Maury Markowitz
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Are there any real-life parallels to the Night's Watch and their fall from prestige?
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And I will add to the pot the various orders of knights during the crusades, most notably the Knights Hospitaller. They were a well regarded bunch when they formed in 1099, and were repeatedly given ...

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Science fiction story that ends with "Let there be light"
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This has got to be The Last Question, slightly misremembered. In this story, a series of people ask the computer of their era the question of what happens in the end. Until the end, the computers keep ...

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Book about the new president of the solar system having amnesia
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Gah, I simply should have googled the one passage I recalled. That brought it up immediately: https://books.google.ca/books?id=hLbyLUxFYl4C&pg=PA3 The book is "The Mindblocked Man" by Jeff ...

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What, if any, relationship is there between Cloverfield, 10 Cloverfield Lane and The Cloverfield Paradox?
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If there is any connection, was it intentional? Yes, but only in a marginal, after-the-fact fashion. It is important to note that The Cloverfield Paradox was originally a movie called God Particle ...

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C.J Cherryh novel dealing with hyperspace
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I suspect it's Tripoint, but many of her stories include the "night-walkers" who are the only people that can remain unsedated during jumps. Update (to be a real answer): The protagonist in Tripoint ...

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Looking for young adult book about an underground city from the 1970's
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This is a very common theme for YA literature, but there are some widespread classics. City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau, well known and not much to say (except they do have hair!) Outside by Andre ...

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Looking for the title of book about a deep space commercial way station
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As starpilotsix notes above, this is definitely Random Factor by Joel Henry Sherman.. From a review... Rourke winds up taking on a job as the head manager, or 'Factor', for the Mael Station, a ...

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YA Sci Fi - Failing colony ship in orbit around a red planet, some kind of psychic link with the planet, twins, and epiphytes
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I strongly suspect you are referring to Asimov's Nemesis. It fits most of the elements you mention, especially the colony ship and the teenage girl who gains telepathic communications with the planet'...

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Sci-Fi novel about a man that has the power to make everyone he meets forget him
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I suspect this MAY be a slightly misremembered A Gift from Earth by Larry Niven. The action takes place on the planet Plateau in Tau Ceti. It is so-named because the only habitable portion of the ...

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Dystopia from the 70s: floating cities, decadent society, longevity, flying suits?
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that involved a protagonist who was the only young person in a society of decadent immortals So at this point you'd be describing Against the Fall of Night, or as Gary posted, the expanded version, ...

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Book involving time travel, hordes of Genghis Khan riding Harleys, and Legionaries with anti-tank weapons?
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I don't recall the Legions, but Mongols on Harley's were a part of Mozart in Mirrorshades, a short story by Bruce Sterling and Lewis Shiner. The background is that someone in the US invents a machine ...

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Why did Merle cut off his hand instead of cutting the handcuffs?
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You've never used a hacksaw on hardened steel have you? I cut soft steel once as a tween, cutting a 2" steel pipe so I could make a periscope. It took me the better part of an hour. The steel on ...

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80's film about a caveman being brought from the past in to the present
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So I have to suspect you are mixing up a couple of different but related stories? Iceman, the 1984 film, covers much of the plot you describe. A neanderthal man is found in a block of ice and thaws ...

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Sci-fi short story, aliens warned not to wake last human from cryo sleep
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Does The Monster by van Vogt ring a bell? In it, "monsters" come to Earth and revive people to find out what went wrong. They wake one too many... Artwork from the original story had sort of frog/...

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Short story set in the near future where all wars are settled on the moon using automated machines?
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I read this one or something a whole lot like it, I think in a 1970s edition of Analog. The version I read was a "war" between "Usa" (that one I remember) and Arabia (although I don't think it was ...

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Short story where the planet's terminator line is central. Someone stranded on the planet(?)
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And I'll add Nightside City by Lawrence Watt-Evans to the longshot pile. This is basically a detective novel set on a tidally locked planet. The protagonist is desperate to get off-planet before its ...

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Scene from sci-fi movie where bald evil-doers in silver costumers laugh hysterically
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I assume we all want to watch it, it's right at the very end. For some reason, only available in Spanish.

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Pre-2002 book about Alien Invasion, slimy tentacled aliens, ships with large red eye incinerating people
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Well I don't recall the incineration ray or tentacles, but the rest is right out of The Puppet Masters by Heinlein. In this story, the brain-slugs start taking over Des Moines and expand outwards, ...

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Body hopping movie ending with a hand tic
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This is almost certainly Farligt venskab. The cover art alone should trigger your memory if this is the right one - it's a big machine with black colored metal parts strapping the boy in. ...

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Short story collection identification
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''Rain Rain Go Away'' appears almost solely in collections organized by Asimov himself. It's possible you mean The Complete Stories 2, but I don't think so from the description of the cover? It's ...

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Short story where a person's name defines their nature
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This sounds something like Asimov's "Spell My Name with an S". Not entirely, but you've given us lots of wiggle room, so... In that story the protagonist, Zebatinsky, is badgered by his wife to visit ...

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OMNI short story involving a world tree
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Ahh, the internet answers! Time Warp, Theodore Sturgeon. http://williamflew.com/omni1d.html

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80's/ 90s Story - Lost space ship with invisibly fast aliens is discovered
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In case Fuzzy's answer is not it, may I suggest "Supermind" by van Vogt? I don' recall aliens, but the basic premise is that as people grow more intelligent they eventually gain the power of "freedom ...

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90s (or earlier) computer game where a troll turns you into a frog
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If "some other computer" is possibly an early PC, this description is somewhat Kings'-Quest-ish (1984). You use simple commands to guide the onscreen player around the map and various responses appear....

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Short story where aliens think cars are the dominant life form
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There are lots of stories like this, almost as many as the Shaggy God genre. Identifying one among the many may be difficult. For instance, the variation I know of was often read on CBC radio when I ...

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Story where a virus is turning people "better"
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I'm sure Jontia's answer is correct, but when I read the OP I thought of Sterling's The Moral Bullet. In that, the Euros grow tired of the US's attitude, so they decide to change it with a mind-...

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Which story describes this aircraft maneuver?
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I can't say the exact source you're referring to, but this is a very real maneuver carried out by fighter aircraft in order to reach higher speeds and altitudes. It is a modification of the more ...

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Is there any connection to the ancient Rome city in "Burning Chrome"?
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It sounds like a pronunciation trick Burning Chrome and Burning Rome. Is it just my wrong guess or are they connected somehow? No connection appears visible. The name "chrome" appears typical of ...

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Slow starship passed by FTL starship. Upon arrival finds society has evolved past them
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I'm going to guess ''Time for the Stars'' by Heinlein. In this story the and is "torch ship" meets many problems until it is almost incapacitated. It is then picked up by an FTL ship. They return to ...

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Looking for the name of a post apocalyptic/sci-fi tv show or film
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"The Andromeda Strain"? The opening scene is someone in a decom suit walking through a town where everyone is dead, except for a baby and a drunk.

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