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Tardigrades are tough creatures which can survive extreme heat, cold, pressure, radiation etc and that's why they are appearing in Sci-Fi works these days. Here are few examples:

  • Star Trek: Discovery (2017) made Tardigrades famous.

  • In Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), Hank Pym encountered Tardigrades in the Quantum realm. And, in the mid-credit scene, Hank Pym or his wife warned Scott Lang about Tardigrades ("Stay away from Tardigrade Fields. They look cute, but they will eat you.").

  • When the Tardigrades came... (2015) is the first instance I can find.

Which Sci-Fi work first showed Tardigrades?

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    Wikipedia gives a lower bound of 1773 (before that, the species had not yet been described) and an upper bound of 2014 (see the "in popular culture" section - apparently someone made a sci-fi video game about them). – Kevin Oct 11 '18 at 2:07
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    The sci-fi video game maker is suing Star Trek Discovery, actually, for tardigrade story line and character likeness: trekzone.org/1701/201808232505 – Darth Locke Oct 26 '18 at 19:11
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    @DarthLocke Haha.. Seriously? I doubt that they have secured copyright of tardigrade. This is definitely publicity stunt, nothing else. – I Love You 3000 Oct 28 '18 at 5:03
  • @NewtScamander I'm not saying they will be successful, because I think there are a lot of other pop cultural influences in Discovery too (Hannibal, Fringe, Game of Thrones, Biblical Allegory) and you're probably right about the copyright, but I can't deny that the character looks/roles are rather similar... – Darth Locke Oct 28 '18 at 13:00
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The Search For WondLa has Tardigrades in it. It was published in 2010.

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