One of the great joys of science fiction is encountering alien races, with their weird customs and vastly different biologies. A really great alien race can make you question everything you know about humanity — but sometimes, alien races don't entirely make sense. In particular, a lot of alien mating rituals seem guaranteed to drive their races into extinction in no time flat. Here are some alien races with highly illogical reproductive strategies, that probably wouldn't make it more than a few generations.
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Wow, Animorphs..... I use to love those books as a kid and have not thought about them in forever! Thanks for sharing :)
Thanks Jessica! Glad you liked it.
Li'l joke for ya'
(from memory, I can't remember where I first read it, but it was pre-internet)
In the far future, man discovers not just a convenient means of inter-stellar space travel, but the first alien race as advanced as ourselves.
Earth sends it's representative to their planet to learn about them, their science, history, culture, etc. He is assigned a female representative of the planet's most technologically advanced species to aid him in his research.
After a year on the planet this astronaut decides to ask a question that he's not sure will be a taboo subject or not, he asks, "how exactly, does your species reproduce?" She replies, "Perhaps it's better if I just show you…".
Now, this astronaut gets a li'l excited at this prospect because he's not had sex in over a year, and his alien guide is quite attractive. To his dismay, she leads him to her vehicle, which this species just so happens to call a "car".
They drive for hours, finally reaching their destination, a large structure. He notices at once that there is an endless stream of aliens leaving by one of the structure's doors.
She takes him to the other end of the structure and they enter. "This is one of many lines in this structure, there are many of these structures on our planet". As they pass into the first area, he's astonished to see an assembly line and a machine that places a pair of feet on the conveyor. As they walk the length of the conveyor, passing from room to room; legs are added in sections, then a torso and finally the head. The alien steps off, dresses and leaves the last room to join the other new aliens filing out the other door. Our hero is speechless.
As they drive back to his accommodations, she notes his amazed state and asks, "Why the look of astonishment, how does your species reproduce?" His look of amazement changes into a leer (hey, it's been over a year, right?), and he replies… "Perhaps it's better if I just show you…"
When they reach his place, he leads her into the bedroom, takes off his clothes, then hers and proceeds to display all his love-making skill that he can remember, …after an hour they both come to a climax, and the alien starts laughing hysterically and says, "that's it?"
Taken aback, our hero asks, "Wasn't it good for you?"
She replies, "It was fantastic, …no it's not that you performed badly, it's just that this is how we make cars."
That was funny! LOL
Thanks for sharing that!
Thanks, I think the original joke was probably from either Spider Robinson, Asimov or Larry Niven.
Speaking of Niven and the subject of the thread: "...alien races with highly illogical reproductive strategies…"
I couldn't help but think of Niven's Ringworld series and "Rishathra"
Though I suppose it's just sex, not reproduction.