(urth) note Re: Short Sun blog

Jeff Wilson jwilson at io.com
Mon Sep 27 18:15:14 PDT 2010

On 9/27/2010 6:48 AM, David Stockhoff wrote:
> Actually, the assumption that at least most life in the NS/LS/SS
> universe has the same biochemistry. The inhumi feed on both humans and
> Neighbors, for example. And then you have the alzabo.
> Copper-based life seems to prove the rule by not existing here.
> However, seamless transplantation does go too far.

These are not representative samples of a virgin field; there's been at 
least one intergalactic empire carrying Urth's genome and human 
chauvanism outward, and that same chauvanism along with exploitation, 
greed, enterprise, philanthropy, and sentimentality affect what is 
brought back and sought for further study aside from whatever scientific 
objectivity may remain. Blue and Green could have been chose from 
previous records of compatible biology even if it had somehow gone 
untainted after chiliads of empire, and the alzabo and destrier are 
clearly useful for certain purposes, though the alzabo apparently 
escaped into the wild before it could be domesticated.

The truly alien things that Hethor summons could have all sort of weird 
biochemistries - the notules may not even *be* biochemical in the strict 

Jeff Wilson - jwilson at io.com
Computational Intelligence Laboratory - Texas A&M Texarkana
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