Sunday, May 24, 2015
You'd like to have a sentient creature which is not humanoid, just not at all. So many aliens are like the usual Star Trek aliens, that is, people with odd bumps on their faces. It's what your makeup and costume people could afford. Or you could have your human actors interacting with something unseen in a box. But can you make something like a crab or a jellyfish look intelligent? Some authors have done it, such as the author of the famous old "Lensmen" series, or his more modern imitators such as Julian May, or the academically interesting C.J. Cherryh. Can you have a conversation with something that has six eyestalks and a crab shell? Maybe at a science fiction convention.
6 Eye Crabboid is brown technical pen ink on sketchbook page, 4" x 2 1/2", May 24, 2015.