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What's the origin of the nuclear radiation = big monsters sic-fi trope?

With the recent reboot of Gozilla, I got to thinking about classic (and not-so-classic) 1950s era giant monster movies such as Them! or The Beginning of the End, which invariably involve giant monsters that are created through nuclear experiments or explosions. [more inside]
posted by saslett on Jun 8, 2014 - 10 answers

It was an alien the whole time!

A short story with a surprise ending where the protagonist is an alien, and the spacecraft that crashed in the woods contains a human. This has been done before, right? [more inside]
posted by ronofthedead on Apr 13, 2014 - 13 answers

Help me identify this sci-fi short story

Some time in the mid 1990s I read a sci-fi short story about an augmented individual hired to steal a password - I'm trying to figure out the name of this story and its author. [more inside]
posted by komara on Mar 20, 2014 - 9 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

THIS IS THE SECOND WEIRDEST STAR WARS BOOK EVER

What are some exceptionally weird tie-in novels and comics? I'm looking for books which are especially weird as a result of not fitting the tone or form of the source material, or of the usual tie-in product. Preferably in fantasy, sci-fi, & horror. [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast on Oct 6, 2013 - 15 answers

What is the name of this classic Sci-Fi story?

I'm looking for the name of this classic SF story about a handful of astronauts stranded in space in radio contact but slowly drifting away from each other and running out of air. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Sep 29, 2013 - 10 answers

I've exhausted Iain M. Banks. I want more. What should I read next?

So I'm a dedicated Culture fanatic and have loved almost everything I've read by Iain M. Banks. (His Iain Banks stuff is pretty good too, but his sci-fi is what I really dig.) I particularly love the holistic, humanist morality that pervades his work and the way that he digs right down into the philosophical implications of various ideas and worldviews while simultaneously serving up lots and lots of sex, action, and sensawunda. However, I've read everything he's written several times over. What should I read next? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Sep 9, 2013 - 36 answers

Beyond Google Glass: Good writings on Augmented Reality

I want to read about Augmented Reality. Tech developments IRL; techno-utopian / transhuman dreams, and hard-fought aspirations; and any sci-fictional dystopian nightmares you know of. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 4, 2013 - 11 answers

Sci-Fi Illustrated Book of Alien Planets and Creatures?

When I was a kid, I had an illustrated sci-fi book that was basically a catalog of alien planets and their exotic animal life-forms. I was able to find it on the internet again a few years ago, but have since forgotten the title. Illustrations I remember from the book: a red alien cat-like creature; a slab of rock with eyes and bloody fangs. Things I remember about the book when I looked it up recently: it was listed as a non-canonical book in another series, and was intended as a handbook for a fictional trade/commerce federation. What is this book?
posted by not_on_display on Aug 9, 2013 - 3 answers

What book is this?

I read a book in the early 90's about a guy who was helping a run-away child with nuclear launch codes embedded in his heart. The older man was a former code child himself (I think) and they were hiding out in Northern California/San Francisco with hippies driving around in art cars called "Gluers". Any idea? Amazon, Google, Good Reads, Library Searches have gotten me nothing. I'm not sure if it's even any good, I just want to make sure I didn't hallucinate the whole thing. Thanks You!
posted by capnmarrrrk on Jul 20, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me get in to the world of cosplay and -cons

At 37 I am discovering my inner sci-fi and TV series/movie fandom. And my nine year old is already there. I am thinking we would probably enjoy comic-cons and other -cons, but have no idea how to research this. [more inside]
posted by Megami on Jul 14, 2013 - 10 answers

Are there well-done bibliographies for 40s/50s/60s sci-fi pulps?

Are there any relatively comprehensive bibliographic encyclopedias of science fiction pulp short story publications that I haven't found? [more inside]
posted by vathek on Jul 11, 2013 - 3 answers

Looking for a new space / sci-fi game to occupy my time (PC)

Looking through Steam's deals tonight I came across X3. Looks like a decent game, but I would like to ask you opinion of what some great space related games are. [more inside]
posted by efalk on Jul 2, 2013 - 30 answers

Searching for a sci-fi short story I saw here once

Searching for a sci-fi short story I saw here once [more inside]
posted by raw sugar on Apr 8, 2013 - 3 answers

What book did I just read?

What book did I just read? [more inside]
posted by Cosine on Apr 4, 2013 - 19 answers

Zeroth Contact

Where can I get some absentee alien stories? [more inside]
posted by ddbeck on Apr 1, 2013 - 20 answers

Can you find this sci-fi short story?

I've been looking for this particular short sci-fi story for several years and I am finally giving up on going solo. Help me find it, hive mind. [more inside]
posted by mr_crash_davis on Mar 20, 2013 - 5 answers

Book recommendations for the housebound

I need to get some birthday gifts for someone who is off work and stuck at home for weeks due to surgery. This person has no hobbies and doesn't really do much other than shop and watch TV and tends to get depressed easily, so I'd like to get him some things to keep him busy and engaged. He used to really enjoy reading so I think if I got some books he'd get into them while he's stuck at home. Previously enjoyed authors are Edgar Rice Burroughs, Louis L'Amour, Stephen King, Anne Rice and Conan books. So old Sci-Fi, Westerns or Horror. He doesn't like Zane Grey. He also enjoys history, particularly WW2 and Civil War eras. Could I please have your recommendations for riveting books that might be enjoyed by someone with these tastes? Am also happy to hear non-book recs that might fit in.
posted by Polychrome on Feb 13, 2013 - 27 answers

Goldilocks ISO juuuuuust-right fantasy novel

I'm just finishing up the third book in Ben Aaronovitch's "Rivers of London" series, and I've really enjoyed these books. What fantasy book(s) should I read next to suit my current mood? [more inside]
posted by taz on Dec 18, 2012 - 12 answers

Sci-fi books that are jam packed with ideas?

What are some good science fiction (ish) books that are crammed with lots of interesting little ideas? [more inside]
posted by jacobm on Oct 28, 2012 - 40 answers

Looking for an old sci-fi book

Looking for a science fiction book that I read back in the 70's-ish. It was about a guy who was in a jungle way way into the future. A few key points that should a ring a bell are: 1. There were these humanoid creatures that were short and fat and connected to a main plant by an umbilical cord. The main actor cut one of these cords and these "tummytommies" (some weird name like that) then became irritable. 2. There were these "balloons" floating around the jungle with long ropes dragging in the trees. It turned out that these were creatures that would catch prey with those sticky appendages and begin pulling the victim up to their chattering teeth. 3. This was when the world was very old and, I believe the story ended with the world ending. That's about all I remember.
posted by SparkyPine on Sep 19, 2012 - 7 answers

What children's sci-fi book is this?

Book Filter: What children's sci-fi book (written for kids around 5th to 6th grade age) included scenes where the border between the parallel universe and our universe would open up and household items would travel between the two universes? [more inside]
posted by lea724 on Sep 14, 2012 - 4 answers

telepathic assassin twins from the 80's!

Asking what I always ask here... name the sci-fi novel based on tiny shreds of info: Pretty sure it was from the 80's and was about twin assassins who shared the same exact thoughts. they could communicate with each other instantly telepathically. This made them excellent assassins. [more inside]
posted by darkpony on Sep 3, 2012 - 2 answers

Oh internet oracle, in your dusty archives

Tracking down an old story about a person who was using some sort of method to detect the impressions of sound waves in objects in order to replay old conversations. Anybody got an inkling what it might be? [more inside]
posted by solarion on Sep 1, 2012 - 12 answers

It was a dark and stormy night...

UK short story market for sci-fi and speculative fiction. Are there any sites that list current calls for submission? [more inside]
posted by run"monty on Jul 29, 2012 - 1 answer

Great "fun" science fiction novels? (Think: Ready Player One)

What are some great "fun" science fiction novels? (Think: Ready Player One) [more inside]
posted by petah on Jul 8, 2012 - 27 answers

What early to mid 70s (probably made for TV) sci-fi movie am I half-remembering?

What early to mid 70s (probably made for TV) sci-fi movie am I half-remembering? [more inside]
posted by kimota on Jun 9, 2012 - 11 answers

Sci-fi movie memory

Help me find the title of a particular sci-fi movie. [more inside]
posted by estherhaza on May 31, 2012 - 6 answers

Want to find out the name of a story I have forgotten

I am trying to find a short sci-fi story but cannot recall either the writer or the title. The story is about a spaceship marooned on a hostile ice planet where they are constantly under siege from the indigenous race there - not described. The people undertake a genetic development programme to alter themselves and their offspring to cope with the outside environment and be more hostile, stronger and savage than the indigenous population. The denouement of the story is the leader telling the last generation of people there that the children are ready to leave .... and that is all I can remember. Can anybody give me any clues or even the name of the story? Kevin
posted by hruntlefoot on Apr 19, 2012 - 7 answers

Robot Jesus of the future

Looking for a short story I read 2 or 3 years ago about a robot who worked in a church, and started reading scripture, and was eventually killed by the townspeople because of it. [more inside]
posted by Gargantuantoe on Apr 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Fantasy novel recommendations?

I had an urge yesterday to read a fantasy novel (or sci-fi, sure) about a young, powerless, and reluctant hero(ine) being caught up in events larger than them and growing as a person. I went to the bookstore and didn't really find anything that seemed appropriate. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Mar 7, 2012 - 77 answers

The hamsters go in this end and the cans of stew come out the other

What is this machine appearing in a 1950 space exploration movie? [more inside]
posted by XMLicious on Feb 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Locate old SF story

Long ago (maybe 30 years?) and 500 miles away, I read a short SF story in which it is illustrated that do-gooders cause all the troubles in the universe. A lesson in unintended consequences. It was humorous. How can I find this again? For added joy, I am also looking for a short SF story in which nothing can happen in the entire galaxy due to bureaucracy and red tape. My current belief system is based upon the rule of unintended consequences, and the fear that bleeding hearts like me cause more harm than good.
posted by Hobgoblin on Jan 11, 2012 - 4 answers

Curse you, you mysterious orb.

Story-about-orbs filter: in my eighth grade English class, I read a sci-fi story about an extraterrestrial orb that was collecting specimens from Earth. I'd love to find out its author and name (and, optimally, a copy of the story itself on the web.) [more inside]
posted by punchtothehead on Nov 19, 2011 - 5 answers

Time for some new reading material.

Hit me with some great, freely-available, science fiction short stories. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Nov 4, 2011 - 31 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

Name that Sci-fi Novel: Time Travelling Russians + Advanced Human Intelligences

Trying to remember the name of a sci-fi novel that involved time travelers. I *seem* to remember there was an organization dedicated to keeping the space-time continuum in order, and that organization consulted with human intelligences along the timeline, including vastly advanced human intelligences that basically weren't human anymore. [more inside]
posted by audiodidactic on Aug 25, 2011 - 10 answers

Name-that-story-filter

Name-that-story-filter: Anthropologist mother with her daughter (and son?) on a planet separated from the rest of civilization by years of sub-light space travel. Mom maintains scientific detachment, but daughter is assimilated into peculiar local culture with taboos against social interaction, driving mother and daughter apart. Inspired by this AskMe. [more inside]
posted by tigrrrlily on Aug 9, 2011 - 7 answers

Sci-Fi and Monster movies not in English

What movies am I missing outside of America that have great sci-fi and monster movie themes? [more inside]
posted by bleucube on Aug 1, 2011 - 23 answers

Sci-Fi movie title memory-fu failure

Help me remember a dimly remembered childhood sci-fi flick from the '50's or 60's... [more inside]
posted by royboy on Jul 19, 2011 - 7 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

Sci-Fi or Fantasy Erotica????

Any recommendations for Sci-Fi or Fantasy books with hot erotic content?
posted by goalyeehah on May 18, 2011 - 29 answers

Are giant steps what you take, walking on The Sun (apologies to The Police)?

Can anyone tell me, well, ANYTHING about a person (hypothetically) standing on the sun? [more inside]
posted by argonauta on May 16, 2011 - 44 answers

Need help IDing a sci-fi novel about the building of an interstellar transport network, a mean ship AI, and first contact with an unknowable alien intelligence

Can you help me identify this SF novel? Female protagonist is employed overseeing the construction of a transportation network into deep space. She has to deal with the ship's AI who is trying to turn her son (also a crew member) against her. They run into a very strange intelligent creature and try to figure out how to keep from destroying it with their gateway network, while also carefully monitoring the amount of time that she spends outside of suspended animation. [more inside]
posted by penduluum on Apr 13, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me identify this cheesy sci-fi movie from the 70's or 80's!

I've been trying to identify this movie for years with no luck. This is one of those strange movie memories where you just have little snapshots in your mind. I've Googled my brains out (er... you know what I mean) and I just come up empty. Help! [more inside]
posted by jluce50 on Apr 12, 2011 - 17 answers

"Is there anybody in this room who loves me?"

Help me find the title of a 1970s-era movie I saw on Sci-Fi Channel in the late 90s/early 2000s. It was several short stories strung together, all very strange but not quite "horror" or "sci-fi". [more inside]
posted by knile on Mar 4, 2011 - 4 answers

Looking for arctic horrors

Looking for more arctic horror in the vein of The Thing (and the offshoot X-files episode Ice) and Mountains of Madness. [more inside]
posted by melissam on Feb 16, 2011 - 28 answers

Looking for a 70's Sci-Fi Short story collection...

Random 70's SciFi Bookfilter: Mid to late 70's science fiction short story collection, lots of cool ship art, and one story in particular about two individuals hunting each other, one using all the latest tech, and his opponent taking a more primative approach. Story ends: "And the laser hummed and cut him in half." Ring any bells with any one?
posted by HannoverFist on Feb 14, 2011 - 4 answers

This book may only exist in my head.

I'm looking for the title of a book about sci-fi film from my youth. [more inside]
posted by Cassilda on Feb 7, 2011 - 2 answers

Follow the power lines

Identify a post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel for me - the only thing I remember about it is the hero(ine?) following the rusting stumps of electricity pylons through a bleak, post-apocalyptic (nuclear?) landscape. [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on Dec 7, 2010 - 14 answers

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