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#206482 - 07/19/12 08:43 PM Re: Exsangue [Re: bexter]
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bexter! Lovely to see you again! grin

How 'bout just calling them Cubloods, Cu being the symbol for copper? Or is that too close to J. K. Rowling's mudbloods?

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#206487 - 07/20/12 07:52 AM Re: Exsangue [Re: bexter]
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Faldage! Blasphenmy! haha Golden Age SF is wonderful...mmm I think that is probably a bit close to Rowling, which has been specified now as trying to keep as far away from as possible...clever though, I hadn't thought of that...ooops

And it's lovely to be back smile
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#206489 - 07/20/12 08:23 AM Re: Exsangue [Re: bexter]
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Yes, Golden Age SF is wonderful, but it was written for a less sophisticated audience. Toss some China Miéville, or even someone as conservative as Samuel Delaney, at '40s sci-fi readers and they will come out with brain hemorrhages.

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#206490 - 07/20/12 11:02 AM Re: Exsangue [Re: Faldage]
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Golden Age SF is wonderful

Ah yes, 'tis about time to reread Weinbaum's Martian Odyssey stories again ...
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#206493 - 07/20/12 03:33 PM Re: Exsangue [Re: bexter]
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I'm coming up on my seventh decennial reading of Pebble In The Sky.

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#206494 - 07/21/12 06:30 AM Re: Exsangue [Re: bexter]
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Case in point:

I am reading Earth Unaware by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston. In the first chapter we are introduced to the society of independent asteroid miners in the Kuiper Belt. They have relatively closed groups of families who are spending, essentially, their whole lives in what amounts to a band level, maybe 80 or 90 people, all related to some degree or another. Marriage to anyone second cousin or closer is strictly forbidden. To marry someone in this forbidden group is referred to as dogging, the word being derived from endogamy. This etymology is explicitly pointed out in the text of the story. Later on in the chapter we get the word zogging with no accompanying explanation. We are expected to work it out for ourselves.

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#206498 - 07/22/12 10:28 AM Re: Exsangue [Re: Faldage]
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The word that sprang to mind, when rreading through the first couple of posts of this thread, was cuprosanguine. Someone with "the wrong" blood type could be called acuprosanguine

Assuming that the main purpose of the blood, in the WiP, is to carry oxygen to the body cells, then the cuprosangoids would have green blood, which would also affect their complexion, I guess. I believe they would have a greenish skin tone, rather than the pinkish tones of the ferrosangoids, making them immediately obvious - which might spoil the plot a little?

BTW, I have a feeling that copper oxides are toxic: not that that matters, as the natural selction inherent in successful mutation would have dealt with that problem. [apologies to my creationist readers]
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#206517 - 07/27/12 08:24 AM Re: Exsangue [Re: Rhubarb Commando]
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Thanks, Rhuby, those are great smile
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#206532 - 07/29/12 06:39 AM Re: Exsangue [Re: bexter]
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My pleasure!
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#206536 - 07/29/12 09:34 AM Re: Exsangue [Re: bexter]
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I agree... brilliant Ruby.

The green blood carriers might synthesize Chlorophyll.

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