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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Novel or short story where A.I. builds next gen A.I

In this novel the protagonists had some complex task to resolve. The A.I. was created to aid them, it was a large computer with manufacturing capabilities. Once asked if it can resolve that problem, ...
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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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Book about a man who crashes on a planet and saves the princess with a magical weapon

Many years ago I bought a very cheap sci-fi/fantasy book. What I remember: I think the cover was kind of red. A guy/pilot crashed with his spaceship on an unknown planet - in a forest. He is hurt, ...
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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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Book about boy with the genetic ability to see present and past timelines of living things as color

Book where a boy who has the ability to see the timelines of living creatures as lines in the air. He was raised near an invisible wall that instilled terror in all who came near it. He was a trapper,...
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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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Sci-fi / dystopian book about a female VR character trapped with cannibals who are real people jacked into the game

I remember a book read around 2016/2017. It's about a girl trapped in a VR game where she is a character. The VR game has real humans in it controlled by chips in their brain. The girl became sentient ...
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Why does Alf crash in the Tanner's garage?

I do remember he is from Melmac, eats a lot and a lot of things. But what is the reason that he crashed?
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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 ...
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Sci-Fi: Story about an astronaut and telepathic feline-like aliens

I read a series of books when I was younger, about 20 years ago. And I can't for the life of me remember one title, or the writer. So I'm asking for your help. Things I know: The writer was ...
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Help with identifying book about talking dog from outer space?

I read this book a long time ago, and while its name is lost to me, several details ring remarkably clear. The premise of the book is that this boy adopts a dog who has the ability to communicate ...
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Spherical human floating in zero-g, tended to by robots

This is an (I think short) story. I think I read it in some story compilation. This human is in the far future and by his time evolution has caused people to become enormously fat (large and nearly ...
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Looking for old, pre-1990's book

I thought the name was "The X Factor", but none of the suggestions I get when I use that title are correct. 1-armed man starts off on Earth. He's one of those stories you hear like mother that gets ...
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What 80/90's mini-series/pilot has Virtual Reality tech that killed its users?

I remember a mini-series or failed pilot from the late-80s or early 90s. A Jimmy Smits-type cop investigated a new addictive Virtual Reality tech that kills its users. It used a small coin-sized disk ...
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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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Help me identify a 1980s trilogy of books about a space faring rock band

As a child in the 80s I had a book about a space faring rock band that I really loved the cover artwork for, and would love to see again. They travelled in a ship that had sails, which I think were ...
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Short story about future where living space is at a premium

I am looking for what I remember as a short story probably written in the 1970s or earlier which was set in a future where living space was at a premium. What I recall (may not be accurate) is that ...
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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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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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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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Help me identify a story about humanity trading itself to giant squids for food

I'm trying to remember a few stories that I read back in High School (in the USA, English-language), so this is pre-1993, likely older than that. The first story was a short story, most likely from ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Story about a girl stranded on a planet where fragrance only means death

I'm looking for a short story about a teenage girl who is with some kind of scientific expedition on a planet inhabited by humanoids, where there is no odor at all except in the vicinity of someone ...
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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 sci-fi movie about people who have to play a game to obtain a life-prolonging drug

I am looking for a sci-fi movie I remember from my youth. Given my age, I probably saw this movie in the 90es or early 2000s. I have no idea what the title was, but I remember this from the plot: In ...
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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. ...