Ceres in fiction

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As the largest body in the asteroid belt, the dwarf planet Ceres (formally "1 Ceres") frequently appears in science fiction:


19th century[edit]

20th century[edit]

21st century[edit]

  • In Ben Bova's series Asteroid Wars (2001–2007), a small mining base is established on Ceres.
  • In Sandy Sandfort's, Scott Bieser's and Lee Oaks's Webcomic Escape from Terra, Terran forces attempt to conquer the free human colony on Ceres.[2]
  • In The Unincorporated War (2010) by Dani & Eytan Kollin, Ceres is the capital and command base of the newly formed Alliance headed by Justin Cord.
  • In James S.A. Corey's Leviathan Wakes, Caliban's War, and Abaddon's Gate, it is the largest colony in the asteroid belt, housing six million people. Ceres' rotational speed had been artificially increased prior to the events of the novels, providing its inhabitants with a weak artificial gravity. Inhabitants of Ceres, and the asteroid belt in general, are referred to as "Belters" and are much taller and thinner than the inhabitants of the inner planets due to the low gravity.
  • Mundus Cerialis (2012), a novella in the second series of Space 1889 & Beyond is set on and within Ceres, in an alternative history in which mankind are in space during the Victorian Era.

Film and television[edit]


  • In the SNES video game Super Metroid, a Space colony named "Ceres" appears as the first playable area. It is unknown if it is related to the actual dwarf planet, though it appears to be surrounded by asteroids, implying that it too is in an asteroid belt.
  • In the computer game Zone of the Enders, there is a space colony on Ceres.[3]
  • In the PC role-playing game Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday (1990), Ceres is the location of an abandoned RAM (enemy) research base.
  • In the PC Star Control series, Ceres Base is the place where formal contact with an alien species (the Chenjesu) is first made. Following the Ur-Quan war, the destruction of Ceres Station by the invading Ur-Quan fleet signifies the defeat of the human race, leading to their subsequent enslavement.
  • In the PC Game Descent (1995), one of the secret levels takes place on Ceres.
  • In the PC Game Descent 3 (1999), one of the missions requires the player to extract virus data samples from an underground research laboratory.
  • In the PC game Terminal Velocity (1995), one of the missions involves the player destroying a machine that would cause Ceres to crash into Earth.
  • In the fictional Warhammer 40,000 universe, the Adeptus Mechanicus renews its alliance with the Imperium of Man with the Treaty of Ceres, following the Age of Apostasy.
  • In the tabletop card-and-dice game Champions of the Galaxy, Ceres is home to futuristic wrestling superstars Massif and Earthquake (later known as Chopper Mattock and Powerhouse).
  • In the RPG Mutant Chronicles, Ceres is the homeworld of Cybertronic Megacorporation.
  • In the RPG Transhuman Space, it is the largest colony in the asteroid belt and is an independent state living in functional anarchy.
  • In the PC Game Warframe, Ceres is a space system and planet controlled by the Grineer Empire, a race of cloned humans.

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