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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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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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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Is there room for vegans in the Harry Potter universe?

Boomslang skin, leeches, bicorn horn... it seems that to make any decent potion, you're going to need to use some kind of animal product. Could a vegan or vegetarian get through Hogwarts, and ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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Looking for a Sci Fi/urban fantasy short story about a cat who fights demons

I'm looking for a short story I read a couple of years back. It was told from the point of view of an old cat, who has spent his life fighting demons[?] that try to come through weak places in reality....
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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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Old-ish fantasy novel about magicians that have a characteristic animal form?

Sometime in the '80s, I was at the house of a friend of my parents who had a huge library of SF/F paperbacks. Like the kid in the candy store, I grabbed one off the shelf and was rooted to the spot ...
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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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A book in which every species on earth was rendered intelligent

The 'blurb' on the back of the book was that something had boosted the intelligence of every creature on earth, to the point that at least some animals were on par with humans. I'm not sure if humans ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Looking for the title of a graphic novel featuring a spaceship shaped like a bird and a gigantic earthworm [duplicate]

I am trying to identify a book that I read in the mid 1980's. Some details: It was a graphic novel, or comic. All black and white, if I remember correctly. The main character was a human, though I ...
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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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What is a Dire Wolf? [closed]

In many fantasy stories, there are creatures called Dire Wolves. What's a Dire Wolf, how is it different from existing wolves?
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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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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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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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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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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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Which 70s/80s story/book has horses as protagonists? [duplicate]

This book is pretty unique. It's about a planet only populated with intelligent horses who have domesticated their humans, because they have hands (horses don't have them). The whole time reading you ...
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How do Banthas survive on Tatooine?

As far as I can tell from their appearance, they're pretty much like woolly mammoths: Long shaggy fur, slow moving and high fat content. This type of biology would be better suited to planets like ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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What is the term for an anthropomorphic animal that fits a certain role or profession? (ex. a scholarly owl, dalmatian firefighter) [closed]

I am struggling to find out what to look for. My goal is to find a list of stereotypical anthropomorphic animals, but I am having trouble searching because I don't know what the term is called. For ...
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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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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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Help me identify a story of chickens who defend against the foxes

I remember this story, that is sort of Sci-Fi/Fantasy, since it has talking chickens. The chickens in this story are unique since they can fly (The talking part is apparently not worthy of notice) ...
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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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What other uses are there for owls?

"I'll get yer an owl. All the kids want owls, they're dead useful, carry yer mail an' everythin'." - Hagrid to harry Potter, HP1. So, what other "useful" things are owls for, aside from carrying mail?...
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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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Searching for a story about a Team of Explorers Trapped with Large Alien Animal

The story I'm trying to recall had the explorers stranded on the surface of some planet. I recall that there was a body of water, and a large alien creature which had a large, globular, transparent ...
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Do spaceships have Earth vermin?

Pests are always sneaking into cargo bins in one place and escaping into another place far away. Can somebody please name the first novel, comic or movie that depicts rats or other Earth vermin ...
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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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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 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 Blu-Ray, it'...
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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 ...