Nov 1, 2015

Artificial Life

original cover art work by Frank R. Paul
Back in the previous millennium it became popular to write stories about imagined life on other planets.

"Chances overwhelmingly favor existence of life on Mars either past or present." - Hugo Gernsback

But what exactly did "life" mean to people who lived back in the 1920s and 1930s? In 'The Synthetic Men' by Ed Earl Repp, readers were introduced to an imagined biologist of the future (living in the year 2,000) named Pontius. On that story, Pontius has mastered the engineering of artificial protoplasm, resulting in his creation of artificial men.

In the Ekcolir Reality
According to Gohrlay, the concept of artificial life was introduced into science fiction by Helen Gernsback and Edith Rapp. Helen was the daughter of Rose and Hugo Gernsback in the Ekcolir Reality. Edith was one of the many science fiction writers who existed in the Ekcolir Reality as a female analogue of a male science fiction writer in our Reality.

Original cover art by Paul Alexander
Most aspects of science were developed at a slightly quicker pace in the Ekcolir Reality. Helen and Edith were aware of evidence that DNA is the genetic molecule, although when their story 'Artificial Life' was published, the helical structure of DNA had not yet been discovered.

According to Gohrlay, 'Artificial Life' told the story of how a human variant was created on a world of the Galactic Core. The pek were depicted as artificial life forms who did the design work for the new human variant, but they worked indirectly through their control of Grendels.

In our Reality, Ivory Fersoni was the first Earthling to fully understand the origins of the human species. Much of what Ivory knew about the secret History of Humanity came to her from her clone sisters.

Paul Alexander
Gohrlay recently confirmed that one of the Atlantis Clones is still on Earth and is affiliated with the Dead Widower Society. To the left and right on this page are whimsical imagined book covers. Apparently Angela herself does not like to use low bandwidth communications techniques like writing, but her ability to tap into the vast information content of the Sedronic Domain has allowed the Dead Widowers to compile a definitive account of how zeptites have been deployed and used on Earth.

C. L. Moore
1958 cover art
In our Reality, Catherine Lucille Moore was one of the writers who influenced science fiction "grand masters" like Heinlein. When I read Heinlein's 'The Green Hills of Earth' I had no idea that the song was inspired by Moore's horror-mythology/science-fantasy story 'Shambleau'.

It was natural for writers to begin writing imaginary adventures to other worlds by having Earthlings visit the planets of the Solar System. I still find it hard to believe that anyone really expected to find humanoid living happily on the surfaces of worlds like Mars and Venus.

Archive World: Taivasila
However, Gohrlay recently informed me that while "archive worlds" such as Taivasila are not suitable for biological creatures like humans, artificial life forms composed of nanites, femtobots or zeptites have no problem "living" out their lives there.

Some of Gohrlay's past lives were "lived" as an artificial life form on worlds like Taivasila where humans could not survive on the surface without a spacesuit. During those lives, her mind was instantiated within an artificial life form that could survive and flourish under the harsh environmental conditions of Taivasila.

Hierion Trilogy
I asked Gohrlay if there have been occasions when artificial life forms resided on other planets (besides Earth) in our Solar System. Apparently all the nearby planets are infested with zeptites, but she doubts that the zeptites of Mars, for example, have ever taken on humanoid form. However, Gohrlay suspects that the replicoids of some science fiction writers in the Ekcolir Reality made sure that a few Earthlings received knowledge of Archive Worlds, possibly including Taivasila.

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