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A Very British Solar System, Part IIThe nearest celestial body, the Moon, turned out to be a bit of a disappointment to terrestrial explorers, much of it deserts of grey sand, it’s seas shallow and bitterly salt, it’s most advanced animal life snails, slugs, and insects (albeit often of most formidable size), it’s plant life generally of a pallid or grayish mushroom or fungus type, the most developed of which is the closest thing to an intelligent species, the Lunar mushroom-men, which herd the giant snails and live in their empty shells, and dealt with the unusual arrival of human beings by trying to ignore them as much as possible. (Fortunately for them, mushrooms do not seem to catch any human diseases). There are no picturesque ruins. There are some mines and a penal colony, but generally the Moon does not attract many visitors or compel much excitement. (Well, unless one is infected by one of the fungal spores which sprout in human flesh, or attacked by one of the various predatory insects, some of
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A Very British Solar System, Part IA description (with a little rationalization and expansion) of Philip Reeve's rah-ther delightful "Larklight" trilogy universe. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larklight_trilogy
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The Aether currents circle around the sun, a jolly good thing, too, because if the Aether were a static medium, the planets would soon fall into the sun. As it is, the currents help move the planets in their orbits, and ease the passage of space ships travelling clockwise rather than counterclockwise around the sun. The Aether is an energetic medium, the basis for the Alchemical drive, and sustains the fauna of space much as air sustains terrestrial life; however, the traveler should keep in mind it cannot substitute for oxygen for long, and one needs to bring a supply along when venturing into space.
The solar system is well supplied with suns and planets: as in many other solar systems,  this is not a natural phenomenon but the work of a member of the ancient and slightly eldritch super-race known as t