The Tenctonese language was invented for the ALIEN NATION
series by Kenneth & Juliet Johnson. The Copyright of the
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Anatomy and Idiosyncrasies
The Tenctonese are a race of slaves, bred for adaptability. All of the
Tenctonese were taken from their parents, as children at the age of ten
and their tasks allotted to them. Some of these children were chosen to
be Overseers and specially conditioned.
The Tenctonese look generally similar to Humans, but have no hair.
Instead they have large spot like markings on their heads and down
their spines. These Potniki spots are an erogenous zone.
The Newcomers are 30% stronger and 20% smarter than the average Human,
as well as having a life expectancy of about 140 years and keener
senses. This is partially due to the way they have been bred for
adaptability but also due to their anatomical differences, which
include having two hearts and pink blood. However, the Tenctonese do
have some disadvantages to face, here on Earth. Salt water acts like
acid on the Tenctonese body, so surfing is not encouraged! Also the
high level of pollution in the Earth's atmosphere can affect the
Additional differences include there being three sexes: male GANNAUM,
female LINNAUM and a second, rarer, male called a BINNAUM. Recreational
sex is possible between males and females, but it requires a Binnaum,
the second male, to create a child. The female carries the baby for
eight weeks and the Male for the remaining eight weeks of pregnancy.
Rather than blush, the eyes of the Tenctonese change colour with
The dietary differences between Humans and Tenctonese cause Matt Sikes
more than one queasy moment. They cannot eat cooked food, preferring
dishes such as raw beaver and sloth. Rather than getting drunk on
alcohol the Tenctonese become intoxicated on sour milk. It is with some
relief that Matt finds out that Cathy is a vegetarian.
The Newcomers have a tradition of a strong family life. They express
love by touching the knuckles to the temple. Temple to temple contact
is their equivalent of a more passionate kiss. The Tenctonese get sore
feet as a sign of tension. Matt and his family give George sore feet on
more than one occasion.
Also see : /EVETS DRAINAL flow, ATROPHICATION, AXILLA, BAH/NA fluid,
BIN YIN oil, CARPUZAL glands, CHEERBUSHA, CYTERIAN glands, DROONAL
flanges, Drugs, FLUPTEL, GAHSAC, GLEENY glands, HAFFACOTA/, HOVED
RAKSTAFS, HUMMER, KAIF balls, KLOKHLA/TULYA, LING POD flap, MATA
glands, NEESTAS, PREDEAL, RAZVITI hormone, Religions, SERDSO, SONAH,
SPARTIARY glands, TAJELLO glands, THACTAZOID spotting, YESPIAN, ZABEET
Alphabet and Numbers
Below are details of the Tenctonese alphabet and numbers. These are
available as a Windows True Type Font, which usually comes with the