List of Uplift Universe species
A list of fictional extraterrestrial species in the "
Uplift Universe" series of novels by David Brin.
When formally referenced a species' name includes all of its surviving patrons and clients. The prefix "ul-" indicates a client and is an abbreviation for UpLifted. The prefix "ab-" indicates a patron race and is an acronym of Aided-By. Therefore, for instance, the species Dolphin is formally Dolphin-ab-Human. Humans, in turn, are formally Human-ul-Chimpanzee-ul-Dolphin. Other Prefixes also exist (such as "zor-" representing former patrons when clients choose to change patrons). Among powerful clans species names can become quite involved.
*Brothers of the Night (ab-Nighthunter)
*Buyur (ul-Tunnuctyur) (pronounced like
*Neochimpanzee (ab-Human) - While not actually extraterrestrial, most of the Chimpanzee characters in the series have been genetically engineered to sapiency.
*Neodog (ab-Human) - Not extraterrestrial (and mentioned only in passing), neo-Dogs would be the third Earth native species to be engineered to full
*Neodolphin (ab-Human) - While not actually extraterrestrial, the Dolphin characters in the series have been genetically engineered to sapiency.
*Episiarch (ab-Tandu-ab-Nght6) - a race with a powerful talent for imposing their will upon reality itself.
*Gello (ab-Pila-ab-Kisa-ab-Soro-ab-Hul-ab-Puber) ("Sundiver" says the Gello are the clients of the Pila, but "Startide Rising" says they are the first clients of the Soro; the patronymics here are for "Sundiver's" explanation)
*Hoon (ab-Guthatsa-ul-Rousit) - A race known in the Five Galaxies as officious bureaucrats. On the advice of an oracle, a breakaway group hides away in Jijo to rediscover something their patrons took away from them.
*Human (ul-Chimpanzee-ul-Dolphin-ul-Dog, potentially ul-Kiqui by stated future intent.)
Jophur(ab-Poa) - originally the pacifistic traeki (non-capitalized), a race composed of semi-sentient individual 'rings' which stack to form a fully sentient - and non-individualistic - entity. The innovation of 'master rings' added the concept of "I" to their stacks and transformed the traeki into Jophur (capitalized).
*Karrank% (% pronounced as a double glottal stop)
*Kiqui [ab-Human?] - Discovered during the book
Startide Rising, this pre-intelligent species is described as a likely future client race for humanity.
*Luber (ul-Puber) [also known as Lethani]
*Nighthunter (ul-Brothers of the Night)
*Poa (ul-Jophur) [ul-Traeki?]
*Progenitors - the fabled "first race", believed to be the first to uplift themselves to spacefaring sentience, and begin the chain of uplift.
*Solarians (ergovores, hence not members of the Civilization of Five Galaxies)
*Thennanin (ab-Wortl-ab-Kosh-ab-Rosh-ab-Tothtoon-ul-Paimin-ul-Rammin-ul- Ynnin-ul-Olumimun-ul-Garthling)
*traeki [ab-Poa or ab-Jophur] — A communal organism composed of a stack of sap rings, each with a different function. This pacifist race was reengineered by the Oallie (as requested by the traeki's Poa patrons) into the conquesting Jophur, except for a fugitive group that hid on the planet Jijo.
Tymbrimi(absu-Caltmour-ab-Brma-ab-Krallnith-ul-Tytlal) - An ally of humanity, these humanoids are have feathery sensory organs that extend from their temples and give them a type of psi-sensitivity.
*Tytlal (ab-Tymbrimi-absu-Caltmour-ab-Brma-ab-Krallnith) Non-Uplifted form known as "noor" on the planet Jijo.
*Zang (hydrogen breathers, hence not members of the Civilization of Five Galaxies)
* [http://www.gayspermbank.com/brin/species1.htm Detailed information on the species populating the Uplift Universe]
* [http://www.mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l "Killer Bs" (Brin, Benford, Bear, Baxter and B-, er, Vinge) mailing list]
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