Planet Profile: Owen’s World

“The huge diversity of life on Owen’s World has given rise to some astonishing theories. Some biologists and paleontologists, unable to unable to account for gaps in the fossil record, have suggested that many of the creatures currently inhabiting Owen’s World are not actually native to the planet.”Owen's World

Name: Oblik IV (Owen’s World)

Atmosphere: nitrogen/oxygen (can support human life)

Surface Area: 1.003 Earths

Surface Gravity: 0.966 g

Moons: Oblik IV has one medium-sized moon similar to Earth’s moon and one small asteroidal moon.

Oblik IV (commonly known as Owen’s World) is an Earth-like planet with a breathable atmosphere. It is one of the few planets in the galaxy known to support life. Owen’s World supports a variety of ecosystems and a large number of extremely diverse lifeforms. It has been the subject of many studies and both manned and unmanned expeditions.

Naming

Oblik IV was nicknamed Owen’s World in honor of the 19th century British biologist and paleontologist Richard Owen. The planet was also the subject of several studies, books and expeditions by controversial evolutionary biologist Owen Fraser during the late 22nd century, adding further popularity to the name.

Life

Owen’s World is home a huge diversity of strange and intriguing native life-forms. So diverse is life on Owen’s World, in fact, that some biologists refer to it as “the liveliest place in the galaxy”.

The most interesting thing about life on Owen’s World is its extreme diversity. There are a large number of different animal and plant groups, and a confusing number of evolutionary paths. Some creatures evolved similarly to those on Earth while others are entirely different. Many creatures (the slaverphant, for example) are so distinct that they have no identifiable extant relatives, and gaps in the fossil record are unable to account for their emergence. This has led some to theorize that several of the creatures inhabiting Owen’s World are in fact not native, but evolved elsewhere.

Creatures

slaverphantSee the following articles for information about the creatures of Owen’s World:


Origin Theories

The huge diversity of life on Owen’s World has given rise to some astonishing theories. Some biologists and paleontologists, unable to unable to account for gaps in the fossil record, have suggested that many of the creatures currently inhabiting Owen’s World are not actually native to the planet. While this theory is not widely accepted, it does have strong support. While it is not impossible for so many diverse and distinct life-forms to have evolved on the same world, some of the creatures of Oblik IV do share some similarities with those of other worlds, adding fuel to the debate. For example, some of the creatures of Owen’s World have evolved similarly to the animals on Earth, while some species of Oblik slime-mold are similar to those found on Kepler 22b.

The most prominent figure in this debate was evolutionary biologist Owen Fraser. Fraser was a member of the first manned expedition to Owen’s World and made a career of studying the animals he encountered, authoring two books on the subject. He later returned to Owen’s World for a second time with a team of paleontologists.

It was on this second trip that Fraser claimed to have discovered key evidence supporting the distant origins theory. On route back to Earth, he transmitted a voice message speaking of an underground chamber containing several strange artifacts, including two small metal disks, and carvings depicting a visitation by technologically advanced aliens. Unfortunately, Fraser’s ship was lost with all hands while entering Earth’s atmosphere. Fraser died before he could explain his findings, and all materials gathered during the expedition were lost. The underground chamber he spoke of has never been found again, and it is generally assumed that his claims were fraudulent.


This article was written by Mark Ball as part of a series on the creatures of Owen’s World.

  • I wrote this planet profile to link together several alien creatures that don’t belong anywhere else. If anybody wants to add an alien animal to Owen’s World, I’d be happy to oblige.