In Space Operas and other Sci-Fi that involves large numbers of Aliens, race can refer to different Alien species and/or sub-species. In Fantasy, race usually refers to whether a person is a Human or some other intelligent species like Elf, Hobbit, Goblin, or Dwarf.

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Is humanity also a mutation? [closed]

We can refer to mutants but aren't humanity also technically nothing but a mutation according darwinism or evolution? We usually make a distinction between mutants and mankind but according to the ...
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Why are Dwarves usually shown to like Axes?

Inspired by this question and this question, why do dwarves use (battle)axes so much? They are meant to be miners and smiths traditionally, which explains hammers and picks, but why would they have a ...
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Did any of the Markab survive the plague in Babylon 5?

In episode 18 of season 2 of Babylon 5, "Confessions and Lamentations" a plague hit the Markab population on the station as well as their homeworld and colonies. Dr. Franklin managed to find a cure, ...
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How did Mendon join Starfleet?

In Coming of Age (STNG S1E19), we meet Mordock, who is then understood to be the first Benzite to be admitted to Starfleet Academy. Later, in A Matter of Honor (STNG S2E8), we meet Mendon. Mendon ...
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Why is breeding men and orcs considered evil?

There is a quote from the History of Middle-Earth (Morgoth's Ring) - supplied in dlanod's answer - that states: There is no doubt that long afterwards, in the Third Age, Saruman rediscovered this, ...
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Were there ever any “good” Orcs?

I never made it through Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien, but it may have the answer. We know there were good men and bad men in Middle-earth. There were good Wizards and bad Wizards there too... Did ...
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The First SF or Fantasy Interracial Relationship

I know when William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols (as Captain Kirk and Lt. Uhura) kissed in Star Trek, in the episode Plato's Stepchildren, it was the first interracial kiss on American TV. But were ...
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Would Luke or other force-users live longer than a normal life span for their race?

When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good you will not, hmm? I'm sure this was mostly a facetious joke. But was Yoda as old as he was because of his race, or because of his bind to the ...
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Why aren't more species' planets named differently from their species name?

Andorians come from Andoria (or Andor) Vulcans come from Vulcan Romulans come from Romulus Breen come from Breen Betazoids from Betazed Cardassians from Cardassia The list goes on and on (with a ...
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What is the history of the concept of more than 2 genders?

How has this issue addressed? How was reproduction capable between the 3 or more genders? What are the first instances where a race with more than 2 genders occurred? I know of instances when there ...
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How are Vulcans and Romulans different from each other?

I know that Vulcans and Romulan come from the same parent race. But beyond that, how did they branch off? For how long they have been apart? Are they more different than human and chimps? Can they ...
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What novel had forced inter-racial marriages to prevent discrimination?

I think that the protagonist had fallen in love with someone of their own race, which is obviously forbidden love. This book may also have had in it a law that forbade casting a shadow on solar ...
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Are there any more races in Middle Earth?

Not counting orc, balrogs, and the like. Are there any more diplomatic races found in the history of Middle Earth? Any singular or group of historical significance? The ones we're obviously aware ...
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Who made first contact with the Romulans and why was the the neutral territory established?

I've noted that the Romulans have been a constant problem in the various Star Trek series. I'm just wondering who started it all? and why are they a constant problem? Plus I want to know more why the ...
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If the Wraith know about Atlantis, why don't they go there more often?

I haven't watched every Stargate: Atlantis episode, but I've watched quite a few from the later seasons and have been watching some lately from an earlier season. One thing that really confuses me is ...
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Who is the Hindmost in the Ringworld sequels?

In Ringworld, the puppeteer Nessus leads the expedition with a goal of mating with the Hindmost. In the sequels, the Conservatives took over power on the Fleet of Worlds and the deposed Hindmost ...
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The role of Q beings

Where in the Star Trek Series does it explain why the Q beings do the things they do? Did they ever mention their purpose in the universe? How does this relate to our human characters? If they are so ...
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Star Trek Voyager - Species 8472 vs. the Borg

How come the Borg could not adapt to Species 8472? Voyager was able to create nano probes that could destroy Species 8472 and yet the Borg couldn't figure that out? Why?
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Why are Na'vi tetrapods?

I have a question about Avatar universe. Most animals on Pandora are hexapodal. Why then are Na'vi tetrapodal? I think that they should be closely biologically related to another animals, since they ...