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A generation ship is a hypothetical starship that travels across great distances between stars at a speed much slower than the speed of light, usually with the purpose of transporting humans for colonising new planets. Since such a ship might take thousands of years to reach even nearby stars, the original occupants of a generation ship would grow old and die, leaving their descendants to continue travelling.

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Space colonization generation ship book

Someone asked a question like this recently, but didn’t have as many details about the book, and none of the answers seemed right to me. In the 1970s I read a book that was probably at least 10 years ...
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Novel about people on a generational ship who experience no external senses, except language-based communication

I once read the start of a novel in the SciFi section of a book store, but silly me didn't buy it & I haven't been able to find it again. If someone could identify it, that would bring me joy, ...
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The name of a novel about a generation ship [duplicate]

I am trying to remember the name of a novel I read when I was in high school about a generation ship. This was very late 70's early 80's so it had to be written before 83 when I graduated. I ...
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Short story about a giant ship that thoughtlessly destroys planets as it travels, is visited by a victim

I think I came across this ten or fifteen years ago, I cannot remember much clearly so some of these details may be mistaken. The story is told from the perspective of a crew member, on the bridge I ...
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Story where (deceased? frozen?) people are used as means of propulsion

I recall a story (or perhaps the memory is from a book?) where a spaceship accelerated by jettisoning human bodies at high speeds. I suppose they did not have any other reaction mass left. I think it ...
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80's-90's book with an inter-generational ship, society in despair, mythical creatures appear and kidnap kids for a quest [duplicate]

Read this book in the 80’s or 90’s. Sci-fi fantasy set aboard a generational ship, people despair because life has no meaning. Suddenly mythical creatures start appearing and some children are ...
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Sci-fi book with a generational spaceship traveling the interstellar void

Spaceship is gigantic. Most of the passengers don’t even realize that it’s a spaceship and the Author describes the world in great - captivating - detail. The ship has forests, lakes and generally ...
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70’s or older novel about people who do not know the are in a generation ship [duplicate]

I read this novel in french translation at least 40 years ago, but I am positive it was a translation from english. The main character lives in a jungle of “poniques” (which are revealed at the end ...
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Generational Spaceship Designed to Explode at Destination

I'm looking for what I think was a short story, the style reminded me of Kim Stanley Robinson, but I couldn't find a match under his works. I think this was a fairly short story, that I read sometime ...
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Sci-Fi book where spider-like alien lives on the hull of a ship and configures his web to forecast space weather or the future?

I read a book about 11 years ago that was part of a larger series and I can't remember the name or author. I randomly picked it out of the Sci-Fi section in the library because I liked the cover and ...
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Looking for a Space Trilogy [duplicate]

I read this in the mid-1980's and so my memory is a bit sketchy. In the first book, there is some environmental disaster that's coming up, but the government doesn't want anyone know, so they put the ...
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Are there any stories, movies or shows that depict a space journey that takes decades but not centuries? [closed]

I know there are sci fi books about generation ships but I'm curious if anyone has ever done a book, movie, or show about what might be considered an intermediate generation ship say for 30 to 50 ...
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Story where a (child?) protagonist gradually explores lower decks of generation ship?

I can't remember the name or author of this generation ship short story, where the (child?) protagonist descends to progressively lower decks and encounters the various unfathomable technologies that ...
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Young man discovers his home "world" is a spaceship

I hoping for some help here, as Google isn't being useful... In my early teens I read a novel about a young man who is quite adventurous in his society and in climbing and adventuring into the off-...
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What is the title of a story with a little girl alone on a generation ship with a robot?

The story starts in a nursery of sorts, with a little girl. She lives in this room, with a window where she can see out into the stars. She has one friend, a robot, that takes care of her. She ...
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Please help identify sci fi novel for kids about a new earth colony ship that's disintegrating [duplicate]

I can remember these details: The ship is disintegrating because years ago it passed through a cloud containing organisms that are now eating through its hull Nobody is able to figure out how to get ...
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Children on a generation ship come to believe it's all a simulation

I've had a story dancing just out of reach of memory for some time now. I keep thinking Vernor Vinge "A Fire Upon the Deep", but the Tine's world had breathable atmosphere so I don't think it's it. ...
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SFF Short story anthology: girl named Willow restores planets, and unicorns create balance in the environment

Looking for the title of a short story and the anthology it appeared in. The one story it contained had a girl named Willow(?) on a generation ship and she was training to be a restorer (someone who ...
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Living world ship short story

I read a short story years ago and would like to find it again. It was about a world ship of mysterious origin traveling for millions of years. There was a group of (presumably) humans living near the ...
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Short story about a generation ship designed to seed a planet with bacteria and kill the humans on board

The story goes that a ship of humans is designed and sent off into space as a last-ditch effort, heading towards a perfectly hospitable planet without any life on it, right before all life on Earth ...
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First Story which Featured a Generational Ship where the Crew Have Forgotten

Is Heinlein's 1941 story Orphan's of the Sky the first instance of a generation ship where the current inhabitants have almost completely forgotten how to run the ship, and are mostly unaware of ...
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Short story where humans on a colony ship from Earth are overtaken by advanced Earthlings?

I read this story some time around 2001-2005 or so. I believe I read it online, however it was certainly of the variety that could be found in an anthology. I don’t remember many details other than ...
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short story, generation ship, outside workers vs inside rich people

This is a short story or novella, not a whole novel. So there is this woman on a generation ship, in her luxurious quarters. Her boyfriend has just travelled somewhere -- the ship is huge, so ...
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Novel about a long-haul generation ship

I am searching for the name of a novel I read as a teenager, back in the 1970;s or 1980's. It was about a generation ship which had two captains, one for the voyage out and one for the return, but ...
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Space Adventure / War Short Story Identification

I read a short story in an anthology a couple of years ago. I can’t remember the name of either but remember the details below: It was set on a gigantic colony / warship The reader is slowly ...
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Sci-Fi novel with generation ship, terrorists try to stop it

I am trying in vain to locate a book I read in 2001, I think it was older than that though. I can't remember a lot about it other than I enjoyed it. It dealt with a generation / ARC ship preparing to ...
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Identify book - conflict between humans on sublight ship

I read the book in the last 5 years. My recollection is that it was written by one of the 2-tier masters of the Science Fiction genre. The book starts as the person title "Teacher" is decanted. The ...
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1970s-1980s sci fi novel - Starts on a generation ship and proceeds to planet

The story starts on a generational ship about a boy looking for his father. He comes across a hint to a safety deposit box(?) and finds a laser gun/slide blaster(?) and proceeds to forest planet. I ...
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Story about suicidal breeding of aggressive next generation on generation ship

I am looking for a short story and anthology / anthologies containing it: A multi generation ship has landed on a planet with very hostile inhabitants on it. The aliens are chipping away at the hull ...
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Novel set on a generational ship with a unique "chess"-like game

I read this novel in the mid- or late-90s; I think it may have been published in the 80s, but I can't be sure, I only know it was in paperback by the time I found it in a local used-books store. The ...
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Sublight Starship "passed" by FTL

I'm a huge fan of SF from the golden age of SF, so this could be a fairly old book. It was a story about a "generation" starship or sublight starship. I believe most of the story was about their ...
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Trying to track YA novel - virtual reality simulation aboard an interstellar generation ship

I'm trying to track down the title/author of a novel I read some time back. I read the novel sometime between 1998 and 2004; not sure when it was printed. The novel itself I originally found in the ...
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Short story about generation ship leaving from Pluto

I read this story in an anthology and really liked it, but can't remember the name or author. What (I think) I remember: The story centers around a young man who lives in a mining colony on Pluto ...
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Book (Possible Young Adult) Generation Ship Traveling to Heaven

I'm trying to track down my husband's favorite book as a teen/kid. It's about a Generation Ship with very utopian society. This colonial ship is traveling to try to reach 'heaven'; then there is a ...
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Generational ship loses power/gravity in space, and inhabitants forget purpose of mission

I read this story maybe 15-20 years ago. It was about a massive spaceship on a voyage that would take many generations to reach their destination. Somehow the ship breaks down, losing power and ...
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Trying to find a novel about a multigenerational ship crossing space

Looking for a story I read years ago about a multigenerational ship traveling across space and about to cross a huge expanse of emptiness, in a nutshell part of the crew takes over the ship and forces ...
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Has anyone read short story about a boy on a generation ship with an AI that is raising children?

In the early 90’s I read a short story about a boy (protagonist). I cannot remember his name (so let’s call him Adam) or his age, but I think he was about twelve years old. Adam was awoken by the ...
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Generation starship with kids raised by robots

There's a book I remember reading sometime around 1981 or 1982 about a colony/generation starship where kids were raised by robots who gave them something in their food that kept the kids from ...
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generation spaceship with kids and rats

I am looking for a book for my son to read that I read when I was about his age. I cannot remember the name of it but I think it was a trilogy (or at least a book in three acts). I read it in the late ...
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What 70s (60s?) TV show / TV movie had a generation ship whose inhabitants did not know they were on a spaceship?

I have the vaguest memory of a TV show (maybe a BBC import?) in which the protagonists were moving through the sections of a massive generation ship whose inhabitants had forgotten that they were on a ...
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Name the book where the setting is a giant ship with a planet inside

Here's what I remember: Takes place in the future on a giant, bigger-than-a-planet spaceship found and now run by humans Humans are genetically altered and/or are enhanced with nanotechnology and ...
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Is there a novelization of Pandorum? [closed]

Is there a novelization of Pandorum? If not, did anyone else write about the inhabitants of a generation ship going feral?
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