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[[https://thetrove.net/Assets/World%20Building%20&%20Game%20Design/.Misc%20M%20_%20N%20_%20O/Man%20After%20Man.pdf You can read it here.]] See also ''Literature/AllTomorrows'' for another story about the far future evolution of humanity, and ''Manga/SuperConductiveBrainsParataxis'' for another nightmarish tale of human genetic engineering.

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[[https://thetrove.net/Assets/World%20Building%20&%20Game%20Design/.Misc%20M%20_%20N%20_%20O/Man%20After%20Man.pdf You can read it here.]] See also ''Literature/AllTomorrows'' for another story about the far future evolution of humanity, and ''Manga/SuperConductiveBrainsParataxis'' for another nightmarish tale of human genetic engineering.


The main plot of the book starts 200 years from 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 Franchise/{{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]]. 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.

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The main plot of the book starts 200 years from 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 Franchise/{{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]]. All the while 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.


* GreenAesop: The early chapters in particular touch on issues relating to climate change, overpollution, and overpopulation. Later on, the Memory People refuse to utilize ''any'' kind of technology, thanks to their genetic memories reminding them of the consequences of the waste and destruction that ancient humanity perpetuated.



* HorseOfADifferentColour: The Symbionts, and their descendants, the Hunters ride around on larger tundra-dwellers.



* LuddWasRight: The Original Humans left on Earth are described as gradually becoming this trope, reverting to a simple hunting, farming and fishing by the time they go extinct. Although there are "civilized" enclaves called Andlas that persist for a time.

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* LuddWasRight: The Original Humans left on Earth Various groups of normal, non-genetically modified humans are described as gradually becoming this trope, reverting noted to have reverted to a simple pastoral lifestyle of hunting, farming and fishing by the time they go extinct. Although there are fishing, with various "civilized" enclaves called Andlas that persist for a time.of original humans, known as "Andlas," coexisting with the Hitek and the Tics. However, despite their embrace of this simple lifestyle, they're just as hard-hit by the reversal of the poles and go extinct at the same time as the Tics.


[[https://rpg.rem.uz/_Collections/Bestiaries/Bestiary%205/Dougal%20Dixon%20-%20Man%20After%20Man.pdf You can read it here.]] [[SchmuckBait Don't say we didn't warn you]].
See also ''Literature/AllTomorrows'' for another story about the far future evolution of humanity, and ''Manga/SuperConductiveBrainsParataxis'' for another nightmarish tale of human genetic engineering.

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[[https://rpg.rem.uz/_Collections/Bestiaries/Bestiary%205/Dougal%20Dixon%20-%20Man%20After%20Man.[[https://thetrove.net/Assets/World%20Building%20&%20Game%20Design/.Misc%20M%20_%20N%20_%20O/Man%20After%20Man.pdf You can read it here.]] [[SchmuckBait Don't say we didn't warn you]].
See also ''Literature/AllTomorrows'' for another story about the far future evolution of humanity, and ''Manga/SuperConductiveBrainsParataxis'' for another nightmarish tale of human genetic engineering.


[[http://www.sivatherium.narod.ru/library/Dixon_3/01_en.htm You can read it here.]] [[SchmuckBait Don't say we didn't warn you]].

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[[http://www.sivatherium.narod.ru/library/Dixon_3/01_en.htm [[https://rpg.rem.uz/_Collections/Bestiaries/Bestiary%205/Dougal%20Dixon%20-%20Man%20After%20Man.pdf You can read it here.]] [[SchmuckBait Don't say we didn't warn you]].


See also ''Literature/AllTomorrows'' for another story about the far future evolution of humanity, and ''Manga/SuperConductorBrainsParataxis'' for another nightmarish tale of human genetic engineering.

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See also ''Literature/AllTomorrows'' for another story about the far future evolution of humanity, and ''Manga/SuperConductorBrainsParataxis'' ''Manga/SuperConductiveBrainsParataxis'' for another nightmarish tale of human genetic engineering.



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See also ''Literature/AllTomorrows'' for another story about the far future evolution of humanity, and ''Manga/SuperConductorBrainsParataxis'' for another nightmarish tale of human genetic engineering.


* 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 Appétit!.

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* LetsMeetTheMeat: Many, many of the altered humans that were later used as new sources of meat. Predominately meat predominantly 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''''', ''while it's still '''alive'''''! Bon Appétit!.appétit!.


* 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!.Appétit!.

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* SpeculativeBiology: One of the most [[BodyHorror disturbing]] examples.


The main plot of the book starts 200 years from 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]]. 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.

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The main plot of the book starts 200 years from 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}} Franchise/{{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]]. 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.


* CrapsackWorld: By the book's near end this entire story pretty much embodies this trope. Humanity does not exist anymore and most of its descendants have been wiped out by its other descendants, who are no longer human by any definition of the word ''and'' leave Earth for good, with its resources depleted and its atmosphere unbreathable to anything human. The relatively near future of the 22nd-23rd Century is also portrayed as one, with modern civilization on the verge of collapse and some lucky souls pulling an [[SidMeiersAlphaCentauri Alpha Centauri]]. [[spoiler:Eventually, [[FromBadToWorse they come back]] 5 million years later...]]

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* CrapsackWorld: By the book's near end this entire story pretty much embodies this trope. Humanity does not exist anymore and most of its descendants have been wiped out by its other descendants, who are no longer human by any definition of the word ''and'' leave Earth for good, with its resources depleted and its atmosphere unbreathable to anything human. The relatively near future of the 22nd-23rd Century is also portrayed as one, with modern civilization on the verge of collapse and some lucky souls pulling an [[SidMeiersAlphaCentauri [[VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri Alpha Centauri]]. [[spoiler:Eventually, [[FromBadToWorse they come back]] 5 million years later...]]


** [[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.


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.]]

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