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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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 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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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 "UNKNOWN"...
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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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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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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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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 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 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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do the other animals that students can bring with them to Hogwarts have special skills?

Owls in Harry Potter carry the mail. Do rats, cats, or toads have any specific function aside from being pets?
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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 “Earth-Origin” animals exist in the canon Star Wars universe?

When I was a young teen, I really got into reading the few Star Wars novels that existed at that time. After I exhausted the then current run of books (there were only about 5 or 6 of them), I ...
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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 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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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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Can an Animagus take the form of any animal?

Similar to my old question about what animals a Patronus can be, are there any limits to the animal forms an Animagus can be? We know that the animal form can be much smaller than human (cat, rat, ...
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A book where animals are named after instruments

I was listening to one of the sci-fi radio links on either Live365 or George Norrie or BOA... It is written by a religious (Catholic or Christian) teacher (make). It is a sci-fi book where animals are ...
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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 ...