The Planters: Vague Idea

29 Mar

One stable of Star Trek is that various alien life forms can breed together. Spock, for example, is a hybrid of Vulcan and Human. In real life, this isn’t really likely even when superpowers and suchlike aren’t added into the mix. (Could Lois Lane carry a half-Kryptonian child to term?) Cross-race sex might be possible, but not hybrids.

What if it WAS possible?

Humans have a wide range of physical appearances and some of us are dumb enough to believe that people are superior or inferior depending on something as minor as skin colour. If humanoid life evolved upon different worlds, it may well look different to humanity with still have the same basic form.

Let’s assume that some long-gone (perhaps) race sowed the seeds of life in the galaxy billions of years ago. Perhaps something happened to wipe out most other forms of life and the sole survivors (the Planters, for want of a better term) started a long-term project to reseed the galaxy with life. Engineered life was dumped on suitable worlds, programmed to turn them into habitable planets which would eventually evolve intelligent life. Nothing was mapped out completely; the Planters were wise enough to leave some latitude for evolution that would alter the seeds for new worlds. Not all of the seeded worlds blossomed to life. Some worlds – maybe like Mars or Venus – had problems and couldn’t cope with the transformation into a habitable world. The remains of the seeds died out, leaving little trace of what had happened millions of years ago.

Having completed their work, the Planters went into stasis. Or transcended. Or died out. No one knows for sure.

Fast forward a few million years later. One of those seeds has grown into humanity. Others have grown into humanoid races, all descended from the same basic stock. The ones that have developed space technology have discovered some Planter technology, portals that take people from star to star. Some races have fought wars over the portals, or made friends with nearby races. And they have discovered that they can interbreed. Some hybrids are mentally subnormal, others are more intelligent and capable than the ‘pure’ races. Different combinations of races produce different results.

But some of the Planter technology is very dangerous.

And the Planters are coming back…

6 Responses to “The Planters: Vague Idea”

  1. ppaulshoward March 29, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    IMO you’d have more chance of “interbreeding” if the Planters had spread Cro-Magnon man across the galaxy.

    You might have some interbreeding if they had spread Homo erectus but just “starting life on life” shouldn’t allow for interbreeding.

    • chrishanger March 30, 2012 at 8:24 am #

      Yep, but I can handwave that.

      I was just thinking about the implications of all life being related.


      • ppaulshoward March 30, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

        Well, if I created such an “universe”, I’d at least put in characters wondering if the Planters had meddled in the development of the “human” species.

        After all, chimps developed along side Humans but we can’t interbreed with chimps.

        It’s one thing to have all life being related but another to have all of the Intelligent species being able to interbreed.

  2. The Deposed King April 1, 2012 at 3:47 am #

    I’d expect lots of these hybrids to be dumber and mostly unable to breed. Just look at horses and donkeys. Most mules like 90% can’t breed. The few that can, mostly its with eachother. (at least my vauge years old recollection) So the odds of producing a viable cross breed if the lines have diverged too much, even if they can cross breed successfully the first generation?

    Weird, this line of thougth mostly went out of fashion in the 50’s

    That said. When you first proposed this idea. My mind immediately jumped to some kind of massive dysonsphere. I could totally see some uber race planting a thousand different versions of the same race inside this sphere and then cutting them loose to.

    But I know that’s not where you’re going with this so…. Not sure how much more I’ve got.

    The Deposed King

    • chrishanger April 1, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

      I don’t know – but it is the surest possible argument for intelligent design if half-breeds are actually more capable than purebloods, without all those nasty problems with mules.

      Though I like the idea of the Dyson Sphere. I may work it in.


  3. The Deposed King April 2, 2012 at 4:04 am #

    Well your idea for the cross breeding and my idea aren’t mutually exclusive. You could have both higher function and lower function from baseline. It would add lots of possibilities for discrimnation and prejudice.

    As well as explain why there are lots of crossbreeds out there. As well as give some of the higher functions a ready made under-appreciated, trodden down population to hide in and alternately support and champion. Its helps give them purpose more than, just, I’m on the run.

    But its your story.

    I’m sure you’ll come up with some cool ideas. Which ever way you take it.

    have a blast,

    The Deposed King

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