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Writer's Block: Planet's Rights

How do you feel about Pluto's recent demotion? Should it still be a planet?

I'm used to it being a planet, but don't really like to involve myself in scientists' taxonomic disputes. I sit back from it remembering that its definitions do not change that vastly distant cold rock, it continues to orbit as it has for billions of years without worrying too much about what its status to human beings who are so very, very concerned with status. I doubt that Pluto plays dominance games with other astronomical bodies.

We are far from a technological level where its definitions might become a matter of legal protection or not from exploitation, if there are limits to what you can do to a planet but not to asteroids, then it could matter. But that's a matter for science fiction.
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Jul. 23rd, 2008 12:38 pm (UTC)
In my 2006 NaNovel, The Whole Banana, the bad guys were the Plutonians, who were pissed off at Earth for demoting them.
Jul. 23rd, 2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
Oh that's cool!

Hehehe, I have no idea now what my 2008 Nanovel will be. Only that there will be one and after doing this horror gig with Guy Krieg I'll want to relax and do fantasy.
Jul. 23rd, 2008 01:20 pm (UTC)
My 2008 NaNovel's actually going to be the sequel to my 2006 novel. It's called The Flutterby Effect and deals with the events surrounding a magicquake here in Melbourne.

Unless, of course, something else crops up at the eleventh hour, which is what happened last year.
Jul. 23rd, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
Oh that sounds fun! Are you using any Aboriginal magic in your series, or is it more European magic? Or both? I know what I'd do with it but immensely curious about yours, sounds like a good read!
Jul. 23rd, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
At this point I don't know what sort of magic will be used, which is part of the adventure!
Jul. 23rd, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
Oh that sounds like fun in itself! I've done that sometimes, just let it flow and discovered it as the characters do.
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