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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Seeking title to a short SciFi story from the 50' or 60's

I am trying to learn the title of a short story that was about various races of beings on a ship heading to invade earth. They feel smug and more advanced then the inhabitants of Earth. However, ...
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Man drafted for a future war that was all a thought experiment

Military Science Fiction. Short Story found in an anthology. Mid 1990s. Paperback Title was: _last_name_'s War The last name was complicated to read/pronounce maybe Polish or Norwegian. An ...
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Space sailor helps build a boat

Science Fiction. Short Story. Mid 1990s. Paperback A retired enlisted Space Navy veteran helps younger civilians build an armed surface vessel boat (think a wet navy patrol boat or PT boat) to escape ...
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Looking for dystopian sci fi/horror web story set during a war (religious, possibly), where one side has giant flying alien 'angels' helping them

I'm not sure if anyone can help me out, but I'm trying to remember a sci fi story I read online a couple of years ago. I can't remember where I found it (I thought it was from reading comments on an ...
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Seeking title and/or author of a short story about Christmas on the moon, but really about the nature of reality

I read a short story in grade 8, and I cannot remember the author or the title. The short story was in our textbook for that year (sadly can't remember the title of the textbook, either; I was in ...
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Short story about a teenager that uses his allowance to replace his body parts with bionic parts

I'm looking for a sci fi short story about a teenager that uses his allowance to replace his body parts with bionic parts. It's an older story probably from before 1970. His parents are upset that he ...
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Story about a man who chose to be transformed to a plant

I remember reading a text on my Fiction course back when I was at the University. It is about a person who chose to undergo trans-species change (I am sure that that is not the term, but I hope you ...
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Was “Far Beyond the Stars” ever written up by anyone?

In the DS9 episode "Far Beyond the Stars", Sisko experiences a vision, induced by the Prophets, in which he is a struggling science fiction short story writer named Benny Russell, living in 1950s ...
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Short story in which a spaceship explosion becomes the star over Bethlehem

A friend once wrote a short story that I think he may have plagiarized. I don't remember all the details, but the gist was that a crewman on a spaceship killed his crew mates and blew up the ship, ...
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Story identification: A family has a table that can copy money

I'm trying to find a short story that I read, probably in the late 90s but I'd expect the story is a lot older than that. In the story the main character (actually a family I think) somehow come into ...
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Does the Cobalcat appear in any other stories apart from “Tuf Voyaging”?

There's a great early SciFi book by George R R Martin called "Tuf Voyaging". In one of the chapters he uses his spaceship "Seed Ship" to create a bunch of alien monsters for a planet that fights it ...
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Science fiction anthology with story about a man who kidnaps his daughter's boyfriend

I'm looking for a book I had in high school (late 80's) but the book was older, probably published in the 60's or 70's. It was an anthology book, with several stories in it that had a sci-fi/fantasy ...
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A short story about primordial ooze that evolves back into primordial ooze

This will probably be a hard one to answer, but I'm looking for the name of a story from a book of science fiction short stories about primordial ooze that evolves into humans, into advanced ...
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What classic SF story involved intelligent dogs being the secret masters of humans?

When I was a kid I read a story in a collection or anthology (and I've always had the impression that it was the last story in the book but can't be sure and it's not all that relevant) where dogs ...
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Looking for a story about aliens building invisible structures on earth

I'm looking for help locating a story read about 20 years ago. Aliens appear on earth, and for some reason, the human eye can't see the buildings they make. At first, it's a novelty, but later, it ...
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A short story about a girl remembering the day she got her brain implant

I am trying to find a short science fiction story I read about a year ago. The story was published on a site similar to "Daily Science Fiction", but I can't remember whether it was that specific site, ...
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Short story about a paranoid space cadet

I'm trying to remember the title of this story where a space cadet is alone in space and is worried about his thermostat. It shows the correct temperature but he's convinced that it's wrong because he ...
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Short story about aliens observing people going to the dentist

I once read a short story where the narrator (I believe) is an alien, or is at least someone who has no idea of any cultural norms or meaning behind anything related to our world. They are observing ...
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Short story about humans from alien perspective

This is what I remember: Script is dialogue between the starship's alien commander and a low-ranking alien It's about the low-rank simulating humans (who are extinct) and telling them they're dead ...
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Short story where a man discovers he's living in a fake world

I may be conflating two separate short science-fiction stories here, so please bear with me. I definitely read this more than 10 years ago and it's likely to be older than that (60's, 70's?) A man ...
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Name of a small book/short story in which the guy thinks he is studying monkeys, but aliens are actually studying him

I'm trying to remember the name of a small book/short story in which the guy thinks he is studying monkeys that had been sent to space. He starts seeing aliens everywhere and it turns out he had been ...
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Creating the future in boxcars [duplicate]

I'm trying to find the title of a sci-fi short story I either read or saw on TV - the plot is generally about possibly invisible (I might be wrong about that) people who build the future by ...
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Guy goes to another dimension using machine from his scientist friend's house

I read a short story about a year and a half ago. Its about a guy going over to his scientist friend's house. I can't remember if he was an intern for the scientist or a friend but I believe the main ...
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aliens use hypnotic suggestion to make guy think they are human too

I'm trying to remember the name of a small book in which the guy thinks he is studying monkeys that had been sent to space. He starts seeing aliens everywhere and it turns out he had been abducted as ...
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Who wrote these short stories? One concerns a prison built 2 billion years into the past, another is about a “psychic” mediator

I'm trying to remember the name of an author and the title of a book of his or hers, containing short stories. Two of these stories stand out from the collection as I remember it. One story details ...
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In what short story was the character “Dril” used? OTR radio play?

"The Whispers" a new ABC scifi is using a storyline from an old Bradbury/Asimov short story about children and an "imaginary" friend called Dril. Can you tell me the name of the short story and who ...
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Weird Short Story Involving “City Protector”

Sometime I read this weird short story but I couldn't think of the name or the title of the book it belonged to. So there is this person who senses the presence of something like city protector or ...
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Children's short story about kid with reshapeable face

I'm looking for a short children's story (or maybe an excerpt of a story) about a kid who realizes his (her?) face is suddenly shapeable like plastic or wax. That's all I've got. I remember reading ...
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Short story pre-1978 astronaut? stranded in deserted city, saved by stone that gives up water

Trying to identify a story I read in a collection in the late 70s. My memory is sketchy but I think the story starts with two men, possibly astronauts. I think they are somehow separated (either one ...
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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 about psychic kids that end the world

This is driving me crazy and I can't seem to locate the author or title but I read this in an anthology and would like to read it again. Three young children, 2 boys and a girl, become ...
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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 ...