The vast majority of Sci Fi planets are not sketched out in detail but only mentioned as a character's home planet or the location of a battle or some such event. Most planets of Sci Fi are quite generic: water worlds, desert worlds, lush jungle worlds, barren worlds, urbanized worlds, worlds in decline, artificial worlds, and so on. However, some Science Fiction includes detailed narrative including the geography, history, societies, technology, religions and languages of a planet. Some Sci Fi goes even further. For example, Star Trek even defines a complete planetary classification system.
Whether detailed or not, sometimes an author will hit upon a planet that captures the imagination of the public .... a planet that readers dream really exists somewhere out there, that they long to visit. Here is our list of the most imaginative Sci Fi planets.
7. Forbidden Planet - Altair IV
Altair IV was abandoned by an advanced civilization, the Krell, in a single night 200,000 years in the past.
Many a fan has dreamt about traveling to Altair IV just to hang out with Anne Francis and Robby the robot.
The Krell left behind technological marvels on Altair IV that remained in working order after hundreds of millennium. All that technology just sitting there waiting to be played with ... Altair IV is every techno-geeks dream come true.
6. Mondas - Dr. Who
Mondas, from the long running British science fiction series Doctor Who, is exactly like earth. Mondas was once part of the solar system but mysteriously drifted out of orbit into deep space millions of years ago.
Mondas is home to a species of cyborg called the Cybermen who are enemies of the Earth and Doctor Who. The Cybermen were once human but took a different evolutionary path. They are more efficient and live longer than humans but lack emotions.
Magrathea is a planet from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe whose economy was based on the manufacturing of luxury planets for wealthy clientèle. The Earth itself was created on Magrathea. Magrathea's planet producing business was so successful that it became the richest planet of all time. In fact, Magrathea became so rich relative to the rest of the universe that it ended up triggering a universe-wide depression. This led to the collapse of Magrathea. The planet building technologies were moth-balled and the planet abandoned. Magrathea then faded from memory with most people eventually believing it was just a myth.
4. Avatar - Polyphemus and Pandora
Director James Cameron created an extensive fictional universe for his Science Fiction blockbuster Avatar. Pandora is a Earth-like moon orbiting the gas-giant Polyphemus. Pandora has a wide arrange of flora and fauna including the humanoid species Na'vi.
A unique geological feature of Pandora is that mountains can float in air due to the presence of Unobtanium, a superconductive mineral that can float in a magnetic field.
3. Amel - The Godmakers
Amel is a planet in The Godmakers by Frank Herbert. Amel is a planet where all the religions in the universe co-exist without problems under a comprehensive truce agreement.
2. Endor - Star Wars
Endor is a forest moon with huge trees and a primitive teddy-bear-like tribe of hunter-gathers known as Ewoks. Although Endor is technically a moon the planet it was orbiting was destroyed.
1. Dune - Arrakis
Arrakis might seem like just another bland Sci Fi desert world. However, the story of Dune revolves around Arrakis and a richly developed geological, historical and social tapestry emerges.
It is the third planet orbiting the star Canopus and has two moons. Arrakis would be unremarkable except for one thing: spice. The book explains it best:
Arrakis ... Dune ... wasteland of the Empire, and the most valuable planet in the universe. Because it is here — and only here — where spice is found. The spice. Without it there is no commerce in the Empire, there is no civilization. Arrakis ... Dune ... home of the spice, greatest of treasure in the universe. And he who controls it, controls our destiny.- Princess Irulan