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Story Identification: Large scale space combat story

Trying to jog my memory about the a book title and author of an old space opera book I read back in the day. Story elements as best I can remember (pretty much spoilers): Aliens make contact with ...
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Sci-fi Movie Identification - Humans stored alien in a big concrete block and then it escapes

Other things I remember Saw this movie in the late 90's but may be older In the past an alien (that crashed on earth?) was stored in a big concrete block by (probably?) some scientists and army guys ...
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What are the origins and ur-examples of a “combine all mysteries and conspiracies” sub-genre?

One of my favorite series is "Area 51" by Robert Doherty. Among the things that attracted me was the formula of taking all (or at least a significant amount) of the worlds mythology, weirdness, and ...
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In Star Trek: TNG, what is the most common away team combo (e.g. Riker, Data, Troi?) and why?

In the video games Star Trek: 25th Anniversary, Star Trek: Judgement Rites, and Star Trek: A Final Unity, the away teams are explained very rationally - e.g. Kirk commanded the team, Spock provided ...
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Looking for 80-early 90's YA book alternate dimensions

Looking for a book I read as a kid. Young teenage girl falls through portal of scientist she works for while cleaning up. Finds herself in alternate reality with only her school backpack. Possibly ...
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Novel search: man searching for brother in africa starts chase through different realities/dimensions

I might be mixing up several books, I hope I'm not, it's been 20 years since i read the books. I want to say it was a series of books. Each book could of been written by a different writer. From ...
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1950's or 1960's movie about a couple buried at ground zero

Saw a movie quite a while ago. I think it was B&W. A married couple volunteered to stay in a "home" that was buried at ground zero (atomic bomb). They did not die when the bomb was dropped, but ...
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SF story about a multi-generational colonist ship?

There was some kind of event and the passengers had begun to evolve/devolve and modified the ship's internal communications / public-address system to use musical tones. I know that's not much to go ...
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identify a book or series of books: far future humans in clan/military groups named after chess and other game pieces fight against aliens

Years ago when I was a teen I read a book that centered around bands of humans fighting against aliens of some kind in a apocalyptic setting. Each clan of humans was small and named after different ...
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Scifi movie/tv-show identification: Cyborg with heart in a box, loses his cyborg arm in gunfight. + Handsome guy that sleeps in green goo

I remember watching a movie or tv-series in the 90's, could be from the 80's too. They're probably on a spaceship, one guy is a cyborg with a human head. He's got his human heart in a box in his ...
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Maze Runner Movie to Second Book

I've just watched Maze Runner and really enjoyed the story. I would like to know if I'll be able to continue to the second book just by watching the movie?
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Sci-Fi Book about people living underground after World War 3

I can't find the name of this book anywhere. I read a short excerpt from it on a state exam (MCAS) maybe 10 or so years ago. The premise is that people live in underground tunnels after World War 3, ...
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What is the first reference to 'video calls' in sci-fi?

I was thinking earlier today about the future and how voice-based phones are probably on the way out with the rise of video-calls, which reminded me of the video calls in Back To The Future 2. Then I ...
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Science-fiction novel - Starship captain put on trial

I'm looking for an old novel published in, I think, the late 60s or early 70s. The protagonist is a starship captain. The novel begins with his trial for possibly the destruction of an interstellar ...
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Is there any particular aspect differentiating feminist and non-feminist work in sci-fi/fantasy? [closed]

How does a work in sci-fi and fantasy qualify as a feminist or otherwise? Should gender based questions be part of the work and having only strong female character isn't sufficient? Case in point ...
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What are the largest characters by volume ever depicted in science fiction? [closed]

I'm talking about characters planet/star-system/galaxy-sized. Characters like Unicron, the 2001: A Space Odyssey baby, and even meta-characters, like Tenga Toppa Gurren Lagann (a ship powered by all ...
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Novella Identification: Dark scifi featuring AI, “heaven”, and an Egyptian god emulation

I remember reading a novella-length science fiction work for free on the internet within the last 5 years, but now I cannot find it after hours of searching despite remembering much of the plot, with ...
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What is the earliest reference to a poisoned lipstick in a work of Science Fiction?

In the Firefly episode "Our Mrs. Reynolds", Saffron is able to temporarily knock out Mal by getting him to kiss her after treating her lips with some kind of knock-out agent (Inara later gets some of ...
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Looking for a book I read from mid to late 90's about humans as aliens

There were humans on Earth but these two specific humans were from another planet. They were lovers from a long time ago, possibly thousands of years ago. They would lose each other periodically and ...
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Story set on ocean planet, featuring floating islands

I remember they imported dolphins but not sharks for some reason I don't remember. The story involved a spaceship crewman, I think he was in trouble for some reason. I think there were some planet ...
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Help me find a book - Telepathic Twins communicate across the stars

Sci-fi Book Identification The story starts with a space agency on earth looking for and testing twins. It seems that some are gifted in a way that allows them to communicate with each other even if ...
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Help me find a book - Minimalistic and Nomadic culture containing only children

Sci-fi/Fantasy Story identification: This book starts out with a young boy ~10-15 years old and the world is explained that there are these warring factions in this general location of the world. ...
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Book about Miniaturized Robots that you could control similar to matrix port

The book was about miniaturization of robots. The story follows two friends who, through the use of something quite similar to the matrix movies "neck port", could port into small (~1" tall) robots. ...
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Short story ships use ice shields to prevent damage from interstellar dust

I'm looking for a collection of short stories, one of which featured interstellar ships that needed huge shaped chunks of ice to protect from interstellar dust while travelling at near light speed. ...
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Trying to recall a virtual reality MMO book with a cross genre chase

About 15 years ago or so (so, no, not Halting State) I read a science fiction book about a virtual reality MMO. The protagonist in the story was female. There's a bit in there also where she was ...
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Short story in anthology: “detunes” engines on ships to match a third, bombard uninhabited area of planet, releasing impossible number of bombs

I am seeking the title/author of two short stories; the first was about an engineer in a remote outpost near a rebelling or alien occupied planet. He orders the engineers of two ships to reduce the ...
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help identify a scifi trilogy about a planet ruled by women called “Bahronas”, another planet where catlike creatures listened to singing scarves

I read this set of stories in the 80's. What I recall is this: A planet where the ruling caste was made up of humanoid women. These women would, as almost pubescent girls, go out into the ...
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Identify 1950's scifi story - man left on empty planet and slowly becomes native [duplicate]

This is one of the 2 stories I read as a kid in the 1950's, early 60's which forever locked me into scifi. Spoiler alert! Short story about a spaceman who ended up marooned alone on an empty planet of ...
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Series Identification - YA Sci-Fi, spaceship

I remember reading in the late 80's / early 90's a trilogy (I think) about some teens in a spaceship that was sentient / had AI, and they weren't allowed in one section of the spaceship because it was ...
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Looking for patronage era European scifi scientist/inventor male author?

I'm looking for the author of a science fiction series(may just be a loose collection of his works), written by a patronage era European male scientist/inventor. I remember seeing his name in a ...
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Dreams in Sci Fi movies — Matrix and Inception [closed]

Now according to Matrix if we die in a dream we die in real too But if we go by Inception if we die in a dream we wake up or go into a limbo . What sounds more correct and logical according to Sci ...
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ID short Sci Fi story on a scientist that creates a potion that slows down his perception of time and dies of old age at sunset

I seek help identifying a short story I read more than 20 years ago (maybe the story itself was written before the 80's even). This short story (to the best of my recollection) involves a scientist ...
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Help identifying story with a future society with life span depending upon achievements

I seek some help identifying a short book I read in my childbook. It was a science fiction book about a society where due to scarcitiy of ressources you got a certain amount of life span alloted to ...
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Book about extremely overpopulated world where caring was a liability

I am looking for a book about an extremely overpopulated world where caring was a liability. It's a love story of how these two people manage to care for each other in that world. It's also about ...
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Could American Dad be considered a Sci-Fi series? [closed]

American dad is a Fox Television animated series that is full of satirical humor on pop culture made by the same animators as Family guy. It has the makings of a Sci-Fi: A CIA agent with access to ...
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first use of a quantum computer in science fiction genre

Nobel-prize winning physicist Richard Feynman is given credit as inventing the concept of quantum computers in about 1982 in the paper "Simulating physics with computers." Also, recently the company ...
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Hermann Hesse Das Glasperlenspiel

Can somebody help me. I have only read the book in Serbo/Croatian language(a long time ago). I'm looking for the original word(s) in the book of the "feljton" or "feljtonistic'ko" (It describes an ...
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Is there an encyclopedic book of fantastic materials?

I do not believe this to be a list-type question, surely only one or at most two such books have ever been written. I am searching for a book somewhat in the vein of Barlowe's Guide to ...
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What is the earliest novel/story to deal with cosmically vast expanses of time?

Can anyone tell me the name (and date) of the earliest story that deals with these kinds of journeys through cosmic time? I love stories that include journeys across incredible gulfs of time. I am ...
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Is it possible to call every mobile phone in a particular area at a time? [closed]

I've seen this phenomenon in the movie Eagle Eye, Sherlock Holmes television episodes, and The Lawnmower Man. Every mobile gets a call at a same time from the same guy in a particular area. Is this ...
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Seeking title of a book about a one-armed cowboy who travels across time using a torus (sp?)

The elements of the plot that I remember are: 1) One-Armed cowboy spots something weird while out riding (torus, torroid, ?) 2) He breaks a Yale lock using his one hand 3) He travels through time and ...
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Why does River Song save the Doctor in Let's Kill Hitler?

Could any one tell me why River Song saves the Doctor after kissing him with the poisoned lipstick? She was programmed to kill him, so why did she save him ?
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Worst Sci Fi / Future Fantasy Cliches [closed]

I am creating a futuristic fantasy setting for my latest novel. In your opinion what are the most over used cliches that I should avoid when creating the setting? Many thanks.
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How did the SciFi TV series originate as a genre? [closed]

What was the story behind the origination of SciFi TV series as a genre? More specifically, was it more of a drive to take SciFi ideas and material and bring it to the TV screen? Or vice versa, was ...
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Cat Vindaloo - Bollywood on The Moon

I'm pretty sure this isn't false memory syndrome, but as a kid I frequently read scifi anthologies from my local library in the late 60's & amongst many others, one story has always stuck with me ...
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Are there specific tropes/details/etc… that characterized Golden Age of Science Fiction?

Wiki article on the Golden Age of Science Fiction mentions a couple of major developments associated with it, but is pretty thin on comprehensive analysis: Space opera came to prominence ...
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What was the first SciFi work that referred to Pluto as NOT a planet?

In 2006, IAU changed its rules on what constitutes a planet. The most famous downstream impact of the new rules was that Pluto is now classified as Dwarf Planet (Plutoid) among Trans-Neptunial ...
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Identify a short YA Science Fiction Novel from pre-1980 set on the moon in which a boy is rescued by space gypsies?

This was the first science fiction novel I completed reading on my own some 36 years ago. Unfortunately the details are very sketchy indeed, but here's what I think I remember: It was a hard back ...
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A novel about a man left behind by his family's spaceship who helps discover a warp drive

This is a book I read 40 years ago I remember the plot but haven't a clue as to the title. A young man misses the takeoff of his trader families spaceship and is marooned on a planet. He has no real ...
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Can anyone remember a story about a builder of metal birds & people scavenging for old technology

I remember reading a SF story back in the 1970s about a post apocalyptic world where people scavenged for technology amongst mounds of rusting ancient artifacts. There was a builder of metal birds who ...