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Looking for a sci-fi novel about first contact

Male author who did not typically write science fiction. Novel came out in the 1990's I think. It seemed initially to be a story about a serial killer but it turns out the protagonist was merely ...
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Novel with humans travelling to a distant planet becoming super-intelligent [duplicate]

I'm trying to find the name of a novel (or was it a short story) where a group of humans travel to a distant planet and along the way (through genetics?) become more and more intelligent. I seem to ...
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story about extraterrestrial slug trying to communicate

As a child circa the late 1970s, I read a poignant science fiction story that I would love to be able to identify. As best I can recall after all these years, the story went something like this: A ...
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Science-Fiction Novel - Female Mathematician - Late '90s?

I once read a paperback novel by an author that I can't seem to remember that revolved around a female mathematician. She ends up nearly be killed by her sister by being placed in a kind of learning ...
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Use of Spherical portals in fiction

In the vast majority of science fiction and fantasy that uses portals, the portals are a kind of two dimensional object or a long tunnel. Often, if a portal is a free standing door, those on the ...
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Is there a “mathematics fiction” genre? [closed]

The science fiction genre has been and is still an area in which visionary authors can express their ideas about new sciences. Many successful academic research were influenced by works of science ...
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Short story about apples and oranges?

I am looking for an old short story I read at least 30 years ago. It was about apples and oranges (the ubiquitous story problem). The main character has a grand father that teaches him Algebra ...
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A book where 2-dimensional species evolved on rapidly changing environment

I remember a book that described various lifeforms evolving in the galaxy (and i think may be the overriding theme was extinction). One of them was 2-D species evolved on rapidly changing environment ...
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Looking for title & author - short story - possibly called “Arms Race” - about rediscovery of manual arithmetic

short story - possibly called "Arms Race" - about rediscovery of manual arithmetic. The hero rediscovers manual calculation - e.g., how to do long division with pencil and paper - in a world where ...
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Does the computer-system on the Enterprise NCC-1701-D still follow the basic architecture of a Turing Machine?

Although the Turing Machine is a theoretical model to describe computing power, in its basic idea today's computers are still (quite sophisticated) implementations of this basic concept, although you ...
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Was Keeler's Theorem penned for Futurama, or was it the inspiration?

In the Prisoner of Benda, due to one-way body swap shenanigans, two Globetrotter's have to work out if they can get everyone's minds back in order. They prove it can be done with any two extra people. ...
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Great Theorem - Help name the Sci-fi book read long ago

I'm trying to find a book I read long back. This book may have won a Hugo/Nebula (Trust me I've googled to death this one!). Don't remember much of the story (that's why I want to re-read it). What I ...
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How does the Anti-Life Equation work?

After reading another question, I had the unfortunate experience of trying to figure out what this Anti-Life Equation was. I came to the Wikipedia article that said that the current equation was: ...
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What was the equation shown in Benderama?

In the S8E2 episode of Futurama, Benderama, The Professor generates an equation to track the number of Benders that will be generated. It was shown on the screen for a few seconds. Can someone ...
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Which was the first novel set in universes where P=NP? [closed]

I wonder whether anyone has written a novel set in a universe where P=NP, in the event that there is more than one, which was the first? In this universe all problems that could be verified in ...