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Book about an alien race that have no metal but high tech using glass
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This could be Alan Dean Foster's Sentenced to Prism. Most things on the planet are glass or crystal, and the significant population is made of the stuff. The locals are telepathic, and they ...

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Low budget, 70s look, about aliens wearing tunics and old vessels sailing the desert
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This sounds very much like the first part of Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles. 1980, downward facing masks as you can see in the cover photo on IMDB there. The opening scene, if I recall, is ...

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A gateway to a new world/future where things can be improved with use
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It's David Brin - The Practice Effect. From wikipedia: In this world, instead of objects wearing out as you use them, they improve. This is referred to as the Practice effect. For example, ...

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YA(?) story involving a society of brain-modded people and an escapee who returns
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This sounds like Devil On My Back by Monica Hughes, from 1984. The title is a reference to the knowledge packs that people in the city wear - the most revered members of society have the most packs ...

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Mad Max-type Sci-fi movie from the mid-80's with fat blob men
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This is Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone It's very Mad Maxy, with post-apocalypse-standard vehicles etc. All the other points you mention match. Did the babies look like this?

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YA series with a housekeeper or protector robot and set on a planet with a harsh sun
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This is almost certainly Monica Hughes's Isis series: The Keeper of the Isis Light Olwen is a young human woman living on the planet Isis as the keeper of the Light (a navigation beacon). Her ...

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Children find hole in their bedroom wall which changes objects
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Nicholas Fisk - Swap Shop (from his collection "Sweets from a stranger"). Terrified me as a child. The ending to this story in particular. From this review: It begins with the wind whistling ...

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Novel about 'magic' on the moon where a woman loses her memory when a silver needle is inserted into her head
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This sounds like the Darkangel series by Meredith Ann Pierce. It's set on the moon, a long time after it's been abandoned, terraformed and populated by mythic creatures who go on medieval-style ...

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Sci-fi movie from 1980's about killer robot in space
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This is likely Moontrap. The red "ball" is found on a spaceship in orbit, brought back to Earth, where it hatches and builds itself into a killer robot. The rest of the movie is mostly about Bruce ...

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Looking for a childrens book from the 70s about kids that build a spaceship
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Your description partially matches Nicolas Fisk's Starstormers which came out in 1980 (so the timeline is approximately correct). It had four kids who built a spaceship out of a hollowed-out asteroid ...

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Movie/tv show about people living in separate rooms and communicating through monitors in a post-apocalyptic world
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I'm fairly sure this is Domain (2016) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4694518/ After a deadly virus wipes out most of humanity, the survivors are forced to wait in self-sustaining bunkers with a ...

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TV show about teens with "magic armor" fighting a villainess
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This could be Spellbinder. It matches on most of the points mentioned: It's live action, about present-day (90s) teens and other-world teens, mostly about a boy and a girl, though I think the girl ...

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Sci Fi short story from anthology (pre-2010) about a man going to space with strict weight requirements, starving himself to bring a book
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This is Scott Westerfield's Ass-hat Magic Spider. All the details match: the diamonds, the starving and shaving himself and so on the book being Charlotte's Web. Being a space colonist going to Tau ...

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Sci-fi novel about man with the ability to physically modify his body to adapt to any environment
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Parts of your description sound very much like Threshold by David Palmer. Specifically the way he modifies himself to fit the environment as he goes around the planet and how he gets stronger and ...

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Identification of a fantasy/mystery book about a sentient tree
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Sounds like Piers Anthony's Shade of the Tree The estate was Joshua Pinson's inheritance from his oddball uncle Elijah: isolated in the deep Florida woods, with a half-built solar house stocked with ...

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Short Story with strange Electronic components and Modules from catalog
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Isn't that the plot of This Island Earth? That was serialised at first before it became a novel. As user14111 comments, the story you're looking for was "The Alien Machine" by Raymond F. Jones. The ...

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Fifties or Sixties very short story about a food porn movie
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This sounds like part of Kurt Vonegurt Jr's Breakfast of Champions. It has the exact scene you describe. It's a novel, though it could easily be misremembered as a series of short stories because it's ...

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Early 90s sci fi movie with antichrist in stasis on derelict vessel
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Pretty sure this is Dark Side of the Moon from 1990. It matches on several points, although I don't remember them finding anyone in stasis. The plot includes finding a derelict Space Shuttle, the ...

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Children's sci-fi/fantasy with black blobs and why cats stare at walls
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Sounds very like my recollection of "On The Flip Side" (1983) by Nicholas Fisk (1923-2016). The plot was essentially that, with the blobs becoming first visible to some humans around television sets. ...

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Book about two time travelers traveling in opposite directions
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You're probably thinking of Ben Bova's Orion series. Orion (or O'Ryan and various other aliases) travels backwards through time, living multiple lives, and he battles an adversary each time. This ...

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Looking for a Sci-Fi book - Aliens communicating through walls
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This is Cavalcade by Alison Sinclair. It has the alien ship, the proximity to water, the absent aliens and the interesting walls (and floor) of the ship. It came out "ages ago" by a certain ...

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Sci Fi book 90s or earlier - Societies on Earth living in domes
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This sounds like Devil On My Back by Monica Hughes, combined with its sequel, The Dream Catcher. In Devil, the ruling class are considered more important the more knowledge chips they have plugged ...

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Short Sci-Fi story about tiny aliens invading Earth but getting squashed
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This matches Mistaken Identity by E.C. Tubb from 1956 (copyright date). I read it in the collection Space 1 edited by Richard Davis from 1973 which might be where your timeline comes from. If it jogs ...

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Fantasy book featuring faerie folk hiding in 'modern times'
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This sounds a lot like Power of Three by Diana Wynne Jones from 1976. It's a little younger than YA, but a lot of points match otherwise: it's set in southern England around marshland. there are two ...

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Science Fiction Film with a scene where actors dodge huge white crates in futuristic warehouse environment
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As others have said this is a very vague nugget to go on. How about Cargo? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0381940/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 I don't remember it exactly, but there's a scene where some of the ...

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1960s or 1970s children's sci-fi about several teenagers exploring (or lost on) an alien planet?
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The idea of food suppressing puberty makes me immediately think of Earthsearch which was a radio series - but it did have a novelisation according to wikipedia. I don't specifically remember a moon ...

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'80s book about kids stranded on a planet
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Well the hormone-suppressing food and chaperones is straight out of the radio drama Earthsearch by James Follett. It's not a survival test, and it's not a book. However, Follett also did a ...

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Identify film which mashed film noir with voodo and supernatural
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It could be Angel Heart No zombies, but Robert DeNiro and Mickey Rourke in a voodoo-laced grimy old detective story. A private investigator is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track ...

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What animated movie had reptilian aliens attacking a city surrounded by a force field?
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The Shrunken City From IMDB: "Two teen-aged kids discover a miniature bottled city buried beneath a construction site. They must protect the tiny civilization within from reptilian alien hunters ...

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