I have reassured her that we are not vampires. Our technology just required the (blue) blood of these animals. More important: We’re moving past that stage. Our horseshoe crab populations should recover. If we’re careful.
As an example of tribalism and its deep instinctive roots — Callitriche has discovered how we’ve been treating horseshoe crabs (Limuluspolyphemus). She was appalled. Her reaction is deep reflex. Even though she has no more in common with horseshoe crabs than she does with humans. That is to say, very little, being a product of a different planet’s evolution. But the crabs look something like her species: She’s an invertebrate but with a non-oxygen-based metabolism. The similarity to humans, such as it is, is that she is intelligent. She is also showing a parallel version of our instinctive compassion. This is one of the things that makes us human. So it makes her similar us. Or, as she says, makes us similar to her.
I’m not sure whether this is good news… JSM et al now have another culture (ours) as a new artistic medium to work in. Their most ambitious plan is for an alien invasion film with working title, “Against the Sea of Stars.” It is science fiction, except that it uses real aliens as some of the actors. This saves money on makeup though there are numerous other complications. Production is planned in Vancouver where filming is less expensive than Hollywood.
Updates and progress reports will be posted here, when, as, and if, it starts happening. Please keep in mind that some very good ideas do not get made into films. And some very bad ideas do.
We’re not transferring any non-Earth technology here. Humans already know about making very data dense records in glass substrates. Diamonds are better. If the dinosaurs took notes that way we’d still have their literature. A pure silica glass is an inexpensive substitute for carbon crystal, but if glass is buried for too many millennia the outer layers take up water and opalize. As witness, the rainbow sheen that appears on pieces of ancient Roman glass.
I am pleased to say that my little narrative (appearing as the Addendum to the largely factual “The Nightmare Brethren”) been adapted as a play on multiple planets. As a musical, of course. It is usually performed where mixed audiences are still adapting to their differences. The species of the characters are changed, in order to give the presentations more topical impact. Music has been written for three of these versions. To date however none of this music translates well. Humans, the few witnesses tested, only hear different kinds of noise. Yes, there are some passages that should be heard that way. But not all of them. Efforts will continue. You will see the publicity when endurable versions open in Earth theaters.
In response to “The Nightmare Brethren,” some readers have questioned whether John Stuart’s speculative fiction story violates the rules of tech transfer or cultural transfer among intelligent species on different planets. The answer is no, because while the spacecraft and weaponry described are achievable, they are simply impractical. John Stuart even went so far as to clear his narrative with the relevant agency on his own world. On our side,we did not clear it with any such agency because, as we know, aliens don’t exist.
There have been problems with translating the names of various of the aliens into English. First, some wanted to protect their privacy, second, there are literal translations that would be downright distracting for the reader, as an example; “Threesmells.” Only Two of the names were left alone; Deinococcus radiodurans (because microbes don’t care); and Kewie Dee (because he insisted — and because he measures over half a kilometer, snout to tail).