|Original cover art by Earle Bergey|
OK. I get it. Temporal Momentum had to be conceived, constructed and made an integral part of time travel. According to Gohrlay, back when time travel was first in use, it was easy to make big changes in Earth's history. Silly me, I asked for an example. I'll give it to you bluntly, the way she gave it to me: those scheming positronic robots followed their programming. Their definition of "human" was Gohrlay herself, so they made sure that a more "primitive" human subspecies would inherit the Earth, not the more "advanced" one that had already conquered Earth (with the help of aliens). So let's unwrap this.
Down the rabbit hole. Something that Gohrlay told me a few days ago caused me to look back at Isaac Asimov's time travel story, The End of Eternity. That book is full of clues about the secret history of Earth and the role of time travel in creating our Reality. Here is one of the intriguing ideas mentioned in passing by Asimov:
|From Asimov's The End of Eternity.|
Neanderthals In Time
|The Palace of Love|
"Life, death: these are imprecise terms." -Jack Vance, The Palace of Love
Doubly shocking because I had allowed myself to ignore the fact that Gohrlay's biological origin was a nearly extinct human subspecies in a different Reality, a Reality that is now far away in Deep Time. I foolishly allowed myself to assume that the subspecies we now call the "Neanderthals" in this Reality was genetically identical to Gohrlay herself. Silly me.
|Foundations of Eternity|
Orbho Anagro and she had her life on the Moon taken from her. But what if the positronic robots that arose from the pattern of Gohrlay's brain adopted Gohrlay as their model of what it means to be "human"? What if they designed a Final Reality in which Gohrlay's children inherited the Earth?
If so, then we need to be quite clear about exactly what type of primate Gohrlay was. When I first learned about Gohrlay, I assumed that nanites had been used to craft her body into the physical form of the humans who dominated Observer Base on the Moon. Of course, I assumed that in "Gohrlay's Reality", the "dominant human subspecies" (that had all but exterminated the other human subspecies of Earth) was genetically identical to us, the subspecies that survived to inherit he Earth in our Reality. Wrong!
|A subspecies: lost in Deep Time|
However, what if Gohrlay and her fellow members of the nearly extinct human subspecies, those who resided at Observer Base, had been genetically modified so as to physically resemble a more Preland-like subspecies (which was dominating Earth) while retaining the key "Neanderthal" brain pattern that allowed for telepathy? Further, what if that genetically engineered human subspecies (of which Gohrlay was a member) was used as the "template" for creating "us" in this Reality?
If so, then nothing would prevent an analogue of Gohrlay from being born on Earth during the 20th century and being just a "run of the mill" human of our Reality. Get it? If all this is true, then all I have to stop calling Gohrlay's telepathic brain a Neanderthal brain. She was no Neanderthal, she is just one of us.
Could our entire Reality have been designed so that "Gohrlay's tribe" of genetically engineered humans is the one that we have always believed "evolved naturally" on Earth? If so, then we need to redefine what we mean by "natural evolution".
And, of course, evolution applies to the future, also. The Asterothropes existed as a new primate species some 7,000,000 years in the future. Gohrlay suggested that I imagine a future in which "natural child birth" was a relic of primitive history. Asimov wrote about a future in which a woman need only contribute a fertilized ovum to the ovaria.
According to Gohrlay, the positronic robots designed Eternity as a system for the discovery of advanced technologies. That great technology development project originated on the Moon after R. Gohrlay was heroically recovered from the past by R. Nahan. With time travel technology in hand, the positronic robots set out to catch up with the Huaoshy who had a 2,000,000,000 year head start in science and technology.
|From Asimov's The End of Eternity.|
Poor Gohrlay is more than simply embarrassed by all the attention that was lavished upon her. She wants to live out what remains of a simple life on Earth and would like to sink into some kind of peaceful anonymous obscurity.
|The mysterious origins of Resh^Ki|
Gohrlay suspects that we will never know the true story of our evolutionary origins since we humans are the result of several serious violations of fundamental Huaoshy ethical principles. Moreover, we human forced upon the Huaoshy the first shift in their ethics to occur in the past 2,000,000,000 years.
|The Human and Fru'wu family trees.|
About 10,000,000 years ago the pek began "culturing" some of the human-like residents of Clutence on worlds of the Galactic Core. The goal was to create a new creature with cognitive similarities to the original biological species that long ago became the Huaoshy. The aliens who we now know as the Fru'wu can trace their biological origins back to that time.
|A tangled deep history of Lili and Gohrlay|
In the Ekcolir Reality, the brothers John and Jack Vance were able to publish an account of the kind of interactions that exist between the pek and the bumpha. The bumpha are like the dark matter of Genesaunt Civilization: little is know about them, but we humans were made possible by their meddling in Earth's history. Anyhow, the purpose of allowing the Vance brothers to publish stories about the bumpha was to prepare 20th century Earth for first contact with the Fru'wu, an alien species that has its own complex origin story, one that is quite similar to our own.
Time Travel War, the nature of the humans who would inherit the Earth became a point of contention between Grean and R. Gohrlay. According to Gohrlay, there was some kind of working relationship between the bumpha and R. Gohrlay. The pek worked with Grean to constrain the bumpha from providing too much assistance to R. Gohrlay. I don't really understand what "too much" means in this context (although the tryp'At seem to be involved). As far as I can tell, R. Gohrlay ultimately attained everything that "she" wanted, in particular, a Final Reality was designed and created in which Gohrlay was at home among the human population of Earth in the 20th century.
|A copy of Gohrlay instantiated in the Buld Reality|
What does any of this have to do with teleportation? And Ovaria? And who was Gohrlay's father (and...if you are produced by the ovaria, do you even have a father?) Gohrlay reminded me that we Earthlings are currently struggling to use the word "mother" in several different ways. Historically, "genetic mother" and "birth mother" were obligatorily linked, but there are technologies that uncouple conception, gestation and birth.
|Galaxy magazine cover October 1952. "Baby Is Three" by Theodore Sturgeon.|
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