Unlike Anything They Have Ever Seen Before (NYTimes)

Two species of deep-sea dwelling, mushroom-shaped organisms discovered off the coast of Southeast Australia defy all existing classifications of life, researchers from the University of Copenhagen say. The organisms, described in the journal PLOS One, are multicellular and nonsymmetrical, and live 400 to 1000 meters deep. They have been classified in an aptly named new genus, Dendrogramma enigmatica.

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

West-european Viper | ©Matthieu Berroneau (2014)

The genus Vipera (Viperidae) includes several species and subspecies of venomous snakes also known as Adders. Species of Vipera occur over a wide area of Europe and the Middle East, in habitats ranging from alpine meadows to deserts, and vary in mean adult body size.

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Do you have any tips on writing with a non-human as a protagonist?

Non-human can mean anything. It can mean an elf, a tissue box, a dog, a rotting apple.

The first thing you should do is establish if this character is living or non-living.

Non-Living

Non-living characters can be human-made objects or a part of the natural world, like a rock or water. Most writers, when writing non-living characters, give these characters thoughts, motivations, feelings, and abstract thinking in order to let the reader make a connection to this character.

Most non-living characters cannot move on their own, but inanimate objects who become animate (Toy Story, The Brave Little Toaster, The Nutcracker) have much more freedom. Here are some things to consider:

  • Can your character move? If so, how well? Where are they able to go? If a lamp is unplugged, can it still move? Skateboards can go downstairs, but not up without help. Dolls are not tall enough to reach doorknobs without getting a little creative. Rocks can’t move at all. Necklaces go wherever the wearer goes when worn. Shoes only see the ground and the feet/legs of other people. What your character sees, where they go, and whether they can move will affect their POV and how they see the world.
  • Can your character feel? Do they experience emotions or are they nothing more than an observer? If your character experiences emotions, they’ll have motives, fears, and flaws too. Develop them like any other character. If your character is an observer who acts as the narrator, you’ll need to choose the right object to tell the story of the people it observes. If the story centers around a family, the object could be a candle in the dining room that observes their conversations at meals and during other times of the day and then the candle melts and the story ends when it dies.

Living

If you’re writing fantasy and sci-fi species who are similar to humans in that they create culture (religion, language, architecture, art, societal norms, etc.), go through my world building tag on the tags page and develop them like you would any other character. Writing a character like this is similar to writing or reading a human character who comes from a culture you are not familiar with.

But, there are also the biological differences that might make some of their cultural customs impossible to occur within our species. If there are any of these, they should be normal to your character. For example, if this non-human character belongs to a species that can fly, certain groups might have cultural customs that involve flying or wings.

If they’re not like humans, you’ll have to establish what your character is capable of and you’ll need to think about how they view the world. They might not be able to understand the concept of language, but they might still be able to recognize threats, emotions, and people. If they can’t understand language, third person would probably be best for POV and you probably won’t have any dialogue. You’ll have to rely on your character’s actions and observations.

One major part of writing a living, non-human character is the non-human part. Something has to set them apart from humans. They can be a separate species, a ‘cousin’ species, or a subspecies. When humans see this character, there should be something there to say this character is not human. Even if they look pretty similar to humans, other characters might be suspicious.

Non Human Characters

Writing Non Human Characters

Rules for Writing Non Humans

Diverse Ecosystems Get Organized for Stability

Ecological networks that are highly organized are more stable, a new study reports, meaning that changes to these networks don’t cause them to fall apart. The study found that the species living in highly ordered networks can experience very different growth rates, one to the next, without threatening the overall network structure. In less ordered, or nested, networks, by contrast, disproportionate growth rates may cause a species to be knocked out — even rendered extinct. Using data on the network structures of 23 plant-pollinator communities in the United Kingdom, the researchers showed that nestedness minimizes competition between species, boosts the number of species that can live together, and increases stability. A Perspective provides more insights.

Read more about this research from the 25 July issue of Science here.

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((so I joined the trend with my on fan dragon))

Species: StormWeaver

Height: 2’6m

Length: 6’8m

Wingspan: 7’82m

Class: strike

Stormweavers are very prehistoric looking, but highly intelligent. They are very sociable, and usually live in groups of 10 individuals. Their body temperature is strange, the light feathers retain incredible heat, and the dark feathers are very cold. This allows them to create their own wind currents, and when in groups they will often chase each other around, creating wild gusts that often turn into hurricanes and blizzards, offering them protection and shelter when flying or migrating. When in land, they will often live in high mountain caves.

Their wings have three feathers that are sharper in contrast to their incredibly fluffy tail and chest. These allow silent flight and are necessary for carving the air to maneuver. 

This species cannot breathe fire. However, they are capable of breathing out extremely hot or cold gusts of air, which can scorch their opponent or even cause frostbite, respectively.

So, what do you guys think? :3