Questions tagged [hard-sci-fi]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Space General incites a revolution

This book is about a man who was once a powerful general in a space fleet. When he disobeys his President (who is female) she has him assigned to a planetary constellation that has no apparent value. ...
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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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Short story where artificial life gets out of control [duplicate]

Please bear with me, memories are vague. I'm looking for the name of a short scifi story, by a fairly prominent author IIRC, where a person was evolving "pet artificial life" in their basement. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What's that hard scifi novel I read about exploiting the discovery of a wormhole?

The book details the history of a man who discovers a pinpoint wormhole in space, and slowly he learns to harness its power to succeed in life. To jog your memory: It starts with a guy at an ...
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Book about a physicist who invents a device that swaps a sphere of matter from this world to another universe/time

I read this 10–20 years ago. It's a hard sci-fi book about a man — a physicist — who invents something that swaps spheres of matter with somewhere else. I think the swap was between universes, but it ...
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2010s 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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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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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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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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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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2-3 part book series where adults get a ringing noise in their ears that brainwashes them

Main Character: The main character is a teenage boy who begins his journey running away from others that are hunting him across a bridge, they catch up with him and begin to fight and it's clear he's ...
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Sci-fi cartoon movie about son whose mother becomes a computer

Looking for title of an animated Sci-fi from late 80s early 90s. I vividly remember a scene where a mother turns into a computer run by a large crystal in order to save child. I also recall, though ...
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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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Search for title of military SF

I am trying to figure out the title and author of a military SF i read 1-2 years ago (2013/2014). The human race and its worlds are in a fight with a technology superior race of aliens that are in ...
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Book: Starts in a scavenger pod cleaning up earth orbit

A few years back I read a book which I'd like to look up again: It starts in a ship. It's on a tether from a space station (I think). Its job is to scavenge (and clean) debris from earth orbit. It's ...
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Book: a boy stranded on a planet who joins mercenaries, fights a space battle and disarms a nuclear bomb

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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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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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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Comic about two children who live on an asteroid

I read this story recently but I am unable to find the story anywhere :- The story starts with 2 children wearing space suits on an asteroid and expertly unearthing what seems to them like the ...
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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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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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First mention of antimatter as a weapon system

I am writing an essay about something semi related. When did the word or concept of antimatter first appear? When was it first used as a weapon system, in film, book or comic?
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Science fiction movie featuring an octopus type alien

I'm trying to remember a sci-fi movie featuring an Octopus type alien, possibly purple, stalking the crew of a spaceship. I only remember one scene. The creature was very slow, had one eye and 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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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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Looking for a two or three part sci-fi book with an alien space station and ships that scavenge alien artifacts [duplicate]

There were at least two books for sure. I don't remember the author or the publishing year, but they were from the 20th century. The setting was in the somewhat distant future and the story followed ...
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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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Hard sci-fi novel where “snowfall” is made up of microscopic creature skeletons

I remember reading a hard sci-fi novel. somewhere along the way the protagonist is part of a group that finds itself trapped in a building by what they originally mistake as a heavy snowfall. The &...
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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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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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Movie about aliens transforming people into slaves with a claw or weapon-like arm

When people get captured, they get dragged to some kind of portal. They transform into slaves and have one of their arms become claw-like or weapon-like. They are strong but not very fast. They also ...
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Sci-fi story/novella which involves intelligent probe exchanging messages with a group of children, contact diminishes over time

There's an artificial intelligence/computer/spacecraft flying away from Earth on a long mission. In the beginning, it exchanges messages with a group of children (I think it was 100), whose parents ...
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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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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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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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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-...