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Artificial life forms are a characteristic part of habitats throughout the civilized galaxy. Even though natural Terragen and xenobiological species are popular as pets and companions, or as necessary members of any local biosphere or biohab ecology, often there is need for a completely artificial, custom-made life-form, a neogen. These are still fully organic, fully biological, and - unless specifically designed otherwise - are able to reproduce like any other organism. As with everything, boundaries are fuzzy: is a lazurogened Tyrannosaur made from respliced chicken DNA a neogen or not? For convenience, we can say that a neogen is a type that is totally new; it is not an attempt to enhance or to reconstruct a pre-existing species.

Although most neogens are subsapient organisms, there are still a large number of types that have either been designed as sapient from the start or provolved to sapience later. Such sapient neogens have played an important role in the history of Terragen civilization from the Interplanetary Age to the present day. Some, like the Goliaths, are specifically hominid, and can even be considered just one more form of nearbaseline or sub-superior clade, although they were custom gengineered. Others, like Synthetic Humans are essentially biological androids, although by phenotype they are indistinguishable from any human. Others again, like Erotogini, are specifically non-human, being essentially biological dildonics, even though many separate races and species of Moldie have been provolved to sapience, and today Moldies form an important element of galactic society, whether sub-sentient, subsapient, or fully sapient.

Inevitably, neogens have ended up in the sex trade, as companion sapients, bodyguards, soldiers, or fulfilling a particular role that may be unsuited to other sentients, or simply to add some local color.

Despite frequent rulings and local regulations to the contrary, and the best efforts of memegineers through the centuries, neogens frequently suffer from prejudice and even persecution at the hands of local nearbaselines and other subsingularity majority groups. For this reason, many neogens tend to be distrustful of mainstream galactic society, and tend to congregate in enclaves and free zones, or amongst other equally oppressed minority groups. In these polities they not infrequently become more prosperous than the surrounding nearbaseline communities (hence adding to the resentment among the ignorant, although intelligent neogens are able to play upon this for their own advantage).

  • Autowupodologists  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Wup sub-phyle.
  • Biomodvert, Biomadvert  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    A biomodified life form hybridised with a madvert.
  • Biophone  - Text by Ernst Stavro Blofeld
    Geneered organisms whose entire raison d'etre is to make music.
  • Cromag, Clade (aka Clade Neander)  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Pseudolazurogenic prim clade created by the vec Dimimimon4 in the mid 5th millennium a.t..
  • Dermal Coater / Dermal Coating - Text by John B
    Biomeso neogen, that prefers open air and a warm substrate that exudes organics. Usually clear, occasionally tinted, rarely matte. Passed on through contact with contaminated surfaces (sponges, DNA scrapers, etc.)
  • Designer Life  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Designer life has existed since the Information Age, starting with glowing rabbits and bacteria with messages hidden in their genomes.
  • Designer Phages  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    A major biotech field during the later Information and early Interplanetary periods.
  • Dimimimon4ians - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Generic term for biont clades created by Dimimimon4 in the mid 5th millennium a.t.. These included Clade Gikk, Clade Cromag, and Clad Fedhead.
  • Dragon (morphotype)  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Dragons of many different types have been created using lazurogenic and neogenic techniques, often from crocodile or avian genes.
  • Erotogen  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev with additions by Anders Sandberg and Tony Jones
    A neogenic clade optimised for a highly diverse and voracious sexual lifestyle, known for how they physically and psychologically adapt themselves to their current partner(s).
  • Fractaroni Spaghetti Worms  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Transapient clade of a-life/neogen hybrids.
  • Glidemonkeys  - Text by Steve Bowers and Todd Drashner
    Popular Neogen pet based on a fictional prototype
  • HaRoNa  - Text by Todd Drashner
    Neogenic centauroid species created by the Power Manteos in 2587 to be: 'Keepers of songs, tellers of tales, guardians of art and culture'.
  • KaTaWaHa  - Text by Todd Drashner
    Neogenic centauroid species created in 3674 on Drayos Gamma orbital.
  • Lauro, Clade  - Text by Chris Shaeffer
    A race of humanoid Superior neogens.
  • Methanoids  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Methane-respiring cold-adapted extremophile humanoids created by House Genen in the Zoeific Biopolity; very widespread and often actively involved in opposition to terraforming projects. Important faction in the Epp War.
  • Neogen - Text by Todd Drashner
    A biological being or species created entirely from scratch rather than by modification of naturally evolved stock. A product of neogenics, the technology of creating life from lifeless materials.
  • Nu Joloth  - Text by Morgan Heacock and Steve Bowers
    Non-humanoid neogen clade.
  • Octogen, Clade  - Text by Thorbørn Steen
    A clade noted for its nano-dependent physiology and for its resulting skill in the nanotech design and construction.
  • Praedatorius - Text by Michael Beck
    A generic term, from the first creatures of this type, Homo praedatorius. Clades or individuals designed for military action, viewed with intense distrust by everyone else.
  • Pteranodon People  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Human-Pterosaur neogen-splice created by the Ptaphric Magic Potter.
  • Rainbow Bubbles  - Text by Liam Jones
    Neogen species consisting of distinct spheres constituting a group mind.
  • Shimmerers, The  - Text by Liam Jones
    Neogen/Neumann clade in the Serpens outer volumes.
  • Soomia  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev from original concept by Kevin Self
    A clade of neogen-splice artist provolves, originally designed as companions to human artists. They long ago established an independent homeland in the Utopia Sphere and their own reputation for artistic talent. Soomia or gorups of Soomia tend to travel widely for extended and so are known throughout Terragen space.
  • Tupilaks - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Composite bioborgs or neogens, built from cultured organs or limbs. While not often seen much use outside specialised applications, building bioborgs from modular parts is sometimes more cost-effective than engineering entirely new species.
  • Wup  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Anti-culture secretionpunk movement. A Wuppista is a bioborg/neogen male with enhanced and enlarged genitals who would put on public performances, in which nearby property and bystanders would be sprayed with blood, urine, semen, saliva, feces, and, worst of all, wupple.
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev

Initially published on 09 December 2001.

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