of an alien or machine: intelligent; having human-like intelligence
When EXPLORATION blazed through space…And found men, sapient, on Mars, He gained renown’s most honored place.
Who Deserves Credit? in Amazing Stories Feb. 81
‘I ain’t paid to get lectured by cockroaches.’ ‘Is, one, inaccurate statement—terrestrial cockroach is not sapient being. Is, two obviously hostile manifestation.’
Minimum Sentence in Galaxy Science Fiction 122/2
It was inhabited by a sapient humanoid race, and some of them were civilized enough to put it in Class V, and Colonial Office doctrine on Class V planets was rigid.
Naudsonce in Analog Science Fact-Science Fiction Jan. 9/1
Because the dragon wore protective clothing, and so was sapient? Sapient corpses were deliberately allowed to remain, Muller realized.
Man in Maze in If Apr. 15/2
Speaker, no sapient being ever interrupts a defense mechanism.
Ringworld (1976) 73
There were several hundred planets in the Unity—and nearly as many more outside it—bearing sapient life; and over a hundred of them must have been represented in the crowds below.
Survivors (1989) 7
The cataclysmic events should have destroyed all sapient life on the planet.
Black Fire ix.178
The chimp scientist grimaced. His lips curled back to display an array of large, yellowed, buck teeth. At the moment, in spite of the enlarged globe of his cranium, his outthrust jaw, and his opposable thumbs, he looked more like an angry ape than a sapient scientist.
Startide Rising 104
Vulcans dreamed, of course—most sapient creatures do.
Demons i. 30
The poet’s eyes rose to fix the surviving biped in their multilenticular stare. ‘I don’t mean that. I mean that two sapient beings are dead.’
Phylogenesis (2000) 263
Besides fellow humans he worked closely with sapient machines, and some of them got to be friends too, of an eerie kind.
Most sapient species can’t travel. They would need life support so extensive that they could not perceive the Universe beyond.
Ones Who Stay Home in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact Jan. 78/1
I do not worry…. Worry is for sapient beings, and I am not sapient. You are projecting your own nature on to me…. I am a machine.
Star Soup in Asimov’s Science Fiction Sept. 37
Bob Olsen, in Amazing Stories
Research HistoryMike Christie submitted a 2003 cite from Larry Niven's "The Ones Who Stay Home".
Michael Dolbear submitted a 1998 cite from David Weber's "More Than Honor".
Michael Dolbear submitted a cite from a 1989 reprint of Marion Zimmer Bradley and Paul Edwin Zimmer's "The Survivors"; we would like to check the 1979 first edition.
Douglas Winston submitted a 1983 cite from David Brin's "Startide Rising"; Mike Christie verified that the cite does not appear in the 1981 magazine version.
Douglas Winston submitted a 1992 cite from Allen Steele's "Labyrinth of Night".
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 2000 reprint of Alan Dean Foster's 1999 "Phylogenesis".
Douglas Winston submitted a 2000 cite from Poul Anderson's "Genesis".
Ralf Brown located and Mike Christie submitted a 1968 cite from Robert Silverberg's "The Man in the Maze".
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1976 reprint of Larry Niven's 1970 "Ringworld".
Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1962 cite from H. Beam Piper's "Naudsonce".
Jesse Sheidlower submitted a 1935 cite from Bob Olsen in Amazing Stories.
Jesse Sheidlower submitted a 1953 cite from Theodore Cogswell in Galaxy.
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