Questions tagged [hard-sci-fi]

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A prison in the corona of a star holds society's only murderer

I'm trying to find this sci-fi book, I remember there was a prison, I think made of a hollow asteroid, orbiting inside the corona of a star. It was built by this advanced society to hold their only ...
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2000s movie where mysterious black alien spheres surround the Earth

Can you please help me find the title of this movie, from about 2010, in which hundreds of black alien spheres position themselves evenly around the planet. The humans are unsurprisingly curious, ...
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Movie where a group of kids competing in what looks like “robot wars” meet aliens who watch black&white looney tunes?

So I asked a similar question to this awhile ago and was told I was thinking of "Arena". I watched Arena yesterday and it brought me much joy but sadly it was not Arena that I was trying to ...
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Movie about aliens transforming people into slaves with a claw or weapon-like arm

When people get captured, they get dragged to some kind of portal. They transform into slaves and have one of their arms become claw-like or weapon-like. They are strong but not very fast. They also ...
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Tracking down a short story with the term “abnotechia” or “abtechnological”

Hi I am curious about the term "abnotechia" which I encountered in a short story that I am now trying to look up, but google searches are coming up empty. I am pretty sure the story appeared ...
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Comic about two children who live on an asteroid

I read this story recently but I am unable to find the story anywhere :- The story starts with 2 children wearing space suits on an asteroid and expertly unearthing what seems to them like the ...
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This book about space/interstellar travel, permafrost, biological androids and mind meld technology, identify

I read this book as a child in the 80s or early 90s. It spans quite a bit of time, more than a generation, possibly many. Biological androids are common, but they are treated as subhuman or at least ...
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Sci-fi book featuring xenophobic aliens with hydraulic activated limbs

I am looking for the title of a sci-fi book with an interesting plot and have had no luck finding it. The Plot: Humans working at the edge of the solar system discover a xenophobic alien race that ...
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Sci-fi movie that remember watching as a child involving a beetle-like creature escaping a space prison to Earth, and then going back

I believe the main plot of the movie involved an alien escaping from some space prison and coming to Earth. The two protagonists was a man and a woman and I believe one of them was a cop. In one of ...
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Kids' sci-fi movie where a young girl sacrifices herself

I was watching a sci-fi movie or an episode of some TV series as a kid in the early 90s. The only thing I can remember after all these years was that there was a group of kids in a spaceship or on ...
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Unknown title 60's sci fi book possibility started with a G or the word star

I remember finding this book in my dad's old college collection so possibly publish in the 50-60's Cover had a white or silver tower on a background of a lot of orange or an explosion A boy or man ...
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Hard sci-fi novel where the protagonist uses a wormhole portal and discovers a second version of themself

Hard sci-fi novel. Protagonist uses a wormhole portal and discovers a second version of herself (sister? clone?). May also feature tree-like alien life forms.
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Hard sci-fi novel where “snowfall” is made up of microscopic creature skeletons

I remember reading a hard sci-fi novel. somewhere along the way the protagonist is part of a group that finds itself trapped in a building by what they originally mistake as a heavy snowfall. The &...
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Sci-Fi story where human astronauts barf up their guts like sea cucumbers

I read a short story where astronauts became infected with something that made them barf up their insides and regrow them, like sea cucumbers. In the end, this is how one of the characters learns that ...
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Book about a physicist who invents a device that swaps a sphere of matter from this world to another universe/time

I read this 10–20 years ago. It's a hard sci-fi book about a man — a physicist — who invents something that swaps spheres of matter with somewhere else. I think the swap was between universes, but it ...
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Book about a physicist who discovers how to create universes with different laws of physics

I'm looking for a book I read 10–20 years ago about a physicist who accidentally discovered how to create universes. I think she worked at a collider. (I don't remember if it was a real collider like ...
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Sci-fi story about a utopia about some technologically advanced people living in space stations and some on planets

I read this sci-fi story at least 15 years ago. The story is about a far future utopia. There were two segments of people, technologically advanced people living in stations or ships, and not so ...
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I'm looking for a short story/novella about a plague through genetics that infects the world

I only read it this year but I think it could have been written in the last 4 or 5 years. It's seen through two different time periods. One is the far past where an explorer or maybe a missionary is ...
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Book about an escape from a prison planet

Main plot is escape from a prison planet, and I can remember the artwork from the cover. Also one of the other inmates was a mind raper who psychically raped people. Time frame was pre 90s
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Science of Darwin's Radio and Darwin's Children

I picked up a used copy of Greg Bear's book Darwin's Children recently and read it without initially realizing that it was a sequel. I didn't find it particularly involving, so I skimmed most of the ...
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Story about people trying to recover a ship, but can't because its engine is still operating [duplicate]

I read a short story a long time ago which, for a while now, I've lamented not remembering the name of, because I really enjoyed the concept so much. I believe I read this sometime in the mid-80s, ...
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First sci-fi story to feature electromagnetic railguns or mass-drivers?

What was the first story to feature electromagnetic railguns? The answer could be a movie, a TV show, a book, or a short story. The main difference between a railgun and most other kinds of ...
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Short story where artificial life gets out of control [duplicate]

Please bear with me, memories are vague. I'm looking for the name of a short scifi story, by a fairly prominent author IIRC, where a person was evolving "pet artificial life" in their basement. ...
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How did the novel Blindsight by Peter Watts end?

Blindsight features a group of transhumans on a first contact with an alien species(Rorschach) In the end, it was mentioned Rorschach were constructing a magnetic cannon from the magnetosphere, did ...
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Sci-fi story/novella which involves intelligent probe exchanging messages with a group of children, contact diminishes over time

There's an artificial intelligence/computer/spacecraft flying away from Earth on a long mission. In the beginning, it exchanges messages with a group of children (I think it was 100), whose parents ...
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Story ID: plugging vacuum leak with one's butt

I'm certain this story was no later than 1980, and written in the 1950s-60s is probably much more like it. I'm pretty sure I read it in a collection rather than a magazine, but of course that could ...
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Novel about alien species made of gas rings?

I read a novel where several enemy alien species were stranded together on an interdicted planet. They had to recycle everything and keep hidden. By "keep hidden" I mean make sure there is no ...
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Hard SciFi book in which worm robots do maintenance and self assemble [duplicate]

In this book there is a female engineer who uses 3 types of robots to do a lot of the maintenance. The type that interests me is "worm". These robots could join together into a longer links for ...
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70's/80's short story collection about space stories such as a moment by moment account of an astronaut going faster than light

Short stories, may not have been in the same collection from the late 70’s/early 80’s. A moment by moment account of an astronaut as he is the first to travel faster than light. It described how ...
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What was it that “powered” Auto-Man and Cursor to allow them to exist in the real world?

In the early 80s sci-fi show Auto-Man , the titular hero is essentially a humanoid form program made by a police-computer genius, and given physical shape in our reality. It was described as thus: ...
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Science fiction movie featuring an octopus type alien

I'm trying to remember a sci-fi movie featuring an Octopus type alien, possibly purple, stalking the crew of a spaceship. I only remember one scene. The creature was very slow, had one eye and I think ...
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(Canadian?) Movie about Mysterious Alien Spacecraft and the NASA-like Org Trying to Discover their Purpose

I saw a movie on Amazon Prime (I think) about some alien spacecraft that appear all over the Earth just hovering in the sky for several months. I believe the movie is Canadian. Most of the characters ...
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Book about young girl who ends up in space after apocalypse

I remember a book from about 25-30 years ago. The main character was a young girl in possibly her early teens. She was in a fall-out bunker of some kind alone, but had learned a lot about survival and ...
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Short story about Nobel Prize winning scientists that drop out when they realise they were incorrect

It's a short story that I read in an anthology a few years ago. The premise is several scientists are preparing to go to Geneva to accept the Nobel Prize for their work in astrophysics. But one of ...
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Book: Earthlings find (new) nearby planet that also hosts humans and an inorganic species robot-knowledge depository

I am trying to remember the title of a book that I read years ago. I have not had success in recent months in finding the title. Plot Summary (from what I remember): Earth is overpopulated and ...
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Linked novellas where humans are engineered to adapt to a variety of environments

As a child I remember having a book with a collection of novellas that revolved around a common theme that went like this: Survivors of an ill-fated expedition arrive on a distant planet and create, ...
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Sci-Fi novel series - Weapon that kills all universe/dimension versions of a person

I did a few searches and was not able to find something similar. I am looking for the name(s) of a sci-fi novel series described to me in passing. The time of discussion was around 2005/2006 in ...
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Book about corporations creating genetic “blanks” who can change their DNA

I've been searching for this novel since the '90s and been unable to remember the title or author. I pray someone here can help me. The story is set in the future where corporations run everything. ...
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Sci Fi book about society sprung from a prison ship coexisting with giant squid predators [duplicate]

I read this book two years ago at a local library and can't remember the name of it. The book is really old, written in the 60s. It has a peach cover with multicolored text. It's about a man living ...
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Sci fi book about a planet where they use a dice game instead of wars to settle disputes between countries [duplicate]

I read a book years ago, and now I can't remember the author or title. I do remember that it was like the 3rd or 4th in a series, but I don't remember what the series was called. In the book, a pilot ...
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Sci-fi short story about stranded pilots on frozen planet

I can recall nearly the entire story, but not the author or the title. Two pilots land on a frozen planet (Pluto, I think?) The landing thaws the ice, and it subsequently freezes trapping them. They ...
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Sci fi short story about humans diverging genetically after contact with aliens

A while ago (about 2016) I read an illustrated pdf about human colonization of outer space. First they fought, Martians with Earthers, then they had some kind of homo novus and, afterwards, they ...
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Sci-fi story with the premise that spacetime geometry is Riemannian

I'm trying to find a hard sci-fi story where one of the major premises was that the world has a Riemannian geometry (x^2+y^2+z^2 + t^2) instead of the real world's Minkowski geometry (x^2+y^2+z^2 - t^...
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TV series with a Team

I remember watching a tv series back in 2008-2009 where theres a group of young girls and boys. They fight monster that come to the city and that comes in their way. I kinda remember the name as ...
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Webcomic about humanity declining at a massive rate because of an alien invasion

I read this webcomic a long time ago, but couldn't finish it at the time. It's about a world where humanity is declining at a massive rate because of an invasion by an outer force (maybe its alien ...
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Book with uncontrolled/subconscious teleportation across worlds

I read this book maybe 10 years ago. I read it in German; I don't think it was a native German book though, but rather a translation. There was a protagonist whom we followed across this book. The ...
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Short story about a doomsday device shown on TVclassic

It’s set in a TV studio and these scientists are showing off this new wonder tool, which can basically blow up anything. At first it’s shown off as this great thing that can help mankind, then it ...
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Lone astronaut works with yesterday's self to repair space station [duplicate]

I think this is a short story, I read it 30-40 years ago. A lone astronaut on a space station wakes to find someone bashing on his bedroom door. It is himself from tomorrow, offering to help him ...
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Sci-Fi story about supersonic blimp

I'm trying to find a short story I read once about some people trying to put together the next step in mass transit. They're sitting around throwing around ideas at the start of the story, talking ...
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Science Fiction Series about human scientists forced to live on high gravity planet by stronger aliens

I'm trying to find the name of a series about a ship of scientists captured by aliens and forced to live on a planet with a gravity force greater than Earth's. The aliens are much stronger and faster ...

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