Captain Kathryn wrote:
When I first saw this thread, I thought you meant Betelgeuse from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
Well, of course they're both in reference to the real star Betelgeuse
, aka Alpha Orionis (as is the name of the title character in the movie Beetlejuice
, which in-story is actually spelled Betelgeuse).
Although Betelgeuse is a red supergiant, a star that couldn't possibly support life, so in my novel Ex Machina
I cribbed from Adams and asserted that the TMP Betelgeusians are actually from "a small planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse."