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Looking for a book about exploring a planet heading out of the galaxy

I read this book in the late 90s, and I suspect it may have been old-ish then. Male author, I believe, with fairly hard science writing. Earth discovers a world leaving the Milky Way which interests ...
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TV show where a spaceship's weapons were activated by the operator punching and kicking

I barely remember seeing what I think was a TV show, probably from the late 90's. It was about the adventures of a spaceship and crew. I remember it being absolutely atrocious. The one thing I can ...
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Film with a spaceship crew fighting a cyborg who can rebuild themselves. Girl main character

This was a movie from the 90s, I think. It takes place in space on a spaceship. The crew is fighting against a cyborg who can rebuild if damaged. I remember at the end they blow up the ship and escape ...
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Book about a group of prisoners enlisted in a military training program who end up going rogue

I don't remember a ton about the story, but this is the general gist of it. The book is set in the near future, like the 2090s or so. The protagonist is a boy around the age of 19, who has a single ...
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3D animated movie, space story with alien princess

I can’t find this movie anywhere on the internet maybe I’m not looking hard enough or something. It’s a 3D animated space story aimed at kids about a boy that was frustrated with something (I couldn’t ...
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Lost colony expands into space, discovers automated manufacturing shipyard left for them

This was a book I read recently, probably somewhere around 2000. As stated, a planet which had been part of a multi-system polity had lost contact. I think it was a few hundred years before but not ...
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Scene in Image Comics of convicted killer sent as an involuntary space explorer

Back in the 90s, I recall a scene, from an Image Comic I believe (I thought Vanguard #1, but it appears not) where a convicted killer has been sent in a small habitat out into the solar system to ...
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Webcomic/webtoon about a pink-haired human girl who is the last of her species and is adopted by aliens in space

It start with an alien invasion destroying humanity and making them slaves. I don't remember how the girl (the protagonist) was adopted and transported to a different planet, but I know she uses pink ...
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Old Sci-Fi space movie with humans and aliens working together in same ship

A long time back, I saw a sci-fi space movie with humans and aliens working together on the same ships. I remember a dialogue where an alien says human spaceships are not beautiful and look like ...
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Very short story on Mars. Possibly one of Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles, but maybe not

The answer to a recent question of mine was one of the Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. This reminded me of my very first touch with SF. It had to be in 1962 at the very latest because I remember ...
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70's/80's book about a woman who comes to be able to use a sunstone

This is a book I borrowed from the library when I was in junior/senior high. The plot revolved around a young woman who could use something called a sunstone (not sure if it was one word or two) and ...
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Short Story. Mouse is sent by a human scientist in a spaceship to moon. Intercepted by intelligent aliens. Given intelligence and speech. Named Mickey

A Short Story read after 2000, seemed to be written much earlier. A German scientist is living in America. He talks a lot to a mouse in his house who he catches, and keeps in a cage. He calls the ...
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Short novel. A human astronaut is exploring a huge structure in space. It has tunnels and can exit on different planets

I read it recently, maybe 2021 or later. It had been written recently. The astronaut landed on the structure in our solar system. He landed with a team but for most of the novel he is exploring alone. ...
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Hybrid 2d animation/live action film about a kid who goes to Mars and his sister has to rescue him

This was a 1980s or 1990s 2d/live-action hybrid film about 2d kid go to mars on a van get captured by aliens and his sister had to go save her brother on mars via printer and free her brother from ...
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70s–80s sci-fi space movie; human character is floating through a black hole; an alien face appears, spits in his face and tells some sort of bad joke

I'm looking for a 1970s or 1980s sci-fi space movie. If memory serves me correctly, this was a comedy/scifi of sorts. I saw it on HBO once, back in the early 1980s. The scene I remember is that the ...
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1970s or earlier sci fi comic (possibly an anthology) that I had in the 1970's

In it was a story about an astronaut who is sent to the edge of the galaxy only to find there is an invisible barrier there like being inside of a fishbowl. As I can't recall if it was in fact an ...
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A planet on the edge between anaerobic and aerobic life forms. Possibly by Asimov [duplicate]

I read this short story at least 40 years ago. I don't remember where, probably a collection. It has a rather "Asimov" taste but he wrote so many short stories... It takes place on a very ...
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What is the book series about a space witch trained by AI? [closed]

The girl gets in to a training course to become part of a planet wide exercise to train children. Learns magic from the central AI who builds up companies and teams to heal the world and go into space....
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Old sci-fi film (possibly 1980’s) about a woman trapped in the nose of a spaceship being burned alive by solar radiation

Please help me to find an old live-action colour sci-fi film I watched on VHS in the 1990s. It was about a black woman (played by not a particularly attractive actress) trapped in the nose of a ...
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Short story about astronauts exploring the interior of a giant organism in space

Trying to find any info about a short story I read in a sci-fi monthly digest in the early '90s. The basic gist is a team of astronauts is exploring and researching the interior of a large asteroid/...
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When was "Fast Trip" by James White Published?

Short version: I need to know when "Fast Trip" by James White was first published because I might be experiencing a "Mandala effect" about its publication date. Long Version: This ...
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Paperback involving a ship with AI (personable) that gains the ability to jump (FTL) with other ships in close proximity, unlike the rest

Paperback, ~1980-2010. Human universe, galactic society, many factions, many 'almost' at war with one another. A single smaller ship has a ship mind that develops into a personality; it gains a human ...
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1970s novel in which an ancient spaceship is unearthed and flies to alien worlds

Trying to identify an old paperback: An alien spaceship is excavated and found to be very old (millions of years?). While investigating, it unexpectedly takes off with a few people aboard. It travels ...
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Short story in which a spacecraft is destroyed when all its internal friction is removed, so that it falls apart

It's a short story in which a spacecraft is destroyed when all its internal friction is removed, so that it falls apart. I think the friction-removal device might have been a weapon.
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Story about an alien reporting on a military operation carried out by humans

This is an online story I read a few months ago but I can't find it anymore. It is about an alien envoy making a report on the subjugation of a moth-like alien race tasked to the humans. First one of ...
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Movie about space with monsters with rock tentacles/spider legs

I remember watching a movie where there’s a group of spacefarers on a moon/desert like planet. They have gotten stuck on this planet. It’s pretty barren except for these tall rock pillars every now ...
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1970's? (or 1980s?) graphic novel about a swords-and-sandals protagonist that founds a space-faring kingdom that lands a ship on Earth

When I was a kid, I remembered finding a very old comic book (I think it might have been from the 70s or 80s) that had a unique plot. The comic opens up with a spaceship with a space crew that was all ...
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What are these objects shown in the movie, Avatharam (2014)...?

In the movie, Avatharam (2014), some entities are shown. Here are a few screenshots of them: And here is a video itself: Are these a part of science fiction? What are ...
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Animated kids' cartoon about a boy from Earth and a team of other aliens and beings saving space

I remember it was similar to a CGI-animated movie/series (definitely not drawn), maybe a miniseries, but it involved a boy from Earth, probably a teenager, who was able to travel to space and meet up ...
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2000s starship co-op game with ships like red and blue fighter jets and a human-face ship boss on a desert planet and in space

I need help trying to remember an old starship computer game. I wish I could remember how the title screen looked, but it was a co-op game. Player 1 was controlled by mouse, and it was a red fighter ...
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Science fiction miniseries involving a team of teenagers on a spaceship with a mainframe named Priscilla [duplicate]

It was a miniseries (hope so), possibly Disney, but I am not sure. It aired in Russia around 1992-1996. It was in color, so possibly was filmed in the 60s-80s. A team of teenagers were on a spaceship ...
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Short story about a space shuttle seeing a city of lights on the Moon

Twenty years ago or thereabouts, I listened to an audio book about a sci-fi short story. I remember bits and pieces, and pardon the vagueness of it due it being 20+ years ago, but the general synopsis ...
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A film with three astronauts with one I believe is deceased but a pen is put into his hand and he scribbles something on paper

I remember a film where one of the astronauts is apparently dead but the other two put a pen in his hand and he scribbles something on paper. Also, where they try and connect some wire but it's arcing ...
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Science fiction movie involving a woman who steals information about a crashed alien spaceship and is hunted by a powerful company

I'm looking for a science fiction movie, probably from the 1980s, that I saw as a child. The plot starts with a woman (maybe a cyborg) stealing a suitcase/box from a rival company (Norwegian ...
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Science fiction story about two species on a planet with two gods

On a planet two species that look nothing alike exist together. Two gods govern the planet. Each god has a veil over their species so that they look like each other. Two different species fall in love....
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Sci-fi book about a boy in space who can use the elements and goes back in time when he dreams

They're in space in the future, but when he dreams he travels back in time. On the planet, everyone can use the elements, like in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Also, there's a magic sword or something.
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Science fiction book in which the Earth was moved and humans are clustered in ghettos throughout the galaxy

My memories are quite vague, but the big central premise is that while humans comprise the majority of the population of the galaxy, they are clustered in ghettos and are not the dominant species. I ...
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Short novel about a scientist who created microcosm universes and traveled to them

Years ago, I read a short novel about a scientist who created microcosm universes and traveled to them. 100 years would pass for each year here. The scientist would appear every 100 microcosm years -- ...
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Forgotten Book Title - space sci-fi within solar system

I recall a book I read 15-20 years ago about a rich businessman with company interests in space. Some government, (or his state-backed competitors) kept interfering with his interests, so he raided ...
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Book about a seemingly abandoned spaceship drifting through space. A search party investigates it and finds a room with creatures in stasis display

A small search party goes to investigate a seemingly abandoned/derelict alien ship floating around in space; perhaps on autopilot. The crew explores the ship but can't find anyone piloting it. The ...
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Book about a space war with lizards and mind-controlling space turtles

Looking for the title of a book, pre-1980. Its basic plot is a space war with the ending being the discovery of a species of small turtles that controlled the minds of the warring alien race, which I ...
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A novel where almost all of Earth population is killed by some natural event [duplicate]

I read this novel less than 10 years ago. And maybe, for once, it was shortly after publication. Also for once, the destruction of almost all of Earth population is not through a nuclear war, or a ...
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A planet with human-looking people who are not from Earth

This is a long shot... I remember very little of this novel I read at least 30 years ago. I was in a paperback which IIRC was already old. I read it in French but it might have been a translation. The ...
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Choose-your-path book in which a spaceship breaks apart, forcing a kid to jettison onto a planet where he encounters aliens

I'm looking for a Choose-your-path book that starts with a research spaceship breaking apart, forcing a kid to jettison onto a planet that has breathable air. Some of the adventures cause him to ...
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A really nightmarish SF novel by a famous author [duplicate]

I read this SF novel at least 40 years ago. I read it in French, in a rather slim paperback, but I know it was a translation from English and it was by a very well-known SF author. Alas, I forgot who ...
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Book in which a father and daughter wake up on an abandoned spacecraft after spending hundreds of years in cryostasis

I read a book a while ago about a father and daughter who were cryogenically frozen until the cure for the daughter's disease was found. But it turns out they were frozen for hundreds of years and are ...
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Novel in which a research team investigates a rip in the fabric of space

I read this sometime in the late 80s. A science experiment causes a rip in the fabric of space. A being (person?) joins a research team that goes to investigate by creating a scion of themselves. They ...
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A very old young adult SF novel about interplanetary travel within the solar system

This story was my very first contact with SF. It was at least 61 years ago. I remember reading it in my parents' "old" apartment and we moved out of it in December 1962. It was a novel, in a ...
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Murder mystery, probably by Asimov, but SF plays a crucial role

I read this short story at least 50 years ago. It was probably in a collection, probably by Asimov, but also probably in a collection of murder mysteries rather than SF stories. He wrote so many ...
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Book where the protagonists are transported from the past into a futuristic spaceship

I am looking for a book I read on kindle a number of years ago (not an account I have access to now). The concept was that 2 midshipmen (I think that was their rank) are transported forwards in time ...
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