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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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

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 Kansas(?), where she makes him ...
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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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The aliens are us

As a kid I read a short story about a war between aliens and humans. The events are told from the perspective of the leading character. The twist at the end of the short story reveals the leading ...
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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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Does anyone know if either of these short stories have sequels?

I have just finished reading two short stories/ebooks from The Black Library, "The Second Sun" by Ben Counter "The City is Theirs" by Philip Athans. Both stories, while completely unrelated are ...
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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 ...
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Short story about human colonists vs. alien animals that evolve very rapidly

I can remember this story's plot very vividly, but not the author or title. I read it in an American, English-language paperback anthology with an extraterrestrial theme, in the very late 80's or ...
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The title of a Sci-Fi short I read once, about a murder mystery involving cybernetic language

It was a world wherein there was a brain-implant which allowed people to snapshot, transfer and interpret partial mind-states as unaugmented humans use words. The actual story was about a detective ...
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Short Story about a boy and a dog, where all animals can talk

There was this short story I read a few years back that I would really like to find. It's title was something like "democracy" or "democrazy". The summary of what I remember: There is this boy and ...
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1960s short story, aliens accidentally set fire to the field they land in, story identification

I believe I read this work in the 70s. As I recall it was one of several short works in paperback, US printing. They story has dialog between some astronauts, they are discussing the possibilities ...
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Looking for a short story of a medieval town where wishes were granted unintentionally

A friend just pointed me here after I asked this on Facebook. I haven't had any luck there, so hopefully a more dedicated forum might help track it down. :) This has been bugging me for about 20 ...
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Looking for a short-short story about a cure for cancer

I have a vague memory of a short-short story (one page, maybe two at most) about a scientist who develops a cure for cancer. His boss tells him the discovery had been made and suppressed, because ...
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Short story about planet deemed uninhabitable due to poisonous oxygen clouds around it

I'm looking for a science fiction short story I read many years ago. The storyline is a planet being observed for possibility of life and the conclusion is it is uninhabitable because of the ...
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Poem or short story: silver cocklebur(r)?

Does anyone know of a short story, or possibly a poem, that involves a silver cockleburr? The story has a fairy tale vibe. I think the protagonist is a young woman. There's somewhere she's not ...
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Short story about Earth being threatened by Mars

This story was about Earth scientists who were shown a film supposedly proving that Martian (?) scientists had perfected an anti gravity machine. After being convinced that it could be done, the ...
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Short story - 20th century drug-addict recruited to fight in offworld gladiatorial games

Thirty odd years ago, I was in the U.K. at the time, I had a slim collection of short SF stories which I'm trying to identify. The cover I dimly remember as an abstract image, like a close up of a ...
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Short story about a man who lands on Mars, and Martians don't believe he's from Earth

In my childhood, I read a short story about a man who lands on Mars and finds that Martians looked exactly like humans. When he told them he was from Earth, everyone thought he had a disease that ...
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Short story about a man gives up chance to be first on the moon because of danger of becoming sterile

Looking for a sci fi short story about a man who gives up the chance to be the first man to go to the moon. He is warned that there is a chance that the flight to the moon may make him sterile and ...
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Short story about a dissident tortured and brought back to life multiple times

Looking for the title/author of a science fiction short story. The protagonist was a dissident in captivity. The government had the ability to kill him and bring him back to life multiple times. ...
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Short story where a box contains a miniature version of the Earth

I read this in the early 80's but it could have been written in the 50's or 60's. A man (boy?) finds a small box, peers into it and sees a miniature version of the earth. Curious, he peers into it ...
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Looking for SciFi short story about a handheld computer using its user to try to escape

I read this in a Sci-Fi anthology book about 20 odd years ago. The gist revolved around the idea that humans were slaves to their handheld computers. Basically no one thought for themselves anymore. ...