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This sounds very similar to THX 1138. One of George Lucas' early films from 1971. Robert Duvall plays THX 1138, one of many humans with alphanumeric names living in underground cities run by automated systems and policed by droid officers to "keep the peace" after the surface of Earth has become uninhabitable. In the end of the film, he steals a police ...


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The first part of your question is pretty close to Star Rigger's Way (1978) by Jeffrey A. Carver. The ship itself isn't experimental, though, it's the situation that is unprecedented. Quoting the Google books summary: His shipmates dead, star rigger Gev Carlyle is adrift in the Flux, the subjective hyperspace that carries ships between the stars. His ...


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This reminds me a good bit of Henry Martyn by L. Neil Smith. The title character is taken by pirates, and eventually rises to lead them. It's a very far future, with "keflar" clothing, near-instant multi-material 3-D printing, gene-modified mercenary grunts, orbital tethers to land the sailing starships (complete with "cannon" that are prone to explode ...


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This would be The Kraken Wakes (1953) by John Wyndham. Quoting from part of the plot summary on Wikipedia: The novel describes escalating phases of what appears to be an invasion of Earth by aliens In the first phase, objects from outer space land in the oceans. Mike and Phyllis happen to see five of the "fireballs" falling into the sea... ...


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