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American astronaut abducted from moon, placed in alien zoo, must work with time-traveling Roman soldier

This is Have Space Suit, Will Travel, a young adult novel by Robert A. Heinlein. Some of your memories are not precise. The "astronaut" is a young man, Clifford "Kip" Russell, who ...
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What was the moon phase on the train's ride to Hogwarts in Harry's third year?

TL; DR It was a full moon IRL, but not in the Potterverse. The Hogwarts Express leaves London on the 1st of September every year. In 1993 -Harry's third year at Hogwarts- it was a full moon IRL, as ...
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Novel where anti-gravity devices are attached to a submarine and it floats to the moon

Could be Harry Harrison The Daleth Effect. From Wikipedia: He fits an experimental Daleth effect unit to a submarine to create a makeshift spacecraft. When it is sent into space to rescue two ...
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Help identify the title of a story about the back side of moon being missing

Ideas Die Hard by Isaac Asimov. But Oldbury still looked at the Moon. It was terribly close and now the surface was moving quickly. They were starting the swing in earnest and Oldbury’s scream was ...
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Sci fi story with a coke sign on the moon?

This is not Heinlein. It is Clarke. This is Arthur C. Clarke's "Watch This Space", first published on 1956-05-28 as part of the series Venture to the Moon in the Evening Standard. Venture to the ...
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American astronaut abducted from moon, placed in alien zoo, must work with time-traveling Roman soldier

There are enough elements here to make me think of R.A. Heinlein's "Have Spacesuit, Will Travel". Matches: About the right timeframe (1950s, 1960s) Protagonist works at a pharmacy, and the ...
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Who wrote a book about a libertarian moon colony?

A likely book that fits this description, is The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein, 1966. There are multiple memorable parts, including the aphorisms "it's no more free than the air ...
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Identify a catastrophic sci fi story written before 1980: ruptured spleen, alien moon base, time and space travel, antimatter tool

I read a sci fi short story sometime between 1974-1980 but it may have been written long before that. I believe it was in a paper back anthology of sci fi stories, but I'm not certain. "Wrong-Way ...
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1990s novel with sleeping alien machine inside the moon that teleports to another galaxy

A human research base on Pluto doing gravity research and trying to create a wormhole sounds like The Ring of Charon (1990) by Roger MacBride Allen. The gravity experiment attracts the attention of ...
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Look for a book series in which the moon is a spaceship

Could it be the Empire from the Ashes series? From TVTropes (obligatory warning): Lieutenant Commander Colin MacIntyre is on a mission to map the dark side of the Moon. Imagine his surprise ...
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What story involved a sexy moon-surface tent-roll back to base?

I believe it is The Vacuum-Packed Picnic by Rick Gauger It features a picnic on the lunar surface, which leads to the original poster's tryst: “A picnic. How would you like to go on a picnic? With me,...
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Book series about Moon base

I suspect this is Ben Bova's Kinsman series This amalgamation, then, is the life story of one Chet Kinsman, a heroic young military astronaut, and, among other things, the first man to make love in ...
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Robot tank run amok, its trainer trapped in cave on the Moon

"I Made You" This is a short story by Walter M. Miller Jr. It has been published multiple times. The only survivor of the tank’s assault is a man in a cave: The land was silent, airless. ...
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Novel where anti-gravity devices are attached to a submarine and it floats to the moon

This could be H. G. Wells' 1900–1901 novel The First Men in the Moon. In particular, the description of an antigravity device that functioned like window blinds is exactly as it appears in the book. ...
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Old YA book. (60s?) Young man wants to become a rocket ship pilot

The training school incident is exactly the first chapter of Moon of Mutiny by Lester del Rey (1961). Fred brought his fist down on the lever, snapping it back with a force that broke off the handle.....
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Sci fi story with a coke sign on the moon?

That sounds like part of "The Man Who Sold The Moon" - a novella by Robert A. Heinlein This is all from memory, it's been a long time since I read the story: There's a scene where D.D. Harriman (the ...
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Earliest story to mention the different surface gravity on the Moon

1827: A Voyage to the Moon, a novel by George Tucker, available at Project Gutenberg. All bodies are much lighter on the moon than on the earth; by reason of which circumstance, as has been mentioned,...
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What is the title of the short story using the plot device of a Film archive found on earth's moon by aliens

Copying my (unaccepted) answer to an old question: "History Lesson" by Arthur C. Clarke, first published in Startling Stories, May 1949, available at the Internet Archive. The alien ...
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Scifi novel. Colony on the moon, nanotech, sex changing journalist main character

Could this be Steel Beach by John Varley? The "steel beach" in question is Luna, Earth's moon and the most heavily inhabited world in the solar system since the Invaders obliterated human ...
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British mission to the moon using Blue Streak rocket

I think this could be 'The Moonwinners' by James Muirden, published in 1965 - very rare book these days ! The lead character is 19 year old Eric Kendall and his friend Jock Murphy. They mount a ...
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Short story of last alien on the moon?

Can anyone identify this story and author for me? "The Wings of Night" by Lester del Rey, originally published in Astounding Science-Fiction, March 1942, available at the Internet Archive. ...
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Looking for a story: Tire yard on the moon

"The Hole in the Hole" by Terry Bison (ISFDB). Summary from here: "Sci-Fi author Terry Bisson wrote a humorous short story called "The Hole in the Hole" in which the main ...
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Short Sci-fi Story about a door on the Moon?

I love this story. It was a pleasure to reread it yet again to refresh the details. Your question is such a cogent, accurate summary that it doesn’t need any details fixed. The brilliant author and ...
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Sci fi story with a coke sign on the moon?

"The Man Who Sold the Moon" by Robert A. Heinlein, published in the anthology of the same name, and part of the "future history" series. Delos D. Harriman plays several potential patrons off of each ...
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Children's SF book about moon folk going to live on another planet

Matthew Looney series by Jerome Beatty jr. Essentially as you described. The Matthew Looney books chronicle the adventures of a brother and sister, Matthew and Maria Looney, who live in the town ...
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Novel about 'magic' on the moon where a woman loses her memory when a silver needle is inserted into her head

This sounds like the Darkangel series by Meredith Ann Pierce. It's set on the moon, a long time after it's been abandoned, terraformed and populated by mythic creatures who go on medieval-style ...
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Tanks, artillery, armored infantry from earth vs. alien base on the moon (1970s magazine story)

"Moontrack", a novelette by George W. Olney in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, March 1978, illustrated on the cover: Minutes of JCS Meeting Ref. OP BEM II Note: Speaker key furnished ...
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Story about Moon being hit by an Asteroid and causing Freezing on Earth

Could it be part of "The Last Survivors" trilogy by Susan Beth Pfeffer? The first book, Life as we knew it was published in 2006. The description provided on Good Reads is: Miranda’s disbelief ...
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British mission to the moon using Blue Streak rocket

I think this is The Master of the Moon (1952) by Patrick Moore, as you suspected. My reasoning is that on the author page of isfdb, it shows two books in the series Grenfell & Wright. The first ...
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Hangar of alien ships with pre-programmed destinations discovered on the Moon

This is likely Gateway by Frederik Pohl. Although the ships were not on the moon, but on an asteroid. It contains the elements of the alien ships flying automatically to unknown destinations, with a ...
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