(SRAPO/Chapter 10: Survey Templates)
Having reached Chapter 10: Survey Templates, you have been exposed to the information necessary to create:
1. A template for:
_ a) the general star – planet system where intelligent life could evolve,
_b) the general climate and other macro environmental factors found on the model planet and,
_c) u aspects of that planet’s life form morphology.
2. Approaching this from a different direction: If you hypothesize how an alien might appear, you can plug those characteristics into the SRAPO templates and work backwards to the type world and a range of stars he would likely have developed on.
Comparing a completed a set of Survey Templates, with the closest similar environment found on Earth, you will have the information to visualize major portions of the alien world in your ‘minds eye’.
As you stand or visually float in that strange new world, look about yourself and see it at dusk.
Its twilight, colors are fading into grays. You look about, while feeling the temperature and humidity; you can generally identify the type of environment you are in. You can tell whether the vegetation is tall or short, thick or spindly, dense or thinly spread about, there may be sounds and smells carried in the air. Large planets are wet, small planets are dry; hot and dry environments have water or temperature as limiting factors; high relative gravity favors short and squat; high relative ultra violet ‘sunlight’ favors protective pigmentation; increasing planetary axial inclination favors life form mobility and hibernation…
The things you sense and see about you are the way they are for a reason.
SURVEY TEMPLATE III
End of SRAPO