Questions tagged [races]

In Space Operas and other Sci-Fi that involves large numbers of Aliens, race can refer to different Alien species and/or sub-species. In Fantasy, race usually refers to whether a person is a Human or some other intelligent species like Elf, Hobbit, Goblin, or Dwarf.

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Were there ever any “good” Orcs?

I never made it through Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien, but it may have the answer. We know there were good men and bad men in Middle-earth and there were good Wizards and bad Wizards there too... ...
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How are Vulcans and Romulans different from each other?

I know that Vulcans and Romulan come from the same parent race. But beyond that, how did they branch off? For how long they have been apart? Are they more different than human and chimps? Can they ...
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Why do the dwarves and elves hate each other?

In nearly every single medieval story Elves and Dwarves hate each other, or at least are very unfriendly towards each other. As I have read, watched and played many a lore of the medieval genre it ...
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Which of his races did Tolkien draw?

This question isn't as broad as it might appear at first glance. I've seen drawings of dragons, Dwarves, Trolls, and Hobbits by Tolkien, and I'm primarily interested in only a few other races. He ...
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Would Luke or other force-users live longer than a normal life span for their race?

When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good you will not, hmm? I'm sure this was mostly a facetious joke. But was Yoda as old as he was because of his race, or because of his bind to the ...
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Are there truly alien Star Trek species with races?

Certainly there are cases, but I'm excluding cases where the alien's features (mostly skin color) match those of the actor. And of course there are these guys from Cheron in the TOS episode "Let ...
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What is the history of the concept of more than 2 genders?

How has this issue addressed? How was reproduction capable between the 3 or more genders? What are the first instances where a race with more than 2 genders occurred? I know of instances when there ...
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Why aren't more species' planets named differently from their species name?

Andorians come from Andoria (or Andor) Vulcans come from Vulcan Romulans come from Romulus Breen come from Breen Betazoids from Betazed Cardassians from Cardassia The list goes on and on (with a few ...
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What is the history of Gungans and their tech?

The Gungans have a dry city underwater, which keeps the water at bay via force fields that block water, but not people entering them. This struck me as odd, as I wouldn't think they'd evolve to be an ...
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The First SF or Fantasy Interracial Relationship

I know when William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols (as Captain Kirk and Lt. Uhura) kissed in Star Trek, in the episode Plato's Stepchildren, it was the first interracial kiss on American TV. But were ...