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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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Why aren't there any nebulae in Star Wars?

In Star Trek there are nebulae practically everywhere. I don't remember seeing any in Star Wars though, why is that? Why does Star Trek hog all the nebulae and Star Wars has none? If there actually ...
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What would really happen if you were exposed to space? [closed]

It seems that every science fiction story has a different idea about what would happen if a human were exposed to the vacuum of space. At the end of Total Recall, Quaid and Melina are ejected to ...
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Why didn't the Normandy crew experience time dilation?

In the Suicide Mission in Mass Effect 2, Commander Shepard and the Normandy crew travel to the galactic core to destroy the Collector Base. The Collector Base is located on the accretion disc of a ...
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What was the first instance of a fighter spacecraft

While spaceships of varying size and technology have long been a fixture of sci-fi, fighter sized spacecraft used for combat seem to have only appeared in the late 70s. Since fighter planes have been ...
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What psychological space station thriller novel features all the crew getting killed one-by-one?

I'm looking for a book I read some time ago - probably published in the late 90s/early 00s. I can hardly remember any of it, but I will describe it as best as I can. It was I think set in the future, ...
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Book from the late 1980's about an abandoned space station [duplicate]

I read this book about 1988-89. Sci fi, dealt with an alien space station (out in deep space) that humans stumble upon, long abandoned by a possibly insect-like race, human sized (they can tell from ...
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What novel had an isolationist Earth and the rest of humanity in a war of attrition against aliens?

In the book, humans were in a long war with an alien race that had a slight upper hand in numbers and technology, and so were slowly losing ground. At the start of the war, Earth had cut itself off ...
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I am looking for the title of a novel about a prison planet

I have been looking for a novel I read about 25 years ago, but I have had no luck. Here is a general synopsis. Space Sci Fi A man is framed for a murder he did not commit. He is sent to a ...
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What is the geometry of the universe in “The Wall of Darkness” by Arthur C Clarke?

The Wall of Darkness by Arthur C. Clarke (1949) is a piece of Math fiction, usually quoted in semi-academic circles as illustrating the geometry of the Moebius band. It deals with a universe with a ...
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Anyone know this science fiction story about a sentient space suit?

Does anyone know the title or author of a story where a lone spaceman is walking across lunar surface in a suit that has sentience. The story skilfully teases the reader into believing the spaceman is ...
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Does a spaceship lose air reserves every time an airlock is opened?

Something seemed to me a little bit bizarre when watching some movies or series that take place in space. When someone wants to leave a ship (either alone or with a smaller vehicle), there must be ...
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Identify a (French?) comic series about a female adventurer

As a kid in the late 90s I read a comic book series in the library. The book format was similar to Asterix — thin hardcover books larger than DIN A4 paper. There must have been at least 5 issues....
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Process management and high technology weapon. Novel name and author?

I am looking for help to point me out at a very old novel (likely from the '60s) about two empires at interstellar war. When it comes to starships, one is technologically very advanced, and the other ...
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Do they really watch Firefly on the International Space Station

I saw this photo online: I was wondering if this photo is legit, or some Photoshop by Firefly fans. If it is legitimate, why do they have a copy of Firefly and Serenity on board the International ...
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Story about a world where darkness drives people mad

I remember reading a short sci-fi story, perhaps 50 pages or so long, whose name I don't recall. The details of the story are: It is about a world with multiple suns that keep the planet in ...
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Is there a difference between a spaceship and a starship?

Is there a difference between a spaceship and a starship? I've been wondering... is it like boats and ships?
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What happens to lasers in space battles?

In Star Wars, we see many space battles and there are many missed shots. What happens to the lasers when they fly off into space? Do they eventually just fizzle out, or do they continue on forever? ...
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Story: space colonization with sentient/telepathic spaceships, also genocide and reincarnation

When I was younger I visited my local library quite frequently. I loved picking random fantasy and sci-fi books and reading them. There is this one book that I read and it seemed to be part of a ...
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Novel about space marine dealing with relativity? [duplicate]

I read half a book in a library a while ago that followed a guy from the first set of marines to actually go fight. They have gel-pod-beds to survive accelerations in space. after the first mission, ...
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Novel(s) based on humanity fleeing from Earth and regressing to a pre-industrial state on a Colony so as to escape detection

Shortly before his death, my father spoke to me about a series of novels that he had just finished reading which had a fascinating concept. However I soon forgot the title(s) and author and I've been ...
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Scifi novel with extremely slow motion space battles

I'd like to remember the name of a scifi novel that had a strong military theme with lots of political intrigue where the space battles were fought in slow motion due to some limitation of the ships ...
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Star Wars Spacewalks

In Star Wars, it seems that space-faring pilots and passengers never leave their craft (with the memorable exception of of Han Solo, Leia, and Chewbacca on the asteroid with the Exogorth, which wasn't ...
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Astronauts on Europa (moon), time-shift future, gravity, intelligent computer, Aries, 1960s?

I'm looking for the title and artists of a comic about some astronauts (around five I think) doing research/archaeology on (I think) Europa (Jupiter's moon). They're working when one or more of them ...
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Why is Federation Space divided?

I was curious to see a map of the Star Trek universe galaxy. I found quite a few good images. Naturally, many did not look similar to each other, and some were even confusing because they showed ...
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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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planetery system with two suns in K-PAX

In the movie K-PAX the character talks about his planet where there are two suns and he say that they only rise together once in many years. Wouldn't it be impossible to have one rising and the other ...
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Effects of nuclear explosions in space? [closed]

In the Honor Harrington universe, ship-to-ship combat takes two forms: missiles and direct energy weapons. Missiles come in two forms - bomb-pumped lasers and contact nukes. Both use multi-megaton ...
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What's that 1950s movie where astronauts land on Mars but Martians trick them to thinking it's their Earth hometown?

I've been looking for this movie for years. When I was a kid I saw a 1950s/60s sci fi about astronauts that land on Mars (I think it was Mars) but the Martians transform the landing site to look like ...
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College professor builds a tesseract

This book has a female college professor that builds a tesseract in her office. Her daughter is brainwashed by her boyfriend and accuses her father, the college professor's husband, of molesting her. ...
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Space fantasy novel - Human king, alien prince, telepathic plant-human hybrids

Would like to be able to read this book again, and see if there were sequels. I read it around 2000-ish, no idea on the published date. Unfortunately the names of people/races/places I cannot recall,...
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Did fictional works anticipate the discovery that the universe contains more than one galaxy?

As I understand it, until very recently (the early 20th century), people assumed that our galaxy was the only one in existence - basically, up to that point, the words "galaxy" and "universe" were ...
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Short story of a lone person at a military outpost/station that may have the quote “Hello, Brother” near the beginning

This was published in an anthology I read in 1975. The anthology may have been fairly recent at that time (new or 2-3 years old). Plot: The lone person is viewing a video of the person who was there ...
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Story about warring human factions fighting over a backwater planet

This is a story I read between 1992 and 1999 about the fight between two opposing human inter-stellar empires that takes place on and in the local vicinity of a relatively back water planet. It ...
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Why is explosive decompression a guideline?

In the Guardians of the Galaxy film, people repeatedly jump into space and float around a bit, for giggles. Why's this okay, and they don't, you know, die immediately? I vaguely remember a line ...
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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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How Does Neelix Know About the War?

In SE4 EP4, Nemesis, Janeway asks Neelix what he knows about the war on the planet Chakotay is marooned on. Neelix knows about it. However, in Season 3, Neelix is forced to go to lengths to get a ...
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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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Man dies in space but his head is preserved, later reanimated with a robotic body

I read this book about 10 years ago. It's about a guy that travels to space to build the first space station (the first of the habitat colonies). An accident happens and his head is cut off but ...
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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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Sole survivor of attack on mining vessel, abandoned by his employer, has ability to teleport

There's a story my grandpa use to tell me when I was younger, about the sole survivor of of an attack on a mining vessel in space. The man lives in space for months/years, ignored by the company he ...
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Short story of a race who discovered primitive but subtle interstellar travel [duplicate]

Many years (20+?) ago in Analog SF magazine I read a short story where a culture discovered interstellar travel shortly after the start of their iron age. They could construct air-tight ships and ...
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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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Short story about a man filling gas on a planet where aliens used to live

So there's a population of humans living on a planet in space (I forgot the name of the planet). There's this guy filling up gas and he's late for a party (if I remember correctly). He spots a alien ...
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Searching for title: short story or book from 80's, young man on a ship wakes from stasis every year on his birthday

The young man wakes up every year from stasis for just one day. He's on a space ship heading for a planet to colonize, I think. The first time he wakes, the computer leads him to a nursery full of ...
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Are there examples of sub-light propulsion that are not subject to time dilation?

A common theme in space sci-fi are means of moving faster than the speed of light without experiencing the effects of time dilation (to a substantial enough degree, anyways). Such methods often use ...
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Short story of 3 astronauts on deep space journey

It was a short story or short novel I read about 35-40 years ago. The plot involved 3 astronauts on some sort of deep space mission. They hate each other, so spend their time alone whenever possible. ...
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What was the first instance of a space walk in film or television?

This question made me realise that, really, we don't see many space walks in Star Trek. It got me to thinking about space walks generally in science-fiction and how they've been portrayed (like those ...
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Can someone help me figure out the name of a sci-fi book about space travel at the speed of light? [duplicate]

I read this book when I was much younger and can't remember the name of it but I remember it's one of the best books I've ever read. It starts with this young girl that bumps into an older lady, the ...
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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 ...