Thank you everyone for your replies! I'm so excited about having discovered CBB.
What are the sentient species that are the human-equivalents for your planet (if you have them)?
There is one totally human species on the seas and one "elf-like" species on the singular continent. I say "elf-like" because they are more "pristine", immortal and generally less phrenetic. The humans are scare of them and stay away from the one land-mass, therefore.
Perelandra is an Earth-like water world, with no land masses save one, which is about the size of Australia and on the equator. Solid, perpetual cloud cover is coppery/gold in color. The ocean is shallower than Earth's and vastly less saline.
Assuming Perelandra has Earthlike geology, there will be more landmasses than on the Earth if the oceans were shallower.
Not if the planet were more uniformly flat, right?
With less geologic variety in the crust, you could have less water and still have shallower oceans everywhere. I'm imagining a smoother, more polished ball of clay. It could have less glaze, but without ridges, it would all be covered.
The Coriolis effect carries islands around and around, circling their half of the planet once or twice a year. The polar caps are smaller because there are no underlying masses to cool them, and larger because fresh water freezes sooner than salt water. I imagine the sizes to be about the same, therefore, as the north pole ice here on Earth.
Maybe I just don't understand, but how the polar caps can be smaller and larger at the same time?
Yeah, I wrote that badly. I meant, the forces for shrinking and expanding the area of ice would balance each other out.
I need your help flushing this out and making it more robust.
Do toilets really swirl the other way in Australia?
- the plagiarism makes me very queasy. Thank you for acknowledging it, but wouldn't it be better to avoid it altogether by changing the name? Perelandra is, as you know, already the name of a well-known world that somebody else has created. And I'm not sure about the legal details, but if Lewis' estate is anything like as litigious as Tolkien's, I'd bet they could succesfully sue. Not that they would, if they never hear about you, but it still makes me a bit uneasy, when you could just call it something else.
I have no attachment to the name. Thanks for pointing that out. I'll get to work thinking of a better one.
- I don't see why lots of oceans means no need for names of species. People will always want to distinguish things from other things. Indeed, if there's no need to do that, it's hard to imagine intelligence evolving.
Yeah, I'm struggling for the conceit that would make a language of only verbs viable. I decided it can't really
be subject-less. Instead, everything is a process, actively involved in doing something. No species needs to be distinguished for what it is
, only for what it does.
Humans are non-native to this planet. The "elves" are indigenous. see above.
- You wouldn't have Spotlike storms - nowhere near enough energy, but I think that whatever you do you'll have a LOT of storms, including VERY big ones. The shallow seas should help with that, though, and there'll be large parts of the world without many storms at all (because there isn't the land to deflect them). One interesting idea might be to slow the spin of the planet - longer days, longer nights, less energy in the system, and only one cell per hemisphere, atmospherically.
This is what I was hoping for. With the absolute cloud cover, night would be pretty close to pitch black anyway. I am trying to avoid insane hurricanes too often, though.
- My hunch would be that there would be no icecaps, but I don't know. shallow seas wouldn't help here either - they could freeze to the bottom, which I seem to recall is a Bad Thing. Don't know how bad, though.
Can you elaborate on this or point me in a resources' direction? I had reasoned that the South Polar region is much larger b/c of the underlying land mass, but the north still have solid regions, right? I mean, isn't it the north pole where submarines like to poke through? There just aren't any penguins!