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10:31 am - Pluto
sfsignal lists SF featuring the planet Pluto, and here's another longer list. I haven't read most of these but here are some SF stories I have read, featuring Pluto.

World of Ptavvs by Larry Niven (1966)

The Ophiuchi Hotline by John Varley (1977)

Icehenge by Kim Stanley Robinson (1984)

Take Back Plenty by Colin Greenland (1992)

The Whisperer in Darkness by HP Lovecraft (1930 - this isn't set on Pluto, but the aliens are fungoid growths from Pluto - amusingly this story was probably written before Pluto was discovered in Feb 1930)

A short story by Stephen Baxter and I don't remember its name

The astrological symbol Pluto represents the principle of destruction, clearance and death. People may wish to protest that it also represents creativity and rebirth: yeah, yeah.

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From:nwhyte
Date:August 30th, 2006 09:52 am (UTC)
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The final text of Whisperer in Darkness clearly does reference the recent discovery of Pluto - is there evidence that Lovecraft had written most of it before the discovery was made? (If so, cool!!!!)
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From:communicator
Date:August 30th, 2006 10:44 am (UTC)
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Oh yeah. I read a version online which only includes the words 'from a planet beyond Neptune'

But the wikipedia text includes:

'Sometimes I fear what the years will bring, especially since that new planet Pluto has been so curiously discovered.'

So I guess the story was revised after Feb 1930.
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From:nwhyte
Date:August 30th, 2006 10:55 am (UTC)
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I think you missed the second half of the first link - "a new ninth planet has been glimpsed beyond Neptune, just as those influences had said it would be glimpsed. Astronomers, with a hideous appropriateness they little suspect, have named this thing "Pluto." I feel, beyond question, that it is nothing less than nighted Yuggoth".
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From:communicator
Date:August 30th, 2006 11:03 am (UTC)
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yep, that's exactly what I did. Ah well, I wish HPL had been prescient
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From:vilakins
Date:August 30th, 2006 09:54 am (UTC)
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And there's Doctor Who: 'The Sunmakers'!
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From:communicator
Date:August 30th, 2006 11:04 am (UTC)
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And it's communist: 'The Doctor and Leela join forces with the workers and form a rebellion to combat the oppressors.' Yay
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From:vilakins
Date:August 30th, 2006 11:46 am (UTC)
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Yay! :-D

And there's a very sexy rebel (ahem).
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From:archbishopm
Date:August 30th, 2006 10:31 am (UTC)
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Feb 1930

Hey, that answers a question I'd forgotten I'd asked (I said it was discovered in 1908, my opponent said 1942, so I guess the answer would be "you both suck").
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From:communicator
Date:August 30th, 2006 11:02 am (UTC)
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That date is just according to wikipedia. Funnily enough they have had to freeze the Pluto article 'Because of recent vandalism, editing of this article by anonymous or newly registered users is disabled.' I wonder if that's the Xena crowd.
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From:scribeoflight
Date:August 30th, 2006 10:32 am (UTC)
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And there is a new Doctor Who audio set somewhere near Pluto. I think it is called The Nowhere Place.
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From:communicator
Date:August 30th, 2006 11:07 am (UTC)
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I looked it up, and it is:

'2197. The fighter-carrier Valiant has just crossed Pluto's orbital path. Its captain is expecting trouble from alien raiders. She is not expecting the Doctor and Evelyn. She does not believe members of her crew when they say they can hear an ancient bell ringing. A bell that strikes terror into their hearts.'

this seems to be carrying on the authentic plutonian tradition

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