Questions tagged [space-colonization]

Space colonization is the permanent human habitation outside of Earth.

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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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Sci-fi book where humanity is rebuilt on a new planet after being wiped out

Between 2005-2008, I entered a Barnes and Noble and came across a book in the New Releases section that I regretted not purchasing. I remember only the following from the back-panel summary of the ...
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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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Young man discovers his home "world" is a spaceship

I hoping for some help here, as Google isn't being useful... In my early teens I read a novel about a young man who is quite adventurous in his society and in climbing and adventuring into the off-...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why didn't humans try to settle other galaxies?

In Isaac Asimov's Robot/Empire/Foundation series, humans, during their second colonization wave, settled (probably) all the inhabitable worlds in the Galaxy, but no more. They did not, as far as I can ...
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Starship captain put on trial for destroying a colony

I'm looking for an old novel published in, I think, the late 60s or early 70s. The protagonist is a starship captain. The novel begins with his trial for the possible destruction of an ...
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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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Wouldn't the Ascension have reached a Rubicon point before ~51 years into the journey?

In the SyFy mini-series Ascension, as one of the plot points reference is made to the Ascension space ship reaching a "Rubicon Point" at which it will take more resources to return to Earth as opposed ...
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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 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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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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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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Children's Sci-Fi novel 1980s, another planet with moth-like creatures and glass-like grass [duplicate]

I'm trying to figure out the title of a book I read as a child -- probably around 1988 -- aimed at 9-10 year olds. The story had to do with people leaving Earth and they were only able to take one ...