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Sci-fi story: they put humans in missiles/rockets

I think you mean Gateway by Fredrik Pohl. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gateway_(novel)
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A story about a personal mode of teleportation, called "juanting," possibly in Analog or Amazing Stories

This is almost definitely Bester's The Stars My Destination, serialized in Galaxy in 1956. Quoting from the introduction to the first installment (Galaxy, October 1956): "Where are the new ...
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Trying to remember a Fantasy book/short story I read about powerful maybe enslaved humans with 6 fingers

Working off of Owlissa's answer, it looks like it might be Rowena Cory Daniells's Besieged, first book of The Outcast Chronicles. For nearly 300 years the mystics have lived alongside the true-men, ...
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Trying to remember a Fantasy book/short story I read about powerful maybe enslaved humans with 6 fingers

After a torturous search for something similar, I have to ask - is it The Last T'En by Cory Daniells?
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Improved memory leads to writing success

The Mind Digger by Winston Marks is a pretty good fit. It was published in Imagination Stories of Science and Fantasy in 1958. Here it is on Guntenberg. The narrator produces stage plays rather than ...
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Short story: typical 'time machine and kill Hitler' tactic backfires when the world is made peaceful and thus totally unprepared for alien invasion

This is probably "Timestorm", by Eddy C Birtin, previously the answer to this question. I found a summary here: In the year 2213 two wandering stars collide and cause a "timestorm.&...
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The book where someone can serve a sentence in advance

William Tenn's "Time In Advance". First published 1958 in an eponymous collection with three other stories. This story was published in the August 1956 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction. The ...
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Manhwa where the blonde, stoic female lead reincarnates/regresses into a kid and has a brother. Together they are friends with a black-haired kid

Is this _The Duke's Bored Daughter is My Master__...? I was an illegitimate daughter abandoned by the promiscuous emperor. From there, I ended up on the street where I learned that I had a knack for ...
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A book about the Second Coming of Jesus, but the supposed Messiah is actually Satan

This matches in some aspects to the Christ Clone Trilogy by James BeauSeigneur. The trilogy starts with In His Image, where living human cells discovered on the Turin shroud are used to clone a child,...
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A short story where all humans deliberately evacuate Earth to allow its ecology to recover

This is indeed a story by Isaac Asimov, "The Last Shuttle", first published in 1981 and collected in The Winds of Change and Other Stories in 1983. The last sentences are Earth was returned ...
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Boy meets female version of self from alternate dimension after his mother dies

The Many Worlds of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge When Albie's mum dies, it's natural he should wonder where she's gone. His parents are both scientists and they usually have all the answers. Dad ...
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Old anime about a city in deep space that had to fight its way back to Earth

Robotech would fit the description, and the art style looks similar to the example you give. First shown in 1985 based on Japanese shows from 1982-1984. The SDF-1 was a rebuilt alien ship. In the ...
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Manga where the Main Character has no magic but joins the magic academy using science "magic"

Maryoku Zero no Saikyou Majutsushi: Yahari Omaera no Majutsu Riron wa Machigatteiru nda ga?
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1980’s (or 70’s) show where the main character could teleport by pushing a button on their belt

You might be thinking of Dimension 5, a film originally from 1966, but replayed on TV every so often. In the opening scene, Our Hero, Justin Power (Jeffrey Hunter) is chased through a tunnel by ...
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Manga with a female main character who is bethrothed to a prince who can't use magic

HEAD START AT BIRTH Genre(s) Adaptation, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Isekai, Isekai Genre, Romance SUMMARY This is a tale of Lilia with her new game cheat as she becomes known as the marquess’ daughter ...
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Fantasy novel with a girl, a satyr, and a gorgon escaping a circus

Perhaps the Corydon Trilogy, starting with Corydon and the Island of Monsters, by Tobias Druitt. Corydon and the Island of Monsters was published in 2005, so it fits within your time frame. Corydon, ...
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Movie about a man with 2 alternate lives (reality and in dreams)

Could be: Awake TV Series 2012 Jason Isaacs https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1839683/?ref_=nm_flmg_i_74_act
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Elderly woman waving her cane in the air to transform into an alien in a made for TV movie from the 90s

Could this be the Australian made-for-TV movie The Distant Home (1992)? It was identified in the linked question by user Rodimus. The Harrison give birth to twins, Bobby and Sally Harrison. As time ...
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Film or TV movie involving an elderly lady who raises her cane into the air and transforms into an alien

This is the Australian made-for-TV movie The Distant Home (1992). The Harrison give birth to twins, Bobby and Sally Harrison. As time goes by and Sally suffers from a terrible accident, she is taken ...
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Looking for a scifi movie probably 80's. Ends with a shepherd boy falling into an earthquake ravine but becoming a council member of the universe

You might be thinking of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century - The Guardians (Season 2, Episode 3, 1981). This review offers a synopsis Buck is discouraged that his lame-one couldn't be who they seek. An ...
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Manhua where MC cultivates with pills to get stronger

This sounds a lot like Battle Through the Heavens (Chinese name: Dou Po Cang Qiong). He is isekaid to a cultivation world. He was a genius but then his cultivation stops. A spirit comes out from a ...
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Comic about a teenager and a telepathic lioness

Through the Lightning Gate and Death and the lizard man from Jim Eldridge, Stephen Player (Freak series) From Goodreads: Meet Freddy A. Kennedy - alias Freak. He's seventeen and pretty cool with it - ...
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Horror movie about people getting a radio message they don’t understand

This is John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness (1987), a religious horror film with a sci-fi twist. A group of graduate students and scientists uncover an ancient canister in an abandoned church, but ...
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What is the source for this urban fantasy quote comparing the supernatural world to the insect world?

If it's possible you're not recalling it exactly right, there's a similar quote from a Buffy/Stargate crossover fan-fic called "Return to Normal:" It didn’t happen often. O’Neill believed ...
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Looking for a children’s book where a kid makes a fake mainframe and hides inside with a typewriter answering questions

This sounds like "One For the Computer" by Ethelyn M. Parkinson, which featured in the elementary school reading textbook Freedom's Ground. The style is similar to a Homer Price story. (In ...
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Very old horror short story about a dead man waking up

"Pillar of Fire", a 1948 novelette by Ray Bradbury, available at Project Gutenberg. You may have read it in one of these compilations. It was also the answer to the old questions A short ...
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Isekai manga where the protagonist is reincarnated in another world with his sister and trains to bring her down

Is this Did You Think You Could Run After Reincarnating, Nii-san?...? Five years since I graduated from high school and within those years, I was confined by my younger sister, but it all ended when ...
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Fantasy movie involving a wizard who made a tree disappear and reappear, and two friends who were separated then reunited after 15 years

Not sure if this is it, but it does sound similar in parts to the 2006 film The Illusionist: Eisenheim was born Eduard Abramovich, the son of a carpenter, and became interested in magic. He fell in ...
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80s live-action short film with a labyrinth/elf/handprint/minotaur

I believe you are remembering QUEST by Elaine and Saul Bass (1984), a roughly twenty-minute film based on the story "Frost and Fire" by Ray Bradbury. It takes place on another planet. It isn'...
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Fantasy book(s) with magic powers gained from rose gold rings

This is The Fifth Ring by Mitchell Graham. Despite a massive defeat decades ago, Karas Duren, Lord of Alor Sator, is again attempting to conquer the neighbouring kingdoms and bring them under one ...
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Old cartoon/movie with tiny character driving a toy red Chevy Bel Air

Partial match: The 1963 short cartoon Krtek a autíčko (the mole and the little car) has what looks similar to a Chevy Bel Air convertible (I think; I actually know nothing about cars). toy red hand-...
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Sci-fi book about man recruited to alt universe to work for secret employer, travels to alt universes, learns another version of himself was murdered

This is Extinction Game (2014) by Gary Gibson. It's the first book in the Apocalypse trilogy, and was followed by Survival Game (2016) and Doomsday Game (2019). The Goodreads blurb notes that the ...
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Gloomy anime about suicidal athletes

If it was older looking it may have been Black Jack: The Movie, where the main character is hired to find a cure for why some of the best athletes have been offing themselves or otherwise in poor ...
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Military and Strategy smart and clever female lead winning wars

Providing a placeholder answer that the querent found the answer to be The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness. Elisa is the chosen one. But she ...
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Anime movie with a sick guy who was able to kill vampires by glowing and emitting beams of light

Is this maybe the movie Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust? There are a band of sibling vamp hunters and one is sickly and in a hospital bed, named Grove. He unleashes his light beams and dies soon after. ...
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Book series about a boy who becomes a Space Emperor

Piers Anthony's Bio of a Space Tyrant series. The series revolves around the character Hope Hubris and his family, and charts Hope's ascent from poor Hispanic refugee to Tyrant of Jupiter, a single ...
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Trying to find an animated film that told the story of King Arthur

Maybe Quest for Camelot? Set in a Celtic mythology, Sir Lionel is a knight of the Round Table, who is killed foiling an assassination attempt on King Arthur by the evil Lord Ruber, who is then driven ...
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Transmigration novel where a girl enters a novel she's been reading and becomes friends with the male lead

I Was the Unrequited Love of the Male Lead. “You can’t go anywhere. Not a single step away from me.” She decided to lay a flower path in front of her favorite book. However, the situation cannot be ...
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The human population on Earth reached its maximum with the end of the last zoo

2430 AD by Isaac Asimov. It's been published in a few collections and anthologies,but you probably saw it in Buy Jupiter and Other Stories, which has been published in English and French. From the ...
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Movie in which person turns into monster by mask with tubes

Sounds like The Beast Master: Death Guards https://rollingboxcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/death-guard.jpg
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Pre-90's (?) Sinbad-like fantasy movie with an invisible monster in a Roman-like arena

This is Captain Sindbad (1963). To marry Princess Jana, Captain Sindbad must battle deadly obstacles and fight El Kerim, the evil ruler who also wants to marry the princess. Near the start of the ...
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Tv show - women look for men in deep hole in the future

I'm going to take a wild swing at this one and suggest a short-lived TV show from the year 2000. Memories fade after more than two decades, but based on what little data has been provided I'm going ...
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Fantasy novel/series—female protagonist wielding a sword and magic frees her bird companion's cursed bloodline, resulting in a tragic scene on a ship

As noted by Peter in the comments, The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon is at least a partial match. Swallow, Daughter, pull them in, those words that sit upon your lips. Lock them deep inside your ...
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Story about Jesus being kidnapped by the church

I have not read the book in question, but since you mentioned Wolfgang Hohlbein this is probably "Der Widersacher" (Bastei-Lübbe 1995). This would translate to "The Adversary", in ...
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Live-action/CGI battlemech movie from before 2005

Is it possible that you're remembering the Hypernauts TV show? Due to its lineage, Hypernauts featured relatively detailed designs of its technology and its aliens, as well as a fairly intricate plot,...
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Book about aliens coming back to Earth to recover a lost spaceship

Is this Resurrection (2001) by Arwen Elys Dayton...? The Goodreads blurb notes that a group of scientists belonging to a species called the Kinley travelled to Earth in a faster-than-light ship five ...
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Futuristic show/film about an empire and rebels where the empire rigs a rebel to explode

This is a very close match to the Blake's 7 Episode "Traitor". It does feature "imperial" type officers interrogating a rebel and after said rebel is sent on his way the "...
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Vietnam war era story about attack on American air force base with a Cessna

Apparently this is a science fiction story. "The Defensive Bomber" (1973) by Harry Harrison (as by Hank Dempsey). The pilot, Lieutenant Tran Hung Dao believes they should be allowed to ...
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Movie about a spaceship travelling to a distant planet, only to discover that a newer ship, designed and launched later, has gotten there first

For the past few years some vague memories of this movie kept popping into my mind, but google searches never helped. Today I finally decided to find it no matter what (during which I stumbled on your ...
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Sci-fi movie - men in a bar in a small town, trapped by an alien

This is Phantoms (1998). In the peaceful town of Snowfield, Colorado something evil has wiped out the community. And now, its up to a group of people to stop it, or at least get out of Snowfield ...
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