Gonggong Ahoy

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Between scientists and conspiracy theorists I’m not sure which give scribblers more crazy wonderful character ideas. Although— I challenge any author of science-fiction, who is also diligent in their research of real-life science and theoretical physics, to swear that they have never ever had a tinfoil hat moment. Such as when Google starts popping up conspiracy theories after you innocently ask it something quantum. My television is connected via my internet provider through a little box thing that they supply, which puts me in the very happy situation of being able to watch Youtube videos on my TV from the comfort of my couch with a nice glass of vino. Probably not ideal for a writer of things, vino notwithstanding. Youtube, being just like its daddy Google, will then recommend similar things to your recent views and send you spinning down rabbit holes all over the place, while holding tightly on to your tinfoil protection against the deadly rays being directed at all times, by dark forces, at your noggin.

Sometimes I wonder though. What I’m currently wondering is whether NASA and Co get some sort of thrill out of deliberately taunting innocent conspiracy theorists. Several ancient legends tell of a rogue planet—either a single planet or a system of small planets circling a brown dwarf star—depending on the legend. It has been called all sorts of things—Niburu, Nemesis, Wormwood, the Destroyer, and so on. Nothing about its apparent destined arrival is in any way fabulous. Some have it appearing in the sky with gassy wings. Mostly they say that it is going to do some damage to our world, if not destroy it completely. All agree on its redness though. Modern doomsday planet experts predict pretty much every year that it is sure to appear imminently and either squish us all like bugs or send us into some kind of ice age shortly on the heels of planetwide floods, earthquakes, and other horrible stuff in general.

So when Planet 9 was actually discovered a few years ago there was a whole lot of conspiracy theorist “I Told You So-ing!” Much orbit plotting happened and soon our beloved conspiracy theorists shared their plottings to show a huge elliptical orbit taking thousands of years as Number 9 zoomed way out to the Kuiper Belt before zooming right back to an alarmingly close proximity to Earth. Time frames coincided nicely with everything from Noah’s flood to the destruction of Göbekli Tepe and other strangely amazing constructions of humans in the distant past that we cannot at all reproduce today with all of our cleverness. Explanations were offered of our similarity to Hugh Howey’s characters as post apocalyptic “rememberers”. Apparently this thing zooms by every so often thousand years and sends us down the snake to the bottom of the ladder. While good stuff for science-fiction—Planet 9 is a fabulous part of one of the books in my own series—I gave the idea of being squished no more thought after reading about it a couple of years ago. Then, in the past few days, up popped planet (225088) 2007 (OR) 10, which was found, with its own little moon, beyond Neptune in 2007. I assume that Planet 9 and 2007 (OR) 10 are one and the same potential death star. At least I hope so. Two Destroyers would be a bit much on the universal humour scale.

This planet has remained monikerless until now while its discoverers apparently needed to “research” it a little more. It was originally dubbed Snow White as it glowed white and was assumed to be small, and only something rather large would reflect white from that distance if it was a dark colour. As things turned out it was not small and white after all—it was large, and RED, and in possession of its very own methane. “Checks tinfoil hat” The scientists who discovered it are asking the public to help by choosing one of three available names for the not so newly discovered planet. ONLY these three names are available to choose from. They, and their meanings are:

Gonggong. Gonggong is a Chinese water god with red hair and a serpent-like tail. He is known for creating chaos, causing flooding, and tilting the Earth.

What’s that you say?!!!

Holle. Holle is a European winter goddess of fertility, rebirth and women.

Vili. Vili is a Nordic deity who defeated frost giant Ymir and used the body to create the universe.

As for Gonggong—all I can say is please let’s not pick that one. The other two, while seemingly rather boring and innocuous, have too much to do with winter and frost  (read ICE AGE after SQUISHING) for my tin hat liking—not to mention the rebirth bit–which would only be needed after a good squishing after all, so I would like to suggest a slightly sweeter name for that poor innocent planet. Seriously scientist people, couldn’t you just have gone with Rose Red seeing as Snow White turned out to not be white? Luckily Amazon is already aware of the danger and writers have a whole lot more to make real.

6 thoughts on “Gonggong Ahoy

    Sha'Tara said:
    April 14, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Scientists and conspirists both use theories, ergo they must arrive at the same conclusions in the end which won’t mean anything, that being the whole point. What could possibly be wrong with a planet called Gonggong sporting red hair and a serpent-like tail? Aren’t we all a bit tired with boring spheres? How about a pyramidal planet with one big eye on top, or a dodecahedron? (WP spell check insists I mean a rhododendron but I can’t imagine Yggdrasil as a rhodo.) Or platonic solid planets? And… what happened to the 12th planet? Are we so dummied-down we can’t count that high anymore? I’m ready for my cup of hot chocolate now, as soon as I find my tinfoil hat, I know it’s here somewhere, I had it on last night when I was reading about UFO’s and aliens in Hong Kong… I suppose they were looking for bargains or romance, like everybody else.


    Cynthia Reyes said:
    April 14, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    So glad to see you blogging regularly again. One never knows what to expect — and that’s a good thing.


    floridaborne said:
    April 15, 2019 at 4:54 am

    Why not just call it Niburu and scare the hell out of everyone. Newscasters need the ratings. 🙂


    Jemima Pett said:
    April 15, 2019 at 10:55 am

    Oh, I’ve gone for Gonggong, which seems entirely appropriate for our current times!

    I know what you mean about science things popping up seemingly daily. I’ve been following the asteroid mining debate avidly – and reposting occasionally on my asteroid miners’ series website 🙂


    Jack Eason said:
    April 19, 2019 at 7:22 am

    Reblogged this on Have We Had Help? and commented:
    Something to titillate the little grey cells from our gorgeous Jo in South Africa


    […] friend and fellow writer Jo Robinson posted this about Gonggong, a possible name for Planet 9. Me, I think they should call it Ed […]


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