Stars and planetary systems in fiction

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The planetary systems of stars other than the Sun and the Solar System are a staple element in many works of the science fiction genre.wikipedia
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Planetary system

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The planetary systems of stars other than the Sun and the Solar System are a staple element in many works of the science fiction genre. Authors invoked a variety of mechanisms for superluminal travel (or generation starships) and placed their stories on worlds in planetary systems around other stars, an innovation that gave them the freedom to construct exotic fictional planets and themes.
Long before their confirmation by astronomers, conjecture on the nature of planetary systems had been a focus of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence and has been a prevalent theme in fiction, particularly science fiction.

Star

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The planetary systems of stars other than the Sun and the Solar System are a staple element in many works of the science fiction genre.

List of nearest stars and brown dwarfs

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Although some of the stars named in works of science fiction are purely imaginary, many authors and artists have preferred to use the names of real stars that are well known to astronomers, and indeed the lay public, either because they are notably bright in the sky or because they are relatively close to Earth.

Sirius in fiction

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One of these is found in Voltaire's Micromégas (1752), which features a traveller from Sirius.

Planets in science fiction

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Authors invoked a variety of mechanisms for superluminal travel (or generation starships) and placed their stories on worlds in planetary systems around other stars, an innovation that gave them the freedom to construct exotic fictional planets and themes.

List of brightest stars

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Although some of the stars named in works of science fiction are purely imaginary, many authors and artists have preferred to use the names of real stars that are well known to astronomers, and indeed the lay public, either because they are notably bright in the sky or because they are relatively close to Earth.

Arcturus

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* Arcturus in fiction

Mizar

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* Mizar in fiction

Nebulae in fiction

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* Stars and planetary systems in fiction

Wolf 359

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Its proximity to Earth has led to its mention in several works of fiction.

Antares

Betelgeuse in fiction

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For a list containing many stars and planetary systems that have a less extensive list of references, see Stars and planetary systems in fiction.

Proxima Centauri

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A massive space "graveyard" of derelict spacefaring vessels (including ships of Earth and Proximan origin) was discovered in orbit of a planet in the Beta Pavonis system, which was the source of jury-rigged spaceships illegally sold to the Terran miners of Alpha Indi II, by a group of scavengers called "Jackers".
* Proxima Centauri in fiction

Canopus

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* Canopus in fiction

Gliese 876

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At least one of the Gliese stars has been confirmed to possess multiple extrasolar planets as of 2013.