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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 of place. She ought to be down with them, helping with the work. Shearing had hardly begun, and next year when tupping season and lambing season came ...


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In my opinion it is The Cats of Ulthar by HP Lovecraft (c) 1920. Wikipedia summarizes as: "The Cats of Ulthar" is a short story written by American fantasy author H. P. Lovecraft in June 1920. In the tale, an unnamed narrator relates the story of how a law forbidding the killing of cats came to be in a town called Ulthar. As the narrative goes, the city ...


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This is shaky SF at best but H.P. Lovecraft in The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath had sentient Earth cats traveling to the moon where they were menaced by evil cats from Saturn. It was written late in his career and not published until 1943. In short, rhe story definitely included sentient alien cats in space but it isn't usually classified as science ...


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Foo creatures (which typically have both canid and felid features) carrying protective swords are recurring motif in some parts of Taiwan. This blog post catalogs a number of foo guardians with swords at the ready that are visible out the outsides of buildings in the Taiwanese city of Tainan. Although these images are only decades old, according that blog ...


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1 A small correction... it is not a zebra on Planetos but a Zorse A pair of Jogos Nhai presented her with one of their striped zorses, black and white and fierce. (A Clash of Kings - Daenerys III) 2 Yes, believed to be a giraffe and not given any other name. 3 It is not known. 4 Yes, basically a scorpion with bonus features. 5 Believed to be a ...


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Wild Kratts? It's from 2011 so off by four years but everything matches. From IMDb: Chris and Martin Kratt are brothers who explore the wild throughout the world to learn more about animals and share conservation information. They have three friends who travel in the Tortuga HQ with them named Aviva, Koki and Jimmy Z. The brothers have creature power ...


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It’s called The Collectors (1994) by Robert Carter. From Amazon: A renegade band of "collectors," cockroach-like insects, have organized themselves into territorial "circles" and raid their human cohabitants for food scraps (described in fantasy vernacular as "chumps" and "spills"). Edwud K, on a mission from the Director, strikes out with a small cadre ...


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IMHO the latest possible date for the first "catlike" or "feline" intelligent aliens in science fiction would be 1952, the year when The Mixed Men AKA Mission to the Stars by A. E. Van Vogt was published http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?229641. In that novel a planet of a star in the Large Magellanic Cloud is inhabited by intelligent beings with ...


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There are at least two (maybe three) reasons for the axolotl references, although they are all tied together. Axolotls are famous, because of their known ability to regenerate lost limbs, something that (while not so remarkable in flatworms or starfish) is not very common in vertebrates. They are also able to accept transplants of whole organs (such as ...


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5 is presumably a thylacine or Tasmanian tiger, a striped carnivorous marsupial.


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1947: "The Cataaaaa" (aka "The Cataaaa"), a short story by A. E. van Vogt, first published in Fantasy Book, Vol. 1 No. 1, 1947, which is available at the Internet Archive; the reprint in Marvel Science Stories, November 1950 is also available at the Internet Archive. The first-person narrator is a biology professor. The alien space cat is allowing itself to ...


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