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 :super computers save humanity

This is a short story about 1 super computer (USA). The computer(big one) is talking to the captain , the news is that there are less and less children born on Earth. They ask the computer if the ...
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Aliens experimenting on human capitalism by creating an entirely new market in butter pats

As I recall it, after creating a huge butter pat market from nothing, one day the aliens just walked away from it. Probably some deep political philosophy behind it that I missed when I first read it ...
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Short story about a boy talking to an alien on his computer, alien asking for help

I read this short story in elementary school, 15-20 years ago. I can't remember if it were part of an anthology, or if it were its own book. It was written for youth 7-12, and when I read it I think ...
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Short Story: Space probe (Voyager?) discovered by aliens?

I read this story a few years ago in an anthology, but I'm sure it was written in the 70s or 80s. It was only a few pages long and explored a number of scenarios that could occur if aliens were to ...
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Looking for a story where all sickness and disease has been eliminated

Takes place in a future where all sickness and disease has been eliminated leaving people with weak immune systems. The main character is in charge of sending all time hoppers from the past to a moon ...
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Short Story: Criminals are sent back in time as punishment?

I've already searched Wikipedia's list of time travel stories in hopes of finding it, but no such luck. This is the basic plot of the story: In the future, criminals are sent back to the Renaissance ...
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Inventor experiments with irradiating food and creates nasty plague

At least 25 years ago I read a short story about man trying to invent something that will make him famous. In addition to other experiments, he tinkers with irradiating food. He ends up accidentally ...
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Short story from the 70's about a super fast ship approaching earth

Here one for the older readers: I read this short story, in an anthology, back in the '70's or early 80's. A spaceship is approaching planet Earth at light speed, or maybe just really really fast, ...
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The owner of a newspaper in the future describes his day as he effectively runs the world

I believe this short story was from the early to mid 20th century, i.e., Gernsback, Heinlein, Asimov etc. The setting was retro-futurist: airships, chrome, food pills, and the like. In the story, the ...
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spaceship saved by teen who realizes destination planet is surrounded by electromagnetic field

Old short story or possibly a book, more than 30 years old, about spaceship heading to some planet, possibly Venus. The previous ships have not been heard from after landing. On the way a teenage boy ...
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man forced to compete in contest where if you win you are killed and you body is used for reproductive material

Short story from at least 25 years ago. A man visiting a planet is forced to compete for the right to die and be used for reproductive material or die trying. The men on this planet intentionally put ...
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Short story about humans and aliens fighting over colonizing a habitable planet, read about 30 years ago

Man comes to planet to work on dispute between human colonists and another race. The other race captures some of colonists and performs horrible experiments on them and uses germ warfare. The problem ...
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Book about humans as beasts of burden for another race, read about 30 years ago

Short story or possibly book where humans on a planet are work animals for a different race. It turns out that it was a human colony that was overrun by this race a long time ago. I believe it is the ...
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Short story banned for content

Many years ago I read a collection of stories that had not been published, not because of their quality but because of the challenging themes. I am trying to remember the name of the story, and its ...
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Book of three short stories with gay themes

I read this book at least 8 years ago. It had a red cover with an angel?(I'm not sure) on it. If I'm not wrong it had three short stories, all with gay themes. One had something to do with an angel ...
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(Nuclear powered?) airplanes stacked in an infinite holding pattern

As the title states, I'm looking for a short story about (nuclear powered?) planes that cannot land. I read it in an anthology many years ago and would love to find it again.
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Aliens hiding important information about the human race; story ends “‘You don’t’ he said?”

And thereby makes clear in 4 words what the whole story was about. In a 60's or 70's era anthology I think. I’ve always remembered it as being an example of good or clever writing. I've never read ...
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Science fiction short story about a strange family

I read this as a kid in the 70s or 80s. It had a man (Census Taker, Reporter, Author?) visiting an unusual family. I seem to recall they were VERY advanced for time frame the story was set in. They ...
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Short Story - Underground Dystopian possibly Steampunk

I remember reading a story about possibly a boy and girl living in an underground city because of some event that sent the population underground - it was a short story, I believe, possibly in SF/F, ...
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Looking for a short story about a runaway Girl rescued by a wildman on a planet taken over by aliens

I read a book in a library stack that was either a short book or a short story in pulp sci fi compilation book. It starts by telling the reader that the planet was taken over by aliens and now ruled ...
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Looking for a short story about an anonymous candidate running for President

Way back in one of the pulp science fiction magazines (probably If or Galaxy circa 1950-1970 but could have been a more obscure one), there was this short story about someone running for President. ...
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Anthem-esque short story about a dude who is very smart and strong so he wears devices to slow him and weaken him

I remember reading a short story back in high school that was similar to Anthem by Anyn Rand about this guy who was very strong and smart. And because everyone in this world had to be equal he was ...
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30's story about space war: Earth ship destroys enemy planet with weapon, only to return to find Earth destroyed by the enemy with the same weapon

Looking for 1930's short story about space war where Earth ship destroys enemy planet, only to return to find Earth destroyed by the enemy with the same weapon. The gist of the story was the debate on ...
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Looking for the title of a sci-fi story about astronauts using their knowledge of evolution to figure out they're in a space zoo

I read it back in junior high, and google isn't helping. EDIT: Someone pointed out how ambiguous that is. Sorry. I would have read it about a decade ago, but I think it's from the seventies. From ...
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70s scary stories youth anthology. Very eerie black-and-white drawings. a ghost saves a kid from drowning

I'm looking for a book or books that I used to check out of my school library in the early 70s. It was an anthology of short spooky stories for 'tweens or teens. It had several ery eerie ...
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Help me track down a short story about a pursuit across time-rates?

This was in an anthology from way back in the 60s or 70s when I was just getting into SF - I've no idea who the author was. One man pursues another as he slips across different time rates - the only ...
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Short story with carnivorous organisms mimicking objects

I remember reading a short story some time ago about a colony or outpost on an Earthlike planet. Some people went missing and the scientists discovered that they were being attacked (and consumed) by ...
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What was Martina and his family in “Picking up the Pieces” by Pat Cadigan?

I just read the short story "Picking up the Pieces" by Pat Cadigan and despite reading the bit where the first person character sees Quinn and Martin and his family I still did not get what was ...
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What story has a robot that gains psychic power after direct exposure to hyperspace?

I'm looking for a story I read about twenty-five or thirty years ago, in a book I got in a second-hand store. I don't remember the title of the book, which had a number of short stories in it, but in ...
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What short story has the protagonist killed in his upper story apartment with the window crushed from the outside

I remember a short story that started as a murder mystery where a man was found dead in his upper story apartment with the window broken from the outside. There weren't any clues as to what happened. ...
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I'm looking for a book or short story about mining time from before the mid 1980s

In the book, it is discovered that people can "mine for time" that then can be used to extend their own lives. However, it is discovered that the time you mine is someone else's, and you are actually ...
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Seeking a story about a time-traveler living backwards in a capsule

I'm hunting for the title of a short story where a senile old man appears in a capsule in a laboratory. They eventually realize time is passing backwards for him. After years he helps them build the ...
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80's sci fi short story/film

I know this is a bit of a long shot but I have been trying to track down this movie for many years. It was an old movie my brother and I used to watch on vhs as kids. The story was two lads try to ...
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Short sci-fi story: aliens regret setting Earth's destruction in motion [duplicate]

The story is basically told from an alien's point of view. Essentially they observed us from far off, deemed us as violent and a danger to the universe, and set course (asteroid or something) to kill ...
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Short sci-fi story: aliens regret destroying Earth with asteroid or something

The story is basically told from an alien's point of view. Essentially they observed us from far off, deemed us as violent and a danger to the universe, and set course (asteroid or something) to kill ...
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Short story where all hard surfaces are destroyed by the droppings of an alien bird

I read a short story many years ago with a twist-ending similar to Ray Bradbury stories. Tthe story was post-apocalyptic and the ending involved a strange alien birdlike creature that poos on the ...
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Short story from the 80's about a strike team going through some tunnels with deadly traps

I'm trying to recall a short science fiction story, I think from the 80's. It involved a military strike team, going through some tunnels/maze with deadly traps in each section which kill off various ...
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Short story about alien war between “Creators and Creatures”

I have another sci-fi short story I cannot remember the title of. It should be about 20 pages long. A spaceship with two human beings is blocked by an enormous alien spaceship. Their occupants ask, ...
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Story Identification / dogs in SF

The story is about a series of anomalous incidents leading to the death of many people. Turns out, these explosions centered around dogs. Aliens are in orbit, intent on destroying every dog on the ...
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Multiple civilizations in individual rocket ships with fake star system overhead

A short story about a gaffer - this guys job is to maintain/repair the star system that is used to fake out the residents on rocket ships. Cool job. As he looks in the windows of the various ships, ...
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Short story about an astronaut that enters an alien space ship and discovers it is a sarcophagus

Upon realizing it is a sarcophagus, he decides to sacrifice himself (I think by disconnecting his air) and exist in it for eternity along with the original creature. It may have been in an old Omni ...
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Short story (NOT from Riverworld by Farmer) about Herman Goering or another high Nazi who is reincarnated and executed over and over [duplicate]

It was in a science fiction magazine in the last 17 years. It was in either Asimov's, Fantasy and Science Fiction, or Analog. The story raises the question of how much punishment is enough, and if the ...
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Short story about a series of letters or emails written by a sister to her brother about a TV show

They watched the TV show as children in the 1950’s. I read it in a science fiction magazine in the last 15 years. It was in either Asimov's, Fantasy and Science Fiction, or Analog. They saw only a ...
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Short story about a pilot in who is integral to a space ship that attacks planets

I read it in an anthology book in 1975. When not attacking planets the pilot has more freedom to think and does not like what he does during the raids, but before the raids start he is injected with ...
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Short story in book collection about war machines and armies out of control

I read in an anthology book in 1975. It starts with two people watching a “robot” plane glide high and then dive into an opening of a factory causing a massive explosion. I’m not sure but I think the ...
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Sci-Fi Short Story 1950-1969?

I read this in 1970 I believe. Involves people in the not too distant future being able to buy chemical kits to create an animal for a special purpose. In this case a woman is trying to kill her ...
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A story about an astronaut on Jupiter?

Short story about an astronaut on Jupiter, describing him walking around under heavy atmosphere & gravity, wearing a diving-type space suit. Probably written in the 1950s.
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Explorers trying to cross an impassable Pacific ocean, which has caused a different WWII outcome

I'm looking for the name of a short story (probably from the 2000s) set in a world where the Pacific ocean appears to be impossible to cross (all who attempt to do so disappear). History seems to be ...
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Name / title of a story about a sentient submarine battleship? [duplicate]

I think I read this (probably in an anthology) around 1972. As I remember it -- this sentient submarine battleship is left over from a war and awakens when challenged. Is this Van Vogt?
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Horror short story with an upbeat ending

This short story might have been about teenagers or adults, and was written in the 1980's or 1990's. It could have been in a Charles de Lint anthology, as the genre was fantasy horror. I don't think ...