the sun and is smaller even than Pluto. While this may seem to be a useless lump of frozen rock at first, its extreme distance may actually make it very useful to the interstellar traveller.
Arethusa is a FICTIONAL planet dominated by large shallow seas and small island continents. Its seas appear green because of the large concerntrations of plant-life they support.
After the Alpha Centauri System, Epsilon Eridani is the most mentioned star system in science fiction, but what is it really like? Is it really all that interesting?
Alpha Centauri is to science fiction what Amsterdam is to teenaged boys; a distant glimmer of hope, seducing us with promises of our first interstellar adventure and the possibility of that long-awaited first contact. It’s a scientists wet dream and the first port of call for all galactic backpackers. It’s so near, and yet so far.
TV shows like Firefly, Battlestar Galactica and Caprica have shown us glimpses of systems packed with habitable worlds, but what is the truth behind the idea? Just how many habitable planets can you fit into one star system?