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 about a boy who travels to a parallel universe to get a book

I can't remember the gender of the main character. I remember bits and pieces from different books, but I think they're all part of the same series. The pieces may not be in order or from multiple ...
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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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Trying to remember the title of a sci-fi book I read in the 80's? [duplicate]

I read this sci-fi book back around 1987 that my father had finished. My memory of the book is sadly very limited, but the emotion of enjoying it string prompting me to try and remember it. My clear ...
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Novel from the 80s: Brain harvested and forced to fight in a war

For some reason I've been off and on trying to remember for this for some years now. In short: The protagonist wakes up to discover his body has been replaced by a tank and is being forced to fight ...
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Animation movie (80's-90's) with brain-sucking insects

I'm looking for a movie I've seen as a kid, the details are foggy and sparse but I'll try my best following the guide: What is it?: An animated movie. Tell us what it isn't: It is not Nausicaä of the ...
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What is the name of…sci/fi trilogy…aliens invade earth and kids destroy their domes

I hope someone can help; I read this trilogy in 1970(!) about aliens that invaded earth. Because they couldn't breathe our air, they contained their cities under large domes. In the end, the main ...
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What movie or tv show has a tribe of “bird men” outside a walled city in the desert?

A long, long time ago in the era known to some as the 90's, I was channel surfing and caught the end of something that might have been a TV show or a movie, I have no idea which. It was set in an ...
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Trying to recall a sci-fi book I read in the '70s

When I was a teen, in the '70s, I recall reading a sci-fi book about an arctic discovery. I seem to recall that explorers had found the remnants of an ancient civilization, and I think had found one ...
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Name of the SciFi book where boy finds a crash-landed robot spaceship

I am looking for the author / title of a short illustrated story about a robot (humanoid form) that crash-landed on planet earth and a boy finds the wreck. He climbs into it and goes up to the head ...
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Trying to find a story about an unborn telepathic baby who can save a spaceship from doom

There's a spaceship, nearing the end of its journey. Everybody on board is in cryosleep. For some reason the wake-up system malfunctions, and the ship will fly on indefinitely. The people at the space ...
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What book has super-powered teens including a boy with yellow eyes who can see a few seconds into the future? [duplicate]

I have been looking for a book about a group of teens with superhuman abilities. It is centred on a boy that has yellow eyes that can see into the future for a few seconds. I can't remember anything ...
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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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Book series with travel to purple grassed planets and space pets

I found the book in my middle school library some time between 1979-1983. The book may have been from the 70's, I doubt earlier. It was a short story science fiction series geared toward grade ...
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Help me remember the name of an old animated sci-fi (apocalyptic) movie [duplicate]

When I was young I remember my mother bringing me a movie home from goodwill. The movie was in the 80s style if I remember correctly. I don't remember much about the movie other than a masked ...
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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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What poetic old detective noir book has mutants smuggled out of a ghetto being blackmailed?

Years ago I read this old science fiction book that was written in a poetic noir style, and I remember bits of the plot, but not any names to google. Could you help me find it? It was from my Dad's ...
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Sci-Fi: Story about an astronaut and telepathic feline-like aliens

I read a series of books when I was younger, about 20 years ago. And I can't for the life of me remember one title, or the writer. So I'm asking for your help. Things I know: The writer was ...
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Book read/published in the late 90's - early 2000's about a bank robbing computer-virus

Characters Genius Hacker Kid - Developed Worm/Virus, trusts this leader dude who might be a priest (pretty sure it's something similar). Might have a sister that's being leveraged against him near ...
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Story about an immortal man living on a generation spaceship

It's been a while since I read this, and it was one of those utterly forgettable paperback covers. The main character is an immortal person on a generation ship that is originally scouting the stars, ...
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What book had a robot going around the galaxy, making other robots?

I remember getting recommended a book about a robot travelling around the galaxy making other robots. However, I never had a chance to read and have now forgotten its title. My recollection is ...
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Name of a short story from a “Years best Sci-fi collection”

I read it a few years back. The main theme of the story was that in the deep future, man has moved onto space ships completely and evolved further to a gravity free environment, having 4 hands and no ...
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Short story: colonization team gets invited to a festival/ritual by natives, later found dead after sending weird messages

I read this in a compilation of sci-fi stories in book form. The story starts off as a planet exploratory mission, but is told in the form of transmitted messages, with a small team on the planet and ...
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Looking for old, pre-1990's book

I thought the name was "The X Factor", but none of the suggestions I get when I use that title are correct. 1-armed man starts off on Earth. He's one of those stories you hear like mother that gets ...
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A book using advanced science to act as magic [duplicate]

I'm trying to identify a book I read a long time ago. The premise was that far in the future humans had technology that could accomplish just about anything (teleportation, body manipulation creating ...
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Help with identifying book about talking dog from outer space?

I read this book a long time ago, and while its name is lost to me, several details ring remarkably clear. The premise of the book is that this boy adopts a dog who has the ability to communicate ...
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Story ID - ruthless criminal; legal/illegal citizen ranks

Novel written before 2000. The story begins on a planet which has been so environmentally damaged that the atmosphere is too toxic to breathe, forcing the population to live in air-tight domes or ...
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Teen/YA Sci Fi book where the main character is forced to be a space smuggler

I'm looking for a book I read back in the mid-90s, probably from the late 80s or early 90s. It was a teen sci fi book, not set on Earth. It involves the main character, an young man, getting forced ...
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3-part YA book about nuclear war in the UK - any ideas?

This book affected me so much I couldn't read the third story the first time I borrowed it from the library. Went back to it from curiosity when I was about 13. It's called something like 'The ...
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A book about a boy searching for his missing father, the spaceship navigator

I read a scifi book back in the late 1970's or early 1980's but I think it was written much earlier, possibly in the 1950's or 1960's. It was the story of a (possibly teenage) boy (whose name may have ...
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I'm looking for a Fiction book about pyramids

I read this book a very long time ago (30+ years) all I remember for sure is Giza and Cheops pyramids were important points, they emitted some sort of energy. The end of the book was calamitous. The ...