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Uranus was discovered in 1781 and has rarely been featured in fiction since then.[1][2] The earliest such works, such as Stanley G. Weinbaum's 1935 short story "The Planet of Doubt" and Clifton B. Kruse's 1936 short story "Code of the Spaceways", portray it as having a solid surface rather than mostly consisting of a gaseous atmosphere.[3] Uranus' moon Miranda features in the 1993 short story "Into the Miranda Rift" by G. David Nordley.[4]


  1. ^ Stableford, Brian M. (2006). "Uranus". Science Fact and Science Fiction: An Encyclopedia. Taylor & Francis. pp. 540–541. ISBN 978-0-415-97460-8.
  2. ^ Clute, John; Langford, David; Sleight, Graham (eds.). "Outer Planets". The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (4th ed.). Retrieved 2021-11-20. Uranus is little discussed in traditional sf. Stanley G Weinbaum's "The Planet of Doubt" (October 1935 Astounding) is one of the rare stories set on this world. The titular Cities of Cecelia Holland's Floating Worlds (1976) float above Saturn and Uranus.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Westfahl, Gary (2021-07-19). "Outer Planets". Science Fiction Literature through History: An Encyclopedia [2 volumes]. ABC-CLIO. pp. 485–487. ISBN 978-1-4408-6617-3.
  4. ^ McKinney, Richard L. (2005). "Jupiter and the Outer Planets". In Westfahl, Gary (ed.). The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes, Works, and Wonders. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 449. ISBN 978-0-313-32951-7. Among stories dealing with Uranus are Stanley G. Weinbaum's "The Planet of Doubt" (1935), involving strange aliens on its surface; Charles Sheffield's "Dies Irae" (1985), about adapting life to survive in the planet's atmosphere; and Geoffrey Landis's "Into the Blue Abyss" (1999), in which alien lifeforms are found in the Uranian ocean. G. David Nordley's "Into the Miranda Rift" (1993) is about human explorers trapped on the mysterious, jigsaw-puzzle moon, Miranda.