Genus Unknown: Adaptation
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by Kaitlyn O'Connor
Category: Erotica/Erotic Fantasy/Science Fiction
Description: Dr. Kate Drexel had just begun to suspect that the 'beasts of Sirius' were far more intelligent than they'd believed when the Sirians escaped containment. What no one hadn't suspected was the reason behind their amazingly complex genome or that their rapid cell regeneration pointed to more than an extraordinary adaptability
eBook Publisher: New Concepts Publishing, 2011 2011
eBookwise Release Date: October 2011
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Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [386 KB]
Reading time: 256-358 min.
"Wait! Go back!" Dr. Kate Drexel exclaimed. When the robot seemed to continue to advance, she turned from the display and looked at the tech operating their robotic sample collector in annoyance. "Can you back it up?"
Her annoyance deepened as the tech glanced at the project leader, Dr. Sam Waters, for confirmation. Waters studied her a moment and finally nodded.
"What are we looking for?" the tech asked as he programmed the robot to retrace its steps.
"I don't know. It looked like it might be eggs. It could've been rocks, I suppose, but it looked out of place. Back up, back up ... There!"
"I don't see anyth ...." Dr. Waters broke off as Kate strode forward and tapped the display screen.
"Zoom in there."
"I see them--looks like rocks to me," the tech muttered.
"We've got enough rocks," Rodriquez agreed.
"They look too symmetrical to be rocks," Kate disputed and then glanced at her own team leader, Minks, for support. "What do you think?"
Minks narrowed his eyes at the objects under question.
"It's a streambed," Waters said dismissively. "The moving water could've shaped them like that."
"But ...! They aren't smooth!" Kate argued. "Wouldn't they be smooth?"
The tech glanced at Waters again. Waters frowned but finally nodded and the tech moved the robot a little closer, zooming in more tightly on the objects under dispute.
"I don't see anything that looks 'nest-like' at all," Minks said after a moment. "They do look somewhat egg shaped, but they still look like rocks to me."
Impatience and anger wafted through Kate. So far, she had zilch as far as she was concerned. "I thought the idea was to collect as wide a range of samples as we could to get a picture of the environment? I'm not disputing the importance of studying the atmosphere, geology, and soil, but colonists are going to need to have some idea of what they'll be dealing with insofar as flora and fauna, too! So far we've got a great selection of rocks, dirt, water, and air samples--and micro-organisms--and a handful of insectoid organisms that we just happened to capture in the process of snatching a few plant clippings. If those are eggs, it could give us a chance to study a higher life form. If they're rocks--then you'll have more rocks!"
Waters' expression was tight with annoyance when she glanced at him, but the bastard knew it was true! It was just her luck that the mission leader, Waters, was a geologist and far more interested in collecting samples for himself and his part of the team than living organisms for the xenobiologists on the team. He excused his blatant favoritism by pointing out that they didn't have facilities on board the ship to preserve living organisms since they hadn't known enough about the planet to prepare for them and that they would be dead, decayed, and useless by the time the ship made it back.
He finally shrugged. "Get them, Mills. I think it is rocks, but they're along the streambed, as everyone pointed out. There might be something useful attached to them."
"Careful!" Kate cautioned as she watched the robotic arm reach out and the 'fingers' close on the first object.
"She might be right," the tech, Mills, said, surprise in his voice. "The readings indicate the object is soft."
"Reptilian?" Minks speculated, excitement now threading his voice. "Something like a snake or a crocodile?"