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Questions tagged [interspecies-relations]

For questions about the interactions and relationships between multiple different species.

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Could an octopus ride a bicycle?

I'm imagining a scenario where there is a conflict between humans and intelligent octopuses. The humans' main mode of transport is the bicycle. The octopuses decide to stage a night raid whereby they ...
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What would the consequences in 2019 America be of being an intelligent non-human? [closed]

All over the world, animals have unexpectedly gained the intellectual capabilities of humans, but otherwise look the same. The only reason we know is that some have listened to our conversations, ...
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Would a society with two different species that can interbreed be viable?

One species has two genders, like humans, the other has three(essentially male, female, and one without breeding capabilities that first appears as a genetic quirk but quickly becomes more prominent ...
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Trial: If an animal has human or near-human intellect, how might a western legal system determine its personhood?

Suppose humans are living in conjunction with several intelligent and communicative species of animals, dogs and cats for example. These animals might be legally considered people; being held ...
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How to make an alien game show, with many different species, fair?

Far, far away from Earth, near the center of the galaxy, is the planet Nebulous VII. It is the hosting planet of the universe's favorite gameshow, “Victory Nebula”. On the show, pre-type 1 species ...
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Is the Concept of Multiple Fantasy Races Scientifically Flawed? [closed]

Many fantasy worlds have multiple humanoid species (elves, orcs, humans, etc) living in the same world, in addition to that, they often have the ability to interbreed. And I can't help but question ...
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Plausible reason why the astronauts wouldn’t get involved in the aliens war? [closed]

So, two astronauts, Gregory and Jessica, just got marooned on an alien planet. They went down into a Canyon, were they discovered some tiny, and sized beings, who had developed into a Bronze Age. They ...
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How could aliens tell a group of humans apart?

So, in my world, humans coexist with aliens, and in some rare cases, humans and aliens have exchange programs and all that stuff. This problem goes both for the humans and the aliens. To an alien from,...
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What competitions would be best to feature in an interstellar game show? [closed]

I am your host, Vos Sychem, and welcome to the Universes favorite game show, Cosmic KABOOM!!! Here, different pre-type 1 civilizations get to show of their skills for use higher forms of life. Today's ...
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How could the Episolians conquer and enslave humanity, given their shortcomings? [closed]

So, on the planet of Episol live the species Episolians. They have conquered and enslaved most of the galaxy, and recently they have laid eyes upon a planet called Earth, with a primitive species they ...
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How can I realistically make a worldwide government that works with my fictional world with different magical races?

Question What would a world-wide "government" look like, in this world? Creatures inhabiting this world In my world, there are five magical races besides regular non-magical humans: Woven ...
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How do you effectively manage communications with beings who live on a different scale of time [closed]

Lets just say that humans discover intelligent life on other planet. The life form there is currently at a technological level comparable to Industrial Era on our planet. This new life form however ...
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What tweaks could be made to a society of intelligent hypercarnivores to allow them to compete with agrarian societies?

The Background On a single fairly sizeable continent live two intelligent species. Regular humans, and a species of intelligent wolf-people. The latter aren't actually descended from wolves, but a ...
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What's a possible justification for orcs not taking over the world?

So I'm making a story with the standard Tolkien races. Not terribly original, I know, but it makes for good practice fantasy writing. While I was planning out the history, I realized that orcs ...
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Keeping Humanity Relevant Without Going Too Far? [closed]

Some fictional works with other sentient races, especially sci-fi stories (like Mass Effect for example), tend to say humanity is "special", or even outright "superior", in some way to keep them ...
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Reasons People Wouldn't Weaponize These Gravity Machines

So when making my space stories I have put them in a technological time in history where gravity manipulators are available to the common creature and you can use it to go to other planets and live in ...
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How to justify a positive headcount from one segment of the economy/society to the other in a dual setting? [closed]

edit2: I have searched around and didn't find something relevant to my question. My question is on topic; it is related to "*Effects of events or world elements, including biology, technology and ...
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How could aliens capture humans? [closed]

So, this species of Aliens, called the Erubians, started a thermonuclear war between two superpowers on earth as part of a large experiment. They caused the war for an experiment, though no one knows ...
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What would a world be like with cross dimensional contact? [closed]

A universe of 10 dimensions I'm trying to build a universe with interactions between beings from different dimensions. Only dimensions 3 and up would be capable of spawning any sort of life. The most ...
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Why would mankind hate mythological creatures after living thousands years side by side?

In the world I've built, people and mythological creatures (dwarfs, elves, et cetera) once lived side by side. They fought together, they lived together, they could marry each other and loved each ...
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What are the most realistic impacts killer infants with elemental powers would have on various societies? [closed]

If you're upvoting this question and are capable of also voting to reopen it, please consider doing so. It has received four votes to reopen before edits, as well as multiple upvotes since it was put ...
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Space mall potential problems [closed]

Okay so you know those cool multi alien species bars in Star Wars and other science fiction media, well I'm working on one of those for my story and wanted to know about some potential issues with the ...
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Why would an alien race want to experiment on all primitive life in the galaxy? [duplicate]

950,000 years ago, a race of intelligent reptilian species, known as the erubians evolved on their home planet of Erub. They are a type 2 civilization, and have technologically marvels that even the ...
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What are the implications of multiple cooperating intelligent species with different spectral ranges for vision?

Suppose you had two intelligent species that came together and built a society or whatever. For the sake of example, we'll call them species A and species B. Species A evolved to see some subset of ...
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Process for determining how a new species affects other species

We are using Earth as the basis for our planet, so we already have very detailed information on the geography, species, etc. to work with. There are additional species we are adding, and I thought the ...
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Human reaction to this type of reproduction [closed]

So humans and these aliens will be interacting in this story and reproduction will be one of the clashing differences they have, so my question is how would western human society react to this form of ...
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Why might aliens want to start the apocalypse? [closed]

There is a group of aliens, called the Erubians, who often go out to study and experiment on species less developed than them. They are a type 2 civilization, and their main goal is to study all ...
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What keystone species would be necessary to create a sustainable ecosystem on a barren planet? [closed]

In my world humans have found a barren planet that is capable of hosting life. What species do they send down to establish a sustainable ecosystem? Just a few or thousands? How many species of plants ...
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Realistic “status quo” between my sapient species?

Info/Background: I am writing a novel, the world I am creating has ~3 (spoiler) sapient species derivated from modified humans. They are: Warriors, I don't have a name yet Have a unique metabolism ...
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What would be the religious ramifications of transforming one's self into a new species? [closed]

The year is 2050. Bio-printers have just gotten approved for sale to the general public for printing food, polymers, fuels, wood, medicines, etc. Unknown sources released the source code of viruses ...
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What legal ramifications would befall by turning ones' self into a new species? [closed]

The government came to take his research. So... he dumped all of it to the internet. Blogs, social media, email, torrents, deep web, forums, etc. Included are the instructions for, using readily-...
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How does a colony of sentient cockroaches communicate and establish diplomacy with humans?

In multiple regions of Earth, cockroaches developed sentience by means of a natural virus with mutagenic genes. A long time ago one such colony made its home inside a house of a scientist. The colony ...
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How would human slaves be kept from revolting? [duplicate]

If aliens were to enslave humanity, how would these aliens keep their human slaves from being violent towards them and revolting? For some context: These aliens are very advanced, about a type 2 ...
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How long would it take to “domesticate” humans?

If aliens came down to Earth and enslaved humanity, how long would it take to selectively breed the humans to make them more docile and less resistant to their alien captors? For example, if they ...
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How would a culture with a continuous language behave? [closed]

Suppose that there is a race of humanoid beings whose mouth parts are able to make a wide, continuous range of sounds (as opposed to humans who I'm considering to have a medium-sized discrete range of ...
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How would humans be cared for in an alien zoo? [closed]

So I am writing a story where aliens invade earth. The aliens kill most humans and take some humans and keep them as pets or place them in zoos. My question is: how would these people be cared for? ...
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How would you alert an alien crew that they are in imminent danger? [closed]

The setting: an alien crew has a shuttle landed on Earth in the 1980's. Their main ship is extremely damaged and beyond reach somewhere in the Milky Way. Their shuttle cannot escape Earth's atmosphere....
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3 species pride, could it work?

1 of my stories involves a pride. But not just any old lion pride. No, my story involves a pride with 3 different big cat species. I don't know if I should put character histories here or whether that ...
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Why would the Superior [Species X] ever choose to work with humans? [closed]

[Species X] comes from an alternate dimension, and have come to inhabit medieval Earth. The members of this foreign species have incredibly long lifespans, heightened physical abilities and hardiness, ...
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Do orc's tusks have a place in modern society? [closed]

I am picturing the orcs coexist with the humans amicably in the present day society, is there a need for the juvenile orcs to remove their tusks at puberty in order to mingle with high social class ...
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How can an alien species set up a large cult/religion with themselves as the chief objects of worship?

A technologically advanced (but rather morally stunted) alien species have come across the Earth during the modern age. For whatever reason, they want humanity to worship them. They have no ulterior ...
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How can I bridge the uncanny valley?

So I've discovered that there's a whole genre now of romance sci-fi. The typical deal is that through some mischance a plucky young Earthwoman either gets abducted by a handsome alien stranger, or ...
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How would miniature- and full-sized-human societies coexist? [closed]

It's present-day Earth. (The iPhone X has just been released, millenials love avocados, global politics are reliably unreliable, etc.) However, a race of 20cm-tall humanoids also exists on the planet. ...
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How would an ethereal species that doesn't abide by logic or reason interact with humans? [duplicate]

Say an interdimensional rift forms in the sky and on the other side are beings unbound by our laws of physics. They are also unbound from anything we would consider logic or reason. How could they ...
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What about humans would scare aliens? [closed]

The following is the last transmission form a scouting party to the third planet in the sol system. "We have only seconds to report, you have to warn the rest of the Gravtroc empire the natives of ...
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How would dogs having metacognition affect our relationship with them? [closed]

EDIT: By metacognition I mean "awareness and understanding of one's own thought processes." Think a dog with a mind comparable to a human's. Here are some of my thoughts: Dogs have senses stronger ...
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How can a race of eldritch abominations help humanity?

A society of your typical beings from beyond the veil of reality have recently encountered the bounderies of the realm humans call home. They studied our universe, via their own incomprehensible ...
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Can multiple intelligent species coexist?

I am considering specifically multiple intelligent species that all evolved on the same planet, and whether it is plausible that they will end up in a multi-species society or whether one species will ...
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How could an insectoid race communicate with humans?

In my world there are bipedal insectoid creatures (think kind of like the grasshoppers from Bug's Life) who are sentient and communicate primarily through pheromone signals, with some body language ...
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Two or more advanced civilizations aren't even aware of each other

Humans have achieved FTL and have colonized several planets in our greater stellar neighborhood. While we have discovered several planets that harbor life as we know it, we have not yet discovered ...