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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80s US sci-fi TV show - family try to escape a fascist state after being stranded in an alternative Earth [duplicate]

This TV show has been floating around in the back of my memory for years. I’m not even sure it’s real, and I just imagined it. It’s an 80s US sci-fi TV show. I think I only saw be episode on British ...
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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 about a woman named Lessa

There were dragons, and she could talk to them. I remember the author's name being Anne maybe. I also think that the author may be dead. I read the first book in this series some years ago. I remember ...
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Lone human travels through galaxy populated by aliens and is put to work as a slave separating functional equipment from faulty

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 who travels some distance through a galaxy populated by ...
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Book about "new man" or "new men" antagonist

Started a book long time ago about "new man" or "new men" attacking regular human settlements far from Earth but can't remember the title and didn't finish the book. The main ...
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Story identification - Childrens' Sci-Fi circa 1980s

Trying to identify a futuristic sci-fi with last remains of humanity (a boy?) lives in the wilderness hunting etc. allied with some mutant bear (maybe red?) called Baer. Some sort of control is ...
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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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Mid/late '80s paperback about a boy on a space station who steals a shuttle to visit a devastated Earth

Humans are living on a space station orbiting Earth (or possibly a colony on the Moon). They are forbidden to go down to the planet because there had been some kind of cataclysm (war, plague, or what ...
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Story identification - Desert planet with "Makers"

I recall reading a sci-fi novel that was set on a desert planet where the main character was part of the technologically backwards inhabitants of the planet, however there were some (at least two, but ...
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Old black & white movie with an ostrich-like monster

I am trying to find the name of a movie I saw many years ago. Should be from the '50s or '60s, since I remember it was black & white. The creatures looked like "ostriches", but had some &...
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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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Identifying a near future Sci-fi novel where Rainforests are now a global treasure, with wars launched to take them over

I am looking for this book that I am trying to identify from memory: It is a sci-fi novel taking place in the near-future It was definitely printed before 2005, as I remembered borrowing it from my ...
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Scholastic sci-fi anthology book containing a short story about a planet with crystal monsters

During the late 1970's and early 1980's Scholastic would publish and sell books at elementary schools and I picked one up which had 8-10 stories inside which were all fantasy or sci-fi in nature. The ...
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Short Sci Fi about a young boy who grows up to be a famous musician

The story's protagonist was a young boy with epilepsy who is taken by his mother to some place with water, but not the ocean. There are shards of glass or pottery. It turns out that they are being ...
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Book about the 'aliens abduct humans to be soldiers' trope. It was comedic in style, involved blue skinned aliens

Quite a common trope I know but remember some details. I must have read it about... five or so years ago? It was a pulp book I read on Kindle. It may have been a self-published eBook-only thing like ...
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Aliens invading Earth who control adults and are afraid of wood

Here's all I can remember :- It was a sci-fi story but had a horror-taste to it. It was about aliens from some other planet, who tried to invade Earth. The aliens could not (or probably would not) ...
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Old sci-fi short story about bombs sent back through time and space by aliens to destroy earth [duplicate]

The story I remember and am trying to find: Humans had expanded out into the galaxy. Another race of aliens saw humans making their way towards their sector of space and feared us. That race was not a ...
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Old radio show or book about a group of marooned men on a planet with only one creature which they eat and then cocoon and change into that creature

Old radio show originally. Only one type of creature on the planet, it had different types of “meat” which was eaten by the crew. Some men went missing but were found to have cocooned and changed into ...
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1980s sci-fi British schools TV show with noseless aliens [duplicate]

When I was a kid, more than 30 years ago, I remember watching a TV show at school in the UK. Would have been mid-to-late '80s. I think it was probably part of an English language thing, where they'd ...
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Movie or miniseries about people shipwrecked on an island with an abandoned military facility and Aborigines

It was about some shipwrecked survivors. They get onto an island and one man is attacked in the water by something you can't see. Later at night he begins to mutate and goes to the sea. Then the other ...
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Sci-Fi novel about a man that has the power to make everyone he meets forget him

I have been trying to recall what this book is from almost thirty years, I read it as a teen. I think it was published in the 1980s. The story takes place in a distant space faring future, where ...
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Early 2000s movie about robot that invades the world

I watched this movie when I was a little kid so my memory of it is not so good. I remember there being robots that kind of look like the Iron Giant invading a city and they had these antenna things ...
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Book where kids get powers and the girl goes crazy and gets electrocuted

I got this book from my middle school library in like 7-8th grade so it’s probably for younger kids. The plotline was that a group of kids gain powers (I don’t remember how); I think the powers have ...
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Novel: Sentient lifeform enslaves all life on planet — colonises other planets by making copies of itself?

I'm trying to find the name of this book I read in the past couple of years. The book was about a sentient lifeform (I can't recall what kind, something that normally isn't sentient — the planet ...
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Classic Sci-fi Movie depicting human slaves on a foreign planet wearing metal (dog like) collars that prevent them from leaving [closed]

Looking for a classic sci-fi movie (B/W?) depicting human slaves (a male and female) on a foreign planet wearing metal (dog like) collars that prevent them from leaving.
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Sci-fi about boy captured by an alien trying to find intelligent life on Earth

I found the (short) story about a boy (or a man, probably, can't remember) in a collection of short sci-fi stories. I can describe the story a little, if that helps:- The story starts out somewhere ...
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Book where an undercover chess grandmaster is sent to an alien planet so that he can facilitate contact or avoid the forthcoming war [duplicate]

I last read the book in the early 90's, so it would have been written before then. The main plot is about an Earth person being sent on an undercover mission to an alien planet of extraordinarily ...
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1980's (maybe 70's) Scifi book series about other planets which were colonized one by native Americans, one by Mennonites, one by Mormons etc [duplicate]

I'm trying to remember the name of a book I read in high school (about 1984) that was about other planets which were colonized one by native Americans, one by Mennonites, one by Mormons etc. Very ...
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Story with a 3-layered world [duplicate]

I read this story in the 1990s or early 2000s, I believe. It was about a world with three layers or zones, and in order to travel from one zone to the next, travellers could only do so naked, ...
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Looking for a book about talking dragons with no humans

When I was a kid I remember going to a relative's house and reading the beginning of a book about warring factions of Dragons. I was not able to finish before the weekend visit was over. I've never ...
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Indie movie about alien abduction on popcorn time, guy wakes up in a hospital with super strength, eventually realizes he's on a spaceship [duplicate]

A guy wakes up at a place similar to an hospital and begins to run away from there. Seems to be on Earth and he's being chased. At some point he realizes he has super strength, like an orange glow ...
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Help me identify this science fiction graphic novel involving spacefaring mice/rats that I read in 2013

I have been looking for the name of this sci-fi graphic novel that I read in 2013. I do not remember the name of the novel, only a brief summary of the story. Here it goes: The story is set on board ...
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bad military sci-fi; from fending off Zerg-like hive to fighting the reified multiverse/sum of history

Every once in a while I recall reading this series, which was mostly notable for the number of trope and genre mashups it crammed in, and for diverging into silly fantasy territory at the end. I ...
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Sci-fi novel or novella where "Eliza Tertia" was one of the main characters

There's a book I borrowed from my grade 8 teacher's lending shelf (in Ontario, Canada) that I've been trying to identify for years. The main character was a man in a futuristic setting who... I think.....
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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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sci-fi book where everyone older than 18 was dead

This was a sci-fi book where everyone older than 18 was dead. The eldest was some boy who's 17, I think, and I believe that they all had superpowers, if not all then some of them. The book started ...
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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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Children's book about a long neck blue alien wearing a turtle neck sweater

I read a book in the 1980s that I am looking for title and publish date. Book Type: children's picture book Plot: A long necked blue alien visits earth and disguises themselves by wearing a turtleneck ...
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What movie is this? Alien living as humans

I can't remember the name of this movie, but is old, from the 1960's or 70's. It was about a community hidden out in the boonies. Maybe farmers. A couple visits this community, probably to study them. ...
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Story about a world of magic where science has been forbidden [duplicate]

I am looking for a book that I read in the 80s where magic is used to help with tasks and science is forbidden. What I recall is that the protagonist (I think a boy) has to move a something heavy like ...
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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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50/60’s sci fi movie using Pi to communicate to aliens

What 50/60’s sci fi movie uses Pi to communicate with aliens?
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70s-80s(?) sci-fi book with a woman seeing the end and beginning of the universe, talks to her past self, clones herself [duplicate]

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. Somehow she sees the end and ...
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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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Title of science fiction novel from the '80s or early '90s with small furry aliens [duplicate]

There was another alien species that was invading Earth, and the little furry aliens helped us out. I think they liked having sex all the time and ended up having sex with the humans as well.
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Book series about pairs of clones, Pratwa, that were mentally linked [duplicate]

There was a great sci-fi book series that I read about experiments with clones (Pratwa?). The lab produced sets of 2 clones that were linked mentally. When they meditated and merged consciousnesses ...
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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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Movie about two kids who find an astronaut in the desert

The setting is an Earth-like desert. A brother and sister find an astronaut they believe to be an alien, although he's entirely human in appearance (as are they). I don't remember much about the plot, ...
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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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Short Story "Slow Topiary"

Short Story: Woman suffering from terminal cancer meets weird guy who has a topiary in his isolated home that is the size of a large oa

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