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The Five Systems: a guide to locations
On this page is a list of places referenced in various stories. The charts are not to scale! Stories that visit a named settlement or world are shown in italics. (NOTE: The short story The Watcher And The Priest takes place in an alien Dyson Tree habitat orbiting the star Procyon, beyond the Five Systems.)

ALPHA CENTAURI SYSTEM
Double star, four light years from Sol: Alpha Centauri A is a G2V star, of mass 1.1 and radius 1.2 of Sol. Alpha Centauri B is a K1V star, of mass 0.9 and radius 0.9 of Sol.
ASGARD - Moon of Thule (independent).
AVALON - Terraformed moon of Thule, administered by the Avalon Broadcasting Corporation (independent). [A Wizard, A Sword And A King]
Edward Everett Hale - First crewed spaceship to reach another star system, abandoned in orbit around Avalon and now used by the Avalon Broadcasting Corporation for five-system broadcasts.
PROXIMA CENTAURI - M5.5Ve star (red dwarf), four light years from Sol, of mass 0.1 and radius 0.2 of Sol.
Proxima Station - USA research station orbiting Mag Mell.
MAG MELL - Gas giant orbiting Proxima Centauri in Alpha Centauri system.
THULE - Gas giant in Alpha Centauri system on outer edge of habitable zone, around which orbits the major moons of Asgard and Avalon.
Alpha Centauri

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BARNARD'S STAR SYSTEM
M4Ve star (red dwarf), six light years from Sol, of mass 0.2 and radius 0.2 of Sol.
ASCENSION - Desert planet in habitable zone in Barnard's Star system, with limited native life (previously called Frigg) (Commonwealth). [Hollow Moon; Paw-Prints Of The Gods]
Bradbury Heights - Domed city of Ascension.
CSS Sky Cleaver - Commonwealth Space Station; cloud-mining facility (hydrogen, helium-3) orbiting Thunor, Barnard's Star system. [Paw-Prints Of The Gods]
CSS Stellarbridge - Commonwealth Space Station; orbital space dock serving Ascension, Barnard's Star system. [Paw-Prints Of The Gods]
Dandridge Cole - Abandoned asteroid colony ship in Barnard's Star system, since taken over by independent settlers (known as the 'hollow moon', see below). [Hollow Moon; Paw-Prints Of The Gods; City Of Deceit]
Kirchel - Domed city and ski resort on Ascension. [Merry Christmas, Mister Wolf]
Lan-Tlanto - Independent spaceport on Ascension.
Newbrum - Domed city and princible spaceport of Ascension (previously New Birmingham). [Hollow Moon; Paw-Prints Of The Gods]
THUNOR - Gas giant, fourth planet of Barnard's Star, the atmosphere of which is mined for hydrogen and helium-3 (see CSS Sky Cleaver).
Barnard's Star

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Hollow AsteroidDandridge Cole

Some of you who have read my 2012 novel Hollow Moon may know that the asteroid colony ship at the centre of the story is named after Dandridge MacFarlan Cole, American aerospace engineer, futurist, lecturer and author who died tragically young (age 44) in 1965.

Cole often promoted the idea of colonising the asteroids. The 'planetoids', as he argued they should be called, could be hollowed out or inflated to create a bubbleworld with habitable space on the inside. He envisaged the resulting space arks orbiting within the solar system or even being sent out on interstellar expeditions.

He and artist Roy Scarfo collaborated on the book Beyond Tomorrow: The Next Fifty Years in Space (1965), a wonderful vision of future advancements in space exploration, space development and colonisation, all based on scientific feasability at that time. The illustration on the right of a hollow asteroid is taken from this book.

(See also 'In Memory of Dandridge MacFarlan Cole', WyrdStar News Archive.)

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EPSILON ERIDANI SYSTEM
K2V star, 10 light years from Sol, of mass 0.9 and radius 0.7 of Sol.
Ayodhya - Capital city of Yuanshi, a moon of Shennong. [Hollow Moon; It's A Blunderful Life]
DAODE - Moon of Shennong, lightly terraformed for human habitation with native life (India / Que Qiao Corporation). [Hollow Moon]
Hemakuta - Capital city and main spaceport of Daode. [Hollow Moon]
Lanka - Second city and Royalist stronghold on Yuanshi. [Hollow Moon; To Dance Amongst The Stars; It's A Blunderful Life; City Of Deceit]
SHENNONG - Gas giant in Epsilon Eridani system on outer edge of habitable zone, around which orbits the major moons of Lingbao, Yuanshi and Daode.
TAOTIE - Large Earth-like planet on inner edge of habitable zone of Epsilon Eridani, with Terran-like biosphere and primitive native life (China). [GENIE And The LAMP]
YUANSHI - Moon of Shennong, lightly terraformed for human habitation with native life (India / Que Qiao Corporation). [Hollow Moon; To Dance Amongst The Stars; It's A Blunderful Life]
Epsilon Eridani

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SOLAR SYSTEM
G2V star of mass 2 x 10^30 kg and diameter 1.4 x 10^6 km. Humankind's native star.
Armstrong Orbital - Space station orbiting Luna, Earth's moon. [City Of Deceit; It's A Blunderful Life]
Birmingham - Second city of the United Kingdom, Earth; birthplace of the Extra-Dimensional Drive. [In The Lap Of The Gods]
EARTH - Third planet in Solar System and cradle of humanity. According to some, mostly harmless (multi-national). [In The Lap Of The Gods; Rock Of Ages; City Of Deceit]
Isengard - Que Qiao iron-extraction and ship-building scientific facility in north polar region of Mercury. [City Of Deceit]
London - European City State in the United Kingdom, Earth; temporary meeting place of the United Nations. [City Of Deceit]
MARS - Partly terraformed planet in Solar System (multi-national).
MERCURY - Innermost planet in Solar System (Que Qiao). [City Of Deceit]
Shanghai - City in China, Earth; location of Que Qiao records facility. [Rock Of Ages]
Sol

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TAU CETI SYSTEM
G8V star, 12 light years from Sol, of mass 0.8 and radius 0.8 of Sol.
ARAM - Earth-like planet with native life in habitable zone in Tau Ceti system (Arab Nations / European Space Agencies).
Arallu Wastes - Dried-up river delta on desert planet of Falsafah; location of exo-archaeological dig. [Paw-Prints Of The Gods; City Of Deceit]
FALSAFAH - Desert planet in Tau Ceti's habitable zone; an unusual 'counter-planet' to Aram with an erratic orbit (ANSA / Que Qiao). [Paw-Prints Of The Gods; City Of Deceit]
Falsafah Alpha - Mothballed USA exobiological research centre on Falsafah near the 'Valley of the Spiders'. [Paw-Prints Of The Gods]
Falsafah Beta - Abandoned USA research centre used as a secret hideaway by the Dhusarian Church. [Paw-Prints Of The Gods]
Tau Ceti

The worlds of Hollow Moon came about through my love of science fiction. I enjoyed writing these books so much that more are sure to follow!

> The Worlds Of Hollow Moon overview and timeline.
>
Hollow Moon (novel) book page.
> Paw-Prints Of The Gods (novel) book page.
> City Of Deceit (novel) book page.
> Tales For Christmas (short stories) book page.
> Wyrd Worlds and Wyrd Worlds II anthologies book pages.

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