The book begins with the impact of genetic engineering. For 200 years, modern humans morphed the genetics of other humans to create genetically-altered creatures. The Aquamorphs and Aquatics are marine humans with gills instead of lungs. One species, the Vacuumorph, has been engineered for life in the airless vacuum of space. Its skin and eyes carry shields of skin to keep its body stable even without pressure. Civilization eventually collapses, with a few select humans escaping to colonize space. The humans that manufactured these species degrade to simple farmers and following a magnetic reversal, were driven to extinction. Other humans, such as the Hitek, became almost totally dependant on cybernetic technology. With magnetic reversal imminent, the Hitek built genetically altered humans to occupy niches: Genetically-altered humans include a temperate woodland species, a prairie species, a jungle species, and a tundra-dwelling species.
Since then, the genetically-altered humans must face a new phenomenon. They can no longer be tweaked in a lab, so all modifications must naturally evolve. Many new forms resulted from natural selection. Socials, colonial humans with a single reproductive parent, Fish-eaters, otter-like fishing humans, Slothmen, sloth-like humans, Spiketooths, saber-toothed predatory humans, and even parasitic humans developed through natural changes.
After 5 million years of uninterrupted evolution, the descendants of modern humans that retreated into space have returned to Earth. Then the world changes dramatically. Earth was xenoformed and covered in vast alien-like cities. The humans and other life forms in this new Earth must breathe air with low oxygen content. Thus the "alien invaders" use cyborg-technology to fuse the bodies of the few human species they find useful on the planet with air tanks and respiration systems. Genetic modification has also returned and giant human buildings and tiny connection humans were bred to aid city construction. Genetically created horse-like men serve as mounts for the "invaders". Some engineered human species even became farmed like pigs or cattle. As with all civilization, this new era of man fell apart once again.
Eventually, the space-faring humans left, the Earth was in ruins. With barely any oxygen left in the Earth's atmosphere, all terrestrial life on the planet perished. At the bottom of the world's oceans, at the oases that were underwater hot springs, life continues. In the abyss, was Piscanthropus profundus, a deep-sea descendant of the now extinct Aquatic evolved. It is implied that Piscanthropus profundus would eventually recolonize Earth's surface.
Human Species IncludedEdit
200 Years HenceEdit
Aquamorph - Homo aquaticus, a frog-like human. They have gills on the chest, thick blubber layers and paddle-like legs and feet.
Vacuumorph - Homo caelestis, an exoskeletal human genetically modified to live only in the airless void of space. These creatures were not so much bred as built. The attributes that could not be created were grafted onto the creatures; they could not reproduce independently.
300 Years HenceEdit
Aquatic - Piscanthropus submarinus, dugong-like humans with gills instead of lungs. The hind legs are fused together to form a paddle-like fluke, but the arms and hands are still human-like, the only engineered sentient species with the exception of the Vacuumorphs and Aquamorphs. It can move itself on dry land encased in a tough sphere of gel with its own saltwater environment inside it.
Hitek - Homo sapiens machinadiumentum, a Homo sapiens subspecies that is the result of inbreeding and medical technologies that allow people with deformities and other medical problems to survive and reproduce. Homo sapiens evolved into this subspecies of its own that is now almost totally dependant on cybernetic technology to survive.
500 Years HenceEdit
Tundra-Dweller - Homo glacis fabricatus, Yeti-like humans that fill the ecological niches of Musk Oxen and Caribou. Migratory creatures with thick rolls of blubber with ice-hooks on their hind feet. Capable of reproducing fertile offspring.
Plains-Dweller - Homo campis fabricatus, Troll-like humans that fill the roles of Gazelles, Water Buffalo, and Wildebeests. These humans have modified appendages for scything grass. Capable of growing new teeth through their life and have pot bellies filled with specially-engineered bacteria for digesting grass. Capable of reproducing fertile offspring.
Forest-Dweller - Homo silvis fabricatus, Orangutan-like humans that fill the roles of Apes, Monkeys and Sloths. Long arms with thick claws allow these creatures to move faster through the trees than on the ground. They have thick jaws for cracking nuts and are capable of reproducing fertile offspring.
Temperate Woodlands-Dweller - Homo virgultis fabricatus, Australopithecus-like humans designed to fill the roles of Deer, Bears and Wolves. They walk on all four legs because the shape of the big toes prevent bipedal locomotion. Omnivorous creatures who are designed to be immune to most natural poisons. Capable of reproducing fertile offspring.
1,000 Years HenceEdit
Tic - Homo sapiens accessiomembrum, the Hitek eventually found the process of diagnosing newborn babies, then creating a mechanical cradle impractical, eventually designed a human subspecies that required a biological cradle/cocoon. However, the fingers are used primarily for touching. The shape of, and number of limbs, on these bodies of often dependent on fashion.
2,000 Years HenceEdit
Homo sapiens has gone extinct due to a magnetic reversal.
5,000 Years HenceEdit
Memory People - Homo mensproavodorum, a descendant of the Temperate Woodland-Dweller that can inherit memories from their parents and possess a form of ancestral memory. They were not engineered sentient but re-evolved intelligence and can make rudimentary structures.
Migrant - A migratory descendant of the Plains-Dweller.
Tropical Tree-Dweller - A strictly arboreal descendant of the Forest-Dweller with the ability to hang upside down.
10,000 Years HenceEdit
Symbiont Carrier - Baiulus moderatorum, a descendant of Tundra-Dwellers with longer fur and low intelligence.
Islander - Homo nanus, a species of diminutive humans descended from Temperate Woodland-Dwellers that became isolated. They inhabite the tropical, volcanic islands and feed almost exclusively on meat and other high protein sources.
Water-Seeker - Homo vates, a chimp-like species descended from the Temperate Woodland-Dweller. Due to climatic extremes, it has evolved the ability to detect water over long distances.
Communal Plains-Dweller - Alvearanthropus desertus, a very sociable descendant of a group of Migrants that retreated into the semi-desert areas
500,000 Years Hence
Social - colonial, Bogeyman-like humans descended from the Communal Plains-Dwellers. They have thick blades on their hands for fighting. Only one female breeds at any one time.
Boat People - descended from the Memory People that have black fur use their ancestral memories to make wooden boats that look almost like H. sapiens built them.
1,000,000 Years HenceEdit
Aquatics can now (for a temporary time) crawl on beaches. The tropical tree dwellers have spread into the temperate and coniferous forests. The symbionts are more aggressive.
2,000,000 Years HenceEdit
Hiver - a taller descendant of the Social, with a shared mind, and builds hive-like structures. It is mainly herbivorous.
Parasite - Nananthropus parasiticus, a small, Sivapithecus-like descendant of the Islander that lives as a parasite by sucking the blood of the parasite host.
Host - Penarius pinguis, a blubbery-looking, hairless descendant of Tundra-Dwellers that migrated south. It is victimized by Parasites, the parasitic humans.
Travellers - descendants of the Boat People.
Traveller's Attacker - a descendant of the Cave-Dweller that hunts Travellers.
Planter - descended from the Hibernator.
Seeker - descended from the Water-Seeker. Its ears are quite useless and it now lacks eyes. It now resembles a Homo sapiens baby in a way. Hivers use Seekers as guides to find good locations to build hives.
3,000,000 Years Hence
Slothmen - Giganthropus arbrofagus, Megatherium-like humans descended from Tundra-Dwellers that imitate the extinct Megatherium. So heavy they cannot stand upright and have thick claws to pull down branches. Evolved in a predator free environment and have no natural means of defense.
Fish-Eater - Piscator longidigitus, an Otter-like species (descended from the Temperate Woodland-Dweller) that hunts fish. It Inhabits mountain rivers and lakes where it swims after fish with its long claws like a Baryonyx.
Tree-Dweller - Arbranthropus lentus, an arboreal Sloth-like descendant of the Tropical Tree-Dweller.
Desert-Runner - Harenanthropus longipis, a small, swift-footed, desert-dwelling, Gremlin-like descendant of the Temperate Woodland-Dweller, that by covergent evolution has evolved the shape that was designed into the plains dwellers 3,000,000 years before.
5,000,000 Years Hence
Unknown human descendant. In 5 million years, humans return to earth and build cities once again. They are never seen outside without protective suits, mounted on horse-like creatures. Therefore, it is unknown what they look like inside. They are, however, quite small by comparison to their 'cousins' and presumably their ancestors, too.Engineered Pack Animal: After the humans that left for the stars returned to the Earth, they xenoformed it and engineered the Pack Animal to put pre-made building parts together.
Engineered Food Creature: Engineered by the star travelers, engineered the Host into "mounds of fat and flesh, fed by chemical nutrients." Small machines remove chunks of meat, tissue and body fat while the Food Creature is still alive.
Engineered Worker: Lilliputian creature engineered from the Temperate Woodland-Dwellers work small machinery.
Piscanthropus profundus - a species of Aquatic that lives in the dark depths of the ocean. Is sensitive to the infra-red spectrum and moves very sluggishly in order to conserve energy in such a poor habitat. It is implied that they will re-colonize the surface after the star travelers left the Earth's surface barren.
Hunter - a descendant of the Desert-Runner