Exploiting the isolation of planets and other locations in space for the Papillion-esqe drama of a prison or prison colony was a natural for many science fiction writers. Perhaps the best known is a planet at all but Earth's Luna in Robert A. Heinlein's 1968 novel The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.
List of Prison WorldsEdit
- Armaghast - Dan Simmons's Hyperion Cantos
- Amor (asteroid) - Kim Stanley Robinson's novel Icehenge
- Bastille - "Prisons," a short story in Kevin J. Anderson's collection Landscapes.
- Butcher Bay - The Chronicle of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay game
- Canamar - “Canamar,” Star Trek: Enterprise Episode 17, Season 2, 2-26-2003
- Cardassia IV - “The Homecoming,” Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Episode 1, Season 2, 9-26-1993
- Carraya IV - Star Trek universe
- Cerberus - Jack L. Chalker's The Four Lords of the Diamond series
- Charon - Jack L. Chalker's The Four Lords of the Diamond series
- Chthon - Pier Anthony's Chthon
- Confinement Asteroid - Larry Niven's novel Protector
- Crematoria - The Chronicles of Riddick 2004 film
- Cygnus Alpha - “The Way Back,” Blake’s 7, Episode A1, 1-2-1978; "Cygnus Alpha," Blake’s 7 Episode A3, 1-16-1978
- Elba II - "Whom Gods Destroy," Star Trek: The Original Series, Episode 71, Season 3, 1-3-1969
- Gulagatraz - Robert Kroese's novel Starship Grifters'
- Hadante - "Prisoners," Stargate SG-1, Season 2
- Hades - David Weber's Honorverse
- Jerusalem - Charles Coleman Finlay's "The Political Prisoner," The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction August 2008
- Justicia (entire system of Prison Planets) - Stephen Cole's The Monsters Inside Doctor Who novel
- Lilith - Jack L. Chalker's The Four Lords of the Diamond series
- Luna - Robert A. Heinlein's novel The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
- Luna - Dead Leaves 2004 anime film
- Mars (post WW IV concentration camps) - Brian Aldiss's novel The Eighty Minute Hour
- Moabar - Linnea Sinclair's novel Gabriel's Ghost
- Moon - D.M. Schneider's "One Man," a short story in Nebula Science Fiction Volume 2, Issue 20
- Medusa - Jack L. Chalker's The Four Lords of the Diamond series
- Mytus VII (home to the Corporate Sector Authority prison called "Star's End") - Star Wars universe
- Nelson Mandela (terraformed asteroid) - Kim Stanley Robinson's novel 2312, p. 441
- New Half-Way Tree - Nalo Hopkinson's novel Midnight Robber
- Netu (moon) – “Jolinar’s Memories” and “The Devil You Know,” Stargate SG-1 Season 3
- Omega - Robert Sheckley's novel The Status Civilization
- Oovo IV (asteroid prison) - Star Wars universe
- Raaga - "The Visitation" episodes of Doctor Who
- The "Rocks" - George Zebrowski's Brute Orbits
- Ragnarok - Tom Godwin's Space Prison (a.k.a. The Survivors) and The Space Barbarians
- Sarn - "Planet of Fire" episodes of Doctor Who
- Shada - Shada episodes of Doctor Who
- Shammat - Doris Lessing's novels\ The Sirian Experiments, Canopus in Argos Archives series, Pp. 52-54
- Tantalus V - "Dagger of the Mind" - Star Trek: The Original Series Episode 11, Season 1, 11-3-1966
- Tyranna - "Prisoners of Tyranna" & "Invasion from Tyranna," radio episodes of Space Patrol, September 18, 1954 & September 25, 1954
- Shattered Pine Prison - Aliette de Bodard's short story "Scattered Along the River of Heaven." Clarkeworld. January 2012.
- An alien military prison is the scene for the action in "Quality of Mercy," The Outer Limits Episode 113, SEASON 1, Original Airdate: 6-23-1995.
- A prison satellite is maintained by the fascist police state on the Delta Quadrant planet Akritiri in the series Star Trek Voyager, Episode 43, Season 3, 9-18-1996.
- One of two unnamed moons of Minbar is used as a penal colony for murderers in the Babylon Five universe.
- Peter Redfield. 2000. Space in the Tropics: From Convicts to Rockets in French Guiana. Berkeley: University of Californaia Press. ISBN 0520219848.