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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1980s sci-fi book with space beetle and someone who thought he was a vampire but wasn't

I don’t remember the title or author or much about the plot. I would have read it sometime in the early 1980s and before 1983. It had a really weird space beetle (genetically engineered) and some guy ...
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Book Where Girl Can Control Meteors and Works for a Circus (YA Novel)

I read a book a couple years ago. It was fairly new, too. In the book, people begin giving birth to children (girls only?) who could control elements. The first child can control fire, the second ...
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Book about people facing environmental catastrophe who construct huge spaceship

I'm trying to track down a book I read in the 1980s sometime. I think it was set in the far future on an alien world colonised by humans, who had eventually descended into a kind of industrial-feudal ...
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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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Vampire romance series

There's this vampire romance series. In the first book, the male lead (Kaden, I think is his name) kidnaps a human woman and her psychic daughter. The lady also has a sister, Emma, who is in hiding. ...
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2000s (?) cartoon/anime in which a girl who had to go inside her PC's world

I've been thinking for a month now about this very old cartoon or even Japanese anime, in which there was a girl who had to go inside a PC to protect someone (the prod of that PC word?). The story ...
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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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Sci-fi story about cubes/threads attracted to sentient beings that entangle/kill them

I read this science-fiction story probably about a decade ago. I vaguely remember the cover featuring a pink cube. Plot points: There's a sort of environmental threat of weird never-fully-...
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Sci Fi series of books about America being cut off from the world with no electricity

This series began with the US being contained by some kind of pulse wall, anyone who attempted to cross it was vaporised. All electricity disappeared inside the wall and society quickly degenerated to ...
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Book about a young man with a cat sidekick

The details are very vague in my mind but I'm looking for the name of a book I read probably 7-10 years ago. It is about a young man/teenager that lived in a technologically advanced society where ...
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Late 1980's era film about thick white paste controlling people

When I was much younger (1980's), my brother and I recall watching a movie at a sci-fi convention. The premise of the movie is that there's some white paste, resembling marshmallow fluff, that enters ...
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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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Book that starts with humanity narrowly escaping the death of the sun consuming the Earth [duplicate]

The book starts with humanity narrowly escaping the death of the sun consuming the Earth. All the humans are only allowed to bring few possessions with them so a little girl brings a notebook and ...
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Scifi/Greek mythology graphic novel where the Greek gods were actually a space-faring civilization from a different dimension

I read this scifi/Greek mythology graphic novel I read a few years back ~2013-14. The main premise was that the Greek gods were actually a space-faring civilization from a different dimension, while ...
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Short story about a man getting the wrong phone number (with old-style exchange) and being 'disappeared'

An old science-fiction-y story, at least 1970s, probably earlier. Silly, short, kind of like one of Ray Bradbury's throwaways or one of Phil Dick's goofier renditions. I think but am not sure that ...
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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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Short scifi novel based on albums of musician

I read a book a few years back and am trying to find it again. This is a book that is sci-fi/fantasy with some hints of steampunk elements. The society is a dystopian/utopia book and centers around ...
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Book about an astronaut who is tasked with investigating the disappearance of a shuttle in the vicinity of a small forest planet

I've been looking for a book for over ten years now on and off that I read and loved as a child but misplaced in a house move. I'm not 100% sure of the title, but I believe it's called The Wizard of ...
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Identify a movie from the 80s: desert, water sirens [duplicate]

I'm looking for a movie that I saw as a child in the 80s. It was a post-apocalyptic world with a group of survivors. They were in a deserted area. Once they entered a tunnel where the floor was ...
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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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Trying to remember a young adult sci-fy fantasy novel about memory

In this book I'm thinking of: the main character was a young girl I believe the title showed half of her face and her hair might have looked blackish blue her parents grew up in this society where ...
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Book about training for and surviving on a deadly planet

Looking for a 1960s book about people who think they are first training for and then fortifying on a planet where all the vegetation and other life is deadly and actively trying to kill intruders. ...
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Book about people finding out they are on some kind of space 'ark' [duplicate]

Looking for a 1960s book about people who think they are exploring a planet until they find they are on a huge space 'ark' going somewhere that has been travelling for generations.
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Book where alien device in city dump causes audio speech to manifest as words in the air like physical speech bubbles

So I've remembered bits and pieces of this over the years, but I know I never read the book. I know I read an excerpt of it in the back of what I'm fairly certain was an pre-y2k Star Trek novel. The ...
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Looking for a YA book series about teenagers who are the only ones to survive hypersleep [duplicate]

I read this series back in the early 2000s - sometime between 2003 and 2010. There were a ton of them, thin paperbacks. Some of them focused on different characters. The plot that I remember: Earth ...
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A book using advanced science to act as magic [duplicate]

I'm trying to identify a book I read a long time ago. The premise was that far in the future humans had technology that could accomplish just about anything (teleportation, body manipulation creating ...
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Story about space flubber

I'm trying to remember a book I read when I was young (late 80s) although I am pretty sure the book was already old then. I read it in English. I only remember one scene clearly, a scientist ...
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Novel from the 80s: Brain harvested and forced to fight in a war

For some reason I've been off and on trying to remember for this for some years now. In short: The protagonist wakes up to discover his body has been replaced by a tank and is being forced to fight ...
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I'm looking for a Fiction book about pyramids

I read this book a very long time ago (30+ years) all I remember for sure is Giza and Cheops pyramids were important points, they emitted some sort of energy. The end of the book was calamitous. The ...
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Sci fi book about 20 + years old can't remember the author or title

A united group of different aliens visit Earth. They meet a composer on his boat off the coast west of South America. The aliens want humans to join them in their battle against aliens who think they ...
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Animation movie (80's-90's) with brain-sucking insects

I'm looking for a movie I've seen as a kid, the details are foggy and sparse but I'll try my best following the guide: What is it?: An animated movie. Tell us what it isn't: It is not Nausicaä of the ...
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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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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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Book - Three teenagers find a spaceship and gain powers from headsets in it

I’ve tried to search for this book using keywords and quotes on Google, but I couldn’t find it. In this book, three teenagers, a boy and two girls, find a lost spaceship that was camouflaging itself. ...
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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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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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Identify weird Sci Fi movie from 70s/80s

Things I remember (vaguely, maybe incorrectly) about this movie: the setting is overcrowded and we never see "outside", so it may be in space or just a dystopian future it's weird, like Brazil-level ...
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Sci-fi book I read years ago: sterile, lab-grown woman who smuggles things in a surgically-created “pouch” behind her navel

The book was about a lab-grown woman who smuggles things in a surgically-created “pouch” behind her navel. She’s sterile throughout the story, and medical sterility is a common, reversible thing in ...
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SciFi book search, possibly baen?

I'm looking for a sci fi book I read once, sometime in the last 10-12 years. Probably published around that time, too It was an ebook, possibly/probably on Baen. Although every time I've searched ...
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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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Name of a short story from a "Years best Sci-fi collection"

I read it a few years back. The main theme of the story was that in the deep future, man has moved onto space ships completely and evolved further to a gravity free environment, having 4 hands and no ...
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story identification: A cowboy with a robotic horse sees a wisp of smoke

The story takes place in the post-apocalyptic Earth. The wild life has become extremely dangerous. A cowboy is in the clean room where he keeps the cows (maybe during the night) and sees a fly on the ...
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Is it ever explained what Area X actually is?

Is it ever explained what Area X actually is? I don't need to know details as I'm still reading it. But I'm into it enough that I'm feeling like the book/series is going to leave a lot of unanswered ...
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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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Trilogy spanning past, present and future

I am looking to identify a book trilogy I read. I am pretty sure I read it in the early 2000s, but I don't know when it was written. If I had to guess, I would say it was likely pretty new when I read ...
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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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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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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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YA sci-fi/fantasy/horror book about a kid that has to overcome a lot of trials

I'd like to make a disclaimer that I remember very little about this book or when I read it (I think I read it sometime in the late 90's or early 2000's), so it'll probably be difficult to figure out ...
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Cold War SF about man and machine neural interface in aircraft

It's an old work of Science Fiction (written during the Cold War). The subject is men & machine interface. The plot is as follows: An American pilot flies on a bombing mission to and over ...