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Thorn Explains: species IN SPACE!

Thorn Explains: species IN SPACE! published on 6 Comments on Thorn Explains: species IN SPACE!

I drew this around the same time as the original IN SPACE! strips. Didn’t even update the font for Thorn’s dialogue, to give it that cool retro feel.

There wasn’t a good slot to publish it close to the other strips. As time went on, and they fell further back into the archive, it felt too weird to post this as a standalone. But now I finally get to do it, because guess what, there’s more Space Adventure coming up in this timeslot next Sunday.

Thorn: Hey, alien-boyfriend Leif, I know you were curious about the different species in the Alliance . . .

Well, this wiki has the basic information on all of them!

You can click the links for more detail, or just scroll down the list . . .

Average height: 170cm
Vision: 390-700 nm
Original planet: Earth

Average height: 320cm
Vision: 310-680 nm
Original planet: Earthball

Average height: 68cm
Vision: 320-750 nm
Original planet: Earth

Average height: 28cm
Vision: 390-700 nm
Original planet: Earth

Leif: There’s something wrong with your wiki! It says you’re all from the same planet.

Thorn: Oh, sorry! That’s the auto-translation being overly literal. For most species, the word for their native planet is the same as their word for “dirt.”

Leif: What?! “Dirt”? Is there no poetry in your souls?

Thorn: So what poetic name does your species have for its native world?

Leif: “Snowball.”

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Wait, are they flipping between wikis? Just that in Thorn’s language, presumably they would all be either an exonym, which probably wouldn’t come from “earth,” or a phonetic approximation…

Well, with over a million known languages, the person-power needed to provide translations for all the pages would be completely and utterly incomprehensibly huge.

Um, well, yes, there’s 637 septillian people on unemployment (i.e. job seeking, rather than just content to take advantage of the post-scarcity hand out), and we wouldn’t actually have to pay them anything, because post-scarcity, but it would be completely infeasible to manage that many people! I mean, how could we ever get enough people to manage the people?

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