Questions tagged [hard-sci-fi]

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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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What series of hard SF novels is this riddle describing?

I found the following riddle which describes a series of award-winning hard SF novels by a still-living British author: Born on the first soil, aiming for the next Stolen as replacement, his life ...
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Sci-fi short “story” presented as rules for a game?

Read a great short story earlier this year, I am now tearing my hair out trying to find it again. It's game rules for a mechanical interpretation of a catastrophic event we caused to another species. ...
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Scifi new man in ending cyclic universe anthology story

Looking for anthology story 30+ years old. A new man lands/appears outside castle/home of leader? and finds that the fabric of the old universe which is just ending crumbles when he touches it.
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I'm trying to find a Sci-fi story I read years ago where Earth sends capsules allowing them to spy on aliens

It starts with Earth having FTL travel, maybe already colonies in other planets but scientists were worried about Earth not being advanced enough on other fields to withstand war with other species. ...
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Book about a card game with a celestial dragon

Looking for a book I read back in 2003 that featured a card game like poker and the ultimate hand to get is the celestial dragon hand. It features a story about a future Hitman with a lot of really ...
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Animated movie with father who creates portal and gets captured by giants. His family go to rescue him

This movie's texture is animated realistic 3D CGI, I watched it around 2012-2013 The movie is about a father, who is obviously some kind of scientist with a lab situated in a city in space who does ...
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Identity novel, short story or book series… slower than light space battles, time dilation and boardings, several planets [duplicate]

Ok. So I read books as a kid, this may have been mid to late 1980s. Definitely before 1993. These details I remember, they might be from the same book or from several: Slower than light space travel ...
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What is a title of a short story that the aliens store the Encyclopedia Britannica with a mark in a matchstick?

I think that the author is Jorge Luis Borges, but I was looking for his short stories on the internet and I didn't find a short story from him about the aliens and matchstick. More or less the short ...
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Book by futurist highlighting future technology

In the 1980s, I read part of a novel that was written by a real futurist, highlighting what technologies might actually exist about one hundred years in the future. Before I forgot the author's name, ...
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Trying to find a sci-fi series about a teenage boy genius that I read as a kid?

I'm looking for a series from around the same era as the Hardy Boys (I'm guessing 1940s to 1960s), its about a teenage boy who is a science genius, and has access to a lab where he invents and builds ...
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Peter F. Hamilton Night's Dawn: Zero-Tau technology

I am in the process of reading the Night's Dawn trilogy by Hamilton. I think we can consider it hard sci-fi, since the explanations provided are quite plausible for all the technical and scientific ...
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Is Asimov’s “The End of Eternity” time-changing model consistent?

When I think of Asimov I imagine the greatest sci-fi writer in history: Maybe this isn’t true, but I was very impressed by some of his ideas and I expect always to find great ones when I read his ...
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2-3 part book series where adults get a ringing noise in their ears that brainwashes them

Main Character: The main character is a teenage boy who begins his journey running away from others that are hunting him across a bridge, they catch up with him and begin to fight and it's clear he's ...
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Looking for author of short story about mechanical cow on space station

In the 1980's I read a short story in an anthology. The short story was called "Hey Diddle Diddle". It was about some guys in a space station (I think) one of which pilfered equipment to make a ...
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Looking for the name of a sci-fi book with black humanoid aliens

The book has 7 foot tall black humanoid aliens, that invade earth. I heard about this book and want to read it and maybe make a PC game based on it.
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A story about a super soldier name Lambda 602

I'm looking for a novel where the main character is a super-soldier called Lambda 602 who's just like Master Chief from Halo. He is transported to fantasy world, where he became a familiar their that ...
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Name of a Short Story about a courtesan and space officer

Looking for the name of a short story published in the 90s, I think, about a man who goes to this legendary high priced courtesan with a famous dress. The wording was extremely vivid, things like “...
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Sci-fi cartoon movie about son whose mother becomes a computer

Looking for title of an animated Sci-fi from late 80s early 90s. I vividly remember a scene where a mother turns into a computer run by a large crystal in order to save child. I also recall, though ...
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The slide rule in the science fiction [closed]

Inspired by this cover of (a particular case of the more general phenomenon of "Futuristic" Worlds Where Everybody Uses Obsolete Technology) I will ask: How popular is the slide rule in the science ...
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Book about a kid in VR sci-fi

I read a book that was science fiction in the future (nearish). It was about a kid who played a game and his school was hosted in VR. There was this massive VR wide scavenger hunt that the winner got ...
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Looking for short story about the dangers of marketing and advertising

I had a conversation with a few friends about the dangers of advertising the other day, and parts of this story have been running through my mind. The main character is a woman who used to be a ...
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Looking for a short story about mining robots being assimilated

This has been bothering me for quite a while. I believe the story was posted on hackernews about 1-2 years ago. The story was about a robot in space who was mining space dust to power herself. She was ...
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A sci-fi novel about augmented mental power

I read a sci-fi novel 14 years ago (April/May 2003) that haven't been able to find since then. It was in a shared book locker in a reception battalion barracks at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. The book was ...
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Why Humanity is more expendable than Earth? [closed]

I seem to encounter many litreture ( where mostly Advanced AI's or Alie'sn decide) that Humanity must be annihilated in order to save Earth. Even though Earth is really unique (with radiative ...
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What is the name of this scifi movie with an AI robot on another planet gone rogue

It's been 10 or 20 years since I've seen this science fiction movie, it's bugging me I can't find it. I'll describe the plot the best I can. A number of crewmen board a manned space mission to ...
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Very short science fiction movie where clones are revived in a space ship, make observations and then die

I saw this within the past 15 years on public tv. An astronaut is sent on a mission or maybe just his clones. They need someone to make observations of stellar phenomena but after this, the clone is ...
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Book about two alien castes, alien hand modification

I remember reading a book in high school where a group of people travel to an alien planet where they discover an alien civilization separated into 2 castes. they are then made slaves to the taller ...
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Story ID - aliens pit humans against other aliens

Another book series where I can't remember the author of title. Published in the last 10 years. Earth has made contact with aliens who claim that their enemies have landed on mars and are coming for ...
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Story ID - US vs Chinese vs Aliens

I'm trying to remember a book series. It was published in last 5-10 years. Features the US and the Chinese at war in space, trying to make use of an artifact found on a planet that's a map of some ...
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Why does Michael Crichton use US Customary measurements in hard sci-fi?

The great Crichton is known for thoroughly researching his subject areas for each different book, evident from the extensive bibliography in the end and the checkable facts throughout the book. This ...
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Book ID Help - Starts in a scavenger pod cleaning up earth orbit

A few years back I read a book which I'd like to look up again: It starts in a ship. It's on a tether from a space station (I think). Its job is to scavenge (and clean) debris from earth orbit. It's ...
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Looking for a two or three part sci-fi book with an alien space station and ships that scavenge alien artifacts [duplicate]

There were at least two books for sure. I don't remember the author or the publishing year, but they were from the 20th century. The setting was in the somewhat distant future and the story followed ...
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Trying to find a sci-fi novel: only remember the dirty bits

I read this book a very long time ago (perhaps about 20 years back), hence limited recall. It's sci-fi, the part I remember has a character who is piloting some kind of spaceship/fighter and part of ...
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Book set in two universes [duplicate]

I am trying to remember the name of a book I read when I was a teenager about 20 odd years ago. I think it was written in the 70's or 80's. The premise of the book as I remember it is as follows. ...
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Dystopian future, AI Space weapons, sentient dolphins, Railroad gauge wars and more. What's the book name?

So I read this book several years ago and now I'm trying to remember the name. I know this is a fairly vague description but I'm hoping it's enough for someone to catch on and help me. I know this ...