The diversity of the species in the Xelrod spiral constellation produced an unusual blend of biological individuality, cultural practices, and living standards on the individual planets before the introduction of technology and transportation made interplanetary travel and immigration possible.
The terrain on Flikkto, home of the flykinds, consists of numerous mountain ranges and a network of deep, rough, water courses covering almost seventy-five percent of the ground. The flykinds’ main livelihood is farming, since their genetic structure requires them to eat quite often. These residents of Flikkto primarily live on plateaux and cliffs. The large wings on their backs were the only form of transportation for the early flykinds, and they were capable of flying with heavy loads. A flock of flykinds attached to a cargo container could carry very large quantities of products.
The steamhounds, inhabitants of Houndah, have a unique way of expressing anger, stress, and excitement. Steamhounds often suppress these emotions until they reach a boiling point, which lifts a stopper on the steamhound’s head to release a foul-scented steam (a process known as smoking). Even though the steamhounds are unable to smell the stink themselves, basic etiquette requires leaving the room or the company of others to smoke. Special scent-proof rooms were introduced in public areas for smoking when the steamhounds began mingling with other species in the constellation.
The planet formerly known as Bexto was renamed Blockazoid after its occupants’ last metamorphosis, which occurs every millennium. The blockheads are the most intelligent species in the Xelrod constellation, especially those born as single children. Twins and triplets share intelligence. Their early attempts to explore the stars around them led to Dambel’s discovery of other life within the constellation. Since they easily understood and adapted to the new technologies introduced by the Intergalactic Support Group (ISG), they were often contracted to assist with the maintenance and administration of the information systems of their neighbouring planets.
The biclopses of Chyspah have perfect vision in the dark, so artificial light was never necessary for their lifestyles. This resulted in low energy consumption, and due to their lack of skillfulness ,the planet was the most underdeveloped amongst its counterparts. “Incomplete” biclopses, known as innis, cannot see in the dark and once lived only deep within the forests in order to protect themselves from being discovered and disgraced. There they lit fires to see in the dark. As wealth and development on Chyspah rapidly improved, the legislation was amended to end the discrimination against innis. However, disdain towards innis was never completely eradicated.
Eventually, with growth, development, and collaboration, these planets offered new cultural experiences, food, and services to each other as they learned and worked together to improve life within the constellation.
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About The Time Manipulator’s Son, now available for pre-order from Something or Other Publishing: Powerful aliens hide on an asteroid floating above the planet Chyspah. Fearing for her child’s life, a widow breaks the laws of her people and makes contact with the leader of the planet. Her actions kick off a long series of strange occurrences and unexpected discoveries that lead three boys to solve their parents’ mysteries as they’re caught in the midst of the royal family’s fall from power. Daniel experiences bizarre episodes of time travel, while Anomar learns he was adopted—and that his real parents belong to a species of aliens with supernatural powers.
With the reluctant help of their timid friend Benardo, the boys dig deeper to find the truths hidden in their own lives. What they learn will change everything they thought they knew about themselves—and each other.
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About Rohini Singh: Rohini is an author of young adult science fiction from the small Caribbean island of Trinidad. Her debut book, The Time Manipulator’s Son, is available for pre-order from Something or Other Publishing now!