Monday, April 15, 2013

M is for Moons


Sendek has three lovely moons to decorate the night skies. This makes it a bit hard to see the stars, but there is almost always a soft glow of some sort on Talia's homeworld. Someone once asked why I chose Greek names for my moons. I simply like the way they sound. Does there need to be any other reason?

Below are my three moons and some information about them. The story behind the Greek mythology is in the parenthesis.


Atreus--(His life was messed up! You can read about it HERE. )

Atreus is the moon closest to Sendek and the most like our own moon. No atmosphere, no water, just barren rock and sand.

Cadmus--(I love Europa but couldn't very well use that name for one of my moons. However, in Greek mythology Cadmus was the brother of Europa and the founder of the city of Thebes. Source)

Cadmus is the smallest of the three moons, and the quickest. It's described as a massive asteroid that got caught in the gravitational pull of the other two moons and Sendek. If not for it's speed, the three competing gravitational forces would pull the small moon apart. As it is, the volcanoes make it the least likely candidate for settlement. And one day it will get ripped apart since it's slowing down with each pass between the two larger moons.

Daedalus--(A famous architect, inventor, and craftsman. Among his inventions and creations were the wooden cow he constructed for the queen Pasiphae, the Labyrinth at Knossos, artificial wings for himself and his son Icarus, and he was even said to have invented images. Source)

Daedalus is Talia's choice for the first Sendekian moon colony. It's only slightly smaller than Atreus, but it has a very thin layer of atmosphere and large polar ice caps. She's spent most of her time working up terraforming simulations for Daedalus.


As she works on this project, Talia begins to hope that she can move to a moon colony and escape the death from her nightmares.

If given the chance, would you be willing to help settle our moon?

24 comments:

  1. You're quite right to give them Greek names simply because you want to :) that's a great idea. Fingers crossed for Talia!

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    1. :) Thanks Catherine. Okay funny story. When I saw your name I immediately thought of Catherine Tate who played Donna Noble on Doctor Who. I think that officially makes me a die hard Whovian.

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  2. That last one sounds like her only option. Doubt I'd be up to the challenge though.
    Be sure to stop by today - surprise for you!

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    1. Not even for a day? Thanks for the surprise by the way! It made my day.

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  3. I love those pictures and the names. It's all so interesting.
    Dani @ Entertaining Interests
    #warriorminion

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  4. Intriguing! I'm a fan of sci-fi/fantasy. I can see this is my kind of read!

    Julia from http://juliawritingjewelsking.blogspot.com/

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  5. Too bad about the second one. It would be nice to be on a Super Fast One. It would also add an element of excitement if it were being "chased" so to speak by the others. However, since it is a "losing race" that is not so great. I am with Alex, the last one seems to be the only choice of the ones you've presented.

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    1. It would be cool to feel like your zipping around out there wouldn't it?

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  6. I'm not sure if I'd want to settle on a moon. I like adventure, but I think I'd miss home too much!

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    1. I do think it would take a special person or desperate circumstances to move to the moon. But I would like to visit for a month or so as long as I knew I could come home again.

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  7. A post about moons and no gratuitous shot of Jude Law mooning? Sigh. You are so squeaky clean my dear Charity.

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  8. I'd send one of my characters as a representative. Maybe Kale, he likes travelling and sharing earth's history. This is the most fun I've had reading about moons.

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    1. I'm thinking I need to meet Kale. Every time you talk about him I like him more and more.

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  9. Those are colorful moon pictures. And the names are very interesting.
    I love all the "moonsongs", that is, songs about the moon like: Moon River, Moonlight Serenade, How High The Moon, etc.
    I'm popping in from Alex's place!

    Writer In Transit

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    1. I've heard most of those songs and have always liked Moon River. Nice to meet you!

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  10. The name Daedalus always makes me think of Stargate SG1.

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    1. Really? It's been a long time since I've seen that. What was it in the movie?

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  11. I think it would be hugely challenging to be one of the first settlers.

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    1. Challenging, dangerous, and strangely exciting.

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  12. I love the moon in all her aspects. That you have three moons is very cool.

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  13. This is so interesting! I've always liked researching things in Greek, so thanks for this post.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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