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"the [science fiction] writer should be able to convince the reader (and himself) that the wonders he is describing really can come true...and that gets tricky when you take a good, hard look at the world around you."
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Underpeople  
  An animal modified to be human in shape and intellect.  

"...there had been the problem of the underpeople- people who were not human, but merely shaped from the stock of Earth animals. They could speak, sing, read, write, work, love, and die; but they were not covered by human law, which simply defined them as "homunculi" and gave them a legal status close to animals or robots..."
From The Ballad of Lost C'Mell, by Cordwainer Smith.
Published by Fantasy Publishing Co. in 1950
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