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From: Peter Westlake <peter@harlequin.co.uk>
Subject: Re: (whorl) Between worlds: inhumi-powered flight
Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2000 09:31:26 +0100

At 14:44 2000-08-29 -0500, Robert Borski wrote:
>This will probably put me at odds with the usual bunch, but I'd like now to
>suggest that the entire notion about how the inhumi are able to fly back and
>forth between Green and Blue is folklore concocted by the
>scientifically-illiterate colonists.

I suggested this a while ago, but alga had some evidence that they
really could:

>Yes, they really can (see LS3, the end). They shut down their breathing.
>But they can't do it for very long distances, only when the two worlds are
>at their closest conjunction. They come to Blue to feed (assuming that the
>Green colonists are not enough for them), but they need to return to Green
>to breed. Landers are not part of the scenario, as they are not good with
>tools (Krait pretty much tells us this). 

Of course, they do have human slaves, now. I can't look up the passage
alga cites until I get home; anyone recall the details?

As for the science, I might believe they could survive re-entry,
being able to spread their wings like a parachute, but then how
would it be possible to kill them by burning? Horn reports seeing
this during his visit to (?)Skano.


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