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A book about a spaceship with a forest interior

Looking for a book I read as a kid. Hard science fiction, read probably in the mid-to-late eighties out of a school library. It might have been an older book - it had the flavor of older science ...
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Does the position of a ship's nacelles affect impulse travel? [closed]

How does impulse work on a Federation ship? Are the impulse engines part of the nacelles?
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Young adult scifi short story collection with spider planet and crystal rain

I’m looking for a collection of young adult science fiction short stories. I read it in the 90s. The cover had a very vintage pulp look to it. It depicted a starship caught in a web, with a planet in ...
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Why are Star Destroyers all triangle shaped?

I get that they would be aerodynamic in-atmosphere, but so would cigar shaped or pyramidal shaped ones. Is is a rule of cool thing? Preferable to cite some Star Wars reference. Legend/Cannon doesn’t ...
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Golden age SF short story where spacecraft pilots are reanimated dead people?

The key detail from the story was that because of cosmic rays or some other deadly phenomenon, pilots of spacecraft returning to earth had to be dead people who had been specially reanimated. Living ...
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Tauri hyperdrive on x303

Just curious has anyone calculated the speed of the x303 with its original hyperdrive in the episode Prometheus.
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Short story I read years ago (1971?) about a planet of machines that find a stray American astronaut

The machines are speaking to the astronaut inside the capsule. However, they think they are speaking to the capsule because they had never seen a human before. When they try to open it up, they ...
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Childrens‘ cartoon: Teenager astronaut lands on a planet with 2D people

I’m looking for an episode of a childrens’ cartoon featuring a young (teenage?) astronaut. As far as I recollect, he was flying a red-white striped rocket (not unlike Tintin’s rocket, but my memory ...
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Whose derelict ship do Boimler and Mariner find?

In LD: Where Pleasant Fountains Lie, Ensigns Boimler and Mariner find a crashed starship that AGIMUS tries to influence them to salvage. I've watched and rewatched this scene and can't quite figure ...
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Short story about an astronaut who keeps meeting a version of himself from a different time, possibly by Isaac Asimov

I can't remember the details very clearly because I read it many years ago, but he needs to fix his stuff. He has a repeating day, I think, and keeps meeting a version of himself from a different time....
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How do ordinary citizens get around the Federation?

It's a common plot in Star Trek series for the Enterprise to be tasked with transporting various VIP's to destinations where they are needed urgently - an ambassador to a treaty ceremony, a doctor to ...
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1980s or 90s Movie and TV show. A few men build a barn yard rocket with new propulsion fuel

Originally a movie (maybe a Made for TV movie) filmed in USA. Later made into a TV series, which probably only lasted 1 season. [I don't know if any one of the main characters were in both the movie ...
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Sci-fi story about man escaping from sensory deprivation prison inside the Alps [duplicate]

What I am sure of: I read this story on paper. The protagonist was sentenced for some (real or made-up) crime and imprisoned inside the Alps (or other mountains). The prison was special because all ...
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Trying to find a ship from an '80s cartoon

I have had this image of a ship from a cartoon stuck in my head but I can't seem to find it. I can't remember much about the ship but it had a unique gimmick. When in flight, the bow section is folded ...
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Live action movie, space station/colony destroyed by drones at end [duplicate]

This was a sci-fi film that I saw the end of on TV either late 80's/early 90's. Unfortunately I only remember the end where the space station (I think) the main characters live and work on is under ...
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Sci-fi book series about an ex-soldier who's kidnapped from Earth by a spaceship-stealing robot, and goes on to create a mercenary band

A series of multiple books (recent; still writing more in the series). An ex-soldier living in their parents' cabin stumbles on a damaged spaceship in the woods, is kidnapped by the robot captain (who ...
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Why different shapes on Rebel Alliance starfighters?

Inspired by this question about the naming of spaceships, I was wondering if there was any explanation on canon about the actual decision of the design of the ships. It’s not that usual for a single ...
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What was the name of a series about young adults or teenagers traveling away from earth after it's either been destroyed or infected with a virus

I remember watching a series (or maybe a movie) about young adults or teenagers traveling away from Earth to try and find another planet to colonize after Earth has either been destroyed or infected ...
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Guy is drugged and wakes up on a spaceship and has to fight aliens to protect new earth

It's a book about a guy that was in the military but he is drugged and wakes up on a spaceship I think called the Ark. The ship has traveled to a new world and now they have to fight the aliens that ...
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Tiny aliens spaceships flying in Kid room like Floogals spaceships Floogals (2016)

Tiny aliens spaceships flying in Kid room like Floogals spaceships Floogals (2016) Tiny aliens spaceships. Animated show where small toy sized spaceships flying in a kid’s room. I saw it on a kids' ...
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What does this entry on the Rocinante's pilot quick-menu mean?

In Season 6 Episode 3 of The Expanse, during the battle scene, we see the "PILOT - QUICK MENU" menu on the display Holden is examining: It has mostly meaningful entries (e.g. REP FLIGHT, ...
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The dimensions of the Star Cluster in Mission to the Stars

In A.E. Van Vogt's stories which were later combined into the novel Mission to the Stars, also called The Mixed Men, a society in the Lesser Magallanic Cloud founded by refugees thousands of years ...
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Movie with people being eaten in sleeper pods on crashed ship by monster

I'm trying to rediscover a (presumably low-budget) sci-fi movie from around the 1980's that I saw most of by coincidence. Even 15+ years ago it was not well known, I doubt it was ever in U.S. theaters ...
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Looking for an old anime series featuring a spaceship as well as an underwater base

I'm looking for an old anime series (or movie) produced in the 80's or earlier that aired fully dubbed in German TV some time before the 90's. Most remarkable scenes I remember: The film starts on (...
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What ship class is the USS Archimedes?

In Star Trek: Lower Decks, Season 2 Episode 10, we see a Federation ship named USS Archimedes. I couldn't quite decide what class it was supposed to be. It's rather reminiscent of the Excelsior-class, ...
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Which story contains a planet named something like Istinigishinoburilahaha?

As a kid, I read a story about a husband and wife lizard people. They arrived by spaceship as passengers or colonists. I remember the wife complaining that the owners had made the temperature in the ...
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How to tell the difference between the models of slipfighter?

Andromeda Fandom lists 3 different models of slipfighter on the Andromeda Ascendant: Centaur, Phoenix and Shrike. I had never noticed before that there was more than one type. Are there on-screen ...
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Sci-fi book where main characters play multidimensonal chess aboard a spacecraft

Humans travelling in space play multidimensional chess games (7 dimensions?). One of the female characters may have a name "stormy..." or similar. I read it in italian translation as a kid ...
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Short story about an AI space ship trying to escape another faster AI ship [duplicate]

It was all told from the perspective of the ship. It was traveling near the speed of light and was trying to escape another ship that was coming to reprogram it. It was much further ahead, but knew ...
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Story on a sleeper ship in the form of a text-based game

More than 5 years ago I played an indie game set on a sleeper ship. I remember a lot about the game mechanics and the story, yet I can't recall the name and so I can't find it anywhere. I played it ...
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1980s movie about Spaceship that turned out to be a robot head

All I remember is a spaceship is found and taken in by a government type place and it turns out to be a head for a giant robot. It's 80s or maybe real early 90s, spaceship has one if not three lights ...
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How large are Imperial spaceships in the Foundation series?

A frequently repeated leitmotif in the Foundation stories is that Empire's stuff is colossal: a colossal expanse, colossal urbanized planets, colossal nuclear generators, colossal war fleets composed ...
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Space op anime featuring a group of girls debugging a combat robot in-fight?

I remember watching the first episode of an anime series, around 2001. I watched it in fansubbed japanese version. It was set in space, the action took place on a spaceship that would fight alien ...
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Movie ID: Spaceship launches fighter ships from "revolver"

This is a long shot. I would like to find an old black and white science fiction movie that I saw on TV. The one scene that has stuck in my mind was of a spaceship launching its fighter ships in ...
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Alien captain shows his ship to one of the human delegates, but can't really impress him

Recently I started watching YouTube videos with short stories about spacefaring humans and their first contact or other encounters with aliens. These stories mostly titled HFY, from a reddit site ...
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How does wormhole traffic control ensure incoming and outgoing ships don't collide?

In Honorverse the fastest way of communication between star system is to send a boat from one to another. It seems from description that traffic is dense enough that it requires an ATC (STC - space ...
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Story where one person sacrifices himself to save another by using chemicals in their bones for spaceship propulsion

I remember a story where two people are trapped on a space ship and the only way out for them is that one of them sacrifices himself. The ship uses some sort of propulsion system that needs some ...
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Is there a Canon/Legend explanation of the symbols on two vessels inside the Tantive IV?

All these years I've been wondering about the meaning of these two polygonal symbols painted on the vessels or tanks located in the room where Vader chokes Captain Antilles, at the beginning of Star ...
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How can a small corvette shift big destroyers like this?

The corvette crashes into the side of the disabled ISD, bringing it towards the second destroyer: How can a small corvette shift big destroyers like this?
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Which Klingon ship is most representative during the TNG era?

I want to buy a few Eaglemoss starships fitting the TNG era, such as Enterpise D, Romulan Warbird (the kind that is like a biplane with scoops), Ferengi Marauder, and a Cardassian Galos class ship. ...
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1950-60s children's book about a boy whose neighbor builds a spaceship and he flies it to outer space

The older, male, neighbor was key - Mr. ?somebody? actually started building the spaceship in his garage or a shed. One book might have been "Something in Outer Space"? Neighbor might have ...
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Can you identify this spaceship?

This is a picture from "Top Secret", a games magazine from Poland published in 1989. Some of the pictures in the magazine they drew themselves. But many others were just cropped pictures ...
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Where are the outside cameras located on the USS Enterprise-D?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation, when Picard (or the acting captain at that moment) orders "On screen!" when he or she sees a ship or object of interest, they can zoom in with great ...
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Book series about two men training to be wizards, whose powers come from lost tech from a crashed spacecraft [duplicate]

Trying to remember a series I read years ago. I believe there were three books. It was about two men who were training to be wizards and fighting other races. Later in the story, we find that their ...
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Old science fiction movie where main characters are launched into a star or some sort of anomaly and die [duplicate]

A couple years ago, I watched an old movie (Made a little before or a little after Star Wars) about these people who were in this large ship, and I remember that there was only other one human on it, ...
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80's two part series about a time travelling human male in a spaceship with puppets who visits Earth

The man in question falls in love with a human on planet Earth, after travelling back in time and ends up being his own father. His crew are all puppets. I believe the second part in the series was ...
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Why did the Defiant's phasers draw power from power cells rather than the power grid?

Has there ever been an in-universe explanation for why the phasers on the Defiant are powered by power cells, and not by drawing power from the power grid? With the ship being overpowered, surely ...
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Fantasy/sci-fi book about a boy who travels to space and learns to manipulate metal

Book is about a boy who travels to space and learns to manipulate metal. He gets a few friends one of them dies from an alien prisoner, I think her name was Kate. They go to a planet where barely any ...
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Old Science Fiction anthology: man with nightmares of a giant bee; post-apocalyptic underground world [duplicate]

I found this site today while searching for a book and hope someone can help. When I was a boy I read a hard-bound anthology of science fiction stories. This was circa 1986, but the book might have ...
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Kids/YA chapter book series with a group of kids from 2006ish and I think the title is an acronym or looks/sounds like the word "people"

I don't remember much but the cover was pretty simple, just one color. Gave me Stargirl vibes. It was about a group of kids. They had an acronym for what they called either themselves or the adults ...
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