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I need help finding the title of a Sci fi book about psychic aliens on a forsaken planet

I'm having a really hard time remembering the name of a book that I read last summer about aliens that had psychic abilities on this one planet. A crew either crash landed on said planet, or were ...
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Sci-Fi short story about a woman travelling through the solar system?

Very vague and choppy memories here, apologies. So I remember reading a short story some time ago about a woman. At one point she was in a cabin in the mountains I believe, then travels through the ...
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CYOA with a phaser (with kill and stun settings) and an intelligence stat

So, I had a question pop up from a while back about In Star Trek why is there a kill setting on phasers? and it made me remember an offbrand Choose Your Own Adventure book that I read somewhere in the ...
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Comic book about a space adventurer, with retro guns and suit

4-6 years ago I read several comics books about a space adventurer (I don't remember what he was really doing, I think it was in exile) with retro-looking suit and guns (50s style). He has a square ...
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Story Identification: A sci-fi book about human/animal hybrids or clones

I'm trying to identify a sci-fi book I read in my youth in 1970s. Key plot points: It was a saga of the far future where humanity was blended with many different animal types, so characters were ...
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Captain becomes sleeping pod

What's the movie where they have upright hypersleep pods. The crew is strapped in and when they wake up they find that their captains harness slipped (I guess years back) because his face was pressed ...
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Looking for a 1970s/80s children's book about pirates in space

The characters were white, (I don't mean white as in Caucasian, I mean white as in a Casper the friendly ghost or a Moomin or something) cartoon-like things, there was a big floating pirate ship, and ...
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Looking For an Early 2000s Young Adult Book Involving a Human Boy Raised by Aliens

I'm looking for a book I read in the 3rd grade, back in 2004. I'm 20 now so this was about 12 years ago and my memory of the book is a little hazy. I recall the main plot of the story concerned a ...
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Looking to identify a book, Earth is in trouble, girl sneaks aboard a spaceship

So in the beginning of the book her aunt (Mother grandmother? Can't remember but older female relative) dies from the heat while baking a turkey. The girl sneaks aboard a spaceship and is caught. She'...
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Controlling AI in space recreating humans

I'm trying to find the name of a sci-fi story in which two competing orbiting AI send down AI probes to the surface of the earth and end up putting those probe AI's into bodies of frozen humans so ...
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Looking for the name of a scifi comic/graphic novel

This one is difficult to explain as I never read it, but always intended to. It is either a graphic novel, or a comic. There were at least 2 books/comics. From what I can remember, there was an ...
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What happens when 'spooling' an FTL drive? [closed]

I often hear the term 'spooling' used in connection with preparing various FTL drives for operation in space science fiction; e.g. "spooling FTL drive - prepare for jump" (or warp, etc.) This seems a ...
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Animated series with secret inside planet stardrive [duplicate]

If I rememeber well, it must be an animated series frome the mid 90's, possibly the early 2000's. I'm mostly sure it was broadcasted on either France 3, canal J or cartoon network Part of the plot ...
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Book about a mutiny on a space ship, the hero has a scarred face

Read a book many years ago. Best information I have is that it was about a young man who goes to a brutal space academy where they cadets run a gauntlet being hit with belt buckles that scar his face. ...
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Lizard Alien and Cadet Boy

I'm trying to find the book that is about a boy and a lizard-alien. The lizard-alien can only survive if it lives on the skin of its host as a tattoo and can only be away from its host for a set ...
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What book had a robot going around the galaxy, making other robots?

I remember getting recommended a book about a robot travelling around the galaxy making other robots. However, I never had a chance to read and have now forgotten its title. My recollection is ...
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Looking for a novel involving space marines on a primitive alien world

I'm not sure when the book was written, but I read it in the early 2000s I remember that early in the book, the soldier protagonists were on earth in the future. They were in a skirmish near the ...
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Film about a boy disguised as Killer robot on a space base

The film opens up on some space base and there is this emphasis that the humans need to keep this diamond object safe because it stores their secrets or something like that. This is told to a generic ...
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looking for a science fiction book. About an artifact found in space

I'm looking for a science fiction book about an artifact found in space that had the remains of an alien inside with the tech to bring him back to life. He turned out to be a dictator with psychic ...
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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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What was the first work set in space that featured multiple civilizations but no aliens?

One thing that separates Firefly from many other works of science fiction set in space is that there are no aliens. All sentient beings either are or used to be human. However, I very much doubt ...
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Live action mecha shown on ytv

This one is for you 90s kids. On YTV (Youth Television station in Canada ) In the early to mid-90s there was a Live action Sci-fi show, mived with CG space shots and mecha. It was about teens whom ...
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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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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 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 about star travel where the creatures on board evolve during the voyage

Need the name/author. I don't remember much, I'm afraid. Just fragments. I do remember reading the story assuming that the creatures on board were human, only to find out towards the end that they ...
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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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Animated show: Mechs in space and an annihilating super weapon

I watched it in the 90's on Cartoon Network or Fox Kids or something like that. There was a space fleet (with a mothership of course), and there was a team of people, each of whom piloted one "mech" (...
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What is the name of a short story by Ursula K. Le Guin about a spaceship and a parasite alien?

I am looking for a title of a short story by Ursula K. Le Guin. Here is what I remember and it may not be 100% accurate because I read the story in my teens some 20 years ago. It is about a crew ...
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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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A SciFi book about a kid trying to recover kingdom

I'm trying to remember a book about a young man trying to get back his kingdom after being deposed and family is killed. It had a large military space station and a bit about where he gets a group of ...
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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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Series of books with intergalactic travel/trade

I've read only one of the books in the '90s (I think it was the second). There is a ship whose's captain is a "lioness": she is from a race of anthropomorphic felines, whit a social structure very ...
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Sci Fi movie murder/space [duplicate]

I'm trying to remember the name of a movie I saw on Syfy I think earlier this year. It was an 80s movie I think. A crew on a cargo ship. Something happens and the captain panics and steals away on ...
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Book about a Mech pilot trying to fight beings called HuMax

I remember reading this book about a Mech pilot who was trying to fight these beings called HuMax (I think that was the name), and he ended falling in love with a female red-haired one. His mech could ...
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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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SF Movie where different ships are sent to find a habitable world for humanity

I recall that the Earth is dying. Different ships were sent to different planets looking for one that was habitable for humans. The survivors have to pick which planet to go to and one guy lies in ...
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Trying to find the title of a science fiction novel where the monster is singing killer space fungus

Yep. Singing killer space fungus. I'm trying to find a science fiction novel that scared the bejesus out of me when I was a kid. This book was one of those paperback novels from the '60s or '70s. ...
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Hungarian cartoon from 60s

Can anybody identify a Hungarian cartoon from the 60s where a brother and sister stole their uncle's spaceship in order to fly to Mars to discover Martians. On their way they got stained by rainbow ...
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How well can xenomorphs survive the vacuum of space?

I recently finished playing Alien: Isolation (which I assume is not canon). Near the end of that game, you have to go on a spacewalk, and some xenomorphs follow you outside. I've heard some people ...
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Characters exiled from Earth return home, fight against an organisation controlling the Government

I don't know many of the details, here's what I do know: The book was written in 1999 or earlier. I'm thinking probably earlier, like 80's. From what I remember of the beginning, I think the book is ...
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Looking for an ongoing (2015) sci-fi webcomic with colonies and non-western cultures

I'm trying to track down a webcomic that was ongoing as late as this year, but can't seem to reconstruct it from anything. Highlights: Indian transgender astrophysicist protagonist with ...
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Trying to find a book about slaves on a barren planet

I read it 10 years ago. It started with them on a planet that looked barren. Later on they're captured as slaves. The story centers on one person, who toils through the slave labor but later escapes. ...
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A story about a planet whose inhabitants stole things from astronauts

There was a series of stories about space exploration. One of them goes like this: A group of explorers landed on a planet and established a camp. After some time they realised their stuff was stolen. ...
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Book about an alien boy sold because his species grows wings

I'm trying to recall a book I read in the 1990's. A smuggler or pirate (human) has a child alien he's raising to adulthood to sell its wings. The alien is the main character, he's a hunchback with no ...
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Book where a slave/prisoner hooks his brain up to a spaceship

I only remember bits and pieces of this book, but I'd really like to reread it. Basically, this teenager has been a prisoner his whole life and he's forced to explore spaceships (for boobytraps and ...
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Need title of 1980 - 1990 techno thriller about remote sensing technology

I read a military techno thriller in the 1980s - 1990s that I would like to identify by title and author. At the time I was heavily into this genre. The book was about an advanced US technology that ...
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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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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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Hunchback named Bartholomew discovers a spaceship full of booby traps [duplicate]

I'm trying to remember a name of a book that took place on a spacecraft, with a hunchback character named Bartholomew. they notice a ship following them and eventually go investigate, the ship turns ...

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