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Questions tagged [evolution]

The gradual change of a species by adaptation over many generations for purposes ensuring it's survival.

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Slow starship passed by FTL starship. Upon arrival finds society has evolved past them

Probably read 30+ years ago. The book's plot is VERY similar to "Far Centaurus" by A. E. van Vogt. But when I saw it was a possible duplicate when asking the question, I read it and it is NOT the ...
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Is it known what conditions caused the Gungan species to diverge morphologically?

It is well known that the Gungan species is divided into two races, the Otolla and the Ankura, even to small children. However, the astonishing biological diversity of Naboo seems a subject still in ...
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A psychic science fiction book I read in the 80's an MIT rock star that sings to a flower and it sings back

I read that story in the 80s, although it might be older. It starts with a young genius who becomes a rock star. He's out practicing in a field, singing to a flower, when he realizes that he's ...
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Short Story with a simple form of machine evolution

This story Starts out like the standard "Planet of the Apes" routine: Space voyagers from Earth get caught in some sort of warp and return to a recognizable Earth, but the civilization they knew is ...
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Novel where humans evolve into less-intelligent species

Around 2000 I read a novel where one thread was about a far future where humans evolved into species with progressively less intelligence. The framing device for this thread was a small military team (...
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Looking for paperback short story collection on human evolution published before 1960

One story in the book was about a beautiful young man who could predict the future and left a string of pregnant girlfriends to derail human evolution. The last story in the book was about a rocket ...
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Why aren't the Fremen concerned about their long-term future due to taking melange?

I was wondering: why aren't the Fremen worried about getting "degenerated" by taking the melange drug so as to the point do they become like the guild of navigators? At least in the first book.
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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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90s Novel About Sentient Rocks

The novel had rocks discovered on some planet that were sentient. Humans used them for cell phones. They wanted to be free and enlisted some sort of geneticist sometimes called "a bodybuilder" to ...
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Sci-fi serial movie: Hyper-evolved human “queen” captured by scientists

Gosh, I dont know where to start... I watched some serial movie from some sci-fi television (I don't remember which one) the moment that I captured was when the humans captured the queen of the ...
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Science fiction novel where inhabitants of the planet become floating spheres

I was told about an old science fiction novel, where the main character-astronaut either travels to his own planet in future or to another planet through the wormhole of some kind. Upon his arrival he ...
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Looking for a sci-fi book name with a giant space monster swallowing a ship

I am looking for the name of a sci fi book I have read when I was a kid. Obviously I do not remember the name of the book nor the author's... Here is a short summary of the story, spoiler ahead! The ...
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Short story or Novella circa 1940, 1950

Theme was man and woman (she was chosen specifically for his preferences) operating as guards or mentors as mankind was on the cusp of evolution, but did not recognize the marvels that awaited upon ...
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Scifi anthology - Contains terraforming robots story

I took a Science Fiction class in college a few years ago (2005 or 2006) and one of the stories we read in a collection really struck me and I don't know how to track it down. The professor who taught ...
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Did life evolve in Star Wars, or was it created by the Force?

I was wondering how exactly life originated in the Star Wars universe. Did life arise through natural processes (eg. Darwinian evolution) like on earth, or did the Force somehow "create" life? Did ...
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What book follows family groups through the history of human evolution?

I read a terrific book a few years back and would like to re-read it, but I cannot remember the title nor author. In the story, the evolution of humans is the premise. The first ape/human's ...
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Why are only a tiny number of Goa'uld capable of spawning?

Goa'uld, aside from being endosymbionts, are aquatic predators that reproduce by spawning large amounts of offspring left to fend for themselves with only a few surviving to adulthood (traditionally ...
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Author+title of story of planet inhabited by intelligence which makes mouse and man evolve on ship

In my youth, I’ve read countless science fiction and fantasy books. One of these, when I finished it, I felt like a part of my life ended with the end of the book, and surely there must be a sequel… ...
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Scientists accidentally breed super-intelligent mice

This one is really nagging me. The plot goes something like this: Two scientists, one from the U.S., one newly escaped from the Soviet Union, have a polite argument about evolution. The former ...
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story about star travel where the creatures on board evolve during the voyage

Need the name/author. I don't remember much, I'm afraid. Just fragments. I do remember reading the story assuming that the creatures on board were human, only to find out towards the end that they ...
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Why are so many Star Wars species so similar in external anatomy? [duplicate]

There are so many different species in the Star Wars universe yet many of the sentient ones have the same general humanoid appearance: Two arms, two legs on a torso with a head on top. I'm not saying ...
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The second rise of the sandworm

In God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert, Leto states that when his 'metamorphosis' into a sandworm is complete, he will return to the sand. He goes on to say that the sandworms that would come from ...
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Planet of animals that evolve in minutes

Looking for a story that starts with quasi-intelligent life on an alien planet that evolve due to environmental pressure in minutes. All except for this one super-creature, who would defeat all others....
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Searching for a scifi novel incl. Evolution, telepathy, own state/country/isle and bad ending

I think that this was a rather old novel, some children developing telepathic skills on different parts of the world, getting in contact with each other, maybe some disabled telepath, and then them ...
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Golden Age or Pulp far-future story, where humans are artificially evolved to neutralize them

There's a story I read a long ways back in which Earth was visited by aliens who "help" humanity. They help them to evolve towards a race of introspective brains. This is in order to prevent humans ...
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Short story where astronauts find a star to be the source of “evolution”

A group of astronauts is set to explore a distant and interesting star. They do a few experiments, one of which is to expose some guinea pigs (or other kind of rodents) to the star's light. The crew ...
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Why are there parallel technologies in the Star Trek universe? [duplicate]

Is it ever explained why so many races evolve, technologically speaking, on a nearly parallel course in the Star Trek universe? Obviously their physical and social evolution was far from parallel but ...
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Story where humans evolve into consciousness encased in glass, ends with a boy breaking the glass tubes?

My friend told me about a science fiction story he read where humans evolved into consciousness contained within glass tubes, and at the end of the story a boy found the glass tubes in a cave or ...
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Title of a book - Earth invasion blocked by aliens

I'm trying to find out the title/author of a book I never finished when I was in middle school, so around the early 2000s. In this book, Earth exists as it is today (at least in the 90s, when the ...
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I need help identifying a short science fiction story about cancer as human evolution

The short story was part of an anthology. A cancer clinic near a war zone receives a famous cancer patient who they attempt to cure. At the end they find a cure, but the cancer patient reveals he ...
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Evolved forms in evolution

In the movie Evolution alien cells evolve at a rapid rate. My question is, why did the aliens eventually come to a blue ape-like creature? With the many variations of creature none looked like mammals,...
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Short story where humans evolve from vermin on the spaceships of precursor aliens

I've been trying to remember a short story which I read in the 1980s in a scifi anthology. The details which I remember are: Humans were traveling to other planets trying to decipher their big ...
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Short story about human colonists vs. alien animals that evolve very rapidly

I can remember this story's plot very vividly, but not the author or title. I read it in an American, English-language paperback anthology with an extraterrestrial theme, in the very late 80's or ...
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People on planet have one arm shaped like a weapon

Short story begins with the rescue of one person trying to escape a planet using a solar sail. He describes how his people go through population build-ups and collapses, endlessly. The finish is ...
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Identify short story about two energy beings creating a human out of clay

I hope that you can help me. Around 10 + years ago my wife and I were staying at Bernardus Lodge in CA. Every night 3 or 4 very small booklets would be delivered to our room. One of the booklets ...
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What is the first work of science fiction to treat evolution as scientific fact?

I am reading Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne, 1864 and evolution has some major roles to play in the work. The first being estimating depth below the surface of the earth, by ...
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In Prometheus, why did only the humans evolve from the space jockey/Engineer who drank from the cup and not the alien creatures [duplicate]

In Prometheus, why did only the humans evolve from the space jockey/Engineer who drank from the cup that contained the alien gene/recipe and not the actual alien creatures they are supposed to create ...
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A book where 2-dimensional species evolved on rapidly changing environment

I remember a book that described various lifeforms evolving in the galaxy (and i think may be the overriding theme was extinction). One of them was 2-D species evolved on rapidly changing environment ...
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Artificial life forms surpass humans

What is the title and who is the author of a 1960s science fiction story in which an artificial and miniature life form evolves quickly, is felt to be a threat to humanity, and is eventually bombed ...
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What was the first SciFi work that theorized that Homo Sapiens were seeded on Earth by intelligent aliens?

What was the first SciFi work that theorized that Homo Sapiens were seeded on Earth by intelligent aliens (as opposed to all the other Earth species which evolved separately)? The earliest one I can ...
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How realistic is the physical evolution of the Ousters in Dan Simmons' Hyperion Cantos novels?

I am halfway through Dan Simmons 'Fall of Hyperion' and I was wondering whether there are any expert opinions on how human physicality would change upon living in zero-g. In the Hyperion novels the ...
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How did the Silurians lose their third eye?

In the original series of Doctor Who the Doctor meets the Silurians (Eocenes, Homo Reptilia, Earth Reptile or Indigenous Terrans) which have three eyes, and look like so: On of their most striking ...
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What is the natural prey for headcrabs?

Headcrabs perfectly fit on human heads. But they must have evolved to that point on their home world (which is not Xen, btw.) without humans. How did their food chain look like before they came (...
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What factors influenced the evolution of Klingon cranial ridges?

Many species in the Star Trek universe have "bumpy foreheads"--most famously, the Klingons. What are the likely factors that influenced the evolution of Klingon cranial ridges? Could it be a ...
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How fast should mutations be for hard science fiction? [closed]

I was disturbed by the rate of human evolution in Waterworld- maybe 500 years to evolve humans with gills*, and about a 1000 years to evolve into (back into?) something that is stronger than a ...