We’ve had a request from Charlotte for some physical descriptions of planets in the Dryden Scifi Primer. I thought I’d put them here for anyone else who was looking for inspiration:
Mere Ocean: -10,-20,155 ~3
Mere Ocean is the homeworld of the Ile Soltaire. It is a large water world more than twice the mass of Earth. Mere Ocean’s home sun is a blue giant and was far too hot for colonization when first discovered. By placing many thousands of miles of reflective sheeting into low orbit around the planet, they were able to effectively reduce the surface temperature of the planet to near Earth norm.
Today, the millions of square miles of ocean on Mere Ocean are home to vast sprawling, largely underwater cities. The construction is vast and largely boggling to humans. Cities with walkways, and facilities for humanlike Ile Soltaire give way to underwater causeways wide enough for the passage of blue whales. The ocean is more than a hundred kilometers deep and the depth of the sea are filled with ice 7.
There are also vast shipyard/breeding grounds here, where Ile Soltaire space creatures develop before they are ready for space. Particularly stunning is the sight of one, two or a dozen cetacean living spaceships erupting from the ocean, headed for the stars.
The Jupiter Cloud Colony 0,0,0,~5
One of the most beautiful and longest lasting human colonies in the Primer is the Jupiter cloud colony. The colony is a technological marvel. It requires, massive gas chambers to keep it aloft, depressurized domes, and inverted gravity wells to keep the humans from being crushed, cooked or irradiated. But what a view! The swirling winds and vast storms of Jupiter assure that the sky is a never ending sea of color and madness.
Skeelar’s Star 15,58,178
Skeelar’s Star is an unremarkable. What is remarkable is that Syrch Corp. is secretly working to build a Dyson Swarm there.
The local planets are being disassembled and re-engineered as sun facing platforms that Syrch plans, in coming centuries, to link together into a single giant ring around the planet. This process is being fed by dozens of mining colonies in nearby systems. The widespread environmental destruction caused by this project is one of the main drivers behind Ile Soltaire’s decision to take control of a large portion of human space in 2600.
Su Fin: 99,40,50 ~5
Su Fin is probably the most massive terrestrial planet colonized by humans. It is nearly twice the mass of Earth and, likewise, much more gravity. While it looks much like Earth, it is noteworthy for several reasons. The architecture tends to be low to the ground and heavy to support the weight. The humans who live there are adapted for the environment, having short, stout bodies with broad chest. Many off the life forms that evolved their naturally are also squat and thick legged. A notable exception is the flying creatures of the planet which have taken advantage of the thicker atmosphere to grow to remarkable sizes.