7 (Poké)planet Types | Artifexian

Terrestrial planets can be so much more than just barren, rocky planets or earth analogs.
In this Artifexian video, I go through seven types of terrestrial planet that, I think, would make very interesting settings.

Imagine a story set on a planet composed entirely of Iron, or on a world of burning ice. Imagine characters having to trek across vast diamond fields and sail across oceans of crude oil.

Don’t get me wrong, garden planets like earth are far from mundane. But there’s more to terrestrial planets…a lot more.

 

  • Leonardo Faria

    A world of burning ice reminds me of John Campbell’s The Thing and Lovecraft’s At The Mountains of Madness. An entire planet that looks like Antarctica is extra-cool! I’m not sure I want methane ice on my planet, though, so I’ll take away the hydrocarbon.

    • michael pulleine

      personally i like the idea of vast fields and mountains of diamond and sailing across oceans of crude oil

      • Leonardo Faria

        I hold a very peculiar belief, I don’t make it a dogma and don’t press it on other tastes. In my humble opinion scifi is just like any other literary genre: it hinges mainly on character, and secondly on plot. Scientific gobbledygook and worldbuilding extravagance are of little importance. That’s why I look for settings’ furniture that doesn’t call attention on itself by its own mere singularity. And even when that happens, characters (their love, hate, greed, ambition, fear, courage, ideals….) need always to be in the foreground. I realize others think otherwise and I respect it.

        • michael pulleine

          i know but i wanted something that was exotic and different, amongst my vast storage of ideas happens to be an idea for a series of short stories revolving around a group of travellers that explore, i have four concepts for how this could be done. the first would be written in the same style as the oddyssey or the argonauts (minus the war or the golden fleet, just ocean exploration) the second would be kind of like the discovery and exploration of the new world and africa, the third would be a series of unrelated stories about exploration that take place on different planets, the fourth is a series that takes place on one planet with different groups of characters whose stories arc towards each other intersect etc. until at last they all meet up, have their conflicts, continue their exploration. this means that extravegant landscapes will be necassary in some cases, i was also thinking about a steampunk oddyssey set in either a crude oil ocean.

          • Leonardo Faria

            Go along with it then. All I can say is that I don’t know any better killer of ideas than writing with a goal to publish. Writing for yourself (I mean myself, actually) is fun and provides the best mindset to real and cool originality. Stuff going to the publisher should be sifted from a mountain of writing made out of a joyful solitary attitude (“Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy”, said Jack Kerouak). There’s always time to become published authors.

            • michael pulleine

              I don’t plan on publishing, i don’t have time for it anyway (but i do have time for scribbling absurdities and typing pages upon pages of varying quality) if I ever plan on publishing, I’ll do Vanity publishing, just to get stories out there, I actually have dreams of going to university, studying a bachelor of science majoring in Physics, to tell you the truth I never dreamed that my little hobby would last so long! I’ve already planned out my holidays! it involves two computer screens, microsoft word, this website and my new found love… Latte. lots and lots of latte’s. i experienced my first latte in a university campus, me and three other students were selected to go to a science day at QUT gardens point, I’m yet to taste my first cafe mochacinno but it sounds like something that I would enjoy! thank God that i’m so close to finishing my assignments! I’ll finally be able to get back to writing!

  • Aidan903

    Carbon/Fire planet: a carbon based world with a highly elliptical orbit, taking it close to its host star. The terrifying bit would be when all the crude oil catches fire. It would need to be replenishing, though…