poetry and prose about place

a muse takes over – creating alien animal species

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In this post, I’ll show you some of the animals I have invented for my science fiction tale of life on the alien planet Meniscus. If you think I have gone crazy, keep reading anyway!


Hiking through the woods on planet Meniscus is dangerous. At any moment my characters can be attacked by carnivorous club-mosses, voracious bird-like reptiles seeking hair for their nests, packs of wolf-like ‘kotildi’, or three-eyed ‘slear-snakes’. Writing the scenes with these creatures has been so much fun.



… the wolf-like kotildi are denizens of the Meniscus woodlands – wild, they are voracious, but tame, they are endearing!



… Odymn and the Slain spend a bit of their time fending off trolling ‘slear-snakes’ …


Probably because I love birds, I have included lots of birds in my list of species on Meniscus.  These include large flightless and burrowing ‘grell’, the wheeling ‘wind-fleers’, and woodland song-birds.



… Odymn sees a bird that looks like a ‘scarlet minivet’ on one of her adventures … not afraid of her at all …


Here is a list of some of the animals on planet Meniscus.

animal description
elginard wingless insect; moves by floating on air currents
evernell feral cat-like scavenger, with whiskers; slinks, sprays saliva
grell-swallows large burrowing birds; used for a food and fat source
kemet striped horse-like animal with hooves and a long tail
kotildi woodland carnivore, like a large wolf with a hump and mane; source of meat
midlar territorial, tree-living rodent; hoots
nelip small external parasite, infesting fur and hair
slear-snake snake-like reptile with poison teeth, claws, and pincers
warbel song bird living in the woodland
windfleer heron-like bird; moves in flocks


My favorite species on Meniscus is a small insect, the ‘elginard’. Wingless and fluffy, it follows currents of air, at the whim of the universe. Dandelion fluff and wooly aphids were my inspiration for the ‘elginard’.





Copyright 2017  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

February 6, 2017 at 7:00 am

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  1. Beautiful drawings, Jane!

    Liked by 1 person


    February 6, 2017 at 10:14 pm

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