In my previous post, I was only able to come up with two science fiction works where dogs were important characters. Fortunately, readers came to my rescue:
Nicholas Rossis also mentioned that Philip K Dick wrote dogs into some of his short stories; if you know which ones, or think of any other great science fiction dogs, let us all know in the comments section.
Finally, I decided to browse through the self-published Kindle offerings for dog-focused science fiction. The first thing I noticed was how many books use “dog” in the title but actually have nothing to do with dogs. My list below isn’t comprehensive, but hopefully contains a few interesting examples. Post-apocalyptic seemed to be the most common sub-genre for canine science fiction.
“Lost Dogs” was the first story which drew my attention, but I’m not sure I can read it. It’s told from the perspective of two dogs, whose owners have either died or become separated from their pets during some kind of catastrophe, probably a nuclear war. For me, it’s too heartbreaking to read a story about dogs having to deal with a situation they can’t possibly understand. These are not genetically-enhanced super-dogs, they’re just ordinary housepets.
“Dogs” seems kind of like a zombie novel, with pet dogs cast in the zombie role. I don’t know if there are any canine characters, but it’s definitely dog-focused science fiction.
“Wild Dog City” is another novel with canine protagonists, this time in a dystopian future.
A science fiction K-9 cop story? How did I not hear of this before? Count me in:
Apparently “The Dog on the Moon” is the third book in a sci-fi series containing the K-9 cop, here is the first book:
Here’s a military K-9 corps:
“Calines” are apparently genetically engineered pets combining attributes of dogs, cats, and otters:
The Colter Saga is a post-apocalyptic series with a couple of dogs in it; I think the dogs have some kind of fantastical attributes, but it’s possible I’m just misreading some comments on Amazon.
I have no idea what to make of this one:
Here’s one from the world of Christian fiction:
In this one, an alien comes to Earth disguised as a dog, so I’m not really sure it counts:
Here’s an android dog, but wouldn’t it be more appropriate to call it a candroid?:
I’m including this because the cover has a dog in a spacesuit: