“Quaddie” is a term awaiting political correction, but how else should we describe the four-armed workers genetically engineered for three fall environments?
The Quaddies are the legal property of a mining company. As “post-fetal experimental tissue cultures,” they’re too many links down the Great Chain to share human rights and protections.
A Quaddie body is bottom-heavy: thin hips atop massive glutes. The lower arms bowed and muscled, the wrists thick, the digits squat. It’s what you get when you put a chimpanzee on a horse, the remove the horse.
→ Lois McMaster Bujold, Falling Free. New York: Baen, 1988