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I guess there are two reasons. One, it appears to be difficult to write about creative and ingenious humans, and two, the protagonist is usually human and it's the protagonist who gets to be innovative and creative. Even when the aliens are well thought out this often only provides background to the story.Why? Is it so difficult to write about creative and ingenious aliens?
Particularly innovative are Greg Egan's Wang's Carpets; a seafloor-dwelling colonial organism, a bit like a mobile coral, which contains a whole virtual world coded in the patterns it forms as it grows.
I also like the Tines, from A Fire upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge; packs of rat-like dogs which form a colonial mind by communicatiing hypersonically. Vinge explores the Tine's mindset quite efficiently.
Now that was interesting. I also loved the in jokes about Stalin and B.F. Skinner.I also like the Tines, from A Fire upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge; packs of rat-like dogs which form a colonial mind by communicatiing hypersonically. Vinge explores the Tine's mindset quite efficiently.