|in the Ekcolir Reality|
original cover art by Frank Freas (also)
What is the phenotype of Yōd? I do believe that I had a brief glimpse of her true physical form (described here). She appeared to me a morphologically normal human female, but since she was crafted so as to fit into the society of Tar'tron, she may well be a hermaphroditic. Further, I can't rule out the possibility that while on board Many Sails, Yōd may have altered her appearance so as not to alarm Asimov.
|in the Ekcolir Reality|
original cover art by Frank Freas
Yōd insists that she has a well-defined mission on Earth and she is not going to let me interfere with her efficient completion of that mission. That is the kind of challenge that I cannot pass up. Thus, Yōd and I are currently locked in a battle of wills: I want to discover her secrets and she wants me to instead perform my assigned task: writing down the secret history of Humanity.
|our Reality Chain|
The Asimov Reality
The particular part of Deep Time that has become my shared obsession with Yōd is what I have come to think of as the Asimov Reality. In the Foundation Reality, the analog of Isaac Asimov was allowed to imagine that because of a freak accident he had a close encounter with alien visitors to Earth. Asimov then quickly became involved with a time travel mission that allowed him to meet his younger self and bring into existence a new Reality: the Asimov Reality.
Yōd and I are investigating the tricks and schemes that were used by R. Gohrlay and Grean in the Asimov Reality while they were busy searching through the vast human genetic state space. When we poor humans were created, it had never been intended that we would use the Bimanoid Interface. However, because of the freakish arrival of positronic robots in the universe, it became necessary to make corrections to human nature.
|Creating the Ek'col|
In our Reality, James Blish told many stories about adapting humans to the environments of other worlds. However, in the Ekcolir Reality, the analogue of Blish was a woman named Jamie and her stories about pantropy were inspired by actual events in the Asimov Reality.
Ivory Fersoni provided me with summaries of several stories from the Ekcolir Reality that were written by Jamie Blish. Apparently most of her "pantropy" stories were part of what was known as the Nanotropy Series, published by Blish under the name "Karol Khide". Alpha Gohrlay held the opinion that stories published under the name 'Karol Khide' in the Ekcolir Reality were actually produced by a team of authors that included Jamie and the analogues of Virginia Kidd and Carol Emshwiller (see
V. Kidd and Carol Fries Emshwiller).
According to Gohrlay, Jamie, Virginia and Carol were, "the Ekcolir Reality analogue of the Dead Widowers". Apparently those three ladies managed to go a few steps too far in telling the future history of First Contact with the Fru'wu in the Ekcolir Reality, and some of their stories were 'retracted' by Earth's Overseers. However, their many stories based on actual events in the Asimov Reality were quite influential.
In the Asimov Reality, R. Gohrlay and Grean could do rational design of new human variants as a first approximation, but then they needed an efficient search algorithm to "fine tune" the results in a way that would minimize the planned violation of the Rules of Intervention for Earth.
|In the Ekcolir Reality|
original cover art by Virgil Finlay
Inset: see "Orb 5" by Jessica Truscott
|In the Asimov Reality|
Of course, when I pressed for details about advanced Huaoshy technologies, very little was forthcoming. Interestingly, the tight-lipped Yōd did let slip one interesting fact. The replicoid of Radhas is now working together with the replicoids of Zeta and Yod in the Hierion Domain. I believe that the remarkable ability of Yōd to quickly understand events in Deep Time is made possible by help that she is receiving from that team of replicoids.
|Taivasila: site of more experiments|
However, so far I have only been provided with terse summaries of the published science fiction stories from the Ekcolir Reality that provided Earthlings with that account of human genetic modification.
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