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What is a title of a short story that the aliens store the Encyclopedia Britannica with a mark in a matchstick?

I think that the author is Jorge Luis Borges, but I was looking for his short stories on the internet and I didn't find a short story from him about the aliens and matchstick. More or less the short ...
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Looking for short story about the dangers of marketing and advertising

I had a conversation with a few friends about the dangers of advertising the other day, and parts of this story have been running through my mind. The main character is a woman who used to be a ...
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ID novel (Ace pulp paperback?) - interplanetary passenger cruise, engine failure, lifeboats

Viewpoint character is a junior flight officer / medic? on a routine passenger liner from Earth to somewhere (Mars?). Something goes horribly wrong with the engine (which is powered by an atomic pile ...
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Short story about a doomsday device shown on TVclassic

It’s set in a TV studio and these scientists are showing off this new wonder tool, which can basically blow up anything. At first it’s shown off as this great thing that can help mankind, then it ...
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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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I'm looking for a short story/novella about a plague through genetics that infects the world

I only read it this year but I think it could have been written in the last 4 or 5 years. It's seen through two different time periods. One is the far past where an explorer or maybe a missionary is ...
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Sci fi book about a planet where they use a dice game instead of wars to settle disputes between countries [duplicate]

I read a book years ago, and now I can't remember the author or title. I do remember that it was like the 3rd or 4th in a series, but I don't remember what the series was called. In the book, a pilot ...
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Kids' sci-fi movie where a young girl sacrifices herself

I was watching a sci-fi movie or an episode of some TV series as a kid in the early 90s. The only thing I can remember after all these years was that there was a group of kids in a spaceship or on ...
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A story about a super soldier name Lambda 602

I'm looking for a novel where the main character is a super-soldier called Lambda 602 who's just like Master Chief from Halo. He is transported to fantasy world, where he became a familiar their that ...
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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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(Canadian?) Movie about Mysterious Alien Spacecraft and the NASA-like Org Trying to Discover their Purpose

I saw a movie on Amazon Prime (I think) about some alien spacecraft that appear all over the Earth just hovering in the sky for several months. I believe the movie is Canadian. Most of the characters ...
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What was it that “powered” Auto-Man and Cursor to allow them to exist in the real world?

In the early 80s sci-fi show Auto-Man , the titular hero is essentially a humanoid form program made by a police-computer genius, and given physical shape in our reality. It was described as thus: ...
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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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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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Sci-fi with space-mining scientists, personal internet - book identification help, please

About a year ago, my kindle was stolen and I'm really more upset that I can't track down the name of the book I had just sampled and was planning to purchase. I've since replaced the kindle, but I ...
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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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Sci-fi story about a utopia about some technologically advanced people living in space stations and some on planets

I read this sci-fi story at least 15 years ago. The story is about a far future utopia. There were two segments of people, technologically advanced people living in stations or ships, and not so ...
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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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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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Hard SciFi book in which worm robots do maintenance and self assemble [duplicate]

In this book there is a female engineer who uses 3 types of robots to do a lot of the maintenance. The type that interests me is "worm". These robots could join together into a longer links for ...
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1970s scifi book about a worldwide endless war

I read this in the mid 70s from my local library. The book was set on a militarized world with two factions in an endless war. It may have been a future earth but I think it was set on an alien ...
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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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Sci fi short story about humans diverging genetically after contact with aliens

A while ago (about 2016) I read an illustrated pdf about human colonization of outer space. First they fought, Martians with Earthers, then they had some kind of homo novus and, afterwards, they ...
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Looking for the name of a Sci Fi book about a dystopian future earth with no medical services [duplicate]

So this is killing me... I read the book some years ago. My premise was that I do not read enough different authors, so I started picking books at random going down the alphabet. This book was ...
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Book: Earthlings find (new) nearby planet that also hosts humans and an inorganic species robot-knowledge depository

I am trying to remember the title of a book that I read years ago. I have not had success in recent months in finding the title. Plot Summary (from what I remember): Earth is overpopulated and ...
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Sci-Fi novel series - Weapon that kills all universe/dimension versions of a person

I did a few searches and was not able to find something similar. I am looking for the name(s) of a sci-fi novel series described to me in passing. The time of discussion was around 2005/2006 in ...
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I'm trying to find a Sci-fi story I read years ago where Earth sends capsules allowing them to spy on aliens

It starts with Earth having FTL travel, maybe already colonies in other planets but scientists were worried about Earth not being advanced enough on other fields to withstand war with other species. ...
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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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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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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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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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Book about a card game with a celestial dragon

Looking for a book I read back in 2003 that featured a card game like poker and the ultimate hand to get is the celestial dragon hand. It features a story about a future Hitman with a lot of really ...
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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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Kids animated tv show from the late 80's

I can only barely recall the images but thats it. Will do my best to explain, you give me the title! Main character; Female, white costume, has sort of flat hair with the rainbow streaks, touches a ...
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Book about an industrialist that finds an animal in space that creates portals

I am looking for a sci-fi book I read in the late 80's or early 90's dealing with a a rich space industrialist that finds an animal in space that, when stimulated, creates propulsion. Later in the ...
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What book has the main alien antagonist as a “Blue poppet”? [duplicate]

I can't remember the title or the author. Ugh! Centers around a soldier that now kills for the conquering alien race that took over Earth. They don't know much about the aliens that control them, ...
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Fiction about the first matter transmitter

Im looking for the title of a science fiction book I read in the 1980s. Basically, the plot is that someone had created a matter transmitter. The inventor hid his plans in a locked box, which only ...
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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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How does the Berserker war end?

I read a bunch of short stories and novellas in the berserker series by Fred Saberhagen, but I can't recall if any stories detail the end of the war. I couldn't find any definitive info online either. ...
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What examples are there of suits blurring the lines between powered armor and mecha in hard sci-fi? [closed]

TVTropes has two different entries on Mini-Mecha and Powered Armor, where the former is "something that is piloted" and the latter is "something that is worn". Now, listed in both pages are examples ...
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Hard sci-fi novel where the protagonist uses a wormhole portal and discovers a second version of themself

Hard sci-fi novel. Protagonist uses a wormhole portal and discovers a second version of herself (sister? clone?). May also feature tree-like alien life forms.
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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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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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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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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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Trying to find a short sci-fi/horror story featuring another dimension with a god that feeds on pain/fear

This is going to be a long example so bear with me. Years ago I read a story online where an army (along with our main guy) from our dimension are sent into another to help the natives who are ...
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Accelerated decrepitude due to telomere length in Blade Runner?

PREAMBLE: Before there is debate, let me preface this question by stating that I am indeed aware of the question Why do replicants have a short lifespan? However, none of its answers adequately ...
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TV series with a Team

I remember watching a tv series back in 2008-2009 where theres a group of young girls and boys. They fight monster that come to the city and that comes in their way. I kinda remember the name as ...
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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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Sci-fi book: spaceman on mission to asteroid belt - 70s? 80s?

I'm trying to remember the name of a book I read a couple of years ago, it was about a spaceman sent on a mission to the asteroid belt as something had been detected from Earth there. I think it turns ...