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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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Why is the bridge of the USS Enterprise rotated off the ship's centreline?

The turbolift on the Enterprise bridge is not directly behind the Captain's chair, but over his left shoulder. However external shots of the ship show the lift shaft to be on the centreline. The only ...
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Sci-fi short story where the military build a computer in a space ship that becomes sentient

Around 1980 I read a short story about the military's attempt to build an intelligent computer. The author put in several diagrams of how the computer would be made. In the story, the army keeps ...
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Book about two friends on galactic adventure, who inherit a starship (one has big, spiky blue hair)

I rediscovered this 3-book series a couple years ago, then forgot it again. Pretty sure from before the '90s. Two guys adventuring amongst the planets; I think one inherited a starship with ancient ...
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Sci-Fi story about people traveling through space in confined spaces then fighting once returning planet side

The story was more or less about 2 people being in space for a long period of time in a small space. They had been living like this for either many months to possibly even years. Towards the end of ...
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Science fiction novel where children grow up on a spaceship

I’m having trouble identifying a book I read sometime in the last 5-10 years. The details I remember are that humans were raised by the spaceship's AI, and that the children/young adults are not aware ...
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Mutant youth return to Earth

This was a novel from late 80s or early 90s. Type of story where space-faring humans return to explore damaged Earth. I don't remember if they were trying to revive the Earth, ran into hostile ...
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What is the earliest work of fiction featuring spaceships with shield technology?

I'm trying to figure out what is the earliest mention of shield technology in any work of fiction to feature spaceships that are protected by shields or any similar force field technology (think of ...
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Man gets his beat up car washed and it transforms into a space fighter

I remember seeing this as a young child, so mid to late 80's. This guy who works at a carwash gets a beat up crappy car but once it goes through the car wash it becomes a space fighter. He has to fend ...
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Human child raised by robot onboard a spacecraft [duplicate]

While growing up, early 90s I remember watching a science fiction anime on VHS tape, about a boy growing up onboard a spaceship with a robot. The robot teaches the human child how to walk and run and ...
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Do civilian starships have blasters? [duplicate]

I saw a question yesterday asking about civilian starships and shields, and that reminded me of another question I had. Is every starship supposed to have blasters, or some kind of weapon on them? Or ...
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Is there any evidence that the Enterprise-E from the Star Trek:TNG films is a descendant of the Vengeance featured in Star Trek Into Darkness?

Both ships are heavily armed and designed exclusively for combat, and both are technologically advanced for their respective eras,and I could easily see the Vengeance take on a Borg cube.
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Can an X-Wing fighter comfortably accommodate additional passengers?

While watching season 2, episode 8 of The Mandalorian some action in the plot reminded me of a holiday trip I have planned. I have a generous offer from a friend — more like a friend of a friend — I ...
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Early to late 80s sci fi anime: spaceship with the last of humanity fleeing alien forces

I have been trying to find details of this movie or series for years without any luck. What I remember is a space ship with the last of humanity on board running away from alien forces. They find a ...
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Sci-fi short story, AI on ice planet asking to be shut down

This is either a short story, or a novel (but most likely a short story. I don't remember it being long). It is about a girl (I think quite young: 10-30 yrs) living on an oceanic ice planet. On said ...

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