Why did Larry Niven call his immense armless, headless, sentient Known Space creatures Bandersnatch? How does the name relate to the Lewis Carrol beast mentioned in the "Jabberwocky"?

  • +1, often wondered this myself, but I believe the correct plural is "Bandersnatchi". Apr 27 '19 at 3:50

Short answer? We don't really get an explanation. From World of Ptavvs:

Winston Doheny, our biologist, took one look at these monsters and dubbed them frumious bandersnatch. This species name is now in the goddam log.

The biologist picked the name and it stuck. The implication to me was that the biologist picked the name simply as an example of a "strange beast". Could be worse... it could be a Boojum...

  • Funny you should mention "Boojum", 'cuz David Brin actually does mention it in the Uplift trilogy.
    – Cascabel
    Jun 13 '16 at 12:24

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