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The Moriarty program shows that the Enterprise computer can emulate a sentient human with genius-level intelligence on command. That doesn't mean the computer itself is sentient. If "sentient personality" is simply a type of program which can be run, and the computer doesn't happen to be running that program, the computer is not sentient. In terms of the (...


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At some point in the evolution of life on Earth, sentient beings evolved from nonsentient ones. The only difference between that and the Enterprise computer creating a sentient entity is that the latter was done by deliberate intent, but both cases involve sentient beings arising from non-sentient origins.


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Process by A. E. Van Vogt (1950). In an online review, MPorcius wrote: "Process" (1950) This is an odd story, and seems to have caught people's attention when it first appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. It later appeared in some "Best of" anthologies and was the basis of a cover story in Andromeda, a Canadian comic book. ...


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Others (dmckee and can-ned food) have already pointed out that the story you're looking for is from Fred Saberhagen's Berserker series. There are many stories in this series. I believe you're asking about the ones where Johann Karlsen purposely gets himself and a pursuing berserker trapped in an orbit around a black hole. Karlsen is featured in the four ...


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The story of the Lego Movie is told as a story within a story. Emmet, the archetypal everyman hero is literally a randomly chosen minifigure that the child (Finn) manipulates in the overarching story that takes place within his imagination. The events of the film are shown, at the end of the film to be set-pieces that the boy has made from Lego and is ...


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John Varley's short story Bagatelle has this plot. Original publication appears to have been 1976. My copy is in the 1980 anthology The Barbie Murders (named after a short story in the volume, for anyone who's starting to get confused). It opens There was a bomb on the Leystrasse, level forty-five, right outside the Bagatelle Flower and Gift Shoppe, ...


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The earliest I've been able to find is a 1937 Merrie Melodies short called "Streamlined Greta Green." A forerunner of Pixar's Cars, the short is set in a city inhabited by both anthropomorphic cars and regular humans. You can watch the entire (8 minute) cartoon on Daily Motion. If you want to limit to film or TV, I'm inclined to suggest The Twilight Zone; ...


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If it was indeed a book, it was most probably The Berserker series is a series of space opera science fiction short stories and novels by Fred Saberhagen, in which robotic self-replicating machines strive to destroy all life.1 Kudos to @dmckee for mentioning that, although that mention had no bearing on my answer. (Tee hee — no hard feelings?)


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I think it is Accelerando by Charles Stross. About the singularity, and developing new reputational economics, told through interconnected shorter stories, including the uploaded lobsters sent in to space, the AI cat, the dominatrix wife. Good book!


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This appears to be "Pickman's Modem" (ISFDB) by Lawrence Watt-Evans. It was indeed published in Asimov's (though 1992, not 80s). A decent summary can be found here: As the story progress and the narrator, George, has brief Internet encounters with Pickman, the story spirals into the wonderful Mythos pitfalls that ensnare a large number of characters. ...


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Starship computers are not considered sentient because they are not programmed to be. They are programmed to act as operation assistants not as command and control interfaces capable of independent function. When a Federation starship is required to run with less crew, the ship's computer can be given command authority and the ability to be controlled from ...


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This largely has to do with self-identity, and a bit to do with the perception of those aboard and around the Enterprise's computer. In the episode Q-Who, Ensign Sonya Gomez is perhaps the first and only acting crewmember to treat the ship's computer with politeness, even telling Chief Engineer Geordi Laforge so herself. "Well, why not? (Say 'please') ...


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I'm not confident at this answer, but since I can't post it as a comment, I'll post it as an answer: Though far from a perfect match, what you describe seems to have many elements in common with Fritz Leiber's "Our Lady of Darkness", or the short story "The Pale Brown Thing" on which the novel was based. It features an occult science called "Megapolismancy"...


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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 now in the goddam log. The biologist picked the name and it stuck. The implication to me was that the biologist picked the name simply as an example of a "...


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The story is "The Hunter Captain" by David John Baker and you can find the full text of it here: http://escapepod.org/2016/03/29/ep526-the-hunter-captain/ Also you failed to mention that it's from the predator alien's perspective which I think is particularly important to the story's message.


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SHORT ANSWER: Aliens who sort of but not exactly fit the requirements of being catlike, intelligent, and having space travelling civilizations appeared in 1952, 1947, 1943, 1939, & 1930. LONG ANSWER: 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, also ...


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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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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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The plant from Little Shop of Horrors is sentient.


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The Kanten species in David Brin's Uplift series The Cactaceae in China Miéville's Bas-Lag series And see also this Wikipedia link, and this TV Tropes one.


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This is very probably one of the Hlutr short stories (I think it is called "Diplomat") in the anthology The Leaves of October by Don Sakers. It's one of my favorite collections. The stories were originally published individually in magazines like Analog, and later joined together by a common linking story for the anthology. Selected pages from the book ...


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Whilst the Exocomps aren't seen again in the TV show they do make an extensive appearance in the Trek Book "Immortal Coil" in which two exocomps (named Winken and Blinken) are key players in a plot to uncover an ancient artificial intelligence. The book states that their civilisation has joined the Federation as full members. This was later backed up in the ...


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The Enterprise-D's computer is capable of producing a sentient life form on command, but this does not imply that the computer is itself sentient. Moriarty is a computer program that is specifically designed by the computer to be sentient; this does not require sentience on the part of the computer itself. Think of it this way; you can program a computer ...


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Vernor Vinge's "Zones of Thought" series, primarily in A Fire Upon The Deep, features aliens known as Skroderiders. They're described as looking "like a small ornamental tree sitting in a six-wheeled cart" Baen Books has put the first 8 chapters on line: http://www.baenebooks.com/chapters/0812515285/0812515285_toc.htm


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In Farscape the Delvians are humanoid walking plants.


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There is the Verdani world-forest in The Saga of Seven Suns and the Thorian from Mass Effect.


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I believe it is Starfarers, by Poul Anderson. I might have to get this off the shelf and read it again tonight.


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The book that comes to mind is the 1990 novel The World at the End of Time written by Frederick Pohl. The story follows colonists from Earth who have settled a planet orbiting a star inhabited by a powerful sentient being (Wan-To) which is engaged in a war with neighboring sentient stars. Wan-To itself is one of the characters in the novel as I recall. Wan-...


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I've read the book you're talking about and now I'm curious too. This one is more likely the answer, though I don't recall reading this author before. "FROM A CHANGELING STAR" by Jeffrey A Carver Across the galaxy, tensions are rising between the authoritarian Tandesko Triune and the free-marketeers of the Auricle Alliance. Nevertheless, scientists ...


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