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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Short story where a character sees another dimension

I read this story years back and I can't remember its title and who wrote it. The plot goes something like this: A guy (or maybe some sort of scientist) gets into a lab accident(?) and his vision is ...
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Short story set during the Neolithic / Agricultural Revolution

I'm trying to track down a short story I read, on paper, at some point between (very approximately) 1980 and 2000. It was set during the Neolithic (aka First Agricultural) Revolution, the "wide-scale ...
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Story Identification about a world with no privacy after camera/network motes are released

I read this story/novel and remember liking it. Someone develops and releases nanoscopic motes that propagate and cover the whole planet allowing people to see everything all people are doing. It ...
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Short story…probably pre WW2. About a battleship ordered to surrender

I think the short story was in an anthology of stories...something like "best science fiction short stories" or the like. Basically, a battleship (US but country not mentioned) was ordered to ...
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old sci-fi short story: earth destroyed, survivor, aliens, reincarnation, classical music

I'm looking for an old story, maybe from Analog or Omni (print versions) 25-30 yrs ago. About a guy who's stranded orbiting (?) an alien planet after humanity has been wiped out. The aliens are ...
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Children's Ghost/Horror short story collection from 1970s

I am looking for the name of a book I had as a child, it was a book of short stories, with ghost themes, nothing super scary, as I was younger than 9 or 10 when I read it. It would've been purchased ...
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Trying to identify scifi story involving aliens/telepathy/music talent

I read a scifi story years ago. It may have been in one of the scifi magazines. It involved Earth having established a relationship with an alien race that valued above all art in all its forms. ...
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Identify a short story where economics is about the creation of scarce (and horrible) goods

I am having trouble identifying a short story that I have read a while ago. It is about the definition of economics in a future where all necessary goods are abundant/readily available. The story is ...
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Vortex magazine May 1977 Vol 5 short story details

I'm trying to source a copy of VORTEX, Vol 5 from May 1977. I owned that edition for a while as a teenager and was fascinated by the short stories it contained. Is anyone able to provide a brief ...
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Sea tale short story read in 2005

Set in the 1700's among the dockyards, after hours underground bare knuckle prize fights take place. The narrator is told a tale of "SATTO" (if I recollect) the greatest fighter to ever live. Satto ...
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Name of alternate timeline short story

In the story the man helps with someone's estate and receives a custom clock. He discovers the clock maker lives in the woods outside town and visits him. After leaving the place at night he gets lost ...
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A short : man alone on planet stays awake many days to avoid alien nightmares, rescued but

In this science fiction short, a man ends up marooned - perhaps his companions died, don't recall. The place is haunted / inhabited by nightmares that he can avoid only by staying awake, which he ...
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Trying to identify a very old short story about aliens colonizing human bodies

Don't remember the exact start to the story, but it went something like "walking along a path" or something, and when he hears what sounds like a shotgun blast behind him, he then feels something ...
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Short story about a man with the ability to *choose* the future

There's a short story I once read in my youth and am now trying to find again, but whose title or author I can't remember, so I was hoping someone here could help me with that. The elements that I ...
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Who wrote a short story called “Writer's Block” (I think)

Story line: Sci Fi writer can't think of a story. Then thinks of aliens living on moon and observing us. Whenever we get close to realizing they are there they have us forget. Then he forgets the ...
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Looking for a short story where a girl's body is described as a galaxy [closed]

It's a very short short story, and for almost the whole story it's describing a girl's body as a galaxy, and then at the end it says something like "and he was an astronaut."
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Aliens want to destroy all dogs because they are seen as next step in evolution beyond Man

I read a SF short story years ago, I think it may have been in high school back in the 1970s. Aliens come to earth, to kill all the dogs, because they see Man as destroying himself, and dogs as ...
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story identification - suicidal breeding of aggresive next generation on generation ship [duplicate]

I am looking for a short story and anthology / anthologies containing it: A multi generation ship has landed on a planet with very hostile inhabitants on it. The aliens are chipping away at the hull ...
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Looking for story about rocks watching a city rise and fall, on their timescale

I remember a short story where two rocks are talking to each other, and during the conversation (on their timescale) a giant city rises from nothing, is built right up to the edge of the rocks, and ...
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Short story identification: Sole inhabitant of desolate planet alternatively regenerated as male / female

Written in the first person, this lonely human inhabitant of a desolate and inhospitable planet desperately searches for another human being who is apparently leaving traces of their existence and ...
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Searching for a specific science fiction short story [duplicate]

In my English class - 7 years ago - we had Isaac Asimov as topic, but this little story was not one of his. It was about a single guy on a outpost. He tells about how normal his live is and how nice ...
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Looking for a short story about a society where when you are sentenced to life in prison, you are kept alive in prison forever

It's told from the perspective of a prisoner who has served hundreds of years and they won't let him die. Any suggestions?
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Short story identification: Man poisons wife with mushrooms and a large fungus appears for revenge

Written in the form of a diary - a man (professor / mycologist ) poisons wife by substituting poisonous mushrooms for edible ones in her meal. He buries her a short distance from the house and a large ...
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Looking for a short story involving warfare on the moon

The story consists of the conversation at a dinner party between two couples. The husbands are soldiers in the opposing "white" and "black" armies that constantly wage war on the surface of the moon, ...
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80s horror book with a man crouched and eating a leg on the cover?

I'd really love to know what this book is. Here are the details: The cover of said book may have featured a thin, maniacal looking figure (or boy) crouching in front of a dark forest. He had a leg ...
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Golden Age SF short story about first contact, and a different kind of hyperspace

I've been trying to find a certain "golden age" short sci-fi story for days and it's driving me crazy. Here's what I can remember: first contact with humans and an alien scoutship from a galactic ...
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Help identifying short story by Harold Lamb

Harold Lamb was an author who wrote adventure and historical fiction for the pulps, but anyone who likes Swords & Sorcery would probably like them, so I'm hoping someone here can help. The story ...
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Help identify short story - Astronaut stranded on Mars

I am looking for a short story about an astronaut stranded on Mars, I think because the lander crashed or is unable to take off. The mother ship has abandoned him and left Mars orbit for Earth. Some ...
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Looking for a Sci Fi/urban fantasy short story about a cat who fights demons

I'm looking for a short story I read a couple of years back. It was told from the point of view of an old cat, who has spent his life fighting demons[?] that try to come through weak places in ...
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Identify Short Story/Novel about a boy speeding time

A colleague just gave me a brief description of story/novel but doesn't remember its title but said the author's name sounded french(ish). I am trying to find it: The story opens with a boy who can ...
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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 ...