I was reading Anthony Peratt's article in Sky and Telescope and I found the most wonderful story by Isaac Asimov called Nightfall which ties so many scientific themes of this blog together: Plasma Cosmology.
Isaac Asimov's 'Nightfall' tells the story of a civilization on a planet with six suns, where night comes only once every 2,049 years. Scholars of that world have uncovered traces of at least nine previous cultures, all of which reached a height comparable to their own and then vanished suddenly. Because of their viewing handicap, those scientists cosmology is faulty. At their most creative, they can imagine that their universe consists of perhaps a few dozen 'stars' -- mysterious lights that eccentric cultists are always talking about. When night does fall and myriad stars shine forth, their cosmology, and indeed the philosophical basis for their society, crumbles.Oh man I can't wait to read this. Apparently it was voted the greatest Science Fiction story of all time by the Science Fiction Writers of America.