Hello, friends, and welcome back to the A to Z Challenge. My theme this year is the universe of Tomorrow News Network, my upcoming Sci-Fi adventure series. In today’s post, X is for:
When I teased this post yesterday, I said that space aliens have their own alphabet. I should have said alphabets, plural. There are so many alien species out there, each with their own multiplicity of languages and writing forms.
The Hykonians use lots of triangular shapes, at least in their standard Hegemonic dialects. The Gronogians prefer ovals and curlicues, and Vorpon writing looks like a mad frenzy of scratches and claw marks (which makes sense if you’ve ever met a Vorpon).
But even in the future, as members of a highly pluralistic galactic society, humans continue to take a rather geocentric view of things, and we continue to use geocentric terminology. So all those different alien alphabets—from Zeblonian to Crolon to ancient Acelera—get lumped together under the word xenoglyphs, a word formed by analogy with the word hieroglyphs.
There are even some humans who think all xenoglyphic alphabets look the same. Even if you show them the block-form text of the Dakons and contrast it with the flowery script of the Curocaroburomotopogo, some humans will still claim they can’t tell the difference. “It’s all xenoglyphs to me!” I guess some humans are just stubbornly stupid like that.
Next time on Tomorrow News Network: A to Z, we’ll visit one of the most colorful planets in the known universe.