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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Sci fi book about virtual reality where a race disappeared due to playing too much

I am trying to find the title of a book I read about all humans playing virtual reality games. My memory is a bit hazy on this one and I don't remember author or title. It was hard cover and more than ...
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Sc-Fi book with psychic game

I'm looking for a book from 90's (I think). The French version had a cover in the style of Philippe Caza and the story is about a universe where people can play a sort of "psychic game". In the game, ...
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Science fiction horror novella about yellow smoke that can control people's minds

It was a sci-fi and horror novella (the book contained 3 stories in total). The protagonist was a young kid with asthma. His parents were scientists and had to move to a new town in the middle of ...
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Short story, where humans encounter an alien race, tell them stories; the aliens act out the stories and kill the researchers

Can't remember author or title of the story. Seem to remember the protagonist is an investigator of some sort trying to find out why previously-peaceful alien race has killed the research or liaison ...
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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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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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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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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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Book - society of humanoid people that practise open relationships until they reach a certain age then have a monogamous partner

I think they lived kind of adjacent to a human race that had technology. They were the protagonists of the story. I read it around 20 years ago and it was probably about 15-30 years old then. They ...
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Identifying a short story about digital immortality and the last man to die

Apologies for some of the vagueness, but I recall that this was a short story I read sometime around 2000/2001, though I suspect it was published well before that. The premise is that whenever ...
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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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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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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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Man lost on planet becomes frightened of own reflection.

There's this guy who's on another planet. I can't remember why or how, but he's become separated from his companions (and spaceship) and is lost. He becomes convinced that there's some kind of monster ...
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A sci-fi-ish movie about toys coming to life I saw on TV when I was a kid

I've been looking for this movie for probably two decades - not because it's brilliant or anything, but just because I can't leave a mystery unsolved. It was a movie about a kid who loved toys and ...
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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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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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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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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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Finding book: Small space-traveling crew make/sell drug and a creature begin linking people's drug dream together

Unfortunately, I can't recall when I read this story, what timeframe it was authored, or who the author may have been. But I can remember enough key information from the story I think someone familiar ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Late 80s/early 90s young adult sci-fi book about teenage girl living on the moon after Earth's invasion by aliens

The book is about a teenage girl who lives on the Moon after aliens take over the Earth. I think there was a picture of a blonde girl sitting and the moon in the background on the cover. It was one of ...
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Book about portal/other worlds and a tribe digging for gold

There was this book I read years ago (2000-2009, possibly even older) about a boy who finds some sort of portal door. It takes him to this world where a tribe is fighting to survive by digging for ...
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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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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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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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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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Sci-fi novel where a mother and son are captured by another tribe

This was a sci-fi novel I read decades ago. Most of the story takes place after a mother and her son have been captured by another tribe and are being transported back to their encampment. I believe ...
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What is the early 80's sci-fi/horror movie with floating glowing balls, but is NOT Strange Invaders?

Does anyone know the early 80's sci-fi or horror movie about floating glowing alien balls? I remember a scene where an adult was lying down (in some sort of bed or pod) suddenly shrivels up, it's a ...
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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 ...