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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Out-of-control starship results in some crew members landing in a rebirthed universe?

I think this was a classic "golden oldie" hard sci-fi novel or novella published at least several decades ago. I recollect: An accident or crew mutiny causes the ship's ramjet or similar engine to ...
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A book from the 60s or 70s about a crashed spaceship and their colony [duplicate]

I read these books in the late 60s or 70s. There were two books in the series. I don't remember the author or titles. There is a war between humans and aliens. A human ship crashes on a unexplored ...
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How does the robot Adam match Max's movements when they first find him?

In the movie Real Steel, Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) finds a robot which is badly damaged. Max (Dakota Goya) had a word with the machine and the machine responded. Later on the Charlie says that it ...
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Are there any more Mech Warrior dark age novels?

I have read the 30 novels set in the DarkAge era. I'm just wondering if the stories have continued with another Publisher that I'm not aware of! To ride a chimera was the last one I read and the ...
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New Israel Space station in Lagrangian point

Back around 1986 I read a Sci Fi book that opens with a nuclear war in the middle east that destroyed Israel and surrounding countries. The main part of the book dealt with life on a space station ...
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TV Episode with Frankenstein-like creature

I remember watching a TV show when I was younger -- I was born in '77, so I am guessing it was in the mid-80's -- where a scientist/doctor put together a small creature using spare body parts. The ...
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Is there a “mathematics fiction” genre? [closed]

The science fiction genre has been and is still an area in which visionary authors can express their ideas about new sciences. Many successful academic research were influenced by works of science ...
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Artificial lifeform trying to establish contact through compiler bugs [duplicate]

I am looking for a short story I read online a few years ago, about artificial lifeform, with a hard sci-fi taste. A couple of software engineers were trying to identify a strange program behavior on ...
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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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Trying to find a book about rediscovered space travel after interstellar war isolates planets

The book is written in the 1980s. The storyline is about an early 20th century level technology planet getting visited by a spaceship which causes quite a stir. The visitors start helping to ...
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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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How does a Dyson Sphere's inhabitants deal without gravity? [closed]

It's well known that because the gravitational attaction at one point on the inside of a hollow shell is zero, because it is cancelled by the attraction from all the other points on the interior. ...
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Looking for the name and author of a vaguely remembered sci-fi/cyberpunk-ish book from the 80's

I'm trying to find an old sci-fi book. The trouble is, I read it a long time ago, and read many books in the mean time, so my recollection is a little hazy, but here goes… It's sci-fi, set in the (...
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Does Douglas Adams use of 'Infinite Improbability' allude to P=NP?

Having just re-awakened the old P=NP post, I started to think: Is Douglas Adams's description of the discovery of the Infinite Improbability drive via use of the Finite Improbability device a ...
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What would the sky look like standing inside a Dyson Sphere? [closed]

I am working on a roleplaying campaign guide set inside a Dyson Sphere. It's a solid shell around a star like our own and is 300 million kilometers across centered on the star. The atmosphere hugs ...
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What was this SciFi story?

I have read a SciFi book a while ago, and would like to find the author. The book featured two robots, who were seeking to find their owner so they could give him some sort of secret plan. The owner,...
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Asimov's laws in pseudocode or applying the 3 laws today [closed]

I first asked this at Writers.SE but was advised I might do better here... I am working on a science fiction novel that will involve a large quantity and variety of synthetic life forms. I have been ...
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What are the practical boundaries in the regeneration of the “Visitors” on Solaris?

Would Harey (or an other Visitor) 1. regenerate her hair if cut? 2. Grow her hair or fingernails? I assume the answer to question 2 is no, because it is stated in the novel, that she will not age, but ...
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Can someone help me figure out the name of a sci-fi book about space travel at the speed of light? [duplicate]

I read this book when I was much younger and can't remember the name of it but I remember it's one of the best books I've ever read. It starts with this young girl that bumps into an older lady, the ...
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1980s/1990s SF novel about space marines from a heavy gravity planet?

I'm trying to remember the title of a hard SF novel I read in the early 1990s. The story featured space marines from a heavy gravity planet. Because of the environment they grew up and trained in, ...
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Story with a miniature solar system [duplicate]

This was in a sample/preview chapter from another book that the publisher included at the end of something else, so I don't have much to go on, but here are the elements I recall - the characters ...
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In Singularity Sky, why did Eschaton kidnap majority of the Earth's population?

Was a simple warning not enough? Or was it a demonstration of power?
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Identify story wherein special glass slows time

Sorry I don't recall much about this at all. A friend, who had recommended many other books/authors I ended up liking, told me about a story in which a scientist develops some kind of special glass, ...
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Is the computer security scenario in the movie “Die Hard 4” realistic? [closed]

I watched the movie Die Hard 4, in which they show how someone hacked the complete system of US. They were able to get inside every traffic camera and even cameras in lifts. I want to know if this ...
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Is exponential population growth in The Amalgam addressed in Greg Egan's books?

The Amalgam is a galaxy-wide conglomerate of intelligent species that have the technology to scan their brains; it turns up in several of Greg Egan's short stories ("Glory" and "Riding the Crocodile")...
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Name of a sci-fi story about time travel

There was a short novel I found in my library few years ago, whose title nor author I don't remember. It was in a hard sci-fi setting: there was a pair of characters (man and woman) which traveled ...
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Plans / timescales for the final novel in Roger MacBride Allen's Hunted Earth trilogy?

I've read The Ring of Charon and The Shattered Sphere by Roger MacBride Allen, as part of the Hunted Earth trilogy. I've really enjoyed them and am saddened to see that the concluding book has not ...
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What SF novel or short story features characters that can only communicate with musical instruments?

I would like to find out the title of the book or short story that meets this criteria. Science Fiction novel that the characters use only musical instruments (eg. saxophone, guitar, violin, piano, ...
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I am trying to find a story that I read online some time ago. (uploading, similar to “Accelerando”, “natural reserve” for humans)

This is what I remember: I think the author was not a professional writer but the story was cited in other webs. A main theme was "uploading". The pace remembered me to "Accelerando" by Charles ...
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Invisibility should cause blindness: how does hard sf cope? [closed]

One problem I've always thought of with science fiction characters becoming invisible is that they should go blind, because their retina does not catch any light. Obviously a lot of soft SF or ...
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What is a good example of a progression from the current state of Cryogenic freezing, to a working system used for interstellar travel? [closed]

In all of the books that I read, the intermediate steps in turning cryonics into a useful technology seem to be glossed over, and the actual implementation is not described in great detail. Is there ...
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How “hard” is the science behind the genetics mentioned in Blade Runner?

How accurately does the science in Blade Runner reflect the current understanding of genetics?
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In “Spin” by Robert Charles Wilson, why was it called “the spin?”

I just finished this book, and I never understood why the phenomena/event was called "the spin."
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What are the criteria for defining “hard” science fiction? [closed]

The term "hard" science fiction is used for sf that corresponds to our currently understood science models of the universe. The exact definition of what counts as hard science fiction is too ...
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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 ...