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Novel about a teenage female protagonist on a FTL spaceflight in a deterministic universe

Looking for some help, please, finding a novel I read in the '90s (I think mid-'90s). I have the vaguest memories of a hot pink border on the cover. The plot involved a teenage female protagonist ...
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Novel about an alternate dimension where human perception is warped

I'm looking for a novel series, probably for teens, published in 80's-90's, which has a spaceship traveling to an alternate dimension. One distinguishing feature is that human senses stop behaving ...
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30 or more years old short story about a creature that kills at distance

This short story I read at least 30 years ago, maybe more. Since I rarely read magazines it must have been in some collection but I don't remember anything about which one. So it could be older than ...
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Youth Christian sci-fi book trilogy featuring a telepathic man and woman, who're separated but find their way back to one another

I can't find these books for the life of me, and thought I'd give this a shot. Looking for a sci-fi book trilogy I think I read in the early-to-mid-'90s. I think the main character was named "...
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Novel about a starship that intervenes in another galaxy’s war. The starship was on a test flight and they use antimatter missiles

I read a novel a few years ago about a starship that intervenes in another galaxy’s war. The starship, on its first flight, intervenes to protect a planet that’s about to be bombarded. They use ...
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Sci-fi movie or TV series where earthlings are captured by alien species [duplicate]

It aired somewhere in the nineties I think? It's quite foggy as it is so long ago, so maybe some details are (way) off. From what I remember it had no happy ending. There is a war against humanity and ...
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Sci-fi short story compilation, including a story about a protagonist who erases the universe from existence with his mind

Looking for a sci-fi short story compilation book I once read. I don't remember whole lot of details, but there are two stories I sort of remember. A lot of details are missing, but the overall plots ...
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Sci-fi cartoon about robots, wars, virtual scenarios and space

I only remember these facts from the series: Humanity is getting enslaved by another race whom seem similar to the human race Both groups use robots in combat Enemy uses technology, like a virtual ...
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Space series featuring feathered humanoids, as well as a pig-like race killing humans

I read a book about a pig-like race killing humans in space there were also avians that looked like humans, with feathers so fine they look like hair. Space series with some humans over everything ...
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Book about a boy whose tribe is separated from another tribe by a swamp and taboos. It turns out they're all living aboard a spaceship

The book is about a boy whose tribe is separated from another tribe by a swamp and taboos. He breaks the taboos, finds the monster in the swamp, which is, I think, a machine, and the sky a dome with ...
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Space thriller movie where two humans try to cross the edge of normal space in a spaceship

The movie is not told linearly, if I remember correctly; sometimes one day passes, sometimes a few years. There are only two people on the ship, who try to get to the edge of normal space and discover ...
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1980s paperback about a man who traveled on a spaceship made of ice

The spaceship was just an ice chunk floating in space, until the protagonist captured and hollowed it out, put engines and equipment inside, and started it moving. The heat from the engines melted the ...
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Communication through deep space in Halo

In universes like Halo, where civilizations span hundreds of planets/moons etc. How would they be able to reliably communicate without having extreme latency? Is there some sort of "reasonable ...
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Short story where explorers searching the universe for Earth discover that humanity was wiped out by war

I’ve been trying to find this short story for ages. I read it in a sci-fi anthology collection in 2005; it had a red/orange cover, and was definitely an older book, probably from the '60s. I don’t ...
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Short story (or opening chapter of a novel) where a fat man's body is used as a makeshift spaceship

Sci-fi short story (or maybe opening chapter of a novel?) which was read in the late '90s, but could have been written long before that. The plot involved a ship crewed by four men, two of whom being ...
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Novel with galaxy divided up among Earth nations, enemy aliens controlled by parasites, and teleporting hero

In the early 1980s I skimmed a book in the high school library (possibly in the B-section, because I used to think it was a Biggle or Brunner). It had the following elements (I hope these are all ...
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Time distorted space exploration

Looking for a book starting with the abandonment of war torn earth. Scientists discover how to distort time for people and objects. They use that distortion to slow their perception and aging. ...
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Collection of sci-fi short stories I read in the '90s. One story was about a girl and boy with powers who'd been raised on a spaceship

I think there was a hand on the cover which looked like it was pushing through/covered by a type of material. The last or near-last story was about a girl and boy with powers who'd been raised on a ...
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90s PC space game where the enemies resembled Imperial probe droids

I have been trying to find a 90s pc space game. All I can remember is that your spaceship was in the middle of the screen and enemies that looked like Imperial probe droids. (But they were not and it ...
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Trying to ID a movie I watched in the '90s, featuring a spaceship with a logo showing a dark, abstract, rectangular or parallelogram-like design

I watched a feature-length movie on TV in Romania in the '90s. It was shown on the main TV station in the country, after 10PM, at a time when there was a single national TV station on the air and ...
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Trying to ID a movie I watched in the '90s, featuring a spaceship with a logo showing a star being held between the thumb and index finger of a hand

I watched a feature-length movie on TV in Romania in the '90s. It was shown on the main TV station in the country, after 10PM, at a time when there was a single national TV station on the air and ...
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Looking to find out what this old movie was I rented from Blockbuster as a kid

Not sure if it’s even possible to find out with this amount of detail but I rented a movie from Blockbuster as a kid but never got to watch the whole thing. It was a squad of soldiers going to a ...
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Looking for a children's book about a boy who gets arrested and taken to space

The book is about a young earth boy who gets arrested by alien police. The police officer is like a wookie and has an universal translator earring. The boy has been arrested for supposedly killing a ...
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What is the earliest usage of the “Lightspeed” animation and why is it used so heavily?

I’ve seen many, many SciFi TV shows and movies over the years, and one of the most enduring motifs is the usage of “lightspeed” or “warp speed” in spacecraft. The standard animation technique used ...
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A planet where killing a monster brought even worse devastation [duplicate]

I read this novel at least 15 years ago, but of course it might be older. A group of people, probably an exploratory scientific expedition, arrives on a newly discovered Earth-like planet. Almost ...
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Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee for the Emperor and his family only [duplicate]

I'd like to find a SF novel, "space opera" type, of which I remember just one scene. There is apparently an Emperor, either for the whole known Universe, or just some part of it. But this ...
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Identifying scifi story: a military pilots consciousness is uploaded after an accident, ends up piloting spaceships thousands of years later

Trying to find the details of a particular story I read it online in maybe the early 2000's or even late 90's. Not sure if it was ever physically published or just online. May have been published ...
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Black & white sixties episode where a spacecraft is unable to depart the planet

I believe it's a sixties T.V. item, possibly from The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits. It is not "Death Ship." This crew land and can not secure takeoff again no matter what they try. The ...
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Huge trees in an "air belt" in space

I read this decades ago. The idea that there was in space, around some star, an "air" belt, like an asteroid belt, with enough atmosphere that people could live there without special life-...
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Guy is drugged and wakes up on a spaceship and has to fight aliens to protect new earth

It's a book about a guy that was in the military but he is drugged and wakes up on a spaceship I think called the Ark. The ship has traveled to a new world and now they have to fight the aliens that ...
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Old story about a crew finding a spaceship that actually consists of smaller ships

I've only read a little of this story online a while back. Basically the crew of a spaceship encounters an odd spaceship, which upon closer inspection is made up of much smaller ships. (Kind of like ...
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Novel about a man who seeks revenge against villains for attacking his planet

I remember scrolling on Wikipedia and reading about a science fiction novel with an interesting premise, but I can for the life of me remember what it was called. Thankfully, I do remember certain ...
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Short story related to space time and boy that grows old

I'm trying to find a short story. I don't remember many of the specifics, but there is a boy that is exploring space and he doesn't heed the warning about flying too close to some object (maybe the ...
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A short story about a shipwreck in space

I read this story more than 40 years ago, but I think it was already old at that time. There was a shipwreck near a very small celestial body, with very low gravity. The survivors wanted to fall on ...
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Looking for name of old sci-fi book from the '70s or '80s that had a main character with an aiming chip in his hand

Looking for name of old sci-fi book from the '70s or '80s that had main character with an aiming chip in his hand. His palm would itch and when he scratched it, it would make weird symbols appear in ...
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What's the fastest sensor-bearing object the Enterprise-D carries?

I know the Enterprise-D carries all sorts of shuttlecraft. But - what's the fastest a vessel carried by the Enterprise - work-pod, shuttle, Captain's yacht, probes, whatever - which has a meaningful ...
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A short fiction about a dentist and a giant butterfly with bad teeth

I read this at least 30 years ago and it might be much older. It is either a short story or a shortish novelette. No memory of where I read it, probably some collection. I have a vague feeling that ...
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Looking for space travel book from 1970s

I read the book in the US in the 1970s, I thought it was called "Out There" but can't find it anywhere. It was about a space rocket struggling in some way, had a small crew I think of young ...
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Movie about space pirates that involved putting lots of ball bombs in a space diplomat

I watched it on cable and it was all I can remember. The bad pirate had an eye-patch. Really nice and friendly? I hope someone can remember and point to such a movie. It was emulating Escape from L.A.,...
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Prison(?) satellite orbiting earth

I've been trying for years to track down a sci-fi film I saw probably back in the 80/90's. I only ever saw the last few minutes of it and it seemed to show someone running along corridors (presumably ...
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Movie about a shuttle hunted by another alien shuttle

The movie plot is about a shuttle traveling in space when the crew spots a dark floating shuttle. The crew decides to attach to it to search for any human lives in danger. So volunteers step inside ...
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Teenage boy in space with a female robot?

I don’t remember much about this book, as I read it years ago (around 2015 or so) in an intermediate school library, but it’s about a teenage boy traveling space with a female robot. I only remember ...
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Identify a science-fiction novel… key points: space travel, immortality drug, main characters stranded on distant planet, they eventually escape

I’m looking for the name of a science-fiction novel I read perhaps a decade ago. I’ve extensively searched several common search engines and come up with nothing, so I’m turning to this community to ...
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Older short story about a Terran on an exploration ship predicting the behavior of an alien [duplicate]

An older story about a Terran on an exploration ship. He is an exponent of a new science which can predict behavior, even of aliens, based on the theories of his mentor. He correctly predicts the ...
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Short story, read from library about 40 years ago. Gallanz comes to mind

A group of people land on a distant planet. The hero and heroine explore. There is a villain. Somehow the three fall into a type of plant that absorbs their flesh but they remain alive. The villain ...
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Anime from the '80s where a spaceship is penetrated by a pod containing a transparent, green, gel-like monster

I've been looking for years for an anime which I remember from my childhood and it would mean a lot to me if I could watch it again. I remember just a couple of scenes from the movie: It is a space ...
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A movie where two teenagers save humanity from harvesting by aliens

A B-movie from early 2000s, probably. It might have been based on a comic. A teenage boy (young adult, maybe) somehow discovers an alien ship that belonged to some kind of space rangers. On the ship, ...
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Generic '90s / early '00s sci-fi movie series with a reference to Tom & Jerry cartoons having been banned

I'm looking for a sci-fi series, set in space, where I have one scene in my mind: The spaceship captain is doing his PhD-or-similar in history, namely about late 20th/early 21st century and we hear ...
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TV series episode about using oxygen in space suit helmet to fire gun

I remember watching a series a few years back where someone needs to fire a gun in space but the gun needs an atmosphere to work. So he comes up with an idea: He uses a spare space suit and puts the ...
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Short story about humans and aliens on a spaceship - aliens ill and psychiatrist / alienist tries to help - it’s actually a psychosomatic problem

I read it over forty years ago. Takes place on a spaceship and aliens start developing a strange illness. Humans don’t know how to help them. One is a psychiatrist/ alienist and tries psychotherapy. ...
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