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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 23rd, 2012 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

>>I wanted to explore that side of Traipahni society, I will be very tastefully be exploring the "nest mates" phenomena on Traipah. I'm just curious about your take on this.<<

I think it's awesome. I like exploring aliens that do things humans can't or won't do.

I have a race of aliens, introduced in the unpublished poem "Courting on the Porch," whose two sexes are sessile and mobile. It requires three parents -- one sessile and two mobiles -- to beget offspring. First there is a couple formed of one sessile and one mobile who are siblings; the mobile stays to tend the sessile and entertain possible mates. Other mobiles travel around looking for a mate, and will court them with gifts. The sessile is about the size of a hut or a small cottage, so the two mobiles go inside to mate. The genetic material comes from that homosexual pairing. The offspring are then gestated inside the sessile, who does not contribute genes directly but does have some influence over which genes manifest. This allows them to, for instance, favor their own family's genes, or turn off defective copies, or turn on traits that were latent but would be advantageous in current circumstances. So their social structure requires aspects of homosexuality, bisexuality, and is heavily weighted toward incest -- as the natural order of things.

>>Among other things, it mentions how the Ah'Koi Bahnis think differently from humans... that high functioning autism is the *norm* for them:<<

I think that using different neuro-atypical patterns is a great way to generate aliens that really are alien rather than humans of the author's own culture in funny suits. Yet it seems quite rare. I've only seen a few authors do it.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: June 23rd, 2012 03:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

Oh, I love that motile/sessile thing, all of it. :-)

A short story in the Nokwahl series, called "Extended Vacation," has been exploring more about planimals, with some Ah'Koi Bahnis hunting wild planimals for food. (Planimals being motile plants. Some eat plants or other planimals, others eat animals.)

In the same vein, I keep pondering the possibility of Chahm'ah'kaag gengineers uplifting a planimal called a Kohr'vah into full sophont status. At present, they're about as intelligent as chimpanzees.

One of the neater aliens I've come across in scifi is a species of biological beings that used radio waves to see and speak. I think it was in Great Sky River.

Oh, another thing: in the Traipah universe, many people have these implants that, among other things, can translate languages. But the translator isn't universal; languages have to be programmed in or downloaded from a website. Also, even the best translators have difficulty with some languages. Shaokennah language doesn't seem to translate well into English, for instance. At best, about 75% of it will get translated, and what comes out may not always make sense.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: June 23rd, 2012 03:26 am (UTC) (Link)


Oh, and I almost forgot: most planimals reproduce with seeds. And in many cases, the seeds are motile, too. The most common motile seed is a seed that looks like a little green worm.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: June 23rd, 2012 06:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Another thing

It also occurs to me, that since the people of Traipah have only one sex (except for the occasional mutant), then homosexuality is the norm for them. :-)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 23rd, 2012 06:20 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Another thing

Yeah, my silicos are like that, and the Branchians are hermaphrodites.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: June 23rd, 2012 06:22 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Another thing

Well the people of Traipah are hermaphrodites, which is essentially "one sex."
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