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Space Opera Comic 80s/90s

This might be a bit more complicated, because the comic I'm looking for is not well known, I think it was 4-5 issues, might have been from the late 80s, mid-90s, not sure about the publisher. Probably ...
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Can someone identify the story that starts out “First, I killed the dwarf…”

...or something like that. He's on a prison planet in a mining camp, and they don't feed them enough to have the energy to escape. So he kills the dwarf because it takes the least amount of energy. ...
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Young adult series about a prince in a northern setting kingdom who can turn into a dragon

I read a book series in high school/middle school (late 90s,early 2000s) and the main character was a prince/lord/ruler of some area set in a wintery/northern area. He inherited the ability to turn ...
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Boy living in cave with nice aliens, evil aliens with bikes invade

I read a book where a boy befriends these nice aliens and lives in a cave with them while another alien invasion wages on earth. In any case, he eventually comes out of the cave, and yells or thinks ...
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Looking for title of short story that features people with the “Superpower” to control probability

I've been trying to figure out what this story's title is for years (I read it in Junior High back in the 80's). I remember very little about the story, other than the narrator describing his ...
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Unknown Science Fiction Space Book

I read a book many years ago that talks about the shortest distance between two points being a line, and if you held a string between those points you can fold the string to connect the points. The ...
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Young Adult Fiction book about a VR game that gets too immersive

I recall listening to an audio cassette version of this book in the mid to late 90s. Two young boys are invited to try out a new virtual reality game. They are hooked up to some headgear and ...
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Novel featuring strange attractor and quest to find his father's spaceship

Its a science fiction novel from the 90s. A man, down on his luck, trying to find the great spaceship his father captained. He has his father's pistol, which had something special about it - maybe the ...
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A SF Book set in a Cyberpunk universe

The book is about a guy (I think he is a young adult) who makes a living by giving ideas away in exchange for services. There is a scene about him and a few other guys and 1 girl about them talking ...
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Poisonous planet girl with no emotions

I am trying to find a book I read a long time ago. This girl was raised with no emotions and trained to explore this new planet. The planet was poisonous to humans. She was sent to it with a doctor ...
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One year of work before university

In this future not everyone has to work, the goverment provides a basic income. If you want to work, you need to go to university, as low level, manual labour is provided by robots. However, before ...
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Four teenagers racing spaceships and fighting evil undercover

I've been looking around for a show I used to watch as a kid and I can't seem to find it anywhere. I remember it was an anime style cartoon about 4 teenagers who raced small flyers, kinda like the ...
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Book series, Reincarnation, Different Gods and Goddess?

I remember reading this novel in high school (around 2010-2014). Chosen kids are transported through time into a post-apocalypse world where humans cannot have babies anymore. Each kid represents a ...
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Looking for a specific Harry Potter fanfic where Harry stays with Snape during the summer of 2nd year

I'm looking for a Harry Potter fanfic, which I had been reading on fanfiction.net. It's AU starting in the summer of Harry's second year. Harry has to stay with Snape during the summer at Hogwarts. I ...
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Animated TV series: post-apocalyptic, robots have taken over the world

Robots have taken over the world, and there is a small group of dedicated Fighters who are fighting them. All they have is small arms, like pistols and rifles. Very gritty, similar to The Terminator ...
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Animated TV series or short movie: spaceship filled with red crystals, female android copilot

I don't remember too much about it but there was a spaceship that would fill up with ruby red crystals, a human pilot with a female Android copilot or assistant. It most likely played around the time ...
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Looking for a sci-fi dystopian story where the main characters are trained children

So I read a book back in school (2000s), didn't finish it for whatever reason, and have been unable to remember the name or anything outside of a few small details. Note, it's not Ender's Game or The ...
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Lizard Alien and Cadet Boy

I'm trying to find the book that is about a boy and a lizard-alien. The lizard-alien can only survive if it lives on the skin of its host as a tattoo and can only be away from its host for a set ...
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Movie about alien coming through a TV set

Since I saw this in Goulburn in the 70s I've been looking for it, it's a 60s or 70s UK TV movie short movie. The plot goes like this: an alien man was talking to a young girl in the family TV set, ...
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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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A Christian Science Fiction Series Kind of Like Tom Swift?

When I was in, like, 5th grade, I stumbled across a story that read very much like something from the Tom Swift, Jr, series. It had a plucky young hero, and his trusty sidekick who was mostly there ...
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Looking to identify a children's novel in which stow aways eventually crash on the moon

I'm trying to remember the title/author of a juvie SF novel from the mid-late 50s. There are two kids who sneak out every chance they get to watch rocket launches. These are multi-staged things with ...
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the tornado bomb

I once read a children's short story about a couple kids who visit a space station with their dad. While there, the station weather forcaster notices a tornado has formed, and is heading straight for ...
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short story about a guy who finds a secret room with beautiful women in it

I'm trying to find the name of an old SF short story, probably from the 1949s or 50s. It involved a guy - I think a young professor - who found a secret room in his office, or possibly a portal to ...
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Anthology for children; contains story about friendly Martian on postapocalyptic Earth

I'm looking for the title of an anthology of children's science fiction stories from the 1950s. The best of the bunch involved a Martian who visited earth, and realized we'd blown ourselves up in a ...
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1950 children's science fiction story

I once read a 1950s children's science fiction story set on Mars. It was about a family that had just moved there, and befriended a colonial kid. They lived under a dome, and adopted a Martian animal ...
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Very old post-apocalyptic Science Fiction novel - suspended animation, 2nd moon, and a chasm

I'm trying to identify a very old science fiction novel, probably from the 1920s or 1930s. The plot involves a couple who go into suspended animation for some reason, and wake up several thousand ...
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Sci-fi anime about guy who finds dying alien and gets transformation power through somersault

I seem to remember that he helps a crashed/dying bluish skinned alien and in return gets the power to transform/get armour when doing a somersault. I think the crashed UFO looked kind of like a flying ...
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Childhood animated sci-fi series about blue man called “Blue”

It's an old animated series from either the 70's or early to mid 80's. I am sure the title character was named Blue, in addition to being blue and I remember a line from the title song as "Blue, the ...
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Short story- Slug-like alien eats his doctor

I'm trying to track down a sci-fi short story my mom read ages ago. It must have been the late 70's or early 80's. I think it was in an anthology, but I could be mistaken. A slug-like alien is ...
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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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Short story involving time travel through a train station

I cannot remember the story exactly, but I guess it goes like this - Protagonist was travelling somewhere. So he goes to a train station. But the ticket counter he went to appeared old fashioned ...
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Scifi short story. Alien makes first-contact with humanity but finds us overly obsessed with sex

I'll try and describe/summarize it the best I can, any help is appreciated. Alien couple in space ship visiting planets and solar systems for something Told from male aliens POV (I think) they have ...
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Kids' book about what life will be like for a kid in the year 3000

So in this book it talks about what life will be like in the year 3000. They talk about how animals will be able to talk using special collars and hoverboard parks, they also talked about how ...
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Author & title of short story about cat navigator of spaceship

Short story several decades old, about cat navigator or co-pilot of a spaceship and its human partner. They were isolated in different compartments, communication telepathic only, no visual or audio ...
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Earth occupation/invasion book I read in the 90s

I remember a TON of details, but I can't for the life of me find the title of this book. The story takes place during Earth's occupation by a race of red-skinned, black-eyed, three-fingered aliens, ...
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Identify an end of democracy quote, possibly by F. Herbert

I recall that there was a quote about downfall or ending of democracy, either through its own excesses or through overblown bureaucracy, or something similar. I suspect it's from one of F.Herbert's ...
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Book Series identification, late 80s, early 90s [duplicate]

I read a series of 5 novels that began with a space pirate kidnapping a woman from Earth, using her horribly, selling her or perhaps losing her to anothe pirate and her tale grew more awful... Each ...
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Identify a cartoon with a “red eyed tornado”

Ok, so, I really really do not recall much about this, but I am sure that, as a kid (early '90), I watched more than once this cartoon, where there was a bad guy (... gal, maybe?) with magical powers, ...
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Sci fi short story or radio play of man who ends up on death row for a minor infraction…bureaucracy and obscure laws are real culprits

While traveling through Minnesota in the late-1990's I heard an old radio show rebroadcast of a sci-fi dramatization. It tells the story of bureaucracy gone horribly wrong, with the main proponent ...
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Analog '90s? staff on abandoned alien space station infected with religion meme

I've been looking for this story for a long time. I believe it was published in Analog Science Fiction in the 1990's. In the story, the staff on an abandoned space station is infected with a religion ...
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A person contracts a biological pathogen that is collectively intelligent, forming a symbiosis

Trying to identify a story where: A person (man/woman?) somehow contracts a pathogen that leans to communicate with him. The pathogen is pathogen something like an amoeba. the person is hunted by ...
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Everyone on earth can suddenly read each other's minds

Trying to identify a story about the population of the earth suddenly developing telepathy. I don't remember much about this story. Suddenly everyone on earth wakes up one morning and can read each ...
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Movie about an alien probe that burns astronauts trapped on a planet

I am looking for an old B-rated science fiction movie. All I remember are the astronauts are trapped on a planet, and there is a stationary alien probe that burns them every time they get near it. ...
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Title of horror novel book where the villain is actually twins raised to believe they were one person?

When I was an early teen in the early to mid 80's I was a horror junkie. I came across a novel in which the bad guy, a serial killer, turns out to have been twins actually raised by their mother to ...
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Title of a fantasy novel about ape like humanoids that are invaded by humans

I just remember that the "Hairy" ape like creatures that can use magic get invaded my humans. Supplies run low for the humans so they start to eat the ape like creatures is the one part I ...
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Trying to recall title of story about intellectually enhanced chimp/ape

I am trying to remember the title and author of a short story about an ape (maybe a chimp) who is given human intelligence as a result of experimentation, and subsequently feels alienated. It takes ...
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Looking for Author of a book I cannot find I believe was called “X/Y”

I need help identifying the Author of a book I used to have that I really need for research. The book I believe was called "X/Y", paperback with a mainly white cover and purple writing on the front. ...
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Old short story about ancient Martians stranded on earth

I probably read this short story back in the 1970s. The story is pretty old—maybe any time from 1890 to 1925. I may have read it in a trade-paperback collection of pulp fiction from the dawn of ...
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Story where an immortal man has his memory wiped every 100 years

Author of this article describes a short sci-fi story: The story centered on a man living in a futuristic, hyper-prosperous civilization. All of society’s problems had been solved, and death was a ...