Christophe Grandsire wrote: >>And think twice if you're >> allergic to animal fur. ;-) > >That's okay, as long as they are not feline :) . Uh-oh. They sort of _look like_ large bipedal panthers, but that doesn't necessarily mean they are......? Interesting question: when/if we encounter other intelligent species, what Latin names will we give them? Assuming (pace Le Guin) they are essentially human in form, would we have e.g. Homo sapiens Hainensis, or H.s. Gethenensis? Perhaps the Kash could be Feloidis sapiens Kash Cinduensis? (Biological taxonomy is not my strong point.) I'm allergic to cats, too, but have four anyway. It pays for my allergist's vacations. Is the planet where the Kash >live touristic? If so, I think there should be some business to bring goods of >other planets on this one :). They would be amazed (and maybe secretly repulsed) by our pinkish, furless bodies, but otherwise, no problem. Exchange of technologies and knowledge would be paramount; introduction of alien species (via seeds, clonable DNA) would require a lot of research.