themes

In the Old Solar System the basic themes are the worlds themselves, but we feel that some additional topics deserve their own pages, in addition to those for "Hollow Worlds" and "COMOLD" which show in the navigation bar.

Also, some deserving themes which do not have their own pages are given links here.


Alien invasions: see below under "invasions of Earth from other worlds"

Alien scripts.

America's Own Haunting.

Anthologies: see Do-It-Yourself Anthologies and My Favorite Anthology
                      See also the OSS Diary for 12 September 2016.

Appreciation: see Literary Criticism.

Archaeology: see Alien Scripts and Academia on Mars.

Architecture:  see The Seven Wonders of the Old Solar System

Bad language - see the OSS Diary, 24th-25th September 2016.

Bio-engineering: see the OSS Diary, 22nd September 2016.

Boundary between OSS and NSS - see the Diary for 5th May 2017;
                          see also the Diary, Niven and Clarke on the Cusp.

Brains: see hyper-brains.

British Interplanetary Society - see the Diary for 2nd December 2016 for
                         one of R A Smith's illustrations from High Road to the Moon

Captain Future - For the Solar System of Captain Future see the pages on Jupiter, Saturn,
                                 Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. 
                           For The Tenth Planet see the Diary, Poetic Licence in the Asteroid Belt.
                           See also the OSS Diary, 24 January 2017 for remarks
                                 on non-Hamilton C.F. tales. 
                           For Allen M Steele's revival of the series see The Captain Returns!  
                           See Ul Quorn Back from the Dead for The Solar Invasion by
                                           Manly Wade Wellman.

Catastrophes - see the OSS Diary, 4th February 2017 for when the Earth ceases to rotate.
                          See also Time to Rest.

Categories - see World-Builders and World-Disturbers.

Cathexis - see the Diary, Cathexis in C S Lewis and Heinlein.

Cetaceans - see A Prehistoric World War.

Changing one's mind about a book - see the OSS Diary, 29th September 2016, regarding
                                                               Philip K Dick and Clark Ashton Smith.

Characters of worlds - see also the Diary, Backbone of the Old Solar System.
                               For discussions on the allowable limits of world-imagining, see
                                    for example the Asteroids page, and the discussion in
                                    An Ice-Age Venus?   

Children's fiction:  for young children, see the Diary, The Torn-Off Moon.

Children's science: see A Book with the Right Idea for You Will Go To The Moon.
                           Also see Craters yes, dish holes no, for the importance of not
                                       talking down to youngsters.

Chronist Fallacy in sf criticism - see the home page and also
                            Clarke Contradicts Himself.

Chronology - see Fictional Dates.  Also, see the OSS Diary, 15th February 2017, for
                                     Leigh Brackett's chronology.
                      See the OSS Diary for 25th October 2016 for a proposed system.
                      See also Periodicity.

Cities.

Comparative criticism:  For a comparison between ERB and Michael Moorcock,
                            see the OSS Diary for 31st December 2016, "At Martian Swordpoint -
                                                   How Not to Do It - and How To Do It". 
                           also see the OSS Diary, 2nd February 2017, for the Martian zoology in
                           Barsoom
and in Moorcock's Kane of Old Mars series; and
                           see 18th February 2017 for comparison of soliloquies.

Composition of OSS tales: see the OSS Diary, 3rd August 2016.

Criteria for an ideal OSS series - see the OSS Diary, 6th March 2017, and
                                     John Greer's A Fifth Parameter.
                              For balancing civilized sophistication with adventurous peril, see
                                     the OSS Diary for 7th March 2017.

Cyclical history - see the OSS Diary, 2nd March 2017.

Dates:  see also fictional dates.
            Real dates:
                 1893 - see the OSS Diary for 21st October 2016.
                 1905 - see Hearts Leaped in 1905 re the Martian "canals".  
                 1941 - see the Diary for 27th November 2016, re Astounding's
                                               special year.              

Dating systems - see Chronology.

Definitions - their usefulness or otherwise - see the OSS Diary for 9th March 2017.
        Definition and range of the OSS: see Stretching the OSS, Re Stretching the OSS,
                                                                   and But is it NOSS?.

Demography - see the OSS Diary, 13th November 2016, for
                          Old Solar System population figures

Determinism - see the OSS Diary, 8th November 2016, for Man of the World's
                             sly jibe at historical "inevitability"

Devils - see The Dark Eldils.

Dignity - see the OSS Diary for 26th October 2016.

Distance - see Vast Distances of the Old Solar System.
                  See also the OSS Diary for 9th July 2016 and 5th December 2016.

Drinks - for Jovian fire-liquor see the OSS Diary, 5th April 2017.

Engineering:  See Bridge.

Eucatastrophe.

Expedition diaries - see the OSS Diary, 13th February 2017, for
                                       Gordon A Giles' Via Asteroid.

The Extraterrestrial Life Debate 1750-1900, by Michael J Crowe (1986) -
            - see Diary entries re populations of worlds;
                Gruithuisen on accessions of Venusian emperors
                                            and life on the Moon;
                other nineteenth-century arguments for lunar life;
                John Herschel's views about possible life on the Sun;
                and Sir Humphrey Davy on Saturnians.
                For the Mars canal furore see Hearts Leaped in 1905.

Facebook: see the Diary, 12th December 2016, for the "Zendexor-Gibson Facebook Treaty"

Far Future.

Fate - for Stapledon's fate-worship see the religion page.

Fauna:  see the OSS Diary, 2nd February 2017, for Martian zoology
                      in ERB and Moorcock.

Fictional Dates.

Flora: see Intelligent Plants and Leda.

Gaseous life-forms: see the Rings of Saturn.

GAWI

Geographical Horror - see Tilted Landscape, Pre-Kroth.  And then see Kroth.

Geophysical Romance - see the OSS Diary, 23rd-24th September 2016, for
                                            Hot Planet and The Hab Theory.

Giant planets - for summary see the OSS Diary for 27th October 2016.

"Going native" - see The New Martians.

Golden Age of a world: for Golden Age Mars see the OSS Diary, 3rd November 2016.

Gravitic Licence:  See the Triton page
                             plus the Diary entries, Suspension of Gravitational Disbelief and
                                
Poetic Licence in the Asteroid Belt: the case of localised gravity.

Gravity:  see Kroth.  Also see above, under Gravitic Licence.

Hiatus in space-travel: see the Diary, Resuming long-interrupted colonization.

Histories of imaginary worlds - see Uranian Gleams;
                                              see also the Diary, A Fun Sub-Sub-Genre.

Horror:  see Hyper-brains, H P Lovecraft and Lurkers on the Moon.

How lucky we are - see the OSS Diary for 3rd April 2017.

Humour - for Wacky World see Hamilton Goes on a Detour.

Hyper-brains.

the Implicizer - see the Diary for 5th November 2016 regarding this suggested invention for
                             creating stories that authors might have written.

Inconsistency - see the OSS Diary 19-21 July 2016

Indiana Jones - see In the Tombs of the Martian Kings for this particular sub-sub-genre
                                atmosphere.

Infra-red eyesight: see the OSS Diary for 22nd February 2017, for IR vision
                         in Alfred Bester and Poul Anderson

Intelligent plants.

Interstellar vs Solar System settings: see the OSS Diary, 4th August 2016.
                    CRIM and the OSS compared - see the Diary for 11th October 2016.
                    A grumble about "desertions to interstellar":
                                      OSS Diary, 27th February 2017.
                    Combined venues: see the OSS Diary for 4th April 2017.

Invasions of Earth by other worlds: see invasions from Mercury; also see
                      the OSS Diary for 8th August 2016.
                      Invasions from Venus: see the Diary, Straight Talk from Eric Frank Russell.

Life - for the possible varities of "inorganic" OSS life see the Diary,
                      29th November 2016.
         See also under "The Extraterrestrial Life Debate" and "Lowered expectations
                      of the Solar System"

Literary criticism - for the inherent advantage of positive over adverse criticism,
                see the Diary,
                      9th October 2016, which argues why Posi always beats Nega.  See also
                      the "praise approach" outlined in the 1st October 2016 Diary.
                      For the three stages of appreciation, see the Diary, 6th October 2016.

Literary style - see the OSS Diary for 29th March 2017.
        See also Anderson on Tour - Lyrical but Compressed.

Lowered expectations of the Solar System:
          see Another lot who don't know how lucky they are.

Medieval cosmology - see The Dark Eldils

Millennial anniversaries - see the OSS Diary for 20 and 21 March 2017.

Minerva - see the OSS Diary, 10th December 2016, for this name as used
                     by James P Hogan and by Edmund Cooper for different worlds.

Mis-reading a story - see Beetles or Winged Folk - Who Rules Mars? regarding Wells'
                                          The Crystal Egg.

the moment of amaze  

Morphic resonance - see the religion page re categories of thought

Myth - see More Perelandrian Insights.

Names.

National identity: see America's Own Haunting

Neo-OSS - see the sub-sub-genre labels in the OSS Diary, 10th March 2017,
                                and But is it NOSS?
                   See also Robert Gibson and S M Stirling.
                   Ideas for more NOSS stories are set out in Tales Unwritten.

neologisms - for the unisex pronoun "nen" on Uranus see the OSS Diary, 27th-28th
                                                                                                       September 2016
.

the Newness of Old: see the OSS Diary for 20th October 2016.

NOOLD: see the Newness of Old.

NOSS - see Neo-OSS.

nostalgia - see the Old Space Program;
                 for 1950s America see the OSS Diary, 18th September 2016 re
                                                                                          Three to Conquer

The Old Space Program.

optimism - see the Diary for 30th November 2016, re The Sands of Mars.

Parallelism between the OSS and the NSS:
            See the Diary, Ghostly Twitches from the OSS, for creative interpretion
                                     of real-time events

Partial Realism

Pastiche - for the Jandar series see the Callisto page and Thanator - For and Against;
                  for speculation regarding an "implicizer" see the Diary, 5th November 2016.

Periodicity - see the OSS Diary, 22nd October 2016 and 25th October 2016.

Planetary change (Diary, 3rd May 2017)

Planetary Intelligences - OSS Diary 18th April 2017.

Planetfall - see Unexpected Survival at Planetfall.

Plying the Space-Lanes.  See also under Space-pilots.

Prehistory - see A Prehistoric World War.

Present - for the years 1955 and 1966 as candidates
                                           see the OSS Diary, 7th December 2016.

Primordial worlds.

Radioactive life.

Range of the OSS: see Stretching the OSS and Re Stretching the OSS.

Reality engineering: see Uranian Gleams; quoted also in the Diary, Planetary Change
                                        Also see the OSS Diary, 15-16 March 2017 and
                                        Time Travel and Reality Change.

Rejections of stories by publishers:
                        see the Diary, 7th October 2016, re H P Lovecraft and Farnsworth Wright.

Religion
         And for fake religion see Gather, Darkness!

Remote sensing as the enemy of adventure:
                     see the OSS Diary, 7th November 2016, for a modified grumble.

Re-writes:   see the OSS Diary, 8th March 2017 for an analogy with the "colourisation"
                    of old films

Science:  see the OSS Diary, 7th August 2016 for realism vs shaky science;
                       the OSS Diary, 15th September 2016 for "hard" sf and the OSS;
                       the Diary entry for Partial Realism;
                       the OSS Diary, 3rd February 2017 for the connection between
                              imagination and science stretched but never entirely broken;
                       the OSS Diary, 21st February 2017 for
                                   fictional use of "false-colour" images;
                for "excusology" see the Diary, Science Points the Way - Now Go and Play;
                for topographical realism see Verticality.
                Future science allowing for the spirit: see discussion of an episode from
                          The Night Land, on the religion page.
                Science and circular reasoning.

Sentence-structure:  see Edgar Rice Burroughs' sentence-structure.

Sequels:  see My OSS Sequel Wish-List.

The Seven Wonders of the Old Solar System

Silicon life.

Site policy
            Re criticism of living authors: see the Diary, 1st October 2016.

Slavery: see Dylan Jeninga's travelogue Slaves of Venus; see also moral dimensions.

Slow space travel - see Vast distances of the Old Solar System
                                and also see the OSS Diary for 24th August 2016
                                                          and 5th December 2016.

Smth, Ralph A. (illustrator) - see the Diary for 2nd December 2016.

Space Patrol (TV series) - see the OSS Diary for 10th August 2016.

Space-pilots - see the OSS Diary for 6th April 2017.  See also Plying the Space-Lanes.

Space suits: old-style, like suits of armour: see the Diary for 2nd December 2016.

Space-Westerns: see Space-Western Admixture.

Style:  see Edgar Rice Burroughs' sentence-structure.
        For the relation of style and content see the OSS Diary for 9th and 10th April 2017.

Surfaces of the giant planets: see the OSS Diary for 18th July 2016.
                                    See also the Diary for 5th September 2016 for
                                                      the meaning of "surface".

Suspension of disbelief - see the OSS Diary, 14th February 2017, for the "entrance fee"
                                             to be paid when introducing Martians into otherwise
                                             realistic modern sf;
                                         see the Diary for 13th March 2017 regarding gravity;
                                         see also the Asteroids page, and below, under "Topology";
                                         for the size of the void see Flexible Space.
                                         For the related issue of allowable artistic limits, see above
                                              under Characters of Worlds.

Telemorphs - see the OSS Diary for 30th March 2017.

Time-scales - for contrasting time-scales in Wells and Stapledon, see the
                                       OSS Diary for 20th February 2017.

Time-Travel and Reality-Change.
                      For reality-engineering in Uranian Gleams
                              see the Diary, Planetary Change.

Topography - see the Diary, Verticality.

"Topology" in the literary sense: 
            see the Pluto page and the OSS Diary for 3rd March 2017.
            For "topological Time" see the Diary, The Torn-Off Moon.

Transitions - see the Diary entry, The Image-Beads of A E van Vogt.

Truthfulness - see the Diary entry, Ganymede as a Frontier.

TV:  see Space Patrol.

Unappreciativeness - see the Diary, Bellyaching Spacemen.

Unreasonable (but fun) criticism:  see
               Unreasonable demands and absurd comparisons (in the Diary for
                                   29th and 30th December 2016) and Unreasonable fun.

Vast Distances of the Old Solar System
                See also the OSS Diary for 9 July 2016 and 5 December 2016.

Vertigo: see Kroth.  See also the quotation from C S Lewis in
                                     the OSS Diary for 14th July 2016.

Villain/hero: see the OSS Diary for 24 July 2016.

Voice-Over - authorial comment.

Wild West - analogies with OSS:  see the Diary, 7th November 2016.

Wishful thinking: see "Wishful Thinking Mars - But Which One?"
                                                                   in the OSS Diary for 12th April 2017.

World-Builders and World-Disturbers

Writing techniques:  see Never Waste a Typo.

Young Old Solar System (YOSS)
        see the OSS Diary for 26th March 2017 regarding Jupiter and the asteroids,
         and see 30th October 2016 for ancient Jupiter.
         For ancient Mars see the Diary for 31st October 2016.
         Also see the tales unwritten page.

Zoology of the future - see the Diary for 9th November 2016.

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