History Literature / ManAfterManAnAnthropologyOfTheFuture

16th Mar '17 1:33:42 PM Khazzadumm
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** [[spoiler:Additionally, while the Hitek and the Tic were reclusive and more than a bit racist towards normal humans, what we get from the book tells us that their civilization was sustainable (more so than than that of normal humans centuries ago) and if it weren't for the polar shift, who knows what could have come out of it. Now, mankind's descendants ]].

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** [[spoiler:Additionally, while the Hitek and the Tic were reclusive and more than a bit racist towards normal humans, what we get from the book tells us that their civilization was sustainable (more so than than that of normal humans centuries ago) and if it weren't for the polar shift, who knows what could have come out of it. Now, mankind's extraterrestrial descendants however, after 5 MILLION years of development, are actually worse in those terms than either the Hitek/Tic or regular humans, stripping the planet bare in just a century and then moving on like lowly parasites.]].



* PlanetLooters: After humanity's descendants return in an unrecognizably altered form, they exploit the planet and its remaining non-sapient inhabitants to extinction and then simply leave - presumably to do it again to another planet.

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* PlanetLooters: After [[spoiler:After humanity's descendants return in an unrecognizably altered form, they exploit the planet and its remaining non-sapient inhabitants to extinction and then simply leave - presumably to do it again to another planet.]]



* StarfishAliens: [[spoiler: The descendants of mankind's interstellar colonies can be considered this in ~5.000.000 AD, having changed biologically, psychologically and intellectually to such a degree that they can't recognise each other as beings that had the same ancestors. The ones that arrive on Earth are never seen outside of pressurized suits, since after hundreds of thousands of years of genetic and evolutionary change they cannot tolerate Earth's atmosphere.]]



* {{Transhuman}}: The entire basis of the book is this as it details what humanity might appear as in the future via process of natural evolution. However the argument can also be made that according to the literal meaning of that term "Transhuman" is supposed to be something above or beyond ordinary human levels and the majority of human species that are shown seem to barely have any real human sapience or ability.

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* {{Transhuman}}: The entire basis of the book is this as it details what humanity might appear as in the future via process of natural evolution.evolution (and some genetic/cybernetic modification early on). However the argument can also be made that according to the literal meaning of that term "Transhuman" is supposed to be something above or beyond ordinary human levels and the majority of human species that are shown seem to barely have any real human sapience or ability.
16th Mar '17 1:21:04 PM Khazzadumm
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The main plot of the book starts 200 years from now, which for the book's scale is almost the present day. Humanity begins to play around with its own Genetics, like a kid with {{Lego}} blocks on [[LegoGenetics a large scale]], creating new Humanoid creatures known as aquamorphs and aquatics (or basically FishPeople), and vacuumorph beings that have been engineered for life in the vacuum of space. Their skin and eyes carry shields of skin to keep its body stable even without pressure as [[LivingShip living space probes]].

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The main plot of the book starts 200 years from now, now (2190 AD), which for the book's scale is almost the present day. Humanity begins to play around with its own Genetics, like a kid with {{Lego}} blocks on [[LegoGenetics a large scale]], creating new Humanoid creatures known as aquamorphs and aquatics (or basically FishPeople), and vacuumorph beings that have been engineered for life in the vacuum of space. Their skin and eyes carry shields of skin to keep its body stable even without pressure as [[LivingShip living space probes]].
probes]]. All the while however, the Earth's environment is getting increasingly polluted and climate change has caused major disruption to civilization, the few nation-states that are left are sending colonists into space to search for other habitable planets.



Unfortunately [[FromBadToWorse that doesn't happen]] when [[ReverseThePolarity the Earth's magnetic field flips]]. The Hitek (and also the remaining normal humans) went extinct themselves, allowing the altered humans to naturally evolve for a few million years (which is the main point of the book). Ironically, the descendants of humanity that went to the stars and now return have themselves been altered - and possibly evolved - so much they no longer recognize their ancestral planet, let alone the animals on its surface, and exploit both to the point of eradication.

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Unfortunately [[FromBadToWorse that doesn't happen]] when [[ReverseThePolarity the Earth's magnetic field flips]]. The Hitek (and also the remaining normal humans) went extinct themselves, themselves in 2990, allowing the altered humans to naturally evolve for a few million years (which is the main point of the book). Ironically, the descendants of humanity that went to the stars and now return have themselves been altered - and possibly evolved - so much they no longer recognize their ancestral planet, let alone the animals on its surface, and exploit both to the point of eradication.


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** [[spoiler:Additionally, while the Hitek and the Tic were reclusive and more than a bit racist towards normal humans, what we get from the book tells us that their civilization was sustainable (more so than than that of normal humans centuries ago) and if it weren't for the polar shift, who knows what could have come out of it. Now, mankind's descendants ]].


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*HordeOfAlienLocusts: [[spoiler:The descendants of Mankind (more specifically that of Jimez Smoot) are this, as they strip the Earth of it's resources in a matter of a few centuries.]]
2nd Feb '17 5:59:03 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* [[ChekhovsGunman Chekov's Species:]] [[spoiler: Piscanthropus profundis.]] About one sentence is given to a population of aquatics [[spoiler:that colonizes the deep ocean]] and are never heard from again. [[spoiler: 5 million years later, we learn that their descendents have still survived and [[AWorldHalfFull may one day re-colonise the surface of the ravaged Earth.]]]]
** Jimez Smoot also qualifies. Early on in the book, he is one of the humans to [[spoiler: leave Earth to find another planet suitable for containing life. 5 million years later, his descendants return to Earth and kill all life anywhere except in volcanic vents deep within the ocean.]]



* [[ChekhovsGunman Chekov's Species:]] [[spoiler: Piscanthropus profundis.]] About one sentence is given to a population of aquatics [[spoiler:that colonizes the deep ocean]] and are never heard from again. [[spoiler: 5 million years later, we learn that their descendents have still survived and [[AWorldHalfFull may one day re-colonise the surface of the ravaged Earth.]]]]
** Jimez Smoot also qualifies. Early on in the book, he is one of the humans to [[spoiler: leave Earth to find another planet suitable for containing life. 5 million years later, his descendants return to Earth and kill all life anywhere except in volcanic vents deep within the ocean.]]
16th Jan '17 5:20:22 PM ThatPinkFluffyTable
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*DisabilitySuperpower:The water finding telepaths are not only blind but completely helpless without their symbiotes.
28th Dec '16 6:55:45 AM SorPepita
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* LetsMeetTheMeat: Many, many of the altered humans that were later used as new sources of meat. Predominately with a being known only in the book as a ''"Engineered Food Creature"'' that was another engineered human that grew as "mounds of fat and flesh, fed by chemical nutrients via a mass of pipes and tubes inserted directly into the fleshy blob. After it grows large enough, sections of its meat, tissue and body fat are butchered off... ''While It's Still '''Alive''''', Bon Appetít!.

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* LetsMeetTheMeat: Many, many of the altered humans that were later used as new sources of meat. Predominately with a being known only in the book as a ''"Engineered Food Creature"'' that was another engineered human that grew as "mounds of fat and flesh, fed by chemical nutrients via a mass of pipes and tubes inserted directly into the fleshy blob. After it grows large enough, sections of its meat, tissue and body fat are butchered off... " ''While It's Still '''Alive''''', Bon Appetít!.
28th Dec '16 6:51:34 AM SorPepita
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* DarkerAndEdgier : Compared to Dixon's previous speculative biology books, ''Literature/AfterManAZoologyOfTheFuture'' and ''The New Dinosaurs''. The far darker and horror-like tone of the book caused some pretty big backlash from those who were expecting something similar to the previous two.

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* DarkerAndEdgier : DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to Dixon's previous speculative biology books, ''Literature/AfterManAZoologyOfTheFuture'' and ''The New Dinosaurs''. The far darker and horror-like tone of the book caused some pretty big backlash from those who were expecting something similar to the previous two.
28th Dec '16 6:50:46 AM SorPepita
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* ApocalypseHow: A Class 1 occurs due to global warming in 2200, destroying most of the coastal cities. A Class 3 destroys Homo sapiens around 3000 when the magnetic poles reverse, [[SerialEscalation and finally]] A Class 5 occurs at the end of the book [[spoiler: instigated by the starfaring descendants of humanity]].

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* ApocalypseHow: A Class 1 occurs due to global warming in 2200, destroying most of the coastal cities. A Class 3 destroys Homo sapiens around 3000 when the magnetic poles reverse, [[SerialEscalation and finally]] A a Class 5 occurs at the end of the book [[spoiler: instigated by the starfaring descendants of humanity]].
28th Dec '16 6:49:57 AM SorPepita
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** This also includes the Vacuumorphs, exoskeletal Humans that are used as [[OrganicTechnology living space scouting probes]] that have all of their vulnerable parts sealed up so they can survive the natural elements of outer space without the need of a ship. [[OffscreenInertia And since its never mentioned]] no one from Earth retrieves them. In other words Vacuumorphs are [[BlessedWithSuck cursed]] with staying in space without any way of directly seeing or communicating with the outside universe (except through their surgically attached planetary surveying equipment) and are ([[FridgeHorror presumably]]) forced to consume nothing but their own recycled natural waste until finally accidentally falling towards and burning up in a random planets atmosphere. They cannot even travel through space- it is stated that are high-orbit space ship engineers only. Their bodies cannot operate or even survive in gravity at all - and that includes the artificial gravity of an accelerating space ship. They're stuck in near-Earth space.

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** This also includes the Vacuumorphs, exoskeletal Humans that are used as [[OrganicTechnology living space scouting probes]] that have all of their vulnerable parts sealed up so they can survive the natural elements of outer space without the need of a ship. [[OffscreenInertia And since its it's never mentioned]] no one from Earth retrieves them. In other words Vacuumorphs are [[BlessedWithSuck cursed]] with staying in space without any way of directly seeing or communicating with the outside universe (except through their surgically attached planetary surveying equipment) and are ([[FridgeHorror presumably]]) forced to consume nothing but their own recycled natural waste until finally accidentally falling towards and burning up in a random planets planet's atmosphere. They cannot even travel through space- it is stated that are high-orbit space ship engineers only. Their bodies cannot operate or even survive in gravity at all - and that includes the artificial gravity of an accelerating space ship. They're stuck in near-Earth space.
28th Dec '16 6:48:58 AM SorPepita
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* AndIMustScream: Mainly the Food Creature (see Let's Meet the Meat, below), a grotesque mountain of flesh and fat with distorted, but still human-like features, and many of the book's altered humans that have become worker drones, maintenance units or transportation. While some do indeed have actual faces and eyes, they don't appear to be able to to react to the general external world in any way.

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* AndIMustScream: Mainly the Food Creature (see Let's Meet the Meat, below), a grotesque mountain of flesh and fat with distorted, but still human-like features, and many of the book's altered humans that have become worker drones, maintenance units or transportation. While some do indeed have actual faces and eyes, they don't appear to be able to to react to the general external world in any way.
28th Dec '16 6:40:13 AM SorPepita
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* LetsMeetTheMeat: Many, many of the altered humans that were later used as new sources of meat. Predominately with a being known only in the book as a ''"Engineered Food Creature"'' that was another engineered human that grew as "mounds of fat and flesh, fed by chemical nutrients via a mass of pipes and tubes inserted directly into the fleshy blob. After it grows large enough, sections of its meat, tissue and body fat are butchered off..."''While It's Still '''Alive''''', Bon Appetít!.

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* LetsMeetTheMeat: Many, many of the altered humans that were later used as new sources of meat. Predominately with a being known only in the book as a ''"Engineered Food Creature"'' that was another engineered human that grew as "mounds of fat and flesh, fed by chemical nutrients via a mass of pipes and tubes inserted directly into the fleshy blob. After it grows large enough, sections of its meat, tissue and body fat are butchered off..."''While ''While It's Still '''Alive''''', Bon Appetít!.
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