Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
Marcus L. Rowland

Another beastie

This one's a "Caterpillar-beast" from Uranus, basically a series of six-legged animals that join together to look for food - they're blind (sight isn't actually much use because the planet is always covered in dense mist limiting visibility to about 50ft) and the leader uses its "sensory disc" (the sucker thingy at the front end of its body) to seek food. Once they find it they attack in a continuous chain of teeth and sharp claws. Their nervous systems are linked so they essentially become one animal.

As usual some jagged edges etc. should be invisible in the book, since it's going to be reproduced pretty small.

The idea was later used by James White in one of his Sector General books, the second collection of Ambulance Ship stories I think.

That's almost the last creature, apart from some living crystals from Pluto, basically nanobots with an appetite for metal, carbon, etc. Next I start on the tech side of things, space travel, etc. which will hopefully go a bit faster.

Incidentally, does "Load Up On Guns (Friends Optional)" sound good as a title for the section on weapons?
Tags: forgotten futures, rpg, stanley weinbaum

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