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J-9's 1956 Solar System is not the 21st Century Solar System in our quantum branch. It is the science fiction Solar System as depicted in the 30s, 40s, and 50s pulp magazines such as Amazing, Astounding, and Galaxy; it is the television Solar System as envisioned in the 50s TV space shows such as Space Patrol, Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, and Rocky Jones, Space Ranger; and it is the heroic, romantic, mystic Solar System as evoked by the themes in Gustav Holst's 1916 symphony, The Planets Suite.

Theme

Planet

Time

1

Mars

07:21

2

Venus

08:34

3

Mercury

04:03

4

Jupiter

07:40

5

Saturn

08:56

6

Uranus

05:41

7

Neptune

07:24

Earth Base, the fantastic one-thousand-cubic-mile facility that Jeanine found below Todd City in 1952, had been the central Angel interplanetary way-station for the entire Solar System. Later, on a level far below any that Jeanine had explored, Dr. Henderson found a corridor that he called the "Hall of Interplanetary Portals." Down the center of the corridor stood a row of massive vertical pentagon-shaped planar structures, “IMPs,” as Dr. Henderson called them. Each of the IMPs connected Earth Base to a corresponding IMP in another Angel way-station located on another planet, moon, or planetoid in the Solar System. These way-stations probably extended out to Pluto, and, perhaps to a few of the nearer Kuiper Belt objects out beyond Pluto. Thus, the IMPs were Interplanetary Matter-Transmission Portals. There was a sign on the right side of each one. The tags below the planet names, were Dr. Henderson's very brief descriptions of the types of terrain or artifacts or landmarks on the surface above the installations in which the terminals of the corresponding IMPs were located. Counting from the entrance to the Hall of Interplanetary Portals, the first seven IMPs led to the terminals listed in the table below.

TERMINAL


Twilight Zone between “melted” and “frozen” sides of non-rotating planet.

Jurassic rain forest inhabited by T Rex-like monsters, not pre-historic there.

Earth Base Hall of Interplanetary Portals (disabled to prevent infinite loops).

Leibnitz Mountains region on Earth’s Moon (Buzz II landing site).

Artificial canal irrigating desert region with Martian Polar Cap melt water.

Is this a “space station” launched by the Martians in 1877?

Tiny brick-shaped rock, orbits between Earth and Jupiter.

PORTAL


MERCURY

VENUS

EARTH

MOON

MARS

PHOBOS

EROS

TAG


ZONE

JUNGLE

TODD CITY

CANYON

CANAL

STATION

ROCK

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J-9's 1956 SOLAR SYSTEM

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When it was discovered in 1931, Pluto was thought to be the outermost major planet in the Solar System. Thus, when Gustav Holst wrote The Planets in 1916, there were only seven parts to the symphony, because Neptune was thought to be the outermost planet at that time. Each part of the symphony is a theme for both the corresponding planet and the mythological god after which it is named. The parts are ranked according to the closest approach of the corresponding planet to Earth's orbit: 1. Mars, The Bringer of War; 2. Venus, The Bringer of Peace; 3. Mercury, The Winged Messenger; 4. Jupiter, The Bringer of Joy; 5. Saturn, The Bringer of Doom; 6. Uranus, The Magician; 7. Neptune, The Mystic.