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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

What are your favorite novels about contemporary-ish space exploration?

I'm looking for books where characters are exploring the solar system using space ships that are technologically within (or somewhat close to) our capability to build today. Bonus points if those novels are character driven.
posted by Hoenikker on Jun 14, 2013 - 21 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

Beyond Helium 3

Hypothetically speaking, are there any known elements found only in outer space that might one day economically justify a renewed commitment to space exploration? (Helium 3 not included.) [more inside]
posted by egeanin on Mar 12, 2011 - 20 answers

Horror set in space

Looking for recommendations of horror stories set in space - movies, TV shows/episodes, books, comics, games etc. Bonus points for 'ghost ship'/'haunted house' story constructions. [more inside]
posted by slimepuppy on Feb 6, 2011 - 43 answers

Twenty years before The Matrix

I'm looking for a movie: Scifi, set in space/on a spaceship, probably late 70s release, that has as a plot element humans hiding from a nefarious computer or machine that would stick a needle in the back of the person's head (possibly into a port) when person was caught.
posted by yiftach on Apr 28, 2010 - 8 answers

Colonization: Lost in Space?

YAWWTPCGQ (yet another "what was that PC game?" question) [more inside]
posted by Iosephus on Nov 14, 2008 - 5 answers

Help me find a young adults hard sci-fi book about a space medic?

Please-help-me-identify-a-book-filter. Trying to track down a young adults hardish sci-fi book from the mid 80s in the UK about a space medic in trouble. [more inside]
posted by ArkhanJG on Jul 1, 2008 - 3 answers

Hard SF Universes

What hard sci-fi authors besides Larry Niven have large collections of stories within the same universe? [more inside]
posted by gnomeloaf on Jun 4, 2008 - 24 answers

Can you help me find this sci-fi book series again?

Please help find the name of series of sci-fi books. It's about a guy who finds some alien artifact on Europa that helps him save Earth from a meteor. [more inside]
posted by marcocampos on Jan 27, 2008 - 2 answers

To the moon

Help me with the hard science behind a sci fi idea. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Jun 22, 2006 - 19 answers

Space-y music?

The Final Frontier: I'm looking for music with a sci-fi feel, the kind of music you might have heard at a planetarium display when you were a kid. [more inside]
posted by jdroth on Mar 5, 2006 - 48 answers

Temporal mechanics for scifi readers

This is a question about temporal mechanics for scifi readers. [more inside]
posted by BorgLove on Nov 17, 2005 - 67 answers

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