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Novel where a sentient star or space ship was found in a gold mine in Arizona

I read Starship Sakira last night and was reminded of a book I read in 2014 that matches the genre. It was about an older man that finds a sentient star or space ship buried in a gold mine in Arizona. ...
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90s sci-fi series: at the beginning a teen falls through a hole into a spaceship [duplicate]

I'm looking for a sci-fi series I watched in the 90s that at the beginning a teen fell through a hole in the sand into a spaceship. Later on a group is formed called the children of something that I ...
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Why are Sci-Fi hallways usually octagonal shaped? [closed]

Many Sci-Fi movies and video games often have hallways and corridors shaped octagonal, especially on spacecraft. Who first decided that they should be this shape? Is there engineering and design ...
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Short story - 60s or earlier - meteorite is actually crashed alien ship full of tiny insect-sized beings

This story was in one of the first SF anthologies I ever read, in the mid-1960s. A meteor lands near to a house. The householder finds it and carries it into his house (meteor is grapefruit/football ...
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Animated show where small, toy sized spaceships fight with one another in a kids room

I saw this kids animated show in the 80s or 90s. Kids find tiny spaceship-like toys flying in their house and the tiny spaceships fight with one another. The children intervene to stop the fighting ...
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Stranded survivors have to cross world to get rescued. (Not Weber/Ringo's “Empire of Man” series) [duplicate]

I recall reading a story in the 1970s (USA paperback) about a small group of people (anywhere from a dozen to 50?) stranded on the wrong side of the continent from their rescue. (There was some time ...
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Story with a spaceship, earth, window washers, and titans?

I've read a book once, a few years ago. It was an old book, I could tell by the page color and the text font on the cover, so by now it's at least ten years old, probably more. It was a bigger book, ...
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Space Anime with super large spaceship, lonely cube AI and young girl crowned as its queen!

So, someone looking for a specific space anime and I want to help him. His description about it: https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/looking-for-a-specific-space-anime-pls-help.869977/ so i'm ...
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Short story about humans losing a space war due to having SUPERIOR technology [duplicate]

In the story, an officer describes an ongoing war between humans and aliens. The aliens have less advanced technology so they assume they will easily when. However, the officer remises on how much ...
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Does the Empire possess classes of ship between fighters and Star Destroyer?

In real life, carriers and battleships are usually surrounded by destroyers, submarines, cruisers etc. In Star Wars movies, the rebels have a wide variety of ships of various sizes, while the Empire ...
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Do any non-Federation starships have deflector dishes?

One of the answers to this question says The visible dish itself is a bit unique to the Federation. (emphasis added) Is that true? Do any non-Federation ships have deflector dishes?
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Why do some Federation ships not have deflector dishes?

Most Federation starships have a deflector dish below the saucer section to protect the ship from hitting pebbles at high speeds. But not the Oberth class vessels. Nor the Soyuz class ships. Nor ...
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Why have ships been resized in the newer Star Trek series or movies?

In newer series or movies, starting from Star Trek: 2009, we have seen newly-designed or renovated ships that do not conform to any previous forms in the Star Trek universe. The Original Enterprise ...
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Something about space gates that ships can travel through

I read this book a few years back so it would be roughly 2017 or before. The main character is a young adult (possibly named Alex?) serving on the humans' space navy. The technology is such that ...
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Is it really a great idea to allow people to fly around in unregistered, armed, warp-capable, and shielded Kaplan F-17 speed freighters?

La Sirena, a Kaplan F-17 Speed Freighter, piloted by Cristobal Rios, and first introduced in Star Trek: Picard, was described as "an unregistered, warp-capable" starship, according to Memory Alpha. ...
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Where do the Hyperspace Routes in Star Wars Come From

Where did the Hyperspace Routes in the Star Wars universe originate from in the first place, Also is there only one route on and off a planet? Or can a world have multiple Hyperspace routes?
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1950s-1979 young adult novel about a boy traveling through world which turns out to be a spaceship

I remember reading this book as a kid. It was a hard-cover book with a picture of an alien jumping up and down or dancing in the bottom right-hand corner of the cover. It was definitely geared toward ...
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Why are ships drifting toward Ilus/New Terra in James SA Corey's Cibola Burn?

In Cibola Burn the ships Edward Israel, Barbapiccola and Rocinante started drifting toward Ilus/New Terra once their reactors stopped working. But if they had enough velocity, shouldn't they be able ...
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Looking for title of short story about octopus that develops intelligence on spaceship

The story is about a spaceship sent from Earth that includes a intelligence-enhanced octopus along with regular octopuses. The crew dies, leaving the octopuses to survive and evolve alone. The smart ...
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How big is Lord Dominator's ship?

In the show, Wander Over Yonder, season two, we see the main villain, Lord Dominator. She has a Star Destroyer-like ship that looks kind of like it is made of lava, and it is shown as being larger ...
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Approximately how long is the 'Massive' from Invader Zim?

While watching the show Invader Zim on Hulu, I thought of something. Exactly how long is the Massive? I was wondering this because the exact length is never expressed, or even mentioned as being ...
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Anime where someone gets killed by a gelatinous blob onboard a spacecraft and the crew jettisons their corpse into outer space

This was a VHS my sister and her friends had rented at a local movie rental store, whoever was in charge had great taste in anime and always carried a decent selection, the anime in question ...
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1960's children's book where strange neighbor teaches 3 kids to rocket to Mars

On the edge of my memory, a 1960's children's book about a group of boys being taught to build a spaceship by an unusual neighbor. They learn the neighbor is from Mars, and eventually take a trip ...
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Sci-fi book with a generational spaceship traveling the interstellar void

Spaceship is gigantic. Most of the passengers don’t even realize that it’s a spaceship and the Author describes the world in great - captivating - detail. The ship has forests, lakes and generally ...
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Lone woman & abusive AI traveling to Earth to investigate something

I’m looking for a story from a sci-fi anthology published in the past 5 to 7 years in which a woman, who is some kind of investigator, is traveling to Earth - which has been long abandoned - on a ...
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Did the NX-class refit actually appear in the “Star Trek: Enterprise” TV series?

I found pictures of a refit version of the NX-01 from Star Trek: Enterprise. This design added another hull underneath the ship. Did the ship ever appear on-screen with this design during the TV ...
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Anime about some teens that are trained to fly spaceships

I can't seem to find the name of a space anime where some kids are selected to learn how to fly spaceships. Earth is still inhabited and the kids fly to outer space to board a vessel where they are ...
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What Starfleet ship classes are visible in the Season 1 finale of Star Trek: Picard?

In season 1, episode 10 of Star Trek: Picard, a fleet of Starfleet vessels arrive. What classes of vessels were present?
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Did other federation starship classes appear in TOS?

In episodes of Star Trek, the original series, I see other ships that are Constitution class. Did any other classes of Federation star ships appear during this series?
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What's the point of Super Star Destroyers?

To my knowledge, a regular Imperial Star Destroyer is a massive source of firepower and will intimidate most opposition in to not even trying to fight back. As for the few that would try and fight ...
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Looking for series about young man escaping earth authorities only to find intelligent alien ship on a crater of the moon

I am looking for a book series I read about a young man finishing up high school. He had abilities to know when he was being observed by people or electronics and that got him in trouble. He escapes ...
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Earth spaceship lands on a primitive world, observed by Viking-equivalents

The story takes place on an Earth-like world. A Viking-like sailor is headed west on an ocean to explore unknown areas of his world. He is standing on the deck of his ship and sees something big and ...
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Help me identify sci-fi book from mid 90's about a pilot crash-landing on a primitive planet

I'm looking for a book I started reading as a teen in Russia in the mid 90's. I believe it was translated from English. I bought it along with a book from Christopher Stasheff, Warlock in Spite of ...
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Looking for a novel about a mysterious sphere/cube shaped object

I read a story years ago that revolved around a mysterious ‘ship’ (it was a basic shape - I believe the name of the book was also around this shape) found in the universe. It had some species worried ...
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What's the smallest Star Trek ship of the “classic design”?

What I mean by this question is that the ship should follow the basic anatomy of the protagonist Enterprises such as the Constitution and Galaxy classes. I.e. they should have two nacelles connected ...
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What was the first story to offer a spaceship landing on an oceangoing vessel?

Tall ships (in this case tall rocket ships) in science fiction of yesteryear had traditionally turned around and landed on the tips of their oversized fins. In most of the images I recall from ...
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Scifi movie from 70s, 80s - Humanoid on Earth in search for the key to his spaceship (ship looks like a dragon)

The movie is about the search for an ancient artifact. At the beginning, the movie looks like it's a crime piece about a criminal band band that is looking for some priceless relics. Later, it seems ...
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Cartoon: spaceship carrying a life-giving crystal crashes on an ocean world, shadowy evil tries to capture it

This is a very old cartoon I had seen in it way before 2005 as a kid. The point is, I think there is a guy with blond hair and his spaceship crashing onto a waterplanet to the bottom of the sea. ...
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Book about a talking robot that broke down?

I remember having read a book about a robot that was in charge of a space ship, while the human commander was in some sort of sleeping state. The robot broke down and was mostly talking gibberish. I ...
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Why are Star Trek Federation ships white?

Does anyone know why Starfleet ships are so white? They are research vessels "seeking out new life" but trying NOT to be seen before first contact. Kalemene never would have seen “the Ground-shaker” ...
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Why do spaceships in Star Wars have wings? [duplicate]

Many of the spaceships in Star Wars, e.g. X-wings, have wings as part of their design. If there's no air resistance in space, why would wings be at all beneficial? Wouldn't it be better to have a ...
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Sci-fi movie with one survivor and an organism(?) recreating his memories

I watched this movie some time ago. Actual info about plot: There is a man waking up in spaceship/space station. He is awoken by an ex-girlfriend/wife(?). She asks him a couple of times if he ...
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An episode of a TV series, late 60s early 70s l think

Huge rocket ship carrying humans to a distant destination to resettle. The bridge of the craft is inaccessible except for a tube where food is sent up. The passengers revere "the tree".
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Spaceship from a film or show that is semi circular in shape with a section jutting out of the middle

I was out with friends last night and we went into a sci-fi bar where they have props and models all over the place. We had fun identifying all the ships, costumes and stuff, but one model had us ...
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Does ship shape affect Hyperdrive class?

Most fast ships in the Star Wars universe have very aerodynamic shapes. There seems to be a direct correlation between how sleek a ship looks, and its Hyperdrive class. Some examples: First Death ...
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Story identification: man living in a matrix world to save his life

I have tried and failed to remember/identify this short story or short film (can't remember which!) of a guy who goes about his normal life with a nagging feeling that something is controlling his arm ...
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starship shaped like a manta ray encounters doomsday machine from Magellanic cloud piloted by a lady with cat’s eyes

It was published in the '70s, but I can’t remember the name of it. The manta ship docks with the doomsday ship, and the girl is in hibernation, she is extracted, then ... they try and stop the ...
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Did Milano or Benatar approve or comment on their namesake MCU ships?

Peter Quill has named two M-ships after his childhood crushes: the Milano and the Benatar, named after 1980s actor Alyssa Milano and singer Pat Benatar. Were Milano and/or Benatar consulted? ...
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What book is this? Pre 80s book about a captain who hijacks a military spaceship and takes school kids hostage?

I got this from my middle school library back in the 80s but the book seemed to be from the late 50s to mid 70s. This was a young adult targeted novel about a captain who hijacks a military spaceship ...
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70's/80's anime where the heroes travel on a spaceship to rescue a princess

I don't remember the title, but I remember some of the plot and what the characters looked like. It was sci-fi. I remember it was about a princess (I presume she was) being abducted and our heroes ...

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