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The Horrors on Pluto

Mordor is on Pluto! Who knew?

Okay, got to admit, I think it is really cool that some of the features New Horizons is finding on Pluto (our ninth planet, dammit!!!) and its moon Charon are being named Mordor and Cthulhu. Who says science fiction and fantasy haven't arrived? J.R.R. Tolkien and H.P. Lovecraft have entered realms previously reserved for Greek and Roman gods.

Those ice mountains they've found are very cool too, and clearly need to be named the Mountains of Madness. And of course when New Horizons sails on, deeper in the black realms beyond the solar system and finds a sinister tenth planet, we MUST name it Yuggoth. Especially if it is covered in fungus. (Which would be mind-blowing).

I am disappointed that no alien ruins or black monoliths have turned up yet, but I don't suppose you can have everything.

So hurrah for JRRT, hurrah for HPL, and hurrah for NASA and JPL. Nice to know they're fans.

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noblescrubjay
Jul. 15th, 2015 08:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah GRRM! I totally agree. I think that Pluto is pretty cool, whether or not it is a planet. Perhaps they should name a feature Valyria?
grrm
Jul. 15th, 2015 08:14 pm (UTC)
Not on Pluto. Maybe on Venus. Valyria was a place of flame and heat.
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Jorge Candeias
Jul. 15th, 2015 08:14 pm (UTC)
They are just unofficial names
Don't get too excited about those names, George: they're unofficial, and I doubt they'll become official. It'd be really cool if they did, though.
jlvsclrk
Jul. 15th, 2015 08:52 pm (UTC)
Re: They are just unofficial names
Actually, they're on the list of names already submitted to the IAU. I'm pretty sure both of them will stand up to the checking process.
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/naming-plutos-features-0713201520/
Re: They are just unofficial names - jlvsclrk - Jul. 15th, 2015 08:56 pm (UTC) - Expand
Kantuva
Jul. 15th, 2015 08:17 pm (UTC)
On Pluto
We already have a bunch of planetoids like Pluto George, Sedna, MakeMake, Eris, Haumea,Juno, and many many others, so many in fact that we can't name them all. We already have run out of greek and roman names, which is why the moons of Uranus are named after works of Shakerspeare and Alexander Pope!

Now keep writing damn it, I'm an astronomer on the making (Undergrad in exoplanetology/astronomy) and I want to be able to name an exoplanet after some of your characters!
unsentauron
Jul. 15th, 2015 08:18 pm (UTC)
Is the heart-shaped protrusion on the surface a prophecy of victory for Stannis? :-)
Harry Doddema
Jul. 15th, 2015 08:19 pm (UTC)
Surely one of the mountains near the edge of the white heart (Tombaugh Regio, now) should be called Castle Black or Hardhome :)
clonedllama
Jul. 15th, 2015 08:20 pm (UTC)
I'm patiently waiting for NASA to find ruins that are clearly human in origin. How weird yet amazing would *that* be? "All this has happened before, and all of it will happen again."

But I suppose I'd be able to live with alien ruins or black monoliths too! ;)
Roel Schevenels
Jul. 15th, 2015 08:22 pm (UTC)
> and finds a sinister tenth planet, we MUST name it Yuggoth

If you're going to consider Pluto a planet, you'd have to consider Ceres a planet as well (since it's bigger than Pluto and in the same vicinity), so there you'd have your tenth planet.

But astronomers think that there might be plenty more celesial objects in the same category as Pluto and Ceres out there, so you'll get your Lovecraftian (dwarf)planet after all :^)
AzaJabar
Jul. 15th, 2015 08:25 pm (UTC)
Just to think 20 years ago Sci-Fi and Fantasy was considered a "Niche" thing, now we are mainstream, you had a great hand in that by the way George, you should be proud of that.
Adam Kelm
Jul. 15th, 2015 08:26 pm (UTC)
There should be a Mountains of the Moon somewhere (as a nod to the Grateful Dead, of course).
N8Ma
Jul. 15th, 2015 08:40 pm (UTC)
Yes! These images coming back are spectacular! and I definitely take your point regarding ancient mythology now being joined by more modern mythologies. Let's hope some names from Westeros & Essos join the mix!
tuftears
Jul. 15th, 2015 08:53 pm (UTC)
'One does not simply walk into Mordor!... One needs a spaceship.'
gayeld
Jul. 16th, 2015 01:59 pm (UTC)
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sid_jaiswal
Jul. 15th, 2015 08:56 pm (UTC)
The Horrors on Pluto
As long as there is no Dark lord forging rings there I am alright with it being called that.
athelas6
Jul. 15th, 2015 09:20 pm (UTC)
Pluto
That is cool. I still think of it as a planet. It's said to actually cross Neptune's orbit in its slow seeming transit. In astrology it is considered the planet of transformation. Astronomically, it has it's own law of physics somewhat. Mordor and Cthulhu are perfect for them. I think you could be inspired to write a book or short story about them. Cheers.
cory_of_nefer
Jul. 15th, 2015 09:31 pm (UTC)
Amazing to see writers of their caliber being immortalized like this, who knows. Maybe one day well have the Santa Fe quadrant of the R.R. Martin Galaxy or something like that:)
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