an intelligent being
The merpeople and the sentients who lived on the beach often hitched rides on these creatures, steering them by pressure on exposed nerve centers.
Anyway, I was hauling a load of Venusian lettuce mold hoping to swing a big deal for some dutrinium. Wheeling and dealing, that’s my game. Those sentients on Dimian really get off on lettuce mold.
The answer should be clear to any idiot: the Helper does not have the power to teleoperate large numbers of sentients.
We prefer the term ‘sentients.’
At this juncture, it had been only a couple of T-months since little Stephanie Harrington had first been adopted by a treecat and any human contact with the native sentients of Sphinx sent ripples of shock, excitement, and uncertainty through the planet’s newest sentients.
Besides the colonists, there’s a considerable presence of scientists studying the riglia, those avian sentients they found.
It is an offense to read a sentient’s thoughts without their permission, therefore telepaths must advertise their profession at all times.
Each word of Language meant just what it meant. Polysemy or ambiguity were impossible and with them most tropes that made other languages languages at all. [...] The code they’d created was quite unlike the precise mapping they’d grown up knowing. But it was Language that was the anomaly: this new crude thing of flailing fingers and murderous stamping was closer by far to what we spoke, was at last cousin-tongue to those of sentients across the immer.
AIs were Synizens of the galaxy. But they were born into debt and owing decans [sic] of service to pay for their own construction—an obligation we don’t ask any other sentient to assume.
Philip José Farmer, 'Maker of Universes'
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