Questions tagged [hard-sci-fi]

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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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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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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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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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Time dilation in L. Ron Hubbard's “To the Stars”

So I just finished reading L. Ron Hubbard's novel To the Stars and noticed a rather glaring issue. The plot in the beginning speaks of a ship capable of near-light-speed travel which makes a return ...
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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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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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Novel about a ship with a neutron star at one end to counteract acceleration, gets stuck in acceleration mode

I read this novel 30 years ago, so it's at least that old, but probably decently older. I can remember only details, but I remember an older couple (a woman, who was captain of a ship, I believe), ...
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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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When was the first driverless car story written?

Reading the question about a future (the future) when non-automatic cars will be illegal, a moment sometimes called the automotive singularity, sparked the question in my mind about when the first ...
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First contact story where aliens are (discovered at the very end to be) anti-matter

Does anyone recall the name of a SF first contact story where humans encounter an alien ship, and use the weak force to define left and right. At the very end, as the human and alien space walk out to ...
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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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In science fiction, which planet with lifeforms has the largest gravitational force?

I've just started reading Foundation and Gaal Dornick has landed on Trantor for the first time and notices that: The air seemed thicker here, the gravity a bit greater, than on his home planet of ...
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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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Black and white movie about astronauts finding a “too perfect” planet; has a graveyard with their helmets on crosses

The story: six or seven astronauts find a planet where they meet their dead relatives, but everything is too perfect and strange. The next that I remember is that an alien hand touches the shoulder of ...
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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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How long could Miller's Planet remain in orbit [closed]

In Christopher Nolan's movie Interstellar, Miller's Planet is in orbit around a supermassive black hole affectionately (??) called Gargantua. Miller's Planet orbiting Gargantua: It is orbiting "at ...
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Fantasy book with a boy stranded on some planet who joins mercenaries [closed]

Some time ago, I read some books about a boy who stops some evil dude using a supercomputer made of brains from planet populations or something like that. It later turns out that this evil dude was ...
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Young-adult book - humans enslaved on a planet by aliens, people eat meat fruits

I vaguely recall this book which was a trilogy. Some free people are living near Jupiter or some such. People on Earth are slaves, and terraforming is taking place. On Earth, people have to cultivate ...
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Story about humans and a humanoid species colonizing the same planet without being aware of each other's presence

Two races colonizing the same planet. Each unaware of the other's presence. Each home world is overcrowded and each is similarly advanced. One race is human, the other is humanoid.
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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 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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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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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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What anthology story (maybe Poul Anderson) features a perfect battery?

I read a story in a science fiction anthology wherein the major scientific discovery was a perfect battery, which led to numerous advances in communications, transportation, and even social issues, ...
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The title of a novel series featuring a team of colonial troubleshooters

I'm looking for the title of a series of novels I read as a teenager. I only have vague recollections but this is what I remember: Written in the 70's or 80's. An ex United Nations soldier commands ...
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A series of books involving reptilian-alien protagonists

I'm trying to track down these books I read when I was younger. I've done some fruitless searching online and am stumped. It's been a good 10 years since I read any of them. Cover is very 70s/80s (...
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YA SF novel about 3 teens who survive a catastrophe in an underwater cave [duplicate]

My kids read a YA science fiction novel about three teens who survived a world-wide catastrophe by hiding in an underwater cave that they reached with a mini-sub. At the urging of my kids, I read the ...
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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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looking for early 2000's sci fi youth fiction set in future, kids have mental powers that let them simulate war

I just got a vague memory of a book I read when I was in middle school, and I'd love to find it again but I only have a basic grasp of the plot and some tiny details. Set sometime in the future or ...
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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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Giant snails on a remote island

This story revolved around a guy who visited a remote island. There were giant snails there and he thought it amusing and could easily out run them ... for a while. Probably 50's. Ring a bell for ...
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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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Which was the first novel set in universes where P=NP?

I wonder whether anyone has written a novel set in a universe where P=NP, in the event that there is more than one, which was the first? In this universe all problems that could be verified in ...
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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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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 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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Weird movie/tv episode where chess game was played with human heads

It was futuristic and the chess pieces had personalities. They talked and when they took another piece they would murder them in some way. The player of the player of the game had to turn silver knobs ...
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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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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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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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Can someone help me find an early 1980 SciFi Cat space adventure story I read in the mid '80's?

I'm having a heck of a time researching a science fiction, humanoid cats book(s). I'd like to find again that I beleive was published in the mid to early 1980's. I read this book when I was in junior ...
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Little boy with robotic gloves attached to one hand. What's the name of the show?

He was wondering or exploring, I don't know. He came into a place like a crash scene with a big dead robot - not that big, a little bit bigger than a human - and the boy had some kind of pet or robot ...
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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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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 ...