"Maybe I was getting bored with stalking the
"Singularity" (aka the "Rapture for Nerds"). The
"ultraterrestrial" slant is more appealing to me, more
open to weird possibilities."
- Mac Tonnies, 4/9/06
Before they were crypto's, they were "ultraterrestrials". Check out this particular PHB post. It was Mac's first introduction to his proposed book that, eventually, would appear, word for word, in the published copy. Note his comment.