Phobos and Deimos in fiction

Phobos And Deimos In Fiction

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Phobos and Deimos, the two moons of Mars, are locations frequently mentioned in works of science fiction.


  • In part 3 chapter 3 (the "Voyage to Laputa") of Jonathan Swift's famous satire Gulliver's Travels, a fictional work written in 1726, the astronomers of Laputa are described as having discovered two satellites of Mars.
  • In Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom novels, Phobos is known by the name of Thuria, and is described as "a great and glorious orb, swinging swift across the vaulted dome of the blue-black night, so low that she seemed to graze the hills" (The Chessmen of Mars). In reality, Phobos actually appears smaller from Mars than Earth's Moon does from Earth. John Carter of Mars visits a miniature civilization on Thuria in the novel Swords of Mars.
  • In the novel The Sands of Mars by Arthur C Clarke, Mars is terraformed when Phobos is ignited as a second sun using a meson-resonance reaction.
  • In the short story 'Hide and Seek' (collected in Expedition to Earth) a man evades capture by landing on Phobos.
  • In the novel Phobos the Robot Planet (also known as A Moon) by Paul Capon, Phobos is an enormous computer, the last relic of a long-vanished race of Martians. Phobos learns human languages by listening to radio broadcasts, and kidnaps humans using flying saucers in order to learn about human emotions.
  • The first episode of the computer and video game Doom takes place in a UAC base on Phobos, where it is erroneously depicted as having......
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