Questions tagged [hard-sci-fi]

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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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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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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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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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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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Sci fi movie where time freezes

I am trying to find an old movie I saw in the 70's, and it is probably from the 60´s. Some sort of accident causes time to revert a few hours and then move very slowly again. The main character is a ...
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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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Astronauts on Europa (moon), time-shift future, gravity, intelligent computer, Aries, 1960s?

I'm looking for the title and artists of a comic about some astronauts (around five I think) doing research/archaeology on (I think) Europa (Jupiter's moon). They're working when one or more of them ...
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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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How does the scientists version of the Lords Prayer (Our Father) go?

I read this in a book from the 60s-70s, surely not 80s. But there was a version of the Lords Prayer adapted for Scientists. Now, the normal Lords Prayer goes something like this: Our Father, who art ...
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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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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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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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Changing gravity in Moon (2009 film) - simply a mistake or was there an explanation?

Last night I watched Moon and it struck me that the gravity seemed to change depending on Sam's location: On the Moon's surface, gravity seemed to be as expected, as evidenced by Sam's slow movement. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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80's 90's female protagonist descending in a space elevator or a tall tree on another planet

I read a book in the late 80's or early 90's that involved a woman special operative. She was descending in a space elevator or a large tree down to the planet and she had bio tech embedded in her. ...
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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 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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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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How was the messaging system in The Arrows of Time (Orthogonal #3, by Greg Egan) supposed to work?

In particular, why didn't messages being relayed from the future use up bandwidth and prevent new messages from being sent back?
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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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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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Short sci-fi story: aliens regret setting Earth's destruction in motion

The story is basically told from an alien's point of view. Essentially they observed us from far off, deemed us as violent and a danger to the universe, and set course (asteroid or something) to kill ...
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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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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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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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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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1960s short story, aliens accidentally set fire to the field they land in

I believe I read this work in the 70s. As I recall it was one of several short works in paperback, US printing. They story has a dialog between some astronauts. They are discussing the possibilities ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Story about linguist who deciphers alien language/script [duplicate]

I remember a short story or maybe novella about a first contact. The powers in place bring in a renowned linguist (female, iirc) and her team to help communicate with the aliens. Working off the ...
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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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Time travel book from the 50's

I'm looking for a time travel book that my parents and I have both read. My father thinks he got it in the 50's. Plot: A man is murdered while conducting an experiment and wakes up in a different ...
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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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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 ...