The planet Lorella is laid waste, blasted continually by intense radiation, the human survivors digging deep into the planet’s crust to escape. Nothing can prepare them though for the birth defects inflicting the new babies born to them. After time, natural selection takes over. The resultant mutations are malformed and twisted beyond the point of recognition as being even distantly related to man
Mankind had reached the pinnacle of its existence; it had reached out among the stars, terraforming and colonising other worlds. It had the power to alter a world’s orbit and rotation, even creating moons so the newly terraformed worlds had the tidal pull of earth, so that its new inhabitants’ future generations wouldn’t evolve too far from what was considered the norm in the empire.