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Your Turn, Round 2-4: More Concept Art and A Note on Intellectual Property


Some time ago, I shared some ideas for a hard sci-fi setting I called “Fermi Problems”, outlining intelligent aliens that evolved in ecosystems in the atmosphere of a gas giant and in microgravity and zero pressure on asteroids.  We decided that I needed to move both of those ecosystems so that they were hundreds of lightyears from Earth, but that there were interesting possibilities for electronics make from material available in the atmosphere of something like Jupiter and some interesting technical innovations that were possible in microgravity.

At the time, I apologized for having relatively few graphics illustrating the setting.  I’m now trying to remedy that, at least for the asteroid-dwelling neari (sketching the gas-giant-living aerodynamic ursians has been harder for me).  So I now invite you to dissect my lack of artistic technique.

Before the pictures, a note on intellectual property:

I hereby make the neari, the ursians, and the entire Fermi Problems setting available to anyone who wants to use them for setting stories in.  Just let me know if you do – I want to read those!

Now, into the concept art:

Neari Bodies

This is a zoom-in on the body of the neari in the sketch that I posted before, showing the different structures on the various facets.

This is a zoom-in on the body of the neari in the sketch that I posted before, showing the different structures on the various facets.  Once again, this one has somehow gotten a can of Pringles.

Neari Claws

Illustration of a neari claw.  The inside edges of the three "fingers" are sharp, except for right at the joints (which can't be bent quite far enough to reach the base).  The structure between the bases of the fingers is a van der Waals pad, allowing the neari to hold onto a surface without muscle effort.

Illustration of a neari claw. The inside edges of the three “fingers” are sharp, except for right at the joints (which can’t be bent quite far enough for the tip of each finger to reach its base). The structure between the bases of the fingers is a van der Waals pad, allowing the neari to hold onto a surface without muscle effort.

Neari, Writing

This neari, being of a generation after the contact with humans, has become adept at writing on touch-screen computers.

This neari, being of a generation from after the contact with humans, has become adept at writing on touch-screen computers.  It’s looking at the screen using another of its visible-wavelength eyes, which can’t be seen from this angle.

Neari Writing

The neari have an appropriately large and diverse number of different languages and writing styles.  This is a sample of the partially-defined language and script that I designed for the neari that survived the comet-boat flight to Ursa.

The neari have an appropriately large and diverse number of different languages and writing styles. This is a sample of the partially-defined language and script that I designed for the neari that survived the comet-boat flight to Ursa.  You shouldn’t be able to figure out what it means from such a small sample, but feel free to guess.

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