Hey all, I have an idea for a sci-fi story where mankind begins to colonize a planet (or a ship crash lands there) and eventually realize the planet is sentient or in fact a giant life-form curled up and sleeping. I was inspired by the concept of Alpha Centauri, though I've never played the game. How might the concept of a sentient planet come into play? I don't want there to be, say, a planet that just conjures up a tsunami when it's pissed. I need to mull this over a bit more, but just to get the gears going, how would you guys describe this? The life-form curled up and snoozing is easier to conceive, so please, just answer for the sentient planet one, thanks.