Big Planets: Super-Earths in Science Fiction

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S. Baxter (2014), JBIS, 67, pp.105-109

Refcode: 2014.67.105
Keywords: Earth, planetary systems, planetary formation, super-Earths, exoplanets, science fiction.

This paper is a survey of the portrayal of super-Earths in science fiction. The discovery of super-Earths is so recent that the theoretical study of such worlds is in its infancy. However super-Earths were anticipated to some extent in science fiction. While in retrospect not all these fictional worlds are physically plausible, they do offer a glimpse of the wide array of super-Earths, and perhaps life forms, to be anticipated in reality.


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