Margil was not exactly human.
And she wasn't exactly inhuman either. She was sort of feline, but you couldn't quite call her a pussycat. She could be brilliant when she wanted to be. She could be moody. Her purr was deafening, her love-taps could bowl over an elephant and her furies were of earthquake intensity.
It was lucky that her instructor in the ideals of peaceful unity, the Earthman Endo Leduc, was liked by her. Because the things he was teaching Margil went against the principals of Margil's Bodelan home world and especially against the thoughts of her father - twice her size and many times more formidable.
And it was lucky for the inhabited galaxy that Endo was where he was - because the BODELAN WAY was rapidly undermining humanity's grip on the stars - and Margil was the key to it all.
Were neither mind readers nor Espers. IN a semi- trance state, they absorbed information from the minds around them. But they were more like dictation equipment than computers. They showed little ability to put together the bits of information and reach logical conclusions.
UNCONSCIOUS ABSORBERS -
Were a different breed. They did not need a state of euphoria to accept information from a donor's mind. They just absorbed it from everywhere at any time. they also differed in hat they were capable of synthesizing what they absorbed into meaningful wholes.
Whether such being as Unconscious Absorbers really existed outside the psych labs was unknown. If they did exist they would be exceedingly dangerous to plotters, criminals, and commercial schemers.
Endo Leduc was in the midst of the galaxy's most competitive and ambitions band of manipulators when he discovered his special talent.