|in the Ekcolir Reality|
Original cover art by Richard Powers
and digital artist Brad Fraunfelter
In some sense, I have always felt that science fiction is a literature of imaginary science and imaginary technology and their imagined impact on humans and humanoid life forms. My collaborator, Yōd, has been insisting that in A Search Beyond, chapter 6 and chapter 7 should be stories about the Asimov Reality during the time when Earthlings were just making the transition into an era of interstellar space travel.
Special thanks to Miranda Hedman (www.mirish.deviantart.com) for the DeviantArt stock photograph "Black Cat 9 - stock" that I used to create the green "sedronite" who is in the image shown to the right.
The Trysta Truce
|femtobots in Deep Time|
In the mid-20th century of the Asimov Reality, Earthlings were given access to some sedronic matter and that allowed humans to escape from Earth and spread out into the galaxy.
Sedronite hermaphrodites have an HXX chromosome set. According to Yōd, an egg cell from such an hermaphrodite cannot be stimulated to begin cleavage by a sperm cell from the same individual. However, a way was found to subvert this design feature of the Sedronites. Sperm cells from a tryp'At male can provide the trigger signal that will initiate the cleavage process. If a second haploid Kac'hin nucleus has been inserted into the egg then embryonic development will proceed. In the case of the genetically perfect Kac'hin, that haploid nucleus can be from another egg cell, even allowing production a new diploid individual whose genes are completely derived from the mother. The child will not be genetically identical to the mother because of the many genetic recombination events that took place during production of the two haploid nuclei that that were the source of the chromosomes that constitute the child's chromosome set.
|the origins of Resh^Ki (source)|
|Original cover art by Edmund Emshwiller|
and also see this cover.
Yōd has described a crazy theory about the involvement of Resh^Ki in the sequence of events that led to humans being given access to sedrons in the Asimov Reality. The basic idea is that the tryp'At were created in the far future of the Asimov Reality. Resh^Ki was born in that far future time and then sent back through time to Earth in the middle of the 20th century.
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