An Interplanetary Adventure
In 1989, Alec Newald's lifepath took an unexpected
turn when he was abducted by a group of benevolent aliens for ten
days and transported to their homeworld.
His amazing experiences have great significance for the future of
humanity and our galactic cousins.
Extracted from Nexus Magazine, Volume 4,
#2 (February - March 1997).
PO Box 30, Mapleton Qld 4560 Australia.
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Originally published in the book:
©1996-97 by Alec Newald
Published by NEXUS Publications
PO Box 30, Mapleton Qld 4560 Australia.
Telephone: +61 (0)7 5442 9280; Fax: +61 (0)7 5442 9381
(Alec Newald first contacted us in 1995 about
publishing his book, CoEvolution, describing his
incredible ten-day round trip to his abductors' homeworld, Haven, and
the Earth-based controversy it created. We found Alec's story
particularly fascinating; and, having met him and had him speak at
the 1996 NEXUS Conference, we have no reason to doubt his integrity.
Here we publish some intriguing excerpts from his recently released
THE EARTH SEEN IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT
I must have gone to sleep almost immediately.
When I opened my eyes again, Zeena was sitting opposite my
"Verva," she said. "Did you sleep well?"
"Like a rock," I replied.
"Curious expression," was her reply.
"How long has it been?" I added, enquiring as to the length of my
"One half of an Earth day--twelve hours," she answered.
"What's 'verva'?" I asked.
"Oh, 'good spirit, fresh energy to you'. It is a greeting we use a
lot, like your 'hello'," she explained.
"What's on the schedule?" I enquired.
"Some more liquid replacement for you," was her reply. "Come on. We
have only two more of your Earth days and there is much to learn if
you desire, and quite a few questions I have for you, too, before I
Zeena appeared most anxious, but how could she be more inquisitive
than I? Even though, I was still reeling from awakening to find
myself 'dream-bound' and not back on Earth as I had expected.
"Her home! Now there's something I'd like to know about," I
thought to myself but realised almost immediately that Zeena would
"About the size of the planet Mars in your system," she replied,
right on cue. "But it is not in the best of health, for our sun is
slowly dying and we are being roasted with radiation. We are also
losing our atmosphere. We can patch that up to a degree, but not for
"Doesn't sound good. What are you guys doing about it?" I asked.
"Well, we have been looking for a new home for many of your years.
The best bet is still Earth, but we cannot take your gravity, among
other things. That has always been the major factor but it is also
not of the right conformation for us yet. It used to be, but we are
not quite like we used to be."
Zeena hesitated, as if pondering whether to go on with this topic.
She chose not to continue.
"There is every chance that the Earth is about to change in the
not-too-distant future," was her revised answer.
"Change its conformation?" I enquired, startled.
"It shall mutate to a different density level, as you would
understand it. It's no big deal. It's happening all over, all the
time," she replied.
I think she might now have been trying to downplay it all after
she noted how panicked I must have appeared.
"It'll what?" I queried, looking at her in amazement.
"Well, that is another of those long stories I promised to tell you
about. It is best we get comfortable first and you get some fluid
ANCIENT HISTORY LESSONS FROM THE
"Now, how shall I start?" Zeena asked. "Perhaps with the
"Elders?" I chipped in.
"Like the Guardian you have met. They are each many hundreds of Earth
years old and have a very ancient lineage. Their ancestors, who are
my ancestors, are also very distant ancestors of yours; at least in
part they are. Now do not interrupt!"
Zeena headed me off at the pass, even before I could get the
thought out of my head.
"This is going to be difficult enough to explain without
interruption. I will make room for questions a little later," she
added. "These distant common ancestors of ours came to Earth many
times, but more important to you was the visit of two million years
ago, your time-scale. They were not the first [aliens] to visit. In
fact, they and others have lived in and explored what you call your
solar system for hundreds of millions of years.
"These travellers tidied up some earlier attempts to manufacture a
race of humanoids on Earth, the end result being Homo sapiens. I will
not go so far as to say these ancient ancestors of mine were solely
responsible for your race, for that was indeed a joint effort of many
ETs, all of which at some time have laid claim to manufacturing your
race. This is not a deliberate lie on their behalf--just a slight
exaggeration of the facts. Do not interrupt yet, please. I shall
explain all in due course.
"In many ways you have manufactured or at least fine-tuned your own
race, and it continues even at this very moment. This is mistakenly
called 'evolution'. 'Natural progression of the species' is a fine
turn of phrase uttered by one of your kind's more enquiring minds
some years ago. It was thought by many to explain the path of
evolution, and there is an end to it. But this thinking leaves more
questions unanswered than answered, for how and when did a butterfly
obtain its wings? I shall not pursue this subject for there are more
important things to discuss, but no doubt you see my point. Perhaps
there will be a time at a later date.
"I will, however, tell you more of your own race's personal history,
for it is important that you should know your own past, and that
evolution as you understand it is a myth. The changes are never slow
but they are always planned. Later I shall show you that nothing in
this Universe--past, present or future in your time-scale--is left to
chance. Forgive me, for I diverge from our chosen path.
"Some of my ancient Elders stayed with your developing race. Others
moved on. From time to time there were conflicts with other ET races
as to what was best for one or the other, just as there are conflicts
on your planet now, among your own kind. You must understand that
Earth is a very special place. It is very beautiful and there are
many who have desired to own it. I would not go so far as to say this
is no longer the case, but you should always have your wits about
you! Even we, although we do not wish to own it, would like to live
there. But we cannot--indeed, we must not--interfere with the
processes that are happening on your planet right now. That is not to
say there are no other ET races that will not interfere, and that is
why you must have your wits about you.
"Some of those processes which are occurring, or are about to
occur, are the direct result of that seeding by our ancient Elders.
Even the pyramids are ancient legacies left behind by our Elders to
help you awaken when the time is right. They are very important to
you, and it is from this front that progress of a most unexpected
kind will manifest itself to your race in the not-too-distant
"All knowledge will be made available to your race in good time and
in accordance with the laws of evolution. There has yet to be a force
artificially manufactured in any universe that my people know of that
is more powerful or wiser than this natural law. Trust me when I say
this, for my race knows well the cost of interfering with the laws of
evolution. We would warn your own people, if only those in control
would listen. Alas, that approach appears to have fallen on deaf
ears, so we shall now attempt to pass on the message in a different
"There was indeed a time upon your planet, not so long ago in the
context of this history lesson, when a 'force' came down upon it and
did in fact claim it [the Earth] and all upon it as its own. That
force--and I know you will find this difficult to accept, Alec [Zeena
used my name for the first time]--that force is still among you. It
is indeed now a part of all of you, so I suppose you could say it
still does own the planet in some way.
"After this force won your planet, it realised it would have a
continuous fight on its hands, for you were not as you are now. You
were well on your way to enlightenment, with a very strong spiritual
base. You were actually almost as strong as this force itself. It had
to trick you in order to master you, and while you were down it
altered your make-up, your very structure; your DNA, in fact. It
crippled you and stunted you, and set you back many thousands of
years. It made you into what you are today, which is only a portion
of the greatness you can be, for you have not yet even fully
recovered. And if that force has its way, you never will!
"That force is known to most as the 'force of darkness', for it is
indeed the enemy of enlightenment. You will please understand that
this is a very simplistic description of a most complex entity. Even
we do not understand it in its entirety. It is in the air that you
breathe and everywhere about you. It has aligned itself to the planet
and you. It beats to the pulse of your very planet, for you and the
Earth are one and the same. This is one thing your peoples do not
seem to comprehend, but you can use this union of the whole to do
wondrous things, just as we have.
"Unfortunately, most of your kind fight the natural forces of your
wondrous planet. By this I mean you bend them, even break them, to
fit your needs. It need not be this way. If your people will just
open their minds and hearts to your planet, as many of your ancient
races have done in the past, it will show you the way. All is not
lost; it just needs to be recalled. Until this is done, we have much
need for concern. It is not just Earth planet you are violating as
you bend and break Nature in your whims of fancy, for all of all is
connected. This is really very basic knowledge. It has been ignored
because it suits those who would play with power to ignore it. We and
others are indeed benevolent to your race, as we all are connected,
but soon something must be done before your play does meaningful harm
to us all!
"We find that there is a need to teach you more about the dark forces
that permeate you. You would do well by your people if you take great
heed of this lesson and pass on your findings to those of your kind
who would listen. The dark force vibrates at a level that is
compatible with your brainwave patterns. This much you should already
know, but others of your kind have kept it from you.
"In spite of this, some, like you, Alec, are building a resistance
to this alien intruder. This is one of the reasons why you find
yourself thinking differently from the majority around you. It has
enabled you to see more clearly the error of your ways and what must
be done. You shall continue along this path a while longer yet, and
even doubt your own kind from time to time. Be patient. This is all I
can suggest, as inadequate as it may sound. We have been working on
these things with you for many a year now. All of your people will
find their way with the passing of time.
"As you find with all afflictions, they are easier to contend with
if you understand them. I am doing my best to explain all this to you
in terms you will understand. Please interject from here on if you do
not understand some point, for we do consider the following to be
"Some on your planet have aligned themselves with this 'force'.
Note I have said 'aligned' and not 'allied', for there is a
difference. Do you understand this? [I nodded.] They have gained much
power from the force, and some are even foolish enough to think they
have it under control. This is naïve, of course, as the force or
alien entity is feeding off these people or, rather, feeding off the
conflicts these people create in their bid for wealth and power. As
long as this suits the dark force, it shall continue; for the 'fear'
emotion is what it lives off.
"The easiest way to defeat this force is to remove fear from your
societies. This will, in effect, starve it out. It will then go
elsewhere, looking for easier prey. You see, your human race is one
of the very few that lives with this most unusual thing called
'emotion', which is why the force came here in the first place. We,
too, had emotions once, so I am told, and some are saying we can now
experience them again, thanks to the new breeding program we are
experimenting with. Forgive me, I digress again.
"You will find some of your kind are trying very hard to harness this
most dangerous force. Unfortunately, they do not fully understand
that it is an entity in its own right and that this is a very
dangerous mistake to be making. They think they are playing a game
and that they are winning this game. We have tried to warn your
people more than once in the past, but no heed has been taken. As
your people say, 'it is your life'. "The worry we have is that your
planet breathes with you, in harmony even with your thoughts. To
attack the people by using the force in this way is to attack the
planet. Be it on your own heads if you invoke the wrath of your
planet. There would be little or nothing we could do for your people
should that happen. Perhaps you can help us with this message. We
have an idea to put to you, but that shall keep until another time,
for there is still much to be related on other subjects."Your
societies, right from the very beginning, have engineered fear into
your lives. Most of it is an artificial fear of society itself; in
other words, you fear your very own laws. Your high priests from long
ago shouted down to the common masses, describing what wraths would
be set upon them if they did so much as dare to cross the all-mighty
gods of their time. Forgive me if I make what you call a 'joke' of
this, for these all-mighty gods they describe were people like me or
the Guardian, whom you have met. Do you fear me, Alec, from where you
stand?" Zeena asked.
"I feel no fear," was my answer.
"So you see how your masses were manipulated in our absence by those
who would gain from it?" she asked again.
"I can see how a lie could fool the uneducated," was my reply.
"And you think your people are better educated on this subject
today?" she asked once more.
"If you ask what we know of God, then perhaps not," I replied.
"Exactly my point," Zeena stated.
"And so the intimidation goes on, only you have a hundredfold the
number of laws today. These are not the laws of Nature, however; just
of your manipulators who in turn have been manipulated by the force.
"The laws of Nature you break every day as you drive to work in
your disgusting machines. It is even more curious to us that you all
know these things but you continue to allow them just the same. Why
is there not a law against it in your society? Does pollution not
kill? Are your people so blind they could not see what would happen
with the proliferation of these strange machines? You need not
answer, for we know the reasons. This is just, as you might say, an
"You will perhaps tolerate our confusion, though, when we fail to
understand what we have observed in your so-called Western societies
in which thousands of your money are spent to save but one life,
while millions of your kind die in other far areas for the sake of
small amounts of this money. Are you not all one people of the same
flesh and blood? For this question, we ourselves do not have such an
answer. Could you perhaps help us in the reasoning of this?" Zeena
asked, looking at me in a most perplexed way.
"My own people sometimes embarrass and confuse me. No, I have no
answer to that question," I replied.
"Very well. Why do your people take such time and interest in a
single tree, should it be cut down in your cities, while they allow
large areas of many-years-old trees to be removed from the forests
which are out of their sight? Please take this question home with you
to put to others, for we also find this most confusing."
I have since duly completed that request.
Zeena did have some encouraging news. She suggested that the force
would soon feel the weight of an invasion from above, and there would
be battles fought at sea and underwater, and also in the skies high
above. Most would know little about these events, except those caught
within the by-product of the battles. By this she meant that the
Earth would experience storms of gathering intensity, and where these
storms would once have been confined to the vortex points of our
globe (the western Atlantic-Bermuda area and the western Pacific,
south-east of Japan) they would now appear randomly all over our
planet. She did not say who or what might be behind these battles or
be the cause of them. However, when the way is clear and some portion
of the fear has been removed, we may indeed see other races of the
Cosmos openly visiting and interacting with us here on Earth!
"In the due course of time you will awaken from this 'sleep' that
the force has had you in, with a little help from your friends," she
added. "Being a sailor," she said, suggesting I watched the weather,
"you will know what to look for. Trust in your instincts."
This is all she was prepared to say on the subject.
"Your race is nearly strong enough to fight back and win its
rightful place in this galaxy of ours. We will help you and your
planet to do great things again, for we love all life. Even the dark
force is a form of life and we must and do respect it. Do you
understand, Alec? This is very important."
Zeena at last let me have a say.
"Yes, I do. But how do we fight this force if we cannot see it or
know where it is?" I asked.
"It is within your very soul. You fight it with knowledge and
understanding. But only each and every one of your kind can help
yourselves. Nevertheless, to know that it exists is half the battle,
and you can pass on this knowledge to all who should care to listen.
Your race is about to change, become more aware--well, most of you
are. It is an unfortunate fact that the ones upon your planet who
truly understand what a great hold this force known to you as fear
has over your people, are the very ones who are using it against
you--and always have. They only understand its power, not its reason
for being. That is why we have chosen this time to explain to you,
and others of your kind, what we are here for. We have come to help
enlighten you and, in so doing, perhaps free you from this force. We
also understand that there will be some among you who will resent
this knowledge being made available and will do their best to
belittle and downplay its importance to your race.
"We may also need things from you and your planet. Call it a trade if
you like, but I would prefer to use the word 'coevolution'. We both
can grow. We both need to change. You will become more like us, while
we need to become more like you. We can truly become great friends
once you learn to break free. We have been waiting a long time for
this to happen, and you, Alec, are part of this very special event
that will happen, as are many others. You will find them and they
will find you. Just let it be known that you are a child of the
light, whenever you feel the time is right. You will be amazed at
what will happen from then on."
As Zeena finished this part of the lesson, I really did not know
what to say. How could I reply to what she'd just said? Her narration
had brought up more questions than answers, and quite frankly I did
not know where to begin. Even though most of what she'd just said was
totally amazing, it was as if I had always known it was so! For that
reason you may think my next question out of place.
"The thing that worries me the most," I replied, "was your earlier
comment before this lesson began about the Earth 'mutating' into
something. Where will that leave us, the people?"
"You have no fears there. It will be you, the people, who help the
Earth to transform. You will already have passed over to the next
level of density, or be in the act of doing so, which in actual fact
is evolution--true evolution, as it just so happens; not the form of
change that you may have associated with that word in the past. I am
sorry, here, because there has not yet been time to ground you in
that knowledge. The Earth, too, will evolve along these same lines,
and that is what I meant by 'mutate'. I am sorry for the use of that
word if it has caused you concern," Zeena quickly replied.
"I have more questions," I said, looking at Zeena and hoping I
could continue to ask them. Her indication was that I could.
"What happened to those early ancestors--the ones who stayed on
Earth, the ones who helped us in the past?"
"Some of them eventually interbred with your kind, although there was
resistance to this initially. The offspring of these unions became
our common ancestors. All who were pure of our blood eventually died
of an unknown illness or left the planet. Their life-span should have
been many hundreds, perhaps even thousands of your years. Some say
they simply died of premature ageing. There are many possible reasons
why this may have occurred, but it is not necessary for us to discuss
that now. The few who escaped this fate and left Earth are now lost
to us; where they may have gone, my people do not know, for that was
indeed a long time ago. But while we are on the subject of
interbreeding, there are a few questions I would ask of you, if I
may," Zeena requested.
I nodded my approval, knowing I would get more chances to ask the
hundred-and-one questions I was waiting to ask.
Her first question took me a little by surprise.
"Have you bred on your home planet?"
"That's an interesting question," was my startled reply. "By 'breed',
I suppose you mean have I any children of my own?"
I couldn't believe she didn't already know the answer to this
question. Perhaps she was just being polite.
"Yes," she said.
"Well, I have a son who is fourteen years old and is fit and healthy.
He doesn't appear to have too many problems, except that he could be
without a proper father from now on."
"What do you mean by that?" she asked.
"I was in the process of leaving my family unit permanently when you
guys zapped me up here!" I replied. "Don't ask why. It's very
complicated, and I'm not sure I know the answer anyway."
"This breeding process, in the form you Homo sapiens use, I have
studied as much as I can from our records, but there is still much I
wish to know. I have been selected for a modified reproductive
process when I return to my home planet. We as a people are running
out of time to develop offspring which could survive on any other
planet apart from our own without life-support systems. By this I
mean we have not yet found another world that is compatible with our
specific and rather unique needs. I may be able to elaborate on this
point a little later. For now, it is enough to say we have few
options, and may have to adjust to new environments such as planet
Earth--which we still like to call our second home, even though we
are far removed from being able to live there full time," Zeena
finished, sounding rather distressed.
"Our planet is rather full already," I commented, not really wishing
to add to her burden. In spite of what I had already witnessed and
been party to, I was in no way prepared for her reply to my
"Oh, we have already had communication with Earth governors on that
subject; since the 1950s, in fact. They know of our desire and need.
We have even made a trade, as you might call it. I cannot elaborate
on it at this time. But not everyone has lived up to their agreements
"Why does nobody know of this on Earth?" I asked, my eyes wide open.
"Your various governors, in their wisdom, decided that the Earth's
general population was not then ready for the message and knowledge
we had planned to give your people. If you think back to the subjects
we have recently discussed, it is hardly surprising, is it? They feel
you are still not ready, and we will not tell your people a
half-truth to suit others. So we have this situation--what do you
say?--a stalemate," Zeena concluded.
"What did the governors say when you said you would like to return to
Earth at some time in the future?" I asked.
"All they wanted were the 'lollies'," she commented, without
expanding on that subject.
"There are not that many of us," Zeena continued. Fifteen million is
but a small total, is it not, among your billions? And our technology
trade-off would make life so much easier for your population. If I
dare be so brave as to say history could repeat itself, you may find
we interbreed to become one race again, as happened so long ago in
your past histories.
"At this point in time there are still some important things that we
must physically do here on Earth: some repair work, as it were; a
legacy from the past which I am not permitted to discuss at this
time. We must correct that which is in a state of disrepair. Just by
way of coincidence, that work is now almost completed. This is no
small thing, for repairs have been going on for many of your years.
Time is now short, for next will come the changes--your awakening."
She answered my question before I could ask it. There was not much
I could do but sit in silent amazement.
"You must realise," she continued, as I couldn't think of any
worthwhile thing to say, "that we are quite a primitive race compared
to other extraterrestrials that may communicate with Earth people
from time to time. That is one of the reasons we are so attracted to
Earth and to you as a race. We feel a real kindred or bonding for
your people. We also think Earth is a most beautiful place."
"Where would you like to live on Earth if you had a choice?" I
"We have an area that we call our own."
Zeena explained to me that they were already using an underwater
base in the general area of this land that had been set aside for
them, although she would go no further in describing where that might
be. She was then called away, promising to return as soon as possible
to continue our conversation.
Upon her return from duty, Zeena was keen to continue her
explanation of what they were doing and were about to do on the new
breeding program, and why it had become such a priority to her
people. In order for me to understand, or try to understand fully,
another lesson was apparently necessary, so she suggested once again
that I make myself comfortable as it was likely to take some time.
"For you to understand the problems that we have, it is best that
I tell you a little more about the world you live in. Some of this
will be a little hard to understand, but some other aspects will ring
a bell when you start to look at them in a different light," said
Zeena, who was sitting opposite my sleeping cubicle.
I had just finished another small nap to make up for my forty-hour
marathon without sleep.
Zeena continued. "You will remember some time ago I promised to
tell you about the other side of yourself. This concerns the cycle of
the atom, the part that is still little understood by your people,
or, should I say, not yet fully understood by them. When this is
understood, a whole new dimension, or dimensions, will open up for
you; for in this instant of time between the pulses of atoms lies a
world within worlds. They are in fact parallel dimensions to your
own--at least to the one where most of you live your 'now'. These
dimensions are so close to your real 'now' that you can slip in and
out of them without even knowing you have done so! There are
sometimes little clues that tell you what has just happened. This
dimension-slipping has been going on since you first walked the
Earth, only now it is becoming more common to your people. It can
happen almost every day to some, but they are basically unaware of
it. This is happening because you are awakening to your true selves.
"You are close to a major dimension-leap, the like of which you
have never before experienced; a leap that will bring you closer to
my people. This is what we have all been waiting for! How many times
have you searched for something in a room and could not find it? You
go back some time later and there it is, right in front of your nose;
there is no way you could have missed it when you searched. You see,
you are not always where you think you are. The trick is to be fully
conscious when you make these mini-leaps and be aware of where you
have gone. You will be very surprised, I think. It is a place not far
from there that you will find us.
"We basically come from your future. It does not matter if it is
six minutes into your future or six years; if you can get to one, you
can get to the other. But, for us, it is not as simple as that, for
we also come from another dimension; not quite the one you will shift
into, but close. So we are what you would call dimensional
time-travellers. Sounds like a good movie, does it not? Your Mr
Spielberg would love it!"
I had to laugh at that one.
"We--myself and others like me--are in fact a whole new race, or,
to be more accurate, a newly reconstituted race. Further
modifications are still required before we can achieve our goals as a
people. This is one of the reasons for our travel to your time zone,
and, indeed, the reason for others being here who are also
experimenting with their biological make-up, although they have far
different goals behind their experimentation than we do.
"The reason behind so many abductions occurring on your planet
over the last few years of your time is that this is the last chance
for our race--and other races of ETs with problems similar to
ours--to interact with you as a race before you change to a form that
will no longer be of use to us. Yes, it is that close! My own
surrogate mother was of your time and race..."
"We could go further back in time, but it is this now that we
need. I will not complicate matters by trying to explain that; we
would be here for many more days. My race still has a problem to
overcome. We must breed a race with stronger limbs and
"Lungs?" I enquired again.
"Yes. We have been using a mixture of your species' DNA and
chromosomes, along with our own. Our blood used to be very similar to
yours--and still is, with a little modification--although we really
only have one type as you would know it; well, two, but they are both
very much like your A-negative. We can modify most things, but what
it adds up to is that we are not going to go looking for problems--we
already have enough of them.
"We have approximately only five per cent of your male population
to work with, notwithstanding health, age, etc. There is a very
special, shall I say, 'X-factor' which must be brought into this
equation, which in fact brings only about one per cent of this
already small group into our calculations--that is, if we should
require a male to help us. The fact that we are not of the same
vibrational plane is the major problem. This is part of that
X-factor, and is related to health and disease resistance, biological
balance in relation to birth location, previous adaptability tests,
and so on and so on.
"I cannot begin to explain the complications we have had. It has
stretched our technology to its limits and beyond. The end result is
what you see before you now. I may look good to you, but I still
could not live on your planet without our technology to help me
constantly. The bottom line is that the process has been too slow,
and up to now has not done the job. At the present rate, it may take
more time than we have to spare on our crippled planet! We now need
to start taking some risks to speed up the process."
"What kind of risks?" I asked.
"Well, up until now we have been more concerned with preserving
our mind-generated energy distribution abilities--which I don't
expect you to comprehend just yet--but now we need to concentrate on
the physical aspects, the strength and endurance, even if we lose a
little of the other abilities."
"Become more like us?" I chimed in again.
"Yes, we must," Zeena replied. "We already have, as you noticed
earlier," she said, with what almost appeared to be a smile on her
face. This was the first hint of an emotion I had seen.
"Now there needs to be a step--a big one--even further down that
road. There is a chance for me to become part of that step," she
added. "That is why I wish to ask you more questions about your
breeding processes; procreation--would that be a better word for it?"
"You would be surprised at some of the words we use for it," I
replied. "Even I don't know where some of them come from."
"I understand it is most primitive and basic in its natural form.
It is possible that I may be able to be fertilised and to carry the
foetus almost full-term within me. That may not sound much to you,
but no female of our race has carried a child within her for many
hundreds of thousands of years. The artificial methods we have been
using are too slow and hard to change. They may even be impossible to
use if we settle on a planet like your Earth.
"I have been designed to take the place of what you would call a
synthetic birth process. There has been quite some progress just
lately. Even a hundred years ago, your time, one of our type could
not have interacted with your species on this level. That is how much
we have evolved in different directions since the early colonists
left your planet. Now we find it necessary to take a step in another
I noted how she diplomatically skirted the suggestion that they
might be going backwards on the evolutionary tree. I could not really
understand what knowledge she could want from me, and I doubted there
was anything I knew that she did not already know...
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