|ancient ruins of planet M-113|
Planet Earth is dotted with the ruins of crumbled civilizations. When science fiction was still restricted to the Solar System, it became popular to craft stories about Mars as a planet that long ago had humanoids with some type of civilization, often having developed technologies beyond those of we Earthlings. Planet M-113 looks like a version of dry, red Mars -but with better air.
|That Which Survived.|
Let's imagine that the natives of planet M-113 had developed advanced nanotechnology and had genetically modified themselves so as to be efficient hosts for a nanite endosymbiont. They could feed off of other organisms by touching them and extracting needed nutrients via microscopic feeding tendrils.
|Beauregard the alien detector (the sentient plant,|
not Rand)...click the image to enlarge.
When Professor Crater arrived on M-113, only the most efficient and ruthless of the planet's original inhabitants still survived. A breeding pair of those creatures looked into Crater's mind and recognized an opportunity to escape from M-113 and move to another planet, and so began their effort to infiltrate the crew of the Enterprise.
Future episodes could have explored the fate of the two infected crew members and how they accommodated themselves to their alien endosymbionts. Maybe Sulu and Rand could have been the two "infected" crew members, and we could have seen more of good old Beauregard in future episodes.
|Star Trek - Episode 1 - "That Which Survives" (in another Reality)|
|The League of Yrinna|
I'd like the aliens to have minimal control over humans: just enough to keep the starmenters going and working on a human breeding program aimed at making it easier for the aliens to communicate with humans via the Bimanoid Interface.
Next: breeding humans: what could possibly go wrong?
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