My Geek Worlds Collide

08/24/2009

Elfquest Timmorn In addition to being a complete nature geek, I'm a science fiction and fantasy nerd too.  So when I stumbled across this list of 30 real animals that are named after scifi/fantasy characters, authors and creatures, I had to share.

My favorite?  The trilobite named Han solo (if you don't get that reference, you should probably stop reading this blog post now). 

This also made me realize that the influence works both ways.  A good number of scifi/fantasy stories are based on or include real animals or their behavior.  Usually it's something normal and natural that, put into a fictional context, creates a new and bizarre scenario.  Think of the dinosaurs of the Jurassic Park movies, the parasitic and predatory creatures of the Alien franchise, the fierce yet loyal, lovable and ultimately dog-like Wookiees of Star Wars, or, my personal favorite, the feral Wolfriders of Elfquest.  And who can look at a marine iguana of the Galapagos Islands and not see Godzilla?

There are dozens of examples.  Who can think of other times when animals or their behavior have inspired the scifi/fantasy genre?

Elfquest art copyright Warp Graphics, Inc. Elfquest, its logos, characters, situations, all related indicia, and their distinctive likenesses are trademarks of Warp Graphics, Inc. All rights reserved.


David Mizejewski is a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation. His goal is to inspire others to appreciate the wonders of nature. Meet David >
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