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Space colonization is the permanent human habitation outside of Earth.

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Short story about intelligence being only an evolutionary stage to ensure interstellar propagation [duplicate]

Main character is a schoolteacher on one of the first human colonies in space. He is puzzled over and concerned with the uniform lack of intellect he is observing in his students, especially since ...
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Short story about alien creatures fleeing their home planet to terraform another

I read this many years ago in a collection of sci-fi stories - almost certainly Silverberg & Greenberg's Great Science Fiction of the 20th Century. An cat-like alien race decides to terraform an ...
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Short story set in human colony on another planet about an old woman who takes in an android

I read a short story in one of those "best of the year" sci fi anthologies a year or so ago. It was about an old woman living in a human colony on an alien planet. She is a hermit and takes ...
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Looking for a story with a man riding a mechanical frog in an alien swamp

I read this in the 90s, probably in an anthology of short stories (though it might have been a novelette), and it was not new then. A ship carrying colonists had landed on a planet. The trip had ...
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Book featuring a computer that used pantropy to colonize worlds, and a girl with a socket in her head [duplicate]

I read a book about 20 years ago about a computer that used pantropy to colonize worlds with modified humans. I think that the purpose was to ensure that humanity would not go extinct. What I ...
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I am looking for a book about four or five people leaving Earth

They left Earth because the sun was going into super nova. Two men and two women go to one of outer planets, they eventually die. Over time they are bought back to life and 2 people (a man and a woman)...
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Graphic novel about a spaceship crash landing on a planet, and the stranded inhabitants of the ship forming a colony and a new society there

I have been looking for this book for quite some time. I recall starting to read it in the late '70s. It was a color graphic novel. At the beginning of the novel, there was a crash landing of a ...
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A story (c. 2018) about interstellar colonization via nanomachines

This story has been visible on the internet, but likely no more because I cannot find it now with search engines despite a considerable effort. Written in English in 2017 or 2018 (or possibly one year ...
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Sci-fi book about humans living on another planet and reflecting on Earth origins

I came across a book recommendation that really piqued my interest, and am having trouble remembering the details to sufficiently find it via search engines. Here is what I can remember: I remember ...
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Young adult sci-fi novel about a young female human slightly modified to survive on on a jungle planet

I started a book where the main character was a young female human (school age) slightly modified to survive on a planet with only slightly more gravity than Earth. There is a non-modified boy that ...
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Obscure 90's movie/cartoon set in space, pioneer boy makes friends with alien [duplicate]

Way back in the 90's I watched a movie/cartoon on TV about a boy on an alien planet. He becomes friends with an alien called Willard or Wilbur or Willis or something like that. Towards the end the ...
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Fantasy novel about a medieval society formed by the descendants of human colonists, on a planet that brings their nightmares to life

So here's what I remember; It takes place on another planet, thousands of years after the colonists from Earth arrived. There is a prologue where they describe how the first colonists are attacked by ...
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Trilogy in the 80’s about space travel to another world

Growing up in the 80's my mother introduced me to a trilogy she read. I don’t remember the name but they traveled to another world and worked to colonize it. 2064 or something idk. The books were ...
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Book series: Space Navy based Space Opera, several alien species warring for generations

There’s a series of books I read, probably 10 years or more ago that I just can’t seem to pinpoint. Here are some things I recall: Space Navy based Space Opera Space ships could jump between solar ...
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Story with a colonization ship that awakens embryos too early

I read this quite some time ago (I think around the '90s). I'm pretty sure the author is Orson Scott Card, but I looked through the bibliography and I couldn't find it. The story is about a ship that ...
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Book about human colonization of a planet without rain, youngest member names the planet and later narrates the story to children [duplicate]

During my elementary years, I remember a book about a group of humans venturing off of Earth to colonize a new planet. One of the things I specifically remember is how they had the youngest member of ...
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A story about Mars, authorities/new colonists("gringoes") vs "local"/old colonists(humans), and a search for a native aliens base/hideout

What I remember so far: Medium-sized novel Probably written before 90s (at least not later than 1998) Male? author All events happen on Mars (though it may be Venus or even something else) There are ...
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Sci-fi book series featuring insectoid aliens, motorized armor and main character in anabiosis [duplicate]

I remember not too much about this book series, but I know exactly: It was written before 2000 (70-80's maybe). Series includes at least 3 books, maybe more. Space opera. Main character is a male ...
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SF colony novel, most likely from before 1972 [duplicate]

A librarian friend received the following query about a novel a customer read long ago. I hope somebody can help. The situation is that it can be foreseen that the Earth will collapse/break down — ...
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Eric Flint's "Mother of Demons" Enagulishuc language rules?

I've been trying to figure out the rules for Enagulishuc, the English dialect spoken by Gukuy (and demons) in Eric Flint's 1997 first novel "Mother of Demons". The Gukuy are alien mollusks with ...
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Novel set in the future with mind reading aliens and a planet about to be destroyed by a supernova

The story is about a star that becomes a supernova. A colony on a planet is about to be wiped out from it , but the government keeps it under wraps because they won't be able to evacuate everyone. The ...
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Spanish-language (translated?) comic containing multiple short stories (Atlantis, time-travel, space colonisation...)

This comic would probably be from the 70s and belonged to my father, but unfortunately got lost when moving house. It was in Spanish, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was translated from a different ...
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A novel where contract breach is worse than femicide, from the 70’s or earlier [duplicate]

I read this novel at least 40 years ago. It is clearly SF, some of the action is not on Earth. I don’t remember interstellar travel, only within solar system, Moon and/or Mars and/or Venus and/or ...
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Story on a planet with very long seasons from the 80s or earlier

I read this at least 25 years ago. It is short fiction, but I think it is a novelette rather than a “short story” per se. It takes place on a planet where the cycle of the seasons lasts about 30 of ...
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Science fiction book about a generation ship sent to seed or colonize a planet [duplicate]

This is what I think I remember. A ship was sent to colonize a planet with a new generation of humans to save the species from problems on Earth. Once the ship arrived at the destination planet, it ...
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70s or older story about an outcast that deals with feces [duplicate]

I am presently reading a novel in present-day India about an outcast (Dalit) woman who has to clean the latrines of her neighbors in a small village. This brought back to my mind a story I read very ...
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Families escape from a dystopic Earth on a starship, but turn on each other during the trip

I read this novel about 20 years ago, and I'd like to identify it. In the not so distant future, Earth society is collapsing due to rampant violence, crime, sociopathy and so on (the problems are ...
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An episode of a TV series, late 60s early 70s l think

Huge rocket ship carrying humans to a distant destination to resettle. The bridge of the craft is inaccessible except for a tube where food is sent up. The passengers revere "the tree".
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Space colony novel where space pirates attack a planet and take a boy hostage who fights his way back eventually

I think it was a 1970s novel and might have been simply titled "Colony". These days it would likely be classed as young-adult, but I don't think such a category existed back then. I probably read it ...
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Linked novellas where humans are engineered to adapt to a variety of environments

As a child I remember having a book with a collection of novellas that revolved around a common theme that went like this: Survivors of an ill-fated expedition arrive on a distant planet and create, ...
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Book where people are sent to a distant destination and babies are awakened out of sleep when nearby, problems ensue

I read this book MANY years ago. A space mission is sent to a destination many light years away. A set of babies and people to tend/raise them are frozen and awakened when near the destination. The ...
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Interstellar pioneers that evolve according to planet

A library book that I read in the 1990s so Could be older, about different single pioneers sent to different planets and they each adapted to the environment of that planet. The main character grew ...
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Planet Colonization book with benevolent AI [duplicate]

I am looking for the name of this series. It starts with an intelligent ship and a crew of engineers that get a planet ready for colonization. After all of the engineers die the ship remains in ...
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Anthology that had both sci-fi stories and "science fact" about space travel/colonization

I'm trying to find this book I remember partially reading about 15-20 years ago. I believe it alternated sci-fi stories with short essays/postscripts that went into whether the story's details were ...
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Novel from the 50s or 60s where Earth people colonize a planet whose inhabitants are bonded with telepathic, cat-like creatures

Earth people colonize a planet that already has inhabitants. Inhabitants are bonded with cat-like creatures whose paws secrete acid and who turn out to be telepathic. Earth people, of course, kill ...
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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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Short stories about chimeras created by DNA changes after crashing on a planet with heavy metals, published in a 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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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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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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