A short story is a fictional work too small to be called a novel, usually less than 10-20 thousand words and no chapters.

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Teleporation and shrinkage

In what short story did teleportation have the side effect of making you smaller each time? I am interested in the potential side effects of this mode of travel.
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Story about person/alien manipulating Stock market

Saw this answer on this question and having read the answer thought I would post here to see if anybody can identify the story. A man crash lands on the earth and must acquire tremendous wealth ...
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Poem or short story: alien child creates Earth for a science project

This was over ten years ago that I read this poem in a random library book while looking for my next novel to enjoy, so I may have some of the details remembered slightly off or skewed... It's a ...
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Looking for a short story about a ring and a giant

I have been trying to find this short story for ages. I forget most of the detail but it is set in space and in the end the protagonist has the realisation that the star he sees (or the planet he is ...
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A man works as an alien negotiator - the aliens are pacifist haystack creatures. Man's old rival shows up. Lots of cool cultural alien stuff

So, I'm looking for this short story. I read it a couple of years ago, but I have the feeling it was written in the 80s or earlier. It is about a business man on an alien world. He is an expert in ...
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Robots on planet with no humans until a rocket with a human lands

I'm hoping someone will recognize this short story. It involves a culture of robots on a planet, and the story is told from the perspective of one of them. One day a rocket lands. The robots, ...
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Trying to find a short story about a drug that keeps wiping out your short-term memory every few minutes

A long time ago, around the late 1980s or possibly the early 1990s, I read a science fiction story about a man hit with a drug that keeps resetting his short-term memory. I remember the general plot,...
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Story about enhanced gladiators

I recall reading a short story in which a prisoner meets several physically enhanced gladiators (or possibly, long-term prisoners in some survival-type prison). Specifically, one of them had a triple ...
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Story identification- Written by a black female author: a kid in a PA future escapes a facility, we read it as his diary?

I stumbled upon a short story some months ago on a website. It's written by a black female author, and it's about a boy who I think was the subject of some experiments (he can cure diseases or ...
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four people fall into a giant amoeba

Trying to get title of a short story from the 40's or 50's where four people from a repressive earth society land on an alien planet, fall into a giant amoeba like alien, two of them fight the other ...
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What short story (or essay?) describes beings in extreme detail, who turn out to be humans?

I've been looking all morning for a short story or essay I read in high school. The writing was overly detailed and abstract describing these 'things' you thought to be aliens by their odd behavior, ...
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Short scifi story about a man that dies in a car crash then wakes in new body

This was a truly haunting story - a man dies in a car crash and knows that he's done for. Then he wakes in a new body and it's explained that his brain was salvaged and then transplanted into a man ...
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Short story about a human scientist that gets caught up in the ebb and flow of an alien environment

This was part of a collection of shorts stories from the late 70s early 80s. The aliens were jelly-like creatures filled with gasses. The human scientist tries to save a certain group of aliens but ...
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Religious Group Sends Man to the Past, Man Ends up Being Their Messiah

This is a fairly recent short story perhaps written within the past ten years. As far as I know it's not by any major author and was posted on reddit or 4chan or something. A religious group has ...
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Story concerning large pictures with microscopic detail

This is one I kept meaning to ask but eventually tracked down myself. I would have read this story about 40 years ago (give or take a couple of years). In those days I read a lot of anthologies of ...
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Man is sitting in his room and gets contradictory advice from two men from the future

Years ago I read short story about a man sitting in his room. Suddenly appears the same man but from the future and gives him an advice about the future. Original man seems to agree to follow that ...
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Hunting a Story I read about a small town exterminator who murders an Alien

Years ago I read a Science fiction short story that I really want to track down. Set is a small sleepy, American town. Then the Alien lands in the middle of town and begins in on a speech of greetings ...
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Blob out of ocean gets flamed on beach

As a kid I read a book that was a collection of scary / sci-fi short stories. One involved a blob-like creature from the ocean depths, somehow disturbed or cast up onto the beach. It feared light (...
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Short story, first spaceship's burn starts chain reaction and destroys all life, astronaut returns and seeks out the ocean

I think (but I'm not sure) this story is quite old, possibly from before the first launch of anything into space. In the story the burn from the shuttle/spacecraft leaving Earth sets off a chain ...
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Short story, man kills everyone on board spaceship, Earth won't let him land

I was rereading George R R Martin and thought this was by him, but didn't see it. I probably read it between 5 and 15 years ago. The man is one of the crew. He killed various other crewmembers in ...
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Short story of last alien on the moon?

Can anyone identify this story and author for me? An alien on the moon, the last of his race, eats copper to reproduce and has spent many decades looking for copper on the moon. He is living in an ...
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Story-Identification: Two men discussing the fate of Atlantis in a café on the mediterranean sea

A short story, post-1960. Two men are sitting in a café on Africa's northern coast, looking out over the Mediterranean Sea. They are discussing a theory about the fate of Atlantis. The theory is ...
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Story where anything that was wished wouldn't happen, happened

I have been trying to remember this story I read when I was young for years with no success, perhaps you could help. I believe it was a short story, but perhaps a small novel like of the Goosebumps ...
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Story where aliens bombard Earth, and the only survivors are ghouls and vampires

I read a short story back in the 90s from a compilation of science fiction (or possibly horror), where the main plot point was that after the aliens bombard Earth, they are surprised to still detect ...
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Short story compilation where living could see dead after taking a drug

I'm looking for a short story sci fi/horror compilation. One of the stories was where a chemical had been released from a lab which meant the living could see the (not very pleasant) dead. I think ...
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Short story that had doors being replaced with portals in the future?

I recall a sci-fi story, likely a short story in a compendium, set in the future where portals are used to move about as the outside is believed to be uninhabitable due to fallout from a war. The ...
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Scifi short story about a device that removes dust, is replicated for profit, and the original owners reverse the flow of dust removal?

Please can someone advise? My longish title kind of says what I recall the most of the story... I think it was in anthology from the 50's or 60's. It's a story about a device that someone found that ...
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A story about fish with “metal” bones on a water planet where people live in floating habitats with hydrogen tanks below them

This is a short story, it may have appeared in one of the "Year's Best SF" from David G. Hartwell or "The Year's Best Science Fiction" from Gardner Dozois collection, as I used to read those often. ...
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Short story about large “worms” that are used to ferry people around inside of them

This is a short story, it may have appeared in one of the "Year's Best SF" from David G. Hartwell or "The Year's Best Science Fiction" from Gardner Dozois collection, as I used to read those often. ...
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What was that story about a street that exists only at certain times?

I read a short story in the early 2000s, about a disappearing street. I can't remember if I read it in English or Greek, or whether it had been translated from another language. I think I remember a ...
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Short story about people being sacrificed during a flight

I can remember the story itself, but I cannot recall the title. It should be really easy to identify, as, while not unique, it's at least distinct. It's a short story that is set vaguely in "present ...
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Bullied boy given immense powers by an alien race who destroys the human race

Looking to identify a short story I read in a sci-fi anthology as a child, about an angry, bullied boy who is given immense powers by an alien race. I read this in English, sometime in the late 1990s/...
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Hit man hired to kill a cat

I read a short story about a hitman hired to kill a (black?) cat that was hanging around the house of a pharmaceutical company executive who had used thousands of cats in experiments. It ended badly ...
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Name of a story about a Doctor's bag of surgical instruments transported back in time to the present day

A bag of surgical instruments is transported back in time where it is found in the present by a person with limited medical experience who begins to use the instruments to perform miraculous cures on ...
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Short story about a space pilot trapped in a “Hab” by a robot

Dying to find this story I read in the lates 70s or 80s. A fighter pilot from a space battle crashes and takes refuge in a Hab or pod meant for emergencies. Unfortunately, every time he moves, the ...
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A horror story set onboard a ship about a man whose roomate is anything but human who proceeds to terrify him as he fears for his life and his sanity

Sailing to his destination,.he beds down for the night. He is awakened by his room mate running from the room and racing down the hall. He notices that the porthole hatch, or round window, is open ...
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OMNI Short story with unlimited formula racing, activist 'meme bomb'

Looking for an OMNI Magazine short story about unlimited class car racing - called "Formula Zero" or "Formula X" in the story. Main character is a cyborg, jacks into his vehicle when racing. He's in ...
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Looking for old short story about inter-dimensional flashlight

It ran in an 80's monthly sci-fi/Fantasy magazine, either Isaac Asimov's Fantasy and Science Fiction, or Analog. The main character was a guy who was rummaging through an old house he either bought ...
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short story about a man who picks up a girl hitchhiker who is a werewolf or vampire

I read this story back in the '70s in an anthology and it stayed with me because it creeped me out so much as a kid. The final line in the story is that he was going to look at her teeth after ...
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Short story where time runs backwards

Short story where humans experience time in reverse - they remember the future and cannot recall the past. Probably in a cyberpunk anthology published in the '90s It begins with the death of the ...
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story about an undercover agent investigating a super powerful games-playing human-like alien

I'm looking for this short story: A game-playing man is recruited to voyage to an alien species which humanity doesn't know much about. They are very similar to humans, except something about their ...
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Trying to find old short story about mysterious picture drawing device

I am trying to find a story I read once, about a fellow who finds a strange device that draws pictures. He can't figure out how it works, or what the controls do, but, through trial and error, he ...
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Identify sci-fi collection: (1) aliens sell fake artifacts (2) US-USSR rivalry, iguanas in space

I'm trying to track down a collection of SF short stories I read while in school in the mid-1980s. I remember that one dealt with the inhabitants of an alien world making fake artifacts to sell to ...
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Collection of ghost stories as mysteries - Includes a story about a “debunked” piano-playing ghost and a deserted house set for a meal

This was a young-adult book, paperback, I'm pretty sure. I read it somewhere between 1986 and 1990 in my elementary school, although it might have been older than that. There were a series of short ...
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Terrifying story about 2 friends who spend a night in a deserted mansion, where one of them is killed with an ax by a supernatural being

Upon having their car stuck in the swamp, the boys walk and find an old deserted mansion. As the hour is late, they make a bed by the fireplace and fall asleep. One of the boys is awakened by a ...
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Need help identifying short story about retired military colonel who fought war at end of time

I read this story in an anthology in the eighties or early nineties. It was about an old man who lived outside a western-like town, though that might have just been how I imagined it. He goes to ...
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circa 60s story of a girl whose mother is a machine which runs their house, where people don't go outside

I need help finding this story. The girl lives in a giant house and the mother is on the top floor. Not sure if the mother ever appears as a human. I remember that a friend of hers has a party, and ...
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Earthman has super-strength on an alien world and wins leadership tournaments

There is an old short story of a man who discovers humans have super-strength on an alien world out in the still being explored outer reaches of space. Every seven years or so they had tournaments to ...
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Man stranded alone on alien planet with alien machine [duplicate]

I read a story in an old scifi mag years back from the 60's or 70's (in Amazing Stories maybe) about a guy stranded alone on an alien planet where there was an intelligent machine that could make ...
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Extremely disturbing horror story set in the 1800's about an ancient English haunted grandfather clock

The story begins as a man in England receives a clock from a relative who passes away. Fully 7 feet tall and black as coal, it presence makes people uneasy. The aunt's will reports that its made of ...