Space is the void between planets, essentially a vacuum, through which everything in the Universe moves. It is a common setting and/or hazard in science fiction.

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What book had a robot going around the galaxy, making other robots?

I remember getting recommended a book about a robot travelling around the galaxy making other robots. However, I never had a chance to read and have now forgotten its title. My recollection is ...
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Looking for a novel involving space marines on a primitive alien world

I'm not sure when the book was written, but I read it in the early 2000s I remember that early in the book, the soldier protagonists were on earth in the future. They were in a skirmish near the ...
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What is title of Sci-Fi story or novel--deep space explorer encounters alien explorer

They learn to communicate; but on parting, each decides to destroy the other in order to protect his own world. Was told about this story many years algo.
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Film about a boy disguised as Killer robot on a space base

The film opens up on some space base and there is this emphasis that the humans need to keep this diamond object safe because it stores their secrets or something like that. This is told to a generic ...
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looking for a science fiction book. About an artifact found in space

I'm looking for a science fiction book about an artifact found in space that had the remains of an alien inside with the tech to bring him back to life. He turned out to be a dictator with psychic ...
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Back To The Future: moving in time but not in space?

Every time the DeLorean travels in time, it appears in the same place as the place it left. But that's the same place relative to the Earth's surface. In space-time terms, that point is constantly ...
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What was the first work set in space that featured multiple civilizations but no aliens?

One thing that separates Firefly from many other works of science fiction set in space is that there are no aliens. All sentient beings either are or used to be human. However, I very much doubt ...
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Live action mecha shown on ytv

This one is for you 90s kids. On YTV (Youth Television station in Canada ) In the early to mid-90s there was a Live action Sci-fi show, mived with CG space shots and mecha. It was about teens whom ...
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Star Wars Spacewalks

In Star Wars, it seems that space-faring pilots and passengers never leave their craft (with the memorable exception of of Han Solo, Leia, and Chewbacca on the asteroid with the Exogorth, which wasn't ...
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Why aren't there any nebulae in Star Wars?

In Star Trek there are nebulae practically everywhere. I don't remember seeing any in Star Wars though, why is that? Why does Star Trek hog all the nebulae and Star Wars has none? If there ...
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What happens to lasers in space battles?

In space battles, there are many missed shots. What happens to the lasers when they fly off into space? Do they eventually just fizzle out, or do they continue on forever? You would think that ...
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story about star travel where the creatures on board evolve during the voyage

Need the name/author. I don't remember much, I'm afraid. Just fragments. I do remember reading the story assuming that the creatures on board were human, only to find out towards the end that they ...
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trying to find a book I read as a child about a man and woman stranded on a planet

I remember reading a sci-fi novel as a child but cannot remember the title or even most of the story. The one part that I remember is the man and woman eating "Tubers" and then turning into some kind ...
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Animated show: mechs in space and anihilating shield-field-like weapon

I've watched it in 90' on some Cartoon Network or Fox Kids or something like that. There was a Space Fleet, with a mothership of course, and there was a team of people, of whom each piloted one mech ...
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What is the name of a short story by Ursula K. Le Guin about a spaceship and a parasite alien?

I am looking for a title of a short story by Ursula K. Le Guin. Here is what I remember and it may not be 100% accurate because I read the story in my teens some 20 years ago. It is about a crew ...
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Do they really watch Firefly on the International Space Station

I saw this photo online: I was wondering if this photo is legit, or some Photoshop by Firefly fans. If it is legitimate, why do they have a copy of Firefly and Serenity on board the International ...
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A book about a kid trying to recover kingdom

I'm trying to remember a book about a young man trying to get back his kingdom after being deposed. It had a large military space station and a bit about where he gets a group of privateers to help ...
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What was the first instance of a space walk in film or television?

This question made me realise that, really, we don't see many space walks in Star Trek. It got me to thinking about space walks generally in science-fiction and how they've been portrayed (like those ...
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Series of books with intergalactic travel/trade

I've read only one of the books in the '90s (I think it was the second). There is a ship whose's captain is a "lioness": she is from a race of anthropomorphic felines, whit a social structure very ...
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Sci Fi movie murder/space [duplicate]

I'm trying to remember the name of a movie I saw on Syfy I think earlier this year. It was an 80s movie I think. A crew on a cargo ship. Something happens and the captain panics and steals away on ...
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Book about a Mech pilot trying to fight beings called HuMax

I remember reading this book about a Mech pilot who was trying to fight these beings called HuMax (I think that was the name), and he ended falling in love with a female red-haired one. His mech could ...
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Astronauts on Europa (moon), time-shift future, gravity, intelligent computer, Aries, 1960s?

I'm looking for the title and artists of a comic about some astronauts (around five I think) doing research/archaeology on (I think) Europa (Jupiter's moon). They're working when one or more of them ...
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SF Movie where different ships are sent to find a habitable world for humanity

I recall that the Earth is dying. Different ships were sent to different planets looking for one that was habitable for humans. The survivors have to pick which planet to go to and one guy lies in ...
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Trying to find the title of a science fiction novel where the monster is singing killer space fungus

Yep. Singing killer space fungus. I'm trying to find a science fiction novel that scared the bejesus out of me when I was a kid. This book was one of those paperback novels from the '60s or '70s. ...
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Hungarian cartoon from 60s

Can anybody identify a Hungarian cartoon from the 60s where a brother and sister stole their uncle's spaceship in order to fly to Mars to discover Martians. On their way they got stained by rainbow ...
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How well can xenomorphs survive the vacuum of space?

I recently finished playing Alien: Isolation (which I assume is not canon). Near the end of that game, you have to go on a spacewalk, and some xenomorphs follow you outside. I've heard some people ...
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Characters exiled from Earth return home, fight against an organisation controlling the Government

I don't know many of the details, here's what I do know: The book was written in 1999 or earlier. I'm thinking probably earlier, like 80's. From what I remember of the beginning, I think the book is ...
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Short story about a girl who was the first child born in space, or on the moon?

I remember reading this short story in a science fiction anthology when I was a child. In the climactic scene of the story, the girl (now grown up) gives an address to the UN. Afterwards, all the ...
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Looking for an ongoing (2015) sci-fi webcomic with colonies and non-western cultures

I'm trying to track down a webcomic that was ongoing as late as this year, but can't seem to reconstruct it from anything. Highlights: Indian transgender astrophysicist protagonist with ...
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Trying to find a book about slaves on a barren planet

I read it 10 years ago. It started with them on a planet that looked barren. Later on they're captured as slaves. The story centers on one person, who toils through the slave labor but later escapes. ...
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A story about a planet whose inhabitants stole things from astronauts

There was a series of stories about space exploration. One of them goes like this: A group of explorers landed on a planet and established a camp. After some time they realised their stuff was stolen. ...
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Book about an alien boy sold because his species grows wings

I'm trying to recall a book I read in the 1990's. A smuggler or pirate (human) has a child alien he's raising to adulthood to sell its wings. The alien is the main character, he's a hunchback with no ...
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Book where a slave/prisoner hooks his brain up to a spaceship

I only remember bits and pieces of this book, but I'd really like to reread it. Basically, this teenager has been a prisoner his whole life and he's forced to explore spaceships (for boobytraps and ...
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Need title of 1980 - 1990 techno thriller about remote sensing technology

I read a military techno thriller in the 1980s - 1990s that I would like to identify by title and author. At the time I was heavily into this genre. The book was about an advanced US technology that ...
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Did fictional works anticipate the discovery that the universe contains more than one galaxy?

As I understand it, until very recently (the early 20th century), people assumed that our galaxy was the only one in existence - basically, up to that point, the words "galaxy" and "universe" were ...
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Why didn't Jupiter becoming a star kill everyone on earth and cause all kinds of problems for the solar system?

In 2010: The Year We Make Contact, the climax of the film is quite bizarre. Jupiter's mass is replaced by billions of black monoliths, eventually collapsing in on itself and becoming a star. ...
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Hunchback named Bartholomew discovers a spaceship full of booby traps

I'm trying to remember a name of a book that took place on a spacecraft, with a hunchback character named Bartholomew. they notice a ship following them and eventually go investigate, the ship turns ...
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Looking for a YA book about teenagers in space

I read this book sometime between 1993 and 1997, and it looked like it had been recently published. The cover was blue/green, unusually plain. I seem to recall that it was written by a woman. The ...
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Why didn't the Normandy crew experience time dilation?

In the Suicide Mission in Mass Effect 2, Commander Shepard and the Normandy crew travel to the galactic core to destroy the Collector Base. The Collector Base is located on the accretion disc of a ...
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What cartoon has a motorbike assembled from a cube and a civilization living in space?

I have a vague recollection of what I think must have been the first episode in an animated series that I saw as a kid sometime in the 90s (possibly between 1994 and 1999, although the series might ...
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Episode in tv cartoon series from the 80's featuring mine field of skulls

There's an episode of a space TV cartoon series that I saw when I was very young – this must have been in the eighties. I remember only one scene, which somehow left a strong imprint in my mind ...
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Two spacecraft pilots travel at light speed, meet back on Earth in different era due to time dilation

I've been looking for the name of a sci-fi romance book about space travel but haven't been successful so far. I came across it a few years ago, read the plot on its back cover but didn't read the ...
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Genetic engineering of a enhanced new human to help deal with Earth problems (environment etc.)

The story is partly from the point of view of one child not as smart as his enhanced peers. They are only built to last till their teens then they die. The slow child is helped to survive by one of ...
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Are there any sci-fi novels with multiple human-colonized galaxies? [closed]

First of all, sorry for my English. It's not my native language. All space-themed sci-fi novels I've read deal with human civilizations on the scale from Solar system to whole Milky Way galaxy. Are ...
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Why is explosive decompression a guideline?

In the Guardians of the Galaxy film, people repeatedly jump into space and float around a bit, for giggles. Why's this okay, and they don't, you know, die immediately? I vaguely remember a line ...
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Anime with floating house, fliers and conscripted teen boy

I watched this anime/cartoon in 2010 - 2011. The main character was a teen boy. Apparently he lived in a house with his mother and his little sister (?) which was located on a floating piece of land ...
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Sole survivor of attack on mining vessel, abandoned by his employer, has ability to teleport

There's a story my grandpa use to tell me when I was younger, about the sole survivor of of an attack on a mining vessel in space. The man lives in space for months/years, ignored by the company he ...
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Does anyone remember reading about an egg factory? Looking for book(s) about shape-changing aliens from the 1970s or 1980s

This is tied in with the question I asked before about the polymorphs (or shape-changing aliens that had three basic stages: seedling, house, tutor) who let their seedlings live among humans. This ...
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identify 2 sci fi books “clothespin drop for honesty ” and “spaceship with AI named Gay” [closed]

Looking for 2 books. One is perhaps 20 to 30 years old. Small group travel instantly via a ship with Artificial intelligence they have name Gay. I think it might have been able to traverse time or ...
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Looking for a short story about space madness

I can't recall too much other then this is younger cadet waking alone on a ship alone and he's afraid he's come down with this space madness. He's no longer aware of what time is and he's no idea ...