In the Old Solar System the basic themes are the worlds themselves, but comparative OSS planetology brings out, in addition, an endless supply of other deserving headings.
Alien invasions: see below under "invasions of Earth from other worlds"
Appreciation: see Literary Criticism.
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.
James Bond - see The muse takes control.
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.
Brown dwarfs: see For an unwritten tale of Planet X.
Bryson, Bill - for One Summer see 1959, The Twilight Zone and a call to Bill Bryson
Byzantium - see Jasoomian Jeddak.
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!
and Retaliators of Luna.
See Ul Quorn Back from the Dead for The Solar Invasion by
Manly Wade Wellman.
For Captain Future on the asteroid Iskar see
How to borrow a fictional asteroid.
Re tracking the stories, and sites, see the Diary entry entitled
Captain Future and the Unobtainable.
For Calling Captain Future see Celestial Intruders.
Categories - see World-Builders and World-Disturbers.
Cathexis - see the Diary, Cathexis in C S Lewis and Heinlein.
Cetaceans - see A Prehistoric World War.
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.
China - see Chinese Lunar Rover: Navigation and Names
Chronist Fallacy in sf criticism - see the home page and also
Clarke Contradicts Himself.
Coincidons - see Venus - The Long Rain and The Big Rain.
the Collective Unconscious - see Involuntary creation of OSS worlds.
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
1956 - see The Last Hope for Old Mars
1959, The Twilight Zone - and a call to Bill Bryson
Dating systems - see Chronology.
Dawkins, Richard - see Long Live the Billion-Year Space Reich.
Demography - see the OSS Diary, 13th November 2016, for
Old Solar System population figures
Devils - see The Dark Eldils.
Dig Allen - see The Dig Allen Series.
Dignity - see the OSS Diary for 26th October 2016.
Drinks - for Jovian fire-liquor see the OSS Diary, 5th April 2017.
Early OSS - see Creakers
Engineering: See Bridge.
Enlargement of planetary scope - see Distending Worlds.
Excusology: see "topological excusology".
Also see The Tipping-Point for World-Building.
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.
Failure - literary and critical - see Confession Time.
Familiarity - see Home on Mars.
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.
Flatland - see The FLATOSS.
France: see Bifurcated Souls - France-OSS and Planet D'Artagnan.
For French millennial date-resonances see Another mysterious Terran realm.
For a French view of Mars see Mars et la terre à la belle époque.
Games: see Have any of you heard of Space: 1889?
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.
Golden Age of a world: for Golden Age Mars see the OSS Diary, 3rd November 2016.
Goodness - see A Martian Poet Saves the Human Race.
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.
How lucky we are - see the OSS Diary for 3rd April 2017.
Humour - for Wacky World see Hamilton Goes on a Detour.
the Implicizer - see the Diary for 5th November 2016 regarding this suggested invention for
creating stories that authors might have written.
See also: The Implicizer Aimed at "Blowups Happen"
and The Implicizer Aimed at the Martian Diagram of Power.
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
Inspiration - see Local Mojo.
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.
Intruders: celestial bodies from outside the System
Jasoomisation - or seeing our planet as one ERBian adventure-world among others:
see I-Spy Jasoom. Also, for Earth developing some old-mysterious-planet
vibes see Star's Reach.
See also Jasoomian Jeddak.
Licence to stretch - see Mercury's Sun.
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"
Life after death - see Involuntary creation of OSS worlds.
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 space, physics of: see Venus - The Long Rain and The Big Rain.
Literary theory - see The Psychic-Accretion model of OSS formation.
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.
Narration - see The Voices of Narrators.
National identity: see America's Own Haunting
Natural law - see Swodge
Nebraska - see Nebraska Invaded
neologisms - for the unisex pronoun "nen" on Uranus see the OSS Diary, 27th-28th
Neo-OSS: see NOSS.
the Newness of Old: see the OSS Diary for 20th October 2016.
NOOLD: see the Newness of Old.
NOSS - see NOSS - How Far Can We Go?
See also 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.
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
the Paxman Fallacy - see Relations with the Real.
Philosophy - see Solar System of Ideas.
Planetary change (Diary, 3rd May 2017); see also under Enlargement
Planetary Intelligences - OSS Diary 18th April 2017.
Planetfall - see Unexpected Survival at Planetfall.
Plotformity - see under Writing Techniques.
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.
Relevantitis - see the Diary, 7th January 2018, and the Home Page's section on useful
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
Carl Sagan: for his comments on Huygens' supposed ideas, see Hemp on Jupiter...
Science: see "topological excusology"; see also:
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
(and De-Luxe Science-Patter for a fairly hard-science mood);
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.
For "Topological science" see Giving the Moon an atmosphere.
Future science allowing for the spirit: see discussion of an episode from
The Night Land, on the religion page.
Science and circular reasoning.
See below, Suspension of disbelief.
Sentence-structure: see Edgar Rice Burroughs' sentence-structure.
Sequels: see My OSS Sequel Wish-List.
Size - for OSS emotional truth and its licence to stretch, see Mercury's Sun.
Re criticism of living authors: see the Diary, 1st October 2016.
Sky-scapes - see The Best Views in the Solar System.
Smith, Ralph A. (illustrator) - see the Diary for 2nd December 2016.
Space - for qualities pertaining to the void see Staining Space.
Space suits: old-style, like suits of armour: see the Diary for 2nd December 2016.
Space-Westerns: see Space-Western Admixture.
Sparsely-Speckled Oceanic - see Nebraska Invaded.
Style: see Edgar Rice Burroughs' sentence-structure.
For the relation of style and content see the OSS Diary for 9th and 10th April 2017.
See also Appreciating Lovecraft's English.
For pace and balance see Please avoid crammy/jerky.
Surprise - see Perturbable Protagonists Required.
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.
See also the Diary, Search for a rule.
For a wackier idea being more acceptable than a naif excuse,
see The Original "Space Sargasso".
Swodge - see NOSS - How Far Can We Go?
Tarzan - for a view of his character and role see The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Telemorphs - see the OSS Diary for 30th March 2017.
Tintin - for Objectif Lune and Elon Musk, see Astronautical Conjunction.
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 and Twilight Zone.
Twilight Zone, the - see Mars and the Twilight Zone.
See also 1959, The Twilight Zone - and a call to Bill Bryson.
Unappreciativeness - see the Diary, Bellyaching Spacemen.
Harold Urey: for his theory of the lunar maria, see Watery Lunar Seas.
Villain/hero: see the OSS Diary for 24 July 2016.
Voice-Over - authorial comment.
Warfare - see Decisive Battles of the Old Solar System.
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.
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.
the Zohac - "Zone of Hope and Credulity":
for the USAF's Project Horizon see A Flash of Ambitious Hope in 1959;
for Harold Urey on the lunar maria see Watery Lunar Seas;
for the last pre-Space Age close opposition of Mars see
1956 - The Last Hope for Old Mars?
and for the last gasp of the idea of life on the lunar Farside see
The Hidden Side of the Moon - 1949 - 1959.
Zoology of the future - see the Diary for 9th November 2016.