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Out of Nowhere by Patrick LeClerc.
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The original planet’s indigenous population had few resources left after swathes of devastating wars waged over millennia.

To ensure the survival of the species, the leaders held a summit to address this issue.

Many theories were discussed; some complex, some simple. All with the ultimate goal of enhancing the longevity of the Durian race.

It might take one hundred years to journey to another habitable world, orbiting a medium sized star thousands of parsecs away. The lifespan of a Durian was at most ninety years, so this wouldn’t be a viable option.

However the seed of the Durian male, if properly treated, could survive thousands of years during interstellar travel.

The chosen inhabited planet would be selected on several criteria : One being the similarity if not perfect match of the host organisms.

The seed would be loaded in special containers onto the unmanned spaceships, the destination having been programmed into the ships’ computers, and the long journey would commence.

Durian craftsmanship in all things practical held no rivals. Typically their spaceships were sleek in design and immense in size; usually to accommodate legions of warriors, and made to out manoevre their enemies effortlessly in both space and on planetary terrains.

For this project, all warheads and varying battle machinery were obsolete.

The precious cargo was protected in layers of iridium, the impenetrable resource found on few planets, especially used in hard alloys.
It would melt however in intense heat, such as approaching a star. For that reason star charts were referenced and a course was laid out so the ships would only have to contend with the intensely cold vacuum of space.

Eons passed, the ships travelling in their predefined paths through the outer reaches of space. Bypassing planetary systems which could have been selected but would not have presented the ultimate deciding factor   - a good genetic match.

One hundred years later, the target planet was orbited, the ships having arrived at their destination and would commence their descent into the atmosphere and would melt in the process. Their containers carrying the Durian seed would not succumb to the intense heat until the mesosphere was reached, where meteors burn up.

The containers would descend through the outer layers of the atmosphere : From the vacuum of space, the containers’ outer casing would become seared in the exosphere then thermosphere before reaching the mesosphere.

Then the fertile containers would enter the stratosphere and eventually the troposphere where they would spray their special payload. The contents would then fuse with plant life found in abundance on the planet’s surface.

Some of these plants in the food chain would be harvested, then assimilated by the hominins, a viable match with the Durian’s genetic make-up.

The seed would replace the host’s seed and, on reproduction, would assure Durian offspring not unlike the hominins.

 

This would be the first wave of colonisation of the host planet.

 

When the Durian offspring were born, they showed no difference to the hominins.

But from an early age they showed greater intelligence and a facility for all things practical.

By their teenage years they displayed a preference for one another in their social groups, no matter which town they were raised in. And if they hadn’t selected each other for mates in their early adulthood, they certainly did by the time they reached more mature years.

They sensed one another and the message that had been implanted in their stem cells was clear and persuasive :-

 

“ Be fruitful and multiply”.

 

This would then be the second wave of colonisation of their planet.

 

The dig was progressing nicely.

Hugh and Tim had been working this site for months now, based in Ethiopia, Africa, reputed to be the ‘cradle of civilisation’.

The landscape was rugged and arid. It had taken months of painstaking work to excavate this chosen area.
Baked earth revealing its secrets only after many x-rays of the ground had  been taken and analysed. They had to choose a likely spot that would yield results.
Their funding wasn't limitless, even though the team were experts in their field.

“We’ve been concentrating on this one for ages now,” said Hugh.
“Rough, smooth, rough, smooth”.

“Do you think this could be it ? The missing link ?,“ asked Tim.

“Well she has many ape-like features but curiously she has definite human qualities too,” said Hugh.

 

“Let’s call her Lucy.”

 




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