Pronouns in Covenant

(Be sure to tune in to the latest episode of the podcast!) Sean here again. So, we’ve learned that alien sexual cues may be incomprehensible and downright repulsive to other species. This has some surprising consequences, and it forces us to take a side on a contentious, real-life subject. Dealing with aliens on a regular […]

Alien Romance: Close Encounters of the Naughty Kind

(Be sure to tune in to the latest episode of the podcast!) Sean here again. Instead of writing a post on Covenant’s Trade language, like I normally do on Fridays, I want instead to continue talking about alien biology and communication. Remember that photo of the female chimp that I posted back on Friday? It’s […]

Alien Communication: Darmok at Tanagra

(Be sure to tune in to the latest episode of the podcast!) Sean here again. Yesterday, I was talking about how aliens would have incompatible biochemistries with humans. That’s not the only way that they’d be incompatible, though. Aliens with different anatomies and biochemistries will, by extension have different neuro-anatomies and neurochemistries. They’ll have evolved […]

Alien Biology: What Are Little Aliens Made Of?

Sean here again. Before we talk about the biology of life from other planets, it’s helpful to know a little about the biology of life from Earth: It’s comprised of hydrocarbons, the most important of which are proteins. It stores genetic information in long, replicable hydrocarbon chains consisting of diribonucleic acid or DNA. Much of […]