Engagement in or the activities involved in war or conflict

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Why no automated warfare in Herbert’s Dune?

Frank Herbert created the weaponry in Dune to build a deadlock: If a lasgun is fired upon a Holtzmann shield, both will be destroyed. Unpredictably, there might be even larger damage up until to what ...
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Aliens abduct mathematician, astronomer, woman

Bits I remember about this SF movie which probably originated in late 50s / early 60s: Humans are flying in a light, general aviation, high winged, single engine aircraft. An alien in a flying ...
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Story about planet Urth

Looking for title of short story, travelers come to Urth looking for help from an advanced civilization, against aliens, discover Urth inhabited by essentially backward farmers. At the end of the ...
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Science fiction book in the mid-1980s about medically/drug enhanced soldiers fighting a war

I thought it was called "The Drug War" but I can't find that anywhere. I remember the main character lives in a society where the citizens are well off and drug use is rampant. He decides to join the ...
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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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Short story…probably pre WW2. About a battleship ordered to surrender

I think the short story was in an anthology of stories...something like "best science fiction short stories" or the like. Basically, a battleship (US but country not mentioned) was ordered to ...
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Book series about a group of humans rediscovered by an intersellar empire

I read when young. A group of humans in one system are separated from a powerful human empire for several hundred years. The large empire accidentally finds them and slowly tries to conquer over a ...
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Looking for a short story involving warfare on the moon

The story consists of the conversation at a dinner party between two couples. The husbands are soldiers in the opposing "white" and "black" armies that constantly wage war on the surface of the moon, ...
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Short story about robots wearing out and 'dying'

I am looking for the name of a short story, maybe from the early 1950's. I tried most famous authors without success. Plot: all humans are extinct after a great war (decades ago). Fighting robots ...
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Need book title - at intersection of 3 empires a planet with a warlike race

At the intersection of 3 galactic empires (one of which is human) There is a planet guarded by all 3 because that race is too warlike
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ST: Why do people shooting phaser rifles miss?

In an answer to this question (Why aren't phaser rifles used more often?), one author quote from Major Kira: It's Federation standard issue. A little less powerful, but with more options; ...
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When a spaceship maneuvers to avoid enemy incoming fire and detection, does it need to be outside 300,000 km? [closed]

Allow me to elaborate it further. Let's say ship A and ship B are trying to find each other in space. Ship A uses its passive radar to scan the sky to detect ship B's heat signal. But I'm thinking, ...
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blues is good reds is bad

Short story where a war is fought between two essentially interchangeable factions. After action members of the opposing sides socialize like typical suburbanites. At the end one of the dads tucks his ...
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I read a paperback novel in/around 1970: protagonists were an underground/partisans in a war by telepathy

It made a great impression on me at the time. It was probably a few years old when I read it, if I remember the condition of the binding correctly. The scene/s that stick in my mind have the ...
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Science fiction short story - limited war where last surviving soldier is immune from all laws

Looking for a science fiction short story, probably published in 1960's or 1970's. War has been formalized to a battle in a valley sized arena between two armies that is fought until only one soldier ...
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An alien tries to stop war by disabling weapon technologies

I'm looking for the title and author of a short story where the central plot goes like this. An alien comes to earth and uses his very advanced technology to try to stop war. First, he disables ...
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looking for a sci fi cartoon (american) from late 80s early 90s

For years I remember a TV show that I didn't like, and would only watch the opening credits. I remember it from primary school so it must have been on TV between 1989-1992 at least- it featured some ...
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WW2 submarine yarn with 10 or 12 “Bermuda” type triangles

I'm trying to recall the name of a book from the 70's in which a submarine is lost in WW2 off the coast of Japan and returns 30 (or so) years later, crewless, off the coast of Hawaii. The Navy refits ...
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Does anyone know the title of a novel about a war in Antarctica?

I remember a friend of mine was reading a novel about a war or military confrontation between the Americans and Russians in Antarctica but neither of us can remember the title or author? Anyone able ...
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SF film in which the alien gives birth while isolated on a planet with a human

Years ago I watched a film where an alien and human are having a dogfight (each in their own small spaceships). They crashland on a planet together, and although they still want to kill each other, ...
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Looking for story where mutual assured destruction by space ship behind the moon

I am trying to find a short story I read that stuck with me. I probably read it in the late 60's or early 70's. It was written first person from the President to the crew of a spaceship that was ...
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War with remotely piloted micro-machines

While waiting to get onto a computer booked at the local library about 2 years ago, I picked up a sci-fi novel whose name and author I cannot recall and began reading. Elements of the opening part of ...
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Which Twilight Zone/Outer Limits episode featured a Manchurian Candidate-like terrorist cell?

I remember seeing either a Twilight Zone or Outer Limits (I think) with a plot line around a group of brainwashed/Manchurian Candidate-like mercenaries soldier types who were drawn together not ...
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Sci-fi show plot where people are killed in war based on a calculation

A piece I was reading on just war brought to mind a plot of a sci-fi show (I believe it was a show, e.g., Star Trek, rather than a movie or book). In this storyline, opposing warring parties would ...
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Mixed sci-fi and fantasy show from the 90s

When I was a kid I watched a TV show (late 90s, early 00s). All I can remember was some stuff from the episodes that I watched. It was in English. The TV show had a medieval setting with swords, ...
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Book involving small scale spaceships which are used to power an economy?

I'm looking for a novel I read whilst at high school 1996-2000. It involves a young child who accidentally discovers the truth behind a stellar war being fought by 'miniature' humans created ...
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What is the name of the SF novel that takes place on a planet called Ragnarok?

In my youth I read and enjoyed a SF novel that took place largely on a planet called Ragnarok. I'd like to rediscover it, if I could. Some details I remember: Humans are fighting a war with a ...
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Old story about two men fighting over a water hole and the alien who tries to make peace between them

This story is 40 or 50 years old or more. There is a drought; the men, normally friends, are fighting over the last water hole because there is only enough water for one of their two families. An ...
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Omnivorous fusion and Earth at war with distant colonies

I recall reading a novel, probably back in the 1990's, that featured the use of omnivorous fusion reactions used for weapons and propulsion, and Earth being at war with distant colonies that ...
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Searching for the name of a Sci Fi illustrated story from approx 1970s about a never ending war

The story is set far into the future, not on Earth, about two nations that have been at war for as long as can be remembered but the origins of the war have now been forgotten. I seem to remember ...
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Movie with a war between Russia and the USA witnessed by astronauts on a space station?

Some years ago, I saw a scifi movie from the 70s/80s and I remember the following scene: It's the future, two astronauts (a Russian and an American) are floating above the Earth in a space station. ...
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First-person fantasy novel, protagonist at different stages: in an army, retreating from the world, others

I'm struggling to remember/identify a fantasy story I read, probably 10+ years ago. From memory, it was written in first person narrative and/or memoir style. The protagonist went through various ...
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Book Search, Tyrant Earth, “Ghost” Soldiers, Hellbore

I read a book way back in the 70's/80's. Been looking for it for a few years, it boils down to: In the future Earth maintains an iron grip on its colonies around other stars. It does so with a ...
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Looking for a story told by intelligent nuclear bombs about the war they had with humanity

I'm looking for a science fiction short story I read in a magazine about 20 years ago, with a very similar premise to Dark Star. The story was narrated by a nuclear bomb that was either sentient or an ...
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Short story where the Apocalypse gets overshadowed by the First World War

I read this in an anthology back in the 90's, but haven't been able to find it again. the gist of it is that the Apocalypse starts during WW1 but no one notices because each of the seals is lesser ...
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Are there “Aces” in the Star Wars universe?

On Earth, when a pilot shoots down 5 or more enemy aircraft, that pilot is called an "Ace". Is the title "Ace" awarded to pilots in Star Wars?
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Identify series of books - collecting memories from the dead (robots and humans battle)

Years ago, I read a series of books about humans trying to survive in a universe being flooded with robots. The first book I read started on a planet where people were scouting, while they had to ...
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Story with creatures who able to jump backward in time for several minutes

I read it about 1995-96 - though it was a translation and the original book could have been published earlier. So, some facts I remember so far: There were creatures able to go back in time several ...
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Short story of a lone person at a military outpost/station that may have the quote “Hello, Brother” near the beginning

This was published in an anthology I read in 1975. The anthology may have been fairly recent at that time (new or 2-3 years old). Plot: The lone person is viewing a video of the person who was there ...
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Story about warring human factions fighting over a backwater planet

This is a story I read between 1992 and 1999 about the fight between two opposing human inter-stellar empires that takes place on and in the local vicinity of a relatively back water planet. It ...
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What's that sci-fi book where phones are dropped from orbit?

What's that sci-fi book where phones are dropped from orbit? People are able to ask for things which are then manufactured and delivered to them. I think the scheme is used to bring down an ...
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Effects of nuclear explosions in space?

In the Honor Harrington universe, ship-to-ship combat takes two forms: missiles and direct energy weapons. Missiles come in two forms - bomb-pumped lasers and contact nukes. Both use multi-megaton ...
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What book features aliens defeating humanity with a sleep inducing virus?

What I remember of the plot is that Aliens called Poppers (or something like that) have landed on earth and released a virus that has put the human population to sleep. Only about 1 in a hundred ...
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Process management and high technology weapon. Novel name and author?

I am looking for help to point me out at a very old novel (likely from the '60s) about two empires at interstellar war. When it comes to starships, one is technologically very advanced, and the other ...
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What novel had an isolationist Earth and the rest of humanity in a war of attrition against aliens?

In the book, humans were in a long war with an alien race that had a slight upper hand in numbers and technology, and so were slowly losing ground. At the start of the war, Earth had cut itself off ...