07-26-2008 07:46 AM
The Tines from "A Fire Upon the Deep". They are not bad guys as such, but a very interesting alien developed by Vernor Vinge. They were hive-mind creatures. A particular "person" was made up of, say, five animals. They communicated through a sort of high pitched speak. I don't remember exactly, but when they get ahold of radio tech it becomes quite interesting.