|The Arbiter Tales|
Sadly, finding the term "mutant" in the description of a science fiction story is often a sign that some cringe-worthy biological plot device is lurking nearby and will soon be used to introduce a freakish character.
When I was first discovering science fiction novels, one of the first that I read was Orphans of the Sky. In fact, that might have simultaneously been the first of Heinlein's writings that I read and my introduction to mutants in science fiction.
|Originally in Astounding, 1941|
From that point on, I've steered clear of any story about fictional mutants, including the vast array of comic book mutants.
However, given the wide-spread use of mutants in science fiction stories, it was natural for me to make use of the term "mutant" when I needed a quick "cover blurb" to describe Parthney.
On Hemmal, Parthney sticks out like a sore thumb. The majority of the residents of Hemmal are hermaphrodites, either Buld or Preland. Parthney is the only male on Hemmal, and while he grows up believing that he is human, in reality he is a hybrid Asterothrope-Ek'col.
|primates of Earth - art by Boris Vallejo|
Later, Earth was targeted by Interventionists who gradually introduced new gene combinations into the ape population of Earth. The efforts of the Interventionists were constantly monitored and resisted by the Overseers who enforced the Rules of Intervention.
Through the action of the Interventionists and the process of natural selection, eventually the human species evolved on Earth. Once again, the pek took some primates from Earth, transferring some of the early humans to worlds of the Galactic Core. The pek fashioned the Prelands from that early human stock.
The Overseers, devoted to keeping Earth as a Garden World and preventing it from being over-run by humans, flooded the Earth with Brake Nanites. All human brains on Earth develop under the influence of these nanorobotic devices that exist within our brains. Using their control over these nanites, the Overseers prevented the development of a technological civilization on Earth.
However, the pek "managers" of the Overseers (known as the Orbho) became intrigued by the unusual social behavior of humans and allowed the human residents of Observer Base to escape the nanite-imposed restrictions on brain and culture development that were rigidly applied to Earth itself. As told in Foundations of Eternity, the sciences of robotics and positronics were developed by humans on the Moon. In a strange twist of fate, the Orbho brought into existence a telepathic robot known as R. Gohrlay. R. Gohrlay became the leader of a tribe of positronic robots who were bound by the Laws of Robotics. Driven by their need to protect Humanity, these telepathic robots took control of Observer Base and eventually drove the pek out of our galaxy.
|The End of Eternity|
The same quirk of sedronic physics that gave positronic robots their telepathy also made time travel possible. Using time travel and their telepathic abilities, the positronic robots of Earth were able to hold off the pek and counter their technological advantages in the areas of nanotechnology and space travel technology. However, the Huaoshy eventually realized the basis for positronic telepathy and devised a means to block or "jam" telepathic signals. Later, the Huaoshy also realized that time travel was possible and they constructed their own "Eternity devices".
At the same time, Gohrlay studied the descendants of Earth's primates that had been taken off to the Andromeda galaxy. Gohrlay realized that although her initial reaction had been to distance the humans of Earth from the pek, that might have been a sub-optimal strategy for meeting her need to serve Humanity. Gohrlay began experimenting with her own genetic modifications of the human species.
|An Ek'col male and an|
Eventually, after much effort, the Huaoshy and Gohrlay found a way to put an end to the Time Travel War. That "solution" involved a complex Reality Change and the design and creation of several more primate variants: the Ek'col, the Kac'hin and the Buld. The Ek'col were specifically designed to make possible Ek'col-Asterothrope hybrids. Genetically, Parthney is such a hybrid primate.
Similarly, the Kac'hin were designed to be interfertile with hybrids like Parthney. For example, Parthney and Kach have a son, Boswei. In turn, Boswei is interfertile with Earth humans and he fathers children with Hana including Izhiun.
And now, the rest of the story.....
Eventually, Kach found her way to the Solar System and she played a role in First Contact (the arrival of the Buld spaceship at Earth). As far as I can tell, Kach, Anna and Anney all left Earth on the Buld ship together. Like Izhiun, Anna and Anney are primate hybrids: part human and part Preland.
Previously, I've received hints that there is a "new type of Overseer" on the Moon. Ivory insisted on that in her transmissions from the Moon, but she never explained the motives and mission of the new Overseers.
I've now received an account of what the new Overseers take to be their mission. This new story is told by Anney and includes a description of the goal of Kach's new space journey.
|See Black Cat 9 and ReBORN|
A big THANK YOU to Miranda Hedman (www.mirish.deviantart.com) for the DeviantArt stock photograph "Black Cat 9 - stock" which I used to make the illustration shown to the left.
I've been given access to a "memoir" that seems to have been written by Anney. I've never met Anney (as far as I know), so the illustration shown above for Searching Earth is rather whimsical.
In Searching Earth, Anney describes her interactions with Kach and what she has learned about the Nereids. I'm not sure if Kach and Anney met physically or if they interacted by way of their shared access to the virtual reality of the Hierion Domain.
Apparently, 7,000,000 years ago the pek took some primates from Earth to other worlds of the Galactic Core. There, by using genetic engineering, artificial selection and a healthy swarm of nanites, a new species of primate was crafted. Anney refers to them as the "Sedronites". The Sedronites had the ability to transcend into the Sedronic Domain.
However, there was a dissident faction of the Sedronites who wanted to continue their existence in the Hadronic Domain. Those Sedronites took it upon themselves to create a "de-evolved" primate variant that we Earthlings refer to as the Nereids. Thus, in some sense the Nereids were aliens, but they were an Earth primate off-shoot group.
The Nereids also continued their efforts to de-evolve and they gradually created a new kind of primate that Kach calls the O'typ.
Even more startling is Kach's suggestion that the Fru'wu are also not a true alien species, but rather, they are another descendant lineage of the Sedronites.
|The twelve tribes: the Sedronites, Nereids, Fruthwa,|
O'typ, Fru'wu, humans, Buld, Prelands, tryp'At,
Ec'kol, Kac'hin, Asterothropes. The Pla are Buld.
Until recently, the Overseers who lived at Observer Base on the Moon were Humans and they were actually the puppets of the Orbho. According to Kach, the current Overseers at Observer Base "on" the Moon (actually located in the Hierion Domain) are members of another primate variant called the tryp'At.
The tryp'At were created from the O'typ by means of transferring human genes from Earthlings into the stem O'typ population. Genetically, the tryp'At are very similar to we Earth humans. However, they have advanced nanite technology and they have taken charge of Observer Base on the Moon.
|art by Boris Vallejo|
I'm still struggling to cross-check this tale of the Sedronites and the tryp'At with other available sources of information. I wonder how Kach was able to learn about the Sedronites and their descendants without actually meeting them. According to Anney, Kach and Parthney recently went off in search of the O'typ or what ever they have now become. They also hope to learn the location of the tryp'At home world.
Related Reading: Origin of the Nereids
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