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"
Appreciation: see Literary Criticism.
Archaeology: see alien scripts.
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.
Brains: see hyper-brains.
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.
Cathexis - see the Diary, Cathexis in C S Lewis and Heinlein.
Cetaceans - see A Prehistoric World War.
Children's fiction: for young children, see the Diary, The Torn-Off Moon.
Chronist Fallacy in sf criticism - see the home page and also
Clarke Contradicts Himself.
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.
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
Dating systems - see Chronology.
Demography - see the OSS Diary, 13th November 2016, for
Old Solar System population figures
Dignity - see the OSS Diary for 26th October 2016.
Drinks - for Jovian fire-liquor see the OSS Diary, 5th April 2017.
Engineering: See Bridge.
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.
Fauna: see the OSS Diary, 2nd February 2017, for Martian zoology
in ERB and Moorcock.
Gaseous life-forms: see the Rings of Saturn.
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.
Gravity: see Kroth.
Also see the Diary, Suspension of Graitational Disbelief, and
Poetic Licence in the Asteroid Belt: the case of localised gravity.
Hiatus in space-travel: see the Diary, Resuming long-interrupted colonization.
How lucky we are - see the OSS Diary for 3rd April 2017.
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
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.
Life - for the possible varities of "inorganic" OSS life see the Diary,
29th November 2016.
See also under The Extraterrestrial Life Debate.
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.
Millennial anniversaries - see the OSS Diary for 20 and 21 March 2017.
the moment of amaze
National identity: see America's Own Haunting
neologisms - for the unisex pronoun "nen" on Uranus see the OSS Diary, 27th-28th
the Newness of Old: see the OSS Diary for 20th October 2016.
NOOLD: see the Newness of Old.
NOSS - see Neo-OSS.
The Old Space Program.
Parallelism between the OSS and the NSS:
See the Diary, Ghostly Twitches from the OSS, for creative interpretion
of real-time events
Planetary change (Diary, 3rd May 2017)
Planetary Intelligences - OSS Diary 18th April 2017.
Plying the Space-Lanes. See also under Space-pilots.
Prehistory - see A Prehistoric World War.
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.
Sentence-structure: see Edgar Rice Burroughs' sentence-structure.
Sequels: see My OSS Sequel Wish-List.
Re criticism of living authors: see the Diary, 1st October 2016.
Space Patrol (TV series) - see the OSS Diary for 10th August 2016.
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.
Telemorphs - see the OSS Diary for 30th March 2017.
Topography - see the Diary, Verticality.
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.
Villain/hero: see the OSS Diary for 24 July 2016.
Voice-Over - authorial comment.
Wishful thinking: see "Wishful Thinking Mars - But Which One?"
in the OSS Diary for 12th April 2017.
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.