Doctor Stanislaw "Stan" Mayakovsky was a geneticist and scientific author who was working in the field of synthetics and insect anthropology during the period after the Alien infestation of Earth. He was the author of the popular work on ant socio-biology Cyberantics, in which he created a synthetic ant to infiltrate and study an ant colony.
Diagnosed with a deadly disease, Mayakovsky developed an addiction to the illicit secretions from Aliens Queens, a substance commonly known on Earth as Royal Jelly. Mayakovsky was then enlisted by a beautiful thief named Julie Lish who, inspired by reading his book, recruited Mayakovsky into an illegal plan to try and secure a source of valuable Royal Jelly from a Grant-Corporation-held Alien hiveworld in space. For the plot, Mayakovsky created a synthetic Alien, called Norbert, to infiltrate an Alien hive. The plan went awry when a Stan, Gill, Norbert and their crew discovered that a Grant vessel and its ruthlessly protective crew were already on the planet harvesting the Jelly, and atmospheric interference cut off their escape.