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 kind of food do Aliens eat? [on hold]

This would pertain to meat or plant life. One possible answer I have is a particular food that doesn't exist here on Earth.
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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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Name of Recent live actor movie similar to plot of animated Lily Cat movie?

Trying to remember name of movie i saw within the last 4 years or fewer that seemed to be based closely on the plot of Lily Cat but i don't think there was a cat ...
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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 ...
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Unknown alien movie - Astronaut has sex with twins, chest-bursting fun ensues

So, this astronaut comes back home from a mission on which he's unknowingly picked up some alien, you know, basic stuff. Except he then has sex with two women, sisters, possibly twins... I think it ...
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Does anyone know the title of a 1980s book/series about polymorphs?

Humans are in space. An alien race comes upon them. The aliens are single-celled, single-sexed creatures who can change their shapes and imitate other lifeforms including humans. They imitate them ...
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Looking for title of sci fi short story about attempts to colonise planet (Venus?). Scientist and his dog are main characters

They want to see if humans can survive in harsh planet conditions with a view to future colonisation. Scientist guy invents a machine which can transform humans into beings which are adapted to ...
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Scifi horror on spaceship/station with killer robot [closed]

This is going to sound ridiculous because I remember so little of it, but when I was a kid (<10) I remember seeing this movie where these people are stuck on a spaceship or space station and are ...
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Identify this story about cosmic entities please

This story was written long ago. It would be less than 250 pages. The story was about a cosmic entity not unlike a star, but these guys weren't stars or even black holes. They were conscious and ...
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Stainless Steel Rat warp drive?

In The Stainless Steel Rat universe, space ships would often travel quickly across the galaxy. There was one case when DiGriz traveled a long distance to meet an alien race. I can't remember if the ...
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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 ...