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Boy transported to another planet where the being who owns the Earth lives

I read this book probably in the late 1990s. I assume the intended audience is teenagers/youth because I checked it out of my junior high library. In the book there is a boy on a plane and the plane ...
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Short Story: Criminals are sent back in time as punishment?

I've already searched Wikipedia's list of time travel stories in hopes of finding it, but no such luck. This is the basic plot of the story: In the future, criminals are sent back to the Renaissance ...
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A man takes riskier and riskier jobs for more money

I'm looking for a story I read in 1980. It is a short story and may have been in one of Asimov's or Bradbury's collections. It was about a man looking for a job. He goes into an office with, I ...
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Movie with magical book showing events of any day in history, except missing days of the Gregorian calendar change

I once saw a movie in the TV sometime in the 1990s. I don't remember a whole lot (maybe I didn't even see the whole movie), only one particular scene, which made quite an impression on my young self, ...
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Married couple pretend to like each other due to crystal sculpture

Years ago, I remember reading a short story (as I remember it) about a couple whose prized possession is semi-living crystal structure that is sensitive to their relationship; it grows and maintains ...
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Book identification: about a wood nymph (otik style) who becomes a scientist

I am trying to hunt down a book I read in the 90s and lost some time ago. It starts with some children wandering in a wood, and they encounter a wood nymph creature that starts following them around. ...
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A short story about baby on/off switch

I read this short story about 30 years ago. Maybe from Pohl or Asimov... A mother describes having an on/off switch installed on her baby and it's the greatest thing ever1: they can go to work, they ...
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Short story where human explorers accidentally blind an alien race

I read a short story (probably 20 years ago) about a human scientific expedition that arrives at an alien planet. The planet is covered by a thick cloud layer and orbits a dim red star. The humans ...
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Identification: short story about an astronaut who travels back in time to stop himself.

I read a story 2 years ago about an astronaut on Earth who was preparing for his flight that will occur in 2-3 months. He wakes up and sees a guy in full astronaut suit that tries to kill him. The guy ...
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Sci-fi novel about biological computers put into people's heads, making assassins

I recently had the memory of an old sci-fi novel come back to me (1970s or 1980s). secret organization making thimble-sized biological computers to implant into wealthy and powerful people's heads ...
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Is David Cross playing the same character in both MIB and MIB2?

IMDB lists David Cross' character in MIB as an unnamed "morgue attendant" and as "Newton" in MIB2, however the MIB Wikia and Wikipedia both state unequivocally that they're the same person: Newton ...
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Complicated story identification from book cover

I really want to find this book again. I had it back in the seventies, the story was complex, surreal, competing realities type. The cover showed one figure (I think), anyway, their neck was a ...
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Physicist finds new laws of physics, patents toys

Looking for a short story, 40 years old or older: A physicist finds some new law of physics and is told he can't patent it. So he first builds a toy airplane that actually flies without any visible ...
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Story about enemies in a space battle sharing their last moments over com as their ships die

I am looking for the title of a short sci-fi story which I read sometime around the mid '80s. It is about a man and a woman talking through some communication system during the last moments of their ...
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Time traveling boy takes girl to two-caste future; what book was this?

I hardly remember anything about the series, except that a girl meets a boy from the future, and he takes her back there. The society has become double-tiered, with the rich living on a new surface ...

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