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Questions tagged [hard-sci-fi]

For questions about "hard" science fiction, use on [story-identification] questions when the work is hard sci-fi and for questions about hard sci-fi in general.

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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 ...
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Do you know this insect asteroid story?

I remember reading a science fiction short story about an asteroid being discovered that is filled with ant-like insects. Initial attempts to investigate are frustrated by aggressive response from ...
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Pre-1979 hard sci-fi children's or YA book with boxy functional spaceships

I read a science fiction soft-cover book in 5th grade in 1979 or so that I was trying to track down. I have very little recollection of the story, but that it was "hard" sci-fi, and probably involved ...
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Looking for a book I cannot remember [closed]

SciFi book, late 70s to early 90s. Team is assembled. They go to a planet. There is a large person/giant in the group. Nobody survives except the big guy. The cover, I seem to remember, had a large ...
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80s or 90s movie, caste system, colored crystals, desert, military vehicles

Ok, this is vague yet vivid for me. An 80s or 90s film with people that either have a colored crystal (blue, yellow, and maybe red or purple,) that I believe determines what "class" they are. I think ...
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Main character finds a toroid he uses as a motor to fly to the moon

I remember reading a sci fi novel many years ago about a guy that finds a toroid and when he put a shaft in the middle it started rotating. He mounted it in an airplane and flew it to the moon. My ...
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90's Sci-Fi Horror action movie with antagonist in suit with umbilical cord

An American (I think) 90's Sci-Fiction Horror action movie set in a dystopian world where a group of strangers have to group up and work to together to survive are led by some ex cop/military man who ...
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Looking for dystopian short story titled “The Girl”, don't remember name of author

I'm trying to find a short story titled "The Girl" that I remember reading in my high school english class. It was set at a school in an Orwellian future dystopia where the students and teachers all ...
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Looking for a short SF story about two ultra-fast ships flying around the entire universe

I'm trying to find a story I read maybe fifteen or twenty years ago. The story itself might be much older, of course: it had a 1950's - 60's 'golden age of hard SF' feel to it. As I remember it, ...
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Hard sci-fi story: man escapes telepathic creatures by imagining himself in a fire [duplicate]

A ship crashes on a planet. A man survives. Short version, all the species (no intelligent species) have developed Telepathy. He is hunted and finally comes to the conclusion that he is being hunted ...
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Hard Science Fiction/ Space Opera about vast wormhole like structure [duplicate]

for the life of me, I can't remember the name or author of this book (or series). In it, there is this huge (infinite) wormhole like structure, that is home to a number of alien species, and can be ...
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Book with tesseracts Story ID [duplicate]

I read this book in 2007 but it was a old book (1960s I believe) and it was about these kids who met these 3 old ladies with names like "What" ,"Who" and another one. They find out their father is on ...
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Looking for a novel about an expansion in the Earth's landmass - Possibly “Cataclysm”

I remember a novel about the Earth's landmass going from roughly a third of the total surface area to almost a half so that mankind had more room. I thought it was called "Cataclysm" and would have ...
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Identifying a particular science fiction novel

I'm trying to identify a science fiction novel I've read in my teens. Unfortunately, I don't remember a lot about it. Here's what I remember: It was hard science fiction. It featured space travel. It ...
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Story with liquid vat computer that evolves programs by growing conductive veins through the vat

This is a story I've been trying to find for years. A scientist has built some sort of computer that is a vat of liquid chemicals. It automatically evolves programs by growing conductive veins through ...
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Old sci-fi story about the guy waking up women from cryostasis

It involved a long-term space trip and the inhabitants could only be put to sleep once because the second cryo was too much for their body and they would die. The man literally went through every ...
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Looking for a specific novel about aliens and toilet paper time travel

I'm looking for a novel I read back in 2003-05. It might have been classified as a "young adult" novel although some parts I remember as being kind of graphic. The novel begins with an alien child ...
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space race retracing a legendary artist's life

Here's what I remember: Cover: hardcover, turquoise, possible thin yellow embellishment/design in one corner Author: Slavic, Jaroslav, maybe? Age: old & obscure Setting: feudalism Plot: A ...
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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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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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Book series about preparation for a war at the Singularity

I am looking for a book series (almost certainly a trilogy) that starts with some humans in a space station being abducted by a small funny-looking alien and taken to a prison planet. They find out ...
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Sci-Fi Book about a computer company which develops a hard drive based on a Flu virus

I am trying to track down a book of a man who joins a computer company in California who have developed a hard drive which is based upon an altered flu virus. The hard drive grows as it gains more ...
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Greg Egan's Orthogonal: Shape of the cosmos

In Greg Egan's The Clockwork Rocket (the first book in the "Orthogonal" series), Yalda argues that Still, later in The Arrows of Time (the third book), Does this mean (This is essentially a follow-...
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Police Cruiser that runs on Super Highway

I am looking for the name & date of publication of a story published either in Galaxy or Analog. If I remember correctly it was in 2 or 3 segments. It is based around the crew of a police cruiser ...
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Searching for a sci-fi short story read to me from a hardbound textbook around 1974-1976 so copyright was probably '60's [duplicate]

The story was about people living on another planet (for whatever reason) that was always dark and cold except for one day every 100+ years or so when the sun shone on the planet for only a few hours. ...
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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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Short story with audible computer networks

I am looking for a short story where all the computer to computer communications were audible to humans. After being exposed to this for long enough the younger generations start creating music ...
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Scifi novel where a boy named Jobs is sent into space in a spaceship to avoid an asteroid

There was a science fiction book from my childhood, about a boy named Jobs, who is sent in a spaceship with other people to a new world after earth is hit with an asteroid and destroyed. I think it ...
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Poem or short story: alien child creates Earth for a science project

This was over ten years ago that I read this poem in a random library book while looking for my next novel to enjoy, so I may have some of the details remembered slightly off or skewed... It's a ...
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Cosmic topology in Greg Egan's Orthogonal Universe

Eventually the people in the universe of Greg Egan's "Orthogonal" series figure out the topology of their cosmos. But then they say the opposite, that because of the presence of matter. So what ...
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old woman, nanobots, crosslinked noodles, genetically engineered dog in a vest delivering a message

Book is similar in style and elements to "The Diamond Age". World demographics are mostly "old women". They hold most of the wealth and most of the political power. Young people have a hard time ...
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Dangerous Planet

A while back I read a soft cover book, I have looked around and found similar titles but not it exactly. The first part is about a colony on a dangerous planet covered in forest. The second part in ...
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Earthman has super-strength on an alien world and wins leadership tournaments

There is an old short story of a man who discovers humans have super-strength on an alien world out in the still being explored outer reaches of space. Every seven years or so they had tournaments to ...
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Man stranded alone on alien planet with alien machine [duplicate]

I read a story in an old scifi mag years back from the 60's or 70's (in Amazing Stories maybe) about a guy stranded alone on an alien planet where there was an intelligent machine that could make ...
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Potatoes were alive and sprouted on Mars: How were they preserved on the journey there?

Please note: The biology related aspects of this question are posted here. In "The Martian" (2015), the protagonist grows potatoes on Mars. We see him using seemingly fresh potatoes as his seeds. ...
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SciFi book about Domes

I'm looking for the title of a book from 80s/90s. Some apocalyptic event and people live in domes. Different domes are for different things. Girl lives in one dome and wants to go to the Art dome to ...
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West Coast tribal warfare with a dollop of aliens on the side

There is a novel that I can almost remember, from the late fifties or sixties, about conflict and ultimately war between various communities and states on America's west coast after a nuclear war or ...
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Where is Everybody? [duplicate]

Someone wrote a short story about the Fermi paradox—well, probably more than one person—but I have a specific story in mind. I can only recall the broad outline. A group of human explorers find a ...
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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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SF short story about a patrol car on a “hyper-highway” at 400+ mph speeds

I'm trying to locate a short story, probably written in the 1970s but likely before the oil crisis, about a day in the lives of two officers and one medic on a patrol car riding the highways of the U....
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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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Short story about a boy raised in a “bubble” who becomes the smartest person alive

I'm trying to recall a story that must be sixty or seventy years old. I probably read it in an anthology. It felt old even when I read it. Here's what I remember: A baby was raised completely ...
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SF short story ID, written 40s—60s, primitive aliens who are much smarter than us

I'm looking for a story that was probably written somewhere from the 1940s to the 1960s. I think I read it in an anthology, possibly in the 1970s. A group of human explorers landed on a planet with ...
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1970s SF novel, story ID, eco war between insects & plants on one side, people on the other

I'm trying to recall a science fiction novel probably written in the 1970s. The United States was aggressively using pesticides, damaging the ecology of the planet. For some reasons, plant and insect ...
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What was the earliest science fiction story to use nanotechnology?

What was the first use of nanotechnology in a science fiction story? Richard Feynman gave a lecture "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom" in 1959 which defined many of the concepts of the technology,...
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First science fiction TV show

Is the BBC's pre-war live adaptation of Karel Capek's R.U.R., broadcast on February 11, 1938, the first science fiction television show? Originally, I would have thought that the American series ...
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SF Story identification 1960s story Analog magazine aliens conquer Earth by making everyone fall asleep

I'm trying to recall an SF story that was serialized in Analog magazine in the 1960s. Aliens invaded Earth by using a gas that made almost everyone fall asleep. A few individuals were either immune or ...
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How do distant clones solve the simultaneity problem in Diaspora?

Maybe I misundertand something, but I find Greg Egan's treatment of the simultaneity problem between distant clones in Diaspora problematic, strangely at odds with the overall technically detailed ...
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Book about two teenagers who find a physical constant changing device

This story was a favorite of mine back in my childhood (perhaps early 2000s) and was released in the 1960s. I later found it again in the early 2010s, and identified it as the same story, but I can't ...
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What happened to Paolo and the Transmuters at the end of Diaspora?

Greg Egan's Diaspora. At the end of the book, after Paolo and Yatima traveled up 267,904,176,383,054 levels of universes, where there were no more gateways to go through another level: Paolo’s ...