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A Fire Upon the Deep (Vernor Vinge).


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The short story is almost undoubtedly "The Great Engine" (1943) by A. E. van Vogt. It was subsequently used as the first part of the novel The Beast (1963). The story was first published in Astounding, July 1943 and can be read at the Internet Archive. He climbed to the top of the hill and came down again carrying a piece of deadwood about four ...


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I know it isn't, but it sure sounds very similar to "The Micronauts" a late 70's early 80's Marvel comic book. Good story, and J.J. Abrams was going to make what probably would have been a terrible movie adaptation of it, but he got busy with star wars and dropped it (thank god) The comic has been remade several times, usually nowhere near as good ...


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This sounds very much like Rusty's Space Ship By Evelyn Shipley Lampman, 1957. Two children, Rusty and Susan, build a play spaceship, which becomes a real spaceship when they get involved with a lizard like alien who visited Earth and now wants to return to his home planet Eopee. It is mentioned in various previous answers: Kids' book about boys finding ...


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As per Children's book with a small green alien who has a metal umbrella as a spaceship, this may be Rusty's Spaceship by Evelyn Lampman. Rusty bad built the Terra Terror I out of a box and some tin cans, and it was hardly the kind of space ship for a trip to the moon! But, nevertheless, Rusty and Susan found themselves flying through space with a ...


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This is, of course, Arthur C. Clarke's 1951 classic "Superiority". The story is written by the surviving general of the defending forces as a letter to his captors, explaining why he cannot vouch for his actions if he's required to continue to share a cell with the enthusiastic but utterly clueless head scientist. It appears to have been among the ...


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This sounds like "Escape from Splatterbang", also known as "Marooned on Splatterbang" or "Flamers", by Nicholas Fisk, published in 1979. A boy named Mykl and a gypsy girl called Amina are accidentally left behind on a planet, where the indigenous lifeforms, which have the appearance of bolts of light, consume metal as part of ...


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This could be the 1990s reboot of The Tomorrow People, first shown on UK television in 1992, which deals with the adventures of a group of teenagers who develop unusual powers (such as telepathy and being able to teleport). One of the teenagers was indeed called Adam, and was played by an Australian actor called Kristian Schmid. There was a black girl called ...


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The six-part series you are looking for is The Sand Wars (1987-1990) by Charles Ingrid. It matches all seven of your criteria perfectly. I read them when they first appeared in the late 1980's; the story is a quick read, but I enjoyed them as a younger man and recently re-read them many years later and found them still a good read. Brief synopsis from ...


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It's a novella, not a novel, but this sounds fairly close to "The Gentle Earth" (1957) by Christopher Anvil. I'll try to edit in some quotes later, but an alien invasion starts to go awry when they land in Tornado Alley. Quoting from a review on Goodreads: A lengthy description of a Venusian military campaign unleashed against the USA. Despite ...


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