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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Short story: maniac takes over space ship, kills crew

I read this short story in the 1960s (in an anthology, probably an American hardback, no later than 1967) but it probably dates from the 1950s. For reasons I can't recall a maniac gains control of a ...
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Help Identifying Sci fi short about game show with button to kill stranger

I read this short story about 15 years ago, in some anthology, and the plot was: Man lives in slums, gets selected for participation in game show, has no choice but to go on. (I think) they ...
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Looking for title/author of a short story about sailors dying of thirst who enter another world

I am looking for one particular short story that was in an anthology of sci-fi from the 1960s or 1970s. The title of the story may have been "The Village Green" or something like that. In it, a group ...
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Looking for a paperback black/white ghost story anthology kids/young teens book from the 70's/80's

I am looking for this one particular paper-back book that I found at a local Book Traders as a kid (way back, must have been early 90s). One of the things I distinctly remember about the front cover ...
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Short story based on Alan Turing

I am looking for a short story whose main character was loosely based on Alan Turing. In the story he was looking for a way to visualize multi-dimensions and casually meets his neighbor, a young Asian ...
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Tiny telepathic alien invaders

I read this short story in the 1960s, although it may be older. The main characters are hobos who discover a small flying saucer crewed by tiny aliens who project a telepathic field that makes ...
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Short story with evil supercomputer/AI probably based in Xanadu

That is almost everything I remember about it. It was really short, probably old too. The early portion of the story describes the land and compares it to Xanadu, with fountains and stuff. The later ...
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circa 50s-60s story about gold taken from Nazi concentration camp victims' teeth, which is cursed

This is tough because I read this story probably decades ago, so memory is hard served. I do remember that the gold was collected from the victims' teeth and fillings in a Nazi camp, and that some ...
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Galactics look like food animals

This unidentified story was described in Jeff Dege's comment on the question "Fantasy story circa 60s about a sheltered vegetarian boy who visits a slaughter house with dire results": Earth makes ...
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Short story with Genetically Modified pegasus made to order

I had this story in an anthology collection many years ago - the basic premise was that a company - Genetics Inc. (or something along those lines, which may be the title of the tale) were able to ...
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Fantasy story circa 60s about a sheltered vegetarian boy who visits a slaughter house with dire results

The boy's parents die when he is a baby and he is raised by his vegetarian grandmother in an isolated rural setting. She teaches him to cook, but dies without teaching him about the dangers of life ...
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YA Horror Short Story Collection

I hope you can help me remember the name of this book! I believe all of the stories were written by the same author, but I'm ready to be proven wrong. In one, maybe the longest, a boy graffitis the ...
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Time travel for literary research from Analog c. 1990s

This is a story from Analog Magazine about the 1990s. An English professor made his reputation critiquing the stories of a dead writer, especially one particular one. The story opened in class when ...
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50's-60's story featuring glasses which enable a man to see ghosts

The story is a 1950's to 1960's sci fi short story of a man that finds some glasses which enable him to see ghosts, and he sees them all around the living. He does something in an old house, it goes ...
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Bad guy lands on planet unaware of blue giant sun

Hoping for pointer to story. Person lands on planet [having done something bad] in space lifeboat with no windows. Planet has two or three suns. Does bad things on planet. Small children he ...
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Science Fiction Short Story Identification about humans begrudgingly allowed to join a galactic mindnet

This is a short I read a few years ago about humans joining a galactic mindnet/telepathic network. The other members(some are more resistant than others) allow the humans to join. Some time later, one ...
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Story about a bully who gets “it” and starts dreaming about what people think of him

I read a book directed at children, in the early 2000s. It was a sort of collection of short stories, and there was this one story about this bully. One time he tried to rob a lady at a bus stop, and ...
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Sci-Fi short story of woman who transformed into a male then back

I remember reading this story quite a while ago. A married woman with two children was bored with life and decided to see what it would be like to be a man. She went to a local store to get a body ...
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Activists deploy truth serum

I'm trying to find the name of a short story or novella I read in the '70s. The main details I can remember are that some activists deploy a truth serum in the world's water supplies and watch the ...
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Need help to find a sci-fi collection I read at school (mid 80s)

I am now 46 and so it's been bugging me for over 30 years - time to try and do something about it. The collection was in my lower school library (UK). It was a thick black hardback book and I believe ...
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Looking for Scifi short story Man must prove he was right to destroy Earth ship or commit suicide

Read this one a long time ago and cannot remember the author, title, etc; but remember a fair bit of the plot. A man is drummed out of a space patrol service for following protocol, firing upon an ...
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Super sophisticated AI spacecraft autopilot saves the day

Looking for the title of this rather excellent sci-fi short story... Human spacecraft approaches alien planet Humans piloting the spacecraft about to do something inappropriate, given apparent ...
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I'm trying to remember a short story about a mind reading predator that nobody believes exists

I'm trying to remember a short story about a mind reading predator of humans on a planet other than Earth. When his telepathy proves nobody believes in him, he ceases to exist. It was in a collection ...
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Science fiction short story about God being an Artist and erasing his work

The part I remember is where the man is driving and rolls down his car window and everything outside his car is grey. It's like a fog, but inside the car things look normal through the windows. God is ...
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On-line science fiction short about super powerful computer virus?

I read this one online within the last ten years; it involved a virus that got completely out of control and took over all sorts of equipment—including radio equipment (which doesn't make sense but ...
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Civilisation battles enemy along time-warped front. May be fighting itself [duplicate]

City is involved in a very long war along a front which is subject to some kind of warping, such that you can never actually get there—just fire through it. At the end, protagonists suggests that the ...
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Short story: planet with wrong chirality

The explorers landed on a planet where the chirality was opposite that of Earth’s. For some reason they couldn’t leave, so one of the scientists isolated people’s cells, basically put them into an ...
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Man convicted of being anti-social sentenced to share apartment with simulacrum of himself

In the future, man is convicted of being anti-social. Sentenced to share an apartment with another man, who turns out to the most obnoxious person ever. At the end, protagonist figures out that ...
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Aliens are slowing human progress by promoting good scientists to be administrators

Guy meets an old friend at conference. Old friend acts paranoid. Says he has discovered that an alien race is secretly acting to retard human progress. Their method: whenever someone is good at their ...
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Short story in which social scientist writes constitution of sewing circle to win a bar bet, ends up fearing for his life

Two guys have an argument in a bar about the value of social science versus physical science. Maybe they're academics. The first guy offers to prove social science works by writing the constitution of ...
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Horror short story anthology from either late 70s-80s with a ghoul/changeling

There was a horror short story collection I read as a child in the mid 80s. The story I remember was about a ghoul. This was a love story of sorts between a human girl and a changeling/ghoul boy. They ...
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Short story about self-driving car that drives forever with family trapped inside

I'm looking for a short story about a self-driving car that becomes self aware and locks a family inside. It drives the same circuit endlessly and stops at the same service station at regular ...
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Short story with twist ending where astronaut wakes up to find alien poised over his body?

I'm afraid I can't be very specific at all with this, as I'm describing a memory of someone else's description of a short story that they had themselves read, but I'm absolutely convinced this is an ...
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Letter from Ilya

I vaguely recall reading a humorous short story with a title like "A Letter From Ilya" about an alien creature who sneaks onto a human spaceship and describes what he finds to a friend. One of the ...
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Archaic short-story with two men, one a railroad switch operator. Supernatural warning apparition

I read this in 6th grade, I think. It wasn't long at all (maybe 20 pages). I'm not sure if the story was contemporary (1970s) and used archaic language because the story was set some time ago, or if ...
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Horror story: man in cabin attacked by demon escaped from enchanted well

I am trying to identify a horror story that I read about two years ago. I remember part of the story involving a man in a cabin with a horse being attacked by a demon that had been sealed in a well ...
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the tornado bomb

I once read a children's short story about a couple kids who visit a space station with their dad. While there, the station weather forcaster notices a tornado has formed, and is heading straight for ...
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Anthology for children; contains story about friendly Martian on postapocalyptic Earth

I'm looking for the title of an anthology of children's science fiction stories from the 1950s. The best of the bunch involved a Martian who visited earth, and realized we'd blown ourselves up in a ...
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Short story involving time travel through a train station

I cannot remember the story exactly, but I guess it goes like this - Protagonist was travelling somewhere. So he goes to a train station. But the ticket counter he went to appeared old fashioned ...
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Author & title of short story about cat navigator of spaceship

Short story several decades old, about cat navigator or co-pilot of a spaceship and its human partner. They were isolated in different compartments, communication telepathic only, no visual or audio ...
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Sci fi short story or radio play of man who ends up on death row for a minor infraction…bureaucracy and obscure laws are real culprits

While traveling through Minnesota in the late-1990's I heard an old radio show rebroadcast of a sci-fi dramatization. It tells the story of bureaucracy gone horribly wrong, with the main proponent ...
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Trying to recall title of story about intellectually enhanced chimp/ape

I am trying to remember the title and author of a short story about an ape (maybe a chimp) who is given human intelligence as a result of experimentation, and subsequently feels alienated. It takes ...
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Old short story about ancient Martians stranded on earth

I probably read this short story back in the 1970s. The story is pretty old—maybe any time from 1890 to 1925. I may have read it in a trade-paperback collection of pulp fiction from the dawn of ...
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Karl Bunker's “The Woman From the Ocean”: Was the woman mistaken?

The story appeared in Gardner Dozois' 32nd edition of The Year's Best Science Fiction. It wouldn't make sense to re-tell the story here; I think the question can only be answered by people who have ...
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What story is set on planet where time runs faster as one approaches the pole? [duplicate]

short story (or novelette?) read in the 1960s or '70s, likely in an anthology from the 1950's plus or minus: planet where time ran faster as one approached the (north?) pole, and the language used by ...
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Analog magazine story from late 60s/early 70s. Zen/Psychic culture defeats an invasion

This was a short story. I think it was in Analog, probably in the late 60s or early 70s. A planet of meditative/mindful pacifists is being invaded by evil aliens who threaten mass murder. The adults ...
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Sci-Fi short story about a game where kids are selected based on abilities [duplicate]

I have been looking for this story for years. I read it from an anthology around 1997, but the story could be older. The story is about kids who are tested (I believe) and placed into job ...
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Seek SF melancholy story about woman who waits for her partner

A short story probably over 30 years old. Man is convicted to suspended animation for 100 years for political crimes without possibility of parole. On defrost he gets apology and wanders into a ...
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Looking for short story about a short-story-generator

It was called something like "The Greatest Science Fiction Story" or something like that. Some physicist makes a story that resolves into the best possible short story for the person who first reads ...
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Short story about a virtual world. Protagonist is a female who specializes in torture experiences

I think I read this online in the last ten years, so after 2005 or so. In the story, everyone is online, I think 24/7. People are jaded and always looking for new experiences. The protagonist (or at ...