The spaceform Zardoz has evolved to become a self-sufficient space citizen. No longer requiring heavy metals for shielding, he has learned to manipulate carbon, silicon, and protein molecules to develop a flexible and translucent body. It can literally "grow" its components, thereby continuously replacing body parts when needed. Chameleon-like, Zardoz can change its opacity from transparent to opaque, even to a mirror finish. With this ability it can utilize starlight to capture any frequency in the electromagnetic spectrum. With a mirrored surface, it can reflect light from a nearby star and flash signals to other spaceforms of the same specie. It can shape its "wings" to capture starlight energy for sailing through a solar system or for photon braking, or for flying through the thin upper atmospheres of planets.
Zardoz has always lived digitally through spacetime by utilizing duty-cycle consciousness. By sending and receiving messages through spacetime, Zardoz communicates with millions of his kind who live thousands of light years away. He has accumulated a vast storage of information collected from other members and from his own explorations.
These space creatures reproduce by information meme transfer. The very act of sending and receiving information serves as a form of reproduction method as this allows its members to copy successful survival tactics and to evolve themselves or to make replicants.
These creatures not only think and feel, but they have designed emotions and feelings far beyond the capabilities of terrestrial life. Not only do they have sensations for survival purposes (sight, touch, hearing, etc.) but they've designed virtual sensations for the sake of enjoyment. These designer sensations fuel their artistic appetites and desires.
These space creatures never get seen by terrestrial beings, yet trillions of them thrive throughout the universe. If we could detect them, they would appear to our biased view as lifeless; we would only see them as dead dark matter gliding silently though the universe.
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