June 22, 2011
Ready? here goes...
In Asobi ni Iku Yo, Eris and the other catgirls aren't the real Catheans. They are advanced androids, and they don't know it. Lawry was the prototype, and the reason Lawry makes Eris uncomfortable is that Eris is beginning to suspect.
So who are the true catheans? Well, they really do look like cats. Aura is one of them. She was inserted into the planet as a scout, and has been sending back reports. And now, with the Cathean mothership in the Sol system, there are a lot of real Catheans on the planet.
They're inside of the assistaroids. The assistaroids are like tiny mechs. Without really realizing it, Antonia's giant assistaroid (which she herself operated) was more realistic than she knew. The small assistaroids are like that, but more sophisticated.
Eris et. al. are not mechanisms; they are biological creations. That's why ...spoiler at the ending... doesn't contradict this theory. He didn't really become a Cathean.
Um, no, I don't really think this is true. But it's an interesting idea, isn't it? Now where's my morning coffee?
UPDATE: "But the assistaroids are too small for a cat to live in!"
Remember how the bridge of the ship escaped into hyperspace? They can do those kinds of things. Each assistaroid has a space-time bubble inside, which is actually rather large and includes full living quarters for the Cathean which is operating it.
Anyway, after long exploration, Aura decided the Earth was ready for a contact mission, but realized that the Catheans in their true form couldn't do it. So she sent back a report to that effect, and a ship full of androids was sent. Eris was the first to reach the Earth, but she screwed up and got lost and also forgot to bring food for herself. Aura had to go out and find her and give her a nudge in the direction of Kio's family gathering.
UPDATE: This makes me think of Larry Niven's "Down in Flames".
Now, how do Jens and Ichika fit into this?
Posted by: J Greely at June 22, 2011 07:13 AM (2XtN5)
I thought about the possibility that Muttley is a true Dogisian, and Jens is another android. The regular doggiebots are not the same; they really are non-sapient machines.
Ichika is really a human converted into a catgirl. She has figured out what's going on, and that part of of why she's bemused by it all. But she's keeping the truth secret because revealing it would be dangerous (for her) and also because she approves of the contact mission and doesn't want to scuttle the process.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 22, 2011 07:25 AM (+rSRq)
Muttley is indeed a true Dogisian. But his mech's form as a doggie, and Jens looking like a human except with dog ears, are all in order to be acceptable to humans. The true Dogisians are genuinely alien, exactly the kind of thing that Beautiful Contact was expecting and hoping for.
Oh, and Jens doesn't know the truth, either.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 22, 2011 07:38 AM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Dave Young at June 22, 2011 07:52 AM (0K+Kw)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 22, 2011 08:00 AM (+rSRq)
Posted by: J Greely at June 22, 2011 08:44 AM (2XtN5)
I buy that! That's nice!
By the way, the reason magic is important is that it explains how a species without hands was able to create high technology: they don't need hands because they're doing it with their minds.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 22, 2011 08:49 AM (+rSRq)
Posted by: J Greely at June 22, 2011 09:26 AM (2XtN5)
In addition, it can't be much harder to make assistaroid-shells and biological cat-women than it would be to make a biological cat-woman assistaroid shell. Why not just cut out the middleman, build a catgirl suit, and drive it around?
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at June 22, 2011 10:55 AM (mRjOr)
Posted by: ubu at June 22, 2011 02:23 PM (i7ZAU)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 22, 2011 02:58 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: J Greely at June 22, 2011 04:01 PM (2XtN5)
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at June 22, 2011 04:22 PM (pWQz4)
Oh, great. The assistaroids are actually TARDISes, which makes the Catheans... Timelords.
Posted by: Wonderduck at June 22, 2011 07:08 PM (n0k6M)
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Spoilers which are not properly tagged will be ruthlessly deleted on sight.
Also, I hate unsolicited suggestions and advice. (Even when you think you're being funny.)
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