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AUTHOR'S NOTE: I wanted to take a stab at some "old school" scifi. I envision a novel but I envision many things.


The decisions had already been made years before. Careful plans had been laid, approved, and funded. Trillions of dollars had already been appropriated. Man would transform Mars to support human life in order to insure the survival of Mankind in the event of the demise of Earth, be it by act of Man or God. Such decisions are not reversed lightly, or easily.

“Get him!” she shouted. I dove and caught him, or it. It looked like a cross between a rooty yam and a gnome, roughly the height of a Barbie doll with none of the beauty. I handed him over to his pursuer. He, or it, bit her hand and escaped. I recaptured the creature and once more handed it over, more cautiously. Scores of mole-man yam gnome things began emerging from the earth surrounding us. (I should say soil, rather than earth- planet Earth was millions of miles away.)

“Maybe you should let it go and we should get gone,” I suggested.

“But they keep chewing through our cables!” she protested.

“They can also chew through our suits and our flesh and we are seemingly outnumbered hundreds to one, or two- and more are emerging every moment. I suggest you let that little fucker go and we get the hell out of here,” I replied.

“But they’re…”

“But they’re likely to make lunch of us if we don’t beat feet, or jets now,” I interrupted.

I snatched the yaminal from her hand in spite of her protests, tossing it in the direction of its emerging brethren and patched the hole in the hand of her suit with carbon-fiber duct tape to prevent more of her blood from boiling into the low-pressure almost-atmosphere. Any potential exobiological infections would have to be examined following our current predicament.

“But I was sent here as an exobiologist! How can I…”

“And you have been recalled,” I interrupted, reminding her. “A political decision has been made that Mankind’s need for Mars trumps the discovery of little mole rat yams. Mars will be Terraformed, yaminals be damned.”

And so it was. The existence of yanimals had gone undetected in our various unmanned missions to Mars, which appeared lifeless. Now that the committment to Terraform Mars had been made, the first discovery of the existence of extraterrestrial life would not be permitted to disrupt the plans. Their existence would neither be disclosed nor permitted to continue.


"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesman and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do."

- Ralph 'Where's Waldo' Emerson

"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like. And I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
- Bilbo Baggins

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The following comments are for "Yaminals- a novel idea"
by drsoos

Sci-fi's not usually by thing, but "It looked like a cross between a rooty yam and a gnome, roughly the height of a Barbie doll with none of the beauty" made me howl. kind of reminded me of a guy I used to know who tended bar at The Kingdom in Kilburn. ;) intrigued by the idea of a saga about carnivorous runty rooty mole-men yam things. weurdness abounds. awaiting more...

( Posted by: AuldMiseryGuts [Member] On: January 3, 2007 )

AM Guts, Yaminals, and SciFi
I’m happy to make you howl. Thanks for reading and commenting.

I think that the best SF accentuates the fiction, not the science. It’s about the story, not the setting.

Once upon a time, I enjoyed reading A. C. Clarke, Heinlein, among others; if memory serves, Larry Niven offered good stories with a sense of humor- a good thing, I think. In this millennium, however, I have been disappointed, disoriented, or disgusted nearly every time I’ve tried reading newer SF. Is it me? I don’t know- and as far as the swords and sorcerers stuff; I won’t say it sucks, I guess it’s a matter of taste (although I have read The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings a few dozen times- again, it’s the story, not the setting- not that the setting doesn’t matter, but anyway…).

I think that any expansion of this story will be labeled merely “fiction”, the “science” seems to scare people and I plan to keep the tech factor yaminal, I mean minimal. Besides, this stuff is not as far-fetched as it once seemed (as far as Man on Mars at least, although life on Mars seems less likely- hence the surprise).

I feel that there are possible themes here that parallel current and past events.

I loved your comment. I’m not familiar with the bar, but the bartender seems familiar. Thanks again for appreciating the weirdness.

( Posted by: drsoos [Member] On: January 6, 2007 )

Lucie in the Sky with Martians

Thanks for chiming in.

It may be dangerous to assume that these things possess the intelligence of a turnip, although they may resemble one. These creatures may (or may not) reveal an intelligent nature. The existence of other types of Martian life remains undiscovered, but can any species exist without a food chain? Food for thought, and for my story.

I can but hope that beyond the laughter one can perceive a serious story- funny things happen every day on Earth and likely on Mars as well.

I started this tale in the middle, more or less, amidst and action scene in order to interest the reader. At some point I must return to the beginning, as to what begat all of this- but not just yet.

I like writing about life on Mars now that all of our probes and robot rovers and other observations have revealed no signs of life, and even our most diehard speculators have mostly moved on to other areas, yet serious plans for sending Man to Mars are in the works.

A life worth living is full of surprises.

( Posted by: drsoos [Member] On: January 13, 2007 )

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