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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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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 ...
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Book about a small world which wants to communicate with a large one (humans?) on different time scales [duplicate]

I am looking for a book which tells the story of two worlds. One of the worlds is very small and the other is very large (relatively to each other). The large one was I think populated with humans. ...
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Vintage sci fi movie about a group of people

While searching for less known sci fi movies online I run into a movie, saw few screenshots but can't remember the name of the movie now. Here's what I know: The movie was roughly called something ...
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A group of disabled people are sent to explore a distant planet due to their toughness and ability to survive

It's an old pulp sci-fi novel of my dad's that I read in the 80s that I think came from the late 60s to early 70s. The basic plot was that a hazardous mission to explore a distant planet was crewed ...
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In the movie Twelve Monkeys (1995), why couldn't James Cole change the past and still be the one who “gave the idea” of the disease to the antagonist?

While I was watching, the James Cole repeatedly says that he couldn't change the past "because he didn't" (so because it was determined or something like that). And yet, when he is in the past, he ...
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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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Trying to recall title of story about intellectually enhanced chimp/ape

I am trying to remember the title and author of a short story about an ape (maybe a chimp) who is given human intelligence as a result of experimentation, and subsequently feels alienated. It takes ...
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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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SciFi book about Domes

I'm looking for the title of a book from 80s/90s. Some apocalyptic event and people live in domes. Different domes are for different things. Girl lives in one dome and wants to go to the Art dome to ...
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Sci-Fi Novel Title involving Space Infantry

I read a paperback novel in 1999 when I was suffering from pneumonia. My mother had purchased it from a thrift store for me, so it could have been from the 70s or 80s. In this story, a squad of space ...
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Can't remember SciFi TV show [duplicate]

I have looked everywhere but can't find a TV show I am having flashbacks of! Here is what I remember Based in space on an alien planet there is conflict with any alien race the main character is a ...
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Children's sci-fi book with protagonists lost on distant planet

Been trying to identify a book I read in the late early 90s for quite a few years now, It was a children's/ young adult sci-fi story. Plots Summary/Details: A boy (teenager possibly) had ...
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SciFI/Fantasy novel with a “wizard” who can use magic to interface with technology

There was a novel in which a planet had "wizards" (I can't recall if it was real magic, or ESP). They sent one of the stronger ones to "spy" on other human planets that didn't have any magic. He was ...
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Title of short story: Computer plotting to kill himself [duplicate]

I am looking for a short story, of which I heard an audio version. In it, most of the work and for that matter everyday life is governed by a computer program. The computer is portrayed as not self-...
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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 TV series where the characters travel through portals to alternative dimensions

Me and my mate were talking about TV shows we watched, growing up, and we both have vague memory of the same show. In the show, the characters would jump through portals, and pop out in weird ...
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Need help finding a book! [duplicate]

Ok, I read this book in 6th grade. 2002-2003 school year. It has a female character and she meets this guy a week before she has to leave on a space mission with her father. Some how she see the end ...
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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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Unknown Betamax film from 80s?

I'm trying to remember the name of a feature scifi cartoon. I can't remember much about the film but I think the main character was a boy called Orion. There was a scene set in a sort of desert with ...
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Old Sci-fi short story about lizard creatures on a planet who kill their wives and never lie [duplicate]

I got most of it in the title, but here you go anyway: I think it's only revealed part way through that they're aliens, and the creatures that land on their planet are actually the human ones. The ...
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Sci fi novel from 1970s where father and son swap bodies

I'm trying to recall the name of a sci fi novel where a wimpy, sickly son swaps bodies with his tough military father. I think it had a picture of some kind of futuristic gun on the cover.
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Book about government department controlling the release of advanced technology

I read a book a few months/years/lifetimes ago. To be fairly specific about it, without giving away the plot, it's about a scientist and his team that discover how to create and control gravity and ...
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Trying to locate award winning story about a famous actor who murders a woman to study for the part of a killer

This story dates back to the late 70's, early 80's. It was in an anthology of award-winning short stories. (Perhaps edited by Lester delRay?) The story line is about a super-star actor famous for his ...
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Book with an parasitic race like the flood [closed]

I was going through a list of science fiction horror stories and one was mentioned with a parasitic alien race similar to the Flood from Halo. I can't find the list again and don't know the author or ...
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What is the earliest instance of an “Adventurers' Guild” in fiction?

What is the earliest instance of an "Adventurers' Guild" in fiction? It doesn't have to be called an 'Adventurers' Guild', but the basic requirements are: It's a organization that expands and has ...
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What sci-fi book had earth conquered by turtle-like aliens?

All I remember is that the conquest had already happened, and there was a girl who acted acted an intermediary. She might have been a slave. Not sure. I'm pretty sure the cover was done by Michael ...
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Man sent to a desert land joins up with rebels

A movie I saw as a child; the man is sent to a desert land, where there are rebels etc. He falls in love with a girl, creates running water using the scrap he found, he's raided by the rebels.. I ...
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Science Fiction short story about a town where people got cured by other people in the town

I'm looking for a short story about a town that had no doctors or pharmacies and sick people were taken to the town square. I believe there was a family passing through and the lady took sick. The ...
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Short story where the alien possesses people, switching between 1st and 3rd person narrative [duplicate]

I read a short story years ago, however, I don't recall the title and I'd like to read it again. The story involved a creature or alien telling the story from a first person perspective, how he sits ...
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Extinction/resurrection story

Please help me identify this story. A woman wakes up in the wilderness, with no one else around. She has no idea why. That night, the answer comes to her in a dream: Humanity is extinct, but she ...
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ID Story: A robotic storyteller that is sentient

I'm fairly sure this is an Asimov short story, but I can't actually find the name of it. A group of kids has a robot that tells stories. They are mean to it, and generally abuse the thing. At the end ...
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1970s or 1980s movie where people's heads would explode in their sleep

There was a movie, either in the late 70's or early 80's about a virus that, once you were infected with it if you fell asleep your brain would swell so badly that it would pop out of your head. I'm ...
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Young adult book about teenagers in highschool with powers

I read it in the late 90s to the early 21st century. The main character was a girl who could turn invisible, I think her powers manifested while waiting for a counselor when someone approaches her and ...
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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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Help ID Australian novel. Sci Fi (soft) / Magical Realist / Slipstream. Published 1976 – circa late 1980s [duplicate]

Asking for a friend. Length; Novel (possibly novella or novelette) Publication Notes; Australian/Melbourne author (likely but not certain. It shows a lot of familiarity with Melbourne). Australian ...
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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 TV show, from the 90's or 80's, very weird

Does anyone remember a show, where: An alien girl lives with a family She comes from the moon She is looking for a new king because their king (a giant baby) is dying Her spaceship its a VW van They ...
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Movie with a killer robot/android in a spaceship

So I forgot the name of this movie but what I remember is the following: It happens in a spaceship. The robot/alien seems to be from another world. The robot/alien can transform to look like other ...
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Genetic engineering of a enhanced new human to help deal with Earth problems (environment etc.)

The story is partly from the point of view of one child not as smart as his enhanced peers. They are only built to last till their teens then they die. The slow child is helped to survive by one of ...
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Martian colonists wind up back on Earth, and have to repopulate

In high school (late '90s) I read a book where there were a bunch of people trying to escape a doomed Earth (I believe climate change was the disaster), by going to Mars. The protagonist was a ...
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Pilot TV series end in sea level rising

I am trying to recall the name of a TV series years ago, possible just a pilot episode. Following is what I can remember: A group of scientist tracking some huge sea creature with satellite tracking ...
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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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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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Minerals crashing into the sun, emigrating cult, and frozen man

I'm looking for a book, that I read 10 years ago. But the book is of course way older. It contained 3 stories, which have a common main charater. I'll try to remember of as many details as possible. ...
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Sci-fi book I read as a child about interdimensional travel through an out-of-body-experience

If I recall correctly, a young boy would contort his body and/or limbs into nearly impossible postures which triggered an out of body experience and allowed him to travel to other dimensions to ...
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Trying to fInd a novel: boy or young man captured by aliens

I am looking for the title of a book a friend of mine was reading in high school in the early 1980s. I recall there being something about a boy or young man captured by aliens. That person was able to ...
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Title or author of sci-fi fantasy book written in 80's or 90's about yeti-like creature who could bore through solid rock and ice with his body heat

As described above, the book was about a yeti-like creature which couldn't be killed by regular means. A group finally tracked it and managed to kill it with special (here is the sci-fi part) arrows ...
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What's the name of this suspense/sci fi TV show from the late 70's early 80's?

I remember watching a show in the late 70's or early 80's that I would like to see again. Each episode had 3 on-going stories. So each episode adds a little to each story. The episodes don't stand on ...
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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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Movie Identification: Humanoid Monster/Alien in a bed, 80s/90s, Sci-Fi/Horror

I've been looking for the name of a movie for over a year now, this is my last chance. Here are the details which I remember: I watched this movie a few times when I was younger, I'd say 80s to ...