The untapped potential of gas planets in fiction

Nothing more tense than a bottomless pit

“On the planet of Airlandia, two groups fight for the control of all the air. The Air Raiders, a band of daring rebels fight to usurp the dictatorship of the evil Emperor Aerozar, his 4 Lords of the Winds, and the evil Enforcer warriors. The Air Raiders’ secret base, located in the Petrified Cloud Forest, is Airlandia’s only safe haven for air. The struggle for life, power, and air are all inclusive, and only one group shall claim the victor.”

Disappointingly, the art for the franchise indicates Airlandia is a terrestrial silicate planet, just like Earth and Mars, the planets we typically see in stories like Dune, Star Trek, Star Wars or Mass Effect. Visions of an acrobatic Mad Max gave way to Waterworld’s arid counterpart. I wracked my memory to think of gas giants showcased prominently in sci-fi, and sadly only Bespin in The Empire Strikes Back came to mind.

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