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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Rich man sells his brain to “demon” alien

A very rich man summons an alien (who is in his bathtub) to make a deal. The man has figured out that it is not magic. He trades some technology or knowledge for his brain at death. The brain goes ...
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Short scifi novel based on albums of musician

I read a book a few years back and am trying to find it again. This is a book that is sci-fi/fantasy with some hints of steampunk elements. The society is a dystopian/utopia book and centers around ...
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Book about an astronaut who is tasked with investigating the disappearance of a shuttle in the vicinity of a small forest planet

I've been looking for a book for over ten years now on and off that I read and loved as a child but misplaced in a house move. I'm not 100% sure of the title, but I believe it's called The Wizard of ...
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Identify a movie from the 80s: desert, water sirens [duplicate]

I'm looking for a movie that I saw as a child in the 80s. It was a post-apocalyptic world with a group of survivors. They were in a deserted area. Once they entered a tunnel where the floor was ...
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Sci-fi b movie about a geek teenager who lives his life according to a fictional book

Shown in the UK on TV in the early 80s about a US geek teenager who is a social outcast and lives his entire life by a (fictional) book called (Corak?). Nothing to do with Tarzan. This Corak is a ...
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Trying to remember a young adult sci-fy fantasy novel about memory

In this book I'm thinking of: the main character was a young girl I believe the title showed half of her face and her hair might have looked blackish blue her parents grew up in this society where ...
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Book about training for and surviving on a deadly planet

Looking for a 1960s book about people who think they are first training for and then fortifying on a planet where all the vegetation and other life is deadly and actively trying to kill intruders. ...
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Book about people finding out they are on some kind of space 'ark' [duplicate]

Looking for a 1960s book about people who think they are exploring a planet until they find they are on a huge space 'ark' going somewhere that has been travelling for generations.
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Book where alien device in city dump causes audio speech to manifest as words in the air like physical speech bubbles

So I've remembered bits and pieces of this over the years, but I know I never read the book. I know I read an excerpt of it in the back of what I'm fairly certain was an pre-y2k Star Trek novel. The ...
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Looking for a YA book series about teenagers who are the only ones to survive hypersleep [duplicate]

I read this series back in the early 2000s - sometime between 2003 and 2010. There were a ton of them, thin paperbacks. Some of them focused on different characters. The plot that I remember: Earth ...
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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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Story about space flubber

I'm trying to remember a book I read when I was young (late 80s) although I am pretty sure the book was already old then. I read it in English. I only remember one scene clearly, a scientist ...
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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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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 ...
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Sci fi book about 20 + years old can't remember the author or title

A united group of different aliens visit Earth. They meet a composer on his boat off the coast west of South America. The aliens want humans to join them in their battle against aliens who think they ...
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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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70s or 80s book about a group that abduct people to the moon via teleporter

I'm looking for a book that features a group of people that are using a sort of teleportation device to abduct people to the Moon for some purpose (labor? smarts?). Eventually they overpower the ...
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Sci Fi book about a miner who worked in space

I bought a book from a Meijer grocery store in late 90's early 2000's. It was a sci fi book about a human miner that worked in space blasting up large meteors that were heading towards their space ...
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Book - Three teenagers find a spaceship and gain powers from headsets in it

I’ve tried to search for this book using keywords and quotes on Google, but I couldn’t find it. In this book, three teenagers, a boy and two girls, find a lost spaceship that was camouflaging itself. ...
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Short Story (Scifi?) about a whale that “appears” in a boy's bathtub

I read this book in the mid-to-late 80's. It was a new book then as it was a gift, but I do not know how old the stories were that were collected within. It was a hardcover with compilations of SciFi ...
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Collection of short stories that take place in space I read in middle school. I got it from a Christian bookstore.

I’m pretty sure the title had to do with Mars. The book cover had a lot of blues and greens, with what I think was a planet in the center. I only remember a few stories/scenes, but I’ll do my best to ...
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Identify weird Sci Fi movie from 70s/80s

Things I remember (vaguely, maybe incorrectly) about this movie: the setting is overcrowded and we never see "outside", so it may be in space or just a dystopian future it's weird, like Brazil-level ...
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Sci-fi book I read years ago: sterile, lab-grown woman who smuggles things in a surgically-created “pouch” behind her navel

The book was about a lab-grown woman who smuggles things in a surgically-created “pouch” behind her navel. She’s sterile throughout the story, and medical sterility is a common, reversible thing in ...
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SciFi book search, possibly baen?

I'm looking for a sci fi book I read once, sometime in the last 10-12 years. Probably published around that time, too It was an ebook, possibly/probably on Baen. Although every time I've searched ...
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In what animated movie does a queen accidentally choose a schoolboy she hates to be her knight?

Which animated movie is this? A girl who is the queen of her homeland accidentally chooses a boy who she hates as her knight to save her homeland from a monster robot. The boy is a elementary or ...
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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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story identification: A cowboy with a robotic horse sees a wisp of smoke

The story takes place in the post-apocalyptic Earth. The wild life has become extremely dangerous. A cowboy is in the clean room where he keeps the cows (maybe during the night) and sees a fly on the ...
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Is it ever explained what Area X actually is?

Is it ever explained what Area X actually is? I don't need to know details as I'm still reading it. But I'm into it enough that I'm feeling like the book/series is going to leave a lot of unanswered ...
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Short story (probably) where characters played a Civilization-like game, I think on Titan

I vaguely remember a short story (I don't think it was book-length) about some people who lived in an off-planet base, possibly on Titan, and a popular past-time for the major characters was a complex,...
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Trilogy spanning past, present and future

I am looking to identify a book trilogy I read. I am pretty sure I read it in the early 2000s, but I don't know when it was written. If I had to guess, I would say it was likely pretty new when I read ...
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Can someone help me remember the name of this movie? It's not a typical time travel or a black hole movie. More like a virtual reality thing

So I saw this romance + drama movie about six months ago (although I think it was released in 2015 as a Hollywood film) where a girl studies in college and falls in love with a boy. They're initially ...
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Id kids scifi book series

As child (around 1985, 10yo) I read a series of scifi books for children - in german. I am unable to recall their name so I wonder if you can help id them. It is about a group of kids. They were ...
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Looking for a scifi male/male romance book about superpowered soldiers

I read a book about ten years ago that was about superpowered soldiers and their relationship. I believe they were powered naturally but then the government took them and enhanced them. This was a ...
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YA sci-fi/fantasy/horror book about a kid that has to overcome a lot of trials

I'd like to make a disclaimer that I remember very little about this book or when I read it (I think I read it sometime in the late 90's or early 2000's), so it'll probably be difficult to figure out ...
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Cold War SF about man and machine neural interface in aircraft

It's an old work of Science Fiction (written during the Cold War). The subject is men & machine interface. The plot is as follows: An American pilot flies on a bombing mission to and over ...
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Novel or short story where A.I. builds next gen A.I

In this novel the protagonists had some complex task to resolve. The A.I. was created to aid them, it was a large computer with manufacturing capabilities. Once asked if it can resolve that problem, ...
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Can anyone recall the name and author of a story where a space ship uses copper wire for fuel? [duplicate]

There was a story about a space traveler who ran out of fuel and got stranded on a strange planet. The fuel he needed was a roll of copper wire, which he eventually took from the laboratory of an ...
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Book about a man who crashes on a planet and saves the princess with a magical weapon

Many years ago I bought a very cheap sci-fi/fantasy book. What I remember: I think the cover was kind of red. A guy/pilot crashed with his spaceship on an unknown planet - in a forest. He is hurt, ...
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Sci-fi book series, psychic family , 2010 plus or minus, instinctively know what to do

I'm trying to remember a series I read maybe 5 to 10 years ago. The first book featured a young man who instinctively knew what to do to keep out of trouble. He goes through a series of adventures ...
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Book about boy with the genetic ability to see present and past timelines of living things as color

Book where a boy who has the ability to see the timelines of living creatures as lines in the air. He was raised near an invisible wall that instilled terror in all who came near it. He was a trapper,...
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Sci-fi/fantasy short short story translated from French: lovers that turn out to be robots

I'm interested in locating this short short story that was in one of the many collections I devoured as a teenager in the 80s. Sci-fi/ fantasy, translated from French, I think. But the collection as a ...
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Sci-fi / dystopian book about a female VR character trapped with cannibals who are real people jacked into the game

I remember a book read around 2016/2017. It's about a girl trapped in a VR game where she is a character. The VR game has real humans in it controlled by chips in their brain. The girl became sentient ...
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Why does Alf crash in the Tanner's garage?

I do remember he is from Melmac, eats a lot and a lot of things. But what is the reason that he crashed?
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Trying to find a horror novel involving a group of boys and a seance

The only details I can remember about this book is that there is a group of boys in a high school horror movie fanclub who decide to try a seance and end up summoning a demon. It would be an older ...
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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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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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Spherical human floating in zero-g, tended to by robots

This is an (I think short) story. I think I read it in some story compilation. This human is in the far future and by his time evolution has caused people to become enormously fat (large and nearly ...
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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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What 80/90's mini-series/pilot has Virtual Reality tech that killed its users?

I remember a mini-series or failed pilot from the late-80s or early 90s. A Jimmy Smits-type cop investigated a new addictive Virtual Reality tech that kills its users. It used a small coin-sized disk ...
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Post Apocalyptic Novel with Dangerous Motorcycles, Gangs, Games, Spies. Late '80s/early '90s

This one has always stuck with me but I've never been able to find it, perhaps due to the noise when looking for post-apocalyptic motorcycle novels... The main protagonist was trained as some sort of ...