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AI tricks space pirates into attacking its ship; kills all but one as part of effort to "civilize" space

Guest Law by John C. Wright. I read it in Years Best SF 3. The quote you remember is: He spoke in a voice of Jovian calm: “Who else but a machine intelligence has so long a life that it can intend to ...
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Recent movie, woman is trapped in a medical pod (stasis pod?) and is trying everything to convince its AI to let her out

It's Oxygen (2021). Despite several Google searches and looking at Google images for pictures from the movie, I found it doing a search on YouTube. From IMDB.com: Having no recollection of how she ...
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Short story about a self-aware machine that time travels; the title may have been an acronym

"Fulfillment", a novelette by A. E. van Vogt. You may have read it in one of these compilations, some of which can be borrowed (for free but registration required) from the Internet Archive. ...
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Short Story about alien civilization that destroys other civilizations by giving them a machine that will answer virtually any question

This is "Perfect Answer" (1958) by L.J. Stecher Jr. (Joseph Wesley). The Oracle tells the inhabitants how to spray the astronauts to protect themselves from imported diseases: "The ...
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Short story where seemingly benevolent AI suppresses any rebellion through manipulating economy?

This is Asimov's "The Evitable Conflict" (1950). The plot summary on Wikipedia notes that the world economy is controlled by four linked computers and that "mistakes" have damaged ...
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Book in which a rogue AI infects a ship captain with a virus which turns her into an insect-like creature

Sounds like Neal Asher's Dark Intelligence (2015), part of his Polity series, where artificial intelligences run an interplanetary civilization and often have enormous and powerful ship-bodies. Most ...
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Book featuring digital Artificial Life, virtual reality using idle compute cycles

Could be Permutation City by Greg Egan, published in 1994. There are VR worlds, and something called the Autoverse, The Autoverse is an artificial life simulator based on a cellular automaton complex ...
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Short story. Humans and machines have co-operated in peace and prosperity on Earth for hundreds of years. Aliens attack and begin slaughtering humans

"The Last Evolution", a 1932 short story by John W. Campbell, Jr. which was also the answer to this old question and this one, is available at Project Gutenberg. You may have read it in one ...
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Book about machinery at a long-abandoned mining colony that develops AI to keep mining

The first thing to leap to mind is James Hogan's Code of the Lifemaker, the first section of which tells how a damaged robot mining factory on Titan evolved over thousands of years into a society. ...
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Why wasn't the Daystrom M-5 kept as an AI assistant?

We see what happens to malevolent Artificial Intelligences in the Lower Decks episode A Few Badgeys More. The Federation, recognising that they're an ongoing threat, essentially puts them into cold-...
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Old short story about a group of authors who write using a machine AI

This is "So Bright the Vision", by Clifford D. Simak. The story originally appeared in the August 1956 issue of Fantastic Universe Magazine. The main character was a writer whose 'yarner' ...
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70-80’s scifi space machine aliens

This reminds me of Moontrap, a 1988 movie about space robots, there are tentacles and parts (human and otherwise) seen and mentioned in the trailer. Not sure about green visor eye (trailer shows red ...
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Story where scientist communicates with cities directly

This is "Street Talk" (1986) by J.B. Allen, published in Amazing Stories, July 1986. It's a very short story, so I'm not going to quote a lot, but it's definitely a match. Using coloured ...
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Science fiction book involving AI augmented humans, a vampire, a colonised planet, a massive living blob, blind human pilots, and more

I Have the Answer! I was going crazy also trying to find this series and stumbled across your post, which filled in some details I was missing and got me there! The books you are looking for are by ...
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What story has an aging actor cared for by a robotic facsimile of his daughter in her childhood, who is visited by his real adult daughter?

"Itsy Bitsy Spider" by James Patrick Kelly fits the questioner's description as closely as a quick skim of it can verify. Here's the first paragraph of the story, which should be ...
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Paperback involving a ship with AI (personable) that gains the ability to jump (FTL) with other ships in close proximity, unlike the rest

Some elements of similarity with Consider Phlebas by Iain M Banks but I don't think it's what you're looking for Human (and other) universe at war Ship mind that performed a manoeuvre never ...
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Book series. Humans have made contact with many, interacting alien species. Female protagonist marries junkyard owner, with dog, on space station

It is the Earthcent Ambassador series by E.M. Foner Kelly Frank is EarthCent’s top diplomat on Union Station, but her job description has always been a bit vague. After swallowing her pride and ...
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Paperback involving a ship with AI (personable) that gains the ability to jump (FTL) with other ships in close proximity, unlike the rest

Stretching the read date a bit to 2015 but a lot of details match the Black fleet saga Human society is split up into multiple governments across multiple planets and tensions run high (mirroring a ...
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What is the earliest example of LLMs used for AI in hard-sci-fiction before 2018?

I'm not sure I understand your question correctly, but the 1963 Philip K. Dick short story If There Were No Benny Cemoli prominently features a homeostatic newspaper or homeopape (actually a future ...
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What story has an aging actor cared for by a robotic facsimile of his daughter in her childhood, who is visited by his real adult daughter?

The genders are reversed, but "Today I am Paul" by Martin L Shoemaker has the same premise - an android playing the part of the loved ones of a dementia victim (Mildred). Today I am Paul. I ...
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