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This could be the novel, Revelation Space, by Alastair Reynolds, published in 2000. It features a disease called the "Melding Plague" which causes nano-machines to go haywire. Many humans use nano-machines to augment themselves, and the Melding Plague causes them to be fused with their augments and then other nearby technology. The captain you mention could ...


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This sounds very much as though it could be The Zero Stone by Andre Norton (which also has a sequel - "Uncharted Stars"), first published in 1968. The young man's name is Murdoc Jern and he has an alien companion, kind of like a cat, called Eet. One of the most familiar covers (at least to me) is: There's a reasonably complete write-up by Judith Tarr on the ...


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The story of which you are thinking sounds like Kenneth Bulmer's Behold the Stars (1965), which was previously asked about and successfully answered here. The protagonist does use a kind of teleport gate to service ummanned sublight "carrier" spacecraft: A fraction of a second before he had been standing on concrete, deep within the Earth, surrounded ...


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This is The Helping Hand (19911) by Norman Spinrad. A summary (emphasis mine, spelling fixed): In “The Helping Hand” by Norman Spinrad, NASA received a radio signal from a planet orbiting Barnard’s star, proving there might be other life. Soon they decode the transmissions and release them to the public. Images of creatures in need of help appear. The ...


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This is the 2002 film, King of the Farm, originally titled El Rey de la Granja. In a distant galaxy, Neuronia controls the minds of the inhabitants until one of them escapes with the sphere. A longer review can be found here. A fairly engaging children's film that mixes live action with computer and conventional ...


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I think this may be "The Cabinet of Oliver Naylor" by Barrington J. Bayley...at least it's reminiscent. The computer simulation is called the "thespitron" and to modern readers it resembles nothing so much as Star Trek's holodecks. The story even starts out with the protagonist in a film noir detective story like the ones Picard enjoyed. The spaceships ...


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That is Sister Planet, See wiki article at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sister_Planet He notices that Oscar's blood is green.


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The Forever War by Joe Haldeman had tongue controls in the powered suits. The suits were clearly and obviously inspired by Starship Troopers, but the rest of the war was more of a reaction against that vision -- and surely also a response to the Vietnam War, in which the US was still embroiled when the book came out, and in which Haldeman had served as a ...


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As others have said; The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman. Tongue controls (Chapter 7 and 13); All I could hear was Potter's breathing and the soft crunch-crunch of my boots. Couldn't see much of anything, so I tongued the image converter up to a log two intensification. That made the image kind of blurry but adequately bright. I shuffled over ...


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I think this is Griffin's Egg by Michael Swanwick, which is a novella rather than short story. The encounter you're thinking of is: The lady is Ekatarina Izmailova and she has a chip embedded in her neck that: Her eyes were grey and solemn. “It hooks into the pleasure centers. When I need to, I can turn on my orgasm at a thought. That way we can always ...


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As per Short story about humans as beasts of burden for another race, read about 30 years ago, this is "The Silk and the Song" (1956) by Charles L. Fontenay. It was released in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, July 1956 It's about a group of humans who are enslaved by aliens, generations after a disastrous landing on their planet. They ...


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I think this is Halo Jones by Alan Moore and Ian Gibson, originally serialised in 2000 AD from 1984 and later collected in three volumes. There are some differences, such as her not living on a space station, but in "The Hoop"m, which is moored in the Atlantic Ocean off the East coast of America. Nor is there any time dilation (see below), but the rest of ...


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While it wasn't my intent to corner the market on answers to questions about sexually powered interstellar drives, I just read a story that is very likely to actually be the answer that was sought. Namely, "Thrust" by Alan Dean Foster. In this story, humanity's first interstellar ship is expected to reach its destination in just over 16 years. But there's ...


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This could be Creature a 1985 American Sci-Fi Horror film. The film is set on Titan, the largest of Saturn's moons. In the film's prologue, two geological researchers for the American multinational corporation NTI encounter an ancient alien laboratory on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn. In the lab is an egg-like container which is keeping an alien ...


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This is Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds. From Wikipedia: While on a routine mission, [Captain Bella] Lind is informed that Saturn's moon Janus has deviated from its normal orbit, and is accelerating out of the solar system. The Rockhopper, deemed the only ship capable of catching up to Janus, is asked to undertake the task of pursuing the moon, sending ...


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UPDATE: it IS Hypernauts and I’m an idiot. I didn’t think it was Hypernauts because everything I had learned about that show didn’t quite line-up with what I remembered. I honestly thought there were more than three kids, that there were no mechs, and that the show had a lighter tone than Hypernauts appeared to have. What I had never done was go through the ...


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I haven't seen it, so I can't say for sure, but it sounds like Space Cases, a Canadian show created by Peter David and Bill Mumy. It's from 1996, and has kids with gray and colored uniforms (see picture). It features, among others, Jewel Staite, who later gained fame as Kaylee in Firefly.


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I found the book it wasn't Thunderbird but Firebird of the Firebird trilogy. Her name is Kathy Tyers. Her death was expected, but something more powerful kept her alive. Lady Firebird was born to the royal family of Netaia. Because of her birthplace in the family, however, her life is expendable. Honorable suicide is the highest calling she could ...


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Any chance you're thinking of Thunderbirds are Go! by Kitty Richards? It's not easy being the fourteen-year-old son of a billionaire ex-astronaut. Your older brothers get to fly the super-advanced Thunderbird rescue vehicles, but you're not even allowed to touch the control panels! Now Alan Tracy has the chance to prove he's got what it takes to be a full-...


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Starship Troopers. They wear the suit, and it determines its movements from the wearers muscle movements. So for things like the legs and arms, the marine doesn't think about, they just move like they normally would. The suit keeps up and augments their motions. Some functions, such as communications, are controlled physically with the mouth, since ...


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It's the 3D animated Chinese film Thru the Moebius Strip from 2005. From IMDb: Physicist Simon Weir invents a portal that can in theory take people to unimaginably distant locations millions of light years away. He tests the portal and never returns. Everyone believe he's dead and the portal is forgotten. His son Jac however does not believe this. When he'...


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The book is indeed part of John Cleve's Spaceways series (John Cleve was a pen name of Andrew J. Offutt). It is Of Alien Bondage, which is the first book in the series. The book starts just after the protagonist Janja has been captured. Her husband has already been killed by this point: Janja wasn't the strangest piece of cargo he'd carried, but she was ...


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This isn't much to go on, but one example of a race of aliens that have chemosensory organs in their "feet" are the Czill from Jack Chalker's Midnight at the Well of Souls. They are flat, bipedal plants with paired brains in their feet. They can taste and smell things on the ground, especially when they put out tendrils to absorb moisture. They were ...


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My memory of the stories is that the ships still traverse the space between the start and the destination despite it being called "teleportation." There are no other planets or stars in direct line between Callisto and the destination planets. To steal a phrase from Douglas Adams: space is big. Jupiter is close enough to block them at the starting point. ...


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And here it is - Copper - I'll be interested to see how well my memory served me. In each self-contained story the boy Copper and his talking dog Fred journey through a detailed but economically drawn landscape - sometimes beautiful, sometimes bleak, sometimes surreal. Fred usually has some concise and forcefully expressive comment to make on their ...


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I remember the GallForce series (especifically the eternal OVA), it fits the data of girls fighting somekind of blobs, the infiltration, and the lake, but I dont know the child fast growing and the sun like planet. Check it out. UPDATE It does have the part of the fast growing child


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I think I may have found my own answer after years of searching and reading forums and every possible thing I could think of to search for and finally posting here. I believe the book is called the Exiles of Colsec (1984) by Douglas Hill. When a space craft carrying twelve youthful offenders, who have in someway rebelled against the Earth's harshly ...


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Vanguard3000 and moopet suggest Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983). Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (1983) also had a similarly long title. I note that teenage Molly Ringwald was an important character in Spacehunter (1983), while the very tall Richard Moll of Night Court appeared in Metalstorm (1983). Either movie could be the ...


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Vanguard3000 and moopet suggest Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone(1983). I note that teenage Molly Ringwald was an important character in Spacehunter (1983). Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone(1983) is a possibility.


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Old MacDonald had a space farm by M. S. Goodall - a isolated farmer of Wrigglets goes mad with loneliness. It's been included in Science Fantasy Stories. The sffchronicles.com thread from the comments links to previous scifi.stackexchange.com question and someone has been been searching for it on reddit.


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