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Were the Hani careless in their first contact with humans?



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>From: Onno Meyer <Onno.Meyer@arbi.informatik.uni-oldenburg.de>
>Subject: cherryhlist
>Date: Thu, 9 Sep 1993 11:14:15 +0200 (MET DST)
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Thinking about the human/hani first contact, I was surprised about the carelessness of the hani. They gave food and medicine to an alien without a second thought. They knew three species with similar biochemistry, but somewhere the effect of hani tea on stsho is mentioned: highly intoxicating. When they got Jik from the kif, they did a library search on the stuff they could give him, and hani knew mahendo'sat for centuries. The same applies to Tully: he sniffed at the cup of water they gave him. Well, maybe he had no choice but to try.
Onno Meyer


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>Date: Sun, 12 Sep 93 02:06:18 PST
>From: dac@prolix.apana.org.au (Andrew Clayton)
>Subject: C. J. CherryhList
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> Thinking about the human/hani first contact, I was surprised about the
> carelessness of the hani. They gave food and medicine to an alien without
> a second thought. 
That threw me too; I guess that Pyanfar didn't have much choice -- there obviously was no chance of computer files listing dietry and medicinal effects on Humans.
> centuries. The same applies to Tully: he sniffed at the cup of water
> they gave him. Well, maybe he had no choice but to try.
Precisely.

She wrote about how carefully he tasted food before eating it.

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David Andrew Clayton (...)

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