Many centuries in the past, a fraction of humanity left the Solar System to settle in their new home forming a united empire, the Federation. The accidental finding, by Firl and his friends, of an alien digging on one of the Federation settlements, led to the discovery of altered human genetic material in a number of people visiting the site.
Soon Federation is torn apart by political and personal turmoil caused by the friction arising between the affected and the non-affected. The affected split to form the Elites, eager to find out about their alien heritage; and the Morphiks, keen to embark on their own evolution. Eventually Federation breaks up and in its place three separate empires form, populated by the three races.
“It’s ironic,” she reflected, “how humans have longed to meet another intelligent race, not realizing their potential to evolve into one.” The Birth of Races by Katalin Nagy. Available from Amazon, other fine eBook vendors and Gypsy Shadow Publishing at: