show all entries...

I Call It, "Planet Me"

October 13, 2011 at 7:02 pm

I have a planet named after me.

Well, okay, it's not a REAL planet.  And there's a possibility it's not named after me specifically

But I think the odds are pretty good...

Yesterday, through the magic of Google Alerts, this was brought to my attention.   So, apparently, there's a planet in the Star Wars extended universe called "Tregillis."   (What do you mean that doesn't count?  It still counts.  If it's in an atlas, any atlas, it's real.  That's the law.)  Said planet being, naturally, the namesake of the Tregillis System.

What do you mean you've never heard of it?  It's on the Rimma Trade Route, for cripe's sake.  What more do you need? 

Well, okay.  Some of those wiki entries are written in the past tense…which is a little alarming.  What happened to my planet?  And here I just found out about it.  (Does this mean I'll never get to visit the crappy planet where I'm a hero?)

I have a theory about this.  (And watch my bubble burst when I try to confirm it.)  The Rimma Trade Route is mentioned in several Star Wars works, including Revelation, which was written by my friend Karen Traviss.  (She of the amazing and incredible Wess'har novels.  If you haven't read City of Pearl and the sequels, go read them right now.  Karen is a superb writer, and somehow churns out these terrific novels crazy-fast.) 

It might all be a coincidence, but until Karen confirms or denies, I'm going to assume it's a Tuckerization.  And I am enormously chuffed about it, if you can't already tell.

So that's my planet.

It's ok to feel envy.  I don't mind.

(10 points for identifying the MST3K episode referenced in the title to this post.  -1000 points for using Google to find it.)


Adrienne October 15, 2011 at 9:22 pm
I don't care as much about the MST3K reference as the Firefly paraphrase. That is all. (I'd say more but I have to go find out if there's a planet called Crezo or Adrienne or Mom somewhere.)
John Murphy October 16, 2011 at 9:09 am
I wouldn't worry too much about the past tense -- this is all a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, after all. So the past tense is natural. OK, true, that means that they're probably all dead and gone, with the surface of planet Tregillis blasted by the dying Tregillis sun. But, y'know, it was its time, and we can get you a nice new baby planet that won't bark at the neighbors.
Colonel Panik October 16, 2011 at 6:30 pm
It should have been at least a nova. Finished "Bitter Seeds" last week. We have to talk. The Colonel recommends you do not stand so close to those experiments at the secret laboratory. Peace, Bob
Alex Brown October 18, 2011 at 10:57 pm
And just how exactly did you earn a planetary homage? Did you stand up to the man and give him what for? Did you say "You can't do that to my people," and "you can't crush them under your heel"? Did you strap on your hat and in 5 seconds flat steal everythin' Boss Higgins had to steal?
recent blog entries