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Kim Stanley Robinson wrote an interesting science fiction trilogy called the Mars series: Red Mars, Green Mars, and Blue Mars, I think they were. It is about the colonization of Mars by humans and he postulates that humans will evolve into hybrid species because of the low gravity. It's a very good series I think and he has won awards for it.
"They have a consciousness, they have a life, they have a soul! Damn you! Let the rabbits wear glasses! Save our brothers! Can I get an amen?"
In SF various human subspecies often evolve under extreme environments, or through genetic manipulation, but it's harder to find stories with different human species that couldn't interbreed.
A couple interesting subspecies include the Quaddies from Bujold's Vorskogian Saga series- deliberately created for zero-G, with four arms and no legs. Now 'obsolete' with the invention of artificial gravity. Also the human variants from Niven's Known Space series - 'We Made Itians', Jinxians, etc.
I found this article by Larry Niven talking about the evolutionary themes in his books. It's fascinating to see the whole sweep from the Slavers and their food yeast, to the Pak, and the Puppeteers project to secretly influence human evolution.
SF & Fantasy writers usually call it "Worldbuilding".
Long ago, my wife was running a general book discussion at a library branch, and the members hadn't read any SF, but were interested in trying something different. I suggested "Ringworld"
They all finished the book, and it wasn't the generic space opera they were expecting. Quite a lively discussion with the different themes, and they were fascinated by the different characters, like Speaker-to-Animals and Nessus.
I once wrote an HL7 message processing engine to receive messages from another HL7 engine in another department. Every time the message stream failed they were on the phone to us, and upper management, complaining that our engine had failed. Over 4 years this happened more than 10 times. In only 1 of those 10 times was it our problem (because of a disk space issue on the server due to a separate application run wild) - it was otherwise always their end that had failed. Our end would report the message flow stoppage as it went on, getting more insistent and vigorous (with emails, etc.) as the stoppage lengthened. However, since we logged and reported the problem by email and they called upper management on the phone (repeatedly), our engine was flagged as unreliable, not theirs!
My code was only updated once after deployment to add some extra support features due to their engine changing it's protocol slightly.
Perception and reality are often quite different!
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
If there's something you shouldn't be allowed to enter, you shouldn't be ABLE to enter it either!
Anything that is unrelated to elephants is irrelephant Anonymous - The problem with quotes on the internet is that you can never tell if they're genuine Winston Churchill, 1944 - Never argue with a fool. Onlookers may not be able to tell the difference. Mark Twain
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