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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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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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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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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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What book has arks crewed by slaves leaving earth before the sun goes nova?

I will give as much detail as I can remember. I first read the book in 1980. The book starts on Earth with a powerful ruling class that forms their own religion. The first high priest starts a ...
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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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What exactly does Sauron speak in “The Battle of the Five Armies”?

According to sources about Black Speech, there was a single line invented for the LotR movies (the one where Sauron tells Frodo that there's no life in void). However, in The Battle of the Five ...
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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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What kind of casualties did the Jedi Order face in the Clone Wars before Order 66?

Throughout many of the works concerned with the Clone Wars, there is constant refrain of heavy casualties suffered by the Jedi during the War, with the Order stretched thin in numbers, and even young ...
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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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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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Looking for science fiction assassination story with mysterious girl

For years I've been looking for a short science fiction story about a man who was released from a prison planet in order to assassinate a candidate for galactic president. He does this on a space ...
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Short story about a person dying and describing a terrible afterlife

This is a Science fiction short story that was in a High School Science fiction literature book (1973) About a person who is dying & they are describing how they are dying & going to another ...
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Short story about alien war between “Creators and Creatures”

I have another sci-fi short story I cannot remember the title of. It should be about 20 pages long. A spaceship with two human beings is blocked by an enormous alien spaceship. Their occupants ask, ...
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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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