|A Feek, a newly evolved|
human variant from the
world New Concept
Howard Treesong was born and raised in the Maunish district on the planet Moudervelt, which served as a kind of laboratory for the study of human biology. Under the direction of non-human space aliens, the population of Maunish was taken through a kind of selective breading program. A product of alien experiment in human genetics, Treesong grew up on a farm near the village of Gladbetook. When Kirth Gersen arrives in Gladbetook, searching for clues to Treesong's origins, the first person he meets is a seven-foot-tall innkeeper.
Gersen then meets an elderly woman who was once Treesong's school teacher. She informs Gersen that Gladbetook was formerly a hotbed of "fundamentalists" (such as Runel Fluter the Didram) who took it upon themselves to sterilize those Maunish residents who were unworthy of the privilege of reproducing. The fundies enforced a program of selective breeding in which "brother married sister".
|The Book of Dreams|
|Mirl and Maud ver Ahe|
If Treesong sounds like a swell chap and the "life of the party" then you should reserve judgement until you read The Book of Dreams. By the time of his 25th high school reunion, Treesong has become the "preeminent criminal of the Oikumene and Beyond". His only reason for attending the school reunion is to punish and publicly humiliate those who were mean to him when he was a child. Treesong's punishments include tattooing his old foes with a large purple F for having called him by the disrespectful nickname "Fimfle".
|The Sedronite evolutionary tree.|
After Gersen's attempt to kill Treesong, the festivities of the school reunion came to a quick end. Gersen was lucky to escape from Treesong's squad of ruthless bodyguards.
As "reported" in Extant magazine, Treesong expressed outrage that such a crass act of violence could take place: "He hopes to return to the next reunion, providing that it could be terminated less abruptly, inasmuch as he had staged only a few of his ingenious frivolities".
|The tryp'At are a human variant|
who are taller than average Earthlings.
|Ivory's body form.|
The image to the left attempts to illustrate the type of body that was produced by Ivory's genes working in tandem with her developmental control nanites. During her time on Earth, Ivory could pass as human, but her alien genes were not entirely suppressed.
Ivory's mother, Marta, was also tall and slim, with her body form forced to conform to human standards by developmental control nanites. Ivory's grandmother, Lili, grew up in the Galactic Core and was never exposed to developmental control nanites. However, while on Earth she used nanite implants to alter her physical features and disguise herself as a human. By all accounts, she was also fairly tall compared to Earth human averages for women, but not exceptionally tall. I have never heard that the Kac'hin are unusually tall, possibly just on the high side of the Earth human average.
|Ekcol male and|
Unfortunately, we don't have good information about the true physical form of aliens like the Asterothropes. By all accounts the Asterothrope females were quite tall and they had long thin fingers.
|Deomede, Trysta and Lili as sources of alien genes.|
According to Gohrlay, the Asterothropes were crafted as a hybrid type of humanoid that combined both Early Human genes and genes from an alien humanoid species called the O'typ. As a species that was derived from the aquatic Nereids, the O'typ has physical features that reflected selection for life in an ocean environment, including a long and streamlined body plan.
Average heights for Ek'col males and Asterothrope females are about seven feet. At the other extreme, hermaphroditic Sedronites tend to be relatively short. The image to the left compares a typical human to a elf-like Preland hermaphrodite. In the original pek plan for Earth, Prelands were to have inherited the planet and we humans would have become extinct. Later, with the original pek plans for Earth destroyed by R. Gohrlay, the so-called "Giant Prelands" were designed and crafted by the pek along with the Ek'col, preserving some Preland features in human variants with taller body plans.
|Earth's Reality Chain|
In fact, at an early stage in the writing career of John Vance, a swap was achieved by which the artificial lifeform that carried memories from the time traveling Vance of the Asimov Reality took the place of John Vance on Earth. John Vance of the Ekcolir Reality was, in turn, prepared for his second life in the Buld Reality. During that preparation, John became aware of the novels that were being written by the artificial lifeform that had taken his place on Earth. Those stories told the "future history" of Humanity in the Asimov Reality and ultimately influence the science fiction of Jack Vance in the Buld Reality, the universe as we know it.
|The End of Eternity|
|Asimov's Foundation saga|
The Asterothropes can be traced back to the Malansohn Reality and the Kac'hin originated in the Foundation Reality, but the ry'A had a later origin and were an innovation of the Asimov Reality. According to Gohrlay, the ry'A were tasked with retaining certain "essential" features of the Prelands while crafting the Ek'col. The original pek-designed Prelands were well-suited for existing on Earth as technologically advanced primates who would not harm Earth's ecosystem. In the Asimov Reality, the Ek'col were crafted as a human variant that would make it possible to end the Time War.
|Written in the Ekcolir Reality (source)|
Howard Treesong's criminal career was the result of a chance event by which a malfunctioning nanorobotic endosymbiont took advantage of the unique gene pattern of the Treesong Lineage to gain access to the Hierion Domain. During the Asimov Reality, Gohrlay deployed her positronic robots so as to contain the damage from problems like the "Treesong Incident". In the stories that were written by the analogs of Vance (including the novels of the Aquarius Trilogy), Gohrlay's secret agents became inspiration for story elements such the teams of secret agents who challenged the forces of "Zodiac Control".
Next: The Aquarius connection to Eridu and Enki (Ekcolir).
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