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Comic Book Identification - many eyed floating alien monsters in underground caverns in the desert

Thanks to nebogipfel! I'm very confident it's the comic version of The Shadow Out of time. https://archive.org/details/shadowoutoftime0000culb I read the end of it and I'm pretty damn sure this is the ...
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Classic movie about an invasion of shapeshifting aliens

Could this be MEET THE APPLEGATES? wikipedia
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Young adult novel about a boy and girl who could see through each other's eyes

Being of Two Minds by Pamela F. Service (the answer to this similar question) sounds like the answer to yours. An American teenager and a European prince (of an imaginary country, apparently) ...
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Isekai cultivation manhua with multiple reincarnations

I realise this is a little old but I know the answer, the story you're looking for is My disciple died yet again. Just as an FYI, she didn't have a system rather she spoke to a character via a system ...
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Looking for story about genius traveling for training at space station

Randomly spotted this old question in the sidebar and noticed it didn't have an accepted answer. I'm pretty sure this is Clifford Simak's "Immigrant", previously the answer to this question. ...
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Book where a knight and lady swap bodies with dogs using magic collars

This is one of the short stories in 'Merlin's Dreams', by Peter Dickinson (1988). This is an unusual book, that deserves to be better known. The book opens with Merlin being imprisoned by Nimue (...
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In search of a YA book about wrist implants and a city beneath New York

I saw your post awhile back while looking for, I believe, the same book you are. I posted on the r/whatsthatbook subreddit to see if anyone could help there, and just today, someone did! It's ...
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Starship crewman from separate space community falls for outsider

Potentially Ghetto by Poul Anderson, originally published in 1954 but anthologised a few times, including in the 1980s. The hereditary crew are Kithmen, and live in their own community (Kithtown) on ...
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Short Movie: Time Travel In A Bathtub Or In Just Water

Long shot and not a complete match with your description, but then again some details do line up. Was it Hirsute? Synopsis: A young physicist is visited by an arrogant, time-traveling, future version ...
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Horror film about a mummy like creature that goes around killing a bunch of people and making them evil

It sounds like this movie called Blood Creek (2009), where this Nazi has been living off of the blood of people since before WWII and and if something dies he uses magic to animate them and control ...
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Novel about a crazy god who abducts children and teaches them skills

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins. Previously asked about in What was this novel about God's librarian apprentices?. As far as I know this is Hawkins only book, which is a shame because ...
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Young adult book series about aliens or hybrids with silver blood

The Mindwarp series by Chris Archer. First book is Alien Terror As the legend goes, an alien landed in the cornfields of Metier, Wisconsin. After a short while most of the aliens left. But others ...
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1980s Sci Fi book trilogy with star gate like portals during a galactic interregnum

In the absence of additional details from the questioner, I'm going to propose Well of Shiuan (1978) by C.J. Cherryh as the book most directly identified. It is the middle book of the original ...
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Short story or part of larger story with VR or AR nursery

I think this is probably from Chasm City, by Alastair Reynolds. One of the narrative threads concerns the life of Sky Haussmann, growing up on board a generation ship. He is taken care of in a VR ...
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Story about sailing ship/printing press on a metal-poor world

A ship-based printing press, plying trade as mobile printers, is the background for Vernor Vinge's Tatja Grimm series. I need to dig it out to provide quotes, but a review on Goodreads yields: the ...
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Story about sailing ship/printing press on a metal-poor world

This is Vernor Vinge's The Barbarian Princess (or another short story in the series) or possibly the novel form of that story "Tatja Grimm's World" The ship serves as a mobile printing press,...
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Novel with mind-trapping sculpture-like object

Somehow, the description sounds like a device from P.K. Dick's The Zap Gun. To be fair, I don't think it is the book mentioned by the OP (for instance the kind of mind swap between the protagonist and ...
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An animated movie or series (anime?). A huge spaceship found in a desert and the whole of humanity is trying to fix it

Super Dimension Fortress Macross (1982–1983)...? From Wikipedia: Super Dimension Fortress Macross (Japanese: 超時空要塞マクロス, Hepburn: Chōjikū Yōsai Makurosu, lit. "Super Spacetime Fortress Macross&...
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A book about space traders travelling between stars. Captain was captured and then he managed to free himself using dust-sized maintenance robots

This is A Deepness in the Sky, Vinge's "prequel" to A Fire upon the Deep. The fleet forms part of a trading clan called the Qeng Ho, and the main character, Pham Nuwen, was actually the ...
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80s Norse mythology trilogy about Surt and Heimdall signalling Ragnarok

Ragnarok is a World War amongst humans. Of course, the world in question is Yggdrasil. Voden leads the Aesir, the Vanir, the Alfar in the struggle against Surt and the Sons of Muspel and the Jotun ...
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Fantasy manga about a noble main character frowned upon due to a lack of magic skills, and abused by his fiancée

This is Hazure Skill "Gacha" de Tsuihou Sareta Ore wa, Wagamama Osananajimi o Zetsuen Shi Kakusei Suru. From Baka-Updates: Crest was born as the fifth son of a duke. However, as the fifth ...
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A manga about a man (samurai?) who falls in a lake/pond and ends up in another world surrounded by women who are all scantily-dressed witches

The Country of the Fallen Dragon King and the Perishing Witches...? From Baka-Updates: In a world where witches are shunned and have been forced onto the brink of annihilation, a samurai with no ...
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Novel with mind-trapping sculpture-like object

This is The Day of the Klesh by M. A. Foster, published in 1979. It is the third book of a set along with: "The Warriors of Dawn" and "The Gameplayers of Zan". The three books ...
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Story about a really advanced room (called a "Nursery"), that makes realistic images, and ends in the main character's death

The Veldt by Ray Bradbury. The Hadley family lives in an automated house called "the Happylife Home,” filled with machines that aid them in completing everyday tasks, such as tying their shoes, ...
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80s Norse mythology trilogy about Surt and Heimdall signalling Ragnarok

Yes, this is indeed The Twilight of the Gods trilogy. I would not characterize Surt as the main character. The main antagonist certainly. The series begins with Surt and his cutthroats teamed up with ...
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Movie with human-sized alien/bugs with guns

Starship Troopers?!! Most of the bug aliens are the size of us in this, and it was definitely about them trying to eradicate the humans and the humans at war with them, and some gruesome shocks happen ...
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Movie with human-sized alien/bugs with guns

Could it have been the tv show Falling Skies? The show was post-invasion, had bug aliens called Skitters with two mouth tentacles, gore, guns, etc. Skitters:
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Movie with human-sized alien/bugs with guns

District 9 has most of the elements described: bugs with two prominent whiskers, guns, gore, body horror. From Wikipedia: In an alternate 1982, a giant extraterrestrial spaceship arrives at Earth ...
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Movie with human-sized alien/bugs with guns

Alien Apocalypse (2005)...? From Wikipedia: Alien Apocalypse is a 2005 Sci Fi channel original movie, directed and written by Josh Becker, and starring Bruce Campbell, Renee O'Connor, Remington ...
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A boy hit by lightning is sent to another universe

"Through the Lightning Gate" by Jim Eldridge could be possibility: Synopsis from the back cover: Meet Freddy A. Kennedy - alias Freak. He's seventeen and pretty cool with it - but nothing ...
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Golden age SF short story where spacecraft pilots are reanimated dead people?

This must be Scanners Live in Vain by Cordwainer Smith. From the wikipedia summary: Conscious humans cannot travel through space because of an effect called the "Great Pain of Space", which ...
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Planet of cannibals

This sounds very much like Disqualified, a short story by Charles Fontenay, first published in If in 1954. The story concerns two inspectors visiting a colonised world, who have to decide whether to ...
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searching for a short scifi story about a castaway from a STL starship and their sentient spacesuit autodoc

Coffins by Robert Reed (1992) is maybe the one. Anthologized in The Best from Fantasy & Science Fiction A 45th Anniversary Anthology (1994, Ferman & Rusch, eds.), pp.153-164. Excerpt: The ...
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Short story with an astronaut in space wearing a semi-sentient suit

Coffins by Robert Reed (1992), perhaps? Anthologized in The Best from Fantasy & Science Fiction A 45th Anniversary Anthology (1994, Ferman & Rusch, eds.), pp.153-164. Excerpt: Fifty-nine ...
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Short story: astronaut travels through space locked in a "spacesuit coffin"

Maybe Coffins by Robert Reed (1992)? Anthologized in The Best from Fantasy & Science Fiction A 45th Anniversary Anthology (1994, Ferman & Rusch, eds.), pp.153-164. Excerpt: A little short ...
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2010s young adult fantasy book about a teenager who goes to live in a mansion and a young relative who watches an evil TV show

As confirmed by the OP via this comment, this is Sorcerers of the Nightwing (2002) by Geoffrey Huntington. From a review: After his father’s death, fourteen year old Devon March is sent to his new ...
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Live-action wuxia TV series about two brothers who were demigods with special powers

Mystery of the Twin Swords (1991)...? From DramaWiki: The series tells the story of two brothers, Ah Yat (Roger Kwok) and Ah Yuet (Dicky Cheung) and the battle between the immortals and devils. After ...
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Sci-fi story. Survivor ejected in lifepod lands on planet. AI has terraformed the planet to resemble his physiology

It's likely Coffins by Robert Reed (1992). Anthologized in The Best from Fantasy & Science Fiction A 45th Anniversary Anthology (1994, Ferman & Rusch, eds.), pp.153-164. It begins and ends: ...
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X-men comic about a citadel with an "all-powerful" gem

This is X-Men Annual Vol. 1 Issue 11 from 1987. The villain in the issue is Horde and it is his one and only appearance. Horde has a shard of crystal on his forehead and the gem he's trying to get is ...
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X-men comic about a citadel with an "all-powerful" gem

Uncanny X-Men Vol. 1 Annual #11, published in 1978 1987 As per the description here: the X-Mansion is attached by a demonic-looking villain who calls himself Horde. He easily bests the X-Men and ...
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Book where Patton or MacArthur teams up with Robert E.Lee in an apocalyptic world

It's a bit of a longshot, but Mars Needs Books! by Gary Lovisi mentions using those generals for mental templates. In the not-so-distant future, men have come to Mars to escape the oppressive Earth ...
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YA book ID: short stories including Masked Granny and hypnotic TV camera

Tim Kennemore's "Rock of Ages" from "Here Tomorrow, Gone Today" looks like it could be the first story. I searched in Google Books for "Masked Granny" and I found these ...
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Spaceship chess game identification

Battleboard is part of the "Galaxy of Win Games" collection. See https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/have-you-played-battleboard and https://www.betaarchive.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=24697 (...
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1950s TV episode where a motorcyclist takes a drug which changes his time perception, enabling him to avoid logs falling off a truck

This is "The Dropper", an episode of The Man and the Challenge A homicidal maniac had his trunk rigged so that logs were ejected to kill or injure motorcycle policemen pursuing him. George ...
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Manhua/manga/manhwa where the female lead's kingdom gets destroyed, and she's kidnapped and "held hostage"

This is Seduce the Villain's Father. From MyAnimeList: In the popular web novel Brigitte Wants to be Happy!, Princess Yerenika of Livovny is a side character doomed to a tragic end. But when a woman ...
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80s/90s sci-fi horror movie - parasite (alien?) caterpillar

Reminds me of movies Hidden(1987) and Hidden 2(1993)
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Film that begins with spaceship combat seen from a cockpit or control room

A possible answer, especially if the memories are a bit hazy, is The Last Starfighter. Released in 1984, so the graphics tie in with your recollection. The main ship is broadly x-shaped, although less ...
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Book with people who wake up in pods in the middle of the street

That sounds like Edmund Cooper's Sea-Horse in the Sky (1969). As summarized at goodreads.com: This little-known story begins when over a dozen people awake in coffins. They find themselves in an area ...
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Anime movie/series about school students that go to another world with rocky territory, they fight square monsters

That sounds like the Mountains Sector from the French cartoon Code Lyoko (2003-2007, four seasons). From Wikipedia: Jeremy Belpois, a 12-year-old prodigy attending boarding school at Kadic Academy, ...
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Sci-fi book read in the early 2000s about a video game developer evading kidnappers, who want his in-game geology algorithm, I think

Based on the middle paragraph alone this is almost certainly Neal Stephenson's Reamde (2011). The protagonist, Richard Forthrast, spent the tail end of the Vietnam war as a draft dodger smuggling ...
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