Dept. of Hypotheticals I Don’t Have the Time to Write

Last night, in a discussion of Pluto’s demotion to dwarf planet, I brought up the fact that many astrologers have decided to disregard science’s classification and go on treating Pluto as a regular planet(1). And then I said it would be interesting if some pioneering astrologer retooled the system to account for all of the dwarf planets in a new and interesting way, and as a result astrology suddenly started being so laboratory-accurate that even the most defiant of skeptics had to admit that it only didn’t work before because the math wasn’t quite right yet.

IANAAstrologer, and I don’t feel like putting in the research necessary to write the story. But the idea amuses me.

(1) I am told the State of New Mexico has done the same, owing to how the guy who discovered Pluto was New Mexican — though he was in Arizona at the time of the discovery.

0 Responses to “Dept. of Hypotheticals I Don’t Have the Time to Write”

  1. ithiliana

    Maybe too many coke zeroes, but all I can think is: yay, fanscience fiction can save Pluto!

  2. ombriel

    I don’t know the details, but I believe Scorpio was originally associated with Mars, and then became associated with Pluto when it found. Now Scorpio’s planet is being interfered with once again. Woe!

    • Marie Brennan

      And there’s another story — in which Scorpio, pissed off at all these humans messing around with its symbolic associations, decides to strike back . . . .

    • laurelwen

      It’s consistent with my (and others’) identification of Pluto as representative of the Other. What happens when you other an Other?


      But that would take too long to unpack here.

  3. ozziel

    What happens when the scientists who regard pluto as a regular planet strike out at the scientists who don’t and it begins the Astrologic Reformation that drags out for hundreds of years with thousands of dead on both sides?

  4. kendokamel

    Interesting… I hadn’t even thought of it that way.

  5. celestineangel

    I’m waiting for someone to use the LJ friends icon. I would, but for some reason, I’ve never saved it.

  6. diatryma

    It bugged me that the astrology-oriented thingything I did last year tried to anchor itself in a huge long tradition and then included the newer planets seemingly at random. Pluto affects a generation at a time, more or less. It just doesn’t move fast enough to be interesting on an experimental scale.

    Oh. Hi. Plot. Damn.

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