I'm fairly sure the story was called 'Dinosurs', and its main human character was a very tall humanoid called Drill.

He lived alone on a ship except for a thing made out of sex organs.

He arrives on a world to be terra-formed and starts introducing earth lifeforms, such as sharks to the oceans. However the planet is inhabited by a race of civilized reptiles at about the equivalent of 21st century Earth.

They petition Drill to stop the destruction of their world but he says sorry he can't and if they make more trouble soldiers will be dispatched to deal with them. I think they do and the last thing is soldiers arrive in 40 mile long ships to kill them all.

The end.

I think it was featured on the best science fiction audiotape from like 1995, but I cant find a thing about it anywhere. Does anyone know what it might be?

  • I know the story you mean, but I can't for the life of me remember who wrote it. I've read it in the last couple of years, and I seem to recall it was included in an anthology of the author's future history stories, right at the end, to show how far humanity had evolved. I keep thinking it's by Cordwainer Smith, but I've had a look through his bibliography and can't figure out what it might be.
    – andrewsi
    Sep 28, 2012 at 3:17
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    probably the same as scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/175599/… (which is newer but has an accepted answer)
    – Otis
    May 29, 2022 at 13:34

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You were very close. Dinosaurs by Walter Jon Williams. From Asimov's, June 1987.

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