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Book of sci-fi short stories containing time machines, strange planets and civilisations

This story reminded me of something similar I had read 10+ years ago. I'm trying to identify a book of short stories, possibly by the same author. I only remember bits of it. A story about time ...
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Need help to find a sci-fi collection I read at school (mid 80s)

I am now 46 and so it's been bugging me for over 30 years - time to try and do something about it. The collection was in my lower school library (UK). It was a thick black hardback book and I believe ...
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Man convicted of being anti-social sentenced to share apartment with simulacrum of himself

In the future, man is convicted of being anti-social. Sentenced to share an apartment with another man, who turns out to the most obnoxious person ever. At the end, protagonist figures out that ...
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Seek SF melancholy story about woman who waits for her partner

A short story probably over 30 years old. Man is convicted to suspended animation for 100 years for political crimes without possibility of parole. On defrost he gets apology and wanders into a ...
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Why are ships in Star Wars so ridiculously easy to steal?

Throughout both continuities, we see many times that stealing ships is exceptionally easy, as they appear to only rarely be locked, and not require keys or anything like that to fly them. A few ...
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Sci-Fi detective novel, genetically modified humans

I read the book more than 10 years ago. It's about a detective, set in a futuristic setting where humans have developed the ability to genetically alter their body. I remember that the book would ...
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Has Batman ever successfully scared anyone straight?

Criminals are a superstitious cowardly lot. So my disguise must be able to strike terror into their hearts. I must be a creature of the night, black, terrible... -Bruce Wayne, Detective Comics #33 (...
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How is a Runabout secured against theft?

It is pretty common in DS9 that two officers go on a mission, typically to the Gamma Quadrant, and beam down to the surface (or another ship). The Runabout's computer is portrayed to be slightly more ...
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Do Federation prisons still use bars on the cells?

Watching DS9, S2E21, The Maquis, Pt II. Sisko is trying to talk Cal out of further activities with the Maquis. He tells Cal that the Federation won't stop until Cal was "behind bars". Since we know ...
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Identify this book. Two stories taking place at once, alternating by chapter

This book told two stories at the same time, alternating by chapter. One was a violent detective thriller set in Northern Ireland around the 90s and the other was a horror / mystery taking place from ...
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Story where someone gets disconnected from computers for cybercrime

I read a short (in the range of 5-20 pages) science fiction story a while ago, and can't remember the title of the story or its author at the moment. The basic story is that of a super-savvy computer ...
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Book/Movie where criminal is punished in a stadium by focused thoughts

Forgive me if this sounds like a vague question, but I remember in school once, our teacher told us about a book or movie where a criminal is taken into a stadium and is punished by the focused energy ...
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What movie features a human-controlled robot wearing a clown outfit?

I'm trying to remember a movie I saw as a kid. Here's what I remember: A guy controls a robot by wearing a device. The robot mimics his movements exactly, so if the guy is walking down the street ...
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What were the typical punishments for violating different Federation laws?

Earth and other Federation planets were often depicted to be somewhat utopian in nature, however there are cases where domestic crimes have been depicted at various points throughout Star Trek. Were ...