When researching my new novel, The Klockwerk Kraken, I looked into the science of tentacles. And really, the biggest question in my mind was whether or not humans could
actually have tentacles.
In my future, the first settlers of Celos willingly submitted to genetic modification to make it easier for them and their children to live and work in a place not easily habitable for humans.
In essence, instead of changing the planet, they changed the inhabitants—to have tentacles (and a few other modifications) to give them an advantage in a water-heavy environment and anti-gravity.
So how far-fetched is the idea that humans have tentacles? Not so impossible, I found.
New research has uncovered that a very early ancestor of humans (and all other animals on Earth) likely had a tentacle or tentacles to aid them with catching food and moving around. An ancient brachiopod that lived
more than 500 million years ago gave rise to mammals, birds, fish, and indeed had a tentacle. So tentacles are in our history.
Likewise, futurists theorize that developing tentacles might be awaiting us in the future.
Neuroscientist Dr. Dean Burnett thinks it entirely possible that humans will develop tentacles in order to interact quicker and more efficiently with computer keyboards. Our fingers would lose their rigid structure and become more flexible and quicker when interfacing with technology.
And then we have what we know about tentacles on animals today. An octopus tentacle is basically a muscular hydrostat. That means it’s an organ made entirely of muscle with no bones for support. A muscular hydrostat relies on the fact that you can’t compress water. The muscle tissue that it is made of is mostly water as well, also making it incompressible. Therefore, it can wiggle and move and sometimes pick up things, feel around and explore.In fact, humans already have a muscular hydrostat…you call it a tongue.So, can humans have tentacles? If you get down to the nitty-gritty, we already do. Science fiction in this case is already science