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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How do the roads in “The Roads Must Roll” work?

Robert Heinlein's "The Roads Must Roll" describes a future where roads are moving strips, with buildings and even towns permanently on the roads. I never understood quite how this worked. Aren't the ...
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looking for short story about genetically modified humans who live on asteroid & revolt earth?

I believe this was a short story in a compilation of apocalyptic stories and this one had genetically modified clones (who are smaller than regular humans). They live on an asteroid, revolt against ...
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Short story about humans eating strange seafood

I recall a short story in a forgotten anthology, in which two guys discover an odd type of seafood on the beach. One guy dares the other to taste an odd round thing in the water, and the taster ...
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Short story about a woman that travels to other planets. Read online recently. She just manages to live long enough to embrace new technology

I believe she loses a loved one and decides to take a pill to make her better. She eventually embraces technology and becomes a interplanetary (and possibly inter-galaxy) traveler. She travels using ...
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Identifying Anthology of SciFi Stories

I was hoping to find some answers on a very interesting anthology that I remember from the 70's, but was probably written earlier. There were a variety of stories, but 2 really stand out for me. The ...
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Fantasy book filled with short disturbing stories

Okay I'm going to just start off by saying it is not The Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson or Andrew Lang. I have read through all of their works that I could find online, bought a supposed ...
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SciFi bedtime stories suitable for children [closed]

My children love to hear SciFi bedtime stories. Most often i try to tell them stories spontaneously contrived by myself, but after a 10 hour day of work i find this too demanding sometimes. Do you ...
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Short story with space cannibals and a missionary

Trying to find a short story I read a long time ago: A Christian missionary travels to a planet populated by humans (or human-looking aliens) to spread the good word. The natives welcome him and ...
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Short story about mutant children who all have names starting with “Em”?

I read this story as a kid, and I'd like to find it again! It was a story about a group of children with physical mutations like extra eyes, missing limbs, and so on, who lived in an group so isolated ...
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Short story about a magician who is in a dream within a dream

I remember reading a short story a while back. If I remember correctly, the original story was written in Spanish and it must have been published in the 1940's. The plot was that there was a wizard ...
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Looking for story where time is accelerated and characters have to get back to ship?

Looking for story where time is accelerated on a planet. The characters are actually born at the beginning of the story and then grow up quickly and inadvertently learn that their forebears came from ...
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Short story from 70s with alien parasites that enhance nervous system

I'm trying to locate a story I read sometime in the seventies in an anthology so it may have been written earlier. A plague/alien parasite has infected earth wreaking havoc. It's communicated by touch ...
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Who wrote story about a cliff and changing species, and another story about people being holograms?

I read this story in the 1980s, but it may have been written prior to that. It was part of a collection of stories by the same author. In this story, a woman experiments with changing animals from ...
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Story where a man has three opportunities to ask a computer a question it cannot answer

What I remember of the story is that a community sends the latest in a series of potential sacrifices, a young man, off to a city where he has three opportunities to ask a computer a question the ...
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Very old Matrix-like short story, based on chemicals released into the air, pre-computer

I am looking for a story about the future of mankind, in which most people have been enslaved in a virtual reality. It ends with the revelation that the people are just lying there imagining their ...
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Story identification: short story about an elevator that takes a rider to hell

I remember it as a whimsical story, in which a naughty child pushes all the elevator button and it takes the child to "hell" as punishment. Because of this, I apologize to elevators whenever I make a ...
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Short story, domed refuges

In this post-apocalyptic short story, a small group of people are returning from a (failed) effort to save one outpost. They cross a snowy wasteland to find that the nearest domed refuge has also ...
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Looking for a series of short stories that have A.I. spaceships and an exoplanet

I am looking for a series of short stories that have large spaceships with A.I. that travel over large distances. One story in the series (that is different from the others) has to do with an ...
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Short story: Post apocalyptic setting, people forbidden to enter radiation zone

I read a science fiction short story a while ago and only remember fragments. It was a post apocalypse setting. A group of people were forbidden to enter this area. High level of radiation. They see ...
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Short story about addictive games and virtual realities

This was a short story I read in the 80's but I think it was written earlier than this. It was about a man who was hit by a bus and thrown through a shop window. When he became aware he was in the ...
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Help finding title of book about planets containing essays and sf stories

Ok, this one has been bugging me for a while now. Back in, I would say the mid-80's, I owned a hardcover book with a white dust jacket featuring a full-color photo of Saturn. I thought it was called ...
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Science fiction short story, where spectators in an arena are called down to the field and killed

I am looking for a short story that takes place in some form of arena, what happens is that there are players on the field of the arena who call down audience members and then kill them on the field ...
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What short story has a father quit his job supervising robots to live in a shack and drink coffee?

I read a short story years ago. I don't remember the title or the author, but wish that I could. It featured a family in the future- Mom, Dad, Daughter, Son, Dog. Dad works in a factory of some kind, ...
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A children's picture book about an old man who sails across the sea in a teapot

I am looking for a picture book about an old man who sailed across a sea or lake in a teapot. I vaguely remember him being described as having leathery skin, and think the story may have been set in ...
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A short story about finding an inhabitable planet and meeting aliens

So the story goes, humans in a spaceship search for an inhabitable planet, being surprised they found none in the vicinity of Earth. They find one, and it seems uninhabited. At the same time are ...
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Cryonics Short Story in three? parts

I am trying to remember and find a story about at least three people who are awakened from cryonic sleep/suspended animation, each at progressively futuristic dates, and the circumstances that befall ...
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Short Story where a Flu (cold?) virus causes humanity to regain fur

I've had some incredible success asking about golden age sci-fi stories here, so I figure I'll try another one. It was one of those stories without a real main character, just posing a change in ...
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Sci fi short, about birds that flew through soil and rock as if it was air

Does anyone know the title of, or where to (re-) find a short story where, once a day, the birds of the planet would fly as a flock, but were able to continue on through solid objects. This caused ...
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Looking for a short story about a boy discovering that the government puts mind control chemicals in his cereal

I would have read this around 1985-1998 because I remember being in school at the time. It may have been in a short story collection with "The Ugly Little Boy" and a story about a family dealing with ...
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Caribbean ghost story anthology c. 1980s/90s

Not James Berry's work but a collection by a woman whose name I have unfortunately forgotten. All stories based on traditional folk tales. The two story titles I think I remember are 'Rose Hall' and ...
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Short story about English Language Transformation?

I read a short short SF story in the early 80's (I think it was an Asimov collection). The story wasn't more than 5 pages in a paperback and conjectured what English would look like in the future ...
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Looking for Russian science-fiction short story

Read this story in an anthology of Russian sci-fi. It features two scientists intent on traveling into the sun for research. One is very mathematically precise and uptight, the other believes in the ...
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grey goo planet which assimilates tech and spreads through the galaxy

I read this short story a while back about this grey goo planet, figured one of you might have happened upon it. starts off with a space fleet investigating a planet grey, completely spherical, ...
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Short story of airplane passengers removed before a crash, by humans from the future who are in need of healthy people. Not Millennium.

I read a story where an agent from the future has a job of removing people from deadly crashes just before the event, and transporting them to the future. I have seen a few versions by searching the ...
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What story ends with a chimney walking away?

When I was in highschool I read a book of short stories, I think it was either a sci-fi anthology. Or maybe detective stories and this just happened to have a scifi twist? All I remember is the main ...
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What is the overall point of Gibson's “Burning Chrome” short story?

This is a stupid question. I'm taking a really intensive sci-fi themed college writing course. I have a paper due tomorrow, analyzing this story. I'm having really extreme, crippling anxiety over ...
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Short story about a boy fighting mechanical spiders for money while being filmed for tv

This short story appeared in an anthology of horror sci-fi from 70's maybe 60's. The young man was homeless and the only way to escape was to volunteer to be in a tv show where they would have to ...
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Blob/thing in cave cures villagers by absorbing their diseases

There is a blob/thing that lives in a cave(?) on a mountain/up a hill outside a village/town. The people of the village/town take food/drink to it to keep it alive (I think it may no longer be able to ...
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Short Story collection about monsters

I've been searching for a collection of short stories I read as a kid. I can't say how old I was, but old enough to read because I read them myself, and certainly I read them over seven years ago (I ...
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Looking for a short story about time travel

I'm looking for a short story that I read once about time travel. One thing that I remember from the story was that the characters were attempting to fix a boat using a time travel device that took ...
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An exploration of an old, round library

A youngish boy is brought by his tutor to a large library inside a giant dome, with a single curving path leading higher and higher along the walls. The higher they go, the more dusty and old the ...
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I'm trying to identify a short story title, maybe “Killbird” [duplicate]

I read this in an anthology over 35 years ago. The paperback was probably 10 to 15 years old. Basic plot was a series of robot birds, AI that could learn, set free prevent murders. They decided ...
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looking for the title of a sci-fi short story about odd object, 2 children and 4th or 5th dimension [duplicate]

looking for the name of a sci-fi short story, 1980's or before. the plot is somewhat like: father gives kids odd object to play with. the kids play with the object. kids discover 4th of 5th dimension ...
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99% sure this was a PKD short story [duplicate]

The man had left his keys or something in the upstairs(?) bedroom(?) in the back of the house. He went out the front door to go with someone (wife, colleague?) and it was a bright sunny day. He ...
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Looking for name of short story in anthology book

I read it when I was but a wee lad. The general summary that I can remember is: Group of astronauts crash land (I believe they crash...I could be wrong though) on icy world They somehow end up below ...
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Giant computer sucks thoughts from population

I am trying to remember the name of a short story I heard on radio 4 about 15 years ago. A civilization builds a giant computer to answer their deepest questions. With great fanfare they turn the ...
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Identify an old story about a group of humans engulfed by a slime-mold-like entity [duplicate]

Comic story about a group of explorers/tourists on another planet who are engulfed by a large semi-sentient life form (eg a slime mold?). They are able to communicate, quarrel etc. but cannot escape ...
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Short story about things being randomly displaced in time

There's a short story I probably read in the 60s or 70s. I believe it may have been in the first person by someone who was looking through newspaper articles about strange occurrences involving small ...
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Book identification- boy who travels back in time via device

I think it was a kids book about a boy who traveled back in time accidentally via a device that used to let people view events from the past but without being there. One was the killing of the last ...
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Humanity meeting another similar intelligent life form deep into space (or not)?

I'm looking for a plot line (it should be a short story) that depicts Earth population (or their close descendants) establishing contact with another intelligent life form deep into space. After ...