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The Pursuit
The Pursuit of Common Goals is the political union/philosophical school that represents a species of papionine, related to baboons and geladas (and more distantly to crested mangabeys). Pursuers are convergently similar to humans, both descended from tree-dwellers that descended to the ground during the drying of Africa and walked upright. Like humans, pursuers lost much of their body fur, and have short snouts, enlarged crania, bowl-shaped pelvises, and legs and spines adapted to long-distance running (although they are not identical - pursuer big toes have been reduced to nubs). They have, however, retained their tails, which jut out horizontally from the base of the spine, then dangle. Their skin is purplish-black with pink patches over and under the eyes, on the palms, and on the chest. Fur color is usually gray. Pursuers have flat, grinding teeth, reflecting their ancestral diet of grains and meat, with canines used only for display. Males have enlarged canines, as well as ruffs of fur around their necks and wide "sideburn mustaches" that extend from the cheek, usually white or yellow to contrast with the normal gray fur that both sexes bear on the head, shoulders, and upper chest. The tails of males also bear large, fox-like brushes of fur, usually white with a black tip. This sexual feature is almost always covered by clothing - often a bustle of draped cloth hanging to the knees in the back and just below the crotch in the front. sleeve-boots extend from the toes to the upper thigh and similar sleeve-gloves extend from the fingers to the upper arm. Shoulders and upper chest are kept bare.

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This species is from Fellow Tetrapod ( www.thekingdomsofevil.com/?pag… )
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When Japanese nature show host Daisuke Matsumori finds himself on an alien world, he hopes to rekindle his passion for his work. Traveling through a newly-discovered wormhole in the Papuan highlands, he joins biologist Anne Houlihan on Junction, a patchwork planet of competing alien ecosystems. When their exploratory party crashes in the alien wilderness, Daisuke and Anne try to lead bickering soldiers and civilians back to civilization alive. As they trek across one unearthly biome after another and members of the party continue to die, however, Daisuke wonders whether human politics might be more deadly than alien biology. One of his companions might be a murderer.

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Author Daniel M. Bensen
Paperback / softback US trade paperback: 86,000 words, 288 pages
ISBN: 9781787580947
Series: Flame Tree Press
Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 in


I am pleased to announce that the new Tales from Alternate Earths anthology is out! In it you’ll find alternate history stories about such subjects as the 21st-century secession of New England from the British Empire, the voyage of Christopher Columbus’s little brother Bartholomew, and my own treatment of a world in which hang-gliders were invented in the 9th century. I also wrote the foreword, which I think is pretty good.

Lovers of alternate history, maps(by QuantumBranching !), and good stories in general may find the book at goodreads and amazon.

Tomorrow's my last work day before my vacation, which means it's time to send The Centuries Unlimited to beta readers. If you would like to read a time travel/noir family saga about trust and flying gangsters, please send me an email and tell me to add you to my list :)
Rotifers

Behold! The Trochate Rotifers!

Like all rotifers, trochates have three body segments: head, trunk, and foot. The head and trunk are supported internally by a calcified skeleton evolved from the mastax (used in basal rotifers to process food).

The mastax's components (called trochi) are Y-shaped, with the base of the Y (the fulcrum) supporting the trunk. The arms of the Y are divided into many segments: the first segment (ramus) on each side is used to capture and process food. The other segments (manubria) support a pair of long fins used for swimming. The fan-shaped foot is used for steering.

The ancestral ciliated coronae (used by basal rotifers for swimming and food collection) have become gills. Basal eyespots have evolved into single lens eyes, convergent on the eyes of cephalopods and vertebrates. A pair of antennae in front of the eyes house chemoreceptors. The cloaca is on the rear dorsal end of the trunk. Eggs are attached to the foot and held between the manubria.

(please comment and critique. I'm trying to make sure this thing is plausible and appealing before figuring out how to get it up on the land. A snake with a head in the middle and tail tips on either side??)

(this is a Fellow Tetrapod creature, see www.thekingdomsofevil.com/?tag… )

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When Japanese nature show host Daisuke Matsumori finds himself on an alien world, he hopes to rekindle his passion for his work. Traveling through a newly-discovered wormhole in the Papuan highlands, he joins biologist Anne Houlihan on Junction, a patchwork planet of competing alien ecosystems. When their exploratory party crashes in the alien wilderness, Daisuke and Anne try to lead bickering soldiers and civilians back to civilization alive. As they trek across one unearthly biome after another and members of the party continue to die, however, Daisuke wonders whether human politics might be more deadly than alien biology. One of his companions might be a murderer.

Product details
Author Daniel M. Bensen
Paperback / softback US trade paperback: 86,000 words, 288 pages
ISBN: 9781787580947
Series: Flame Tree Press
Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 in


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Alright my friend, I had an idea last night that reminded me of one of your KoE musings so I thought I'd share it with you and see what you think. I was watching Star Trek, trying my best to ignore the "planet of hats" trope they beat to death, when it occurred to me that, with a little tweaking, that trope could actually make for an interesting setting. Assume for a moment that humanity joins the galactic community and discovers that nearly all alien civilizations are indeed planets of hats: more or less culturally homogeneous, as it were. The reason for this is that, for the vast majority of intelligent species, cultures fight for dominance until one comes out on top and assimilates all the others on their homeworld. The galaxy is a violent place as they take this tenancy to the stars and humanity, as the only known "culture of tolerance" is indeed unique for their diversity of thought and lifestyle. In other worlds it's a universe full of planets of hats, and the hat humanity wears is tolerance towards different cultures. 
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Cool! Sorry it took me so long to respond, but I wanted to give your idea time to cook. There's actually a series similar to what you're talking about: Alan Dean Foster's A Call to Arms. He says humans are diverse (with different languages and everything!) because of our moon, which churned up our planet's core and kept our tectonic plates from forming a super-continent and sticking there.

I've been toying with a similar idea, myself. Imagine a political union like the UN, whose purpose is to stop wars-of-extermination (which turn out to be the most common form of inter-species relationship). The space-UN doesn't want to get bogged down in intra-species politics, so its rule is that it only deals with ONE representative polity per species. So Earth gets represented by China, giving other species the impression that humans=China. Other species have the same problem. They all wear a hat, even if it doesn't fit. :)

In your scenario, what's different about Earth that we didn't go the way of the rest of the universe?
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Well I was reading about habitable planets and a lot of scientists these days seem to think that, based on what we know about exoplanets currently, Earth-like planets will likely be "all or nothing" when it comes to water: they'll either have a surface mostly covered in water or be Tatooine-style "desert planets" with little surface water. I'm not sure to the validity of this idea but it got me thinking that without large oceans separating landmasses there's really not much stopping empires from expanding their borders to the point that they dominate the whole planet. Similar to the situation between the humans and the Race in Turtledove's World War series, I suppose. Humans have such tolerance because of our sheer diversity, which is in turn caused by isolation of various groups for long periods of time.
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