Questions tagged [space]

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90s sci-fi series: at the beginning a teen falls through a hole into a spaceship [duplicate]

I'm looking for a sci-fi series I watched in the 90s that at the beginning a teen fell through a hole in the sand into a spaceship. Later on a group is formed called the children of something that I ...
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Looking for a sci-fi duology (I think)

The series should have been written in the late eighties or nineties. Space opera involving a large mercenary space force...star commander or similar was the title of the main protagonist. Kidnapped ...
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Child's science fiction book about kids in space with a metal disk and an alien chasing them after it

I recall reading a book in the 5th grade about a boy, a girl and a dog that end up traveling through space with an odd lizard-like alien. The kids found a piece of metal (a disk) and nailed it to ...
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Space Anime with super large spaceship, lonely cube AI and young girl crowned as its queen!

So, someone looking for a specific space anime and I want to help him. His description about it: https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/looking-for-a-specific-space-anime-pls-help.869977/ so i'm ...
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Child who travels to space in his imagination. When old, travels again but nobody cares because space travel is now trivial

It's a short story from the '50s or '60s. It has a bucolic, nostalgic tone that reminds me of Ray Bradbury, but I couldn't find it in Ray's bibliography. An early 20th-century boy imagines he's gone ...
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Detective Story on the moon with a space yacht and an escaped prisoner

This is a story I remember picking up at the library and reading sometime in the last decade (probably around 2015, so unfortunately the timeframe won't help much). It was in the USA in English and it ...
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Young boy saves research expedition to another planet by being “fact connector”

Things I remember: The planet was chosen for colonization, but the boy remembered seeing in archives history of previous colony that died due to (what was thought as) some disease. Scientists got ...
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Anime where someone gets killed by a gelatinous blob onboard a spacecraft and the crew jettisons their corpse into outer space

This was a VHS my sister and her friends had rented at a local movie rental store, whoever was in charge had great taste in anime and always carried a decent selection, the anime in question ...
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Book involving a supernatural adolescent boy, maybe ages quickly, possibly dies [duplicate]

In 1991/2 I read this book that involved a supernatural boy who emerged somehow, or arrived in a space craft, who was befriended. The being was an adolescent boy, and physically superior to the one ...
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Sci-fi book with a generational spaceship traveling the interstellar void

Spaceship is gigantic. Most of the passengers don’t even realize that it’s a spaceship and the Author describes the world in great - captivating - detail. The ship has forests, lakes and generally ...
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Anime about some teens that are trained to fly spaceships

I can't seem to find the name of a space anime where some kids are selected to learn how to fly spaceships. Earth is still inhabited and the kids fly to outer space to board a vessel where they are ...
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Sci-fi anime set in space with a spaceship on the run from bad guys

I’m looking for a 90's -00's anime I saw on TV on a channel called Spacetoon about 17 years ago. Here is what I remember from it: It’s set in space and centers around the crew of a spaceship that is ...
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Recent story featuring exponentially growing swarm of aliens (which turn out to be human-made)

I recently read this story (recently meaning within the last two years), but can't for the life of me remember the name of the books. It was part of (at least) a trilogy, of which I read two. The ...
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Space-themed MS-DOS game with top-down perspective, crumbling bridge, and ghost-like aliens

I played a sci-fi themed MS-DOS game at a friend's house in the very early 90's that I have been trying to identify. Here are the details about it that I remember: At the beginning of the game you ...
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Help me identify sci-fi book from mid 90's about a pilot crash-landing on a primitive planet

I'm looking for a book I started reading as a teen in Russia in the mid 90's. I believe it was translated from English. I bought it along with a book from Christopher Stasheff, Warlock in Spite of ...
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90s space novel or short-story series about synergy of knowledge [duplicate]

I'm trying to remember a book where generalization of knowledge was mentioned in every chapter at least once. The book contained either a series of short stories with the same protagonists, either a ...
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How could the clones ever keep up with droids, especially in space dogfights?

The Clone Wars are known as such because the Republic side fought with clones. Simple. What I cannot understand is why they did this; regardless of whether it's a military och economical point of ...
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Short story about intergalactic pizza delivery via time travel

I am looking for the name/title of this short story (not a book) with the following plot/elements: An intergalactic pizza delivery service run by a family The pizza kitchen never stops ("the mad ...
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Humans travel to Earth in a giant tree

This story was possible over 2 books. I read it in the 80s. Human DNA was recovered from a space message (arecibo message) and brought to life by the aliens and kept as pets. The humans learn about ...
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Space pilot with a heart defect and a robot friend transports cargo with a crew

I read this series at least 10 years ago. The story-line takes place in outer space. The main character is the pilot of a starship/space ship/cruiser. He has a small but dedicated crew. I think early ...
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A novel (or maybe a whole series) where a weird disease infects men and machines

I just got an answer to one of my question that sent me refresh my memory about Vernon Vinge’s “Zones of Thought” Universe. There I saw the word “Blight”, and this reminded me of something which might ...
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A novel about a spaceship that was accelerated away form Earth at near light-speed [duplicate]

This one I read "only" about 10-15 years ago, and I think it was rather recently written at that time. It begins with a weird, probably alien structure being spotted in the solar system, already on ...
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80s Mad Max-esque space movie with really long name

One night when I was a kid, in the mid eighties, I saw a Sci-Fi movie late night on TV. I seem to remember it had a really long name. It opened with the main character on his spaceship (which was kind ...
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Space sci-fi movie where a woman goes to space and loses her memory

I've been to a couple of subreddits already trying to identify this movie, but I've had no luck besides one person who vaguely recognized the plot, but didn't know the name. I watched a movie at some ...
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2000s (or earlier) book: farmer sent to prison planet but crash lands on dangerous world instead [duplicate]

I am looking for a book that I would have read about 17 years ago (not sure how old it was by that point). Would have been published prior to 2002 I believe. The book begins with the main character ...
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Book about a space marine who control suit settings with his tongue

I read that book 20+ years ago and I am trying to find its title. The story is about space marines who visit various worlds and encounter new species. One original element of the story is a space ...
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Book called “Thunderbird” by an author named Katy about space or flight

I read a book called Thunderbird by Katy something I have forgotten her last name. I vaguely remember it being about either space or flying or flying in space.
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Story about characters on a space station where chemicals purposefully give people specific psychoses

I'm trying to find the title of a science-fiction short story where a number of humans live on a space station. Pretty sure the main character is male There's some sort of catastrophe or sabotage, ...
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Old book about a young man marooned in space who is drawn to an alien shipwreck by a ring he is wearing

It was a school library book I read in the 70s, about a young man marooned in space who is drawn to an alien shipwreck by a ring he is wearing. Can't seem to remember more, but the image has stayed ...
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Story about descendants of space colonists becoming slaves of aliens? [duplicate]

I read this old short story in an anthology (about 25 years ago) but can't remember the title. The plot was that human colonists/astronauts arrive at a planet inhabited by rather primitive aliens. ...
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Poul Anderson short story about sentient dolphin-like race with green blood

I'm looking for the name of a Poul Anderson short story (written prior to 1979). The short story involves a lone space traveler who finds a planet inhabited by a dolphin-like race. He befriends the ...
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Animated movie about space farmers and BIG blue aliens that had more then one eye and were taught how to do kung-fu by protagonists father

I know this animated movie might have been 3D and it was possibly from pre-2011. In it, there were these space farmers. I think they wore orange space suit sometimes and the protagonist’s father was ...
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Sci-fi book about a man on the run due to uncovering some conspiracy to destroy the galaxy

I read this book in the 1990s, can't remember the title of it. Pretty much a man who is accused of some crime and is on the run due to uncovering some conspiracy to destroy the galaxy. The only ...
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Book: evil Earth against a nature-oriented planet occupied by humans as well

This book also has the main character fall in love with a robot who the main villain had created to put his mind into the robot's body. The main girl is in a space fleet fighting for her home planet ...
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70s or 80s novel. Couple abducted from planet, man is killed and woman eventually takes over ship (Adult themes)

Paperback from the 70s or 80s. It might have been part of an Adult themed series. (much like the Longarm western series) But I am not sure. A Couple on an low tech farming type planet head out in a ...
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Perpetual war sci-fi story from the 70s

So my dad was telling me the other day that he used to read a lot of short sci fi stories in the 70s and he mentioned one story in particular but has long since forgotten what it's called and who it's ...
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Man in space who can telepathically communicate with his unborn daughter [duplicate]

This was a sci-fi book. In it, there was a man that was in space, very far from his family (I think that his family are on Earth but I'm not sure). The man can telepathically communicate with his ...
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Intergalactic human space ship encounters another ship, character gets shunted off beyond known universe, reality starts collapsing

This question reminded me of a very vaguely recalled short story, most likely from the early '00s or '90s (and probably in a magazine like F&SF, Asimov's or Analog), of a space ship that can ...
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Web comic about an adventurous dog and his human sidekick

Back around the mid-late 2000s I discovered a web comic (it could have been a scan of a physical comic) about a dog and his boy who go on adventures, either in space or underwater - perhaps both. I ...
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80's-90's sci-fi book set in a spaceship, involved a threesome between a dreamer, an energy vampire and a catlike character

The book I am looking for was written in the mid 80’s to early 90’s. It had a simple cover dark in color and was about an inch thick. It took place largely on a spaceship. The three main characters ...
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90s(?) movie with an army of kids in space and “God” in a foggy white room

When I was about 7 in 2009 I watched a movie from a VHS tape that I had also watched a couple years before. I believe it was released in the 1990s. In this live-action movie, I remember there being ...
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90s sci-fi space Saturday morning show with teenagers [duplicate]

This was on Saturday mornings around 11, I think, circa 1995-97. This show is NOT Hypernauts, but looks similar. There were more kids in the show, five I think, but they did have gray and different ...
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In the Talent series, by Anne McCaffrey, why is Callisto tower limited by Jupiter?

I understand that Jupiter is a very large planet, but why does it matter to the Rowan where in its orbit Callisto tower is, when the difference in spacial differences is minute compared to the overall ...
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Sci-fi short story about an astronaut adrift in space and a teapot

The story I am referring to was a part of an collection of horror/sci fi stories by Indian authors and had a yellow sandy cover. I read it in 2011/2012. The story in question had an unnamed female ...
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Name of a sci-fi film from the 1980s that opens with an astronaut being killed by an alien that takes the form of a beautiful woman?

Another one of my long-shot questions, I fear. I only saw part of the film, but hopefully the scene I remember will be memorable enough someone will recall it and the film's title. Plot Details/...
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70s/80s Sci-Fi book with teleport gates on sub-light spacecraft and an army space suit

I must have read this 35 years ago. The book was a not particularly thick paperback, which as I recall had a picture of a spacesuit helmet on the cover - white helmet with a green visor which looked ...
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Novel set on a distant planet, with creatures able to taste and smell through their feet upon the surface

I am trying to find a novel set on a distant planet with unusual life forms, including one kind that can "taste" and "smell" through their feet upon the surface. It's almost as though the creatures ...
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Searching for a short story scifi/horror of kid teleported to space to die

I'm looking for a short story. I believe I read it in a horror anthology, but it definitely had SF elements. What I can remember: It took place in what I recall as a vaguely dystopian society. This ...
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Does anyone know this story about robots forming a religion by Alex Garland?

So I've read an adaptation of the story, which goes like this: When a spaceship collides with an asteroid, it's almost sure to blow up . When all other measures to save the ship fail, the only human ...
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Movie in which aliens disguise one of them as a cartoon chicken, mistakingly thinking it will help him blend on Earth

I want to find a film I watched as a child. I hope someone can help me with this. The plot is rather weird. First, there were some aliens, who wanted to send one of them to Earth. They wanted to ...

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