Catalogus Stellarum

I have started a new series of obsessive science tweets at @FSVO. This time it’s stars. All stellar names and designations are real; almost all facts are transparent lies. Go, follow!

(Many science fiction and fantasy texts have a linguistic other: even in the less oppressively upholstered worlds without an invented langue such as Elvish or Klingon or Dothraki, there are neutrinos and quarks and haploids and all the strange jargon of science itself. One of the great strokes of genius of Dune is that its second language is Arabic, bypassing the hybrid Greek and Latin tags attached to the stars by the first modern astronomers and setting up resonances with the ancient and beautiful stellar names which are more evocative of wandering tribes and magicians than of rockets or telescopes.)


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