Indeed, what if it started forming a planet from the debris in the asteroid belt or from a cloud of matter intersecting with our end of the galaxy?
Granted, it would probably take billions of years to form a new planet, but what if that were accelerated somehow, resulting in a new Earth-like planet right in our neighborhood in the near future?
I don't know what you'd do with that. Maybe colonists would want to go populate it like Pilgrims seeking religious freedom. Maybe the thing's new orbit would begin to destroy Earth, forcing us to evacuate and either colonize the new planet or Mars or figure out how to live in space indefinitely.
What do you guys think? Any spark of a story here?
P.S. If you think so, you're welcome to take it an run with it!
Last Edit: Jan 21, 2008 17:17:37 GMT -5 by Jeff Gerke
I read just yesterday about an as yet unexplained structure found on the surface of Mercury. I read about it in USA Today. They had pictures and everything. Kinda looks like the shape in a windshield after someone's head has unfortunately hit it. They call it "The Spider." Could be some potential story ideas there, especially before NASA determines what really happened.
Last Edit: Feb 2, 2008 20:50:39 GMT -5 by myrthman
What if it's already here? Say, Venus is actually habitable. The atmosphere is an illusion (telepathic? technological?) created by the inhabitants who settled there shortly before the last apocalyptic war on Earth that destroyed everything (except a couple of pyramids?) and threw the few radiation-altered survivors back into the stone age? What were humans like before the weapons zapped our DNA? How did they develop, being different physically as well as having started out somewhat more advanced than we are now?
Post by Spokane Flyboy on Mar 14, 2008 1:50:37 GMT -5
I've had a similar thought, but an Earth-like planet in another system with a form of Christianity, though not directly parallel to ours since they had a different history and terrain, but the doctrines being parallel.
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Of course the other take on this is using asteroids and comets to modify the orbit, mass and composition of existing planets to make them habitable ... terraforming. A quite workable idea if we can ever get into space where we have the leverage to try it.
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