Hello, friends! For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I’ll be telling you more about my upcoming Sci-Fi adventure series, Tomorrow News Network. In today’s post, B is for:
When you’re creating your own science fiction universe, you don’t have to know everything about everything, but it can be helpful to know a little bit more than what you end up telling your readers. Today, I’m going to share a few details about the planet Berzelius. Some of this will be in my book; most of it will not.
In terms of internal composition and structure, Berzelius has much in common with the planets Uranus and Neptune in our own Solar System; however, unlike Uranus or Neptune, Berzelius is located within the habitable zone of its sun. Thus, the five moons of Berzelius are capable of supporting life—and at least one of those moons does support life in the form of scrubby, slimy “cyanomolds.”
The planet Berzelius is named in honor of Swedish chemist Jöns Jacob Berzelius, who is widely regarded as one of the founders of modern chemistry. Berzelius is also closely associated with the discovery of lithium, the third element on the periodic table of elements. Since lithium mining is such an important part of A.E.I.’s business, the name seemed appropriate.
Now all you lithium fanatics may be wondering why the planet isn’t named in honor of Johan August Arfwedson, the man who actually discovered lithium while working in Berzelius’s laboratory. Well, don’t worry. Something’s named after Arfwedson too, but we’ll talk about that when we get to the letter R.
Lastly, before I end this post, I just want to emphasize to you again that the planet Berzelius has five moons. Count them:
See? Five moons.
Next time on Tomorrow News Network: A to Z, dealing with emotions can be tough. It’s even tougher when you’re a cyborg.