(urth) note Re: Short Sun blog

David Stockhoff dstockhoff at verizon.net
Mon Sep 27 18:51:59 PDT 2010

  With which no one ever tried to mate, one hopes.

On 9/27/2010 9:15 PM, Jeff Wilson wrote:
> 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 sense.

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