Planetary romance  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Planetary romance is a type of science fiction or science fantasy story in which the bulk of the action consists of adventures on one or more exotic alien planets, characterized by distinctive physical and cultural backgrounds. Some planetary romances take place against the background of a future culture where travel between worlds by spaceship is commonplace; others, particularly the earliest examples of the genre, do not, and invoke flying carpets, astral projection, or other methods of getting between planets. In either case, it is the planetside adventures which are the focus of the story, not the mode of travel.

In comics

In film and television

  • AvatarJames Cameron film set exclusively on the fictional world of Pandora.
  • Defiance – TV series set exclusively on a terraformed, altered version of Earth itself.

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