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Questions tagged [space]

For story-identification questions which are related to or might be set in space. Always use in conjunction with the [story-identification] tag.

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70s or 80s novel. Couple abducted from planet, man is killed and woman eventually takes over ship (Adult themes)

Paperback from the 70s or 80s. It might have been part of an Adult themed series. (much like the Longarm western series) But I am not sure. A Couple on an low tech farming type planet head out in a ...
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Sci-Fi short story possibly from a “Best of” anthology from the 1950s-60s about a space voyage with a secret engine activated via sex

I read it in the 1980s. I'm pretty sure it was from an annual science fiction short story anthology compilation, probably from sometime in the mid 50s to mid 60s. It was written in English and nothing ...
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Perpetual war sci-fi story from the 70s

So my dad was telling me the other day that he used to read a lot of short sci fi stories in the 70s and he mentioned one story in particular but has long since forgotten what it's called and who it's ...
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Man in space who can telepathically communicate with his unborn daughter [duplicate]

This was a sci-fi book. In it, there was a man that was in space, very far from his family (I think that his family are on Earth but I'm not sure). The man can telepathically communicate with his ...
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Can anyone figure out what book this answer refers to?

This Quora answer to the question: Is it possible for an entire book to be written so that at the very last phrase, the meaning of the rest of the novel changes entirely? replies with a story ...
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Sci-fi series with a war against pink blob-like bad guys who can mentally inflict pain

I'm looking for a science-fiction book series where there is a universal war between multiple alien species. The bad guys are pink blob-like beings with mental abilities to induce pain. They have this ...
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Series about proxy space battles via implanted computers in kids

The premise of the story is that there are 2-3 main coalitions on Earth and they fight over resources in the edges of the solar system with spaceships that are controlled from Earth by kids with ...
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Intergalactic human space ship encounters another ship, character gets shunted off beyond known universe, reality starts collapsing

This question reminded me of a very vaguely recalled short story, most likely from the early '00s or '90s (and probably in a magazine like F&SF, Asimov's or Analog), of a space ship that can ...
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Web comic about an adventurous dog and his human sidekick

Back around the mid-late 2000s I discovered a web comic (it could have been a scan of a physical comic) about a dog and his boy who go on adventures, either in space or underwater - perhaps both. I ...
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90s(?) movie with an army of kids in space and “God” in a foggy white room

When I was about 7 in 2009 I watched a movie from a VHS tape that I had also watched a couple years before. I believe it was released in the 1990s. In this live-action movie, I remember there being ...
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80's-90's sci-fi book set in a spaceship, involved a threesome between a dreamer, an energy vampire and a catlike character

The book I am looking for was written in the mid 80’s to early 90’s. It had a simple cover dark in color and was about an inch thick. It took place largely on a spaceship. The three main characters ...
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Short story about the human race pooling together resources to reach dying race

It's a great story I read several years ago, and was written in the form of newspaper articles and short narrative. The humans receive a transmission from an alien race asking for help, and they put ...
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90s sci-fi space Saturday morning show with teenagers [duplicate]

This was on Saturday mornings around 11, I think, circa 1995-97. This show is NOT Hypernauts, but looks similar. There were more kids in the show, five I think, but they did have gray and different ...
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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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In the Talent series, by Anne McCaffrey, why is Callisto tower limited by Jupiter?

I understand that Jupiter is a very large planet, but why does it matter to the Rowan where in its orbit Callisto tower is, when the difference in spacial differences is minute compared to the overall ...
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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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Sci Fi trilogy, read circa 1980, with dangerous moisturised rain droplets, characters digging gems, and mating incompatibility between species

If I recall, book one started with a space ship being shot out of space. My other recalls are: the planet had rain drops which had mostly air at the beginning of the evening and then gained more ...
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Book I read as a child about a man and woman stranded on a planet

I remember reading a sci-fi novel as a child, at least 30 years ago but cannot remember the title or even most of the story. The one part that I remember is the man and woman eating "Tubers" and then ...
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Sci-fi short story about an astronaut adrift in space and a teapot

The story I am referring to was a part of an collection of horror/sci fi stories by Indian authors and had a yellow sandy cover. I read it in 2011/2012. The story in question had an unnamed female ...
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Series of books about young pirate

I cannot remember the name of a series of books I read when I was young (in 2003-2006). It was about a young boy, a pirate, who was traveling with his crew. There were a lot of planets. It was fun and ...
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Name of a sci-fi film from the 1980s that opens with an astronaut being killed by an alien that takes the form of a beautiful woman?

Another one of my long-shot questions, I fear. I only saw part of the film, but hopefully the scene I remember will be memorable enough someone will recall it and the film's title. Plot Details/...
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70s/80s Sci-Fi book with teleport gates on sub-light spacecraft and an army space suit

I must have read this 35 years ago. The book was a not particularly thick paperback, which as I recall had a picture of a spacesuit helmet on the cover - white helmet with a green visor which looked ...
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Novel set on a distant planet, with creatures able to taste and smell through their feet upon the surface

I am trying to find a novel set on a distant planet with unusual life forms, including one kind that can "taste" and "smell" through their feet upon the surface. It's almost as though the creatures ...
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Story about aliens nicknamed 'Eechees' who have created a network of tunnels on Mars [duplicate]

I read that story in the 90's or early 2000's. I'm quite sure it was a series, but I read only the first book. It was the French translation, so it is very possible that the story dates from earlier. ...
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What short film features a space station that projects movies onto the moon?

I'm looking for a short indie film where a space station orbiting the moon has a giant lens that projects movies onto the moon. I may have seen it on io9, but I'm not sure. It begins with a guy ...
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Searching for a short story scifi/horror of kid teleported to space to die

I'm looking for a short story. I believe I read it in a horror anthology, but it definitely had SF elements. What I can remember: It took place in what I recall as a vaguely dystopian society. This ...
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Does anyone know this story about robots forming a religion by Alex Garland?

So I've read an adaptation of the story, which goes like this: When a spaceship collides with an asteroid, it's almost sure to blow up . When all other measures to save the ship fail, the only human ...
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Book: Gen-manipulated intelligent squids explore space/planet

I'm looking for the author and title of a book. I believe it's (supposed to be) the first in a trilogy, all using the same characters, but taking place in different universes - with only humans, with ...
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Short story about space sheep and an inflatable doll

Sometime almost two decades ago, I read a really disturbing science fiction story. It was about a rancher who lived alone with his blow up doll on some deserted planet. He took care of (and milked?) ...
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Movie in which aliens disguise one of them as a cartoon chicken, mistakingly thinking it will help him blend on Earth

I want to find a film I watched as a child. I hope someone can help me with this. The plot is rather weird. First, there were some aliens, who wanted to send one of them to Earth. They wanted to ...
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Animated Space series from 80s or 90s identification

Could anyone help me with my memories of this series? I'm looking for a series that I remember these things from: The main villain, or one of the main villains, reminds pretty much of Darth Vader, ...
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2000s (?) black and white comic about a training academy for teens with psychic powers, ranked by “psych level”

The story was set in some sort of sci-fi school or training academy. The characters were somewhere in their teens, and I think the main character was a blonde girl. The characters had some sort of ...
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Philip is MIA (old, trippy, scifi cartoon)

I am in search of an animated movie/cartoon that is very VERY old. I don't remember much, but I am sure about some aspects of the movie that might help. I watched it when I was very young which was ...
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Anime movie about space aliens and robots

I watched this anime film on tv around 15 years ago, but it is probably older. It was in japanese with sub in my native language. There were few factions fighting each other and one of them tried to ...
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Graphic novel with pink and white cover, printed in black and white, about a female lead living in a space station, joining a military group/the army

I read a graphic novel whilst working in a library that featured a female lead character, that lives on a space station of some kind that, after humans no longer live on Earth. There was an older ...
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Back To The Future: moving in time but not in space?

Every time the DeLorean travels in time, it appears in the same place as the place it left. But that's the same place relative to the Earth's surface. In space-time terms, that point is constantly ...
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Novel with space suits made of strange material, disruptor knives that melt people, and nonhuman characters

I am looking for a science fiction novel I read at least 16 years ago, when I had a used paperback copy from a library or used book store. One of the main characters was a person who was part of a ...
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First story to describe humans colonizing another planet?

Elon Musk has plans to colonize Mars within the next decade. This made me think: What was the first SF story to describe humans colonizing another planet? I don't want stories where humans establish a ...
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Short story about one side building better weapons for a space battle [duplicate]

I'm looking for a short story about a two factions engaged in a space war where scientists of one faction figured out a better weapon, but they decided not to waste effort producing it, because, by ...
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80s/90s (?) SF book about a space traveler finding a planet, which turns out to be inhabited by humans who left Earth after he did

This is one of my father's favourite books, he read a library version in the 80s or 90s in the Netherlands and has found it online, so he knows what he remembers is correct/exists. So it's not from ...
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Has Superman ever escaped a black hole?

Reading a DC wiki (yes, wikipedias are bad...), it mentions in the Super Speed section for Kryptonians that Superman can travel at the speed of light or faster than light when in space. I'm guessing ...
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Space-based science fiction series where in each book a character was permanently transformed into a planet's species to find a Macguffin [duplicate]

I read these novels in the late 80s or early 90s. In each book, they had to find one of a collection of things, which may have been rings, to do something or other like save the universe or whatever. ...
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Did any of the Markab survive the plague in Babylon 5?

In episode 18 of season 2 of Babylon 5, "Confessions and Lamentations" a plague hit the Markab population on the station as well as their homeworld and colonies. Dr. Franklin managed to find a cure, ...
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Space movie about a space deliverer escorting the daughter of the president of a space station

I am looking for a space movie I saw one night on TV like 2-3 years ago. I don't remember any person's name so it might be difficult. Also searched the entire Wikipedia and Google'd a lot but can't ...
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Sci Fi book where a probe/AI comes to Earth

Books starts off a an AI/Probe enters the solar system. Probe/AI scan Earth looking for something. Man finds the probe/AI tells about an invasion in the future. AI/Probe helps speed up mankind's ...
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Sci-Fi Novel Earth with space station defense against aliens and a space fleet

I remember reading this novel when I was younger and here are some of the details I remember: Earth has a space station that is used as a main defense against aliens, however, I believe the Earth ...
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Short story about an asteroid colony where the plumber is an unclean/outcast

It's a short story that I read in a book at some point in the 1990's. It was the French translation, so it might have been older. I believe it was a short story by Isaac Asimov, set in the early days ...
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Sci fi novel where space miners free an alien trapped in an asteroid who then attacks them

A novel about an alien trapped in an asteroid. Space miners set it free and it takes over the crew; they fight with the aliens who can control energy of all kinds. It seems like the aliens might be ...
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Late 70s-80s sci fi drama movie about kids in spaceship since Earth had become uninhabitable

I saw this film that was shown on a projector when I was in about 2nd grade (in the 90s) that was so moving it stuck with me since. I’d love to be able to find it. I don’t believe it had been made ...
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Book series set in space where a ship crashes whilst transporting a prisoner who can see in the dark

I read a book series in the early 90's, I was in 5th grade when reading it so it was in 93 or 94, that took place in space. It may be a trilogy... the second book follows right after the first and ...