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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Space horror novel from 1990's (I think) where dead possess people and start to take over a planet

I'm looking for the name of a space horror novel from 1990's (I think) where the dead go to a very overcrowded limbo, and then the worst of them escape and possess people and start to take over a ...
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Identify a Sci Fi cartoon where they had space suits and would fight in outer space

I need help remembering the name of a cartoon I used to watch. It was shown on weekday mornings in Australia in the mid 90's. They had space suits and they would fight in outerspace. The characters ...
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Science fiction short story about a Schwarzchild radius growing

I read this short story in an anthology from NMSU library in the 1980s. It had adult themes, and I still can't forget how shocked I was. Possible author was Stanislaw Lem but I might be wrong. The ...
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How much air is available in the Russian space suits in Gravity? [closed]

It dawned on me that the Russian space suit worn by Sandra bullocks character after she makes it back to the ISS is not rated for any EVA use. It has zero ballistic resistance and doesn't carry its ...
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Looking for what seems to be an 80s hero sci fi film

I watched this film a while ago about a guy who was a sort of self identified super hero and he was working as an agent for earth. He infiltrates a space ship or a space station which is controlled by ...
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What is the meaning of the ending of “A Darkling Sea” by James Cambias?

I just finished reading A Darkling Sea. It was amazing. But my mind goes totally blank trying to interpret the ending. The following excerpts from the ending explain what the object is: ...and... ...
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Childrens book involving two orphans that travel to space and find a space station captain that takes them in

Two orphans are touring a rocket that is about to go into space and they are accidentally launched into space where they get rescued by a captain of a secret space station. They make friends with most ...
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Has Superman ever escaped a black hole?

Reading a DC wiki (yes, wikipedias are bad...), it mentions in the Super Speed section for Kryptonians that Superman can travel at the speed of light or faster than light when in space. I'm guessing ...
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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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identify this book about a human turned into a god by aliens

I am wracking my brain trying to figure out the name of this sci-fi novel and its author that I read back in the early to mid-1980s. The book is about an ordinary man who, during some sort of ...
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Producer/director stages alien abduction to help single mom and kid facing eviction [closed]

I remember this movie from the 80's or early 90's. Might have been a TV movie. Looking for the name. Plot outline: movie producer/director is making an alien-themed film has a young boy ...
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Seeking Sci-Fi movie about a black man alone in spaceship

I think it was an English movie and set in modern world. The movie is only about the one black guy (astronaut) in the spaceship, who is on a mission to reach some planet (maybe Jupiter? from what I ...
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Scientists/explorers discover a spaceship in jungle with human occupants

I (think) I remember reading a short story or novella about 40 years ago that told the story of scientists/explorers who discover a spaceship in the jungle. Once they are able to access the interior ...
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Late 80s early 90s dimension travel flick

hope someone can help me identify this film. I've seen it sometimes in the 90s and from what I remember it looked like an old eighties/early nineties production. There were at least two teenagers, a ...
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Short story about a man filling gas on a planet where aliens used to live

So there's a population of humans living on a planet in space (I forgot the name of the planet). There's this guy filling up gas and he's late for a party (if I remember correctly). He spots a alien ...
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30's story about space war: Earth ship destroys enemy planet with weapon, only to return to find Earth destroyed by the enemy with the same weapon

Looking for 1930's short story about space war where Earth ship destroys enemy planet, only to return to find Earth destroyed by the enemy with the same weapon. The gist of the story was the debate on ...
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In Doctor Who's The Time of the Doctor, how is sound heard in outer space?

The premise of the episode is that hundreds of different spaceships from different alien species are brought to one place (Trenzalore, attracted to there from an unknown message sent throughout the ...
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70's or 80's space prison escape movie, reprogramming the prison’s pleasure robots for the escape

I saw this movie on TV sometime in the 80's. It's basically Escape From Alcatraz set in a space prison, definitely made in the 70's or early 80's. There's a small group of prisoners plotting and ...
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TV movie about a family on a spaceship to Andromeda who go through a black hole

I remember a TV movie I saw after school in the 70's. It was about a family going on a space ship to the Andromeda galaxy (no I am not talking about Lost In Space). They have some crisis and end up ...
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Help me identify a 80's (probably)series with a robotic(or alien) face attacker

More from my memories: the "face attacker" kills people, has miniature needle inside it, and leave silver(hope so silver, we had a B&W television then) colored, vein like pattern on the victim's ...
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Title of short story about siblings orphaned on a strange planet after a crash?

I believe it was written in the 60s. The older brother has stunted growth because of eating highly processed food, while his younger sister grows tall and healthy. They encounter fresh air, grass, and ...
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Character searching for a blade to kill a cyborg [duplicate]

I saw this cartoon only once, about 10-15 years ago, and since middle. There was a character called "space fly" or so – the glowing flying ball which help the main character – a man with sword hilt. ...
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Identify a book set on a spaceship orbiting a black hole?

I remember reading a book around 10-12 years ago about a crew on a spaceship which was in danger of crashing into a either a black-hole or a white dwarf / some other star. The book was semi-humorous ...
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Frozen Planet in Interstellar

On the frozen planet in Interstellar, how would the humans be able to take off their helmets inside of Dr. Mann's camp? Considering the temperature was low enough to turn whatever liquid had formed ...
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Trying to locate a story about deep space astronauts appearing back on Earth

I don't have much details, read the story a long time ago, but the gist is - in a deep space expedition, astronauts became homesick to such degree - they were able to transport back to earth through ...
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Can The Flash breathe in outer space

I'm playing the new Lego Batman 3, and while everyone is outside of the Justice League Space Station, everyone is either wearing protective suits (Batman and Robin), or is already known to be able to ...
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Mining in space: a group of miners, and computers nerds as support crew

I'm trying to find the title of a movie which is based around a mining operation in space. There are two main groups of people working. One lot are the actual miners who are a fairly rough bunch and ...
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Book with 2 or three short stories

I remember years ago when I was in the Army and deployed, I found a book with 2 or three short stories. One of them was about an Asian country shooting down an American Satellite and a mission to ...
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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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Doctor creates a Robocop-like suit, gets murdered and installed, and goes on a killing spree

Early 80's I had seen a movie where a dr had created a "Robocop" type suit for space travel. The doc was murdered and installed into his own suit and of course goes on a killing spree for revenge ...
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Book about space traders who run into alien traders

From what I can remember, a down and out family of space traders, in which one female member of the family is a psychic or a witch, run into an alien ship, also running out of options. Possibly the ...
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Looking for a short story about the human race pooling together resources to reach dying race [duplicate]

It's a great story I read several years ago, and was written in the form of newspaper articles and short narrative. The humans receive a transmission from an alien race asking for help, and they put ...
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Book series about a group of humans rediscovered by an intersellar empire

I read when young. A group of humans in one system are separated from a powerful human empire for several hundred years. The large empire accidentally finds them and slowly tries to conquer over a ...
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Trying to identify a book from the 80s about space pirates/mercenaries

my brothers and I are desperately trying to identify a book we used to read in the 1980s, but we have very very few details about it. it was about space pirates or mercenaries there was an ...
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Trying to remember the title of a sci-fi book I read in the 80's?

I read this sci-fi book back around 1987 that my father had finished. My memory of the book is sadly very limited, but the emotion of enjoying it string prompting me to try and remember it. My clear ...
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Searching for a specific science fiction short story [duplicate]

In my English class - 7 years ago - we had Isaac Asimov as topic, but this little story was not one of his. It was about a single guy on a outpost. He tells about how normal his live is and how nice ...
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Story ID - giant organic rotating space elevator lifts passengers to orbit

I'm trying to remember the title of this novel. I don't remember anything about the middle or ending of the novel; but near the beginning, the protagonist has to get off Earth and into orbit, so ...
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Why is Federation Space divided?

I was curious to see a map of the Star Trek universe galaxy. I found quite a few good images. Naturally, many did not look similar to each other, and some were even confusing because they showed ...
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Need help remembering sci-fi movie from the 90s maybe where someone is sabotaging the crew

I saw this movie years ago and can't quite remember it. All I remember is there was a crew trapped in space and they're trying to survive but someone on the crew is sabotaging them. The drinking water ...
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What is the geometry of the universe in “The Wall of Darkness” by Arthur C Clarke?

The Wall of Darkness by Arthur C. Clarke (1949) is a piece of Math fiction, usually quoted in semi-academic circles as illustrating the geometry of the Moebius band. It deals with a universe with a ...
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Man/Doc helps save Space Whale alien- short story

I read this short sci-fi story in a book awhile ago. Some Man/Doctor who is on this planet is asked by the inhabitants to look at this enormous creature/whale/ship that has landed on the planet but ...
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Superman withstanding the vacuum of space?

Superman is often seen floating or flying near Earth's orbit or in outer space. What type of physiology would Superman or any humanoid life-form require to be able to withstand the vacuum of space? ...
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I'm looking for the title of an old 'Lord of the flies' in space style book

I'm trying to find the title of a book probably release in the late 90's/early 00s. Basically this is the gist of the story: A bunch of humans are living in a colony in space. All the kids go to ...
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Need to find the name of a movie made in the 70's

In the 70's I watched a movie that stuck in my mind, but I don't remember the name. Can anyone help me? The plot is as follows: The movie is in the current day (1970's). In the US (Houston), NASA is ...
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Story Identification: Colonists Adapting to Alien World

Ok, I'm am really stuck on this one. I Cannot recall the title, or author if this book, but it strikes me as in the mid-to-late 70s? Perhaps early 80s? And for the life of me the Internet has given ...
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This may be a “Tom Swift” story, I need your help

I've been remembering the name Tom Swift from countless upon countless of books I read as a young boy (80s). I've googled the name and found two main sites: Τοm Swift Jr and List of Tom Swift Books . ...
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Story about a world where darkness drives people mad

I remember reading a short sci-fi story, perhaps 50 pages or so long, whose name I don't recall. The details of the story are: It is about a world with multiple suns that keep the planet in ...
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Twelve Days of Christmas, set in space?

I remember reading a Science Fiction book during my youth (1980 ish) that was multiple books, had some Native American themes and the end puzzle all revolved around using twelve rings in a specific ...
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Science Fiction book about a present day military man on a future spaceship

A present day (1950s) military man finds himself in control of a future warship called Master Cruiser 12 12 12. The ship had a holographic control system is in the guise of a young woman called 'The ...
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Illustrated children's book about trip to Moon

I remember reading a book about a trip to the Moon in the late 1970s or early 1980s. It was an illustrated hardback with a large page size, but not very thick - I'd guess fewer than 100 pages. The ...