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Uriel, the third planet of the star Malak in the spiral nebula Messier 101.
Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  an immense cloud of gas (mainly hydrogen) and dust in interstellar space
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  • Uriel, the third planet of the star Malak in the spiral nebula Messier 101.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • A bit of mould is a pleiad of flowers; a nebula is an ant-hill of stars.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The whole galaxy— or nebula, as we also call it—is 90,000 light-years wide.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • They placed the calf beside its mother again, took up the lantern, and went out, the light sinking down the hill till it was no more than a nebula.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd

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  • It congealed intO a whirlpool of stars-a spiral nebula seen from a point far beyond its outermost sun.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • …of the earth: of Sirius (alpha in Canis Maior) 10 lightyears (57,000,000,000,000 miles) distant and in volume 900 times the dimension of our planet: of Arcturus: of the precession of equinoxes: of Orion with belt and sextuple sun theta and nebula in which 100 of our solar systems could be contained: of moribund and of nascent new stars such as Nova in 1901: of our system plunging towards the constellation of Hercules: of the parallax or parallactic drift of socalled fixed stars, in…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • I knew that you could not say to yourself ’stereotomy’ without being brought to think of atomies, and thus of the theories of Epicurus; and since, when we discussed this subject not very long ago, I mentioned to you how singularly, yet with how little notice, the vague guesses of that noble Greek had met with confirmation in the late nebular cosmogony, I felt that you could not avoid casting your eyes upward to the great nebula in Orion, and I certainly expected that you would do so.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • Her dress was void black, mixed with the colors of a space nebula, as if galaxies were being born in her bodice.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • In astronomy a nebula is a luminous patch in the heavens far beyond the solar system, composed of a mass of stars or condensed gases.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • It’s a solid hit, as solid as you can get on this nebula of air, upholstery, paint, and marketing known as the family minivan.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash

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  • Turning, the Agent stepped back to the doorway, which he sealed with a swirling nebula of energy that stretched across the opening like a thin film of oily water.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • Slowly he probed through the vacant conscious levels of her mind to the turbulent preconscious, heavily hung with obscuring clouds like a vast dark nebula in the heavens.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • But so the remoter stars seem a nebula of united light, yet there is no group which a telescope will not resolve ; and the dearest friends are separated by impassable gulfs.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Society and Solitude
  • Her sensuality was dormant, and on the rare occasions when she brooded over her unfortunate fate, she had a pleasant vision of herself floating in a nebula, without suffering or joy, far away from the cruelties of life, with her daughter as her sole companion.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • We should have zapped straight into the middle of the Horsehead Nebula.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • It’s the Ring Nebula.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • A CIA document with only three copies was unusual enough that Ryan, whose highest clearance was NEBULA, had never encountered one.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • For it the nebula cohered to an orb, The long slow strata piled to rest it on, Vast vegetables gave it sustenance, Monstrous sauroids transported it in their mouths and deposited it with care.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • Could it be that everything we can perceive, from the infinitesimal virus to the distant Horse-head Nebula, is contained in one blade of grass… a blade that may have existed for only a day or two in an alien time-flow?
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • …a procession of musical notes through the mind of a slightly mad composer; a school of those deep-swimming fish whose bodies are whorls and runnels of light, circling about some phosphorescent plant within a cold and sea-deep pit; the Spiral Nebula, suddenly collapsing upon its center; a storm, each drop of which becomes a feather, songbird or jewel; and (and perhaps most cogent) a Temple full of terrible and highly decorated statues, suddenly animated and singing, suddenly rushing…
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • She goes back into the Hong Kong franchise, a nebula of aromatic freshness trailing behind her like the tail of a comet.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • "Inside a dark nebula is the only place in the Galaxy you’d see a dark screen."
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • The nebula expanded.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • We call the nearest galaxy to the Milky Way the Andromeda nebula.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • So we’re looking two million years back in time when we see the Andromeda nebula high up in the sky.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • If there was a clever stargazer in this nebula—I can just imagine him pointing his telescope at Earth right now—he wouldn’t be able to see us.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • From the heart of a dark nebula it is possible to see very few stars, and only very faintly, but they were there to be seen.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • That night, as the Heart of Gold was busy putting a few light-years between itself and the Horsehead Nebula, Zaphod lounged under the small palm tree on the bridge trying to bang his brain into shape with massive Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters; Ford and Trillian sat in a corner discussing life and matters arising from it; and Arthur took to his bed to flip through Ford’s copy of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • …volumes of 1000 pages each of innumerable quires and reams of India paper would have to be requisitioned in order to contain the complete tale of its printed integers of units, tens, hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions, tens of millions, hundreds of millions, billions, the nucleus of the nebula of every digit of every series containing succinctly the potentiality of being raised to the utmost kinetic elaboration of any power of any of its powers.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • "We’re in the Horsehead Nebula.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
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