Angel Hair

angel hair
Image from Steve Bowers

Few Jovians have their own indigenous ecologies, but some floating balloontype organisms have been provolved, either by the Mirrored Owls using hylonano to join their group mind structures, or by the Premacy in the Argo expansion direction by geneering for an increase in size to accommodate larger nervous systems.

In the atmosphere of Big Bob, a superjovian orbiting YTS 785634.09 in Puppis, organic molecules have formed self-perpetuating structures called Angel Hair. Long streamers of natural polymers several kilometers long form in slow moving atmospheric belts in the atmosphere of that planet. Proteins, amino acids, fatty acids, wax and soap-like compounds accrete onto the hair due to electrostatic attraction, and prion-like proteins have developed into a DNA analogue allowing self-perpetuation.

Angel Hair replicates by fragmentation, regulated by hormone-like proteins, and occurs especially when it floats near the faster moving atmospheric currents allowing dispersal of the Hair throughout Big Bob's upper atmosphere. There is little evidence of a nervous system.

The Premacy have however provolved Angel Hair on their own capital world of Ozymandias, keen to demonstrate the diversity of Jovian type life forms to a skeptical galaxy. With fullerene strengthening and computronium nodes the uplifted Angel Hairs are active in the media and entertainment industry and generate electrostatic energy on a commercial scale.
 
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Text by Steve Bowers

Initially published on 31 December 2007.