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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Trying to remember a short story about telepathy

The main character(s) are looking for telepathic geniuses to hire or to admit to some school or something. Everyone who respond to the advertisement enters the room one by one, picks up some paperwork ...
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Time Machine Short Story in Letter/Essay format

I'm trying to remember the name of a short story that's written in the form of a letter to a doctor/professor (I think). The writer of the letter/essay, who is a scientist, describes an experience ...
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undulating ribbon-like invaders coming in the vents

A pre-1955 short story about people hiding from undulating ribbon-like invaders coming in through the air vents. The ribbons may have been yellow, and the author just might have been Van Vogt. It ...
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Story featuring a machine which lets you see the world through another's eyes

Looking for this story: A scientist invents a machine which lets you see the world through someone else's eyes by putting your consciousness into their brain somehow. He then invites a party of 7 ...
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Looking for a short story about staged military conflict as performance

Looking for a short story about a group to troupe fighting staged military conflict as performance for assessed points. It isn't Mack Reynold's "Mercenary", and contains a reference to another ...
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Short Story with strange Electronic components and Modules from catalog

I think I read this in an anthology. Some guys start to order parts from mail catalog, super-transistors and other components that are really sent by aliens. I cannot really remember how it ended. ...
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Short story about mining robot fighting in the arena

Sci-fi short story, i read it in late 90-s early 2000-s. I think it was published in "Tekhnika Molodezhi" ("Technology for the Youth") magazine, but i also think it was translated into Russian from ...
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What short story has astronauts studying Neanderthals on a planet with an imminent volcanic eruption?

This story is about a team of astronauts on a planet studying a Neanderthal type race. They become aware that a volcanic eruption is imminent. Unfortunately, one of the members of their crew is ...
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What's the sci-fi collection that includes stories about Ball Inc, a James Bond-type agent, and a level 20 domain in the Congo?

I came across a book in the 1990s — itself probably dating to the '70s or '80s — called something along the lines of 6 Greatest/Best/Top Science Fiction stories. It was an unusual number — not the top ...
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90s short story featuring military guy befriending blue alien that reproduces by fission

I'm looking for a story that was in one of the major sci-fi magazines in the nineties. There was a military guy and he went to a planet and meet a blue alien who didn't speak, but they formed a very ...
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The ocean disappears, people suddenly hear rushing water

It's about the ocean disappearing one day and people walking and driving along the sand, until one day they begin to hear the sound of rushing water. The story ends just like that. Can someone ...
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Story about Astronauts Being Killed one by one by non-corporeal alien entity on a Deserted Planet

This science fiction short story is about a team of astronauts/space explorers who land on an alien planet. An alien entity that exists in a gaseous state is lurking at the bottom of a well or hole. ...
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Explosion of knowledge [closed]

Knowledge is exploding and the need to generate library methods to retrieve knowledge also grows. Over millennia knowledge increases so much that whole planets become devoted to the necessary filing ...
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The human unconscious used to save a crew from Aliens

I must admit that I no longer remember much about the story but the essence is that a human crew (including women and children) has been taken hostage (aboard a space ship, I believe). The aliens ...
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Looking for Title and/or Author of a Sci-Fi Short Story about a Ritual Dance with Tentacled Creatures

I am looking for the name of a sci-fi short story I read in 2002 that was part of either an anthology or a sci-fi subscription where a planet (not Earth) had a race of beings with many tentacles that ...
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Who was the author of a sci-fi short story called “Fusion”?

The short story in question appeared in a late 1960s or very early 1970s issue of Galaxy magazine. It had to have been before 1973, as that is when I remember reading it. The story involved a ...
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Looking for a story about the end of life on earth

I am looking for a story I read in an anthology. In the story, the stars started to disappear and strange creatures appeared and collected all of the butterflies on earth. Eventually, the sun went ...
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Short Story about Aliens Studying Monkey Kidnapped from Zoo

I'm trying to remember the title of a good short story I read at least 30 years ago about aliens studying a bipedal mammal to determine if the creature is good enough to work as slaves. The aliens ...
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Short story collection with one story about a fictional drug

I am trying to located a sci-fi short story book that I read when I was a child. One of the stories was about an undercover agent (in the future I guess) who poses as a customer (for a most dangerous ...
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Story where the main character learns to perceive time out of order from the aliens

I read a story several years ago in which aliens come make first contact with Earth, and a bunch of scientists set to work trying to establish communication with them in various fields. The main ...
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Short story about an astronaut that has to harvest/collect the body fluids of an alien for a panacea [duplicate]

Short story read in the 60's or 70's, an astronaut has to enter an alien ship and collect the tears/sweat? of an alien to use as a wonder drug for humans. The alien has some sort of presence which ...
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Sci-fi Short Story: Soul-Stealing Space Snakes

This was a short story in an anthology, it involved a group of people trapped in a perpetual videogame/virtual reality. There were levels, and you had to beat each one. The first was like a ...
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Looking for a sci-fi about life after death

I read this short story around 10 ago and haven't been able to find it ever since. The hero of the story is a prolific scientist in some mathematical field, and he dies at around page 1. His soul is ...
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Sorceress accepts paper as payment for opening portals to other worlds

Looking for the title/author of a fantasy short story. I read it years ago and don't remember a lot of details. A sorceress accepts paper as payment for opening portals to other worlds. I think the ...
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A story in Analog about immortal people

I believe the story was back in the seventies. People became immortal when they were sure they were going to die and then didn't. I've tried finding it and can't.
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Trying to find a Sci-Fi Short Story called “Sarge”

I have a friend who is looking to find a short sci-fi story called "Sarge." The story I am looking for starts off as a letter or message to his adversaries. It is first person from the dog's point of ...
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Name of the book that carried a short story about a man living in a windmill/grinder attacked by giant worm?

It's been decades since I read the book. It was a collection of monster stories and one of them that I remember had ended with a worm attacking a windmill because it sent vibrations into the earth. ...
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Short story where human explorers accidentally blind an alien race

I read this short story probably 20 years ago: A human scientific expedition ship arrives at an alien planet, covered by a thick cloud layer, orbiting a dim red star. The humans start exploring the ...
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Subjectively Slowed Explorers Fight a Living Jungle [duplicate]

This short story (possibly published in Asimovs or Fantasy and Science Fiction, but not certain) involves explorers encountering a tribe that worships the local jungle as a god. They do so by taking a ...
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Short story about aliens colonizing earth and introducing a drug

From what I recall aliens come to earth and gets the people addicted some kind of "drug" making everyone passive. Other details I remember are the Aliens live off of methane gas so everything smells ...
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Girl visits somewhere in the south, and meets a family that doesn’t age

I read a group of books in 2009. They were all dark, scifi thrillers by the same author - can't remember the name but I'm almost sure it was a woman. It only took me a few hours to read each so they ...
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More Story Identification: Scifi mining slave rebellion?

I think this was a short story I read in a magazine, probably at least 10+ years ago. It roughly follows the point of view of a miner who appears to be part of some specifically bred mining/slave ...
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Aliens placed humans on Earth to become starship engineers

Please help me identify this SF short story. What I remember: Several characters at a party. All of the attendees are very intelligent. One of the guests poses a hypothetical question about how ...
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Aliens try to invade Earth, but are quickly caught because their template was socially unusual

This is one of those vague memories, probably a short story, science fiction, written before the 1990s. The story is from the perspective of the aliens, who are planning to invade Earth. They either ...
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Intelligent cells taking over the world

Please help me identify this story. I think it is a short story, not a novel but I could be wrong. A scientist works on genetically engineering super intelligent cells. He has some successes. I ...
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Short story about consumers vs producers

Trying to remember the title of a short story I read back in the 90s. The parents were producers who produced all the goods included weapons and ammunition. The children were consumers who used the ...
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Story about mankind being alone in the Milky Way galaxy [duplicate]

Many years ago I read a short story about mankind searching the galaxy, hoping to find intelligent non-human life. After many millennia, on the opposite side of the galaxy, they think they have ...
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Science fiction anthology, possibly called Monsters (or Creatures or Dragons)?

I am trying to recall an anthology of science fiction short stories I read about 15-20 years ago. It was called "Monsters" or something similar (could have been "Creatures" or "Dragons" or something ...
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Short story with a mechanical fly

Trying to identify a short story from some long-forgotten collection with multiple authors. All I really remember is a man attempting to swat a fly that landed on him...when a blue flame shoots out ...
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Man's consciousness transferred into machine and asked questions

I read a short story online a while back which starts off with a guy being in the dark and asking where he is and panicking, and then a scientist starts asking him questions but he is super freaked ...
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Novel with travel to purple grassed planets and space pets. Possibly a series

So for years I have been trying to search for the book(s) that captured my imagination with sci-fi. I found the book in my middle school library some time between 1979-1983. The book may have been ...
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Story about kids and book that tells about good old times in schools

I'm trying to find an short story I read in a collection about ten years ago. Publication date before 1980. Here's everything I remember: The story is about kids that found an old book with story ...
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Short story about astronauts landing on a planet of shapeshifters

I'm trying to find an English-language short story I read in a collection about five to ten years ago (I don't have any idea of the original publication date). Here's everything I remember: The ...
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Identify sci-fi short story about hired assassin hunted after a botched job fleeing in self driving car

The premise is a bit weird: the assassin lands at the airport after a failed mission knowing that he is marked for death unless he can reach somewhere first. The point of the story is how proud he is ...
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Identify sci-fi short story about last man and woman on earth

It's a short short. Humanity destroyed by a disease (virus?) that causes temporary paralysis. Written from pov of last man about to marry last woman who is devout (Christian?) and very proper. Man ...
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Scientist discovers hyperspace with a twist

I believe the setting is an Earth that desperately needs transportation to the stars (overpopulation?) A scientist discovers hyperspace (I believe he solves a theory that explains how to reach it, ...
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Looking for title of sci fi short story about attempts to colonise planet (Venus?). Scientist and his dog are main characters

They want to see if humans can survive in harsh planet conditions with a view to future colonisation. Scientist guy invents a machine which can transform humans into beings which are adapted to ...
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Technology breaking down, No-one knows how to fix it

the story, or maybe part of a larger work, I am thinking of involves a portrait of either a.) an alien race or more likely b.) the future human race this race relies entirely on their technology ...
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Spaceship crew loses piece of equipment, lies about it, causes all other spaceships to be grounded

Years ago I read a short story about a spaceship crew who were reviewing a checklist of equipment but couldn't figure out what one of the items was supposed to be (it was some sort of abbreviation). ...
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A man who buys true love [duplicate]

Many years back I read a short science fiction story about sold love. If memory serves, a man comes to a pleasure-planet. He passes several attractions, the weirdest one being a place where you can ...