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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Sci Fi Short Story about Entropy

Short story read in the 1960s. Story begins with the very large early tube and relay computers which occupied whole building and sometime city blocks. A couple of drunk computer engineers ask the ...
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A Loving Mother Earth

A short story I read in the 1960s. About spacemen/astronauts who land on a living planet. Upon exiting the ship they find beautiful foliage, grasslands, water. A perfect unspoiled ecology. They ...
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alien infiltration story - 1960s Analog

I am trying to identify a short story that appeared in Analog sometime in the 1960s. My memory is a bit hazy, but here goes: The main character is a secret policeman in an Eastern European country. He ...
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Humorous story about toilet paper perforations leading to the creation “Nothing” - an unbreakable, invisible material

In this short story, a scientist/engineer discovers that the perforations on toilet paper are the strongest part. He reasons that more perforations will make it even stronger. He makes a material ...
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Story where there's a man about to murder somebody and at the end it turns out to be you [on hold]

I've been trying forever to remember the title of this story. I read it when I was in high school for one of my classes, so I don't remember much. The main character was a man and I think it was a ...
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Sci-fi short story: battle-damaged scout ship fertilized by an alien creature

I am looking for a science fiction short story about a scout ship that gets fertilized by an alien creature after being damaged in battle. I think I remember the creature being named Magog. The ship ...
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Short story - A ring that lets you relive the last minute

I think I read this in a magazine back in the 1970s or perhaps 1980s. As I recall, the plot went like this: The protagonist is working in a morgue when a body is brought in. The dead man was a ...
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Seeking boneless legs and arms story

Seeking a short horror story from an anthology from maybe the 1970s. A traveller enters a house and finds, in the basement, women whose arm and leg bones have been removed but they are still alive.
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Does Wo send Simon Kress deliberately into death?

Near the final scene of Sandkings by George R. R. Martin, Wo tells Kress to leave the house immediately and run away in a particular direction, promising to pick him up. However Wo never picks him ...
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Airplane that can travel forwards in time but not backwards

I read a paperback book of short stories. One of the short stories was about time travel using an airplane, but the time travel was restricted to going forward in time. This resulted in a statue of ...
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Why were VP's proxies sabotaged in David Marusek's “Cabbages and Cale”?

In David Marusek's story "Cabbages and Kale: Or, How We Downsized North America," the protagonist is Saul Jespersen, Vice President of the United States. In this future, people often use ...
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Humorous short story where ship is missing an 'offog' [duplicate]

I had an anthology of short stories from the 70's or 80's. It included a humorous short story about a space fleet captain who received notice of an upcoming inspection of his ship. After checking his ...
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What short story had a protagonist who was an orphan from a race of mimics?

With some catastrophe in his background, he arrives on a hot frontier world (requiring a survival suit?) populated by humans, to live with a kind, morally strong woman, who perhaps owns a bar (... or ...
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What short story had a world of independent cities who blew up any city that got too big?

I read an old short story about a world with all small independent cities. If any city would get too powerful than other cities could blow it up. It created this strange kind of peace where cities ...
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Short Story Collection from 80s/early 90s with story about the Ainu and a shapeshifter

I'm looking for the short story collection that contained a short story that involved the Ainu culture and shape shifters. I read the collection in late 80s/early 90s. It was published in America — ...
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Short Story about Mind uploaded to computer

It is in the format of a chat log. A man's consciousness was uploaded to a computer to save him. Now in the future, they downloaded his mind into a body, but the man gave permission for scientists to ...
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Short story collection involving a beast with impenetrable armor eating an old man and getting indigestion

Here's what I can remember: In one short story, a beast with impenetrable armor eats an old man and gets indigestion. In another, an adventurer kills that same beast, hacks off its armor plating, ...
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Aliens throw Earth's technology back to 19th century levels by stopping all rapid chemical combustion

There was an old science fiction short story were aliens threw Earth's technology back to 19th century levels by stopping all rapid chemical combustion. Steam trains worked and were armored to protect ...
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Trying to find a short story about the ghost of a french officer who woos lady, kills husband

This was a really neat ghost story. The plot: writer moves his family to an island to write in solitude his wife starts acting weird, is being seduced by the ghost of a French officer the ghost ...
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Looking for an old science fiction short story [duplicate]

I am searching for a science fiction short story I read in an anthology obtained from the public library in Riverside, California around 1964. It is written in the first person, and deals with a man ...
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Seeking old short story about extreme fighter

I am looking for a story that was published in OMNI magazine in the 1970s or early 1980s. The protagonist is a fighter in an extremely bloody and violent sport. He has many body modifications to ...
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Sci Fi Short story about a prison with just one prisoner?

i read it in a paperback story collection that I purchased new around 2006 to 2008, possibly themed as time travel or alternate realities. For most of the story, we do not know who the prisoner is, ...
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Corridor with a dead body turns out to be a Möbius strip

I'm looking for a book of science fiction short stories. One of the stories describes the experiences of a man who finds himself in a corridor with a dead body. The corridor turns out to be a Möbius ...
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Man goes back in time to observe WW2 and gets stranded in an alternate future

Anyone know the name of this science fiction short story. Man goes back in time to observe Second World War, falls in love, tries to return to future but ends up in a alternate future with no power ...
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Collection of stories about young boy and his brother encountering aliens in suburbia

I'm trying to find a book that one of our teachers read to us in elementary school. It is either a collection of short stories, or simply one of those novels written in episodic form. It's told in ...
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Horror short story, in YA hardcover anthology 80s or 90s

A young man in a workplace (possibly library) becomes very curious about a customer who always makes a short phone call before going home. The customer never smalltalks, simply snaps something like ...
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Alien in a box killed by humans

There is a specific short story from an anthology type thing that I'm looking for from the 50s through the 80s (sorry it's such a wide range). The story is there were a bunch of people that found a ...
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Houseflies use humanity to colonize the galaxy

David Brin's short story "The Giving Plague" contains the following passage: A guy I once knew, who used to read science fiction, told me about this story he'd seen, in which it turned out that ...
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Story about a man and an alien exploring an alien world

I think the story took place on Mars, and it had a feel like Eric Frank Russell or someone similar. The story starts with the man reporting on his return to base to explain the adventure he just went ...
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Humans learning strict alien ceremony where a mistake results in death

Science fiction short story, no idea when or who wrote it, basic plot is humans are on an alien planet. They must attend a ceremony (dinner?) which has a strict protocol. When the ritual is done ...
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A sf short story about entering the galactic civilisation

I’m looking for a short story about entering the galactic civilization.(you had to have discovered the power of the atom in order to qualify for the list) There is a guy that reports back to his boss ...
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Time travel short story: trying to give Ancient Greeks a head start in science

I want to identify a short story about a man who wants to create a better human race by pushing the ancient Greek intellectuals a little further. He builds a time machine goes back and tells the Greek ...
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Who wrote “Pate de Fois Gras”?

It appeared in Analog decades ago. Memorable line: "It's the goose! The goose who laid the golden egg!" and "That goose is a living nuclear reactor."
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NEW EDEN - end of humanity [closed]

Last three people left on earth- father, mother and pre-adolescent son. Father sterile. Teaches son how to impregnate mother
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Poul Anderson short story about a mutant with mental powers in a US splinter republic in the Rockies?

From the 60s, set in a post-apocalyptic US splinter republic centered in the Rockies, main character a young mutant capable of some kind of mental parallel processing, for example solves the turbulent ...
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Short story where aliens colonize earth, a boy is made immortal and separated from family

I'm looking for a short story I read sometime in the mid-2000s. It was one of the "related readings" to one of the stories that I read when I was in middle school, and I'm almost sure that it had been ...
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Short Story - Family Moving to the Moon

I am looking for the name of a short story about a family that moves to the moon. They aren't happy there and want to go back to earth. The father uses up their return voyage money to have their piano ...
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What anthology am I thinking of; underwater aliens / an impassable wall / a moon with an incredibly low orbit

I am looking for the names of these three short stories that I read long back in an anthology of Scifi stories. First Story: It's about a planet mostly water that has been seeded by some intelligent ...
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Short story about a girl who was the first child born in space, or on the moon?

I remember reading this short story in a science fiction anthology when I was a child. In the climactic scene of the story, the girl (now grown up) gives an address to the UN. Afterwards, all the ...
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Short story as a letter to original colonisers of earth

I am trying to track the title of a short story which is written as a message from an alien race to the original colonisers of earth apologising for the collapse of the experiment and advising the ...
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Short story about a conversation between a comet and the Earth

This is a story I read during the 90's but the actual story might be older. I don't remember the title nor the author but remember a good deal of the plot. It started with the Earth and the ...
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Return to the Land (no matter how dangerous)

I read a story nearly 40 years ago, I thought in OMNI magazine. It was about a famous musician who chose to return to her home planet, which was so dangerous that she might die almost immediately. ...
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What is the title of this story about settlers who have to give back cells to a sentient species?

Settlers land on a supposedly unoccupied planet, and raise livestock on an early life stage of a sentient species. The early stage looks like grass. After the sentient species begins its next stage ...
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Short story by Sturgeon about language and love

It was a short story about a human who makes contact with an alien species so much advanced emotionally they have developed a variety of terms to describe emotional rapports very accurately.
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What is the relation between the sisters and the bugs in “The Little Sisters of Eluria”

I'm currently reading Stephen King's short story "The Little Sisters of Eluria" What is the relation between sisters and bugs? We know about the sisters but what do bugs get in return by healing ...
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What was the relation between mutants and sisters in short story “The Little Sisters of Eluria” by Stephen King [closed]

I'm currently reading Stephen King's short story collection, Everything's Eventual. Last night I read the short story "The Little Sisters of Eluria" in it and have few questions regarding the plot. ...
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Science Fiction short story about a town where people got cured by other people in the town

I'm looking for a short story about a town that had no doctors or pharmacies and sick people were taken to the town square. I believe there was a family passing through and the lady took sick. The ...
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Short story about a hole to another universe that pulls in metal

This question reminded me of a story I read in the 90s. A woman is caught shoplifting a bunch of metal items by throwing them into her purse. She has no memory, and the purse is empty. Anything metal ...
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Space Adventure / War Short Story Identification

I read a short story in an anthology a couple of years ago. I can’t remember the name of either but remember the details below: It was set on a gigantic colony / warship The reader is slowly ...
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Short story identification: society partitioned off by high wall

Reading another question today reminded me of a short story I read in the early 90s (probably written in 60s or 70s though). A society is blocked off by a really high wall; the story follows a girl ...