Spotlight on Colony Alien
As a way to add considerable weirdness to the Times of the HG Wells overall storyline, I decided to create a colonial life form. Similar in some ways to the Borg, the individuals would be the size of somatic cells.
Adding to the mischief was the idea of making the cells democratic. Everything, from eating to ambulation to procreation would be the subject of a vote. And the brain cells wouldn’t even be in charge! The colony would just, in a way, be a walking, talking, bipedal coral reef.
The colony alien is really only shown in the Times of the HG Wells series, although it’s been fun to sometimes toss it (them) into the occasional round robins that we write on Ad Astra.
Curious, often hesitant, and a bit stiff, the colony alien is a great way to get some mysterious and almost magical character development out there. Plus they are perfect for exposition, as they can eavesdrop on anything. It’s rather convenient to be able to flatten yourself out to the thickness of a coat of paint and then match the color absolutely perfectly.
Another great thing about colony aliens is that, if any cells survive at all, no matter what happens (say, a nuclear bomb goes off), the colony reproduces asexually and can always recreate itself. Until the end of time itself, the colony is, for all intents and purposes, immortal.
I like this odd duck of a character(s). It/they will be back!
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