The Failing Gates universe is home to the Tsipia-Aliens. The gates referred to in the name of the setting are specifically the Tsipia gates, not to be confused with those in Kherishdar or the Compass Rose (see: Gates, disambiguation).
Serenity in the Face of Storms
The Tsipia-seekers (later Tsipia-aliens) were once called "bipedal Buddhist dinosaurs" by a friend reading them, and this description suits them as well as any. Their stories take place in two timelines: their historic time-period, on their homeworld (the setting for the first story, "Songs From a Conch Shell Whistle") and their high-technology post-human contact period (the setting for the story "Living the Moment").