The SCI‐FI‐I‐SPY Catalogue of All Known Types of Alien

Identification: my god, the whole thing's one enormous organism!

Variants: or at least, this bit we've parked in

Also Known As: Injestia, Sclerosis, or Planet Jeff

Origin: about an astronomical unit from an uncharted star somewhere off in the galactic verges

LOOKS: scenic B+
BRAINS: work on geological (or at best meteor­ological) timescales 50
LETHALITY: better at soaking it up than dishing it out 0.1
CULTURE: if every living thing on the planet is growing under controlled conditions then it's a thoroughly cultured milieu 82
HARDNESS: references to the Gaia Hypothesis don't make it hard SF
TOKENISM: covered by environmental protection legislation 89

Religion: materialistic pantheist

Climate: temperate all over

Favoured System of Government: anarcho‐solipsist

Natural Predators: fellow unevolvables the Astrolocustoids

Affiliated With: occasionally host conferences of the Union of Field Observers

Not To Be Confused With: the Enigmoids, who also specialise in bewildering explorers

See Also: the only other members of their weight category, the Gigabacilloids