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Space opera-type book where human ships fight with lasers and use sand as a defensive technique

The book in question is a space navy-/space opera-type book. The human ships in the book(s) used primarily lasers as their weapons. As such they have countermeasures that I think were known as "...
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A short story from the 1950s about a tiny alien spaceship

It's definitely not the Meteor by John Wyndham, but was based on a similar idea. Premise is humanity waits for a giant alien spaceship to land - all the US government is there etc. etc. When the ship ...
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Book: Civilisation has limited time to progress from medieval to space travel

Here is a difficult one: I only read the blurb on the back, and didn't read it at the time. Now I wonder what it was... It must've been early 90's, late 80's. It was something like: "The ...
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Sci-Fi young adult book read 1995-2001 with a not quite human boy in an egg-like space capsule on a beach

Looking for a fantasy or sci fi book about a boy found in a capsule on a beach. I do not know the title, or the author's name. I also don't know when the book came out originally. I believe the author ...
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What is the origin of the "self-destruct sequence"

As far as I'm aware, we don't have anything like a self-destruct or auto-destruct sequence in real life ships at sea or in space, so where did the idea originate? I'm thinking of a specific function ...
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Book with a ship that has its hull automatically repair

The book was in a space opera/rpg style. The hull was described as being made from a very rare and expensive material that would concentrate and refract laser fire back to the enemy. It would repair ...
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80s-90s movie about teenage alien boys landing on earth

I watched this movie in the early to mid 90s about a small group of teenage like alien boys that landed, possibly due to a tech issue or even crash landing, on earth. They were found by some younger ...
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Old scifi book: detective, alien conspiracy, change appearance machine, huge brain in space ship, alien communicates by flashing lights from stomach

I am looking for an old book. People can use a machine to change appearance and genetically modify themselves. The main character is a detective or cop, he follows a suspect into the sewers and finds ...
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Old sci-fi story, humans meet alien spaceship that burns planets while searching for meaning of life

Can you please help me find this old sci-fi story. It went something like that: In the future, humans discover through telescope that somebody is traveling from planet to planet and sets them on fire. ...
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Looking for a short story about space crew who are taken over by an alien consciousness

I think I read it in a collection of horror or SF. The incident happens after landing on an alien planet. It may be Mars. I can not recall a physical entity being involved but somehow one of the crew'...
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Looking for time dilation spaceship "restart the Earth's rotation" sci-fi short story, please

The plot is something happens to the ship, time dilation millions of years, the ship's AI is damaged but before it goes offline it relieves the Captain and puts the science officer in charge. They ...
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UK scifi book with children kidnapped in spaceship

I read a library book in the late 60s. Set in the UK, a man takes five children for a ride in a spaceship, intending to "save them" from pending destruction of Earth. Nerdy Brillo is able to ...
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Was Zephyr-1 really S.H.I.E.L.D.'s first spaceship? (Or, did S.H.I.E.L.D. have a space program prior to 2018?)

In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5 Episode 20, "The One Who Saves Us All", Agent Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie modifies Zephyr-1 to be spaceworthy. Leo Fitz then remarks, "Guess ...
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Movie about a family living on a floating island that had ships

So my husband is trying to find a movie he watched as a kid. He said it’s a live action movie about a family that lived on a floating island and they didn’t have powers. But they would use their ships ...
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Are there any pre-Lower Decks ships that we now know to have been California-class?

According to the Star Trek: Lower Decks showrunner Mike McMahan, The ship is in great condition. It’s a California-class ship, which has always existed in Starfleet — [this is] what we’re saying — ...
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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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