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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Identifying a near future Sci-fi novel where Rainforests are now a global treasure, with wars launched to take them over

I am looking for this book that I am trying to identify from memory: It is a sci-fi novel taking place in the near-future It was definitely printed before 2005, as I remembered borrowing it from my ...
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Scholastic sci-fi anthology book containing a short story about a planet with crystal monsters

During the late 1970's and early 1980's Scholastic would publish and sell books at elementary schools and I picked one up which had 8-10 stories inside which were all fantasy or sci-fi in nature. The ...
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Book about the 'aliens abduct humans to be soldiers' trope. It was comedic in style, involved blue skinned aliens

Quite a common trope I know but remember some details. I must have read it about... five or so years ago? It was a pulp book I read on Kindle. It may have been a self-published eBook-only thing like ...
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Short Sci Fi about a young boy who grows up to be a famous musician

The story's protagonist was a young boy with epilepsy who is taken by his mother to some place with water, but not the ocean. There are shards of glass or pottery. It turns out that they are being ...
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Old sci-fi short story about bombs sent back through time and space by aliens to destroy earth [duplicate]

The story I remember and am trying to find: Humans had expanded out into the galaxy. Another race of aliens saw humans making their way towards their sector of space and feared us. That race was not a ...
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Old radio show or book about a group of marooned men on a planet with only one creature which they eat and then cocoon and change into that creature

Old radio show originally. Only one type of creature on the planet, it had different types of “meat” which was eaten by the crew. Some men went missing but were found to have cocooned and changed into ...
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1980s sci-fi British schools TV show with noseless aliens [duplicate]

When I was a kid, more than 30 years ago, I remember watching a TV show at school in the UK. Would have been mid-to-late '80s. I think it was probably part of an English language thing, where they'd ...
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Aliens invading Earth who control adults and are afraid of wood

Here's all I can remember :- It was a sci-fi story but had a horror-taste to it. It was about aliens from some other planet, who tried to invade Earth. The aliens could not (or probably would not) ...
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Movie or miniseries about people shipwrecked on an island with an abandoned military facility and Aborigines

It was about some shipwrecked survivors. They get onto an island and one man is attacked in the water by something you can't see. Later at night he begins to mutate and goes to the sea. Then the other ...
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Early 2000s movie about robot that invades the world

I watched this movie when I was a little kid so my memory of it is not so good. I remember there being robots that kind of look like the Iron Giant invading a city and they had these antenna things ...
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Book where kids get powers and the girl goes crazy and gets electrocuted

I got this book from my middle school library in like 7-8th grade so it’s probably for younger kids. The plotline was that a group of kids gain powers (I don’t remember how); I think the powers have ...
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Novel: Sentient lifeform enslaves all life on planet — colonises other planets by making copies of itself?

I'm trying to find the name of this book I read in the past couple of years. The book was about a sentient lifeform (I can't recall what kind, something that normally isn't sentient — the planet ...
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Classic Sci-fi Movie depicting human slaves on a foreign planet wearing metal (dog like) collars that prevent them from leaving [closed]

Looking for a classic sci-fi movie (B/W?) depicting human slaves (a male and female) on a foreign planet wearing metal (dog like) collars that prevent them from leaving.
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Sci-fi about boy captured by an alien trying to find intelligent life on Earth

I found the (short) story about a boy (or a man, probably, can't remember) in a collection of short sci-fi stories. I can describe the story a little, if that helps:- The story starts out somewhere ...
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Book where an undercover chess grandmaster is sent to an alien planet so that he can facilitate contact or avoid the forthcoming war [duplicate]

I last read the book in the early 90's, so it would have been written before then. The main plot is about an Earth person being sent on an undercover mission to an alien planet of extraordinarily ...
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1980's (maybe 70's) Scifi book series about other planets which were colonized one by native Americans, one by Mennonites, one by Mormons etc [duplicate]

I'm trying to remember the name of a book I read in high school (about 1984) that was about other planets which were colonized one by native Americans, one by Mennonites, one by Mormons etc. Very ...
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Story with a 3-layered world [duplicate]

I read this story in the 1990s or early 2000s, I believe. It was about a world with three layers or zones, and in order to travel from one zone to the next, travellers could only do so naked, ...
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Help me identify this science fiction graphic novel involving spacefaring mice/rats that I read in 2013

I have been looking for the name of this sci-fi graphic novel that I read in 2013. I do not remember the name of the novel, only a brief summary of the story. Here it goes: The story is set on board ...
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bad military sci-fi; from fending off Zerg-like hive to fighting the reified multiverse/sum of history

Every once in a while I recall reading this series, which was mostly notable for the number of trope and genre mashups it crammed in, and for diverging into silly fantasy territory at the end. I ...
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Sci-fi novel or novella where “Eliza Tertia” was one of the main characters

There's a book I borrowed from my grade 8 teacher's lending shelf (in Ontario, Canada) that I've been trying to identify for years. The main character was a man in a futuristic setting who... I think.....
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sci-fi book where everyone older than 18 was dead

This was a sci-fi book where everyone older than 18 was dead. The eldest was some boy who's 17, I think, and I believe that they all had superpowers, if not all then some of them. The book started ...
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Story about a world of magic where science has been forbidden [duplicate]

I am looking for a book that I read in the 80s where magic is used to help with tasks and science is forbidden. What I recall is that the protagonist (I think a boy) has to move a something heavy like ...
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50/60’s sci fi movie using Pi to communicate to aliens

What 50/60’s sci fi movie uses Pi to communicate with aliens?
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Title of science fiction novel from the '80s or early '90s with small furry aliens [duplicate]

There was another alien species that was invading Earth, and the little furry aliens helped us out. I think they liked having sex all the time and ended up having sex with the humans as well.
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Book series about pairs of clones, Pratwa, that were mentally linked [duplicate]

There was a great sci-fi book series that I read about experiments with clones (Pratwa?). The lab produced sets of 2 clones that were linked mentally. When they meditated and merged consciousnesses ...
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Movie about two kids who find an astronaut in the desert

The setting is an Earth-like desert. A brother and sister find an astronaut they believe to be an alien, although he's entirely human in appearance (as are they). I don't remember much about the plot, ...
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Looking for a book about talking dragons with no humans

When I was a kid I remember going to a relative's house and reading the beginning of a book about warring factions of Dragons. I was not able to finish before the weekend visit was over. I've never ...
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Short Story “Slow Topiary”

Short Story: Woman suffering from terminal cancer meets weird guy who has a topiary in his isolated home that is the size of a large oa
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Sci-fi TV series about medicine/virology/pathogen/germ warfare investigation

Unfortunately, the only details I am really sure of are the specific scenes I mention below. The rest I am quite hazy on. IIRC it aired sometime in the mid to late 90s (maybe even early 2000s?) and it ...
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Book where the world is divided into seven parts where each part only lives for one day of the week and is in suspended animation for the rest [duplicate]

There was a book I read quite a while ago where due to population problems the population of the world was divided into seven parts. Each part actively lived one day a week and were in suspended ...
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Pre-1990's sci-fi novel about a man who becomes a legionnaire in a Roman/Romanesque Empire

I remember reading it in the late 1980's or early 1990's. If I recall correctly, it was: set in the future based on the Roman model of civilization and empire about a guy who was training to become a ...
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Children's book about a long neck blue alien wearing a turtle neck sweater

I read a book in the 1980s that I am looking for title and publish date. Book Type: children's picture book Plot: A long necked blue alien visits earth and disguises themselves by wearing a turtleneck ...
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Looking for an old sci-fi book/series about kids crashed on a planet

Ok, so it might be a long-shot, as I was around 12 when I read this book (or books?) — which was 30 years ago. I'm not sure if it was a series of books, or just one book which I never finished. The ...
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looking for science fiction short story about boy and friends who jump through planet gates to watch star explosions

This story is relatively new. It's short probably from one of the most known sci/fi magazines (Asimov, Analog, The magazine of fantasy and science fiction, Clarkesworld) I just read it earlier this ...
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Short Story - Robert Silverberg. The Story is about a solitary Pilot or Engineer of a pilgrim or colonization ship and his spiritual stowaway

I recall reading this story in the early 2000's in an old (90's) Silverberg anthology. The spiritual stowaway, a young girl desperate to escape her boring life in this story has somehow stolen the ...
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Funny, Jewish sci-fi novel

I read it mid 80's and found it a few years ago, but with the publication of a new Jewish sci-fi novel, it's harder to find it again. The story is about an investigator working for a government ...
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Old cartoon/movie with tiny character driving a toy red Chevy Bel air

I watched this Disney-style cartoon on tv between 1997-98 but it was probably much older than that since the car in question appears to be, if memory serves me right, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air ...
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80s/90s Scifi movie where an alien family is stuck on Earth [duplicate]

When I was younger I remember watching a copied VHS that had a partial sci-fi movie on it. From what I remember a humanoid alien family somehow gets stuck on earth. There were 2 sisters whose hair ...
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Alien doomsday movie where a good and bad alien fight whilst two kids look for a doomsday device

There are two kids and two aliens in this alien doomsday movie, one good and one bad. I believe the "good" alien is Dwayne Johnson or Vin Diesel. The "bad" alien is of size and shape of the ones in ...
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TV show / Film where a space ship breaks apart in a supernatural way near the end

I am having a super difficult time remembering this. I believe it was a TV show but it might have been a film (about 95% sure it was a TV show). I believe the premise was that some planet had an area ...
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90s-00s novel about a boy with a dimension hopping device

Trying to find a book that I read 10-15 years ago. The novel is about a boy which one day gets visited by himself. His other self has a device with which someone can jump from one dimension to ...
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Late 90s movie about people disappearing (down drains, I believe)

I only remember the trailer and vaguely at that. It began with a statistic about how many people go missing every year and are not found. There was an "at first they thought people were being abducted ...
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Prince Rupert's Drops [duplicate]

Does anyone remember a short story involving "Prince Rupert's Drops"? Story character finds these beautiful iridescent golden glass-like objects on the beach at one of the Great Lakes, and thinks it's ...
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Short story with an astronaut in space wearing a semi-sentient suit

Some astronaut is in space, and his spaceship is destroyed. For some reason, this dude is wearing a semi-sentient suit that keeps him alive indefinitely, and he's just floating through space for ...
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Short story where the labour class lives in another timeline to the privileged class

A short story was mentioned to me and we are trying to figure out the name of it. It was apparently written years ago and was hoping to find it. It was apparently a short story based around divided ...
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Sci-fi/time traveller cartoon where a time traveler on a training mission saves a girl from being killed which makes Earth disappear [duplicate]

Sci-fi/time traveller cartoon from the early to mid 2000's. The plot goes like this: A time traveler was in some sort of training mission. Whilst he was on this mission he witnesses this girl that ...
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Movie Identification: Police chase in a SF movie

Based in the future. The only scene I remember is that the guy is running away from the police. As the police are chasing him (in a tunnel-like environment), the cost of the chase (i.e. the fuel cost ...
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Science Fiction book where an experimental ship with a 2 navigator hyperspace system leaves the crew dead

Trying to find the title of a book I believe I read in the '70s. The plot involves around a hyperspace navigator that interfaces directly with the ship from a jump chair. Normal navigation was done ...
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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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Space colony novel where space pirates attack a planet and take a boy hostage who fights his way back eventually

I think it was a 1970s novel and might have been simply titled "Colony". These days it would likely be classed as young-adult, but I don't think such a category existed back then. I probably read it ...

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