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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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looking for a short story about a college/high school kid who lives billion of years and witnesses the end of the universe

A few years ago I read a great online short scifi story about a boy (either in high school or college) who kept wondering what the point of life is. The story then describes how immortality became ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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A book about a boy searching for his missing father, the spaceship navigator

I read a scifi book back in the late 1970's or early 1980's but I think it was written much earlier, possibly in the 1950's or 1960's. It was the story of a (possibly teenage) boy (whose name may have ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...