Thar she blows! Eight books about whales you’ll want to read. One of them is non-fiction, and the others are works of science-fiction and fantasy.
An Illustrated Celebration
If you’re interested at all in the who, what, why, and where of whales, then you’ll want to check out naturalist Kelsey Oseid’s Whales: An Illustrated Celebration. Lavishly illustrated, this guide to the great cetaceans looks at the science and mythology of these creatures in all of their forms, from pink Amazon River dolphins, to massive blue whales — leviathans with hearts the size of automobiles!
In this installment of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, humanity discovers that we weren’t the brightest creatures on planet Earth. That distinction went to the dolphins, but they’ve all disappeared, somehow. They left a note, though …
In David Brin’s Uplift universe, no species has attained sentience without the patronage of another species. Humanity brought dolphins into the realm of sentient species — they make great pilots — but who did the same for humanity? It’s a question that will send the galaxy spiraling into war.
Alan Dean Foster
Alan Dean Foster’s adventurer Flinx, and his dragon-like companion Pip, join forces with the highly evolved, psychic cetaceans of planet Cachalot in a gambit to thwart the great evil threatening the Humanx Commonwealth. Cachalot may be a whale of a planet, but could the cetacean-centric world be the home Flinx has been looking for, as well?
A visitor to the planet Yellowstone discovers that the legendary human metropolis Chasm City has been reduced to near-ruin by an alien virus. Among the survivors is a pod of nano-enhanced dolphins trapped in a tank. Unwilling participants in a series of sadistic “experiments,” they’d rather not exist at all. They’ve gone a little crazy, too.
In Larry Niven’s Known Universe, Earth’s dolphins were recognized as a sentient species sometime in the late 21st century. A century later, they’ve developed a reputation as excellent space pilots. They have no problems manipulating high technology thanks to prosthetic hands they operate with their tongues.
Much of the settlement of Pern and the development of its intelligent creatures have been shrouded in the myths of its human inhabitants. The sentience of the planet’s dragons is well established, but as it turns out, humanity forgot that another intelligent species shares the world of Pern: dolphins.
Johnny Mnemonic, the protagonist of the short story of the same name, is a courier who stores data in a brain implant. Targeted for assassination, Johnny knows he has to purge the data as soon as possible. His best hope may be a cybernetically-enhanced dolphin with a serious drug habit.