A short story is a literary work of fiction that is too small to be noted as a novel, usually contains less than 100 pages and no chapters.

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Due to natural rotation of Milky Way all Earth life gets increased intelligence [duplicate]

I read this story in the late 1970s, perhaps very early 1980s. All life (with a brain I guess) on Earth suddenly develops increased intelligence. Scientists determine this is due to the normal ...
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Short story/teaser in Asimov or Clarke book

I am trying to find a short story/teaser that I read in a book by (I think) either Isaac Asimov or Arthur C. Clarke. Basically, a spaceship visits a planet to resupply or something similar. They met a ...
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Looking for an anthology of short horror/ fantasy stories

I'm looking for an anthology of short horror fantasy like stories with this one paricular story in it about someone who gets called out into the woods in the middle of the night to investigate a woman ...
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Story about a civilization which repeatedly rises and falls, because individuals can't stop reproducing

I'm looking for a story which has these elements: There is an alien species whose biology compels it to reproduce every couple of years, and they don't have a choice about it. As they develop ...
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Help identifying a short story about a post-nuclear trader/spy

I'm looking for information on a short story that I read back in the mid-to-late 1980s. I was reminded of it because I was reading the jacket copy of Neal Stephenson's Seveneves, but I haven't read ...
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Short story where life is lived out of chronological order

I think I read this short story (within the past five years) which was a science fiction (possibly post-apocalyptic) short story anthology. There was some kind of event which caused the world to ...
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70s/80s short story (& compilation) where crossbow-wielding smartypants is killed by a laser

The story is a futuristic "Most Dangerous Game" variant, but where the game is voluntary on both sides. Protagonist/narrator has signed up to fight another participant to the death. The deal is they ...
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Short story about humans being robots controlled by aliens

I have read this short story long time ago in a Czech anthology so the author might originally be from Russia. The story is about a scientist making a bombastic announcement that humans are robots ...
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Joe Haldeman story title

I'm looking for a short story which my brain advises was written by Joe Haldeman. I'm usually reasonably good at web-searching but have drawn a blank on this one. The story is set in a dystopian ...
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Series of stories with titles like “The Agile rigelian”

A series of short stories around 1950, about a guy with two brains and a perfect mind shield and no it's not Gosseyn. The stories had Ellery Queen-like titles such as "The Agile Rigelian".
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Lighthearted story about a lonely man whose toy gun makes people vanish

I read this story in 2004, in a photocopied handout for a class, but I'm sure it was published long before then. Though the plot is pretty dark, the tone of the writing is lighthearted. A lonely man ...
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Story about alien takeover and the hero finds a way to make electrons flow in wires

Short story about an alien takeover. The hero finds some mental way to make electrons flow in wires, so he has power to defeat their ships. From a pulp magazine in early fifties.
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Short story whose characters escape from a glass-walled jail with citric acid

Characters are imprisoned in a glass-walled jail and use citric acid as one component of a concoction to dissolve the glass. It was in a low-grade pulp magazine around 1950.
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Device that makes metal malleable

I remember reading a story about an alien who came to earth and gave/sold a human a little device. It was the size of a pen, and when you aimed it at something metal, the metal became malleable, like ...
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aliens teach humans a board game, report of title match

The short-story is an account of a title-match between two humans at a board-game that aliens taught humans. The account is by a child. Captain someone went space-exploring and encountered aliens. ...
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Two Earth-explorers encounter aliens, learn Earth had lost war in past; aliens thought humans were extinct [duplicate]

Two human explorers land on a planet and encounter an alien. The alien tells them that long ago humans were a cruel and oppressive space-faring species. For example, they genetically engineered one ...
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After an earthquake in California, everything to the east is gone [duplicate]

Definitely published before 1980. City on west coast experiences massive earthquake. A survivor, who I think lives in the mountains above the city, (LA, San Fran?) comes out of his house when the ...
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Old women spraying garden for pests while aliens invading and spraying the Earth

Many years ago I read a short story about two old women spraying their garden for pests during an alien invasion. They talked about how they didn't think the invaders were dangerous. Off in the ...
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Man stranded on alien planet, dies alone, alien creatures under water

I'm looking for help to identify a short story. The man was stranded on an alien planet (crash landed, I think) and ends up dying there alone. He is on a little boat at the end (that he made, maybe) ...
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Looking for a Science Fiction Short Story Involving Mathematics

I'm looking for a science fiction short story. I think it is a couple of pages in length. A father mathematician bemoans his mentally challenged child who appears to have Down's Syndrome, doesn't talk ...
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Help remembering a short story about a man on mars

So I'm having trouble remembering a short story I read about 3 or 4 years ago. I'm a little hazy with some of the details but I think that it was about this one man who had a high ranking among a ...
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short story in 50s or 60s about colored spheres

I'm looking for a short story that has beings on another planet that game or duel with colored spheres (and possibly music). I thought it was by Sturgeon, but have been through all I could find of ...
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Story Identification: “Symbiotic” Parasite Short Story

Hello I'm looking for the title to a sci-fi short story I read years ago. Here are a couple of details I remember: Humans fight a war with an alien species that develops a neurological parasite as a ...
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Short story where a man disguises the destination of a letter by making postal code different from address

A man is running from some people who have him under surveillance, and when he wants to send a letter he thinks they can see the address he wrote on the letter, so he writes a fake address and prints ...
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Trying to remember a short story about telepathy

The main character(s) are looking for telepathic geniuses to hire or to admit to some school or something. Everyone who respond to the advertisement enters the room one by one, picks up some paperwork ...
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Time Machine Short Story in Letter/Essay format

I'm trying to remember the name of a short story that's written in the form of a letter to a doctor/professor (I think). The writer of the letter/essay, who is a scientist, describes an experience ...
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undulating ribbon-like invaders coming in the vents

A pre-1955 short story about people hiding from undulating ribbon-like invaders coming in through the air vents. The ribbons may have been yellow, and the author just might have been Van Vogt. It ...
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Story featuring a machine which lets you see the world through another's eyes

Looking for this story: A scientist invents a machine which lets you see the world through someone else's eyes by putting your consciousness into their brain somehow. He then invites a party of 7 ...
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Looking for a short story about staged military conflict as performance

Looking for a short story about a group to troupe fighting staged military conflict as performance for assessed points. It isn't Mack Reynold's "Mercenary", and contains a reference to another ...
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Short Story with strange Electronic components and Modules from catalog

I think I read this in an anthology. Some guys start to order parts from mail catalog, super-transistors and other components that are really sent by aliens. I cannot really remember how it ended. ...
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Short story about mining robot fighting in the arena

Sci-fi short story, i read it in late 90-s early 2000-s. I think it was published in "Tekhnika Molodezhi" ("Technology for the Youth") magazine, but i also think it was translated into Russian from ...
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What short story has astronauts studying Neanderthals on a planet with an imminent volcanic eruption?

This story is about a team of astronauts on a planet studying a Neanderthal type race. They become aware that a volcanic eruption is imminent. Unfortunately, one of the members of their crew is ...
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What's the sci-fi collection that includes stories about Ball Inc, a James Bond-type agent, and a level 20 domain in the Congo?

I came across a book in the 1990s — itself probably dating to the '70s or '80s — called something along the lines of 6 Greatest/Best/Top Science Fiction stories. It was an unusual number — not the top ...
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90s short story featuring military guy befriending blue alien that reproduces by fission

I'm looking for a story that was in one of the major sci-fi magazines in the nineties. There was a military guy and he went to a planet and meet a blue alien who didn't speak, but they formed a very ...
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The ocean disappears, people suddenly hear rushing water

It's about the ocean disappearing one day and people walking and driving along the sand, until one day they begin to hear the sound of rushing water. The story ends just like that. Can someone ...
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Story about Astronauts Being Killed one by one by non-corporeal alien entity on a Deserted Planet

This science fiction short story is about a team of astronauts/space explorers who land on an alien planet. An alien entity that exists in a gaseous state is lurking at the bottom of a well or hole. ...
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Explosion of knowledge [closed]

Knowledge is exploding and the need to generate library methods to retrieve knowledge also grows. Over millennia knowledge increases so much that whole planets become devoted to the necessary filing ...
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The human unconscious used to save a crew from Aliens

I must admit that I no longer remember much about the story but the essence is that a human crew (including women and children) has been taken hostage (aboard a space ship, I believe). The aliens ...
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Looking for Title and/or Author of a Sci-Fi Short Story about a Ritual Dance with Tentacled Creatures

I am looking for the name of a sci-fi short story I read in 2002 that was part of either an anthology or a sci-fi subscription where a planet (not Earth) had a race of beings with many tentacles that ...
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Who was the author of a sci-fi short story called “Fusion”?

The short story in question appeared in a late 1960s or very early 1970s issue of Galaxy magazine. It had to have been before 1973, as that is when I remember reading it. The story involved a ...
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Looking for a story about the end of life on earth

I am looking for a story I read in an anthology. In the story, the stars started to disappear and strange creatures appeared and collected all of the butterflies on earth. Eventually, the sun went ...
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Short Story about Aliens Studying Monkey Kidnapped from Zoo

I'm trying to remember the title of a good short story I read at least 30 years ago about aliens studying a bipedal mammal to determine if the creature is good enough to work as slaves. The aliens ...
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Short story collection with one story about a fictional drug

I am trying to located a sci-fi short story book that I read when I was a child. One of the stories was about an undercover agent (in the future I guess) who poses as a customer (for a most dangerous ...
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Story where the main character learns to perceive time out of order from the aliens

I read a story several years ago in which aliens come make first contact with Earth, and a bunch of scientists set to work trying to establish communication with them in various fields. The main ...
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Short story about an astronaut that has to harvest/collect the body fluids of an alien for a panacea [duplicate]

Short story read in the 60's or 70's, an astronaut has to enter an alien ship and collect the tears/sweat? of an alien to use as a wonder drug for humans. The alien has some sort of presence which ...
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Sci-fi Short Story: Soul-Stealing Space Snakes

This was a short story in an anthology, it involved a group of people trapped in a perpetual videogame/virtual reality. There were levels, and you had to beat each one. The first was like a ...
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Looking for a sci-fi about life after death

I read this short story around 10 ago and haven't been able to find it ever since. The hero of the story is a prolific scientist in some mathematical field, and he dies at around page 1. His soul is ...
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Sorceress accepts paper as payment for opening portals to other worlds

Looking for the title/author of a fantasy short story. I read it years ago and don't remember a lot of details. A sorceress accepts paper as payment for opening portals to other worlds. I think the ...
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A story in Analog about immortal people

I believe the story was back in the seventies. People became immortal when they were sure they were going to die and then didn't. I've tried finding it and can't.
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Trying to find a Sci-Fi Short Story called “Sarge”

I have a friend who is looking to find a short sci-fi story called "Sarge." The story I am looking for starts off as a letter or message to his adversaries. It is first person from the dog's point of ...