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Man and artificially sapient dog alone on Mars. Dog starts behaving erratically

According to this, the story is “Red Rover, Red Rover” by Howard V Hendrix. The narrator is a rich old man, and Cogzie is his indulgence. As is moving to Mars, where the enhancers he puts in the dog ...
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How are fathiers raced?

This is answered in The Last Jedi: Visual Dictionary. On the page for Fathiers there are Fathier Jockeys and images of a saddle and whip. As such it appears they are raced with a rider like a horse ...
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Who "seeded" Arrakis' flora and fauna? And with what?

A lot of your question will probably be answered by the appendices at the end of the book. There's a reference to both "a rare native root plant" and "the terraform desert plants" -...
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Whatever happened to Superman's super powered moa?

This is Action Comics #425 - "The Last Moa on Earth". Strange gases affect the last moa egg The moa drains the hunter's life forces, growing to an enormous size within hours Superman fights the ...
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How are fathiers raced?

When Finn and Rose dismount from their fathier and release it, we see them remove the saddle that they’ve been using to ride it. The existence of such saddles implies that they are ridden like horses ...
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What information do we have about Spock's childhood pet?

The episode you are thinking of is TOS: Journey to Babel and the pet is question was a sehlat named I-Chaya. Here is a picture from TAS: Yesteryear, in which we finally meet the creature: A lower-...
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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

That sounds like Brian W. Aldiss' short story "Old Hundredth". It fits in every point. The main character as an uplifted sloth and human minds are in semi-material structures called ...
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Are humpback whales granted civil rights?

I don't know about humpback whales specifically, but there are cetaceans of various species in Starfleet. Some of the larger ships have a cetacean ops section. Star Trek Lower Decks has two beluga ...
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Scientist who talks to ants and is killed by wasps (or hornets)

This sounds a lot like the backstory of Bernard Werber's Les Fourmis ('The Ants', published in English as Empire of the Ants. Les Fourmis is a novel with two strands: one strand follows an ant, the ...
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What information do we have about Spock's childhood pet?

Spock's pet sehlat, I-Chaya, was part of a story told twice in Star Trek canon. I-Chaya appeared on screen in the animated episode Yesteryear: The story was repeated, from Sarek's perspective, in the ...
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What was the name of this horror/science fiction story involving orcas/killer whales?

This sounds like "Bulk Food", a short story by Peter Watts and Laurie Channer, first published in On Spec in 1999. Watts indeed has a PhD in zoology, and worked at UBC's Marine Mammal Unit. ...
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Book where the storyteller is a dog

This is A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny. The dog, Snuff, belongs to Jack the Ripper (who is a good guy, or Closer, in the story), the cat is named Greymalk and belongs to a friendly ...
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Why don't Thor's goats appear in the MCU?

Thor Odinson's goats do appear in the comic Marvel Universe. Recently when he lost access to Mjolnir (which in the Marvel Universe is how he gains the power of flight) he was forced to return to his ...
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What use are the wizard familiars?

While they can be useful, the students’ animals are mainly pets. Presuming this question is referring to only the students’ pets (excluding, for example, Dumbledore’s phoenix Fawkes, Salazar’s ...
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Why did Larry Niven name his creature "Bandersnatch?"

Short answer? We don't really get an explanation. From World of Ptavvs: Winston Doheny, our biologist, took one look at these monsters and dubbed them frumious bandersnatch. This species name is ...
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What "Earth-Origin" animals exist in the canon Star Wars universe?

In light of recent developments in the Star Wars canon, I'll add an updated answer. Humans: Snakes: Lizards: In the canon novel Lords of the Sith, Sidious uses the "like rats from a sinking ship" ...
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How are fathiers raced?

Other than looking like a sheep/horse hybrid, and being much larger, we see in The Last Jedi that they are essentially treated no differently than we treat horses. The canon book Star Wars Made Easy ...
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Are there any animals in the Star Wars universe that are the same as those on Earth?

The Ewok Adventure (later released with the subtitle Caravan of Courage) has the caravan traveling with pack horses. And they are identified by name. ...
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Were the horses in The Final Frontier an Earth breed?

No The animals are called horses, even though they clearly are not: A rider emerged from the storm. He rode astride a native creature that Federation settlers jokingly referred to as a “horse.”...
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How come no-one has bug bites on Dagobah?

It's likely that creatures like the insect-eating Sleen (seen in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back) do an excellent job of keeping the swamps clear of biting insects. We know that there are both ...
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What is the earliest work of sci-fi that features crows as an advanced/technologically evolved species?

In Raymond Z. Gallun's classic novelette "Seeds of the Dusk" (first published in Astounding Science-Fiction, June 1938, available at the Internet Archive), crows have evolved near-human ...
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Are there any animals in the Star Wars universe that are the same as those on Earth?

Ducks exist in the (canon) Star Wars universe. They appear to be essentially identical to Earth ducks based on the descriptions They receive a mention in The Phantom Menace Captain Panaka If we ...
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Short story about a woman who is about to leave on an interstellar trip to search for non-human intelligence

Look Closer by Amy Bechtel Excerpts from the Google book: Her dad and her brother Hamish were bringing in the last mob of sheep off the hill pasture; it was shearing time. For a moment Jess felt out ...
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Gandalf's other horse

Short answer is no, we don't know any. Neither "The Hobbit" nor "The lord of the Rings" contain any mention of Gandalf's previous horse's name. There are only mentions of "a / my horse" or "I rode" ...
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What are the crystal critters?

They are known as Vulptices or a Vulptex Vulptices are native creatures of the mineral planet Crait. They live in the caves and tunnels under the surface of the salt flats which cover Crait. After the ...
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Were the horses in The Final Frontier an Earth breed?

The film's official novelisation refers to them as "Tsemus" and specifically states that they're an alien animal that the locals refer to as horses, despite them not actually being horses. It was a ...
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Who "seeded" Arrakis' flora and fauna? And with what?

He thought of the filmbook Yueh had shown him--"Arrakis: His Imperial Majesty's Desert Botanical Testing Station." It was an old filmbook from before discovery of the spice. Names flitted ...
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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?

The origin of the wargs is unknown. From Tolkien Gateway, sourced to Tolkien's Letters (Letter 297 and a letter to Gene Wolfe) and the book The History of the Hobbit, Part One: Mr Baggins, edited by ...
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Why don't Thor's goats appear in the MCU?

Thor’s goats have finally made their MCU debut But they are not from Asgard, as in Norse mythology. They are from a planet called Indigarr, which Thor visited in Thor: Love and Thunder. There, he ...
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Alternate universe story with intelligent animals and a dog that was computer upgraded to sentience

If the "dog" was a coyote called "G. Howell Nahuatl" and the crew were preparing for an operation called "Sodde Lydfe" (or something like that) then this is probably Tom ...
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