While in most fiction it is not necessary to create/compose a star system for a world in fiction it can add to its realism. For example take the ancient knowledge of the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn this knowledge can be used and play in the language, beliefs, time, and many other things, things like the Antikthera Mechanism. And this knowledge can fit in a setting from the ancient world to the Medieval to Renaissance period or a setting with a culturally advanced civilization. Of course such knowledge in most science fiction is almost mandatory.
As to the make up of such star systems, you will notice the ones I have composed follow a pattern mimicking Earth’s, this is intended. I have my own theory on the importance of a star systems make up and life, as a Christian I see patterns that get my gears turning. With all the star systems being detected with Hot Jupiters this leads me to a theory, Earths Solar System seems unusually suitable, for example recent evidence suggests that Jupiter, and possibly Saturn, may play a roll in protecting Earth from strikes from asteroids, comets, and meteors. This would place the need for an alien world that supports life to have a star system similar to Earth’s or similar in function, but not identical.
One last creative example to help one, you can also be creative in an alien star system, while I did not use this one could put together a dual star system, one with two stars. One like our sun and a similar or smaller star along the lines of a Dwarf that could act as Jupiter would.
by The Guardian of Worlds.
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