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"Plane and kids being taken from the past" immediately makes me think of The Missing, a novel series by Margaret Peterson Haddix, the first book of which (Found) was published in 2008. From Wikipedia: A thirteen-year-old boy named Jonah had always known that he was adopted and had never thought much of it until he began receiving strange letters sent to ...


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Eye of the Storm (2013) by Kate Messner? From Goodreads: In the not-too-distant future, huge tornadoes and monster storms are a part of everyday life. Sent to spend the summer in the heart of storm country with her father in the special StormSafe community his company has developed, Jaden Meggs is excited to reconnect with her dad after he spent years ...


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This is probably Circle of Three, first book of the Tales of the Nine Charms series by Erica Farber as per Book series - Boy finds gem and is transported to a fantasy world Walker, ever the class clown, reaches into a fountain and finds the joke's on him when he wakes up in a distant world. Niko wants to be a warrior, but his master insists he learn ...


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The book you are describing is Captive Planet, by Gregory J. Smith. It's a Christian YA science fiction book published by Bethany House in the 1980s. (There is a sequel, called Operation Master Planet.) I first read the book in the early 1990s, then forgot the title, and spent about 20 years trying to rediscover it. Your memory does not fail you--you got it ...


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That's very close to the story line of Anne McCaffery's Petaybee novels, although their publication date is early '90s. However, there may be a short-story version that was published much earlier, although I can find no evidence of that. Series Information


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It sounds a little bit like "The Jesus Incident" by Frank Herbert and Bill Ransom. They gradually understand that the wildlife, including the ubiquitous 'lectrokelp, are a sort of hive mind. The protagonist joins that mind and acts as a sort of intermediary between the native life and the humans.


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While likely not the answer you are looking for, a similar setup is in Harry Harrison's Deathworld series starting from 1960's https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deathworld where a planet's colonizing population evolved to be very efficient fighters because their planet actively opposes their presence, until the outworldish protagonist arrives to take a different ...


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The third description reminds me alot of 'The Island' to be honest. But I'm sure there can be found more dystopian movies with a similar setup.


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No fear of humans by the planet, but the other way around: "Nemesis" by Isaac Asimov? https://asimov.fandom.com/wiki/Nemesis One of the main characters is the daughter of Eugenia -- and her name is Marlene. Marlene exhibits the ability to read body language and determine what they may be thinking or feeling. Marlene feels strangely drawn to the ...


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Unlikely, but Solaris (1961) by Stanislaw Lem follows a somewhat similar premise. I'm not entirely sure about the later part of the plot though. Worth checking out nevertheless. The basic plot summary of the novel according to Wikipedia: Solaris chronicles the ultimate futility of attempted communications with the extraterrestrial life inhabiting a ...


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Thanks to Jenayah prompting me to page through my past reviews, I found that I apparently read all four of the initial books in 2016, and there's only five published in the series. It's Percival Constantine's Vanguard Superhero series. After a mysterious phenomenon called The Event, superhumans—called specials—now walk among us. And the potential danger ...


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This sounds like it might be LeGuin's "Vaster than Empires and More Slow" (1971). A survey ship lands on a purely vegetated planet, World 4470. The crew of the survey ship feels fear broadcast at them from the forest even though there are no traces of intelligent life or even any animal life. As she turned Osden's body over so they could lift him, his ...


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OP found their answer in a comment; it was The Care Bears in the Land Without Feelings, a television special of the titular Care Bears released in 1983. From Wikipedia: Kevin, a boy on Earth, is upset because he has to move away from his younger friend Donna. Declaring that he doesn't care, he decides to run away and ends up in The Land Without Feelings, ...


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Are you thinking about Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas? The main character Celaena is an Assassin brought to the palace to train with other Assassins in a Competition.


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This is likely Graceling by Kristin Cashiore, first book of the Graceling Realm series, as per the answer to Fantasy book where some people have special powers (NOT superheroes). Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, ...


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I think you might be looking for The New Gate as per Fantasy-type manga where the main character defeats the demon king and goes forward in time. "The New Gate," an online game that had turned into a death game, was now releasing the tens of thousands of players that had been dragged into it, thanks to the efforts of Shin, one of the oldest players. But ...


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As per my comment, and Spencer pointing out a relevant detail, this may be Robert L. Forward's Dragon's Egg. In Dragon's Egg, Forward describes the history and development of a life form (the Cheela) that evolves on the surface of a neutron star (a highly dense collapsed star, about 20 km in diameter). This is the "dragon's egg" of the title, so named ...


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[A Spell for Chameleon] by Piers Anthony. (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Spell_for_Chameleon) Similar theme (but generally a bad misogynistic book): “The book starts with the main character, Bink in his home town. He must discover his magical talent before he comes of age, or be exiled to Mundania. While on his way to see the Good Magician Humfrey ...


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Downward to the Earth by Robert Silverberg You can see the elephant-like aliens right on the covert art. The plot synopsis from Wikipedia hits on the main points in your husband's description. There are elephant-like aliens: Edmund Gunderson was the Terran administrator of the colony world of Belzagor, and he returns to it after it has gained ...


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This is Jack McDevitt's The Devil's Eye It's one of his Alex Benedict books, so it is indeed part of a series. From the link: Alex Benedict, interstellar antiquities dealer, and his assistant, Chase Kolpath, are on vacation when they receive a cryptic message from Celebrated writer Vicki Greene, whom neither has ever met, asking for help. But when they ...


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MP4orce (2006). Translated from German Wikipedia, as no other resource seems available: Four friends​, Cooder, Kayce, Laylen and Benny are drawn into the world of a computer game. There, they develop their superpowers through music and fight together against the evil plans of DELVAN 13. Here's everyone, the bug monster, his teenager developer minion, ...


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I believe this is The Shadow of What was Lost by James Islington; book 1 of The Licanius Trilogy. There was a magical war that happened in the past. Something to do with different sectors or something like that. 20 years before the events of the book, there was a war between the "Gifted" (magic users) and non-gifted. The Augurs (different magic users ...


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Due to @Lexible's comment and link I tracked down the movie. it's The Terror Beneath the Sea. Quick Plot Synopsis A high tech sub tracks a target sub. It's all demonstration by the navy for a super homing torpedo. During the tests, the silhouette of a swimming man flashes across the monitors. Journalist duo, Ken (Chiba) and Jenny (Peggy Neal), go scuba ...


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It sounds a little like an episode of "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea", called "The Amphibians". There are a couple of scientists who have been working on a process to adapt humans to living underwater, providing them with artificial gills. Parts that match your description: Submarine (the Seaview - a futuristic sub) and an underwater habitat (the ...


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Stephen Donaldson's Gap Cycle series includes a black hole being triggered, with consequences for the ships around including one which is hunting the protagonists. This doesn't precisely match your description, but it's worth suggesting.


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Almost certainly not the answer, but many points are in common with Arsen Darnay's 1978 The Karma Affair, reviewed here. There, a "soul-catcher" was used to capture souls, and they were kept in small cells (even able to see outside, I think). The protagonist or someone close to him had committed a sin (perhaps building the soul-catcher) and was therefore ...


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How about 'The night of the storm' - short story by Dean Koontz. Quoting description from Wikipedia: "The Night of the Storm": a group of intelligent robots go on a hunting trip in the woods, where they learn that the myth of "human beings" may not be a myth after all. I've got a copy in the 'Strange Highways' collection - may have been published ...


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The clip was taken from this trailer for the Star Wars: Darth Vader VR Experience.


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This happens in Stephen Baxter's short story Pilot, published in the anthology Vacuum Diagrams. The ship is being pursued by a missile. They skim a black hole, just as you describe, and their passage changes the black hole rotation so that the horizon expands and engulfs the missile. After the missile has been destroyed the pilot, Gage, describes what ...


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Sept (Seven) volume 4, "Sept missionnaires" ("Seven Missionaries") by Alain Ayroles and Luigi Critone, published in 2008? It's part of a French "conceptual" series of seven unrelated comics, written and drawn by seven different teams (as part of a challenge launched by a comics writer), telling the missions of seven unrelated groups of people, in various ...


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This is quite probably "Requiem" by Edmond Hamilton, 1962. The full text is here (I remembered the story from this German anthology). The general tone matches, although in the story they look specifically for earth, not stumbling over it. "He or she is the only person who understands and mourns the loss of Earth." - that was the captain of the space ship, ...


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You mean Screamers? From 1979????? Lieutenant Claude de Ross, a military doctor, and a few newly escaped convicts are shipwrecked on a mysterious tropical island. They soon come across a strange couple: the sadistic Edmund Rackham and the beautiful Amanda Marvin. The doctor finds out that Amanda's father, professor Ernest Marvin is a mad scientist who is ...


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This is "The Man Who Found Out", by Algernon Blackwood, POSSIBLY the origin of the trope. ✓ Tablets of the Gods ✓ Absolute truth of the nature of the universe ✓ The guy is miserable after he finds it ✓ Other guy flips out ✓ Uses hypnosis to erase his memory ✓ Orders servant to discard the tablets and some burnt papers Then he did a curious thing. Taking ...


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A long shot is "Robot's Return" by Robert Moore Williams. Long shot because the robots are not in the wilderness or being hunted, but they do think that humans are not just "legend", but a crazy baseless myth that is simply too ridiculous to entertain seriously. They must have been invented and constructed by other robots! Some piece of protoplasm could ...


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You might check out The Sparrow: A Novel by Mary Doria Russell. Here's the summary from Kirkus: Brilliant first novel about the discovery of extraterrestrial life and the voyage of a party of Jesuit missionaries to Alpha Centauri. Russell lays down two narratives: One begins in 2059, in the aftermath of the mission; the other in 2019, when a young ...


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The story you describe sounds like The House on Maple Street, by Stephen King. Here's a summary of the story from Wikipedia: After a summer spent abroad, the four Bradbury children return to their home on Maple Street and discover that something is growing upwards through the house's walls from below, replacing wood and plaster with metal and machinery, ...


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Breaking the Game from the Worthing Saga by Orson Scott Card matches at least your civilization type game part. It was published in 1979, so the tail end of your time frame. The rich can extend their life span by going into suspended animation, but this means letting someone play their civilization in the interim: Herman Nuber has just woken up from a ...


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You seem to be referring to the anime titled Nayuta (1986).


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Maybe Fearless, by Tim Lott? I have not read it myself; I found it by searching "dystopia girls factory". Someone else asked about it and was answered here -- she asks about girls in a school, divided into older, middle, and younger age groups. Nicknames or numbers are used, not the girls real names, and they actually labor there; they don't learn (the ...


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Is this The Secrets of Droon? According to Wikipedia, Eric Hinkle, Neal Kroger, and Julie Rubin are three friends who accidentally discover a magical world called Droon; a rainbow staircase that appears when Eric's basement closet is dark is usually how they get to Droon. It goes on to say that The characters develop as well, with Eric's wizard ...


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Found the book! It turned out to be Planetfall by Douglas Hill, Tamora Pierce and David Garnett. The section I most remembered was the "Could you survive on an Alien Planet?" portion. From Goodreads: Sentinel of Earth: Introduces a brand new 'alien' super hero, Rasl Ca'wrn and his sidekick Mizzo. Earth is a target for evil alien villains and only the ...


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You are probably remembering District 9 (2009). From Wikipedia: The film is partially presented in a found footage format by featuring fictional interviews, news footage, and video from surveillance cameras. ... In 1982, a giant extraterrestrial spaceship arrives and hovers over the South African city of Johannesburg. An investigation team ...


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Following a message from overseas (a trusted source) I'm posting this answer as: "The Mountain That Moved" Note: I can't find anything online, if anyone has any info please feel free to edit this basic answer


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Homegoing, by Frederik Pohl Sandy Washington was a pretty normal guy. The only unusual thing about him was that Sandy had been raised by aliens on their spaceship. The Hakh'hli had done everything they could to give Sandy an Earth-type boyhood. Now, finally, the Hakh'hli were bringing Sandy home to Earth. And while they were at it, they intended to give ...


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Could it be one of the books from the Paper Doll Project series by Stacey Kade? The books are The Rules, The Hunt, and The Trials. Here's a synopsis of the first book, The Rules: Never trust anyone. Remember they are always searching. Don't get involved. Keep your head down. Don't fall in love. Five simple rules. Ariane Tucker has ...


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The story you describe sounds similar to Habeas Corpus Callosum by Jay Werkheiser, published in the November 2014 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact. A murderer sentenced to life in prison might win a reprieve. Since his conviction, life extension procedures have made humans essentially immortal. Therefore, his life sentence is now effectively ...


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I think this is Electric Forest, by Tanith Lee. Magdala Cled was born an ugly, deformed child on the Earth Conclave colony planet Indigo, raised in a state orphanage, mercilessly abused by other children, ignored by adults, and now ekes out a joyless living toiling at a factory to earn just enough astrads to pay for a small featureless cube apartment with ...


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I think I found it. Virtual War by Gloria Skurzynski From the reviews: He has been genetically engineered to have fast reflexes so he and his team can win the virtual war... His days and nights are spent in a box, with virtual walls... Three genetically-engineered young people have been raised and trained their entire life to fight the war: ...


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A story where sex is turned to male violence against women? Why, who else could it be but James Tiptree / Racoona Sheldon / Alice Sheldon? It's The Screwfly Solution published as by Racoona Sheldon originally. A potential difficulty for our species has always been implicit in the close linkage between the behavioural expression of agression/predation ...


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