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Identify a story of carving half chair logo on Moon

Very long ago, I watched a cartoon. It's not in my mind whether it was telefilm or an episode of a TV series. Here are details I remember: The main character (probably a villian) I remember was ...
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Book series about a paraplegic?

When I was younger I read a book series, possibly only a trilogy, about a boy who was confined to a wheelchair. he was transported to another world somehow, I can't remember. he meets this girl and ...
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Novel with trainee herald - Tasting the blood of your first kill prevents haunting

I'm trying to find a book I read years ago but can't remember the name of the author or book title I can only remember bits out of the book: The two main characters are traveling - they are guys and ...
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Country boy goes to the city, encounters shooting galleries with live targets and true love

I'm pretty sure this was in an anthology of older stories that I read in a paperback in the 90s, although the book may have dated from when my parents were growing up in the 60s and the 70s. The ...
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ID Short Story: Humanity stumbles across ancient booby trap [duplicate]

I probably read this before 2000 in an anthology work. I frequently read books like "Best SF of yyyy". The style of the writing is like that of the SF Golden Age. Humanity developed interstellar ...
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Book ID: 70s-80s novel about boy that goes to a space academy

Random things I remember about the book: The boy is abducted from Earth to join an intergalactic space school or academy. I remember a scene near the beginning: he saw a young girl and was ...
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ID series of novels science fiction…sisters turned into cow like aliens, mother ship full of humans

I'm looking for a series of books that deals with humans escaping Earth and having a mother ship full of humans who are being sent throughout the universe to different planets. The ship can transform ...
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Book ID: Technology World vs Magic World in a multiverse setting

I'm searching for a book series (Sci-fi/fantasy) that could be from the 90's or later that I read a few years back, all I remember is the plot from the first book: Two worlds - one based in ...
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BookID. Free Energy from alien

I read this book back around 2002-2004 The protagonist is given the key to perpetual energy by a mysterious alien, all is well until he finds out the energy is actually slowing the earth's rotation. ...
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Sci-fi movie where a spaceship containing dead aliens is found on Earth

When I was kid saw a movie about a spaceship found on earth containing two dead astronauts. Can only remember parts and my guess is that MAYBE is from the second half of the 70's: The dead ...
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Movie where Earth is conquered and humanity are cavemen slaves

I saw this movie a while back I don't remember how it starts but from where I remember watching it from it may have not been too far from the start. Apparently Earth has been conquered by some alien ...
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Book ID (Sci-Fi): Men hunting based on TV voting system

I am looking for a book that I read in the late 90's (maybe the very early 2000's). There is a system of voting by TV which also serves as tribunal: People would vote laws and in case of ...
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80s sci-fi book with human being healed by crystal-based aliens [duplicate]

Book was about an human who crash-landed on alien planet with crystal based life forms. He was badly injured and was 'healed' by aliens. I think the story was about him as human envoy, but siding ...
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Title and author of early 50s story about ray guns versus bang sound of gun or hammer

Trying to identify a science fiction short story I read in the early 50s. The essence of the plot was that silent ray guns were not effective against the aliens but the bang of an old fashioned gun ...
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Sci fi source of phrase “oedipus wrecks”

"Oedipus wrecks" is the title of one of Woody Allen's short films but I think Spider Robinson used the phrase before this, in one of his novels. Does anyone know where?
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Name of a science fiction saga - contained humans

I'm having a hard time finding the name of a science fiction saga (I think the work spanned several books) that I read about a year ago on Wikipedia. Despite furious googling I have not been able to ...
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Short story about a woman who has lost her right to use science

This story would have been in a short story collection or anthology over the last few years. I think it was about a woman who would not allow medical treatment for her children due to vague ...
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Looking for book about device that allowed people to “look back” in time

Read a great sci-fi novel in the 90's about a device that was invented allowing people to see back in time. You had to go through everything, kind of like watching a movie on a vcr in fast rewind. You ...
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Rogue AI story mentioned by Stephen Hawking on Last Week Tonight [duplicate]

On the seventh episode of Last Week Tonight John Oliver interviews Stephen Hawking about his warning against the dangers of AI. Here's part of the exchange: Artificial intelligence could be a real ...
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Story about telepathy and a comet set to eat earth

Not certain when I may have read this; 10-20 years ago is the best range I can come up with. Not even certain whether it was a novel or something shorter. The memory of the setting felt kinda ...
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Telepathic Rock or Meteorite on Fireplace Mantle

I think this is from a 1950's B & W sci-fi TV series. I would have seen this on Saturday afternoon television being broadcast out of Roanoke, VA around 1958 or 1959. It predates the The Twilight ...
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Short story about a man who could see his parallel selves in the multiverse

Does anyone know this story? It's a short story about a guy who was born with the ability to see his parallel selves in the multiverse, provided their lives are not too different from his. In one ...
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Teen sci-fi written before 2003 - body upgrade, synthetic bodies?

I am trying desperately to remember the title and author of a science fiction book for teenagers, written before 2003. The book was about a young adult virgin who sold her physical body to have an ...
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Identify book - conflict between humans on sublight ship

I read the book in the last 5 years. My recollection is that it was written by one of the 2-tier masters of the Science Fiction genre. The book starts as the person title "Teacher" is decanted. The ...
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He helps terraform Mars, and then regrets it [duplicate]

I saw a story on TV when I was a child (in the 80s) that involved a man working from earth to transform the climate of Mars. Then, later, he travels to the surface of Mars, and discovers the corpses ...
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1980/90s scifi book about a librarian who recommends 3 short stories to two students at an alien university

As I remember, this might have been a young adult book. Two alien students at university seek the help of the librarian in finding research material. He recommends three "books" which are short ...
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Old Post Apocalypse Alien Book

I remember reading a book when I was in high school about a guy rebelling against alien rule. As I recall, the humans had little technology of their own, but stole heat weapons of some sort from the ...
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Book or Tale identification - Building is in fact a spaceship

Can anyone please remind me the name of a Sci-Fi tale that a man lives in a strange building and can't get out. He starts to search other strange things. I can't really remember the story, but I ...
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Movie with crashed UFO and floor panels that light up (and kill the people standing on them)

Looking for a sci-fi movie, probably late 1950's or early 1960's. I'm pretty sure that it was B&W. The only thing I can remember is that people were trying to walk across what I think was a ...
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Book Identification - Human agent trapped by aliens and trying to escape

What is the name of the book or author in a science fiction novel in which: Prior to the events in the book: humanity discovered a means of teleporting between worlds and has established a number of ...
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Book identification - Interstellar humanity enslaved by lizard like aliens

What is the name of the book or author in which: The action for this book occurs on a human colony world, not Earth itself. Interstellar human civilization has been enslaved by an alien race. The ...
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YA book about a young powerful female caster attending a school that trains in magical arts and duels

I read a young adult novel around the turn of the century. This story features a young female protagonist that is very naturally gifted in magic. She is attending a wizarding school to learn mastery ...
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Book identification - towns separated by energy storm [duplicate]

Towns/cities are surrounded by a kind of swirling & confusing energy storm or field. In my mind's eye it was blue/purple in color. The towns/inhabited regions are in bubbles of normal ...
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Novel (or maybe series) About a Hidden Urban Underground Civilization

When I was in middle school, I remember reading a novel (or possibly a series of novels, I don't remember) about a young boy (or possibly teenager) who goes through a hole in the wall of a building. ...
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A story I read in about 1986: A boy meets an alien, his mind is wiped afterward

I remember reading a short chapter book when I was a kid. Here's the story: Boy lives on a farm. The boy meets an alien. Another alien, the alien's rival (of some sort) tries to take him away ...
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Immortality thanks to nanotechnology

Trying to find a short story. I first read it approx 5 years ago. It was part of a short story collection from various authors. I can only guess at the original published date, but the paperback I ...
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Story identification - replicators causing a society collapse

I cannot recall the title of a story that explored the social consequences of introducing StarTrek-like replicator technology in current society. The plot centered on a village-sized community that ...
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Looking for title of sci fi short story about lunar base

All I remember is there is a "siren" like effect luring people out of a lunar base to the surface where they die. There is a man looking into this on the base, he barely manages to escape the pull of ...
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“Chosen girl in a new and strange world” novel

I remember the cover was green. Most likely published in the late 1990s to early 2000s. I remember that it was one of those “chosen girl in a new and strange world” books. I remember it being fairly ...
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Trying to Find a Book I read as a kid about a Ranger's Apprentice (Not “Rangers Apprentice” books) 80s or 90s

I am trying to find a book about a young man who goes into the woods and is trained as a Ranger. I remember he received this unbreakable staff that could be strung into a bow. I also remember there ...
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Looking for author or title of this book with Earth, Mars, Revenants and chemically induced amnesia

The story is about a female star pilot who is attacked and wakes up to find the last three years of her life have been chemically wiped away. She searches for information on her son (now dead) and on ...
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80's Young Adult Science Fiction Book With Cassette

I've been searching for this for years. I can only recall the following: Early 80's (possibly late 70's). Young adult short story book with hand drawn illustrations Was a book on cassette, a follow ...
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Please help identify an old scifi comic book ~1970-1990

I remember only last part of comic book: There is a scene of attack (in space) against aliens, hero is flying space shuttle. He return to active duty, there is a war with enigmatic aliens, after ...
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Please help identify an old scifi movie about an Earth with scorching hot sun

Old movie where staying out in the sunlight causes death since it is too hot. The protagonist gets chained up outside during the day but somehow manages to survive. Wish I had more details on this, ...
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A comic book about searching for girl who teleports in time inside the sphere

Please help me identify a comic book about searching for girl who teleports through time in a bubble (she is naked as I remember). The girl is lost in time and all the adventures that happen are about ...
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Story About Kids Finding Out Their Uncle Time Travels

I remember bits and pieces of this book I read when I was a kid (probably late 90s). It starts with this boy and his family moving into to his uncle's(?) house. The boy finds a room of weird stuff, ...
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Please help identify a story about an ugly bird that would die of shame when someone looked at it

I can't figure out the title of this short story I read in the early 2000's about a bird that was so self-conscious about its ugly appearance that it would die of shame if it noticed that someone else ...
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A story about a skinned animal/fur coat in a closet with a bone in its tail, gained more bones by the character feeding it fruit from a tree

First of all, I'm not quite sure if I'm putting this in the right section, I'm fairly new to stack exchange and I couldn't find anywhere else. I'm sorry if this isn't the right category. This was a ...
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Around the world in less than 80 days

I recall reading a novel length work 30+ years ago. It was loosely based on Around the World in Eighty Days I recall the Jules Verne story being mentioned in this work, but as fact not fiction. ...
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Interstellar flight over generations

I read a story about an interstellar flight of a couple of ships to a distant star system that takes centuries. Generations of families live on the ships. They are fleeing from an earth at war. ...