[LMB] Terraforming and gengineering

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Mon May 14 16:42:55 BST 2012


On May 14, 2012, at 4:09 AM, Elin B wrote:

> OK, since it's so quiet I'll post a question that I suspect may be rather stupid: given Enrique's redesigning of butter bugs to be compatible with native Barrayaran biology, could similar things be done to humans in the Vorkosiverse? The Cetagandans particularly come to mind. If the Cetagandan empire were to stumble upon a new livable planet and decide to colonise it, would they be able to engineer colonists whose bodies are more compatible with the alien planet's biology than those of normal humans?
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> I'm assuming that even if they could, the economy of scale and flexibility (allowing for easy migration of people between planets) would still be heavily in favour of terraforming. But perhaps they could go for a special race à la Quaddies to work in frontier areas clearing the way for others. Though the risk of rebellion might be a lot higher than normal...
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> Of course, humans are much more complex than butterbugs and to change them that much may well lie far behind even the Cetagandan hauts' abilities in current canon.
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> Thoughts?


This long after the Quaddies?    And we have seen someone who breathed water and someone who read minds.    I don't know if their warrior creation was as big of a failure as they let on.



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