Trope-a-Day: Dying Race

Dying Race: Generally averted; biotech is pretty good these days, and most of the time, a sophont race that has, for some reason, ended up in this sort of decline can – with much difficulty and investment, or at least charity – have that fixed.  Or at least preserve themselves through some sort of technical intervention.

Only generally averted, though; there are a few minor examples – although, really, most of them are more like the virtual civilization to nadir of the Cordai Gap, and aren’t so much a dying race as a suicidal race, who are pretty much dying out through sheer ennui.  (Or so it is thought via external measurements of computational activity.)