Synonyms for gelfs or Related words with gelfs
Examples of "gelfs"
The novel "Last Human" (1995) features several additional
Dingotangs are chimera-type
: orangutans with the heads of dingoes. Dolochimps are chimera-type
with the heads of dolphins, the bodies of chimpanzees and the legs of giant locusts. Alberogs are chimera-type
with the heads of albatrosses, the bodies of bears and the legs of giant frogs. Alberogs make up most of the population of the asteroid Arranguu 12, the site of the Gelf Forum of Justice. The Regulator of Justice is an Alberog.
Unlike several other genetically engineered life forms, such as the manipulative polymorphs and the aggressive beastmen-
are actually benevolent and non-threatening. Some such as Camille attempt to pass themselves off as humans (or holograms, mechanoids, etc.) but this is generally not an attempt to be manipulative, more akin to a camouflage reflex so other species won't try to harm them (though they can voluntarily stop the telepathic projection and reveal their true form if they need to).
The episode was not produced due to the high cost of creating a marketplace inside a whole tribal village of Brefewino, other assorted
and their "Felis sapiens" slaves.
In the series XI episode "Krysis" (2016), six gunships belonging to the Sakken Yakko tribe of
attack "Starbug". "Starbug" fails to outrun them and the
disables its engines. One Sakken Yakko called Equahecte (played by Steven Wickham) prepares to, but upon realising the 3000 Series mechanoid Butler is on board, he kindly escorts "Starbug" to safety. Butler explains that Equahecte made Butler the godfather of Equahecte's daughter after Butler helped Equahecte's sick tribe. They speak in a different dialect to the Kinitawowi, which Kryten and the other crewmembers on "Starbug" find difficult to speak.
GELF is an acronym for Genetically Engineered Life Form. There are many different
in the show, the first shown was a polymorph in the episode of the same name, but others have become tribal and can act as traders throughout the universe.
are, in their natural form, amorphous, green slimy blobs around 1.5 metres high from the series IV episode "Camille" (1991). In this default form they have a single tentacle-like appendage with an eye on the end. At least one Pleasure GELF has resolved to finding a "cure" for its "condition".
The Grant Naylor novel "Better Than Life" (1990) provides a slightly different origin to the polymorphs. According to that book, the surviving
of a great war were dumped on Earth and left to die. Most did die, except for those specifically suited to survive in such an environment. The polymorphs evolved from these organisms.
The Kinitawowi were originally bred as quartermasters aboard deep space starships. They lead a primitive tribal existence on various moons and asteroids. Their space is bordered by gigantic stone warning beacons that resemble skulls many miles across carved out of asteroids, seen in the series VI episode "" (1993). In the episode, second technician Arnold Rimmer (Chris Barrie) recalls from old space legends that unfortunate humans that unwittingly wandered into Kinitawowi space were often skinned alive to make beanbags. Nevertheless, as the 4000 Series service mechanoid Kryten (Robert Llewellyn) explains, the Kinitawowi were one of the friendlier tribes of humanoid
and that they didn't always kill on sight as other humanoid
apparently do. Indeed, not skinning strangers alive on sight was considered a warm greeting.
The Brefewino are a separate tribe of humanoid
, who appeared in the "lost episode" of the seventh series, "Identity Within". They are vaguely similar in appearance to the Kinitawowi tribe except the Brefewino are taller, more muscular, hairy, mercantile and aggressive than their Kinitawowi counterparts. Brefewino tribesmen stand on average seven or eight feet high, but despite this their beards often almost reach the ground. They also weigh on average two tonnes.
Appearing in the series VI episode "Psirens" (1993), Psirens are
which can telepathically alter the perception of humans, in order to suck out their brains with a straw. In their natural form, Psirens are insectoids standing at around two metres high and look something like giant Assassin Bugs, with giant bulbous eyes and a large carapace. Their name and manner are similar to the Sirens of Greek mythology.
The Nakki-Ninkers, or "vampire
", are described by Rimmer in the series XI episode "Can of Worms" (2016) as a GELF tribe that feasts on virgins. Kryten explains that they can tell the smell of a virgin apart from a non-virgin by the pheromone produced by fear. He says that "Only the virgins are scared, so they're the only ones producing the fear pheromone."
Quick Overview: The new "seaQuest DSV 4600" shoves off from New Cape Quest in Florida, bound for a parade in New York City, however, the shakedown cruise is soon interrupted when Genetically Engineered Life Forms (G.E.L.F.s or "Daggers") revolt and seize control of their UEO colony. The
then infiltrate the main headquarters complex of the entire UEO with a speedboat and two small, motorized inflatable rafts.
Deep7 Press (formerly Deep7 LLC) released "Red Dwarf - The Roleplaying Game" in February 2003 (although the printed copyright is 2002). Based on the series, the game allows its players to portray original characters within the Red Dwarf universe. Player characters can be human survivors, holograms, evolved house pets (cats, dogs, iguanas, rabbits, rats and mice), various types of mechanoid (Series 4000, Hudzen 10 and Waxdroids in the corebook, Series 3000 in the Extra Bits Book) or
(Kinatawowi and Pleasure GELF in the corebook, "Vindaloovians" in the Extra Bits Book).
Meanwhile, Rimmer comes up with a complicated new accident reporting system, involving filling out a form several pages long, which frustrates Lister. Lister discovers a moon with signs of life and heads down in Starbug, hoping to find out if his former lover Kochanski passed this way. Much later he returns - minus Starbug. He explains that he played poker with some
known as BEGGs (biologically engineered garbage gobblers) and lost Starbug, as well as Rimmer. Also, the BEGGs have outfitted him with an explosive device attached to his groin that will explode if he does not pay up.
Aliens do not feature in the series, as Grant and Naylor decided very early in the process that they did not want aliens involved. This is usually addressed with Rimmer's belief in extraterrestrial life being shot down, such as a vessel he believes to be an alien ship turning out to be a garbage pod. However, there are non-human life forms such as evolutions of Earth species (e.g. the Cat race), robotic or holo-life forms created by humans, and a kind of 'Genetically Engineered Life Form' (GELF), an artificially-created creature. Simulants and
frequently serve as antagonists among the later series of the show.
The concept of
is explored in several episodes of "Red Dwarf" including "Polymorph" (1989), "Camille" (1991), "Psirens" (1993), "" (1993), and "Krysis" (2016). The writers of the series had stated early on in production that they did not want any aliens to exist in their show's universe; but as the series continued, in order to provide a stream of characters for the main crew to interact with, their cosmos was gradually populated with deranged robots and bizarre creatures that turned out to be the result of genetic engineering.
In the series "Red Dwarf", Earth is seen mainly as the goal of the crew's trip; Dave Lister is personally obsessed with revisiting it as his home world, especially since he is the only character to be from there as Arnold Rimmer was born on Io. The novel "Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers" mentions the Earth, despite Lister's regard for it, as suffering from massive littering and environmental damage; with a giant toupee being installed to in order to cover up ozone depletion. The novel "Better Than Life", however, mentions Earth being voted out of inhabitability to be the solar system's chosen planet of refuse known as Garbage World. A methane build up "farts" the planet out of the system and sends it out into deep space where it becomes an ice planet; later moved and thawed by the actions of the crew of "Red Dwarf". The Earth is inhabited by giant cockroaches and the descendants of
sent there as punishment for their rebellion and bred into the polymorph. Lister spends half a lifetime trapped there attempting to correct his species past actions before "Red Dwarf" can rescue him due to black hole time dilation. In "Last Human" a parallel Earth is doomed by the initiatives of Earth President John Milhous Nixon and humanity breeds
and simulants to terraform a new home across the multi-dimensional omni-zone.
are telepathic. They can sense whatever the people around them would be attracted to, and make them believe that this is what they're seeing. In "Camille", Lister, Rimmer, a humanoid Cat (played by Danny John-Jules) and Kryten see their dream partners (variously played by Suzanne Rhatigan, Francesca Folan, Judy Pascoe, and Danny John-Jules), and Camille is forced to reveal her true nature. Despite its natural form, Kryten begins dating it. Camille eventually leaves to help her partner, a Pleasure GELF named Hector (Rupert Bates), in a manner similar to "Casablanca".
Snugiraffes are chimera-type
with the heads of cobras, the bodies of giant slugs and the legs of giraffes, who also appear to have had a bucket of mucus thrown at them. Snugiraffes are called the most repulsive creatures ever to have lived, with the exception of George Formby — even just seeing them can trigger vomiting (or, in the case of holograms and mechanoids, dry-retching). They are still highly prized, however, because they eat everyone else's effluence and process it into a smokeless fuel. It isn't troubled by the reaction other beings have to its appearance, considering vomiting to be a form of greeting.
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