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Ceres is a dwarf planet (or if you are trapped in the 20th century, the Largest Asteroid in the main asteroid belt and formerly the largest asteroid in the Solar system). It is also one of the most popular celestial objects for many science fiction authors to have decided will be a imporartant site to build a base or colony and sometimes the future capital of the Asteroid Belt.

Novelized fiction[]

"They found that the tiny world possessed a breathable atmosphere and a fluid resembling water, but nearly as dense as mercury. A couple of flasks of it form the greatest treasures of the British Museum and the National Museum at Washington. The vegetable world was represented by coarse grass, lichens, and dwarf shrubs, and the animal by different species of worms, lizards, flies, and small burrowing animals of the rodent type."
―Description of Ceres in A Honeymoon in Space, by George Griffith (1901)
  • In Chris Roberson's 2011 novel Further: Beyond the Threshold, it is settled by Dutch refugees from The Netherlands that has been swallowed by rising ocean waters due to global warming.
  • In James S. Corey's 2011 novel Leviathan Awakes it is, "the port city of the Belt..." (p. 19) and it is the largest colony in the asteroid belt, housing six million people.
  • Mundus Cerialis (2012), by Andy Frankham-Allen & Sharon Bidwell, a novella in the second series of Space 1889 & Beyond, is set on and within Ceres, in an alternative history in which mankind are in space during the Victorian Era.

Video Game fiction[]

Star Control[]

Ceres Base, alternatively known also as Ceres Station, represented the greatest accomplishment of Human race in colonizing space prior to the Ur-Quan Slave War. Built in 2112 on the asteroid Ceres, it was the largest and most remote installation at the time. The base was also the location where the Chenjesu appeared and initiated humanity's first extraterrestrial contact, in either 2112 or 2115.1 This led to Earth's participation in the Alliance of Free Stars and the ensuing war with the Ur-Quan Hierarchy. During the war, Ceres Base became Earth's primary outpost in the Asteroid Belt. Unfortunately the Alliance lost the war. Once the Ur-Quan defeated the Chenjesu and Mmrnmhrm forces in 2134, they proceeded to methodically conquer the remaining Alliance races, including the Humans. It was not until a few weeks later, when Ceres Base fell to the Hierarchy, that humanity realized the impossibility of winning the war. Three days after the fall of this outpost, the Ur-Quan definitively conquered Earth.

Notes and references[]

1Both Commander Hayes and the 3DO manual give the year of first contact as 2112. The PC manual states that Ceres Base was built in 2112 and the Chenjesu made first contact three years later.