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 where advanced civilization doesn't understand their technology

I've been trying to find a Ray Bradbury short story I read a number of years ago. The details are a little fuzzy in my mind, which is why I want to find it, but the gist is this: Some explorers come ...
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Fable-type short story about two-tier society of clay people

This is a story I read maybe 20 years ago in a long-lost anthology. Roughly it was an allegorical fable about a race made of clay. I recall that some clay folk were of a higher caste than others, ...
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Story About Time Travel Using a Gate on the Sun

When I was in high school (6 or 7 years ago), one of the short stories that we read out of the text book had to do with an alien civilization that had discovered time travel. They had managed to ...
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Looking for a short story about a man travelling alone on a planet

About fifteen years ago I read a short story about a man on a planet (possibly Mars or the Moon), travelling alone between bases. It's written in the first person and as he's walking across the ...
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Short story about if you die you are reborn as someone else in a different time

I remember reading a short story a few years ago and I would like to reread read it again. As far as I remember it went a little like this: You are in a car with your family and a truck hits it, but ...
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Looking for children's story c. 1990-95 about a family of sugar people

It was in my language arts textbook. As far as I can recall, it was about a family that was new to town. The protagonist befriends a little boy in the family but the boy can never come out when it ...
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Humorous short story about government agent tracking down unauthorized weather control

In a future whether weather control is not only possible but inexpensive and easily done, it is unlawful to engage in it privately, but of course people do. A government agent is tasked with tracking ...
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Old story about an assassin squad sent to kill a man who stopped war

The story is told from the point of view of a member of a squad of soldiers sent to infiltrate a dome of some kind that belongs to an immortal man who stopped all countries from fighting wars. The ...
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Trying to locate a story about deep space astronauts appearing back on Earth

I don't have much details, read the story a long time ago, but the gist is - in a deep space expedition, astronauts became homesick to such degree - they were able to transport back to earth through ...
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short story identification scientist dome

My dad has been trying to find the title of a short story for ages. According to him, the story goes like this: A man (apparently a kind of scientist/professor/doctor) who works on an island, manages ...
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Sci/Fantasy anthology published between the 1950s - 1970s, with “The Newt” and “The Hero Equation”

The collection included 'The Newt' and 'The Hero Equation'. I am looking for the authors of these stories and the title of the anthology. The Newt is about newts living inside people and the only ...
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story on forest timescale

I'm looking for the title of a short story by Ursula LeGuin about a scientist (?) who is given a drug that slows the timescale of his perception enormously, so that he can perceive that an alien (?) ...
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Short story involving time travel

I read a short story about 25 years ago in an anthology (it might have been Hugo nominated stories or some such). The story is about a failed author who is visited by a man from the future who ...
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Seeking SF Short Story from late 1970s/early 1980s about dystopian future with an old man playing a piano

I read this in the late 1970s or early 1980s, possibly as part of a juvenile fiction anthology/collection. From what I remember in this story a post-apocalyptic society requires each member to go out ...
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Short story where a moved book in a library changes time

Caution, this one is a little complicated... My girlfriend is searching for a book her father read long time ago. Here are the snippets I'm aware of: The story was in a book containing multiple ...
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Looking for short story about genius children

Short Story in the 50's - 60's, children from women around world impregnated by a cloud drifting in space. Protagonist notes it's easier for him to stay hidden as his IQ is under 150. I want to ...
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Please help me ID this SciFi story - a group of people captured and absorbed by a goo-like creature on an alien planet [duplicate]

I don't remember if it is sa short story or not, I believe it is. The premises is a group of people are stuck or are traveling on an alien planet. They all get captured by a goo like mindless ...
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Short story ID: The Last Actor

I'm remembering an old sci fi short story where all the actors in theatres are being replaced by robots. This one last actor gets his chance to play one last role when the lead actorbot ends up ...
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Seeking story about time travel used to steal from the future

I'm looking for a short story that I read in an anthology. In it, I think the theory was that you could time travel, but could never take anything that would be missed. As in, if you went to the ...
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Book with 2 or three short stories

I remember years ago when I was in the Army and deployed, I found a book with 2 or three short stories. One of them was about an Asian country shooting down an American Satellite and a mission to ...
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Short story about a man trying to seize control of a brainship

A man has had his brain removed and put in control of a spacecraft. Another man, the protagonist, is trying to take control of the ship, obviously against the wishes of the brain. He is prevented from ...
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Short story about scientist hired to resurrect/clone husband of ultra-wealthy woman

A scientist is hired by an ultra-wealthy woman to resurrect/clone her dead husband, as an extension of research he was already doing. "Ultra-wealthy" doesn't even begin to describe it. It is explained ...
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Consciousness/body hopping

I am looking for a sci-fi novel about people moving their consciousness into other persons, 'swapping' so you can experience others lives, then getting trapped into anothers body, and trying to get ...
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looking for short story / novella - time is flowing in reverse except for the story teller

Looking for a short story or maybe a novella in which time is flowing in reverse, except for the man who is narrating the story. He has watched men and women returning from the graves, growing young ...
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Humorous short story about a young woman who wants to demonstrate shape-changing to her boyfriend

She's a witch, and talks about proving it to him by shape-changing into a cat or dog. He doesn't believe it, and is preparing to go swimming. She does whatever preparation is necessary for a ...
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Short story where a character sees another dimension

I read this story years back and I can't remember its title and who wrote it. The plot goes something like this: A guy (or maybe some sort of scientist) gets into a lab accident(?) and his vision is ...
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Short story set during the Neolithic / Agricultural Revolution

I'm trying to track down a short story I read, on paper, at some point between (very approximately) 1980 and 2000. It was set during the Neolithic (aka First Agricultural) Revolution, the "wide-scale ...
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Story Identification about a world with no privacy after camera/network motes are released

I read this story/novel and remember liking it. Someone develops and releases nanoscopic motes that propagate and cover the whole planet allowing people to see everything all people are doing. It ...
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Short story…probably pre WW2. About a battleship ordered to surrender

I think the short story was in an anthology of stories...something like "best science fiction short stories" or the like. Basically, a battleship (US but country not mentioned) was ordered to ...
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old sci-fi short story: earth destroyed, survivor, aliens, reincarnation, classical music

I'm looking for an old story, maybe from Analog or Omni (print versions) 25-30 yrs ago. About a guy who's stranded orbiting (?) an alien planet after humanity has been wiped out. The aliens are ...
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Children's Ghost/Horror short story collection from 1970s

I am looking for the name of a book I had as a child, it was a book of short stories, with ghost themes, nothing super scary, as I was younger than 9 or 10 when I read it. It would've been purchased ...
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Trying to identify scifi story involving aliens/telepathy/music talent

I read a scifi story years ago. It may have been in one of the scifi magazines. It involved Earth having established a relationship with an alien race that valued above all art in all its forms. ...
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Identify a short story where economics is about the creation of scarce (and horrible) goods

I am having trouble identifying a short story that I have read a while ago. It is about the definition of economics in a future where all necessary goods are abundant/readily available. The story is ...
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Vortex magazine May 1977 Vol 5 short story details

I'm trying to source a copy of VORTEX, Vol 5 from May 1977. I owned that edition for a while as a teenager and was fascinated by the short stories it contained. Is anyone able to provide a brief ...
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Sea tale short story read in 2005

Set in the 1700's among the dockyards, after hours underground bare knuckle prize fights take place. The narrator is told a tale of "SATTO" (if I recollect) the greatest fighter to ever live. Satto ...
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Name of alternate timeline short story

In the story the man helps with someone's estate and receives a custom clock. He discovers the clock maker lives in the woods outside town and visits him. After leaving the place at night he gets lost ...
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A short : man alone on planet stays awake many days to avoid alien nightmares, rescued but

In this science fiction short, a man ends up marooned - perhaps his companions died, don't recall. The place is haunted / inhabited by nightmares that he can avoid only by staying awake, which he ...
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Trying to identify a very old short story about aliens colonizing human bodies

Don't remember the exact start to the story, but it went something like "walking along a path" or something, and when he hears what sounds like a shotgun blast behind him, he then feels something ...
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Short story about a man with the ability to *choose* the future

There's a short story I once read in my youth and am now trying to find again, but whose title or author I can't remember, so I was hoping someone here could help me with that. The elements that I ...
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Who wrote a short story called “Writer's Block” (I think)

Story line: Sci Fi writer can't think of a story. Then thinks of aliens living on moon and observing us. Whenever we get close to realizing they are there they have us forget. Then he forgets the ...
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Looking for a short story where a girl's body is described as a galaxy [closed]

It's a very short short story, and for almost the whole story it's describing a girl's body as a galaxy, and then at the end it says something like "and he was an astronaut."
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Aliens want to destroy all dogs because they are seen as next step in evolution beyond Man

I read a SF short story years ago, I think it may have been in high school back in the 1970s. Aliens come to earth, to kill all the dogs, because they see Man as destroying himself, and dogs as ...
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story identification - suicidal breeding of aggresive next generation on generation ship [duplicate]

I am looking for a short story and anthology / anthologies containing it: A multi generation ship has landed on a planet with very hostile inhabitants on it. The aliens are chipping away at the hull ...
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Looking for story about rocks watching a city rise and fall, on their timescale

I remember a short story where two rocks are talking to each other, and during the conversation (on their timescale) a giant city rises from nothing, is built right up to the edge of the rocks, and ...
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Short story identification: Sole inhabitant of desolate planet alternatively regenerated as male / female

Written in the first person, this lonely human inhabitant of a desolate and inhospitable planet desperately searches for another human being who is apparently leaving traces of their existence and ...
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Searching for a specific science fiction short story [duplicate]

In my English class - 7 years ago - we had Isaac Asimov as topic, but this little story was not one of his. It was about a single guy on a outpost. He tells about how normal his live is and how nice ...
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Looking for a short story about a society where when you are sentenced to life in prison, you are kept alive in prison forever

It's told from the perspective of a prisoner who has served hundreds of years and they won't let him die. Any suggestions?
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Short story identification: Man poisons wife with mushrooms and a large fungus appears for revenge

Written in the form of a diary - a man (professor / mycologist ) poisons wife by substituting poisonous mushrooms for edible ones in her meal. He buries her a short distance from the house and a large ...
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Looking for a short story involving warfare on the moon

The story consists of the conversation at a dinner party between two couples. The husbands are soldiers in the opposing "white" and "black" armies that constantly wage war on the surface of the moon, ...
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80s horror book with a man crouched and eating a leg on the cover?

I'd really love to know what this book is. Here are the details: The cover of said book may have featured a thin, maniacal looking figure (or boy) crouching in front of a dark forest. He had a leg ...