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Gas Giants, also known as Jovian planets after the planet Jupiter, are large planets not primarily composed of rock or other solid matter. Planets above 10 Earth masses are termed giant planets. There are four gas giants in our Solar System: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Many extrasolar gas giants have been identified orbiting other stars.

List of Fictional Gas Giants Named in Science Fiction[edit | edit source]

A[edit | edit source]

Alpha Omicron VII (Gas Giant) - “Galaxy’s Child,” Star Trek: The Next Generation Episode 14, Season 4, 3-11-1991
Achilles (a.k.a. Anacreon A IV) - Isaac Asimov's Foundation universe
Aplu - David L. Clements' "A War of Stars" short story in Analog January/February 2010.
Anacreon A IV (a.ka. Achilles) - Isaac Asimov's Foundation universe
Anacreon A V (a.k.a. Priam) - Isaac Asimov's Foundation universe
Anacreon A VI (a.k.a. Helen) - Isaac Asimov's Foundation universe
Asagarth - Colin Harvey's brilliant novel Winter Song

B[edit | edit source]

Bandicoot - Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen's novel Heaven, brief reference, p. 20
Bespin - Star Wars universe
Big Ben - Peter Watts's novel Blightsight, p. 54

C[edit | edit source]

Calpurnia - Poul Anderson's A World Named Cleopatra
Chronos - Poul Anderson's novel Murkheim
Cornelia - Poul Anderson's A World Named Cleopatra
Cthuga (orbiting Fomalhaut) Paul McAuley's novel Evening's Empire, page 12

D[edit | edit source]

Delta Karpis VII - Jack McDevitt's novel Polaris
Dirna (Procyon IX) - Robert Silverberg’s novel Master of Life and Death
Djiminid - Iain Banks's novel The Algebraist, p. 382
Dugl IV - Norman Spinrad's novel The Solarians, p. 78
Dugl V - Norman Spinrad's novel The Solarians, p.78

E[edit | edit source]

El Grande - Ben Jeapes's novel Phoenicia's World
Elpinor (superifically) - John C. Wright's short story "The Far End of History" in The New Space Opera 2'
Endor - Star Wars Universe

G[edit | edit source]

Gatewood - Wil McCarthy's novel Lost in Translation
Ghost - Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen's Heaven (SF novel), brief reference, p. 20
G'iri - Iain M. Banks's novel The Algebraist, p. 300
Gobulus (Gas Giant orbited by the Terrestrial Moon Sacrecour) - Jack McDevitt's Polaris
Godzilla (Epsilon Indi V) - Larry Niven's novel Protector

H[edit | edit source]

Hades - James Gunn's novel Transcendental, p. 176 (orbited by the moon Hell)
Heinlein - Firefly/Serenity universe
Helen (a.k.a. Anacreon A VI) - Isaac Asimov's Foundation universe

I[edit | edit source]

Icelanize - Peter F. Hamilton's Pandora's Star, p. 290

J[edit | edit source]

Julia - Poul Anderson's A World Named Cleopatra

K[edit | edit source]

KG348 - Alien universe
Kilran (Sirius IV) - James Gunn's novel Transcendental, p. 147 (orbited by the moon Komran)

L[edit | edit source]

Lepidus - Poul Anderson's A World Named Cleopatra

O[edit | edit source]

Orotund - John C. Wright's short story "The Far End of History" in The New Space Opera 2'

P[edit | edit source]

Polarfrey - Doctor Who universe
Polyphemus - (Gas Giant with a single moon) - Ken Macleod's novel Newton's Wake: A Space Opera, p. 29
Pompey - Poul Anderson's A World Named Cleopatra
Priam (a.k.a. Anacreon A V) - Isaac Asimov's Foundation universe

R[edit | edit source]

Regin (orbited by Mining Planet moon Wayland)- Poul Anderson's Polesotechnic League universe
Rigel VI - Christopher L. Bennett's Star Trek: TOS universe novel Tower of Babel (Rise of the Federation series)
Rigel IX - Christopher L. Bennett's Star Trek: TOS universe novel Tower of Babel (Rise of the Federation series)

T[edit | edit source]

Taloraan - Star Wars universe
Tl'ho - Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner's novel Destroyer of Worlds, Ringworld universe
Tyre - Samuel R. Delany's novel 'Empire Star

U[edit | edit source]

Udaspri (ringed planet) - John Scalzi's Old Man's War, brief reference p. 186
Ukko - James L. Cambias's novel A Darkling Sea
Upsilon Gibraltar - Tony Daniel's Star Trek: The Original Series novel Savage Trade

V[edit | edit source]

V'Harant - Michael Cobley's Humanity's Fire series, Seeds of Fire
Valhalla - Colin Harvey's novel Winter Song
Van de Kamp - Wil McCarthy's novel Lost in Translation
Vanaheim - Colin Harvey's novel Winter Song

Y[edit | edit source]

Yavin Prime - Star Wars universe
Yedeen - James Swallow's The Latter Fire (Star Trek: TOS novel)

Z[edit | edit source]

Zurnl III - Donald Kingsbury's Psychohistorical Crisis (set in Asimov's Foundation universe), p. 268

List of Real Gas Giants[edit | edit source]

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External Links Science[edit | edit source]

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