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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Bullied boy given immense powers by an alien race who destroys the human race

Looking to identify a short story I read in a sci-fi anthology as a child, about an angry, bullied boy who is given immense powers by an alien race. I read this in English, sometime in the late 1990s/...
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Hit man hired to kill a cat

I read a short story about a hitman hired to kill a (black?) cat that was hanging around the house of a pharmaceutical company executive who had used thousands of cats in experiments. It ended badly ...
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Need help on how to end my sci-fi short film idea [closed]

I have this idea for a short film class but I couldn't get a full closure yet. The idea is that a university student works late in this computer laboratory in which everything is computer controlled (...
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Name of a story about a Doctor's bag of surgical instruments transported back in time to the present day

A bag of surgical instruments is transported back in time where it is found in the present by a person with limited medical experience who begins to use the instruments to perform miraculous cures on ...
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Short story about a space pilot trapped in a “Hab” by a robot

Dying to find this story I read in the lates 70s or 80s. A fighter pilot from a space battle crashes and takes refuge in a Hab or pod meant for emergencies. Unfortunately, every time he moves, the ...
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A horror story set onboard a ship about a man whose roomate is anything but human who proceeds to terrify him as he fears for his life and his sanity

Sailing to his destination,.he beds down for the night. He is awakened by his room mate running from the room and racing down the hall. He notices that the porthole hatch, or round window, is open ...
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OMNI Short story with unlimited formula racing, activist 'meme bomb'

Looking for an OMNI Magazine short story about unlimited class car racing - called "Formula Zero" or "Formula X" in the story. Main character is a cyborg, jacks into his vehicle when racing. He's in ...
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Looking for old short story about inter-dimensional flashlight

It ran in an 80's monthly sci-fi/Fantasy magazine, either Isaac Asimov's Fantasy and Science Fiction, or Analog. The main character was a guy who was rummaging through an old house he either bought ...
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short story about a man who picks up a girl hitchhiker who is a werewolf or vampire

I read this story back in the '70s in an anthology and it stayed with me because it creeped me out so much as a kid. The final line in the story is that he was going to look at her teeth after ...
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Short story where time runs backwards

Short story where humans experience time in reverse - they remember the future and cannot recall the past. Probably in a cyberpunk anthology published in the '90s It begins with the death of the ...
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story about an undercover agent investigating a super powerful games-playing human-like alien

I'm looking for this short story: A game-playing man is recruited to voyage to an alien species which humanity doesn't know much about. They are very similar to humans, except something about their ...
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Trying to find old short story about mysterious picture drawing device

I am trying to find a story I read once, about a fellow who finds a strange device that draws pictures. He can't figure out how it works, or what the controls do, but, through trial and error, he ...
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Identify sci-fi collection: (1) aliens sell fake artifacts (2) US-USSR rivalry, iguanas in space

I'm trying to track down a collection of SF short stories I read while in school in the mid-1980s. I remember that one dealt with the inhabitants of an alien world making fake artifacts to sell to ...
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Collection of ghost stories as mysteries - Includes a story about a “debunked” piano-playing ghost and a deserted house set for a meal

This was a young-adult book, paperback, I'm pretty sure. I read it somewhere between 1986 and 1990 in my elementary school, although it might have been older than that. There were a series of short ...
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Terrifying story about 2 friends who spend a night in a deserted mansion, where one of them is killed with an ax by a supernatural being

Upon having their car stuck in the swamp, the boys walk and find an old deserted mansion. As the hour is late, they make a bed by the fireplace and fall asleep. One of the boys is awakened by a ...
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Need help identifying short story about retired military colonel who fought war at end of time

I read this story in an anthology in the eighties or early nineties. It was about an old man who lived outside a western-like town, though that might have just been how I imagined it. He goes to ...
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circa 60s story of a girl whose mother is a machine which runs their house, where people don't go outside

I need help finding this story. The girl lives in a giant house and the mother is on the top floor. Not sure if the mother ever appears as a human. I remember that a friend of hers has a party, and ...
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Earthman has super-strength on an alien world and wins leadership tournaments

There is an old short story of a man who discovers humans have super-strength on an alien world out in the still being explored outer reaches of space. Every seven years or so they had tournaments to ...
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Man stranded alone on alien planet with alien machine [duplicate]

I read a story in an old scifi mag years back from the 60's or 70's (in Amazing Stories maybe) about a guy stranded alone on an alien planet where there was an intelligent machine that could make ...
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Extremely disturbing horror story set in the 1800's about an ancient English haunted grandfather clock

The story begins as a man in England receives a clock from a relative who passes away. Fully 7 feet tall and black as coal, it presence makes people uneasy. The aunt's will reports that its made of ...
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80's-90's young adult horror story help!

This is a collection of short stories I have been looking for a long time. One story involved two children that discovered tunnels, either in their back yard or the woods that we underground and had ...
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Book of sci-fi short stories containing time machines, strange planets and civilisations

This story reminded me of something similar I had read 10+ years ago. I'm trying to identify a book of short stories, possibly by the same author. I only remember bits of it. A story about time ...
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Identify a catastrophic sci fi story written before 1980: ruptured spleen, alien moon base, time and space travel, antimatter tool

I read a sci fi short story sometime between 1974-1980 but it may have been written long before that. I believe it was in a paper back anthology of sci fi stories, but I'm not certain. I think the ...
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Short story from many years ago where the two main characters merge into one

The only thing I remember is that the two main characters are lovers (perhaps one is an alien?) and they merge into one entity at the end of the tale. "It" pours itself a cup of coffee at/near the ...
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Story by Stanislaw Lem: the more distinguished you are, the shorter is your name

I'm trying to track down a story by Stanislaw Lem for my father. He thought it was titled "Citizen O", but there appears to be no such story. It's about a world in which the more distinguished you are,...
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Short story about a futuristic prison?

I remember reading it in a collection of stories it's about a poet who is put in a prison where they put a microchip in the inmates brains and if they try to leave it makes them feel intense pain. The ...
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Looking for a short story: robot making other robots

A friend of mine is trying to track down a short story that her dad enjoyed decades ago, with a view to buying the book for his birthday. It's a comedy, and the plot follows a guy who assembles a ...
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Short story about an inventor who travels into the future to find time going backwards

About 30 years ago I read a short story about an inventor who builds a time machine out of (I think) a Volkswagen Beetle which could only go forwards. He travels to the year 2100 only to find that ...
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Nostalgia: City of Light?

I'm hoping to locate a short story in an old SF magazine (late 50s?). Earth has been colonized by extra-dimensional energy creatures with cities build out of pure energy. That energy pours out of ...
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Star Bright short story [duplicate]

This is a short story about a super intelligent child named Star. She has a friend almost as intelligent. They discover a way to get to another dimension or universe where similarly gifted people ...
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Prescient story about proto-hipsters

I remember a short story which at the time (late eighties is when I read it) seemed most absurd, but which in a few decades has become prescient: a world where people in the old generation were ...
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Post-apocalyptic story in the UK where a man travels by rail to search for others

I'm looking for a short story that I read 15-20 years ago. The protagonist has escaped the apocalyptic pandemic by being within the Arctic Circle at the time. He somehow makes it back to the Northern ...
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Waterworld story about religious drowning

The longer I go the more spoilers will appear as I recall more things. So the story starts with the protagonist being a young boy living in a smallish community of houses floating on the sea (ocean?)....
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Name of story where people start breathing at the same time when about to die

I'm trying to find a short story where the protagonist notices that people who breathe at the same time shortly die together. This is the major theme of the story. It was probably a sci-fi or horror ...
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Identify Story: Trying to stop nano-machine escape, but they're already out

This is a short story that's about a decade or so old. In it, the protagonist is helping to quarantine an area to stop a nano-machine intelligent swarm from breaking out. The "reveal" is that they've ...
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Identify Story: Telepath investigating saint finds proof of eternal damnation

I read this in a pulp magazine (Analog or Galaxy), I think. In it an atheist telepath is asked to confirm that in his death throes, a saint had never despaired and thus still deserved canonization. ...
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Is Flatland unique?

Is the depiction of life in two dimensions unique to Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, or has another author written on this topic?
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Trying to find an illustrated book with three sf stories: alien planet, underwater city, intelligent rocks

I'm trying to find a book that had three illustrated science fiction stories in it. The first was about explorers on an alien planet. They found a forest of trees with 'horns' or 'wires', and ...
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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 ...