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Encyclopedia > Phobos and Deimos in fiction

Phobos and Deimos, the two moons of Mars, are locations frequently mentioned in works of science fiction. Phobos (IPA or , Greek Φόβος: Fright), is the larger and innermost of Mars two moons (the other being Deimos), and is named after Phobos, son of Ares (Mars) from Greek Mythology. ... Deimos (IPA or ; Greek Δείμος: Dread), is the smaller and outermost of Mars’ two moons, named after Deimos from Greek Mythology. ... Deimos (left) & Phobos (right) seen passing through Sagittarius in Mars night sky, as seen by Mars Rover Spirit on August 26, 2005. ... Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun in the solar system, named after the Roman god of war (the counterpart of the Greek Ares), on account of its blood red color as viewed in the night sky. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ...


  • In part 3 chapter 3 (the "Voyage to Laputa") of Jonathan Swift's famous satire Gulliver's Travels, a fictional work written in 1726, the astronomers of Laputa are described as having discovered two satellites of Mars. (See Phobos for a fuller discussion).
  • In Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom novels, Phobos is known by the name of Thuria, and is described as "a great and glorious orb, swinging swift across the vaulted dome of the blue-black night, so low that she seemed to graze the hills" (The Chessmen of Mars). John Carter of Mars visits a miniature civilization on Thuria in the novel Swords of Mars.
  • The first episode of the computer and video game Doom take place in a UAC base on Phobos.
  • Phobos also featured in Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy as having a base built by the first colonists to Mars. Later the moon is overtaken by multinational forces and is de-orbited by the Martian rebels.
  • In the manga Sailor Moon, Phobos is the name of one of two crows belonging to Sailor Mars.
  • Phobos is the final mission in the video game Armored Core 2 where the player must battle to the center to destroy the orbit control mechanism and prevent it from crashing into Mars and destroying the newly formed Martian civilization.
  • Phobos was referenced in the Sealab 2021 episode "Der Dieb", in which Captain Murphy knighted Marco "Sir Phobos".
  • In Greg Bear's Moving Mars, quantum computers allow the Martian colonists to teleport Phobos and Deimos above Earth, and this threat forces the Earth military to stand down from its confrontation with Mars.
  • The video games Unreal Tournament and Unreal Tournament 2004 contain a deathmatch arena located on a satellite base of Phobos.
  • Phobos is the name of a playable character in the computer game, Quake 3 Arena
  • Parts of Leather Goddesses of Phobos, the interactive fiction game from Infocom, take place in fanciful interpretations of the environments of Phobos and Mars.
  • Phobos is refrenced in Steve Alten's Ressureaction and is the title to the upcoming third book in his "Domain" trilogy. The idea of Phobos being a hollow object will play a big part in the book, going so far as to say it's is a space ship.
  • In the Noon Universe, Phobos is discovered to be an artificial satellite, most likely, built by the Wanderers.

Jonathan Swift Jonathan Swift (November 30, 1667 – October 19, 1745) was an Irish priest, satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer, and poet, famous for works like Gullivers Travels, A Modest Proposal, A Journal to Stella, The Drapiers Letters, The Battle of the Books, and A Tale of a Tub. ... First Edition of Gullivers Travels Gullivers Travels (1726, amended 1735), officially Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, is a novel by Jonathan Swift that is both a satire on human nature and a parody of the travellers tales literary sub-genre. ... Events George Friderich Handel becomes a British subject. ... Phobos (IPA or , Greek Φόβος: Fright), is the larger and innermost of Mars two moons (the other being Deimos), and is named after Phobos, son of Ares (Mars) from Greek Mythology. ... In 1911, Edgar Rice Burroughs, now best known as the creator of the character Tarzan, began his writing career with A Princess of Mars, a rousing tale of pulp adventure on the planet Barsoom or Mars. ... fgnfcgnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnggggggggggggggggggggggggfvfffffffffffffffffffccccccccccccccccchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ... It has been suggested that Multiplayer game be merged into this article or section. ... Doom (or DOOM)[1] is a 1993 computer game by id Software that is among the landmark titles in the first-person shooter genre. ... UAC logo in Doom II. The Union Aerospace Corporation (UAC) is a fictional military-industrial conglomerate, based in id Softwares Doom universe. ... Kim Stanley Robinson at the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention in Glasgow, August 2005 Kim Stanley Robinson (born March 23, 1952) is an American science fiction writer, probably best known for his award-winning Mars trilogy. ... The Mars trilogy is a series of award-winning science fiction novels by Kim Stanley Robinson, chronicling the settlement and terraforming of the planet Mars. ... ... 2nd English edition of InuYasha Vol. ... Sailor Moon , officially translated as Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon) is the title of a famous media franchise created by Japanese manga artist Naoko Takeuchi. ... Rei Hino Rei Hino (火野 レイ Hino Rei) is a Sailor Senshi, one of the main characters in the metaseries known as Sailor Moon. ... // Sixty-seven years after the events of the first game, Earths second largest corporation, Zio Matrix, acquires plans for a research project on Mars, dating back before the Great Destruction. ... Sealab 2021 was an American comedy animated television series shown on Cartoon Networks adult-oriented programming block, Adult Swim. ... Gregory Dale Bear (born August 20, 1951) is a science fiction author. ... Moving Mars is a science fiction novel written by Greg Bear (ISBN 0812524802). ... Unreal Tournament, UT, (sometimes referred to as UT99 or UT Classic or UT1 to differentiate from Unreal Tournament 2003, Unreal Tournament 2004 and Unreal Tournament 2007) is a popular first-person shooter video game. ... Unreal Tournament 2004, also known as UT2004 or UT2K4, is a futuristic first-person shooter computer game designed mainly for multiplayer gaming, although the game has a built in single-player mode that mimics multiplayer gaming by featuring AI-bots. ... This article or section should include material from Anarki For an overview of the Quake game franchise go to Quake series. ... Cover of the Lane Mastodon comic—the instruction manual for the game Leather Goddesses of Phobos is an interactive fiction game published and developed by Infocom in 1986 for the DOS, Apple II, Apple Macintosh, Atari ST and Commodore 64 computers. ... Zork, an early work of interactive fiction, running on a modern interpreter Interactive fiction, often abbreviated IF, describes software simulating environments in which players use text commands to control characters and influence the environment. ... Zork universe Zork games Zork Anthology Zork trilogy Zork I   Zork II   Zork III Beyond Zork   Zork Zero Enchanter trilogy Enchanter   Sorcerer   Spellbreaker Other games Wishbringer   Return to Zork Zork: Nemesis   Zork Grand Inquisitor Zork: The Undiscovered Underground Topics in Zork Encyclopedia Frobozzica Characters   Kings   Creatures Timeline   Magic   Calendar Zorkmid... Steve Alten is a writer, producing a number of fictional works. ... // Domain has several meanings: some kind of territory, such as (for example) a demesne or a realm synonymous with a metaphorical field, e. ... The Noon Universe is a fictional future alternate universe that serves as a setting for a book series written by Strugatsky brothers. ... For other uses, please see Satellite (disambiguation) A satellite is an object that orbits another object (known as its primary). ... Wanderers (Странники - pronounced: stranniki) are a fictionary alien race from the Noon Universe created by Strugatsky brothers. ...


  • In Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom novels, Deimos is known by the name of Cluros, and is described as "stately, majestic, almost stationary, shedding his steady light upon the world below" (The Chessmen of Mars).
  • In the comic Sailor Moon, Deimos is the name of one of two crows belonging to Sailor Mars.
  • Kim Stanley Robinson's Green Mars (1993) includes a detailed description of a manned landing on Deimos.
  • The second episode of the Computer and video game Doom takes place in a UAC base on Deimos. Before the beginning of the game, Deimos disappears from Martian orbit, and is reached by the unnamed Marine after he steps into a large teleporter on Phobos. Eventually, it is discovered that Deimos is floating above Hell itself.
  • The UESC Marathon of the Marathon computer game series is a hollowed-out Deimos.
  • A hollowed-out Deimos is also featured in the Zone of the Enders saga of games and anime. In the series - notably the Idolo OVA - the moon serves as a linear catapult facility for launching vehicles in Mars orbit to Earth, and possibly to the Jupiter colonies as well.
  • Like Phobos, Deimos is discovered to be an artificial satellite in the Noon Universe, likely, built by the Wanderers.



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