Desert planets from science fiction

“A desolate, dry planet with vast deserts… The planet is Arrakis. Also known as Dune.” - Princess Irulan, Dune

Desert planets have long been a staple in science fiction. From Arrakis in Dune, to Tattooine in Star Wars. These planets are known for their single type of habitat, a dry, inhospitable desert.

There’s something interesting about a desert, especially to those of us who can’t imagine living in or near one. It’s a landscape that’s entirely alien, unimaginable for its lack of water, its alternating boiling & freezing temperatures, it’s absence of plant life. The horizon in a desert is so far, that it feels like it stretches into the infinite. Similar to the feeling of being lost at sea, which might make sailors go insane.

A desert planet is also known as a dry planet, an arid planet, or a Dune planet, is a theoretical type of planet with single type of terrain, hot desert throughout.

Here’s a list of desert planet names from science fiction:

Abydos, from Stargate

Altair IV, from Forbidden Planet

Antarres, from The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

Arrakis (aka Dune), from Dune by Frank Herbert

Athas, from Dungeons & Dragons

Bara Magna, from Bionicle

Barrayar, from Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold

Beachworld, from “Beachworld” by Stephen King

Byss, from Star Wars: Dark Empire

Canopus III, from Star Trek: The Animated Series

Cardassia IV, from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Ceti Alpha V, from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Dorvan V, from Star Trek: The Next Generation

Dozaria, from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Elaaden, from Mass Effect: Andromeda

Eos, from Mass Effect: Andromeda

Fire, from Lexx

Fyrine IV, from Enemy Mine

Gamma X, from Les Maîtres du temps

Geonosis, from Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

Gunsmoke, from Trigun

Hellywood, from Now and Then, Here and There

Home, from Worldwar

Imecka, from Dragonball GT

Jakku, from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Kakrafoon Kappa, from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Katina, from Star Fox 64

Kerona, from Space Quest: The Sarien Encounter

Kharak, from Homeworld

Khoros, from Ben 10

Klendathu, from Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein

Kolarus III, from Star Trek Nemesis

Korhal, from StarCraft

Korriban, from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

M6-117, from Pitch Black

Marak’s World, from Hammerfall by C. J. Cherryh

Motavia, from Phantasy Star

Ocampa, from Star Trek: Voyager

Osiris IV, from Futurama

Pandora, from Borderlands

Perdide, from Les Maîtres du temps

Plyuk, from Kin-dza-dza!

Resurgam, from Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds

Rock Star, from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

Salt, from Salt by Adam Roberts

Sand Ocean, from F-Zero

Socorro, from Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game

Starbuck, From Battlestar Galactica 1980

Tallarn, from Warhammer 40,000

Tatooine, from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Titania, from Star Fox 64

Tophet, from Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles

Torga IV, from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Toroth, from Star Trek: Enterprise

Trisol, from Futurama

Tyree, from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Vega, from Spaceballs

Vulcan, from Star Trek

The above is a list of planets which already exist in fiction, & might be useful to you when inventing your own idea of a desert planet in your story or game.

If you are creating a new planet, you can use our Planet Name Generator to create a unique name for your planet!