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Where does "the year 2080" come from? I couldn't find it in the story... RandomCritic 01:12, 27 June 2007 (UTC)

On further thought, 2080 seems quite incompatible with the overall timeline; Peri mentions how dangerous space travel was "25 or 30" years earlier (i.e., before her father's invention of the thermoid expansion chamber); and then indicates that that was 50 years after the colonization of Venus, so the total time elapsed between the date of the story and the colonization of Venus was 75 or 80 years. That would push the colonization of Venus back to 2000 or 2005; but other indications are that Venus wasn't colonized until after 2030.

The Red Peri is supposed to take place 50 years before a conjunction of Pluto and Saturn -- there's one in 2181, so perhaps the date should be around 2130? RandomCritic 02:18, 27 June 2007 (UTC)

The date is 2080 Because at one point keene makes reference to a discovery in physics "150 years ago, way back in 1930" on page 208 of Interplanetary odysseys. I'm going to change it back now, for the sake of accuracy. 05:36, 27 July 2007 (UTC)

A footnote in Parasite Planet states that Venus was partitioned by an international commission in 2020, to give portions of the planet to the nations that had colonized it. This means that Venus must have been colonized for several years at this point. The reference to the first flight over Everest may be an approximation, not exactly 150 years; if we assume colonization of Venus circa 2010 and set the story 75 years later that puts the date at 2085, which happens to be around the time of a conjunction of Saturn and Pluto if the elderly astronomy program I'm using is right. Incidentally, it looks like Weinbaum got the interval of conjunctions wrong - it looks to be about every 32 years if I'm interpreting a very low resolution display correctly. Hope this helps. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Marcus Rowland (talkcontribs) 20:45, 8 September 2008 (UTC)