Comprised of three short stories and a ten-page coda, The Seedling Stars back covers' synopsis reads as, "Primogenitors: Their creators called them Adapted Men. But the rest of the human race saw them as monsters and tracked them through space to annihilate them. Yet the Adapted Men survived... survived and fled to the outmost edges of the galaxy to fulfill their destiny - to seed the universe with the mutated scions of mankind. Millennia later, it was only fitting that they should return to a long forgotten planetary system to colonize a hostile world called Earth."
Seeding Program - 4/5 - Having escaped the moon, home to the adaptation program, the Adapted Men have found purchase on the unforgiving moon of Ganymede. Earthlings, however, find the project to amoral and are fueled with suspense to put the colony to an end. To facilitate this usurpation, the same moon program has created through metamorphosis an individual identical to the outlaw Adapted Men who is then sent on a mission to infiltrate the community with the goal of kidnapping their leader. This man, Sweeney, finds a comfortable yet small society progressing in science to meet their fate as promulgators of life to the galaxy. 50 pages
The Thing in the Attic - 4/5 - Arboreal human Adapts, furry and quaint in appearance, have colonized the tree tops to be kept safe from the monstrosities which walk upon the shadowed earth beneath the umbrella of foliage. It is here, which the denizens deem to be Hell, where the convicted blasphemers go to suffer and ultimately die. A lengthy 1000 day sentence is given to five heretics who find the Book of Laws and the tale of the Giants to be mere fable. Upon reaching hell, they strive to ascend until ascension is no longer possible. Greeted by feathered beasts, a saurian and volcanic rock faces, it isn't an easy journey. 32 pages
Surface Tension - 3/5 - The microscopic human adapts of an aquatic world have an epic struggle against other minute lifeforms which find them to be masticatingly scrumptious. After generations of sporing and birth, the denizens move forward with their extinction attempts of their prime predator and the strife for a more scientific society. The discovery of a waterless space above the `sky (water's edge)' spurs a trans-generational construction of a two-inch wooded vessel adapt in itself enough to withstand the rigors of locomotion on land. 60 pages
Watershed - 3/5 - Base form humans are transporting a squad of seal-like Adapt experts to a solar system which is home to a scorched, sterile planet. The human crew find the seal scientists to be long-winded and annoying so they devise a solution to sequester the seals to their staterooms. When the approach to the system is close, the seals reveal a secret which sets the situation into perspective and serves up a sinuous stress. 10 pages