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Old November 19 2012, 07:26 AM   #14
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Re: Aliens of Trek Lit, Chapter Five - Efrosians!

It's kind of a standard trope of sci-fi in general, especially TV sci-fi, that aliens have some amazing magical ability or other that simple ordinary humans don't have.

In Trek, aside from those you mentioned, the only ones I can immediately think of who buck the trend by having some quality less effective than humans are Cardassians (Garak admits that their hearing is less sensitive than humans in "Distant Voices," which granted was within Bashir's imagination at the time, but Bashir wouldn't make something like that up), and Vorta ("weak eyes, good ears"). And I guess maybe you'd count the Ocampa if you think of life expectancy as an "ability."

But in general it's difficult to find an alien species who is weaker than humans.

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