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Trying to figure out the name of a Sci-Fi Series my class was reading in the mid-90's

There was a book (series?) that one of my teachers was reading to the class when I was in school (I want to say around grade 4) back in the mid 90's. It's killing me that I cannot remember the name of ...
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Aliens placed humans on Earth to become starship engineers

Please help me identify this SF short story. What I remember: Several characters at a party. All of the attendees are very intelligent. One of the guests poses a hypothetical question about how ...
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Aliens try to invade Earth, but are quickly caught because their template was socially unusual

This is one of those vague memories, probably a short story, science fiction, written before the 1990s. The story is from the perspective of the aliens, who are planning to invade Earth. They either ...
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Intelligent cells taking over the world

Please help me identify this story. I think it is a short story, not a novel but I could be wrong. A scientist works on genetically engineering super intelligent cells. He has some successes. I ...
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Story about a magic phone that did not work

Can someone help me ID a novel series I read a while back? What I remember for certain is that a wizard was hired by a small kingdom to be their court wizard. His first task was to create a phone ...
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Identify a Space Opera comics featuring Uranium Theft from moon

Long ago, I read a western comics in my school library. It wasn't kind of from a comic series. It was thick and had library binding. You can call it graphical novel. The genre was Space Opera and it ...
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Short story about consumers vs producers

Trying to remember the title of a short story I read back in the 90s. The parents were producers who produced all the goods included weapons and ammunition. The children were consumers who used the ...
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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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Movie about earth without light

It is a science fiction Hollywood movie story about earth in which people live inside the earth, where no light is present. One day a boy and a girl find the way to get on the surface.
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Story about mankind being alone in the Milky Way galaxy [duplicate]

Many years ago I read a short story about mankind searching the galaxy, hoping to find intelligent non-human life. After many millennia, on the opposite side of the galaxy, they think they have ...
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Science fiction anthology, possibly called Monsters (or Creatures or Dragons)?

I am trying to recall an anthology of science fiction short stories I read about 15-20 years ago. It was called "Monsters" or something similar (could have been "Creatures" or "Dragons" or something ...
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Title of post apocalytic novel, sterility, clones, pennsylvania?

I read this novel that I believe was written around 1975. Something - I think it was ecological - has resulted in the almost universal sterility. A (rich) family has created an enclave somewhere in ...
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Identify a ghost story about a mirror in a hotel room, possibly in Ireland

As a child in Britain in the 1980s I remember reading a ghost story in a (1970s?) British compilation which went roughly like this: It is set in Ireland, or at least mentions an Irish city. The ...
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Short story with a mechanical fly

Trying to identify a short story from some long-forgotten collection with multiple authors. All I really remember is a man attempting to swat a fly that landed on him...when a blue flame shoots out ...
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Identify cartoon about a set of fairy/demon twins in a far future where the demon uses propaganda to take over the world

I'm looking for a cartoon from the 70's (I believe) which is about a set of twins; one plump "fairy" and a skeletal "demon". The "fairy" has magic powers and ends up living a life of pleasure, while ...
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A fantastic movie about the arrival of a native of a planet of children

About 7-8 years ago, I watched a movie about a little girl who came to Earth from a planet where humans never get older, always stay as a kid. She was over 200 years old, but appeared as a child. She ...
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Semper Fi — Trying to locate a book

I can't remember the name of it but the premise is this: Two portals open on a typical fantasy world. A large stockpile of modern military weaponry and instructions to use it fall into the evil ...
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Identify a story about an emperor and a gifted poet destined to write a poem for him

I remember reading a great story somewhere in around year 2006.. although I believe it originates from a much earlier time, like somewhere in 20th century. The story was likely to be a part of a ...
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Fantasy novel series with paraplegic protagonist

I am looking for a fantasy book where the main character travels back and forth between Earth and his world and they watch him like he is on TV. He gets stabbed in the stomach and in the second book ...
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Looking for an American 80's movie about a hazardous accident in an underground lab in the desert

I remember seeing this movie in television a long time ago. So long that some parts that I remember might be a bit wrong. The basic premise is that scientists accidentally or intentionally release a ...
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looking for this sf novel about an ex soldier who during a pandemic is charging rich parents space for their kids in a secure monastery to survive

I'm a librarian and sf lover who's been asked to help locate a book which sounds very familiar to me, but which I never read myself. I haven't had any luck searching our catalogue or various sf ...
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Children's fantasy story : Jungle explorer encounters strange villages

This was a children's book I read in 5th grade a long time ago. The story is about a jungle explorer making his way through many dangers. The first danger was a plant that would grab your feet and ...
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Paper mache dragons that come to life

Looking for a young adult book I read in my high school library in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, back in the early 1990's about a teenager who makes three dragons out of paper mache, and they come to life ...
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TV Show with alien conspiracy theorist, one character has “lightning” superpowers

For some reason I have this very distinct memory of watching a specific scene in an episode of a show when I was very young. The main characters [there's two, a man and a woman] are talking to this ...
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Need Help Identifying a Film or Show [on hold]

This has been bugging me for years, and I would like help identifying a film or show that I saw this clip from. I first saw the clip on YouTube way back in 2008, completely by accident, which is why ...
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Man's consciousness transferred into machine and asked questions

I read a short story online a while back which starts off with a guy being in the dark and asking where he is and panicking, and then a scientist starts asking him questions but he is super freaked ...
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Story of a girl who is interested in aircraft competition [migrated]

I am trying to find an anime from my childhood which was aired around 2004 or 2005 in cable TV. It was a story of a girl who was very interested in some sort of aircraft competition. She doesn't have ...
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Movie about a man whose shadow didn’t follow him

A few years ago I watched a movie trailer, but now I can’t remember the name. It was about someone whose shadow didn't follow him. It was like a regular shadow, but it wasn't doing the exact thing ...
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Webcomic about an anthropomorphic television guiding a young child on a journey through a dreamworld

The webcomic begins with the television (human body, television for a head) asking the child (I can't remember if it was a boy or girl, I just remember it wasn't very clear until later) if they want ...
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Novel with travel to purple grassed planets and space pets. Possibly a series

So for years I have been trying to search for the book(s) that captured my imagination with sci-fi. I found the book in my middle school library some time between 1979-1983. The book may have been ...
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Story about an alien civilization that lives under the hollow core of their planet where they are trying to reach the surface

I’m trying to trace a story (not sure if it was a novel/novella/webstory) and google's keywords are too “polluted” for my requirements. This is compounded by the fact that the scenarios I remember may ...
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TV show I think, where Aliens are leaving Earth, most people on Earth don't know that they are on Earth

I though it may have been an Outer Limits episode, but I couldn't find it there, this seems to low key for Outer Limits anyhow, maybe more like a Disney type..? Watched it when I was really young, ...
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What fantasy show is this quote from?

“We are but pawns on a chessboard too large to see the edges ” I remember hearing this from a show a few years back. I'm fairly certain it was from a fantasy/medieval setting; my first guess was ...
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80's children's fantasy book with a cat on the cover

Trying to remember the title/author of a book that had a cat on the cover, with some planets or moons in the background. Borrowed it from my elementary school library in the 80's. The main character ...
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Science Fiction Novel depicting a society where people are paid to shop and pay to work [duplicate]

I am looking for the author and title for a Science Fiction novel depicting a society where people are paid to obtain necessities and pay to work. It may be a Heinlein, Asimov, or Clark title. Does ...
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Two sci-fi or fantasy books that tell the same story two different ways [on hold]

I came across a book that I think is part of a series. One of them is gold color and I think the other is blue. I came across this novel when searching for scifi and fantasy books to read but I ...
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SciFi story involving wormhole and insanity

I think it was a short story or novella. A wormhole or some other portal is discovered and all attempts at automated study of what is on the other side fail - all recordings come back blank. They send ...
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Story about kids and book that tells about good old times in schools

I'm trying to find an short story I read in a collection about ten years ago. Publication date before 1980. Here's everything I remember: The story is about kids that found an old book with story ...
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Book I read as a child about a triangular planet where all the natives had triangular eyes.

Book I read as a child about a triangular planet where all the natives had triangular eyes. A man human, finds a woman semihuman that had wings but were cut by monsters. Anyone knows the name of ...
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Sci fi women in a prison or captured

I keep remembering this movie about a group of women locked up in a sci fi looking prison or something and they have to escape but they use their imagination and it unlocks how they are to escape. ...
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90s fantasy movie about a magic world split light and dark

I am trying identify a movie I saw on tv in 1995-1996. It was about a world that is split into a light side and a dark side. They are separated by a wall. One of the female characters could shape ...
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Mentally-linked clones soldier pairs fight wars and nearly destroy the Earth

This was a trilogy about a future earth where double clones were made to fight wars and they nearly destroyed the earth. They were good fighters because they were mentally linked. All were supposedly ...
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SF story with female chromed android from future temporally follows nemesis robot back into present

A book I once owned and read back in late-80's or early-90's that I have not been able to identify title & author for: It was a SF story concerning two opposing androids/cyborgs/robots from ...
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1990's movie about kidnapped android prostitutes

I'm looking for a scifi movie that I think was released in the mid to late 1990's. From what I recall, it was about some very high-quality androids that were used as prostitutes/pleasure robots, ...
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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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How to Find a Book by Subject [closed]

Backstory: After reading Is it known how the first viruses formed?, I was immediately struck by the idea that it would make a great book. Either in science-fiction ala Michael Crichton, or as popular ...
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Short story about astronauts landing on a planet of shapeshifters

I'm trying to find an English-language short story I read in a collection about five to ten years ago (I don't have any idea of the original publication date). Here's everything I remember: The ...
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Apotheosis/Transcendence/Attaining Godhood in sci fi novels and movies [closed]

Anyone knows sci fi novel and movie plots where the main character goes through apotheosis/transcendence or attains some sort of godhood? I've recently seen Lucy and Transcendence, but I'm also ...
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Tiny lifeforms on planetoid that live at accelerated time rate [duplicate]

A book I once owned and read back in late-80's or early-90's that I have not been able to identify title & author for: It was a SF story concerning tiny native lifeforms, living on either a ...
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Story Identification: Novel in which aliens drain sun's energy

I read this book in my school's library and that was a long time ago. I will give my best to reproduce the important parts of it. Few scientists, while working on something in Antarctica observe that ...