The term "Hard Sci-fi" is formed by analogy to the popular distinction between the "hard" (natural) and "soft" (social) sciences. Neither term is part of a rigorous taxonomy—instead they are approximate ways of characterizing stories that reviewers and commentators have found useful. The ...

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Time travel book from the 50's

I'm looking for a time travel book that my parents and I have both read. My father thinks he got it in the 50's. Plot: A man is murdered while conducting an experiment and wakes up in a different ...
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Story about linguist who deciphers alien language/script [duplicate]

I remember a short story or maybe novella about a first contact. The powers in place bring in a renowned linguist (female, iirc) and her team to help communicate with the aliens. Working off the ...
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First mention of antimatter as a weapon system

I am writing an essay about something semi related. When did the word or concept of antimatter first appear? When was it first used as a weapon system, in film, book or comic?
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How does the Berserker war end?

I read a bunch of short stories and novellas in the berserker series by Fred Saberhagen, but I can't recall if any stories detail the end of the war. I couldn't find any definitive info online either. ...
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What is the earliest instance of an “Adventurers' Guild” in fiction?

What is the earliest instance of an "Adventurers' Guild" in fiction? It doesn't have to be called an 'Adventurers' Guild', but the basic requirements are: It's a organization that expands and has ...
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Little boy with robotic gloves attached to one hand. What's the name of the show?

He was wondering or exploring, I don't know. He came into a place like a crash scene with a big dead robot - not that big, a little bit bigger than a human - and the boy had some kind of pet or robot ...
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How was the messaging system in The Arrows of Time (Orthogonal #3, by Greg Egan) supposed to work?

In particular, why didn't messages being relayed from the future use up bandwidth and prevent new messages from being sent back?
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How long could Miller's Planet remain in orbit

In Christopher Nolan's movie Interstellar, Miller's Planet is in orbit around a supermassive black hole affectionately (??) called Gargantua. Miller's Planet orbiting Gargantua: It is orbiting "at ...
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Kids animated tv show from the late 80's

I can only barely recall the images but thats it. Will do my best to explain, you give me the title! Main character; Female, white costume, has sort of flat hair with the rainbow streaks, touches a ...
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Sci-fi with space-mining scientists, personal internet - book identification help, please

About a year ago, my kindle was stolen and I'm really more upset that I can't track down the name of the book I had just sampled and was planning to purchase. I've since replaced the kindle, but I ...
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Story about a colony on a forest planet

A number of years ago, I read a novel of a colony on a world that was covered by dense forest. The native people were human-like but had prehensile toes and lived in the forest canopy layer in ...
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The Aesthetics of impossible or unreal physical phenomena [closed]

I am a MA Design student working on a project to illustrate experiments on speculative/fictional physical events. My final work will consist of strongly simplified staged experiment lab situations and ...
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What's the name of the book where a girl is built into a spacecraft?

There was a sci-fi book a book I saw about 10 years ago, that featured a society of people where (I think) some chose to become parts of spacecraft. I was very young at the time so i only remember ...
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Giant snails on a remote island

This story revolved around a guy who visited a remote island. There were giant snails there and he thought it amusing and could easily out run them ... for a while. Probably 50's. Ring a bell for ...
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Interstellar flight over generations

I read a story about an interstellar flight of a couple of ships to a distant star system that takes centuries. Generations of families live on the ships. They are fleeing from an earth at war. ...
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Accelerated decrepitude due to telomere length in Blade Runner?

PREAMBLE: Before there is debate, let me preface this question by stating that I am indeed aware of the question Why do replicants have a short lifespan? However, none of its answers adequately ...
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Search for title of military SF

I am trying to figure out the title and author of a military SF i read 1-2 years ago (2013/2014). The human race and its worlds are in a fight with a technology superior race of aliens that are in ...
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Why do all the fantasy and sci-fi movies and novels show extra-terrestrials as intelligent beings and more powerful than humans [closed]

I have always wondered that why do all the movies and sci-fi novels show ET's as more intelligent and powerful than us. Can't they be just dumb or below us in the intelligence aspect? Apart from ...
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Can a nuclear reactor be used as a space-based weapon? [closed]

Imagine you have a ship, running on nuclear reactor. We will assume this ship uses some kind of advanced technology that allows nuclear reactors to function in gravity-less environment. This ship is ...
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Short sci-fi story: aliens regret setting Earth's destruction in motion [duplicate]

The story is basically told from an alien's point of view. Essentially they observed us from far off, deemed us as violent and a danger to the universe, and set course (asteroid or something) to kill ...
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Short sci-fi story: aliens regret destroying Earth with asteroid or something

The story is basically told from an alien's point of view. Essentially they observed us from far off, deemed us as violent and a danger to the universe, and set course (asteroid or something) to kill ...
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Looking for a sci-fi novel about a ship with a neutron star at one end to counteract acceleration

I read this novel 30 years ago, so it's at least that old, but probably decently older. I can remember only details, but I remember an older couple (a woman, who was captain of a ship, I believe), ...
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80's 90's female protagonist descending a space elevator or a tall tree on another planet

I read a book in the late 80's or early 90's that involved a woman special operative. She was descending a space elevator or a large tree down to the the planet and she had bio tech embedded in her. ...
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Book about an industrialist that finds an animal in space that creates portals

I am looking for a sci-fi book I read in the late 80's or early 90's dealing with a a rich space industrialist that finds an animal in space that, when stimulated, creates propulsion. Later in the ...
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In science fiction, which planet with lifeforms has the largest gravitational force?

I've just started reading Foundation and Gaal Dornick has landed on Trantor for the first time and notices that: The air seemed thicker here, the gravity a bit greater, than on his home planet ...
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What is name of fantasy book with boy stranded on some planet who joins mercenaries [closed]

Some time ago I read some books about some boy. He stops some evil dude using supercomputer made of brains from planets population or something like that, later turns out that evil dude was selling ...
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How does the scientists version of the Lords Prayer (Our Father) go?

I read this a long time ago, and it was in a book written many years before. But there was a version of the Lords Prayer adapted for Scientists. Now, the normal Lords Prayer goes something like this: ...
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Trying to find a book author/title of an amazing sci-fi fantasy story:

Character - Jan, is an austere woman living a dull & predictable life in a time of no monetary transactions; but, "credits" rather. Credits, she has saved up a considerable sum. She eventually ...
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Looking for title

Story line:Two races colonizing the same planet. Each unaware of the other's presence. Each home world is overcrowded and each is similarly advanced. One race is human, the other is humanoid.
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1960s short story, aliens accidentally set fire to the field they land in

I believe I read this work in the 70s. As I recall it was one of several short works in paperback, US printing. They story has a dialog between some astronauts. They are discussing the possibilities ...
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ID novel (Ace pulp paperback?) - interplanetary passenger cruise, engine failure, lifeboats

Viewpoint character is a junior flight officer / medic? on a routine passenger liner from Earth to somewhere (Mars?). Something goes horribly wrong with the engine (which is powered by an atomic pile ...
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1970s scifi book about a worldwide endless war

I read this in the mid 70s from my local library. The book was set on a militarized world with two factions in an endless war. It may have been a future earth but I think it was set on an alien ...
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Story Identification: Maybe Poul Anderson?

I read a story in a science fiction anthology wherein the major scientific discovery was a perfect battery, which led to numerous advances in communications, transportation, and even social issues, ...
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What book has arks crewed by slaves leaving earth before the sun goes nova?

I will give as much detail as I can remember. I first read the book in 1980. The book starts on Earth with a powerful ruling class that forms their own religion. The first high priest starts a ...
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What book has the main alien antagonist as a “Blue poppet”?

I can't remember the title or the author. Ugh! Centers around a soldier that now kills for the conquering alien race that took over Earth. They don't know much about the aliens that control them, ...
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Changing gravity in Moon - simply a mistake or was there an explanation?

Last night I watched Moon and it struck me that the gravity seemed to change depending on Sam's location: On the Moon's surface, gravity seemed to be as expected, as evidenced by Sam's slow ...
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What examples are there of suits blurring the lines between powered armor and mecha in hard sci-fi? [closed]

TVTropes has two different entries on Mini-Mecha and Powered Armor, where the former is "something that is piloted" and the latter is "something that is worn". Now, listed in both pages are examples ...
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Fiction about the first matter transmitter

Im looking for the title of a science fiction book I read in the 1980s. Basically, the plot is that someone had created a matter transmitter. The inventor hid his plans in a locked box, which only ...
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What sci-fi short story has parasites infect humans through the soles of their shoes on an alien planet?

This was a short story where a ship was answering a distress call, and landed on an alien planet. I believe the crew who initially made the call were all dead when they arrived, but then people ...
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What's that hard scifi novel I read about exploiting the discovery of a wormhole?

The book details the history of a man who discovers a pinpoint wormhole in space, and slowly he learns to harness its power to succeed in life. To jog your memory: It starts with a guy at an ...
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Space General incites a revolution

This book is about a man who was once a powerful general in a space fleet. When he disobeys his President (who is female) she has him assigned to a planetary constellation that has no apparent value. ...
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Short story with mercenaries trying to board a mothballed starship

This is a short story I read about 20-25 years ago. The plot had three mercenaries, hired to deactivate the defenses on an ancient warship found mothballed in space. The captain of the merceneries ...
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What is this movie?

The story: six or seven astronauts find a planet where they meet their dead relatives, but everything is too perfect and strange. The next that I remember is that an alien hand touches the shoulder of ...
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Sci fi movie where time freezes

I am trying to find an old movie I saw in the 70's, and it is probably from the 60´s. Some sort of accident causes time to revert a few hours and then move very slowly again. The main character is a ...
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looking for early 2000's sci fi youth fiction set in future, kids have mental powers that let them simulate war

I just got a vague memory of a book I read when I was in middle school, and I'd love to find it again but I only have a basic grasp of the plot and some tiny details. Set sometime in the future or ...
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Sci-fi book: spaceman on mission to asteroid belt - 70s? 80s?

I'm trying to remember the name of a book I read a couple of years ago, it was about a spaceman sent on a mission to the asteroid belt as something had been detected from Earth there. I think it turns ...
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Out-of-control starship results in some crew members landing in a rebirthed universe?

I think this was a classic "golden oldie" hard sci-fi novel or novella published at least several decades ago. I recollect: An accident or crew mutiny causes the ship's ramjet or similar engine to ...
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A book from the 60s or 70s about a crashed spaceship and their colony

I read these books in the late 60s or 70s. There were two books in the series. I don't remember the author or titles. There is a war between humans and aliens. A human ship crashes on a unexplored ...
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How does the robot Adam match Max's movements when they first find him?

In the movie Real Steel, Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) finds a robot which is badly damaged. Max (Dakota Goya) had a word with the machine and the machine responded. Later on the Charlie says that it ...
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Are there any more Mech Warrior dark age novels?

I have read the 30 novels set in the DarkAge era. I'm just wondering if the stories have continued with another Publisher that I'm not aware of! To ride a chimera was the last one I read and the ...