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Several hypothetical planets, like Planet X (supposedly beyond the orbit of Pluto) or Vulcan (thought to orbit inside the orbit of Mercury), were proposed, and were subjects of intense searches that found nothing.
The frequency of occurrence of these planets is one of the variables in the Drake equation which estimates the possibility of extraterrestrial intelligence.
Planets are thought to form from the collapsing nebula that a planet's star formed out of, aggregating from gas and dust that orbits the protostar in a dense protostellar disk before the star's core ignites and its solar wind blows the remaining material away.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/pl/Planets.html   (603 words)

 Science Fiction - MSN Encarta
More precisely, science fiction deals with events that did not happen or have not yet happened; it considers these events rationally in terms both of explanation and of consequences; and it is concerned with the impact of change on people, often with its consequences for the human race.
The most common subjects for science fiction are the future, travel through space or time, life on other planets, and crises created by technology or alien creatures and environments.
The first major writer of science fiction in English, however, and the man who may be considered the founder of modern science fiction is H.G. Wells.
uk.encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761563123/Science_Fiction.html   (1439 words)

 Science and Science Fiction
Science is no worse-off if Trekkies think that we have already invented transporters as seen on TV (we haven't) or if the unwary think that the genetic gobbledy-gook of Jurassic Park is about to become reality.
For all its mixed messages about science, science fiction doesn't do a lot of damage to science fact in the realm of theories but there is a worrying trend in the portrayal of scientists.
Another area where science fiction does a disservice to science is in the realm of portraying crackpot fringe belief systems as if they were mainstream science.
www.abc.net.au /science/slab/willis/story.htm   (1697 words)

 Article: Making Believable Planets, by Peter Jekel
Mesklin, the planet in Mission of Gravity, is extremely flattened out, so that there is a significant variation in gravity at the poles and the equator; the equator, because it is further from the center of the planet, has less gravity, whereas the poles, which are closer to the planet center, have very high gravity.
Early science fiction is often set on and under the surface of the Moon.
The magnetic field is not a constant across the planet; it's greatest at the magnetic poles, and weakest at the magnetic equator.
www.strangehorizons.com /2002/20020225/planets.shtml   (2730 words)

 Planets - Zoom Astronomy
The inner planets (those planets that orbit close to the sun) are quite different from the outer planets (those planets that orbit far from the sun).
The planet with the strongest gravitational attraction at its surface is Jupiter.
This is because the gravitational force a planet exerts upon an object at the planet's surface is proportional to its mass and to the inverse of the planet's radius squared.
www.enchantedlearning.com /subjects/astronomy/planets   (876 words)

 What is Science Fiction?: Science Fiction or Fantasy?
defines science fiction as: "A form of fantasy in which scientific facts, assumptions, or hypotheses form the basis, by logical extrapolation, of adventures in the future, on other planets, in other dimensions in time, or under new variants of scientific law" (Holman).
But fantasy in a narrower sense, as opposed to science fiction, generally implies a fiction leaning more towards myth or the mythopoetic than towards an assumed realism" (26).
Lester del Rey in The World of Science Fiction declares that in some ways the categories of fantasy and science fiction are gradually merging.
www.nvcc.edu /home/ataormina/scifi/define/scifiorfant.htm   (332 words)

 A Magazine Area - compare price: ANALOG SCIENCE FICTION & FACT magazine
Analog Science Fiction and Fact is a stimulating blend of the latest breakthroughs in science and new fiction from the world's most eminent science fiction writers.
Modern science fiction, science fact and fantasy stories concerning the new, the old, the future and beyond.
Analog Science Fiction & Fact is a stimulating blend of the latest breakthroughs in science and new fiction from the world's most eminent science fiction writers.
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 Between the fax and the fiction
It is a commonplace to those familiar with science fiction (this excludes the literary establishment - now there really is a Berlin Wall) that few scientific discoveries have not been forecast or at least adumbrated decades earlier, in that genre.
At first, the readers of science fiction were few, and they were aficionados of the ideas and not the writing, which was crude.
Yet, while large numbers of people everywhere read science fiction some are still furtively addicted because of the unrespectability of the genre.
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 Pulp Science Fiction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Today, when most of us look back nostalgically at Pulp Science Fiction, we often see a conglomeration of every cliché and melodramatic element from the pulp magazines of the 1930s and 1940s as well as the bad science fiction movies of the 1950’s and 1960’s.
Ron Hubbard – “Final Blackout” (Astounding Science Fiction, 1940) – grimly describes a world devastated by too many wars in which a young army officer becomes dictator of England and fends off decadent America; “Slaves of Sleep (Unknown, 1939) and “Ole Doc Methuselah” (Astounding Science Fiction, 1947) are too other important works from him.
History of the Pulps:  The Golden Age of Science Fiction is generally recognized as a twenty-year period between 1926 and 1946 when a handful of writers, including Clifford Simak, Jack Williamson, Isaac Asimov, John W. Campbell, Robert Heinlein, and L. Ron Hubbard, were publishing highly original, science fiction stories in pulp magazines.
www.towson.edu /~flynn/pulps.htm   (2156 words)

 Open Directory - Arts:Literature:Genres:Science Fiction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The "Science" sub-category is for the sort of science that sf readers are likely to be interested in-- faster-than-light travel, nanotechnology, xenobiology, and the like.
Sites for science fiction and fantasy organizations dealing with visual arts should be submitted in Arts/Visual_Arts/Thematic/Science_Fiction_and_Fantasy/.
This category is intended as a collection of links to categories reflecting science and technology issues which represent common themes in science fiction writing.
dmoz.org /Arts/Literature/Genres/Science_Fiction/desc.html   (750 words)

 Science fiction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
My definition of good science fiction, a novel or film, is a story that follows known scientific principles, uses plausible scientific concepts, is usually inspiring, has insights into the workings of nature and the universe, and plays with fascinating possibilities.
A mixed crew, from various planets, rendezvous' with the 200,000 year old space vessel and explores its interior, when it comes to life.
Humanity and its science would now focus on a mission to try and redirect a massive meteor from its path of probable human extinction.
home.earthlink.net /~wpcbrc/sfiction.htm   (742 words)

 Planets in science fiction - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In many works of science fiction, planets are only described casually, as points of origin and departure, or as interchangeable backdrops for space battles.
Prism - A planet in Alan Dean Foster's Humanx Commonwealth populated by crystal-based lifeforms.
Several planets of the solar system have, at various times, been the basis for fictional worlds with characteristics more or less distinct from those of the actual planet, as presently understood; an early example is Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom, a heroic fantasy version of Mars.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Planets_in_science_fiction   (4355 words)

 Planets in science fiction : Planets in Science Fiction
The exploration of other worlds is one of the most enduring themes of science fiction.
During the first decades of science fiction, Mars was the most common planet and the most romanticized of our solar system whose surface conditions seemed closest to being amenable to life.
In these, differences with Earth life are mostly social (like Barrayar[?] in the science fiction of Lois McMaster Bujold).
www.mik.fastload.org /pl/Planets_in_Science_Fiction.html   (755 words)

 fUSION Anomaly. Science Fiction
science fiction, literary genre to which a background of science or pseudoscience is integral.
H.G. The appearance of the magazines _Amazing Stories_ (1926) and _Astounding Science Fiction_ (1937) encouraged good writing in the field, which was further spurred by post-World War II technological developments.
Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today-but the core of science fiction, its essence … has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.
fusionanomaly.net /sciencefiction.html   (3256 words)

 Science in Science Fiction
Science fiction stories are part of the fantasy genre.
Science fiction takes real science ideas and advances them so far into the future they become fantasy.
These are about cutting-edge science and are intended to provide short discussions of science ideas that should be of use to SF writers who would like to strengthen their science fiction.
www.websterschools.org /classrooms/state_library/science_fiction.html   (247 words)

 Ropin' Up the Literature - Science Fiction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Science Fiction is literature based on real or imagined developments.
Science fiction authors want the reader to believe in what the story talks about.
Some of the most famous Science Fiction Authors are: Johann Wyss, Robert Stevenson, Jonathan Swift, J.R.R Tolken and J.K Rowling.
www.promotega.org /ksu00015/sciencefiction2.htm   (163 words)

 Science Fiction Webring   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Science Fiction, Fantasy, Admiral Lunar Darkmoon and her team must fight back a genocidal alien race before they succeed in their conquest.
Over the Edge is science fiction about aliens coming to earth, their problems, adventures and relationship with God.
The Science Fiction Universe according to Darren (not Garp).
s.webring.com /hub?ring=sciencefictionwe   (2011 words)

 SPACE.com -- Fact vs. Fiction: 10 Questions to Test Your Space IQ
Science speeds along so fast that it can be hard sometimes to know exactly what's known.
So far, the limits of technology favor the discovery of large planets, and many are more massive than Jupiter and, surprisingly, hug their stars in
Ion propulsion has long been a staple of science fiction novels, but in recent years it has been successfully tested on a number of unmanned spacecraft, notably NASA's Deep Space 1.
www.space.com /scienceastronomy/fact_fiction_041123.html   (1275 words)

 Science Fiction - Fiction eBooks - Franklin Electronic Publishers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Disguised as one of the xenophobic natives, Len...
It combines action/adventure, mystery and science fiction in a rousing storyline.
But now this lush, exotic planet of mystery is called by its ancient name of Belzagor, and it belongs...
www.franklin.com /ebooks/fiction_ebooks/science_fiction   (884 words)

 Science fiction themes
Science Fiction is used to raise awareness of Ecological ideas.
Post-apocalyptic science fiction and new societies that develop after the event
This plot device allows writers to write soft science fiction while accounting for the lack of technological advancement and thus similarity to the present day.
www.sfcrowsnest.com /scifinder/a/Science_fiction_themes.php   (309 words)

 "The Planets" - Science-Fiction & Fantasy forums
The Planets was definately the better of the two.
Also its far easier to sum up the topic of the planets in a series, than it is to evaluate the entire topic of space.
It was very similar to The Planets actually, covered quite a broad spectrum of topics, but suffered from being a little too American in places.
www.chronicles-network.com /forum/181-the-planets.html   (569 words)

 The Outer Planets in Science Fiction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
All the planets are superjovian and some scepticism was expressed as to whether they could really be gas giants.
A juvenile novel about a human unmanned probe to Pluto, captured by the hostile and at least superficially malignant "grey forms", who normally use telepathic coercion on "green" forms (which can photosynthesise?), and plan to use the probe as a vehicle to conquer the inner system.
Planet of Eternal Night, the last published story by John W. Campbell, where the Jovians are intercepting supply ships bound for the Pluto base.
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 An Inquirer's Guide To The Universe
Inhabitants of planet Earth have begun to wonder if the newly discovered planets may have their own inhabitants.
Then, consider some of the "Space Science Fiction" resources.
When you're ready, visit the "Imaginary Planet Gallery." The imaginary planets are waiting for your exploration.
sln.fi.edu /planets/planets.html   (217 words)

 Science Fiction Wallpapers - Here are our various sci-fi wallpapers
Other people are really, really into science fiction and wish for nothing more than to one day be abducted by some random spaceship (without having to experience the "probe" stuff, I'd think!).
The Planet category contains nice pictures of the planets in our solar system, taken by our webmaster during his holiday.
We also have several science fiction animations, which can lit up your cell phone screen.
www.creative-wallpapers.com /wallpapers-science-fiction.html   (446 words)

 rob's page
"Science Fiction and the Critique of Technological Culture," Technoscience, Material Culture, and Everyday Life Conference in Hong Kong, March 26-29, 2003.
Revised version delivered at the Midwestern American Studies Association Conference in Iowa City, April 2003, and at the 34th Annual Science Fiction Research Association Conference in Guelph, Ontario, June 26-30, 2003.
Science Fiction Research Association Conference, Long Beach, California, June 28-July 1, 1990.
www.uiowa.edu /~c008171/robspage/roblath.html   (1614 words)

 An Inquirer's Guide - Space Science Fact
There are scientists devoting their careers to searching for planets around other suns in our universe.
Planet Earth already has one orbiting space station and another is in development.
NASA offers an excellent collection of space movies, including the first golf shot on the moon, the Apollo lunar liftoff, and astronauts driving the lunar vehicle.
www.fi.edu /planets/sci-fact.html   (182 words)

 NASA's Advanced Space Transportation Program looks at ways to turn science fiction into reality.
Advanced plasma engines that produce high-power jets of ionized gas are one of many options for travel to the planets.
Riding the Highways of Light - Science mimics science fiction as a Rensselaer Professor builds and tests a working model flying disc.
The disc, or "Lightcraft," is an early prototype for Earth-friendly spacecraft of the future.
science.nasa.gov /headlines/y2000/ast11apr_1m.htm   (1212 words)

 NASA - Science Fiction or Science Fact?
Ion propulsion has long been a staple of science fiction novels, but in recent years it has been successfully tested on a number of unmanned spacecraft, most notably NASAÕs Deep Space 1.
Launched in 1998, Deep Space 1 rendezvoused with a distant asteroid and then with a comet, proving that ion propulsion could be used for interplanetary travel.
Among the more than 100 new planets discovered in recent years, some have been found in binary systems, including16 Cygni B and 55 Cancri A. (But so far, no one has found a habitable planet like Luke Skywalker's Tatooine.)
www.nasa.gov /multimedia/mmgallery/fact_fiction_nonflash.html   (824 words)

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