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Alien Species: Bokans

One of the aliens in my science fiction series Flight of the Kestrel

Kestrel is part of the Fast-Response fleet of PACT, the Planetary Alliance for Co-operation and Trade. The Alliance is between the seven species who have warp drive (faster-than-light travel). One of the species is human. Let me introduce the Bokans.

Planet is Boka

Bokans are humanoid, but reptilian, with pallid scaly skin. This picture of a gecko gives you some idea:
bearded dragonZoans are also reptilian, but Bokans have a longer and wider jaw and smaller scales. Their metre-long tails stand straight up their back through a hole in their trousers.

With a broad, solid physique, Bokans look strong, even though their gravity is lighter than on Earth. Their planet is quite warm, meaning they have no need for thick clothing. Unlike Earth reptiles, they can regulate their body temperature and don’t need to bask in the sun or find warm places to rest.

The idea that they are not alone in the universe was new to the Bokans. When they developed warp drive and were able to explore further than their own system, meeting other species was a shock. Initially the Bokans were suspicious, and jealously guarded their technology, but they soon realised the other species were further advanced than they were. Negotiations for Boka to join PACT are proceeding with cautious optimism.

Ann Marie Thomas authorAnn Marie Thomas is the author of five medieval history books, a surprisingly cheerful poetry collection about her 2010 stroke, and the science fiction series Flight of the Kestrel, Intruders, Alien Secrets & Crisis of Conscience are out now Follow her at