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Cool alien species in fiction

Some books presenting species I would gladly rip off if I didn't respect their author so much for writing them. :p

Blindsight, by Peter Watts: a dark and somewhat lovecraftian tale of a first contact destined to go wrong. Analyzing a very unusual astronomic phenomenon, the powers of Earth realized with astonishment and panic they had just been photographed by an extraterrestrial probe. The discovery was kept secret, and an international crew, each member a genius in their domain at the price of their neurotypicality (from a linguist with four personnalities working together to a cannibal captain), was sent to the point from which the probe originated. What they'll find at their destination has horrible implications for the status of humanity in the cosmos.

The Mote in God's Eye, by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle: the Empire of Man realize its first extraterrestrial contact, with the inhabitant of a very isolated planet. The "Moties" are friendly enough, but their civilisation hides a tragic secret that could spell the doom of the universe as known to man ...

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I've seen that sort of stuff while looking through some Spacebattles threads. I think everyone went insane in the first one, and the second one has to repeatedly nuke itself to survive or something.

I won't say anything more beside the fact that you ''have to'' read those. :p

Also, much approval for the shiny new universe pages. I approve.


You're welcome. ;)

A Fire upon the Deep, by Vernor Vinge: an archaelogical spaceship is lost after having accidentally released a maleficient superintelligence upon the galaxy. The story alternatively follows a crew frantically seeking for a way to control the damages, and the surviving children of the archaelogists who doomed the galaxy, who have since then been stranded on a medieval world populated by aliens whose individuals are made up of a few separate bodies (in a sort of very local hivemind).

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