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

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ID for short story about man using telekinetic remote viewer to wage war on alien planet

I'm trying to ID a story I read in the local library the early 70's when first getting into SF. I'm pretty sure it was a short story in a collection, but can't rule out it being part of a longer ...
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Looking for short story title - partially abandoned skyscraper has aliens on upper floors

I'm trying to remember the author and/or title of a sf short story featuring a mile high skyscraper that was an economic failure, so only the lower floors were in use - until the protagonists find ...
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Short story similar to Under the Dome

I'm looking for a short story that's slightly similar to "Under the Dome." Note: this is not Clifford Simak's "All Flesh is Grass," as I've been reading it and it's not ringing any bells. I also ...
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Short Story pre-1987: main character is Voyager-style space probe

I think I read this c. 1987. It would've been in a paperback SF short fiction anthology, likely with other stories by more famous authors (Heinlein, Asimov, the usual suspects). As I recall, the name ...
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Help identify short story with stranded aliens collecting junk to repair spaceship

I read this in the 80's or early 90's but I believe it was older even then. The protagonist discussed how so many communities had a few families that had all kinds of piles of "junk" in their yards. ...
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Plot fragments from a science fiction compilation that I have forgotten and would like to find

So there's a compilation of science fiction short stories I had when I was a kid that I lost and can't remember the name of, nor any of the names of the stories or authors. I just remember some plot ...
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Conspiracy about a hidden number

I read a short story about a number between (IIRC) three and four being disappeared by a conspiracy. The short story revolves (again, IIRC but not that important) around the death of person (possibly ...
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A book about A Little Girl and Rabbits

So, this book was my favorite book when I was a kid, it was around 10-13 years ago. The story was about a little girl who ran out from her house and ran into a kind of forest and met some kind of ...
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I am trying to find a short story about an experience machine

I am trying to remember a story that I heard in high school (around 1992) about a guy who visits a man in a shack in the middle of a wasteland because he can give the guy any experience that he wants. ...
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Scifi short story where all citizens are armed (golden age)?

Trying to identify a scifi short story, possibly from the golden age, where all citizens carry sidearm weapons. Everyone is super-polite because it is legal and accepted to challenge another citizen ...
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Short story about an endless space ship

I read it online few years ago. It is a short story about exploring a spacecraft/ship/station that seems to be infinite inside. It is written like a log, and each entry starts with a measure, like ...
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Short story ending with human chased by huge, tripedal, spinning sentient worm alien

I am looking to identify the short sci fi story described below. It may be a really commonly known one, I just cannot remember the author or title. A spaceship lands on a planet that is largely ...
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Stranded aliens on Earth set up rescue beacon

I am trying to find the title and author of this SF short story: An alien ship and crew become stranded on pre-human Earth. While their ships can take advantage of wormholes, a rescue beacon is ...
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Short story about robots wearing out and 'dying'

I am looking for the name of a short story, maybe from the early 1950's. I tried most famous authors without success. Plot: all humans are extinct after a great war (decades ago). Fighting robots ...
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Short story: man rescues alien from cruel hanging ceremony, but alien turns into a shrub

I am seeking a short story where a man rescues an alien from a cruel hanging ceremony, but the alien turns into a shrub. It turns out the hanging ceremony was a way the aliens,of humanoid form, had ...
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Story Identification: Sci-fi love story, where love is dictated by a computer

I'm looking for the title/author of a short story. The story begins with a young man who is living in some sort of computer-controlled utopia, and he is very upset because the computer informed him ...
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Story Ident : Uploaded mind gets bad news from his hosting company

The story is in the form of a one-way chat communication addressed to the reader, with implied responses from the reader. The reader is an uploaded mind and the communication is from the company that ...
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Guy is on voyage to Mars. He thinks his wife is with him but she's a hypnotic suggestion

There's no room for a second person, so he's been hypnotized to believe that she's there. Fuzzy on the details. Story's probably from 1950s. What is the name of this story?
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Mean aunt is reincarnated as a fly with one green(?) eye and one brown eye

I’m looking for a story I read. A boy's American parents are killed in an accident in India or Tibet. He's sent back to live with his maiden aunt (who has one brown and one green (or blue) eye) in ...
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Short Story ID: Utopia Where No One Has to Work, But People Want to Work Anyway

I'm looking for a short story that takes place in a sort of utopian future, where no one has to work because machines do everything. People can basically sit and do nothing all day, but this is ...
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Sci Fi Short Story ID: Aliens United to Destroy Violent Race, Twist Is It's Humanity [duplicate]

I'm looking for a sci-fi short story where a crew from Earth makes first contact with an alien. The alien tells them about how all the alien races united to destroy an extremely violent/belligerent ...
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Exploration teams land on planet and die of nightmares

This was a short story. Various teams land and do not survive the first night. There are cryptic clues relate to being attacked by monsters from their cultures/myths. The protagonist survives his ...
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Identify 1950's scifi story - man left on empty planet and slowly becomes native [duplicate]

This is one of the 2 stories I read as a kid in the 1950's, early 60's which forever locked me into scifi. Spoiler alert! Short story about a spaceman who ended up marooned alone on an empty planet of ...
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Doctor who short story “Voice From The Vortex”

What is the plot of the Doctor Who short story "Voice From The Vortex"? It was published in magazine issue number 364.
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Short story featuring time travelers from distant future, ice age, and genetic diversity

I have been trying on and off for years to find a short story I would have read in an anthology during the 80s, but was probably originally a bit older. It was about time travelers from a distant ...
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Story where a painting reflects actual facts

I remember reading as a child a story with the following plot: someone has just bought a painting that depicts a house surrounded by vegetation (shrubs? woods?). As time passes, the owner sees that ...
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60's or earlier SF short story robot learns to play piano

I read this one back in the late 60's. A retired musician gets a robot butler to help out around the house. The robot is curious about music, so the retired musician teaches the robot how to play ...
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Short story about a pig that becomes a saint

Trying to find a rather silly short story, or the collection it was in: A pair of priests come to a village, where a female pig is apparently possessed by the devil. The sow committed a number of ...
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Short story where a man escapes a prison cell by creative use of vomit

I read this a long time ago in a collection of short stories, the only other one I could remember in the book was The Golden Man if that helps any. From what I can recall of the plot of the story it ...
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ID short Sci Fi story on a scientist that creates a potion that slows down his perception of time and dies of old age at sunset

I seek help identifying a short story I read more than 20 years ago (maybe the story itself was written before the 80's even). This short story (to the best of my recollection) involves a scientist ...
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Search for 'weatherworking' story set in Britain

I would have read this at some point before 2001, which is not particularly helpful but does at least cut out the last 13 years, I guess? (Assume, by the way, that basically all of what follows will ...
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Mind reading machine overwrites everyone's brain

I read a short story about 15 years ago, and I'm trying to find it again. There was a college kid who volunteered to test out a mind-reading device. Something went wrong, and the machine ended up ...
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Story identification. Wife in stasis chamber

My colleague was talking about books he read and told me this story, but he did not know who wrote it or what the title was. As far as he knows it was an Asimov short story but he's not sure. The ...
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Cinder Children, a short horror story

I'm looking for the short story probably entitled "The Cinder Children" from a collection of horror fiction that may have contained some Richard Matheson stories or been a tribute to Matheson. I read ...
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Trying to identify a story about a psychologist learning you need punishment to reform malcontents

I'm pretty sure that this is an older story, but parts of it have really stuck with me. I read it somewhere in the 1990s, but I think it came from a collection of my parents. It was a short story, ...
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Old sci-fi short story about buying an android?

Long, long time ago I came upon a collection of old (pre 1980s?) short sci-fi stories. I'm not 100% sure, but something makes me think they were by Russian authors. One of them was about a woman, who ...
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(Short?) Story Identification: Generation ship, two species, air tank control, expected at destination

I am looking for a (short?), possibly German, story. I read it around 1992, but it is certainly older. It is a about a generation ship in which the human species has split into two; the ("lower") one ...
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Looking for a short story: one man is “lucky” enough to live forever through coincidences [duplicate]

I remember reading a story online years ago, but I can't find it anymore. The idea behind this story (pretty sure it was a short story, not even a novella) was some kind of many-worlds thing: there ...
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Trying to find a book author/title of an amazing sci-fi fantasy story:

Character - Jan, is an austere woman living a dull & predictable life in a time of no monetary transactions; but, "credits" rather. Credits, she has saved up a considerable sum. She eventually ...
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Story about unlucky colonist [duplicate]

I remember short sci-fi story about man, who was selected to be a colonist on some planet. He hadn't any superhuman abilities, excluding one - he was extremaly unlucky. Because of some colonization ...
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Short story about a free drug with a costly antidote

Can anyone help me find a short story I read in the 70's about a cop who investigates a new drug. He finds out it is free and takes it. He lives out a perfect life and dies then wakes up after a few ...
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I am trying to track an Asimov short story in black-and-white

I watched a black-and-white short-story when I was a kid on TV many years ago. The plot involved humans that lived below ground in a highly technological age and never ventured to the surface and ...
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Humans Evolve from Vermin on the Spaceships of Precursor Aliens - Short Story

I've been trying to remember a short story which I read in the 1980s in a Sci-Fi anthology. The details which I remember are: Humans were traveling to other planets trying to decipher their big ...
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Post apocalyptic story

I read this story when I was a kid and know it was a multi-book story. It was probably written in the late 70s or 80s. It started off in a small town with two kids in a theater getting setting the ...
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What 70’s short story has a species go extinct every day, ending with a microscopic one, then humans?

I'm looking for a short story (I believe it was in an anthology dating from the 1970's) where a species goes extinct every day. It concludes with some microscopic or very tiny species dying out, ...
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Short story involving television causing human memory to run out of storage space

I believe I read it as part of a short story anthology in the late 1980s or the early 1990s, although it's likely older. The plot involves a crisis where people all over the world are suddenly going ...
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Looking for a Scifi short story about “the stream”

This is a story about a society that has access to a stream of information in their heads. One man did not and he spent all of his time in abandoned libraries. He was pitied until the day the ...
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Story where an unstoppable machine covers the world with grey matter?

I am looking for a short story I read many many years ago. If I remember correctly, the story featured a machine which was unstoppable, possibly because a mechanism to stop it has been lost. The ...
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Looking for a short story about two wizards competing in a spelling bee

Read this about five or so years ago. It was in a short story collection and unfortunately I don't remember the name or publisher. The story was titled something like, "the spelling bee" or some thing ...
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Story about colony ships in suspended animation overtaken by newer, faster ships

Does anyone know this science fiction story? It's about Earth sending a colonization ship to another world. The trip would take about 200 years so the people were put in suspended animation. 75 years ...