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16th Jan '17 11:07:41 AM DiogoSalazar
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* The in-development RPG 'Pugmire' is about the players roleplaying as uplifted dogs in a world where Mankind has disappeared as they go looking for artifacts of the past to try and glimpse how the world was while at the same time, trying to follow the Code of Man (which, among many things, says one must be a Good Boy). The uplifted dogs see mankind as Old Gods and the uplifted cats see mankind as old servants of THEM who went extinct for some reason. There's also lots of prejudice between cats and dogs, as one would expect.
31st Dec '16 8:02:18 PM zarpaulus
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* Multiple stories in the ''Literature/ParaImperium'': "[[https://paraimperium.wordpress.com/2016/08/04/inside-the-chinese-room/ Inside the Chinese Room]]" is presented as the internal log of a (non-sentient) AI. "[[https://paraimperium.wordpress.com/2016/08/04/of-the-collective-prologue/ Of the Collective]]" shows the multiple simultaneous perspectives of a group mind. And "[[https://paraimperium.wordpress.com/2016/08/04/a-world-lost/ A World Lost]]" shows parahumanity from the perspective of a StarfishAlien.
11th Dec '16 6:08:40 PM lucy24
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* OlderThanFeudalism: The Latin novel ''Metamorphoses'' (also known as ''The Golden Ass''), written in the 2nd century AD, is narrated by a man who was changed into a donkey. His experiences cover the whole spectrum of an animal's life.
6th Dec '16 7:14:23 PM intastiel
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* ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'' is set in one region of a bizarre, mutable [[TheMultiverse multiverse]] where ''everything'' that can perceive or be perceived can exist in any number of forms simultaneously, and "reality" is a subjective measure of which elements of the Perception Range you're paying attention to at the time. Humans, to those beings capable of noticing them at all, are seen as pitiably odd for having their capacity to exist constrained to a single, ephemeral, matter-bound form.
6th Dec '16 10:53:43 AM Pichu-kun
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* ''Literature/ArashiNoYoruNi'', a Japanese film whose title translates to "One Stormy Night" focuses on a goat and a wolf, though they're actually friends and the wolf must struggle with his basic urges to try and eat the goat while they try and escape the prejudices of their respective families/social groups.

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* ''Literature/ArashiNoYoruNi'', a Japanese film whose title translates to "One Stormy Night" Night", focuses on a goat and a wolf, though they're actually friends and the wolf must struggle with his basic urges to try and eat the goat while they try and escape the prejudices of their respective families/social groups.



* ''Literature/WatershipDown'', a tale about [[KillerRabbit badass wild rabbits]]. They can only count to four and most of them can't grasp concepts like "things which float can be ridden across water to safety", but they are sapient. Often the go-to example for explaining the genre.
** Even the ''dialogue'' is noted as being translated from the way rabbits would actually communicate for the benefit of the reader.

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* ''Literature/WatershipDown'', a tale about [[KillerRabbit badass wild rabbits]]. They can only count to four and most of them can't grasp concepts like "things which float can be ridden across water to safety", but they are sapient. Often the go-to example for explaining the genre.
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genre. Even the ''dialogue'' is noted as being translated from the way rabbits would actually communicate for the benefit of the reader.



* The ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series is about feral cats living in a forest near a human city. The series follows several generations, including a grand exodus and is all through the eyes of cats who see humans only as giant "Twolegs", and automobiles as "monsters". They face horrors such as badgers, dogs, foxes, humans, starvation, disease, and of course rival cat clans for which each kitten is trained to be a warrior in order to defend his clan.

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The ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series is about feral cats living in a forest near a human city. The series follows several generations, including a grand exodus and is all through the eyes of cats who see humans only as giant "Twolegs", and automobiles as "monsters". They face horrors such as badgers, dogs, foxes, humans, starvation, disease, and of course rival cat clans for which each kitten is trained to be a warrior in order to defend his clan.clan.
** The ''Literature/SeekerBears'' series centers around four bear cubs of different species as they travel together. Only one of them, Lusa, has much of a grasp on humans (and even that's limited) because she was born in a zoo.
** ''Literature/{{Survivors}}'' is about groups of dogs surviving on their own after all humans evacuate the area.



* ''Kavik the Wolf Dog''. The book's told from the POV of the title dog. He was abandoned, then adopted by a pack of wolves. It goes to great lengths to explain canine behavior and the pecking order of a wolf pack.
** Kavik was first trapped as a puppy, which so traumatized him that he did not live up to his name (meaning "[[PintsizedPowerhouse wolverine]]") when the local dog pack attacked him. Then he was marooned again, and had to cross miles of hostile terrain, toughening up and losing his fear. After he got home, the local dog pack tried to pick on him again. Mistake.

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* ''Kavik the Wolf Dog''. The book's told from the POV of the title dog. He was abandoned, then adopted by a pack of wolves. It goes to great lengths to explain canine behavior and the pecking order of a wolf pack.
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pack. Kavik was first trapped as a puppy, which so traumatized him that he did not live up to his name (meaning "[[PintsizedPowerhouse wolverine]]") when the local dog pack attacked him. Then he was marooned again, and had to cross miles of hostile terrain, toughening up and losing his fear. After he got home, the local dog pack tried to pick on him again. Mistake.



** The novel ''The Sight'' is also told from the perspective of a wolf pack. As is its sequel, ''Fell''.

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** * The novel ''The Sight'' is also told from the perspective of a wolf pack. As is its sequel, ''Fell''.



* Creator/IsaacAsimov wrote ''Literature/TheGodsThemselves'' after a criticism that he never wrote about aliens or sex. As a result it's a book about aliens, sex, and [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs alien sex]].
** He was probably feeling sarcastic about this (Asimov's sillier replies to fan mail or publisher criticism actually very frequently resulted in novels or publishable short stories, he was a man that loved to go a long way for a short laugh) because he'd at that point already written a number of stories where the POV character is a robot and one especially memorable one about a sentient alien spaceship that was essentially a 1000-word circumcision joke.
* ''Literature/{{Longtusk}}'' and its sequels, by Creator/StephenBaxter, is a series of books with mammoths as protagonists. There are humans present, but not as POV characters.
** The third book goes into some weird territory though [[RecycledInSpace Mammoths on Mars, anyone?]]

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* Creator/IsaacAsimov wrote ''Literature/TheGodsThemselves'' after a criticism that he never wrote about aliens or sex. As a result it's a book about aliens, sex, and [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs alien sex]].
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sex]]. He was probably feeling sarcastic about this (Asimov's sillier replies to fan mail or publisher criticism actually very frequently resulted in novels or publishable short stories, he was a man that loved to go a long way for a short laugh) because he'd at that point already written a number of stories where the POV character is a robot and one especially memorable one about a sentient alien spaceship that was essentially a 1000-word circumcision joke.
* ''Literature/{{Longtusk}}'' and its sequels, by Creator/StephenBaxter, is a series of books with mammoths as protagonists. There are humans present, but not as POV characters.
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characters. The third book goes into some weird territory though [[RecycledInSpace Mammoths on Mars, anyone?]]



* ''Literature/TheBookOfTheNamed'' is written from the point of view of sapient prehistoric cats. Their adaptations and technology are very different than what a human might have done.
** The third book involves two levels of xenofiction; that of Thakur -- a Named cat who can philosophize and is ''vaguely'' human -- and of Newt, a feral Unnamed cat, who barely has a concept of ''herself'', let alone anything else. [[spoiler:She has Named blood, although her wild life and childhood trauma means she doesn't initially enjoy the benefits of it.]] As Thakur tries to befriend Newt, he finds his own thoughts slipping uncomfortably between sapience and instinct.

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* ''Literature/TheBookOfTheNamed'' is written from the point of view of sapient prehistoric cats. Their adaptations and technology are very different than what a human might have done.
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done. The third book involves two levels of xenofiction; that of Thakur -- a Named cat who can philosophize and is ''vaguely'' human -- and of Newt, a feral Unnamed cat, who barely has a concept of ''herself'', let alone anything else. [[spoiler:She has Named blood, although her wild life and childhood trauma means she doesn't initially enjoy the benefits of it.]] As Thakur tries to befriend Newt, he finds his own thoughts slipping uncomfortably between sapience and instinct.



* ''Varjak Paw'' and its sequel, written by S.F. Said, are good examples of this. The cats are sapient and able to communicate with each other (and dogs), but otherwise are very feline cats. Also, the Way, the secret cat martial art, just wouldn't work with humans, even super-powered ones.

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* ''Varjak Paw'' ''Literature/VarjakPaw'' and its sequel, written by S.F. Said, are good examples of this. The cats are sapient and able to communicate with each other (and dogs), but otherwise are very feline cats. Also, the Way, the secret cat martial art, just wouldn't work with humans, even super-powered ones.



* Felix Salten enjoyed writing from the perspective of woodland beasts: the two ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' novels explore life as a deer, and ''Literature/FifteenRabbits'' takes the perspective of wild rabbits (decades before ''Literature/WatershipDown'', mind). In ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' for example, his father doesn't partake in raising him (at first), humans are rarely seen and when they are they are a menace, he has to literally fight for a mate, his mother grows distant and eventually abandons him come mating season so she can raise her next fawn, etc...

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* Felix Salten enjoyed writing from the perspective of woodland beasts: the two ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' ''Literature/{{Bambi}}'' novels explore life as a deer, and ''Literature/FifteenRabbits'' takes the perspective of wild rabbits (decades before ''Literature/WatershipDown'', mind). In ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' ''Literature/{{Bambi}}'' for example, his father doesn't partake in raising him (at first), humans are rarely seen and when they are they are a menace, he has to literally fight for a mate, his mother grows distant and eventually abandons him come mating season so she can raise her next fawn, etc...
27th Sep '16 9:05:30 PM PaulA
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** The ''Literature/ChanurSaga'' is the most direct examples: Almost all the viewpoint characters are aliens resembling [[PettingZooPeople anthropomorphic lions]], with the plot being driven by their rescue/capture of the first human anyone has encountered. The story's all about them learning to understand not just the human but the several different alien psychologies she's invented.

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** The ''Literature/ChanurSaga'' is In the most direct examples: Almost ''Literature/ChanurNovels'', almost all the viewpoint characters are aliens resembling [[PettingZooPeople anthropomorphic lions]], with the plot being driven by their rescue/capture of the first human anyone has encountered. The story's all about them learning to understand not just the human but the several different alien psychologies she's invented.
27th Sep '16 1:18:34 AM PaulA
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** ''Cuckoo's Egg'' is partly from an alien POV and partly from the POV of a human who has only ever lived among the aliens.

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** ''Cuckoo's Egg'' ''Literature/CuckoosEgg'' is partly from an alien POV and partly from the POV of a human who has only ever lived among the aliens.
12th Sep '16 1:13:23 PM schoi30
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* ''Anime/YouAreUmasou'' focuses on dinosaurs. The protagonist, a "Big Jaw" raised by herbivorous dinosaurs, struggles with the meat-eating side of himself while simultaneously raising a baby Ankylosaurus that he names Umasou (Japanese for "delicious"). Heart also [[ItMakesSenseInContext kick boxes to make up for his stubby arms.]]

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* ''Anime/YouAreUmasou'' focuses on dinosaurs. The protagonist, a ''TyrannosaurusRex'' or "Big Jaw" raised by herbivorous dinosaurs, ''Maiasaura'', struggles with the meat-eating side of himself while simultaneously raising a baby Ankylosaurus ''Ankylosaurus'' that he names Umasou (Japanese for "delicious"). Heart also [[ItMakesSenseInContext kick boxes to make up for his stubby arms.]]
19th Aug '16 11:16:37 PM 0nyx
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* ''Treetops'' is told from the point of view of a group of squirrel-like aliens living in an oak tree their ship crashed nearby.
19th Aug '16 2:19:41 PM Unknownunknowns
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