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When wandering about the intertubes today, I found this link about a place with lots of stone towers, which was an inspiration for a new planet in my Mindeodean storyverse.

This is a good thing, because as it stands now, I've been struggling to come up with new planets for this storyverse. Since the whole base premise of the stories is that there are over 700 worlds with humans on them, and that a lot of these had to resort to genetic engineering (and thus become new species) to adapt to their new environments, my muse has been a little perplexed as of late. I need to think of some more of the kind of unusual planets/ecosystems that might make humans need to use genetic engineering to adapt to. So far Mindeodean is the least Earthlike, with the "saltwater and desert" planet of [forgot its name momentarily] being a close second.

I tried Googling some potential settings, but my Google-fu on this topic is failing me. I'm kind of looking for the kind of stuff a real scientist might think of, and had an old Discovery Channel special (the name of which I cannot recall) in mind in that regard. I'd like to watch something like that for possible ideas. Especially since it would be neat to have more than one species in that storyverse that were not very humanlike in appearance anymore. (So far, the only non-bipedal human species in this storyverse are the Joquari, who sort of resemble squid with human hands.)

So, basically, if anyone spots any kind of habitat/environment/ecosystem/etc, real or imagined, that you think might have even the slightest chance of sparking ideas in my brain for alien planets to put humans onto, send me the info either here or at fayanora @ yahoo gmail . com (minus the spaces, of course). Pretty please? (What the hell? I don't use yahoo mail anymore, why did I type that?)


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Nov. 16th, 2009 10:22 am (UTC)
A bit less creative: a planet covered entirely in very deep sea, with sorta dolphin-like humans...

*Giggles* Actually, I already came up with something similar. Oddly, the water-humans I came up with have their genesis from a desert planet and a crazy cult leader.

How about a planet where the surface is too hostile even for engineered humans (acid rain?), but which is full of inhabitable caves? Improved sight in the dark and flexible bodies suitable for squeezing through small holes would be useful there.

Hmm... neat. And the humans could use drilling tech to connect the caves so they can travel underground and not have to go to the surface. Though I suspect, on the off chance of making contact with another human species some day, they might have *something* on the surface, or leave some kind of buoy. Hmm... first contact with that race would be interesting.

By the way, are you planning for individuals from different human species to fall in love with each other? :)

Considering the fact that my Traipah storyverse has the Ah'Koi Bahnis, who look almost exactly like humans, and considering that in that storyverse I've caught several examples of human/AKB exophillic romances (some on purpose, others accidental), one would think I would have thought of the same for this storyverse as well, but honestly I hadn't yet.

Not sure the Mindeodeans would want to get involved romantically with other humans species, since Mindeodeans can live up to 3000 years. Can you imagine dating someone over 1000 years younger than you, and/or being a widow/er before 1/4th of your lifespan had even passed by? And while some of the human species might be able to breed together and make hybrids, Mindeodeans have such a radically different biochemistry than other humans that it would be impossible even with technological help. Even if it *were* possible, relationships where the female was Mindeodean would mean they'd have to resort to artificial wombs if they wanted a large family, because Mindeodean females are only fertile for 3 months in a row every 10 years.

Oh, and the Joquari are so unusual looking to pretty much everyone else in that universe, that I find it unlikely for them to get romantically involved with a member of another human species. And even if they did, the Joquari are adapted to zero-g. Planet-lubbers would probably get blood clots in their legs after awhile, as well as other zero-g problems over time.

However, I *have* considered the opposite end of the spectrum. A number of colonies still hold grudges against Earth (and rightly so, considering the history), and there are cases of some of the human species being racist against terrans, and in some cases even enslaving terrans.

But now that you've put the idea in my head, I might consider it now. :-)

Edited at 2009-11-16 10:24 am (UTC)
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Nov. 16th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
Possibly weather satellites to see when it's safe to move between unconnected caves, and when it will be necessary to move deeper underground.

Indeed. Great idea! :-)

Does something like Japan exist in your universe? ;P

Nov. 16th, 2009 10:57 am (UTC)
Ok, you need to dig thru a lot of the SF RPG supplements I've got. You can use some dice and the word design rules to come up with planets and if they give you ideas, great.

Some of the supplements have predesigned worlds, too.

There are a bunch of old SF stories you can raid for ideas, too.
Nov. 16th, 2009 10:58 am (UTC)
Remind me on Wednesday, will you?
Nov. 16th, 2009 12:29 pm (UTC)
Nov. 16th, 2009 12:34 pm (UTC)
Or this maybe.
Nov. 16th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Or this maybe.
Looks more promising.
Nov. 16th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
No, but that looks interesting.
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