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A short story (possibility written in the 80's), where humans visit an alien race that evolves fast?

This is almost definitely Dragon's Egg by Robert L. Forward; the primitive (very briefly) race are the cheela and they live on the surface of a neutron star. The cheela - who are described as the ...
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Short story about human colonists vs. alien animals that evolve very rapidly

"Student Body" by F. L. Wallace. You can read the Project Gutenberg etext or listen to the X Minus one radio dramatization. I read it in an American, English-language paperback anthology with an ...
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Short story where humans evolve from vermin on the spaceships of precursor aliens

"Big Ancestor" by F. L. Wallace. You can read it at the Internet Archive. The anthology you read it in could be Galactic Empires edited by Brian Aldiss. • Humans were traveling to other planets ...
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Short Story ID: Academy of gifted children evolve beyond us & "resign from humanity"

"The First Men" aka "The Trap", a novelette by Howard Fast; first published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, February 1960, available at the Internet Archive; full ...
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I need help identifying a short science fiction story about cancer as human evolution

Edna Mayne Hull (aka Mrs. A. E. van Vogt), "The Patient". The short story was part of an anthology. The ISFDB bibliography page for that story has a list of anthologies and collections in which it ...
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Scientists accidentally breed super-intelligent mice

"The Lysenko Maze", a short story by Donald A. Wollheim (alias "David Grinnell"), originally published in Punch, 30 December 1953. You might have read it in the 1987 Asimov–Greenberg anthology The ...
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Why aren't the Fremen concerned about their long-term future due to taking melange?

In the original Frank Herbert books, the Guild Navigators had been mutated over millennia by living and breathing in supersaturated spice gas, seemingly over many generations - in fact, it seemed they ...
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Short story where astronauts find a star to be the source of "evolution"

Philip K. Dick, The Infinites. The plot centers around a crew of three on board a spaceship which scouts asteroid fields for new materials which can be mined. Led by Crispin Eller, the crew (which ...
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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 intelligence, ...
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Looking for a story, from maybe the 1960's, in which an experimental world is rapidly evolved to solve problems

This is probably Theodore Sturgeon's "Microcosmic God" (1941), where the main character creates a little world and forces the beings inside - called Neoterics - to evolve and solve problems ...
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Short story about intelligence being only an evolutionary stage to ensure interstellar propagation

The Locusts by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes A colony expedition to Tau Ceti ends up de-volving into apelike creatures. There are no men on Tau Ceti IV ... There are things in the forest. They prefer ...
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Short Story with a simple form of machine evolution

This is probably Poul Anderson's story "Epilogue" which fits all of the details you mention. There's a discussion of the story at http://poulandersonappreciation.blogspot.com/2013/08/epilogue.html ...
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What was the first science fiction story that got evolution right?

1895 It could very well be H.G. Wells' The Time Machine (1895). In it, the unnamed Time Traveller travels to A.D. 802,701. There, humanity has been split into two distinct species, the frail, ...
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What is the first work of science fiction to treat evolution as scientific fact?

Page 169 of Science Fact and Science Fiction: An Encyclopedia, currently viewable on google books here, lists a number of early examples: Early fictional treatments of evolutionist ideas often ...
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Why are there parallel technologies in the Star Trek universe?

This issue is addressed in the TNG episode 'The Chase' http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/The_Chase_(episode) The fundamental premise is: This is further developed in DS9, where several times it is ...
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Why aren't the Fremen concerned about their long-term future due to taking melange?

This is based entirely on Frank Herbert’s Dune and sequels: Guild Navigators have been living in vats full of spice for years (possibly centuries). The spice in large quantities alters physical ...
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Golden Age or Pulp far-future story, where humans are artificially evolved to neutralize them

This is The Battle of Forever by A. E. Van Vogt. At the beginning of the novel all of humanity has been reduced to a few individuals who have evolved to have massive heads and vestigial bodies. So ...
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The second rise of the sandworm

Why would Leto's sandworm 'offspring', have characteristics of himself, when in reality, he was merely a parasite in the worms body? If you are looking for an in-universe answer then revisit your ...
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Show of a guy from a human evolved future who travels back to 20th century to find other time traveler and save humanity

This is Time Trax. In the year 2193, over a hundred criminals become fugitives of law enforcement by traveling back in time two hundred years to a parallel Universe, using a time machine called Trax....
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Why are there parallel technologies in the Star Trek universe?

There are several possibilities regarding technology. Necessity In most cases, the species encountered are space faring races and are encountered in space. The technology they use makes life in ...
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Novel where humans evolve into less-intelligent species

This is Evolution by Stephen Baxter (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution_(Baxter_novel)) Your memory of "current events type stuff" may come from...the extinction of mankind! Blockquote Human ...
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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

Star Fire by Ingo Swann. Dan Meriweather is the rock star who has psychic abilities. From the book: It had happened in a country meadow while he was at work on composing a new song. The words ...
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Searching for a scifi novel incl. Evolution, telepathy, own state/country/isle and bad ending

You have described the last half of the 1935 novel Odd John by Olaf Stapledon. (The term "homo superior" comes from this book.) Maybe one of these covers will be familiar. The full text is available ...
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Sci-fi serial movie: Hyper-evolved human "queen" captured by scientists

I'm fairly certain you watched an episode of Wayward Pines I cant find the exact scene you describe but see if this looks familiar;
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What book follows family groups through the history of human evolution?

I'm going to guess at Evolution (2004) by Stephen Baxter. Per Amazon Stretching from the distant past into the remote future, from primordial Earth to the stars, Evolution is a soaring symphony of ...
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Old sci fi story about a ship that arrives on an alien planet and watches evolution from bacteria to whatever comes after man

"Student Body", a novelette by F. L. Wallace, available at Project Gutenberg, also my answer to the old question Short story about human colonists vs. alien animals that evolve very rapidly. It doesn'...
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Scifi anthology - Contains terraforming robots story

I think this is Walter Jon Williams' "Dinosaurs" as the commenter above suggests The story that caught my attention was about a mammalian species that recently had to destroy some "...
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story about star travel where the creatures on board evolve during the voyage

There is one great mutated-rats-on-a-spaceship story. If this isn't the one you were looking for, it should be: "Giant Killer" by A. Bertram Chandler, first published in Astounding Science Fiction, ...
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What was the first SciFi work that theorized that Homo Sapiens were seeded on Earth by intelligent aliens?

H. Beam Piper's story Genesis, in 1951, told of a colony ship to Tareesh from the dying planet Doorsha. An accident destroys the ship and only a single lifeboat makes it to Tareesh containing 2 men ...
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What was the first SciFi work that theorized that Homo Sapiens were seeded on Earth by intelligent aliens?

H. Beam Piper's Paratime series takes as its premise the idea that humans came originally from Mars. In the first story to explain this ("Police Operation" (1948)) we have "Purely ...
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