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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Identify this short story based on Kafka's Metamorphosis

In probably the early 70s* I read a short story, probably intended for teenage readers, that may have been based on or at least similar to Kafka's Metamorphosis (Die Verwandlung). The one impression ...
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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 Dagobah. Can the Force be used as bug repellent, and was it? Can lightsabers double as bug zappers? What is really ...
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Eastern European cartoon with a talking raven

I watched part of this cartoon. Judging by the style and the voice acting, I would say that it was probably made in the Soviet Union or one of the Eastern European countries. Anyways, one of the ...
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80s or 90s cartoon series - Female protagonist has a large cat as a pet and collects crystals or gems

I'm hoping to identify a cartoon that I remember watching on TV as a child. This would've been around 1998, so I would guess that the cartoon would be from either the 90s or possibly the 80s. It was ...
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Name of a book about a world where people have animal familiars, the MC sets out to discover the origins of the original soul bond with the familiars

I think it was a book series but only read one book. It was about this guy setting out of a journey to discover why his people form soul bonds with animals or something like that. He had a cat - it's ...
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A short story about humans becoming pets and pets caring for them

The story is rather short - one or two A4 pages, and I read it in a weekly (not in English) some 30-33 years ago. The setting is a room, with a man and a pet (either a cat or a dog). The pet starts ...
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Anime kids movie about three kids with magical animals only believers could see

There was a kids anime movie I watched 5-10 years ago and it was about these three kids with magical animals only kids could see. There was one girl with a pink based animal. I think one of the boys ...
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Manga with artifacts/magical items that transform body parts into animals parts -> arm into dog head

I remember reading the first tome, and it's a story with artefacts or magic objects that give powers and I remember one gave arm expansion or strength, it was an arm brace or something. I also ...
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What creature does the dinosaur-like skull on Ahch-To belong to?

Here's a screenshot. You can see it in The Last Jedi in the brief underwater shot when Rey falls into the dark side well. It's immediately preceding the famous "mirror Reys" scene; on the ...
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Children's fantasy book with black and gold "urchins" (hedgehogs)

I remember a fantasy book in which one of the elements was magic hedgehogs, only they called them “urchins.” There were ones with gold spines and ones with black spines, and the black ones' spines ...
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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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Any meaning or significance to the name "Felodon"?

I've just read Hal Clement's 1963 short novella "The Green World" (available from Project Gutenberg). Set on an alien planet, it features an amphibian carnivore which is called a Felodon and ...
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Short comic book story about pets remaining after a human apocalypse occurs

A friend of mine is trying to find an old Hungarian story, here’s how they describe it: “I remember a few characters, three of the main characters were; A white cat with a purple bow/collar, female A ...
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Man and artificially sapient dog alone on Mars. Dog starts behaving erratically

I'm trying to recall a story I read about a man alone on a Mars outpost except for the companionship of a dog that had already either been modified post-birth or natally bioengineered to have human-...
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What was the name of this horror/science fiction story involving orcas/killer whales?

I'm looking for a horror/science fiction story involving orcas/killer whales. It was written by someone who was either a marine biologist or someone who used to work with cetaceans, and in their ...
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Alternate universe story with intelligent animals and a dog that was computer upgraded to sentience

Many years ago I read a story - it may have been a novel, or a short story in a compilation - that included travel of the principal characters to an alternate universe, where many species of animals ...
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Short story: Some future humans return to Earth which now lacks humans, but instead has animals that had been granted sapience by aliens years before

In the future, some humans arrive at Earth from some distant point. They find the Earth bereft of humans, but there are instead many non-human animal species that have already been uplifted to ...
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What happened to Captain Picard's fish?

In Star Trek Generations the Enterprise D crash lands on a planet and is effectively destroyed. We see that Data recovers his cat, Spot, but the fish Picard kept in his ready room is not seen or ...
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What use are the wizard familiars?

It seems like every student at Hogwarts has a familiar (a companion animal) – Neville's frog, Harry's owl, Ron's rat, Hermione's half-cat-half-Kneazle, etc... Harry's owl is at least marginally ...
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What is a merrel?

In "Spindle's End" by Robin McKinley, she talks about a "merrel" that lives (chained) in the rafters of the giant estate of the lord. From the bits and pieces of description and action, it's clear ...
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Post-human Earth with intelligent animals. In one scene, bear rubs against crystal pylon to leech energy from structure holding stored human minds

Another question reminded me of two similar stories that I can't place regarding intelligent animals. In the one I'm asking about in this question, there are various species of sapient animals in a ...
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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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Graphical novel/comic book about a society of diesel punk animals

I'm looking for a book I remember from when I was a kid (20-25 years ago in Australia), I think it was about a dieselpunk society of animals. At least I think it was dieselpunk, as I remember that ...
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What classic SF story involved intelligent dogs being the secret masters of humans?

When I was a kid I read a story in a collection or anthology (and I've always had the impression that it was the last story in the book but can't be sure and it's not all that relevant) where dogs ...
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Are there any animals in the Star Wars universe that are the same as those on Earth? [duplicate]

In this answer to Are the humans in the Star Wars Galaxy really humans? , it is established that Star Wars humans are not related to us at all, though they are anatomically identical And we ...
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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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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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What was the first appearance of a sword-wielding canine?

Pokémon sword will include a new legendary pokémon named Zacian which is a wolf-like creature holding a sword in its mouth. A lot of Dark Souls fans are saying that this is clearly a reference to the ...
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Short story about a woman who is about to leave on an interstellar trip to search for non-human intelligence

I read this short story years -- decades -- ago. A young woman is spending her last day at home before joining an interstellar expedition to search for non-human intelligence. She lives on a sheep ...
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Help me identify the animals in Braavos Menagerie!

Hear me. The ships of Braavos sail as far as the winds blow, to lands strange and wonderful, and when they return their captains fetch queer animals to the Sealord’s menagerie. Such animals as you ...
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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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Aliens try to liberate "enslaved" dogs from humans

I saw this story in an anthology in a used bookstore in 2009. When the aliens came, we negotiated a peace treaty with them. Everything was going fine until they said "oh, and you'll have to stop ...
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How many pets do we know about on the Enterprise-D?

Obviously Data has his cat Spot and Picard has his fish. Bit of a random question, but what other pets do we know that reside on the Enterprise-D i.e. how many do we know about?
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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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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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Are the Redwall creatures their natural real-world size?

One thing that always confused me about the books was the question of scale. You have everything from shrews to badgers living together, working together, fighting together. Are these animals the same ...
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Why are there no animals in "The Matrix"?

Aside from the repetitive appearance of the black cat, I can't remember seeing any living animals, either inside the Matrix simulation or in Zion. How come? Is there an in-universe explanation?
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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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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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What kind of animal is Gru's pet Kyle?

In the movies Despicable Me 1 and 2, Gru has a pet with sharp teeth and small body. His pee makes the shrub dead! The creature looks like a skunk to me but when Lucy scans him, its species is "...
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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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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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How did they expect to repopulate the world with Humpbacks after 'Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home'?

The Humpback whales, George and Gracie, were brought back to the future in order to save earth and repopulate the species. How was this accomplished? While Humpback whales have a life expectancy of ...
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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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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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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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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/...
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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 ...