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Questions tagged [animals]

Animals in science fiction and fantasy works have vital roles in many plots, including protagonists, antagonists, plot motivators and wise mentors.

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2000s cartoon about a group of people interacting with animals, a man turns into a firefly; a logo helps the transformation

This cartoon is from 2000-2007. It's about a group of people (4 to 5) one was a girl, they interact with animals... and one episode was about fireflies, a man (one of the group) turned into a firefly ...
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Story with dome-cities and the last horse being lost in transport accident

I read some of a story in high school in Quebec, probably a bit more than 10 years ago (before 2008). I think I might have read it as part of a reading test at school. It was probably in French (might ...
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Who first used spacefaring sapient felines in science fiction?

I've been getting into Wing Commander again lately and reading Niven's Known Universe, and Andre Norton is a life long favourite. All of these have something in common, they all have an intelligent, ...
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Help in identifying a story about a man who controlled wolves by wearing a wolf skin

I remember reading a story about a man who manages to control pack of wolves by wearing the alpha wolf skin as a cloak. It also had a woman or child who would be kept safe in a cave whenever the pack ...
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Inventor of FTL drive is granted ownership of an Earthlike planet. Native species prevents destruction of life

I am looking for a Sci Fi book I read many years ago. The synopsis is as follows: A guy discovered FTL drive or something and would share the secret under one condition. He was to be granted ...
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novel about intelligent animals in an interplanetary war

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 ...
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Creature that can choose all options in its timeline

I am trying to find a very short story that I read when I was a kid in the 80s, and it is most probably decades older. It was only a paragraph or two long, and it just described an animal or creature (...
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What is the earliest work of sci-fi that features crows as an advanced/technologically evolved species?

Inspired by this news article about crows and technology evolution. What is the earliest work of sci-fi that features crows that have evolved to near or beyond human levels of technology/advanced ...
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How are fathiers raced?

In The Last Jedi, when Finn and Rose were sneaking around near the Canto Bight casino to find a codebreaker, they met a small pack of animals called fathiers. Apparently these were used for some sort ...
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This is a short story about 30 pages or more in a pre-1990 sci-fi anthology

I only remember a few details, eg a sentient bear and a few other sentient animals that band together to save the planet. One thing that sticks in my mind is that the protagonists use AM or amplitude ...
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Sci-Fi cartoon series about animal versions of the Knights of the Round Table

This cartoon is sci-fi (flying cars and laser pistols) in another world with medieval traditions (sword fighting and charging against each other on a horse (jousting)) where all the characters were ...
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Short Story: Humans battle against hyper-intelligent dogs for dominance

Am looking for the title of a short story I read in one of the popular science fiction periodicals. It was published sometime between 1995-2005, mostly likely in 1996-1999. In the near future dogs ...
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LF an Analog SFF short story, Future medic/vet comes back to contemporary America and offers medical help to a disabled woman's father

Looking for this for a blind friend of mine who's a bit cat-obsessed. He remembers listening to these on the national library service for the blind version of Analog some time in the 80s or 90s. I've ...
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Short story from Analog SFF- Miner family who grow crystals- Crystals get ruined by kittens

Looking for this for a blind friend of mine who's a bit cat-obsessed. He remembers listening to these on the national library service for the blind version of Analog some time in the 80s or 90s. I've ...
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What are the crystal critters?

In The Last Jedi, in both the trailers and the film we see sparkly silver fox-like creatures which seem to be made of some form of crystal. In the film, I only recall Poe referencing them as "Crystal ...
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Does this porg “have a name” and am I purchasing IT?

There's a lot of information about the porgs, which are bird-like creatures native to Ahch-To. Here's a fairly detailed summary much of which is learned from marketing and merchandising material. ...
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What breed is Deckard's dog in Blade Runner 2049

In Blade Runner 2049, what is the breed of the dog that Deckard owns? I've checked the IMDB credits and neither dog (not massively surprising), nor trainer is listed.
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What information do we have about Spock's childhood pet?

In an episode of Star Trek TOS, Spock mentioned a childhood pet. I think it was Dr. McCoy who teased him about his having a kitty-cat. The animal Spock described was definitely not a kitty-cat -- it ...
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A book where a man inhabits the body of a dying man and befriends a telepathic cat

Some time around 1998 I read a book (which is surely older) suggested by one of my friends. Since this is the first time posting for me I'll do my best to give all the details I can recall. The main ...
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What's the first science/speculative fiction work to predict the extinction of whales?

I just finished reading Ringworld (published October, 1970), in which at one point a main character wonders whether any whales were taken from Earth before they went extinct. According to the Known ...
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Looking for a short story about dogs and humans in the far future

I'm looking for a short story I saw on Reddit once, but apparently didn't save or bookmark. It's about how, in the far future, humanity finally achieves some technological singularity and "transcends" ...
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Why does Emmit Otterton scream about the Night Howlers just befor going savage?

In the scene where Judy and Nick visit Mr. Big's driver Mr. Manchas who just after telling them about Mr. Otterton, a florist who had disappeared, who kept screaming about the Night Howlers before ...
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Looking for a fantasy book series from the eighties or earlier

I read a fantasy book many years ago. It was part of a series and involved the main character transferring his mind (or having it transferred) into the body of an animal, and a different one in each ...
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Did the Sindar use horses in the Ages of the Stars?

The Noldor used horses effectively during the Siege of Angbad. They also had famous steeds descending from Valinor. Nienor, Morwen and their escorts got horses from Thingol, as they went to ...
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How come no-one has bug bites on Dagobah?

Yoda doesn’t even have a screen door to keep the bugs out. And we do see some bugs on planet. Can the Force be used as bug repellent and was it? Can lightsabers double as bug zappers? What is really ...
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Bad guy turns to stone because he hears a dog speak. 60s/70s 'Jackanory' story set in Australia

I probably won't be winning any plaudits for a well-described story identification question given that I am trying to find the story that I dreamed about last night. Nonetheless, I am sure it is a ...
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Gandalf's other horse

Gandalf had another horse before Shadowfax. He lost it in Isengard when he escaped from Saruman. Was its name written by Tolkien anywhere?
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Were the horses in The Final Frontier an Earth breed?

Horses are a big feature in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. The opening shot is Sybok on his steed: Later, horses feature prominently in the ground battle on Nimbus III. Out-of-universe, I always ...
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What's this post-apocalyptic book with intelligent animals?

Trying to remember a book I read around 1998, though I think it was written a few decades earlier. Humanity had destroyed itself, and the characters in the story were all intelligent (and possibly ...
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When were the animals on a spaceship first mentioned in SciFi?

What was the first instance of SciFi work that mentioned an Earth animal deliberately brought onto a spaceship? Must be a real spaceship (a vehicle designed on Earth, to travel from Earth to other ...
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Story Identification: A sci-fi book about human/animal hybrids or clones

I'm trying to identify a sci-fi book I read in my youth in 1970s. Key plot points: It was a saga of the far future where humanity was blended with many different animal types, so characters were ...
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What is the significance of Axolotls in Gravity Falls?

Both in- and out-of-universe, Axolotls are a reoccurring element in Gravity Falls. In the first episode and the online game Mystery Shack Mystery, the Mystery Shack tank contains what seems to be an ...
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Does nature in Westeros show dramatic adaptations to the multi-year winters?

The series portrays a world where there are occasional winters lasting several years. This world seems to be inhabited by plants and animals very similar to those on Earth: We often see mention of ...
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Mercs/explorers find telepathic wolves, tigers, horses, eagles, buried UFO wreckage in remote valley

I dug this book out of Dad's box back in the late 60's or early 70's. A team of explorers or maybe mercenaries crashes in a remote valley (possibly China or Mongolia?) and discover people living there ...
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Why did Larry Niven name his creature “Bandersnatch?”

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"?
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Why don't Thor's goats appear in the MCU?

If I remember correctly, Thor in Nordic mythology has his hammer and his two flying goats, which can recreate themselves from just a single bone. Why don't he have the goats in the Marvel movies? Is ...
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What Are the Origins of Chocobos From the Final Fantasy Universe?

As any players / fans of the famous video game franchise Final Fantasy can tell you. Chocobos are a big part of the Final Fantasy universe, well maybe not such a big part as they are just a necessity ...
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Story about a flying mushroom, a lady, an octopus, a tortoise, and a dog

I read a shortish book as a child whose title was something of the form Mrs So-and-so and the [...], and I'm reasonably sure the author's surname began with J. In it, a lady goes out to the shops to ...
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Whatever happened to Superman's super powered moa?

There once was a super powered moa, and comic book Superman did battle with it and managed to capture it unharmed just near the end of the issue. What did Superman do with the beast?
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SF story with a talking bull getting even during a bullfight

Probably written in the 1940s or 1950s, this story featured an intelligent talking bull who asked to be entered into a bullfight to get revenge on the cruel humans who killed his brethren. The story ...
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Novel with intelligent sperm whales and their legendary heroes

A novel with intelligent sperm whales which I PARTIALLY read in a supermarket book display back about the 1980s I guess. Obviously it counts as at least partially fantasy and science fiction. I ...
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YA Novel published before 1994 where characters are all cockroaches living in suburbia

I remember reading this novel way back in high school in the early 1990s. All the characters are cockroaches and are living in a backyard in the suburbs. I don't know any of the names of the ...
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In Dune was a D-Wolf a Dire Wolf?

In looking at this question What is a Dire Wolf I was amazed to learn that it was once real and subsequently became extinct. In God Emperor of Dune Frank Herbert introduces the D-Wolf Is there any ...
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What is the origin of the wargs, and are they featured in any of Tolkien's works other than LOTR and the Hobbit?

In The Lord of the Rings, wargs are commonly ridden by orcs and are also featured in the Hobbit films (although these are not considered canon.) Is the origin of the wargs known and are they featured ...
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Prim's cat in the Hunger Games films

Who played Prim's cat in the Hunger Games films, and why the change? What do we know about the cats who play Prim's cat Buttercup in the Hunger Games films? In the first film, he looks like this: ...
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What horse or horses played Shadowfax?

Shadowfax is the last of an ancient breed of horses, a horse king. In the Lord of the Rings trilogy, what is the name of the horse or horses that were honored to play Shadowfax?
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Who played Hedwig?

In the Harry Potter movies, was their a specific owl, or owls that played Hedwig? What are their name/names and in what movies did they appears?
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What kind of owl is Hedwig?

In book one, she’s described as being a snowy or white owl. Do we know what species she is in either the book or the movie?
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Why doesn't Archer allow dogs in his apartment?

In the second episode of season one, titled Mole Hunt, Sterling Archer wakes up after a one night stand and discovers that his new lady friend has brought her pet pug, Abelard, into his apartment. ...
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Can Hogwarts students have more than one familiar?

Quoting from the Hogwarts letter Harry receives in the first HP book: students may bring an owl OR a cat OR a toad. The word "may" suggests that students can also choose not to bring a pet/...