Author’s Introduction to Elis Royd
Life follows a universal, not merely a global, blueprint.
The parameters are basically the same, planet to planet, galaxy
On land: four limbs, two front and two rear.
In a liquid environment, smooth flanks and motive tail
In a gaseous one, forelimbs adapted for soaring and propul-
Nothing’s cut in stone, and the variations are endless, yet the
same theme runs through all things living (life cannot exceed its act-
ive window), regardless of the fanciful extraterrestrial properties in-
troduced by inventors of new worlds.
Life respires oxygen. Living creatures age, and eventually die (a
world can produce only so much sustenance—so ‘immortal’ creatures
would eventually end up eating themselves out of existence anyway).
Everything fits everything else. Without trying to.