Scent on an Airless Planet

Scent seems to have all the disadvantages and none of the advantages, as a long-range sense. However, under special circumstances even a modified nose may fill the need. In a story of my own some years ago ("Uncommon Sense," Astounding Science Fiction, September 1945), I assumed an airless planet, so that molecules could diffuse in nearly straight lines. The local sense organs were basically pinhole cameras, with the retinal mosaic formed of olfactory cells. Since the beings in question were not intelligent, the question of what sort of universe they believed in did not arise.


An species of space whale could smell over long distances, but scent would get swirled and pooled by gravity wells along the way.

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 The Creation of Imaginary Beings
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Clement, Hal (1987), The Creation of Imaginary Beings, SIU Press, Retrieved on 2015-04-06
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