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SOLVED: Adult Fiction > SOLVED. Sci-fi / fantasy short story: Naming all remaining animals before their habitat is terraformed. Spoilers.

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message 1: by James (new)

James Duyck Hi, new poster here, thanks for any help and please let me know if you need additional details!

Time read: late '90s - early '00s.
Reading level: adult
Genre: Elements of both sci-fi and fantasy, but more sci-fi
Format: Paper collection of short stories. This story was pretty short, probably 5-20 pages.

A group (2?) of taxonomists / ecologists are cataloging previously unidentified species, prior to a major terraforming which will render them extinct. I think this takes place in Australia.
They reference Genesis 2.19 (where God has Adam name every living thing), and discuss how they are naming the animals but not really learning about them.
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message 2: by James (new)

James Duyck This is The First Commandment by Gregory Benford.
I think I probably read it in "Year's Best SF 10".
I saw ISFDB mentioned in another post on this list, so I tried looking in that, and managed to jog my memory of the title.

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