"The life so short, the craft so long to learn."
It's funny, I was looking at quotes about life in wikiquotes and though it isn't intended in the genetic sense, I think it wouldn't hurt to look at that quote from such an angle...
Sorry about the unwieldy title for the latest list of crap, but luckily it was popular enough that it's not an issue. Welcome to the 61st list of crap, this time looking at our favourite non-human creatures! After all, variety is the spice of life, so why should reality have all the fun of being the chef. So for this list of crap, it's all about the life that really isn't alive, even if we wish it were (dammit, geneticists, why don't you answer the wishlists I keep sending you?). So, first, some ground rules of how this works.
1. Send in a list of your top 25 favourite fictional species or races in order. Your #1 will be worth 25 points, #2 worth 24, etc. If you can't make a list that big, don't worry, you can send in a smaller list, which will be adjusted for it's length (if it's 10, than #1 will be worth 10 points, #2 will be worth 24 etc.) After the deadline all of the points will be tabulated and we get to see who the winners are.
2. All entries must be a fictional race or species of creature. Keep in mind, this can include plants and fungi and unless there's a complaint, microscopic one celled dealies.
3. If you're wondering what counts, I'll try to give you an idea: creatures/races from mythology, movies, TV, video games, comic books, regular books, and all forms of entertainment. At the risk of offending some people, creatures from religions that do not exist presently on Earth and cannot be proven count.
4. For said creatures, there cannot be only one of a kind. When I say that, there may be only one of them left or they may all be extinct, but there needed to be, at one point, at least several. The minotaur cannot count since it is a unique creature and there is only one of them.
5. Mutations/deviations from non-fictional life is completely fine, include relatives to humans.
6. Another possible point of controversy: robots and non-living/undead supernatural can
count. For the former, I'm going with Star Trek: TNG "Measure of a Man" rules on this one. However, please respect my power to go against this ruling in cases I find unworkable to the theme (machines with a measure of autonomy but are really just tools in the purest sense and/or have no real sentience are out. I'm looking at you Foot Soldiers from Ninja Turtles). The reason I'm counting it is because well... To quote Star Trekkin' )the first and last time anyone will do that) "It's life Jim, but not as we know it."
By the way, I'll be having a special guest commentator for this one:
That's right! It's Santa Claus! We're all gonna sit on his knee and sing Christmas carols and...
What? Not Santa? Well, whoever he is, we both want you to get your lists in before June 21st, ya dig!