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Story about space travelers who stumble across an alien civilization only to realize it is heaven and God has gone insane

Does anyone know what book or series I am thinking of? Honestly, this may be a movie, a book, a short story, etc. I can't quite remember. I just remember someone describing a story in which space ...
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Short comic about alien explorers visiting an abandoned world with giant statues that turn out to be alive but move very slowly

A sci-fi short story, probably part of a comic sci-fi/horror anthology. I remember seeing it when I was 13, but still remember the twist ending clearly. Judging from the artwork, something around 60'...
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Novel - Accidental exploration ship, broadcasts a TV show to let people know what they find

Probably from the 70s or earlier. Paperback in English. Space craft with a new drive that should be able to travel to other planets in solar system almost instantly, is over budget and behind ...
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Comics about an octopus-like alien parasite that attaches to astronauts' heads

I remember reading this short story that I hope you can help me identifying. It was a short story in a comic book, Dark Horse Comics if my memory doesn't fail me. It starts with some explorers in an ...
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Science fiction radio drama: aliens find Earth deserted

Anyone know of a radio drama about an advanced alien civilization visiting Earth (we don't know it's Earth until the end). Everything is deserted. They send down teams to investigate and one team ...
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A spaceship saved by a teen who realizes destination planet is surrounded by electromagnetic field

I'm looking for an old short story or possibly a book, more than 30 years old, probably a lot older, about spaceship heading to some planet, possibly Venus. The previous ships have not been heard ...
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Shape changer in space frontier story collection

It was one of the stories in a space frontier collection. A hunter was after the most dangerous game. When killed it had the shape of a small seemingly harmless wormlike creature. But the creature ...
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Short story about a woman who is about to leave on an interstellar trip to search for non-human intelligence

I read this short story years -- decades -- ago. A young woman is spending her last day at home before joining an interstellar expedition to search for non-human intelligence. She lives on a sheep ...
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Story by Marion Zimmer Bradley about a damaged spaceship that took 75 years to repair [duplicate]

For once, I'm asking for help in identifying a story I've never actually read. Many years ago, I read an essay by Marion Zimmer Bradley in which she talked about a story she wrote, fairly early in her ...
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Novel about a ship with a neutron star at one end to counteract acceleration, gets stuck in acceleration mode

I read this novel 30 years ago, so it's at least that old, but probably decently older. I can remember only details, but I remember an older couple (a woman, who was captain of a ship, I believe), ...
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Book: troubleshooter born into a desolate future world

I think the book or series is from the late 70s early 80s. It's based in the future; the character was born in a desolate world and grew up with an almost animalistic survivability. It was not by L.E....
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Why didn't Jupiter becoming a star kill everyone on earth and cause all kinds of problems for the solar system?

In 2010: The Year We Make Contact, the climax of the film is quite bizarre. Jupiter's mass is replaced by billions of black monoliths, eventually collapsing in on itself and becoming a star. ...
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Novel where “sub-standard” humans are sent to perform space exploration

When I was in my early teens, I read a science fiction novel I have since lost track of, and can remember neither the title nor the author. I can remember only a few details about the novel, but ...
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Short story about aliens trading for hydroponics

I am looking for information on a short story that was written probably in the late 60's early 70's. This was part of a short story collection; I can't be certain but it was possibly edited by Groff ...
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Book where a space ship journeys to the center of the galaxy to find all the stars had gone supernova

Looking for the book where a space ship made from a giant atomic atom journeys to the center of the galaxy only to find all the stars had gone supernova. A, Clark-Card-Heinlien-Bova?
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Anthology of SF short stories, one involving scientists discovering planet that produced every life form in existence

I think this anthology consisted of five short stories. One was where explorers landed on a alien planet and were killed one by one by alien life forms. One of the forms mimicked the night sky and ...
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Graphic novel about exploring a different planet by French/Brazilian writer

I read one volume of this series in the late 2000s. The colours are very clear, with little shading, I believe the name of the novel is a one-word title (something like Nebula or the name of the ...
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Planet with hexagons with either magic or technology

I read a good book a while ago and can't remember the title. It is the story of people stuck on a planet made of hexagons, where the level of technology is set depending on the type of hexagon. Some ...
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SF novel that takes place on a planet called Ragnarok? [duplicate]

In my youth I read and enjoyed a SF novel that took place largely on a planet called Ragnarok. I'd like to rediscover it, if I could. Some details I remember: Humans are fighting a war with a ...
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SF short story about a starship that triggers a supernova when it goes FTL [duplicate]

I remember reading a short story a few years ago about a starship crew from Earth(?), in either their first (or a new model) FTL ship. The story opened with them in a new star system, which they had ...
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Old book about an alien encased in a deposit of diamond

I'm looking for the name of an old sci-fi book. In it, a spaceship’s crew goes to a planet to mine a large deposit of diamond. However, they find an alien entity encased in the diamond. They also go ...
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Book about persecuted group fleeing earth, finding and settling new planet, new life, get hunted down by earth persecutors

Read a book in the mid 2000s about a group that was persecuted, Christians I believe, that accidentally discovered FTL travel. They built a ship and left Earth. They discovered a new planet, and ...
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The Target who shot back: old sci-fi short story

This should be an easier one; I remember this one fairly clearly. Years ago I read a story where a team of explorers are exploring a planet. They have a mother ship as home base, and the mission is ...
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Short sci-fi story about a group of people space travelling to a distant planet, overtaken by a second group who left after them but were faster [duplicate]

Does anyone know this short story I read many years ago? It's about a group of people who decided to get to a distant planet on a spaceship that isn't very advanced. Some time after they started their ...
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Short story about mind-hijacking aliens (60s or 70s)

I'm trying to identify a short story that I read in a sci-fi anthology from the late 60s or 70s about an expedition to an alien world. The spaceship encounters a civilization and sends one crew ...
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What is the meaning of the ending of “A Darkling Sea” by James Cambias?

I just finished reading A Darkling Sea. It was amazing. But my mind goes totally blank trying to interpret the ending. The following excerpts from the ending explain what the object is: ...and... ...
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Illegal aliens, the string and little fruit?

In “Illegal Aliens” the assasin’s weapon of choice is a string and a little fruit. My question is this: how does the assasin use the fruit/string combo or even what the little fruits name is, if it’s ...
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Short story about astronauts being killed one by one by a non-corporeal alien entity on a deserted planet

This science fiction short story is about a team of astronauts/space explorers who land on an alien planet. An alien entity, that exists in a gaseous state, is lurking at the bottom of a well or hole. ...
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Short story about interstellar travel gone wrong

Trying to find a story I read a couple of years ago in an anthology, not sure when the story dates from but likely to be recent - the last decade or so. The story has passengers travelling between ...
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How do Starfleet comm badges know how to connect between personnel?

How do Starfleet comm badges work as far as connections? One user taps their badge and says “me” to “receiving person”. It’s obviously heard as an inter-comm on the ship, so I can understand how ...
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Where is LV-223?

In the movie Prometheus, we hear an exchange of dialogue which proceeds roughly as follows: Janek: You know, if you wanna get laid, you really don't have to pretend to be interested in the pyramid ...
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Sci Fi book about xenoarchaeology and a beetle like culture

Circa late 60s, 70s, or early 80s, written in English. A group of Xenoarchaeologists are exploring ruins on a distant planet. The inhabitants were beetle like. One researcher (mentally unstable?) ...
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Pre-1990 short story, Earth space probe (NASA?) lands somewhere like Titan and is found by a female alien

As the title says, this would have been pre-1990. A short story in which a space probe from Earth, presumably NASA, lands on a world like Titan and is found by a female member of the local species. I ...
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Looking for the author of a series of books about aliens traveling forward and backwards in time [closed]

In this series of books mankind has developed Virtual Copies of scientists to populate Probes sent out exploring space. One probe discovers a planet with an ancient Spire existing on the surface. An ...
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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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Why doesn't Voyager in Star Trek go above the galactic plane to get back home?

Related to Why do Star Trek vessels always approach each other on parallel planes?, but on a larger scale. The premise of Star Trek: Voyager is that the ship Voyager is stranded from Earth on the ...
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Which sci-fi movie/episode had bleeding rocks on a planet?

I'm trying to find a long lost movie/series that I saw as a child in the 80s. The only scenes I can remember is that they are on a planet with no vegetation, only dust and rocks. When using their ...
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60's or early 70's movie with a man and a women left behind on a planet

I saw only the last part of this movie years ago. A spaceship lands on a planet that has a hostile environment (volcanoes, dinosaurs) and the ship must leave. Two of the crew get left behind, one man ...
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Series where Earth kicked out of alien club, then invited back because we are savage

Copying from a Reddit post last year where someone looked for the same: "...book where the human race made contact with a galactic race, part of a group of civilizations in the galaxy. Earth wanted ...
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Looking for 50s or early 60s juvenile book about boys 13 and 15 going to other side of moon and saving a civilization there

I am looking for a juvenile scifi published no later than 1961 (when I read it) about two boys--aged 13 and 15--traveling to the far side of the moon. Their father is part of a planned mission to the ...
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Old comic book, war with the moon, Pan-ku Chinese first man

Back in the 1960s, I once read an old, second hand, comic book about relations between the Earth and the Moon. In some television messages from the Moon, the hero saw a beautiful Moon woman, while ...
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YA Australian based flight to moon from area near meteor craters

Back in the 1960s I read a young adult novel where a teenage Australian boy at a remote sheep station investigates strange goings on at the local meteor craters. He discovers a secret rocket base and ...
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Novel where moon is dead because of time warp

An old science fiction novel, originally published or reprinted in paperback in the 1960s, in the English language. The first expedition to the moon eventually discovers that the reason why it is ...
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Old book about space travel c. 1930-1960

It was technically a nonfiction book hardbound about space travel, but the author suggested a lot of imaginative little science fiction stories. I read it during the 1960s so it was at least that old,...
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What were the lights that Leslie Gillis saw in the book Coyote?

In Allen Steele's book Coyote, Leslie Gillis sees some strange lights on his way to Coyote. Is it explained anywhere in the book or any of its sequels?
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Short Story with Starfish-shaped Starships

I remember reading a story back in the 1960s where it was said that all faster than light starships carried only a single man and were shaped like starfishes - not necessarily with five arms each. ...
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Redheaded scout educates backwater isolated planet of humans on how to use paperwork to avoid exploitation [duplicate]

I recall reading a short story, novella, or novel of a crash-landed (?) redheaded scout who educates a backwater isolated planet of humans on how to use paperwork to avoid exploitation by an expanding ...
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Science fiction series where humans (from another world) find the Earth

The plot had humans from a different system that suffered a catastrophic event on their home world, if I remember correctly. It was implied that their ancestors seeded life in other planets too (or ...
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Looking for a short story about a fossil found on Mars

An early (first?) expedition to Mars finds a fossil and the geologist dies trying to get it back. The story is told by a survivor of the expedition many years later after Mars has been colonized, ...
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Sci-fi book about a small sea-cucumber like alien that made humans go insane and/or die

I don't remember anything about the title or author of this book. I think it was a relatively simple title. It was a fairly short book, the cover was a silver-blue (I think?), and I think it had a ...