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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Help me identify a 1980s trilogy of books about a space faring rock band

As a child in the 80s I had a book about a space faring rock band that I really loved the cover artwork for, and would love to see again. They travelled in a ship that had sails, which I think were ...
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Short story about future where living space is at a premium

I am looking for what I remember as a short story probably written in the 1970s or earlier which was set in a future where living space was at a premium. What I recall (may not be accurate) is that ...
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Clock keeper story

Been bugging me for years. A man is keeping a giant clock running. He doesn't remember his past or how he got to be where he is. He is badly dressed, badly fed and exhausted by what seems like ...
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Looking for a classic invasion movie with coffee

I am looking for a classic invasion movie (I remember it as black and white) in which aliens conquer the Earth by occupying human bodies which then act 'cold' and weird. It is pretty much like the ...
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Near-future sci-fi/fantasy story for young adults

I'm looking for a book I read a few years ago, around 2010-2014. It was about a boy who lived in a world where kids and teenagers can play recreational games like golf, tennis, etc. if they work at a ...
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90s Sci-Fi show - Prisoner made from parts of other people

I believe this show aired in the 90s. The main character was a prisoner with no past and he was made piecemeal of other people. There were no gross seams or anything but like one finger would be white ...
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Sci-fi movie from the early 80's

There is a move from the 80's about a (royal?) alien family who crash landed their space craft out in rural or maybe farm land area; they are being chased by a killer. They crash near a family that ...
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Book where main character possessed psi power and sported a mohawk

I'm looking for a science fiction book about a teen with psi powers. I read this book way back in the 90s. I remember the kid having headaches until he was taught to use his powers by a gang of kids ...
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Help me identify a story about humanity trading itself to giant squids for food

I'm trying to remember a few stories that I read back in High School (in the USA, English-language), so this is pre-1993, likely older than that. The first story was a short story, most likely from ...
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Short story about alien that could answer any question and eventually tells how to steal itself

Looking for name of a short sci-fi story about a seemingly omniscient being that can answer any question and eventually tells how to steal itself. It is found on a planet and instantly knows how to ...
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Sci-fi novel in the 90's or early 2000 - Girl revived in violet room, tried to escape

In the early 2000s I read a Science fiction book in school. The details I remember are vague. Just little glimpses of the beginning. I believe in the beginning of the book a girl, the protagonist, ...
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Aliens sterilise earth of life except small circular areas

I read this book in the school library in the early 80s, so it was probably published in the 70s or earlier. The book is composed of several stories starting in modern times going out to the far ...
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Help ID'ing mid 80's Scifi, scout ship discovers planet with Magic

I'm trying to find the name of this ~mid 80's Sci-fi. The protagonist is a male human from earth equipped with a brain implant to talk with his sentient AI ship and so it can read the sensor implants ...
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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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A novel where an alien races “helps” Earth, but it as a part of a galactic poker game [duplicate]

Basically the plot goes like this (As far as I can remember). The Earth is discovered by a group of Galactic civilizations, and is encouraged to join. We begin to download massive amounts of ...
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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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Book about an attempted alien invasion

So, many years ago, I read a book about an alien invasion (possibly). It was well over 20 years ago, maybe even 30. The details I recall are these: Someone discovers a new star (or shiny thingy). It ...
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space opera, possibly Robert Sheckley, Piers Anthony or Harry Harrison

I am looking for the name of a science fiction story or novel that I read 30 years ago. It is a "space opera" about a lone human that travels some distance through a galaxy populated by various ...
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Novel about a chemist killed by alien spacecraft then revived

I'm trying to find out the author and title of a book that was published some time after 2000 , possibly by Baen. A chemist is on a spaceship whose mission is to observe but not interfere. He is ...
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story about living shopping trolleys?

hello i need help finding a book i read as a kid (about 5–10 years ago), may have been named apollo 13 or 11 but google brings up nothing for that name. It was about a kid (zack???) and his little ...
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Looking for dystopian short story titled “The Girl”, don't remember name of author

I'm trying to find a short story titled "The Girl" that I remember reading in my high school english class. It was set at a school in an Orwellian future dystopia where the students and teachers all ...
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What book has a virus-maddened post-apocalyptic beer run?

Ok. This is going to be a task. The years of this book can be anywhere from 1991-1995. I remember the following about this novel: It was a one shot. It wasn't a series. It was a pre/post ...
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Story about a girl stranded on a planet where fragrance only means death

I'm looking for a short story about a teenage girl who is with some kind of scientific expedition on a planet inhabited by humanoids, where there is no odor at all except in the vicinity of someone ...
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80's or 90's children's book about an alien boy who lives at The School

I read a book when I was very young, approximately 9 or 10 years old, and like my title says, it must have been written in the 80's. It was a paperback book with a boy on the cover wearing an odd ...
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Young Adult SciFi Book: Alien Web Used to Catch Asteroids, Cadet Saves Alien

Looking for a paperback, science fiction story possible printed in the 70s-ish time frame, probably only 150 pages. Seems to have been aimed at young adult / children as I enjoyed it in the 90s as a ...
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looking for the title of a book regarding slacker who gets a job working with gm pigs

I've been racking my brain trying to remember the title of a book I read years ago about a dystopian pre-future (society hasn't totally fallen but it's on the way) boy who failed an aptitude test and ...
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Trying to find out the name of a scifi movie - aliens with speargun-like weapons

Trying to find out the name of a movie that was late 70's scifi. It had elf like aliens in it that used a weapon that was like a speargun and it was powered by fruit like orb, that resembled a kumquat....
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An internet series - Heroine caught up with hackers and paramilitary organizations

I remember so many details about this series except for the name. It was made about 10 years ago, I was really young don't remember, but it was about a woman who lived in The Federation which was ...
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A short sci fi story about Von Neumann machines that serve humans too well [duplicate]

I read a story in a collection of short sci fi stories which I can no longer remember the name of. In the story mankind built large, self-repairing, sentient factories that made war machines and ...
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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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Looking for book in which people convert to another existence after physical death

From what I remember, the protagonist's wife dies, and gets "resurrected" into the dead community. He wants to contact her, she wants nothing to do with him. He pursues her, poses as a dead person to ...
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Looking for sci-fi book name [closed]

Written in '40s '50 or '60s. Man stranded on an island after a natural disaster discovers rest of world living by his doctrine, which was appropriated by former associate.
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Live-action sci-fi movie or TV show episode. 70s or 80s

The protagonist(s) is followed by a cyborg/android through a desert. The cyborg/android is ambushed by a giant spider-like creature, which lies on its back under the sand and grabs the cyborg/android ...
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Looking for a sci-fi movie about people who have to play a game to obtain a life-prolonging drug

I am looking for a sci-fi movie I remember from my youth. Given my age, I probably saw this movie in the 90es or early 2000s. I have no idea what the title was, but I remember this from the plot: In ...
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Key feature is an operation called Project Xanadu, to find mutants with mind control powers

The only thing I remember about this novel are the words project, Xanadu.Which I think is the title but haven't had much luck with Worldcat or Google. :'( The main character is a girl with red hair. ...
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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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Identify sci-fi short story - on a distant planet sits a statue of man

I remember reading this short story ~10 years ago. It was an old (40-70s maybe?) short story. The plot was roughly this: Some time in the future, mankind is kind of paranoid about aliens. There are ...
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Identify a story about a dystopian society where things have timed life

I recently reminded myself about a book (a story, not sure) I've read way back about hypothetical future of Earth. I don't remember a lot from it, but the general idea was that the civilization has ...
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short story where earthling artist travels to another planet where everyone is talented

I am looking for the title of a story published in the 1980's the plot explores the value of art when the artist struggles (earthling) versus artist who has no problems producing any artwork (natives ...
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Looking for a short story about a boy killed by his girlfriend's anti-pregnancy kit

I read this short story about 15 years ago, dystopic future where humans are divided into castes and at the top of the oligarchy there are the wealthiest and the ones with the right genes, i.e. one of ...
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Book with male protagonist struggling against giant (possibly alien) bugs

When I was about 10, I read a fantasy/sci-fi book involving a male protagonist and his struggle against giant (alien-race?) bugs. Being 24 now, I barely remember anything about the book, but I know I ...
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Identifying a sci-fi VR fighting comic

It was from the heyday of web comics, and had one of those ambiguous names that told you little about the content and it feels like it's just right there in my brain and I can't remember it. Honestly ...
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Story about a boy stranded on a remote island off Australia who trains dolphins

I'm looking for a book where the basic story points are: A young boy lives near a hovercraft track in Australia. One day he finds that one is broken near his house and hops in. The ship is broken to ...
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Sci-Fi short story about a woman travelling through the solar system?

Very vague and choppy memories here, apologies. So I remember reading a short story some time ago about a woman. At one point she was in a cabin in the mountains I believe, then travels through the ...
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Possible tête-bêche book - symbiote on back/ lost colony finds gun in spaceship

This book was possibly a tête-bêche book. A tête-bêche book is where two books are bound back to back, with one being upside down. The name is used for all books that follow this format, regardless of ...
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Looking for Author/Pulp-title of Fantasy/Sci-Fi short-story circa 1955

Been searching since early 90’s. Theme: Man dies - consciousness transferred to future where women make Playmen from recycled organs. Read when I was about 15 and it stuck with me. Can only ...
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I am looking for the name of a TV movie that aired in the early 80's, with a “Ship that Sang”, theme

In the movie a man is killed and his brain was connected to a large spacecraft. His memory was wiped. His wife is searching for him, and toward the end he remembers who he is and what happened to him ...
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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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Scifi short story about a device that removes dust, is replicated for profit, and the original owners reverse the flow of dust removal?

Please can someone advise? My longish title kind of says what I recall the most of the story... I think it was in anthology from the 50's or 60's. It's a story about a device that someone found that ...
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Team goes from place to place via doors with key pads

I'm looking for a kids' sci-fi TV show. What I remember is a team would go from place to place via doors with key pads. There was also a round floor disc that would transport people down a long ...