I was mulling something over today, I’m a massive (well not really, I’m about average size) Iain Banks fan and there was an interesting concept introduced in the otherwise forgetable non-Culture novel, The Algebraist.
Basically Banks described two distinct populations of humans, rHumans and aHumans. Storywise, about 8000 years ago an alien species lifted a significent number of humans from Earth, mentored them on another planet and introduced them to galactic society.
Therefore when the poor buggers left behind on Earth finally make it to the stars they find that not only have humans been out there for quite some time they are also significently more advanced technologically, (arguably) culturally and also massively outnumber them population wise.
The former population of people are known as aHumans (for ‘advanced’ I think) while those that remained on Earth are known to the galactic community as rHumans (for ‘remnant’ I think)
I thought it was a really interesting concept and I was wondering if it has been used elsewhere.
It would also put an interesting spin on the ‘First Contact’ scenario if the ‘aliens’ arriving at Earth are actually aHuman explorers out to make contact with the mother planet!