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Questions tagged [cold-war]

For use when referring to stories dated from the Earth historical Cold War era (circa 1946-1991), or when inquiring about cold war connotations within works e.g. a dystopian representation of a dystopian capitalist or communist society

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1950's novel about FTL engine and the rare mineral that makes it possible

I'm trying to identify a 1950's (NB: 1970 as it turns out) "pulp" sci-fi novel I read long ago. The cold war is still happening in its timeline. A very rare mineral is discovered that ...
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Post-nuclear war story about a Russian official and an American mechanic working together against mounted barbarians

I'm trying to track down a piece of Cold War fiction I once read in an English-language SF anthology. It is set some time after World War III had broken out between the USSR and the USA (and probably ...
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Short story - addictive hand-held video game

This is a short story that I read in about 1982, and probably isn't much older. I'm fairly sure I read it in an anthology rather than a magazine, but I can't remember any other stories in the ...
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Short story about man travelling in universe that changes every few hours [duplicate]

Trying to find a short story I read around 20 years ago. Probably from the 60s/70s, it's about a man in the Cold War, shot in an experimental rocket that goes into hyperspace or something. It ...
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Short Story (60s or 70s) about TVs with 500 channels taking over the US psyche

Likely from an annual awards anthology or collection. Cold War theme. Russian/Chinese(?) state actor develops 100s of channels of TV content tailored to every type of individual in US to influence ...
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70s/80s book: Cold-war Psychic superweapons

I read this quite a while back, part of my parents library (they're in their 50s now) I think the book was probably published in the 70s or 80s, my copy was paperback. I don't recall the cover art, ...
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Movie identification: A lady who could stop time

This movie or possibly TV episode (I saw it on TV) was set during the Cold War. The main character was a lady who could stop time for about 15 minutes or so. There are a bunch of relatively mundane ...
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Looking for the name of an 80s-era sci fi book

I read it as a kid in the 1980s but there is the possibility that it is an older book. I know the book was brand new when it was given to me. The main thing I remember about it was a story that was ...
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Novel centered on question of identity, man with replaced skull and hands

I'm trying to recall the title and author of a short novel which centered on a question of identity: A man has been returned from the other side (e.g., to the U.S. by Soviets back in the day, that ...
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Can't remember short story, post-apocalyptic retaliation

In the story, there has been a war, and 'the other side' has won it decisively. There's some kind of long-term consequence for the losing side, disease or nuclear fallout, and it's implied that the ...
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60s short story involving two humans, a Russian lady and an American pacifist

The viewpoint character is an American non-violent pacifist and his antagonist is a Russian lady linguist who knows the language of the natives, but has nothing useful to tell them. The natives fly ...
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What is the title of this then future Cold War era book [duplicate]

I remember finding this book by chance on Wikipedia a long while ago. I'm writing a piece and want to reference this story. In this book (published most likely around the 1970s and 80s) in the then ...
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Cold-war telepathic super-soldiers

On an elementary school field trip to the local library, I had just started reading this book when the teacher took it away claiming that the content was not suitable. When I returned to the library ...
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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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A book about man controlling humans with mind power/amplifier

I remember very little, and that little might be wrong , but here's what I remember : In the US some man has mind power (or maybe invents something for that purpose) using which he can control ...
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