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Questions tagged [space-colonization]

Space colonization is the permanent human habitation outside of Earth.

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Book series with a double planet system and poisonous bubbles that float around

I read this book many years ago. It is set on a double planet with a shared atmosphere. The people on the planet have a caste system, they are either military or thinkers. There are giant trees on the ...
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Sci Fi short story from anthology (pre-2010) about a man going to space with strict weight requirements, starving himself to bring a book

The short story was about a man about to go on a space journey/colonize a planet and having to abide by an extremely strict weight limit. He talked about starving himself, shaving hair and doing ...
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First named, colonized planet in a science fiction story

What is the first non-Sol system planet that's colonized by humans in a work of fiction? To be specific, I'm not looking for "Proxima Centauri B" or that sort of scientific nomenclature, and no ...
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Older scifi book about a woman who lives on a barge on a colonized water world. Gets involved in political intrigue when she meets a man

The setting was a largely water world colonized by humans. Since colonization it has been isolated and experienced technological regression. The protagonist is a young woman who works on her own, ...
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Name of short stories about chimeras, as well as author, published in magazine

I remember reading a series of short stories published in one of the main magazines in the late 70's or 80's. The stories were about a crashed colony, which had ended up on a planet with a lot of ...
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Humans travel to earth-like planet to colonize but find peaceful aliens

A CGI movie that I saw on Television in the early 2010s/late 2000s. Plot A armada of human spaceships reach a planet that the human government think the humans could colonize and live on, due to the ...
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Book: Crash landed Colony ship, when night falls something makes colonists feral [duplicate]

I read part of this when I was 12 or 13ish about the 1997 time frame and it was not new. I'm pretty sure it was pollen that caused the feral behavior (behavior returned to normal afterwards). Orgies ...
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Help finding a book title – college students find a way to open portals to other planets [duplicate]

I got the storyline of this book series (I believe it was a series) told to me by a colleague at a former workplace but I can't remember the name of the author or of any of the books in the series. ...
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Sci-fi book about Earth’s first colony

Not sure if one book or a series. Earth’s first colony loses touch with Earth. Without supplies they’d counted on from Earth (food, building materials, vehicles, weapons), the colonists struggle, ...
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Title of novelette - planet with cannibalism

I've been looking for a title of novelette about a planet that is ruled by king/ruler who sends his man regularly among people so he can hypnotize them and harvest flesh by cutting it off for the king'...
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80s or 90's science fiction book series

I'm trying to remember the name of the author and/or books in a science fiction paperback book series I read years ago. There were at least 2 ships that left earth, but due to a disagreement about ...
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Looking for a 70s movie with a generation ship that had farming modules

Movie identification. I vaguely remember a colonization ship with farming modules as the setting. I think it was from the 70s. Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence" was on the soundtrack ...
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Book name for Epic novel about colonizing a large planet

I'm trying to remember the name of a book I read in the early to mid-90's. It was an epic novel about a group of human colonizing an Earth-like planet that is much larger than Earth. There were ...
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Story Identification: story about atoms being entire universes/solar systems and their inhabitants invade the world

About 5 years ago I read a story about scientists discovering that atoms are tiny universes/solar systems. Then at some point the scientists develope a microscope that can see the planets and their ...
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Science Fiction Book - lost colony from Earth where education and intelligence are a form of currency [duplicate]

Many years ago I read a sci-fi book about a planet that had been colonized by a group of earthlings sent to the planet from a doomed earth, a common theme. In the book, Earth ended up pulling through ...
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Trying to find a book I read ages ago about telepathic aliens on a colony world

What I can remember is that the main character travels to the new world colony via a space ship. When she (I think) arrives and is woken up she finds out that she is one of a small percentage of ...
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Short story with male & female main characters. They leave separately and he prepares the colony for her arrival with a colony ship

There are two total characters. A man and a woman. The man is on a separate ship, and had left 500-1,000 years before to head to a certain planet. He arrives in orbit and sends a myriad of seeds to ...
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Stranded spaceman prepares a plan to defend pristine planet against land-grab and exploitation

A spaceship technician landed (crashed?) on a pristine planet (strong Polynesian resemblance) where a tribe of humans lives in harmony with nature, isolated from predatory capitalist humanity, ...
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In the Alien franchise, is there any evidence of colonisation within our solar system?

I've been wondering if, in the Alien franchise, humans have been colonising any other planets or moons in our "home" solar system. We have many different stories where people are somehow overrun by ...
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Colonization ship arrives to the planet to find it already colonized by a faster ship built after they departed [closed]

Read this when I was a kid - I think it's a pretty famous story probably by Heinlein or someone well-known - it's about a group on a rocket ship sent to begin the colonization of a distant, ...
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Story with student test to find a new world and bring back navigation data, teacher tried to persuade students to go native

I read this novel at least ten years ago, and likely more. It is a young adult book (labelled as such, I think), and I recall I read it at the exact same time as "Star Hatchling" (published in 1997, ...
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Short story involving colonists traveling to another planet going to andromeda after

There's a short story where colonists went into cryo/stasis in order to survive a long journey towards another solar system in order to colonize a planet. However, in the time it took for them to ...
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Looking for title about a ship that seeds planets and then monitors them

I'm looking for the title of a book about a ship that has colonized several systems, and is now traveling from planet to planet, monitoring their progress. The ship is AI/sentient. And much of the ...
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Book Identification: Alternate dimension of energy enables FTL travel and colonization

Ok, so the subject line is probably not super helpful. The premise of the book is the discovery of a separate dimension of pure energy. Reactors are created that can punch a hole between dimensions ...
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Seeking a pair of stories about an idealist who discovers that winning a revolution doesn't change the stark economic facts

Sometime around the late 1980s, I checked out a science fiction anthology from a library. (The stories were written in English.) I don't remember if all the stories were by the same author, but two of ...
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Searching for a TV series/movie about space colonization

I'm attempting to find a TV show or a movie. I want to say it's over 10 years old, but I'm not sure. Here are the fragments I remember: Outer space setting, a medium sized to smaller group of people ...
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Scifi anthology - Contains terraforming robots story

I took a Science Fiction class in college a few years ago (2005 or 2006) and one of the stories we read in a collection really struck me and I don't know how to track it down. The professor who taught ...
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Colonists kill local creature, only to discover they were killing off immature monsters [duplicate]

Many years ago I read a book; I can't remember the name and I want to reread it. Can anyone help me out? Settlers land on a planet and colonise it; they find this nasty creature that's a wee bit ...
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Short story where human colonists accidently make extinct the only local food they can digest [duplicate]

Plot line Colonists on a new world are concerned that there don't seem to be many species of plant or animal that they can digest. They finally find one (shrimplike?), but it seems to be rare, and ...
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Colonist tracks monster that has abducted his wife

I read a short story back in the 60s or 70s where a planetary colonist is tracking a monster that has taken his wife. The twist is that he wakes up to find that it is all an enforced hallucination to ...
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Short story about a generation ship designed to seed a planet with bacteria and kill the humans on board

The story goes that a ship of humans is designed and sent off into space as a last-ditch effort, heading towards a perfectly hospitable planet without any life on it, right before all life on Earth ...
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Searching for a sci-fi short story read to me from a hardbound textbook around 1974-1976 so copyright was probably '60's [duplicate]

The story was about people living on another planet (for whatever reason) that was always dark and cold except for one day every 100+ years or so when the sun shone on the planet for only a few hours. ...
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Need help identifying novel about water planet with mams, moonsteeds, mermaids, and singing

I read an excellent book a while back that I think was written in the late 80s or early 90s. It was set on a planet in which almost the entire surface was covered with water. There were creatures ...
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Book taking place on a partially terraformed ice world with an artificial moon

I read this book back when I was in high school, anywhere from 2008-2011. I found it in the library - it was old, that much was obvious, probably from the 60's-80's, though possibly from the 90's. ...
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Novel about rescuing the people of a dying planet

Trying to find a book I've read about ten years ago. It was translated into Russian, the original was (probably) written in English. It was about a planet in a solar system with a single red giant ...
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Sci Fi book about colonizing dinosaur planet

Started a book many years ago about a planet with dinosaurs and Stone Age man on it. Earth colonists had arrived and used some sort of mind control technology o the dinosaurs. Also introduced some ...
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Dangerous Planet

A while back I read a soft cover book, I have looked around and found similar titles but not it exactly. The first part is about a colony on a dangerous planet covered in forest. The second part in ...
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Novel from a couple of decades ago dealing with wormhole powered space flight [duplicate]

Read this novel years ago. Starts off with a one manned space flight to another solar system to do the final testing of a wormhole generator. The test was one way trip. The humans did not realize ...
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Name of book about colony cut off from earth/passage blocked?

I vaguely recall that the book or series of books was about a human colony that had been cut off from the rest of humanity. I believe the passageway was blocked off in the first book and in the second ...
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Sci-Fi Novel Title involving Space Infantry

I read a paperback novel in 1999 when I was suffering from pneumonia. My mother had purchased it from a thrift store for me, so it could have been from the 70s or 80s. In this story, a squad of space ...
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Shapeshifting alien woman

I remember reading this book in the around 2005 perhaps? Although I think it was published earlier of course. Anyway. It was about this alien made of pure energy who absorbed living matter in order to ...
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What is the title of this then future Cold War era book [duplicate]

I remember finding this book by chance on Wikipedia a long while ago. I'm writing a piece and want to reference this story. In this book (published most likely around the 1970s and 80s) in the then ...
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Short sci-fi story about Earth blockaded by other human colonies

Like the subject: short sci-fi story about Earth blockaded by other human colonies. The best humans have colonized some stellar systems. But they begin to treat humans of earth like inferiors. A war ...
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Fantasy / Sci-Fi book featuring humans stranded on planet which degrades metal

I remember many years ago starting a book at my school library which featured a human colony ship which had landed on a planet many centuries before with the intent to either colonize or investigate ...
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Short story as a letter to original colonisers of earth

I am trying to track the title of a short story which is written as a message from an alien race to the original colonisers of earth apologising for the collapse of the experiment and advising the ...
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Eight Colors story identification [duplicate]

The story peripherally involves a corporation named Eight Colors, but also includes a plot about people living underground, viewing the surface through prisms and periscopes. Near the end the ...
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Looking for an ongoing (2015) sci-fi webcomic with colonies and non-western cultures

I'm trying to track down a webcomic that was ongoing as late as this year, but can't seem to reconstruct it from anything. Highlights: Indian transgender astrophysicist protagonist with ...
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Chirality and Colonists

Trying to identify a very old story that involved human colonists who land on a distant earth-like planet and find human survivors of a much earlier colonizing attempt. The new colonists discover that ...
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Sci-fi with space-mining scientists, personal internet - book identification help, please

About a year ago, my kindle was stolen and I'm really more upset that I can't track down the name of the book I had just sampled and was planning to purchase. I've since replaced the kindle, but I ...
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How many colonies (populated solar systems) in the Radch Universe?

If there is no exact number, what is your proposed approximate number? What is your rationale for choosing this number?