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From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes" 
Subject: RE: (urth) sf works featuring spectrum of alien bio-chemistries
Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2002 11:17:41 -0800

"Well World," I think. Yeah, I read those too -- Chalker as a writer
is about a step above Piers Anthony: he _recognizes_ he's writing
potboilers (unlike Anthony, which regards itself as an Artist), and 
as the saying goes, he boils an honest pot. 

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From: Jason Ingram [mailto:j_ingram@mac.com]
Sent: Wednesday, March 27, 2002 11:14 AM
To: urth@urth.net
Subject: Re: (urth) sf works featuring spectrum of alien bio-chemistries

Jack Chalker's _Web World_ seemed to present an interesting treatment of 
this issue, from what I remember  (I read those books back in the early 
eighties, and would not recommend the author).  The premise is that some 
uber-aliens experimented with various life forms, seeding them in 
hexagonal bounded territories on a single planet.  He distinguishes 
carbon from non-carbon based life forms, and spends some time discussing 
how various species were situated to make it hard for any one to conquer 
neighboring species.

I don't recall much science, however.


On Wednesday, March 27, 2002, at 08:49 AM, Michael Andre-Driussi wrote:

> The latest recurrence of the thread on human/alien DNA compatibility has
> brought to my mind what I consider to be the strongest cases.



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