No Expiration Dates (or Tears In Rain)
I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.
Time to die.
One of the things I’ve been striving for, is to make sure my Morningstars are very different sort of humanoid robot. Now of course the hill to overcome here is there exists so many examples of androids in fiction, be they Commander Data, or Roy Batty, or the twelve humanoid Cylon models.
Usually androids in fiction can be broken down into two forms. Either what amounts to clones, synthetic people whose basic material of creation originates with — Human DNA, or an endoskeleton covered in faux flesh, and in the case of say a Terminator (Cyberdyne Systems Model 101), real flesh. The Replicants, or as Philip K. Dick calls them in “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” — Andys, are explicitly described as products of genetic engineering. From all that I’ve managed to figure out, the humanoid Cylons are not that different in this regard. The implication is that the stuff to build them originated with animal DNA of some sort, probably samples stolen from Colonial captives taken during The First Cylon War.
I wanted to come up with a hybrid of both the endoskeleton notion and the DNA for the Morningstars. This lead me to the conclusion that I needed to change the very substance which they were molded out of. There is no connection between them or any animal on the face of Earth. They however do have exoskeletons and of course a different sort of brain and muscles. All of Which also brought about the idea that Morningstars do not have an expiration date, they are, for all intents immortal beings.
The Morningstar, is actually the ideal form… But more on that as The Neo-human Series continues onward.
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