Ceres in Fiction - Literature


  • In Garrett P. Serviss' Edison's Conquest of Mars, published in 1898, the Martians from The War of the Worlds are engaged in a war with giant beings from Ceres.
  • "Mummies of Ceres" is a 1936 storyline in the Buck Rogers comic strip.
  • Ceres is mentioned in some of the stories of Isaac Asimov, who usually situates an observatory on Ceres, as for example in the juvenile novel Lucky Starr and the Pirates of the Asteroids (1953) and the Wendell Urth mystery "The Dying Night".
  • In Alfred Bester's book The Stars My Destination (1956), the main character claims to be a wealthy lord from Ceres.
  • Mentioned in passing in Robert A. Heinlein's The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, Podkayne of Mars, Red Planet, Time for the Stars and The Rolling Stones.
  • In Larry Niven's Known Space stories (1964 onward), the asteroid belt has a government based on Ceres. It is also the site of the narrow but deciding victory against the Kzin Fourth Fleet during the First Man-Kzin War.
  • In The Killing Star by Charles R. Pellegrino and George Zebrowski, some of the few humans who survive the initial alien attempt to exterminate the species hide out inside of Ceres.
  • In Jerry Pournelle's Exiles to Glory (1974, republished 2007) Ceres is the site of an interplanetary mystery involving the theft of asteroid-mined super-heavy metals.
  • In L. Neil Smith's novel The Venus Belt (1981), Ceres contains a large underground city and several small settlements and stations, connected by a network of inverted highways. It is also the focus of his novel Ceres.
  • In Bob Shaw's book The Ceres Solution (1981), extraterrestrials attempt to use Ceres to destroy Earth's moon thereby removing the effect of "third-order forces" that have been stunting human development since the dawn of civilization.
  • In The Dune Encyclopedia (1984), Ceres becomes the "Seat of the Empire" (i.e. capital) after Earth is hit by an asteroid.
  • In The Doomsday Effect (1986) by Thomas Wren, Ceres is used to capture a small black hole which was slowly devouring the Earth.
  • In Joe Haldeman's novel Buying Time (1989; U.K. title The Long Habit of Living), Ceres is the home of a stateless society, which becomes important because of a secret research project to reinvent the Stileman rejuvenation process.
  • In S. M. Stirling's Draka novel The Stone Dogs (1990), the Alliance for Democracy has a large base on Ceres.
  • In the Sailor Moon metaseries (1995), a subset of villains called the "Amazoness Quartet" appear in the fourth arc of the manga and its anime counterpart, Sailor Moon SuperS. The leader of the Amazoness Quartet is CereCere, who is later revealed to be a Sailor Senshi named Sailor Ceres.
  • In Ben Bova's series Asteroid Wars (2001–2007), a small mining base is established on Ceres.
  • In Sandy Sandfort's, Scott Bieser's and Lee Oaks's Webcomic Escape from Terra, Terran forces attempt to conquer the free human colony on Ceres.
  • In The Unincorporated War (2010) by Dani & Eytan Kollin, Ceres is the capital and command base of the newly formed Alliance headed by Justin Cord.
  • In James S.A. Corey's Leviathan Wakes, it is the largest colony in the asteroid belt, housing six million people. Inhabitants of Ceres, and the asteroid belt in general, are referred to as "Belters" and are much taller and thinner than the inhabitants of the inner planets due to the low gravity.
  • Mundus Cerialis (2012), a novella in the second series of Space 1889 & Beyond is set on and within Ceres, in an alternative history in which mankind are in space during the Victorian Era.

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