3 Strange Worlds straight out of science fiction

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  1. GovernorSilver

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    http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-...ign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20160502

    All three planets have one side that's always facing the star, and one side that's always facing away. That means one side is frigid and one side is scorching hot — but the regions in between might be downright cozy.

    I'm pretty sure I've read a science fiction story or novel taking place on that kind of planet. Or was it an episode of one of the Star Trek shows?

    Kind of bothering me a bit that I can't remember which sci-fi work it was.
     
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    It's a red sun, and Krypton was from a red sun system, so.....? In all of these speculations about life on other planets, and what planets could sustain life, etc., the talk is about what planets that could sustain carbon based life, like ours, but what about the possibility of intelligent life in a form that we maybe can't even imagine?
     
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    No, it wasn't any of the Superman works (comics, movies, TV episodes, etc) for me.

    Besides, Krypton was never mentioned as a non-rotating planet, with one side permanently facing the sun and the other permanently facing away, as in the case of the 3 planets in the OP.

    I'm thinking maybe a Larry Niven novel? He thought up of some unusual worlds (eg. Ringworld). Or perhaps a Philip K. Dick story.
     
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    If memory serves, one of the stories from "I, Robot" (Asimov) takes place on Mercury, whose orbit is locked in the same way (I think?).
     
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    Asimov's works are also possibilities. However, Mercury does rotate, even if it's at a veerryyy sloooowww rate compared to Earth.
     
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    You're right, I just checked wikipedia, looks like there are 3 days to every 2 years on Mercury.

    I remember an "I, Robot" story where they're on Mercury, on the border between the Sun-facing side and the other side, and the robot was having an existential crisis or whatever and was frozen by indecision (it's been a long while since I read it, so I could be mixing things up).
     
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    Wasn't there a Star Trek movie somewhat based on the peoples from the dark side?
     
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    If they haven't decided what to call this planet, I know just the person it should be named after.
     
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    Kirk dumped Khan on a downright hostile planet.
     
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    The Sun is not an ordinary star.
    80% of stars are red dwarfs.
    The Sun is also unusual in that it doesn't have one or more red dwarf companions.

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    Red dwarfs go for a trillion years.
    If life could ever get going on their planets, it wouldn't have anything to worry about.
    Earth (ish) planets discovered so far are hundreds and thousand of light year away.
    It’s cool to find there may be some in our own backyard.
     
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    A non-Start Wreck movie from the 90's or the Ought's
     
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    There's a scene in "Chronicles of Riddick" where they are trying to stay between the frozen night and volcanic day of the prison planet. Not exactly the McDLT / Big n' Tasty "one side's always hot, the other's always cold" scenario you are looking for, but same sort of situation.
     
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    That actually sounds familiar. I do remember a sci-fi action movie in which there were action scenes in that scenario - everyone is trying to stay within the "Goldilocks belt" of the planet, because they'll either freeze to death or burn to death otherwise. The Riddick movie might be it.
     
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    Yes! That's it!
     
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    There was an episode where some of the people were white on one side, black on the other, and the other race was the opposite. "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield". Frank Gorshin and Lou Antonio guest starred.

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    A-Bone may be our resident aficionado of good film, but I can hold my own when identifying references to the cinema of the not-so-good.
     
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    They were running from the prison entrance to the spaceport, cos the train was broken. As I recall it was an asteroid, so no gravity, and no atmosphere, but lets not poke too many holes in the plot. A good movie IMHO, though not well regarded.
     
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    from the episode, Planet of the Black and White Cookie

     
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    It's crazy though that they found 3 real-life planets like that.
     

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