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Sci fi story told from the alien's Point of View

I first read this story more than fifteen years ago, but I'm sure the book is much older and I have had serious trouble tracking it down. It was a story about lizard-like aliens that lived in a very ...
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I'm looking for the name of a sci fi book

I'm looking for the name of a sci fi book, probably from the 1960s or 70s about a group of French & Am scientists who discover a dome under the ice in Antarctica
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How Can I Find Plot Summaries For Stories Published In Analog Magazine?

I am trying to remember a specific story that I read in an issue of Analog Magazine over a decade ago. I was a subscriber from around 1996 to 2007, but I distinctly remember that this story was ...
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Does anyone remember the title of a book where single-celled organisms save some astronauts?

Does anyone remember the title and/or author of a sci-fi book about single-celled organisms that ended up saving the life of some astronauts? The organisms launched a mission into space and fixed ...
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Movie About a Boy Sucked into a Game Boy That's on an Island

I see there's a recent question on here about a book that sounds similar to this, but this was definitely a movie, most likely a made-for-TV movie, that didn't seem futuristic at all. It was a blonde ...
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Cartoon Film involving mission to a mars base which fired missles to earth, containing creatures - giant praying mantis, giant crab

I am trying to identify an animated (short) film that I watched when I was a kid, I am estimating around 1995-1998 but could be way off. It would have been on VHS at the time. I remember: humans ...
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Novel set on a generational ship with a unique “chess”-like game

I read this novel in the mid- or late-90s; I think it may have been published in the 80s, but I can't be sure, I only know it was in paperback by the time I found it in a local used-books store. The ...
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Book about psychic girl [on hold]

I'm looking for a book about a girl who is kind of psychic and her friend goes missing and she has recurring dreams about what happened. Her dad is also a cop who died, I think. She eventually helps ...
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Remember a Novel with Antigravity Metal and Warping Space?

I read a novel a few years ago that had the following aspects in it: Protagonist invented a metal that repelled gravity. Used the metal, attached to the fan blade of an IC engine to run the engine ...
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Looking for a novel about a dystopian future where the resistance operates a help line

I read this while up at my grandparents somewhere around 1990ish. Given how many books they had from when my dad was growing up, there's a decent chance that it's older. It was a novel where the ...
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Help with title of book about mind control

I read a book in the 90s about mind control, but can't remember the title or the author. People start to commit extremely violent crime for no apparent reason. They claim that they had no control ...
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Help with a story title/character name

I want to say I read this short story in a Weird Tales collection but can't be sure. It's about a prince whose father was murdered after the castle was invaded by weird magic users. The prince was ...
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Novel with plane which is soundless and can't see while in sky

I read a novel during my childhood which is a science fiction novel. Villain uses a lot of complicated weapons. He has a plane which can fly without being noticed. It doesn't make any noise and while ...
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Please help identify this book

I got a book a couple years ago from a retail store. It was a pretty old book but in good condition. However I don't have it anymore, it was lost while moving. The edition I had had a cover with a ...
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Forgot the title of the movie with a bad killer robot in a spaceship

I remember I was watching the movie around 10 (?) years ago. It's probably a US movie (or UK or Australian) – I mean, not the Indian one or whatever. The storyline is really close to the one Saturn 3 ...
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1970s: Student creates complex program, forgets about it, and it becomes intelligent and finds him years later

This book came out of the 1970s (early 1980's) at the latest. In it the protagonist, a not so diligent student, gets turned on to computer programming and creates (I think..) a weather program. ...
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Looking for the title of a movie in the style of The NeverEnding Story

The main character was a boy who finds himself in another world, where a struggle for the kingdom is ongoing. I remember that he is subjected to a series of tests, including a dilemma (to test the ...
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Looking for a story about building up speed relating to increased quality of life

It's a story I read in 2 or 3 parts in a sci-fi magazine around 2004 (give or take a year, I suppose), but it may be a bit older than that. This is what I remember (and I hope it's all accurate): ...
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Trying to remember a vintage sci fi movie I remember a scene from

All I can remember is at the end there are some people leaving this man on a planet in a cave with multiple cylinders of colored liquid boiling in his laboratory.
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A story about zero gravity wings

Trying to remember a name/author of the story that had a person designing "wings" for humans to fly in zero gravity on a space station. In the end, they also ended up with swimming in water in ...
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looking for short story about genetically modified humans who live on asteroid & revolt earth?

I believe this was a short story in a compilation of apocalyptic stories and this one had genetically modified clones (who are smaller than regular humans). They live on an asteroid, revolt against ...
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Looking for a scifi novel about a warrior that came to our time and people are sent to bring him back to protect them from some dangerous creatures

I read a book years ago about a future world in which the people were fat and lazy and had trouble with some type of dangerous creatures so they created a warrior class to fight the creatures. They ...
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SF film about plants that change or kill the people they come in contact with

I am looking for a film where some kids are trying to look for their Dad who is a science teacher. At the same time weird plants are appearing everywhere that kill people or change them. The kids find ...
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Short story about humans eating strange seafood

I recall a short story in a forgotten anthology, in which two guys discover an odd type of seafood on the beach. One guy dares the other to taste an odd round thing in the water, and the taster ...
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Searching for a Fantasy title - Book 1 of the Painter Trilogy?

I read a good book ages ago and it had to do with some sort of color/painting magic and revolved around this boy's apprenticeship in the art. I remember the author's name was female and the cover had ...
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Short story about a woman that travels to other planets. Read online recently. She just manages to live long enough to embrace new technology

I believe she loses a loved one and decides to take a pill to make her better. She eventually embraces technology and becomes a interplanetary (and possibly inter-galaxy) traveler. She travels using ...
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Saturday morning TV show from the 1970's or 1980's with a silver RV driven around a desert

What I remember of it was it was a group of people driving around a desert in a vehicle that looked like an RV and was silver in color. I don't remember any of the actors in it. It was a Saturday ...
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Identifying Anthology of SciFi Stories

I was hoping to find some answers on a very interesting anthology that I remember from the 70's, but was probably written earlier. There were a variety of stories, but 2 really stand out for me. The ...
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Looking for a book series written for youth or young readers

The word 'Galaxy' is on the back cover. They are hardback books but fairly thin; Possibly short stories. One has 'Emergency' something in the title, maybe 'Emergency Medical' or something like that. ...
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Identify Book: Wizards use modern items to cast spells

The book starts out following the main protagonist, a young woman, as she leaves work, in California I think. Her car doesn't have air conditioning and I recall the the book referencing "4x65" or ...
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Fantasy book filled with short disturbing stories

Okay I'm going to just start off by saying it is not The Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson or Andrew Lang. I have read through all of their works that I could find online, bought a supposed ...
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Source of tale/story referenced in “The Last Question” by Asimov

In Isaac Asimov's "The Last Question", there is a passage which reads: "Sure you are. You're weak on logic, that's the trouble with you. You're like the guy in the story who was caught in a ...
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What book has the collapse caused by people creating nanotech that eats metal and other tech with Chinese on the moon chucking rocks or missiles?

There was some nihilist creed that convinced people to destroy technological society and attempt to kill off the few survivors who were not affected. The story line centers on their survival and ...
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What film has The Rock investigating murders on Mars (and was there a sequel?)

This movie is set in the future, with a lot of sci-fi elements. If I'm not mistaken, the plot consists of mysterious murders on a lunar/Martian base (not sure which) which is used for scientific ...
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What movie is set at Hitler’s 80th birthday party in Berlin?

A long time ago I watched a movie in which Nazi Germany didn't lose WW2, but made some peace agreement with western allies. The movie was set in Berlin on Hitler's 80th (?) birthday. Does anyone have ...
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Identify Japanese Book - “When all the cats in the world had died”

I am trying to find the Japanese book titled something like "When all the cats in the world had died"(translation may be inaccurate). I tried googling it using that english title, no luck. The story ...
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Six colonists from Terra are kidnapped enroute, and placed on different planet by unknown aliens. Novella 1980's read

I recall everything about this story except the author and title. Humans have evolved in that women now give birth to six or eight babies in one gestation. Three couples selected to be colonists by ...
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SF novel where body swapping/modification is widespread

I read this in the early 1990s when I was a teenager and I have no idea whether it was old or new at the time. Changing your body involves going in to a tank of liquid. People wear bodies of many and ...
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Short/abridged story about a colony aboard a space ship

Here's another possibly obscure one! This story was published in two or three parts in issues of Cricket magazine in the early 2000s. I'm not sure if it was written for the magazine itself or was part ...
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Identifying a fantasy/scifi series/book about abandoned colony/world

It was a scifi/fanatasy I read a good number of years ago, 15 or so. I just remember fragments of it. That is was set on a world where it appeared that humans had colonized it, then civilization ...
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Teen Sci-Fi book probably from 80's possibly early 90's - aliens help a teenager on Earth

I can't remember much about the book. I read it when I was in middle school. What I do remember is that a human kid finds these tiny aliens - one of which can stop/slow time. The one scene that ...
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Looking for a scifi/fantasy book about children who win a war by a trick

I am looking for a scifi/fantasy book that I read 3 or 4 years ago. I cant remember all the details but it involves some war against beings of destruction or chaos where children rally up in one last ...
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Unsure about 90s movie that had black sludge that broke through an astronauts helmet?

It's a movie from the 90s. I was pretty young when I first watched it, but from what I can remember.. it was like a black sludge that broke through an astronauts helmet and went inside his body. ...
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Humorous Sci fi about invaders from mars

I'm looking for a book read in the 1980s. The plot is that alien invaders have taken over earth. They have paranormal powers in that they can teleport. Their motives are unknown but most of them just ...
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Short story with space cannibals and a missionary

Trying to find a short story I read a long time ago: A Christian missionary travels to a planet populated by humans (or human-looking aliens) to spread the good word. The natives welcome him and ...
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Looking for a kid's book, might be really obscure

A long time ago, I read a book involving a small group of kids aboard a spaceship, and they encounter a sentient being in their ship's computer. The being turns out to (somehow) be a small boy from ...
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A story about a man falling in love with a woman through a telescope

I remember that in one of the DVD commentaries on Futurama, the crew make reference to drawing inspiration from a story that goes something like this: A man with a high-powered telescope observes an ...
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Short story about mutant children who all have names starting with “Em”?

I read this story as a kid, and I'd like to find it again! It was a story about a group of children with physical mutations like extra eyes, missing limbs, and so on, who lived in an group so isolated ...
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Looking for a 1980s American zombie movie where the people in a hospital turn into a mannequin-like zombies without being bitten

They don't run, they just walk slowly. There is one scene where a few soldiers were trapped inside a glass walled room. Also, there is this zombie in a red shirt who stares at the female soldier ...