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

Identification: maggotlike entities that have somehow ended up as absolute despots

Variants: emperor worms, slug mafiosi, pupa popes, leech kings, aristo gastropods, and so on

Also Known As: Guttites, Ubergrubians, or Your Imperial Majesty

Origin: the fabulously rich planet Vermulox, which has a galaxy‐wide monopoly on wormholes

LOOKS: have oddly humanlike facial features but wouldn't win any beauty contests (which may explain why they hate democracy) F
BRAINS: Machia­vellian 120
LETHALITY: rarely capable of squishing enemies without help from their bodyguards 0.06
CULTURE: prefer to be in charge of somebody else's 18
HARDNESS: next to calcite on the SF Mohs scale 3
TOKENISM: token right‐wingers, for political balance 51

Religion: god‐emperors are constitutionally required to be autolatrous

Hobbies: major circus patrons

Weakness: salt

Wardrobe: silk

Not To Be Confused With: the Neuroparasitoids, whose political takeover strategy is more bottom‐up, so to speak

Affiliated With: the Theomaticoids, in a mutual hostility pact

See Also: immature specimens of the Insectoid type can be superficially hard to distinguish, but make fewer megalomaniacal speeches