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What's the name of the book where a girl is built into a spacecraft?

There was a sci-fi book a book I saw about 10 years ago, that featured a society of people where (I think) some chose to become parts of spacecraft. I was very young at the time so i only remember ...
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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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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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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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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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Do Heinlein's novels mention a plausible zero-gravity cat litter box?

I have read a lot of science fiction works with cats being the optimal space pet. I know Heinlein was a cat person, and I am thinking he had a solution for cats doing their business in space, but I ...
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2000s movie where mysterious black alien spheres surround the Earth

Can you please help me find the title of this movie, from about 2010, in which hundreds of black alien spheres position themselves evenly around the planet. The humans are unsurprisingly curious, ...
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Story about people trying to recover a ship, but can't because its engine is still operating [duplicate]

I read a short story a long time ago which, for a while now, I've lamented not remembering the name of, because I really enjoyed the concept so much. I believe I read this sometime in the mid-80s, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What sci-fi novel has the moon split into 7 pieces by an asteroid, threatening life on earth?

I am looking for the title of a novel that I only caught part of on audio. It takes place within our current time frame and deals with the Moon getting struck and fragmented into (initially) 7 pieces ...
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Unknown title 60's sci fi book possibility started with a G or the word star

I remember finding this book in my dad's old college collection so possibly publish in the 50-60's Cover had a white or silver tower on a background of a lot of orange or an explosion A boy or man ...
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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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Short story with mercenaries trying to board a mothballed starship [duplicate]

This is a short story I read about 20-25 years ago. The plot had three mercenaries, hired to deactivate the defenses on an ancient warship found mothballed in space. The captain of the merceneries ...
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Story about a colony on a forest planet [duplicate]

A number of years ago, I read a novel of a colony on a world that was covered by dense forest. The native people were human-like but had prehensile toes and lived in the forest canopy layer in ...
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Interstellar flight over generations

I read a story about an interstellar flight of a couple of ships to a distant star system that takes centuries. Generations of families live on the ships. They are fleeing from an earth at war. ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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This book about space/interstellar travel, permafrost, biological androids and mind meld technology, identify

I read this book as a child in the 80s or early 90s. It spans quite a bit of time, more than a generation, possibly many. Biological androids are common, but they are treated as subhuman or at least ...
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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 the name of a black and white graphic novel about space colonization from the 1980s? where the STL starship exploded

It was a black and white graphic novel or one-off SF comic book whose backstory involved space colonization in a star system after the slower than light starship (involving, maybe robots and ...
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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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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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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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What sci-fi short story has parasites infect humans through the soles of their shoes on an alien planet?

This was a short story where a ship was answering a distress call, and landed on an alien planet. I believe the crew who initially made the call were all dead when they arrived, but then people ...
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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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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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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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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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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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First sci-fi story to feature electromagnetic railguns or mass-drivers?

What was the first story to feature electromagnetic railguns? The answer could be a movie, a TV show, a book, or a short story. The main difference between a railgun and most other kinds of ...
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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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70's/80's short story collection about space stories such as a moment by moment account of an astronaut going faster than light

Short stories, may not have been in the same collection from the late 70’s/early 80’s. A moment by moment account of an astronaut as he is the first to travel faster than light. It described how ...
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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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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 (...