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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Jul 2018 8:22 p.m. PST

"In the first of a new blogpost series, Our Enemies, FWS will be exploring the common enemies of humanity in science fiction, and in this case, killer space tigers. Frequent readers to FWS will know that I am a cat lover. Yep. It is true. Around my house, the only pets we have are cats, specifically Tortoiseshell cats. I have always enjoyed and been mystified by the dual personalities that cats have. One minute, they are soft and loving, purring away. However, watch them outside with a prey animal, they transform into ruthless hunters, trained to be one of nature's most badass killers. I have respected for their nature, and being the cat lover I am, I am acutely aware of the trend in science fiction that features killer alien tigers from outer space as our future enemies.

Why are Hostile Alien Space Tigers Popular Foes?

Fear. It is plain as that, and it is rooted in our common experiences as a species with tigers and lions that extends even through today. At one time, prior to culture, metal tools, or even Starbuck's (the horror!), mankind lived among animals that killed and ate them. Wolves and tigers/lions were among the beasts of murder, and this even continues today. It has been estimated the nearly 400,000 humans have been killed by tigers/lions from 1800 to present day. When I lived Anniston, Alabama in the early 1980's, a mountain lion was loose on the mountain where we lived, and the while the police hunted for the beast, we gathered the five cats, and waited for the all clear. This crystallized in my mind that mother nature was still a bitch, and she will kill you with the right tools. One of these tools of mother nature is her Tigers and lions…"
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GurKhan05 Jul 2018 4:27 a.m. PST

"Why are Hostile Alien Space Tigers Popular Foes?"

Lack of imagination?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Jul 2018 10:27 a.m. PST



Personal logo TheWhiteDog Supporting Member of TMP05 Jul 2018 1:05 p.m. PST

Come on, everybody loves the Kilrathi!

haywire05 Jul 2018 1:59 p.m. PST

Come on, everybody loves the Kilrathi!

Especially Furries

StarCruiser05 Jul 2018 3:34 p.m. PST

Or the Khanate of Orion (Starfire) or, the Kzinti of Larry Niven's Known Universe or…

Augustus Inactive Member05 Jul 2018 5:40 p.m. PST

Killer space tigers are by far cooler than killer space orks. However, Orks are somehow more evil an idea.

TGerritsen Supporting Member of TMP05 Jul 2018 6:35 p.m. PST

Because killer space beavers never scared anyone.

Ghostrunner06 Jul 2018 9:48 a.m. PST

Well, we don't make spaceships out of wood… what does that tell 'ya?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2018 10:06 a.m. PST



khanscom06 Jul 2018 4:44 p.m. PST

Because they are an obviously superior species?

Legion 407 Jul 2018 7:08 a.m. PST

CinC/PFC makes some great big Space Kats in their 6mm SEM line … I painted up a unit of them for my 6mm Sci-fi aliens.


JimSelzer Supporting Member of TMP07 Jul 2018 4:48 p.m. PST

and don't forget the Aslan from Traveller tigers/lions same sctick

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