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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Astronaut On Jupiter *

Short story about an astronaut on Jupiter, describing him walking around under heavy atmosphere & gravity, wearing a diving-type space suit. probably written in the 1950s
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Explorers trying to cross an impassable Pacific ocean, which has caused a different WWII outcome

I'm looking for the name of a short story (probably from the 2000s) set in a world where the Pacific ocean appears to be impossible to cross (all who attempt to do so disappear). History seems to be ...
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Name / title of a story about a sentient submarine battleship? [duplicate]

I think I read this (probably in an anthology) around 1972. As I remember it -- this sentient submarine battleship is left over from a war and awakens when challenged. Is this Van Vogt?
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Horror short story with an upbeat ending

This short story might have been about teenagers or adults, and was written in the 1980's or 1990's. It could have been in a Charles de Lint anthology, as the genre was fantasy horror. I don't think ...
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Humorous time travel short story about a man's dealings with other versions of himself

Okay, similar questions to this have been asked before, but not about the particular short story I am trying to find. It was in an anthology of short sci fi stories, possibly award winning ones or at ...
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looking for a sci fi short story from a 60s anthology

What I remember of the story: female was an omniscient being (with no physical body); male was a space cowboy (rounding up space junk for scrap); they have philosophical discussions over a period of ...
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Identify short story about modern soldiers time travel to a civil war battle, ethical dilemma, shoul they intervene?

I read this story in the 1960's or 1970's. A platoon of modern soldiers accidentally time travel into the midst of a crucial civil war battle. They have their modern weapons in their possession. They ...
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Science fiction story about a man whose face changes to the identity of different people

The story is about a man whose face changes to the identity of different people, according to who he is talking to. At the end, he dies and his face shuffles rapidly through all the identities it has ...
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Short story: boy who speaks a dead language

I read a short story some years back about a boy who was apparently born speaking a language nobody had heard before. Later on in his life some linguists came along and identified it as a language ...
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Trying to identify a short story of missed opportunities

From what I recall, it had artwork and the story went as follows: Boy aspires to be astronaut but when he's old enough he doesn't qualify When he's older they start accepting everyone (except the ...
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Trying to find a short story (maybe two in the same collection) about Alien education versus Earth

I read this somewhere in the 1990s, but it was probably older. I vaguely remember it as being two stories in sequence in an anthology. One was a story involving an Earth administrator comparing Earth ...
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Scientists shown a fake anti-gravity device to motivate them to build the real thing

There exists a SF short story about anti-gravitation called the Mother of Invention (AFAIK). A bunch of scientists are shown a (fake) movie in which an anti-gravity device is demonstrated by an ...
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Story identification: man serves a sentence for the murder he will be allowed to commit in the future

I recently remembered a short story I had read a while ago in a sci-fi compilation. I tried to identify it, but my Google-fu is not up to the task. Google, however, directed me here. So, I hope ...
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Name of story with video phones and personal contact is embarrassing

I'm looking for the name of a science fiction short story in which characters lack modesty when communicating over video phones but direct contact is excruciatingly embarrassing.
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Sci Fi Short story about the smartest people taken to another planet

There is a short story I read many years ago which must be from the 60s or before. It follows a young man who is selected by aliens with other humans as the smartest and taken to another planet or ...
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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 ...