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Re: Dinosaur themes in science fiction
I remember a couple of books about DINOSAUR PLANET where the
dinosaurs had been taken to some other planet by mysterious aliens
and were still a going concern. Ah, thanks to google, Anne McCaffrey,
Dinosaur Planet and the sequel Dinosaur Planet Survivors.
Robert J Sawyer wrote a delightful series of books about some
intelligent Nanotyranosaurs who lived on a moon of a gas giant, and
eventually learned how to build space elevators and reach an asteroid
left by aliens with clues how to find other inhabited planets. The
moon they were on was unstable due to the graviity of the gas giant
and had a lot of earthquakes. Somebody figured out that the motion of
the planets meant they were on the moon of a planet and that God was
just the gas giant they were on. Once they overcame that religious
obstacle, they launched a technological revolution. The whole species
were psychological basket cases because when each clutch of eight
eggs were born, a priest would kill seven of the hatchlings
(population control) meaning everybody's eariest memory was watching
a huge monster (an adult of their own species) murdering their
brothers and sisters. None of them could actually stand to touch each
other because of this.
And of course, there were the Gorns of Star Trek, paralel evolution,
descended from nanotyrannus or maybe Troodon.