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Primitive species destroy travelers shuttle

Trying to identify a story where an explorer/academian lands on a primitive world and the native witch doctor destroys the shuttle, preventing the explorer from returning to his mothership. He ends up ...
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Identify a beige spaceship

This has been bothering met for quite some time. I know I have seen this ship somewhere, but I cannot remember where. Does anyone know where this ship comes from? This image comes from this slide, I ...
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Looking for a sci-fi book that involves Mankind's very last Starship

The ship was crewed by an AI and carried the "hero" thru time to battle Orbs of energy that turned out to be what Man had evolved into. I believe the book was written before Star Wars came out and ...
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Sci-fi book opening with the description of a big spaceship wandering in space [closed]

Several years ago I ran into a sci-fi book in a hotel lobby, the book started something like this: The ship was big, very big, no one knew how big it really was, it wandered in space... This is ...
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Why Do Starships Bank When They Turn? [duplicate]

Why do starships in ST bank when they turn? In zero G dragless space, couldn’t a ship simply turn right/left on a horizontal axis?
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Sci-Fi book where spider-like alien lives on the hull of a ship and configures his web to forecast space weather or the future?

I read a book about 11 years ago that was part of a larger series and I can't remember the name or author. I randomly picked it out of the Sci-Fi section in the library because I liked the cover and ...
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A space opera novel about a spaceship race, no rules, and prizes going as high as solar system [closed]

I think the main characters are not racing to the end, they give up at some point. Does it ring a bell to someone? I don't know the name, author, language and I am trying to find the book. Edit : I ...
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How Were the LCARS Panel Set Props Made in Star Trek?

Were the LCARS panels set props typically pre-designed transparency panels with dark glass and florescent lighting behind them? Or were the "buttons and layouts" added later with computers? I'm ...
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Comic about a space shuttle carrying the crew through space dragons

I could only read the climax of a comic novel which was published in a magazine. The ending was as follows: The hero and and his crew are sailing in a space shuttle. The hero, who looks like a cyborg ...
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Short story about a mutiny on a spaceship and a polite captain

It was in a collection of short stories by different authors, which I read in the mid 80's. The crew of the ship keep complaining about how the Captain is rude to them and the only 'person' he says '...
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Late 1960's Comic Book with H shaped space ship

In a period approximately from 1967 - 1971 I remember reading a space adventure comic book with an unusually shaped spaceship with a crew of, I think, scientists-explorers. I cannot remember the ...
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Why does the Federation prefer mainly space-borne starships?

Why are almost all Federation starships space-borne? Yes I know the Intrepid class vessels (like Voyager) are capable of atmospheric landing, but you'd think that as more and more alien races joined ...
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Movie/Episode: Time travel story resolved by alien sneezing

I have a very vague memory of a live-action movie or episode I watched on Swedish TV in the mid-to-late 90's, most likely in English. The setting was on some kind of spaceship, I believe captained by ...
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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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Short story collection, one about humans dwindling on a spaceship and another about testing a FTL device and landing on an alien planet

I remember them being part of an archive, a collection of short stories. Incredibly vague, I know, but I have some information that would be sure to make someone remember if they too have read some of ...
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Novel series where kids crew a snail shell shaped ship [duplicate]

Very vague on the details. I would have read these books in the late 80s, possibly around '87-'88. They were in my school library, which had students from age 6 to 10, so would have been age ...
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TV show set on an autonomous space ship on a collision course

Years ago I binge watched a show on Netflix that I can no longer name or find. Set on a spaceship which is not piloted and in distress and on a collision course with stars and planets. The crew can ...
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Comic from 1970’s/80’s with a spaceship named Celeste [closed]

My kid was named Celeste by her dad. He said it was from a comic he read when he was a kid. It was the name of a spaceship. Now my kid is an adult and asking where it came from. Unfortunately, this is ...
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Book about a part robot human connects to ancient alien spaceship

In the book, humans are allowed to travel in a race of aliens spacecraft from planet to planet. The aliens won't tell them the secrets of space travel. You find out that this is because interstellar ...
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SF Horror film of the 90s ending as the crew escapes in a spaceship

It's a space exploration film, with some kind of alien creatures attacking a team of space explorers. All I remember is that at the end of the film, the survivors manage to escape in their ship, and ...
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Movie with round disks on the back of people's necks

I've been trying to find the name of a movie. I saw it in the middle 1960's on TV in the US. It was in black and white. Pretty sure it was produced in the US. From what I remember of the clothes and ...
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Trying to remember an old cartoon with triangular spaceships

I remember not much of this cartoon except watching it as a kid, in Australia and the fact the antagonists used triangular spaceships that floated around. I remember one scene where a protagonist ...
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A book about cloning, sentient ship and others [duplicate]

A few years ago I read a book and I am trying to find it again any help would be appreciated. As I remember it was an older book where the protagonist gains consciousness on a space ship thats gained ...
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Trying to remember a story where space ship AI become sapient upon entering a zone

I remember reading the story 7 to 13 year ago in a thin book, that judging by it's a bit worn-out state, could've been released many years earlier, not sure if it was an anthology or just for that ...
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Looking for old sci-fi book, I think from 1959 not sure.. starflyer?

It's about a man who ends up on a space whale that can "dive" through time, he picks up a capsule with a woman in stasis that he is attracted to, he also saves a little girl who he travels through ...
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Episode of possibly The Outer Limits w/ mind-controlled alien spaceship found in a cave?

I remember an episode of what I think to have been The Outer Limits, but I can't seem to be able to identify it. The plot is as follows: Some children/teens play outside and at one point they find a ...
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Why is the crew of spaceships exposed to quakes and trembles in a battle?

One staple of science fiction (particularly if you look at Star Trek in all of its incarnations) is that spaceships are equipped with artificial gravity; a second one is that each time a ship is hit ...
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Late 70s space fighter diagrams, cheap paper

I have little to provide other than a timeframe and some visual cues. This was a book I had in the late 70s, marketed to older kids. It was on cheap, dark paper (think of modern puzzle books) and I ...
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Short story where man removes food from spaceship because of cheating wife

The plot is basically a short story where a maintenance guy figures out his wife is cheating on him and removes the food from a spaceship and it’s not realized until after launch.
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Star Wars universally accepted “up”

One thing I've noticed in Star Wars is that all spaceships always seem to acknowledge a universal "up," in that when two ships come out of hyperspace they are both the "right" way up, even if they are ...
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A short story about a triangular alien ship that crashed on earth…

The story was about how the aliens had miscalculated the angles of the triangle and on a larger scale, their ships could not take the miscalculation (which became huge and ended up cracking their ship,...
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Why are the Millennium Falcon and other civilian vessels allowed to have ship-mounted weapons?

First things first, let's just pretend the hyperspace ramming in the Last Jedi didn't happen, because hyperspace ramming means every FTL-capable vessel in the galaxy is a deadly weapon capable of ...
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Boy who can ping from planet to planet [closed]

I read a book in the early 80's. it's a science fiction story about a boy who can ping around the universe wearing his tunic running from the evil villain. It seems like I remember it having kind of ...
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Can (and do) single navigators pilot multiple ships through the warp?

While reading farseer I started thinking, its mentioned in that book that a rouge trader (Janus darker) once had a fleet of ships at his disposal but the book only ever describes a single navigator. ...
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Which Enterprise can be maintained by the smallest skeleton crew?

In one of the questions, I have noticed that Enterprise (NX-01) requires a crew of 100 people in order for the ship to operate. We know that runabouts and ships like the Defiant can be maintained by ...
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Apocalyptic movie. Earth is dying and everyone is trying to survive or escape

The movie is somewhat from current era (2000+). It is most probably about the end of the world (or similar event) and people are trying to save themselves by different means - some by leaving to space,...
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I once read a book about a spaceship captain that transported multi armed (i think six) humanoids

I once read a book about a spaceship captain that transported multi armed (i think six) humanoids. Thought it was a Daniel Leary book, just read the series and didn't find it. I read this about 10 ...
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Eighties sci-fi tv show, trying to remember

I'm trying to remember a sci-fi tv show from early eighties I believe. It was about people/soldiers flying in planes or spacecraft, flying through gorges with bridges (or some kind). Not sure if that ...
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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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Are there starships in Star Trek that we know are named after men?

This question: Are there starships in Star Trek that we know are named after women? inspires me to ask about starships that we know are named after men. If the name of a starship is an Earth ...
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What were the most commonly used ships in the Rebel Alliance?

In the original trilogy, X-wings are often seen as the face of the Rebel Alliance as they are one of the most numerous ships the Alliance have, but during the early rebellion (as seen in Star Wars ...
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Sci-fi novel, scout crash lands on planet, shaman sees competition and wrecks spherical spaceship

I read this years ago. A scout in spherical advanced ship lands on a planet. Natives are friendly, but the shaman perceives competition, and sneaks into the craft and scatters potions on the controls, ...
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I am looking for title of Book about a kid or kids who build a rocket or space ship [duplicate]

I read it when I was a kid maybe 25 to 30 years ago. I remember details about how he built it, but not if he/they flew anywhere. Maybe it was built/stored in a cave at the beach?? I don't think it is ...
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Book about a transport spaceship

I read this book end somewhere between 1999-2006. I think it was part of a series. I believe I read 2 or 3. I believe it was labelled as a young adult book. I think it had some sex in it but my ...
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How would the Supremacy's size compare to the second Death Star?

I have heard that the Supremacy is the largest ship in Star Wars current canon, but how does it compare to the second Death Star that is the largest artificial moon? PS: I know that this might be 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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Is there evidence that Venator's duel bridge system was inspired by HMS Queen Elizabeth (or vice versa)?

Both the Venator-Class star destroyer from Star Wars and the British navy's new HMS Queen Elizabeth share a common design feature, namely two separate structures for the control of the ship and of the ...
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80s/90s Sci Fi book about a pilot whose mind is linked to a spaceship?

I wished I remembered more. The front cover was a rather cool looking spaceship, in the novel it may have fired torpedoes. I was very young and don’t recall the story at all. Any help would be much ...
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Spaceship movie/TV-show where the villain appears as electric spark [duplicate]

I watched this English movie or TV show during 1980s in my childhood. The story was in a spaceship. Several people was in the spaceship, among whom the main character was a lady. The villain appears ...
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Looking for SF short story where ship propulsion is done by crew walking

Answering the question "What is your favorite SF propulsion concept?" recently on Quora.com reminded me of a science fiction story I read many many years ago. I can’t recall the name of the writer. ...