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Looking for the name of a scifi comic/graphic novel

This one is difficult to explain as I never read it, but always intended to. It is either a graphic novel, or a comic. There were at least 2 books/comics. From what I can remember, there was an ...
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Children's SF book about moon folk going to live on another planet

I remember reading a book, probably aimed at about a fourth grade level, in which there were aliens native to the moon. They decided to leave because more and more astronauts from earth were turning ...
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Looking for a Short Story about a Space Prison with simulated unending torture

A few years ago I read in a science fiction magazine from the 1990's a short story about a Jail put on a spaceship, where the worst scum of the universe was put to repent of their crimes. The story ...
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Female robot/android self aware movie

I was trying to recall/search for the name of a new movie about a female robot/android that has become self aware. I saw the trailer in theater. The movie properly is not out yet as of today(2016-06-...
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story circa 60's a man rents a room in his house to some strange people who are time travelers [duplicate]

The man notices that his renters are more than unusual. They seem uncomfortable in their clothing, and he catches the women admiring their clothing at times. He becomes friends with one of the women. ...
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Searching for a sci fi story from the 50's or 60's, of snail like creatures on another planet spend their lives eating

It may be called The Gleanors, or something. They each have a strip of land to glean, with neighbors doing the same. the story is hard to remember, but it was totally interesting. When I think back, ...
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Has anyone seen this new sci-fi trailer??? It's NOT STAR TREK! [closed]

everyone. What the hell is this!!?? Looks friggin' awesome! Garrett Wang, Anthony Montgomery and Dawn Noel are in it. At least that's what the title page shows... https://vimeo.com/149451037 There'...
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A fantasy story about a man who discovers two groups of alien creatures similar to ants. He becomes a god to them [duplicate]

Circa 60's or 70's.The creatures are antlike colored red and black, I think. The creatures worship him and erect statues of him. He becomes cruel and behaves badly with them. The ants go to war with ...
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Movie about a factory producing humanoids

I'm looking for an old movie that I saw as a child. The story was about a factory where humanoids were produced. Unfortunately, the only part of the movie I remember is an old man sitting with his ...
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Sci-Fi short story of woman who transformed into a male then back

I remember reading this story quite a while ago. A married woman with two children was bored with life and decided to see what it would be like to be a man. She went to a local store to get a body ...
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movie about a robot that thought it was human and saved humanity

I am looking for a movie I think I saw in the 90s about a robot that thought it was human and saved humanity but found that humanity was its life force and it could never meet a human being unless it ...
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What is the name of this book about Earth becoming a second class planet to Starhome?

The main character of this book was employed by the governments 'alien management' department and the plot of the book centered around terrorist threats to the place where aliens with enviromental ...
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Looking for a horror movie involving fish-creatures in an alternate dimension intersecting with ours

I am looking for the movie described below. copy from another site but is what I am looking for. "I believe this was from 1990s because I recall the images being sleek, like the re-make of Outer ...
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help identify this sci-fi graphic novel from the 90s about immortatlity gained by EATING an alien race :)?

kinda sure it was published by a DC imprint. It was in color and was a 2 part or 3 part series. All I can remember is: -one of the protaganists is a dickish wealthy sports celebrity and is the guy who ...
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Sci-Fi anime about a fever, vaccine and transgender pilot

I'm looking for the title of an anime, possibly from 1990. It's about a group of pilots from various planets on their final test. The first complication is that there is one extra pilot among them. ...
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Short story about the last train

I'm trying to remember the title and author of a short story about a guy in a bar who wants to catch the train out of town. By the time he gets up, the bartender tells him the last train just left. ...
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What was the first insect-like robot in fiction?

Insect-sized robots which fly on artificial wings or skitter around on multiple mechanical legs are becoming more and more common as subjects of real-world research and development, but they've been a ...
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What was the first alien probing?

There have been alien abduction stories for a long time. The aliens that kidnap people may be short gray humanoids with huge eyes, green-scaled lizard people, blond space Nazis, or even bicardiate ...
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Last story to feature luminiferous aether

We get a lot of questions here asking what the first story of a certain type is. This is an example of a different sort of question—the last story of a certain type. The luminiferous aether was ...
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What is the earliest story to present man made machines as a threat to humans?

What is the first depiction of man made machines turning against human? I know of Terminator and Matrix but I suppose the theme is much older than those two? EDIT: I'm thinking more about machines ...
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What was the first parasite to appear in speculative fiction?

Parasites are a mainstay of modern science fiction and fantasy. From the Yeerks to the Vord to xenormorphs to The Host to GM tapeworms, speculative organisms that feed on other organisms will make an ...
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Where does the Sci-Fi term “Tyran” come from?

Restating my question, In most of my history with Sci-fi games (Gears,40k,etc) and even on a lackluster sci fi wiki that Tyran is a human (Sci-Fi wiki entry: Tyran-A being who is of Human descent but ...
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Searching for a 80s/90s alien sci-fi (tv?) movie inspired by Lonnie Zamora incident

I am looking for a probably 80s or 90s sci-fi movie or TV series inspired by the Lonnie Zamora incident, also refers to Socorro ufo landing. I watched part of the movie in the 90s as I was a child. ...
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Who was the first ape in science fiction?

From Planet of the Apes to Gorilla Grodd to Curious George and the Rocket to Joop the Orangutan, apes have a long and varied history in science fiction. But which was the first ape to appear in a ...
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Was the Trippies show a commentary on modern children's entertainment?

In the prequel When The Tripods Came, humans are first hypnotized and brought under control via those who watch the Trippies cartoon. In The City of Gold and Lead, Will's Master explains that they had ...
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What is this speculative fiction genre called?

I'm thinking about the type of speculative fiction where the characters travel to another dimension or another universe, or someone/something from another universe arrives in this one. Examples: ...
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Is there a subgenre of SF that revolves around finance & money? [closed]

William Gibson (in the Sprawl trilogy and the Blue Ant trilogy) and Neal Stephenson (in Cryptonomicon and Reamde (and, of course, the Baroque Cycle)) have both studied the world of money and finance ...
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Who Came up with the Galactic Barrier Concept?

In specific universes, this is usually explained rather well in universe. But, what I'm looking for here is a more out of universe explanation. Where did the idea of a galactic barrier come from and ...
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When was the first driverless car story written?

Reading the question about a future (the future) when non-automatic cars will be illegal, a moment sometimes called the automotive singularity, sparked the question in my mind about when the first ...
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Book Identification, Alien invasion with mythological undertones

I'm looking for a book I read a few years ago, because I was wanting to reread it. Only I can't remember the title or author. Cover had a lady with a sword? I honestly couldn't tell you how old it was ...
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Why are there so many science fiction conventions in California?

It seems like there are a disproportionate amount of science fiction conventions in the state of California compared to the rest of the United States. Comic-Con, Wonder-Con and the Anime Expo are ...
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Movie where an object is recovered from space and brought back to earth

When no one is looking it starts to assemble either itself or other robot creatures from objects found around the room. This is NOT one of the recent Transformer movies, it probably dates back to the ...
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Book ID: YA involving space and time travel

I read this book probably 12-13 years ago, in my high school library. Here's the specifics I remember. I'm reasonably sure the title had the word "Crystal". The story follows a girl. At the ...
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Who was the earliest female science fiction writer?

Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in 1818. I wonder if most readers would consider the book within the science fiction genre. It certainly has claim to the Gothic and horror genres as well. If you do ...
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Book Identification: young adult sci-fi, I think it was published in the 60s or 70s

There was a book I read when I was a kid in the early 80s, and I can't remember what it was called. It was a collection of short stories that were loosely connected. Here is what I remember: The ...
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What was the first sci-fi themed hit song?

Over the years, there have been many sci-fi themed hit songs, such as Mr. Roboto and The Final Countdown. Which was the first? I would define "hit" as appearing on the Billboard Hot 100, or other ...
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Sci-Fi and Fantasy holidays [closed]

Star Wars Day is probably the most famous sci-fi/fantasy holiday. What others are there? Please only include examples that are celebrated by a significant amount of people.
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What was the first story to be set in the future?

Lots of science fiction stories today are set in the future. Sometimes they give a specific date, like they'll say "AD 2532". Sometimes it's not spelled out but it's obvious, like I'm not sure if Star ...
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Is there a movie that is based on or very similar to Robert Heinlein's “Tunnel in the Sky”? [closed]

One book that I've always wished there was a good movie for, was Robert Heinlein's "Tunnel in the Sky". I really loved that book when I read it as a teen. I was just wondering if there was ever a ...
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How does Miller's planet in Interstellar have such huge time dilation yet such a small gravitational force? [duplicate]

In Interstellar, the crew of the Endurance experience extreme time dilation (7 years to an hour) on Miller's planet, due to its proximity to a black hole. However, they only feel 130% of Earth's ...
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What is the origin of the word “terrans” when referring to humanoids and other earth-related things?

Quite often in science fiction we read an Alien character say: "They're going to the Terran system". "That's a Terran ship." "They're from the planet Terra". I get that Terra is the ...
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Can you identify these Doctors of the science fiction genre in miniature formats?

Please identify these Doctors, their minions, their comic or science fiction genre of origin and links, if possible.
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Is there a precedent for the use of “sol” or other terms for solar day?

In these two questions in Space Exploration Stackexchange the origin and use of the word "sol" to describe a solar day on astronomical bodies besides the Earth are being discussed. Like so many things ...
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Novel about alien symbiotes persecuted after they reject their hosts

Two alien races are living in sybioses. The symbiote is an energy creature of some sort. The host aliens do something violent (maybe an action in a war?) that causes the symbiotes to decide to leave....
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Why do (some) people consider “The Heat Death of the Universe” to be science fiction?

One of the stories in the collection Daughters of Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century (Justine Larbalestier (ed.), 2006) is "The Heat Death of the Universe" (Pamela Zoline, 1967). ...
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What separates a Cyberpunk setting from a futuristic setting?

I understand this is a commonly used style in Science-fiction. However I can never determine the difference between what some call a "Futuristic" setting and a "Cyberpunk" setting.
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Can someone find an episode of a show that ends on a battlefield after a planetary battle?

I am looking for a sci-fi show where soldiers are staging on a space station preparing for an assault on a planet. With all the soldiers on the space station, tempers flare and there is a brawl. A ...
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Please help me remember book about children and stones that possessed power

It's a children's book, there was a group of children (who I think were running away from a man) and these kids were able to 'listen' to stones. And then there was this other child, a girl. She wasn'...
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Looking for sci-fi book about alien invasion where Earth builds a giant laser to stop an incoming alien fleet

Looking for a science fiction novel I read as a kid where a few hostile alien saucers show up and the US Air Force is trying to bring them down. It's too fast for any missiles/cannons to work, and ...
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YA dystopia novel of battle school with unusual military control scheme

Some sort of battle school (no, not Ender's Game), where teens are being trained as military commanders. The control system for their army hinges around some sort of system that requires extremely ...