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Please help me ID this old sci-fi story

Here are a few facts about this old SF story whose author I can no longer recall. 1. It was written by a giant of mid-century SF whose name I can no longer recall. Not Sheckley, not Asimov. I thought it might be Damon Knight, but I can't find it in his work. 2. It's a story about a man who travels to the future as part of a gigantic relief effort to assist future men who are burying themselves in the earth. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice on Aug 23, 2014 - 4 answers

1970s science fiction short story about a young mother going crazy?

There's this science fiction story I can recall reading in at least one anthology, if not multiples. It is told from the perspective of a young mother who is going crazy dealing with her kid(s). The writing is very stark and bleak, but it's a fun story nonetheless. I am fairly certain the author was a woman. I believe it's from the late 60s or early to mid 1970s. [more inside]
posted by Slinga on Aug 21, 2014 - 9 answers

Need the title of a space-based science fiction novel

Around 10 years ago I read a science fiction paperback novel (that I think had been recently published) and I can't remember what it was called. All I can remember is that it was largely set on a spacecraft and there were a group of Humans investigating a series of horrible deaths on a planet and on another spacecraft. They found the bones of the missing people buried on the planet they were investigating.
posted by DarrenLB on Aug 6, 2014 - 5 answers

SciFiFilter FTL-ish Plausibility Check

In a discussion elsewhere on the internets a twist on a common science fictional transportation technology was proposed. A spaceship leaps from one point in space to another, but while it is instantaneous for the passengers, the transit actually takes some small amount of time longer than light would take to cover the distance (let's say the Planck time). Would the time delay prevent the violation of causality? It appears that everyone is staying in their light cones, what am I missing? [more inside]
posted by Octaviuz on Jun 21, 2014 - 13 answers

Name this recent literary science fiction book!

Name this Science Fiction book! Recently translated to english from a european language (german?) out in hardcover. Protagonist is an italian woman living in a post catastrophe europe. Primary plot mover is time-travel/many worlds machine. She travels back to the middle ages and engages with a philosopher/academic/monastic (after getting burned at the stake on at least one attempt) [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky on Feb 7, 2014 - 5 answers

Book recomnedation: worldbuilding and self-aware, active characters

I again have time to consume books like a cookie-monster. I've avoided lists of classics-by-genera because I tend to like only 5% of what's on them. It's not that I specifically like reading dystopias or sci-fi - I liked the Poisonwood Bible for instance, as much if not more than Lord of the Rings. In addition to book recommendations, it would also be useful if, given the books listed below, you have any ideas for other trends that could help me search out books myself. Your advice is much appreciated! :) [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh on Jan 25, 2014 - 24 answers

Seeking a series of fantasy/war books from the 1980s

You know how you can just remember a few details about some subject from your youth, and it's going to bother you until you can reveal the full scope of that memory? Yeah, I'm right there. I'm looking for a series of books. They were in the SF/F section in the 1980s. They were probably popular because their covers resembled Frazetta prints, and they tended to be really violent (i.e. jumping on the popularity of Conan). [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis on Nov 19, 2013 - 4 answers

Help ID a scifi story about aliens and a quarantined Earth

Can you help my friend identify this scifi short story about aliens and a shield around the earth? [more inside]
posted by mediareport on Oct 2, 2013 - 3 answers

Specfic writing workshops in the Midwest

Are there any speculative fiction writing workshops in the Midwest? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Sep 19, 2013 - 7 answers

Help me name a genome!

I'm working on a new book and I need to name a genome. I can't handwave it-- while the book is SF, I don't want people in the know to be able to look at it like people look at Law & Order address (ie, nobody from New York would ever think that's a real address. Nobody in science would ever think that's a real genome.) [more inside]
posted by headspace on Aug 14, 2013 - 11 answers

Epistolary (Science) Fiction

I recently really enjoyed Max Brooks' World War Z and Daniel H. Wilson's Robocalypse. What other books might I also enjoy? [more inside]
posted by alby on Aug 6, 2013 - 20 answers

I can't remember this sci-fi short story: Mass graves hidden by society

This is one I likely encountered in the 80's so my memory is foggy here. Most likely in some anthology or maybe even a magazine like Omni. I think it was by a major writer. Salient memories inside: [more inside]
posted by sourwookie on Jul 10, 2013 - 5 answers

Sci-Fi novel predicting Google Glass

I'm trying to remember the name and author fo a sci-fi novel that predicted the idea of Google glasses and their impact on society. I can clearly remember one of the characters, a youung person, complaining that all these old people had these glasses that recorded everything that happened around them and could send that data directly to the police. It was kind of an Orwellian Big Brother feel to society. You were always being watched, recorded, reported, etc. I was reminded again about this after reading an article on NPR about the first police arrest recorded on Google Glass. Does anyone else remember this book or the author? Thanks in advance for the help.
posted by corwalch on Jul 9, 2013 - 13 answers

Is there a blog that will tell me what sci-fi movies to see in theater?

Can you please suggest a blog or resource that will tell me what under-the-radar science fiction movies I should go see? [more inside]
posted by rebent on May 21, 2013 - 6 answers

I keep crying over Ian M Banks dying of cancer.

Never in my life has this happened before, but I keep finding myself in tears of grief over the looming death of Scottish writer Iain M Banks, who is far and away my favourite writer and has terminal cancer. I'm looking for ways of helping to resolve this emotion, by using it as energy to fuel a meaningful response. [more inside]
posted by Mistress on May 20, 2013 - 21 answers

What will education look like in the future?

I'm looking for movies and TV shows that have futuristic depictions of education. Can you help me find them? [more inside]
posted by madred on Apr 11, 2013 - 16 answers

A scifi book about kids who traveled to an alternative universe?

I'm looking for a sci-fi book about young people who traveled to an alternative universe on multiple occasions. There was something about a power station and the story may also have mentioned a triangular symbol. It turns out that their switching between universes was limited for some reason. [more inside]
posted by who squared on Oct 20, 2012 - 13 answers

Re-interpret and rock (and roll)

I'm a huge fan of science fiction book cover art (especially the 50s through the 80s) and I like to use ideas from them to make posters for my band. If you need examples: this should explain what I'm looking for. I'm wondering if there are existing resources for science fiction cover art or general science fiction art that mirrors this sort of style and substance? I especially need resources that are fair use, free to modify etc. etc. We use these posters to advertise our shows at places which usually have a cover charge -- so I will need content that I can modify to use "commercially". [more inside]
posted by mysticreferee on Oct 2, 2012 - 4 answers

SF on Tech Civilization Before Ours

I'm intrigued by the notion that our civilization is not the first technological civilization to arise on Earth. After all, our ancestors several tens of thousands of years ago were as clever as we are. I'm looking for SF treatments of this notion. Recommendations? Non-fiction claiming to evaluate actual evidence of such a civilization is welcome, too.
posted by justcorbly on Aug 2, 2012 - 28 answers

Help me find a short story I read.

I'm trying to remember the name and author of a science fiction short-story. Description inside. [more inside]
posted by sauril on Jul 28, 2012 - 4 answers

Better living through alchemy.

Looking for alternate science and/or space fiction. [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Jul 22, 2012 - 12 answers

Looking for an old science fiction book

I am looking for a book. It's apparently about a boy who falls through a door / portal and travels through time - maybe forwards, maybe backwards - to Wales. It probably has a female author. Any help appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Neale on Jul 7, 2012 - 23 answers

What sort of wild technology do you need to entangle particles?

I need to know what sort of equipment one uses to "entangle" particles. Where would I find this sort of information? [more inside]
posted by AdamCSnider on May 28, 2012 - 4 answers

Dramatic (non-campy) science fiction musicals?

Are there any scifi musicals that aren't comedies? [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie on May 25, 2012 - 32 answers

Transfer questions

Transfer, the 2010 German movie: questions! (big spoilers inside; avoid if you haven't seen this awesome movie) [more inside]
posted by lorimer on May 25, 2012 - 0 answers

Identify science fiction novel

A science fiction book set in a post-apocalyptic world that has been snowed in. [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on May 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Uplift

Please recommend novels that deal with Uplifting sentient species, bootstrapping technology, a la David Brin's Upllift novels and Vernor Vinge's Zones of Thought series. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Apr 18, 2012 - 22 answers

Looking for novels about AI in the very distant future

Looking for sci-fi novels with a theme similar to Karl Schroeder's Ventus. [more inside]
posted by Burhanistan on Apr 11, 2012 - 16 answers

Authors who write (or wrote . . . if they're dead) Twilight Zone and Outer Limits-esque stories?

Authors who write (or wrote . . . if they're dead) Twilight Zone and Outer Limits-esque stories? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Apr 5, 2012 - 26 answers

New Sci Fi Book Club that doesn't suck?

Is there a science fiction book club with really good (nebula, hugo, clarke award quality) books? I love Stross, Schroeder, Vinge, Bacigalupi, Chiang, Stephenson, Reynolds & Mieville ...but I've already read everything they've written. How can I separate the wheat from the chaff with new or unknown authors?
posted by leotrotsky on Mar 29, 2012 - 13 answers

Who are the best prose stylists in science fiction?

Who are the best prose stylists in science fiction? [more inside]
posted by pete_22 on Mar 21, 2012 - 68 answers

Weird fiction writers other than Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft whose works are worth reading?

Weird fiction writers other than Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft whose works are worth reading? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Feb 24, 2012 - 30 answers

Looking for Young Adult Science Fiction Trilogy

Trying to find a Young Adult Fantasy Trilogy--Can't Remember the Name [more inside]
posted by Eyeveex on Feb 21, 2012 - 22 answers

What is this weird movie with regenerating body parts!

I remember a science fiction movie (or maybe a TV show?) that took place... in a space ship or very futuristic setting. There were aliens (I think, or man-created approximations of human beings?) that, when parts of their bodies were cut off, they would not only regenerate the limb but the spare limbs would regenerate BODIES. The atmosphere of the movie was very... orange? Dark? The details are all very fuzzy. I believe I saw it on cable TV, and I was definitely older than five but younger than twelve. So, 1989 to 1996. It scared the crap out of me when I was a kid and gave me nightmares for years. Help! [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Feb 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Sorry, you aren't profitable enough to live.

I'm looking for what are (probably) Science Fiction or Dystopian stories/novels based on the premise that a person's value in society is based on how profitable he/she is to a bank. I.e., a person who didn't live his/her life in such a manner as to be profitable for a bank would suffer negative consequences as a result. It sounds uncomfortably close to reality, nowadays, so I figure someone wrote the stories I'm thinking of years ago. Any ideas?
posted by pjern on Feb 13, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me identify a dream world Sci-fi story

Please help me identify a Science Fiction short story about a dream world taking over from the waking world. It was very Philip.K.Dick ish. [more inside]
posted by expatbore on Feb 10, 2012 - 9 answers

If the internet were being recreated from scratch, what would you do to improve it?

I've been asked to research the viability of the launch of a new top-level domain (TLD) parallel to dot-com. Assuming the prospective domain owner wishes not to reduplicate the internet as it exists now merely with another extension, I'd like to ask: Let's say you could take what you know about how the internet works (indexing, monetization, traffic, web-mastering but also crowdsourcing, social networking, political organizing, personal publishing, microfunding, etc.) and for reasons purely fictional, the existing system was scrapped and being re-built from scratch, what would you do with that opportunity if you had it? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Dec 26, 2011 - 9 answers

correct order of Ursula k.Le Guin's Hainish cycle?

In what order should i read Ursula K. Le Guin's Hainish cycle? [more inside]
posted by paperscissorsrock on Oct 3, 2011 - 4 answers

Juvenile Science Fiction Title

I am looking for a juvenile science fiction series I read as a child in the 70s. The books were written in either the 1960s or 70s. I vaguely remember a book that may have been called "Rebel Planet" or "Rebel Prince" and it featured talking battle horses. I remember one passage where a horse turned back to its rider and asked "Kill?" when confronted with an unfriendly.
posted by zzazazz on Sep 6, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me ID this SF story?

Can the hive mind help me remember a science fiction short story where people grow roots and become...plant-like? [more inside]
posted by blurker on Sep 6, 2011 - 20 answers

How close could a satellite get to the sun, and how much energy could it harvest?

If some future civilization decided that they should tap solar energy at the source for industrial purposes, how close to the Sun could they site their energy collection facilities without having them burst into flames/die from radiation degradation, and how much energy could they harvest? Just to keep things simple, say they use photovoltaics or some other technology we have access to. [more inside]
posted by AdamCSnider on Sep 4, 2011 - 8 answers

Whither a space opera wilt not wither?

What's the best venue to submit a politically tinged left-leaning science-fiction short story? [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy on Aug 24, 2011 - 14 answers

Beyond Bradbury.

SciFi for middle schoolers. [more inside]
posted by brynna on Aug 20, 2011 - 42 answers

Looking for queer science fiction.

So I need more science fiction by and/or about queer folks. Special snowflake request details follow. [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Aug 4, 2011 - 28 answers

What would Galileo think?

Would it be possible to make a telescope from two contact lenses? [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit on Jul 29, 2011 - 14 answers

Page turning sci-fi for non-sci-fi buffs

I am seeking recommendations for classic science fiction that will be entertaining and enjoyable for my book club . [more inside]
posted by mairuzu on Jul 11, 2011 - 52 answers

I need audiobook recommendations!

I need some new audiobooks! I'm a screen printer and find that listening to an audiobook helps me to focus and get more done during the day and consequently, I get through 3-4 books a week. I'll listen to just about anything (science fiction, biographies, western, you name it), as long as it's engaging but doesn't require too much concentration. I've listed my favorites below. Tell me what you've enjoyed listening to and what I've been missing! [more inside]
posted by emilygraves05 on Jun 11, 2011 - 39 answers

RaceWIN! Native American Science Fiction

RaceWIN? Native American-written dystopian/fantasy/science/ speculative fiction. I am looking for the name of the text and author of a contemporary Native American novel that is satirical and dystopian. [more inside]
posted by MidSouthern Mouth on May 31, 2011 - 13 answers

Interfaith sci fi for 7th graders?

Looking for suggestions for a novel for Jewish/Christian 7th graders that explores religion-- extra points for sci fi! [more inside]
posted by akabobo on May 29, 2011 - 31 answers

What shall I read next?

I just finished my last Culture novel (*sniff*). What should I read next? [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody on May 25, 2011 - 33 answers

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