LrdPhoenix: Just because they were large, hulking beasts in the past doesn't mean that they were always that way later on. After all, when was the last time you made a nest of leaves in a tree, or jumped from one tree to another, or sunk like a stone in water, or flung poo at someone? Or how about birds, their ancestors used to run down and kill things bigger than elephants, don't see that happening much anymore.
jeanwearinfool: LrdPhoenix: Great Janitor: Klingons (the fighting would pretty much limit how far they'd advance)Pakleds (too stupid to get into space)For the Klingons, the warrior culture is recent, post spaceships.For the Pakleds, they aren't stupid, they just suck at communication.So is the episode in STNG where everyone devolves to their more primitive forms not canon?
Dadoo: Can you come up with something, anything, that gives you a clear speed advantage over running with four legs, without making the rest of your senses less useful?
BullBearMS: The Tines and the Skroderiders from Vernor Vinge'sA Fire Upon the Deep and the Spiders from A Deepness in the Sky.Several choices from Babylon 5 and Farscape,
Boudyro: 'm genuinely curious. Why would life from "wet" climates have trouble creating technology?For my part I think that, until we learn otherwise, life will follow the patterns we've already seen. So it follows that there could be:InsectoidMammalianReptilianSaurian/AvianBacterialPlantsFishMollusksJellyfishAmphibianProbably a few more I'm forgetting . . .We are already absolutely certain life forms of this type exist. Given a different planet with a different set of environmental variables one of them have come out on top of the evolutionary heap. An evolved-tool using race is something else entirely, beyond having opposable digitalia to use for grasping who can say?
Tommy Moo: [media.tumblr.com image 418x500]Quarians from Mass Effect. If there ever were an alien race that evolved on a separate planet with an amino-acid based biochemistry like ours, it would have zero immunity to our viruses and bacteria and likely have respiratory/circulatory systems calibrated to a different atmosphere. There is no way it could survive on a human ship without constantly wearing an environmentally controlled full body suit.
Great Janitor: Klingons (the fighting would pretty much limit how far they'd advance)Pakleds (too stupid to get into space)
Great Janitor: Lochsteppe: Great Janitor: Most believable alien in science fiction...Well, if the ones that just aren't possible are:Your anti-tit agenda sickens me.I'm very pro-tit. It just doesn't make sense for non-mammals to have mammary glands.
hubiestubert: Niven did more than a decent job with his aliens. The Kzin, Puppeteers, the Outsiders--helium based intelligences with motives beyond the ken of life based on far warmer climes--and the Thrint and Tnuctipun and even came up with a good reason for so much of his aliens being based on similar chemistry, and the Bandersnatch.The Moties, from his collaboration with Jerry Pournelle were impressive in not just their physical alien nature, but likewise an entirely different psychology. Niven doesn't postulate just alien critters, but what might drive these lifeforms.
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