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Questions tagged [soft-sci-fi]

Soft science fiction is a term for works in the science fiction genre which do not apply a rigourous scientific model for the universe. It can also be used to describe work where the science fiction aspect is incidental to the story (the same story could be told without the science fiction elements).

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Book - society of humanoid people that practise open relationships until they reach a certain age then have a monogamous partner

I think they lived kind of adjacent to a human race that had technology. They were the protagonists of the story. I read it around 20 years ago and it was probably about 15-30 years old then. They ...
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Sci-fi Film Viewing Order Needed! [closed]

I am very much into film, but there are so many I haven’t seen in the sci-fi genre. So, would anyone care to provide a viewing order? One of my favourite all-time films is the first Alien movie (...
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Sci-fi book about future of earth where the land has been submerged, and aliens use it to breed [duplicate]

1970's or 80's book about the future earth. Aliens invaded, and sunk the land, now there are floating islands, and the aliens come back every so many years to plant eggs in the sea to hatch. There ...
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A sci-fi-ish movie about toys coming to life I saw on TV when I was a kid

I've been looking for this movie for probably two decades - not because it's brilliant or anything, but just because I can't leave a mystery unsolved. It was a movie about a kid who loved toys and ...
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90s (or earlier) sci fi book about demons being an ancient alien race

I'm trying to remember this book I read back in the 90's but I suspect may be older. Humanity gets discovered by three alien superpowers and they split humanity into three groups and take over/...
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Asian movie from alternate reality with Tesla coil in Tokyo

A friend of mine saw a movie some time ago on the TV, but he can't recall the name. Here is the description he gives: Japanese or Chinese movie, in the end, there was a Tesla coil (or some device ...
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70's (or earlier) sci-fi book: character enters a world where the sun reflects the climate upon epileptic fits

I read this book in the 1970s. The central character comes in and out of a world where the color of the sun reflects the climate/chaos. The character enters the world when he experiences an epileptic ...
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Book: troubleshooter born into a desolate future world

I think the book or series is from the late 70s early 80s. It's based in the future; the character was born in a desolate world and grew up with an almost animalistic survivability. It was not by L.E....
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Web comic about an adventurous dog and his human sidekick

Back around the mid-late 2000s I discovered a web comic (it could have been a scan of a physical comic) about a dog and his boy who go on adventures, either in space or underwater - perhaps both. I ...
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Scifi short story where everyone's lives are recorded, and based on this everyone is ranked at every different skill there could conceivably be

I read this story in the last 10 years. It is a scifi short story, probably published in Giganotosaurus or some other sci fi short story collective. Definitely published online. The story is kind of ...
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Novel, Lo Tech SF/Fantasy, Powerful Woman, Male Assistant, Quest, Trilogy [duplicate]

Looking for the name of a SF or fantasy novel. I probably read this in the 70's or 80's. Believe was first published post 1960. Could be part of a larger series. My faulty memory keeps trying to ...
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Children's book about a boy who travels to the future, using Coca-Cola syrup for negative friction

I remember reading this (old) book when I was about ten years old, in 2012. It was already old then, I think it's from around the 1980s. I can only remember a few things from it: They used Coca-Cola ...
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Novel about a guy who travels through portals to bring back alien technology (jaunt?) [duplicate]

A while back I had read a Goodreads description of a novel that I have forgotten the name of. It was about a guy having discussions with his therapist about his profession which is to jump through a ...
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Sci-fi book: two college kids witness man's first landing on Mars with a wormhole/travel machine they invented; they're ultra rich and nigh-immortal [duplicate]

I can't recall how long ago I read this book, but it starts with 2 college kids using some form of wormhole or instant travel mechanism they invented to personally witness man's first landing on Mars. ...
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Book about a man becoming a saint for humanity

A child is sent to a prison mining colony on the belt. There is a general at the prison and promotes the child to admiral. The child and general escape and travel the Sol system as a traveling ...
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90s sci-fi book about humans on a alien reserve; one man escapes and returns to liberate his people

There is a sci-fi book I read in the 90's. It was old back then, so it's possibly been published earlier. It was in English and I suspect the author was either American or British. From what I can ...
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Book about portal/other worlds and a tribe digging for gold

There was this book I read years ago (2000-2009, possibly even older) about a boy who finds some sort of portal door. It takes him to this world where a tribe is fighting to survive by digging for ...
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Short Story or Novella About Observing the Future [duplicate]

Trying to identify a story: I read it in an anthology during the 80's. The anthology may have been older than that. Narrator is sent by an organization to view the future. He does this on multiple ...
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Science fiction horror novella about yellow smoke that can control people's minds

It was a sci-fi and horror novella (the book contained 3 stories in total). The protagonist was a young kid with asthma. His parents were scientists and had to move to a new town in the middle of ...
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Book about teleportation, female main character, can't teleport off Earth

It is a series about a group of kids who cannot be off-world due to health issues, but they discover that the types of planets that are being searched for are wrong. If they try to teleport to another ...
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Sci-Fi book revolving about a male character who traveled between dimensions and recorded his travels in logs he sent to his friends

I've been searching for this series for a while, the story revolved about a group of guardians of sort that travelled between parallel dimensions, through specifically hidden gateways in each ...
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Sci fi show about a boy with powers with rays coming out of a prism [duplicate]

I watched this show when I sass a kid (80-90s) about a boy that has some kind of powers. It’s set in the UK I think, in a cabin/lodge. It has a spooky theme where you see a prism slowly making taking ...
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Novel in which a machine is used to speed up Earth's rotation to achieve weightlessness and things go awry

Years ago, when I was in 6th grade, I picked up a sci-fi novel(-la? Pretty short) that was either translated into Chinese, or written in Chinese, more likely the former. That novel is centered around ...
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Short story read ~25 year ago where changing person's name prevents a war

I believe I read this short story in a collection. A man's wife goes to a consultant to improve his career. The consultant says include your middle initial (I think). The story goes though the ...
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Late 80s/early 90s young adult sci-fi book about teenage girl living on the moon after Earth's invasion by aliens

The book is about a teenage girl who lives on the Moon after aliens take over the Earth. I think there was a picture of a blonde girl sitting and the moon in the background on the cover. It was one of ...
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Movie taking place in a fair, including a giant woman in a dress stepping over the eating area

Old movie I watched as a kid around the early 2000’s. Movie looked older. I only remember a scene as follows: there’s a dad and son eating and a giantess wearing a dress/skirt literally walks past ...
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A book with two twins and a difficult relation, a room where time flows slower than the outside and a mysterious monster coming from a sink

There was this pocket book, back when I was a teenager (20 years ago), with these two twins discovering a room (it was something like a tool shed) where time flowed slower (1 hour inside was equal to ...
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80s/90s Sci fi cartoon with artwork similar to Moebius', with a space journey atmosphere and a blue spaceship flying through the desert

I've got memories of a cartoon, I'm pretty sure I saw it on Cartoon Network a few times very early in the morning but I looked on the wiki list of shows and it's not there. I thought it was called ...
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Sci-Fi novel about a man that has the power to make everyone he meets forget him

I have been trying to recall what this book is from almost thirty years, I read it as a teen. I think it was published in the 1980s. The story takes place in a distant space faring future, where ...
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1970 sci-fi story series about a spaceman looking for the group that modified him [duplicate]

A spaceman was modified by a group that threw him out of the program before the final stage. He was a thief and soldier. He needs metal in his diet. When he is near a fully modified man, he gets a ...
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Science fiction story where humanity is so technically advanced that they lack for nothing

Many years ago I read a story (I think it was a full-length novel) set in the far future of Earth where people effectively can have whatever they want whenever they want it. I also believe they had ...
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What is the early 80's sci-fi/horror movie with floating glowing balls, but is NOT Strange Invaders?

Does anyone know the early 80's sci-fi or horror movie about floating glowing alien balls? I remember a scene where an adult was lying down (in some sort of bed or pod) suddenly shrivels up, it's a ...
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Short story, where humans encounter an alien race, tell them stories; the aliens act out the stories and kill the researchers

Can't remember author or title of the story. Seem to remember the protagonist is an investigator of some sort trying to find out why previously-peaceful alien race has killed the research or liaison ...
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Sci-Fi Novel Earth with space station defense against aliens and a space fleet

I remember reading this novel when I was younger and here are some of the details I remember: Earth has a space station that is used as a main defense against aliens, however, I believe the Earth ...
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Fantasy or sci-fi book involving cats and their philosophy

I read the book mid to late 90s and it seemed a bit old then so could have been published late 70s or 80s as well as 90s. My guess would be mid to late 80s. The title was something unusual and not ...
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80s sci fi film with quest to replace lost female droid companion

I vaguely remember watching a science fiction movie with my mother sometime in the 80s (I was born in 84, so I'd be quite young at the time)... The movie was from the 80s, and this is what I remember ...
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1980s sci-fi book with space beetle and someone who thought he was a vampire but wasn't

I don’t remember the title or author or much about the plot. I would have read it sometime in the early 1980s and before 1983. It had a really weird space beetle (genetically engineered) and some guy ...
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Book Where Girl Can Control Meteors and Works for a Circus (YA Novel)

I read a book a couple years ago. It was fairly new, too. In the book, people begin giving birth to children (girls only?) who could control elements. The first child can control fire, the second ...
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Book about people facing environmental catastrophe who construct huge spaceship

I'm trying to track down a book I read in the 1980s sometime. I think it was set in the far future on an alien world colonised by humans, who had eventually descended into a kind of industrial-feudal ...
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Identifying a short story about digital immortality and the last man to die

Apologies for some of the vagueness, but I recall that this was a short story I read sometime around 2000/2001, though I suspect it was published well before that. The premise is that whenever ...
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Vampire romance series

There's this vampire romance series. In the first book, the male lead (Kaden, I think is his name) kidnaps a human woman and her psychic daughter. The lady also has a sister, Emma, who is in hiding. ...
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2000s (?) cartoon/anime in which a girl who had to go inside her PC's world

I've been thinking for a month now about this very old cartoon or even Japanese anime, in which there was a girl who had to go inside a PC to protect someone (the prod of that PC word?). The story ...
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Finding book: Small space-traveling crew make/sell drug and a creature begin linking people's drug dream together

Unfortunately, I can't recall when I read this story, what timeframe it was authored, or who the author may have been. But I can remember enough key information from the story I think someone familiar ...
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Sci-fi story about cubes/threads attracted to sentient beings that entangle/kill them

I read this science-fiction story probably about a decade ago. I vaguely remember the cover featuring a pink cube. Plot points: There's a sort of environmental threat of weird never-fully-...
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Sci Fi series of books about America being cut off from the world with no electricity

This series began with the US being contained by some kind of pulse wall, anyone who attempted to cross it was vaporised. All electricity disappeared inside the wall and society quickly degenerated to ...
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Book about a young man with a cat sidekick

The details are very vague in my mind but I'm looking for the name of a book I read probably 7-10 years ago. It is about a young man/teenager that lived in a technologically advanced society where ...
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Late 1980's era film about thick white paste controlling people

When I was much younger (1980's), my brother and I recall watching a movie at a sci-fi convention. The premise of the movie is that there's some white paste, resembling marshmallow fluff, that enters ...
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Indie movie about alien abduction on popcorn time

A guy wakes up at a place similar to an hospital and begins to run away from there. Seems to be on Earth and he's being chased. At some point he realizes he has super strength, like an orange glow ...
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Book that starts with humanity narrowly escaping the death of the sun consuming the Earth [duplicate]

The book starts with humanity narrowly escaping the death of the sun consuming the Earth. All the humans are only allowed to bring few possessions with them so a little girl brings a notebook and ...
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Scifi/Greek mythology graphic novel where the Greek gods were actually a space-faring civilization from a different dimension

I read this scifi/Greek mythology graphic novel I read a few years back ~2013-14. The main premise was that the Greek gods were actually a space-faring civilization from a different dimension, while ...