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Pluto in Science Fiction

With all the recent brouhaha about Pluto planet classification, I thought it’d be fun to list science fiction stories in which Pluto plays a prominent role. The following list is culled from SciFan and The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction by John Clute and Peter Nicholls.

  • Plutonia by Vladimir Obruchev (1924)
  • Cosmic Engineers by Clifford D. Simak (1950)
  • Man of Earth by Algis Budrys (1958)
  • To the Tombaugh Station by Wilson Tucker (1960)
  • World of Ptavvs by Larry Niven (1966)
  • World’s Fair, 1992 by Robert Silverberg (1970)
  • Tales of Known Space: The Universe of Larry Niven by Larry Niven (1975)
  • The Ophiuchi Hotline by John Varley (1977)
  • The Face of Evil by Terrance Dicks (1978)
  • Tintagel by Paul Cook (1981)
  • Icehenge by Kim Stanley Robinson (1984)
  • The Memory of Whiteness by Kim Stanley Robinson (1985)
  • The Ring of Charon by Roger MacBride Allen (1990)
  • Camelot 30K by Robert L. Forward (1993)
  • Seasons of Plenty by Colin Greenland (1995)
  • 2199 by Thomas Sutton (1997)
  • Journey by Al Sarrantonio (1997)
  • Mother of Plenty by Colin Greenland (1998)
  • Covenant by Raymond J. Andrews (2000)
  • Fear Infinity by Galen D. Kaufman (2000)
  • Boomerang – East of the Sun – West of Pluto by Fred L. Ward (2001)
  • The Octoroon Ball by Richard L. Breen Jr. (2001)
  • Epicenter Johnny by John Fitz (2002)
  • Sol’s Children by Jean Rabe, Martin H. Greenberg (2002)
  • Salvation by Raymond J. Andrews (2003)
  • Pluto Runs Red by Steve M. Volk (2004)
  • Superluminal by Tony Daniel (2004)
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5 Comments on Pluto in Science Fiction

  1. Don’t forget “Construction Shack”, also by Clifford D. Simak.

  2. And Have Spacesuit, Will Travel, by Robert Heinlein.

  3. SF Site has a more comprehensive list which has those suggestions and more!

  4. “Face of Evil” is a Dr Who novelization and does not take place on Pluto.

    “The Sunmakers” does…

  5. A new short story to add to this list that I just read today: “Goodbye, Robinson Crusoe” by John Varley (1977).

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