Copied from Poul Anderson Appreciation, 23 Oct 2014.
"Diomedes' poles are in the ecliptic plane. Each spends half the year in winter and night. Intelligent Diomedeans are winged migrators."
-copied from "Unusual Heavenly Bodies" (see here).
For more information on Diomedes, see here.
the second installment of the Nicholas van Rijn series (see attached
image), Old Nick is stranded on Diomedes. The third installment, "Hiding
Place," briefly mentions yet another unusual planet:
"'They're under three Gs...Even so, their
planet has oxygen and nitrogen rather than hydrogen, under a dozen
Earth-atmosphere's pressure. The temperature is rather high, fifty
degrees. I imagine their world, though of nearly Jovian mass, is so
close to its sun that the hydrogen was boiled off, leaving a clear field
for evolution similar to Earth's.'"
-Poul Anderson, The Van Rijn Method (New York, 2009), p. 596.
Large planets made habitable by cosmic
accidents are among those listed in "Unusual Heavenly Bodies." Although
they begin to sound familiar, each is a unique creation of Anderson's
scientifically informed imagination. I may be posting more about events