ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON 9/30/09
As you may or may not know, I've got kind of a thing about non-standard planets. Most of the ones we see are deadly dull (like earth), or have a monolithic environment (Ice planet, desert planet, jungle planet) Yawn. I discussed how this lack of imagination bugs me here http://www.republibot.com/content/why-aren%E2%80%99t-there-more-interest... which led indirectly to a conversation about that subject with Lensman, the guy who runs the Incompleat Known Space Concordance over at http://www.freewebs.com/knownspace/
Talking with him led to a disussion of "Jinx," the most unusually-shaped planet in Larry Niven's "Known Space" universe, which led ot me writing an essay about the subject specifically for that site.
Lensman has been good enough to run it, and you can take a look at it here:
http://www.freewebs.com/knownspace/alt.htm#Jinx1 and then come back here and tell me what you think of it.