My previous post, about my new puppy, led me to think about dogs in science fiction. Two stories immediately came to mind: The first story is a post-apocalyptic tale where one of the two main characters is a telepathic dog. (The images/links below are for the relatively well-known film and the less well-known book it was based on.) I have seen the film, but haven’t read the book; perhaps I should make some time for it.
Dean Koontz isn’t normally thought of as a science fiction author, but his story “Watchers” is definitely sci-fi. A super-intelligent dog escapes from a government laboratory, and is chased by a second, much less friendly, experiment. (If only the dog had been a Labrador Retriever, then I could say that a government lab escaped from a government lab.) I read the book far too long ago to comment on its writing, but I do remember enjoying the ending. I have not seen the movie or any of its sequels.
I spent a little while googling around the internet for dogs in science fiction, but in everything else I found, the dog was just a minor character or a piece of background imagery. Leave a message in the comments section if you know of any other major canine characters, or if you have some thoughts on the two I’ve mentioned.
UPDATE: see the More Dogs in Science Fiction post.