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Literature / Planetfall Universe

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Written by Emma Newman, this is not a series but a universe, containing multiple stand-alone novels. It is Science Fiction.

  1. Planetfall (2015)
  2. After Atlas (2016)
  3. Before Mars (2018)
  4. Atlas Alone (2019)


  • All Planets Are Earth-Like: In Planetfall, humans' issues with the planet are due to allergies and not being able to digest planet proteins. There are no issues with the air or gravity. The first time they stepped foot on the planet, this is lampshaded:
    Lois: It's so similar to Earth. That can't be a coincidence.
    Ren: It might not be as meaningful as you think. It might simply be that life of the kind we're used to can only flourish within certain parameters, so the results are familiar without there being some sort of intelligent design behind it.
  • Amicable Exes: Kay broke up with Ren because of Ren's refusal to open up, but they're still friendly (and still flirty).
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  • Cuddle Bug: Pasha hugs everyone.
  • Daddy's Girl: Ren and her father are very close, while she and her mother are not. Even when she's nearly 70, Ren still recalls her father frequently and fondly.
  • Happily Married: Ren looks at Pasha and Neela's relationship wistfully.
  • Hope Spot: At the end of Planetfall, Ren is on the brink of getting back together with Kay. Starts to open up to her and tells her about her daughter, which she had never done before. Then stuff happens.
  • Insanely International Ancestry: Set 20 Minutes into the Future, this is part of the increasingly international state of Earth.
    • Ren is the daughter of a Ghanaian father and English mother, and sees Paris as her home.
    • Suh is the child of Korean immigrants, raised in Paris.
  • Love Father, Love Son: Ren was in love with Suh, and is attracted to her grandson, Sung-Soo, who strongly resembles her. Ren finds her own attraction uncomfortable and inappropriate.
  • Mother Nature, Father Science: Ren's mother—an artist—was not supportive of her work, on the basis that it was too much science, too artificial. Her father, on the other hand, was very proud of her.
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  • Outliving One's Offspring: Ren's daughter, who died at age 3.
  • Repressed Memories: That Ren put Suh's body in a sarcophagus and kept it in her house.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: Ren—like the author—suffers from anxiety. This turns into compulsive hoarding. She anthropomorphizes her things and sees herself as adopting them, loving them when no one else will.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The Korean transcription is a bit confusing. Lee Suh-Mi is presumable a transcription of 이수미. (It's noted that it's pronounced like the English "sue me," and so she just goes by Suh to avoid that.) Lee Sung-Soo is presumably 이성수. "Suh" and "Soo" are thus the same (수), despite being spelled differently. In the audiobook—read by the author—they are indeed pronounced the same: like the English name Sue.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Sung-Soo strongly resembles his grandmother, Suh.