This novel is a pre-1985 sci-fi novel that involves an interplanetary war and a group of intelligent animals (including one possibly named Lucy). The most intelligent animal is a whale. At some point the character Lucy dies, and the other characters are able to communicate with her at her funeral somehow. Can anyone identify this novel?


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    – Secespitus
    Feb 23 '18 at 14:34
  • Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky sounds similar and had sentient spiders and some other insects but was published in 2016. Main character was named Portia.
    – Sam
    Feb 23 '18 at 16:03

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