San Lucas was the first planet where we met an arguably alien, intelligent species. By the time I came around, we’d come to the conclusion it was normal that most worlds we lived on were a lot like Earth. San Lucas was no exception. The basic building blocks of life were there. Proteins. Plants. Insects. Reptiles. Mammals. Birds. Everything was closely related enough to that found on Earth that our earliest colonists landed and started living off the land without so much as a hitch. They picked a nice, temperate spot near the equator to live, where they could be warm and comfortable year round. It’s a bit warm for my Northern Minnesota bones, but I do have to admit that it is beautiful.