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Please help me identify book chronicling life of titular character turns out to be computer printed summary of his life

Language: English. I read this some time in the late 80s / early 90s. The author must have had a Commodore 64 computer, because printouts from the mainframe computer in the story (which bears ...
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SF A human being “dead” for several seconds during higher than light speed space travel

It's a short story I read a long time ago, so I don't have the slightest idea who is the author. In it scientists built a machine that can solve problems by feeding it, as far as I remember, specially ...
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Short story about 4 coloured beetle-like aliens in a terrarium

Story starts with a guy buying a terrarium with 4 groups of beetle-like insects brought and installed in his own house by an alien race. A different color each. Each tribe were supposed to start a ...
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Really short story from main writer that needed to be read twice

I don't remember much of the plot but I do remember it was only 2 or 3 pages long and there's absolutely no way of understanting much of anything until you read the story again. Then everything was ...
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Mid 20th century post-apocalyptic novel which utilized the term “the Mysteries”?

"The Mysteries" were descriptions of past cultural traditions such as religion or ethnicity which became mangled when half-remembered by survivors of an apocalyptic war or pestilence. I especially ...
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YA vampire novel with ties to the Dracula mythos. Renfield's name was flipped around to Dleifner

I think the book took place in a library? Maybe. I definitely remember Renfield's name being flipped around. Thanks!
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Carnival short story/novella?

Was there a short story titled "Carnival" about alien beings who use humans as surrogate mothers. This is about an alien who treats a human as a pet, but still has him (?) carry the embryo. Is this ...
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Searching for a book with a human survivor vs wolves/animals

I'm searching for a book with a post-apocalyptic setting and a lone-human survivor conflict with wolves (primarily) and other semi/sentient animals. It starts out that the reader thinks the ...
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Book title of a girl with hidden powers when genetic engineering is a staple

Sorry but I only remember two main events that got stuck in my head. 1- Someone tries to rape her and she manages to get away but she doesn't know how she did it. (Some capability she wasn't aware of) ...
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Book title with a harsh alien world and buoyant balloon-like beings

I specifically remember that those buoyant explosive gas filled balloons were an annoyance for flying ships. This is mentioned several times in the book. At the end they seemed to play a very ...
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Ghostly book I can't remember the name of

I once read a book about a family that moved into an old Manor house. The family experience ghostly writings on a wall, and if I recall correctly they carry out a written conversation with the author ...
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Floating island with many moons

The anime is like this. There is a girl and she has friends (kids and mostly boys). Then her only memory is a floating island with many moons. Then they discovered that the girl is the princess of ...
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Seeking the title of a horror short story about serial killers seeking to kill other serial killers

I'm looking for a horror short story anthology published in the late 70's to 80's that contained a great story whose title and author also elude me. My memory is hazy, but the tale describes a couple ...
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Story Identification- Book about kids playing a D&D-like game that invades the normal world

So, I read this book as a child, and have been trying to remember its title for a couple of years, with no success. the story was about a group of kids who were playing a role-playing game, and ...
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ID Story: A robotic storyteller that is sentient

I'm fairly sure this is an Asimov short story, but I can't actually find the name of it. A group of kids has a robot that tells stories. They are mean to it, and generally abuse the thing. At the end ...
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Novel about a man living in an empty shopping complex

I read a book, when i was a kid, that had a man that was hiding in an abandoned shopping complex, that appeared to be in a skyscraper (It had multiple levels, at least.) The guy was mortally afraid of ...
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Short story about a government super agent investigating an alien phenomenon

I'm trying to identify a short story I read as a teenager about a kind of alien tunnel or cave that the government is investigating. They keep sending volunteers in and each one gets killed unless ...
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Trying to find a book about a kid who ends up being summoned as a demon

I´m trying to find a book about a kid who tries a drug, ends up in an out of body experience, and his soul then gets summoned against his will to serve as a demon by a wizard. At first they think he ...
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Short poignant 1960's era sci-fi story about space shuttle crewman's infatuation with captain

I remember reading a short, perhaps 10 pages, sci-fi story, perhaps from the 1960's, pre New Wave or soon after, about a space shuttle crew member who routinely awakened from the rocket's blast-off ...
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Looking for an old short story - teleportation and airplanes

After reading this question, I'm reminded of a short story which involved portals between planets. The portals were unstable and weren't (couldn't be) anchored to the ground. To travel through one, ...
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Story involving Aliens stopped by Cheap Rifle

Many years ago, I read a story about aliens coming to Earth. Their plan was to subjugate Earth. They were stopped because a gun manufacturer sold cheap(under $50) high powered rifles. I am trying ...
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Trying to remember a sci fi comic from the 90s or 2000s; main character is a girl with white skin and black markings around her eyes

As above, I'm trying to bring to mind this comic I read years ago. I remember the cover very clearly, at least it seems clear even if the image has been corrupted over the years: A girl on a bike, ...
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Need title of 1980 - 1990 techno thriller about remote sensing technology

I read a military techno thriller in the 1980s - 1990s that I would like to identify by title and author. At the time I was heavily into this genre. The book was about an advanced US technology that ...
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Seeking title to a short SciFi story from the 50' or 60's

I am trying to learn the title of a short story that was about various races of beings on a ship heading to invade earth. They feel smug and more advanced then the inhabitants of Earth. However, ...
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1980s movie involving a genetically engineered human multiple ribs

I used to work in a video store back in 1988 and remember a VHS (a magical old format) of a movie that was pretty cool from my perspective. It had a genetically engineered human that was fully grown ...
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Man drafted for a future war that was all a thought experiment

Military Science Fiction. Short Story found in an anthology. Mid 1990s. Paperback Title was: _last_name_'s War The last name was complicated to read/pronounce maybe Polish or Norwegian. An ...
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Book in which girl's father marries a woman with two children who are all immortal

I remember reading a book about a teenage girl's father marrying a woman with a son and daughter. The teenage girl soon finds out that something was weird about this new family. And what's fishy is ...
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Searching for novel involving space pilots with multiple arms

I read a science fiction book in the early 90s, and I'd like some help finding it. The only details I can remember are as follows: The characters lived on a large space ship together and had four ...
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Sentient computer fakes alien probe?

I'm trying to find a novel that I read 10+ years ago (maybe), what I remember is: Computer becomes sentient, but hides it For some reason it interferes with some data (from a human probe? Or radio ...
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Help me find a book about a boy whose best friend drowned

I read a book not long ago (2011-2012) and it was about a boy whose best friend died drowning(?) and his friend helps him find out what actually happens, making him able to communicate with the dead. ...
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Story where Earth is dying and restrictions on killing plants were in place

This was a book that I read in 1985-1986. I vaguely recall that there was a hand wearing a ring on the cover and that it seemed to be a newer book from the library. The story took place in the future ...
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What movie featured children being born after going through a door?

I slightly remember the plot, but that too is blurry. I have watched the film long ago, and I only remember that there was a woman who was supposed to have a baby, and there was a group of children ...
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What was the name of the tv show about a guy who lives in a small town with aliens disguised as humans?

SO I watched it awhile ago and I can't remember the name of this show so basically what it is about is this guy who is a detective I think and he lives in a smallish town where aliens have disguised ...
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Space sailor helps build a boat

Science Fiction. Short Story. Mid 1990s. Paperback A retired enlisted Space Navy veteran helps younger civilians build an armed surface vessel boat (think a wet navy patrol boat or PT boat) to escape ...
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Movie about a family who gets a game from a friend and are transported to an old well as a challenge

Please help me! I can't remember the name of this movie, but it's basically about a family who gets a game from some friend of theirs. It's an old board game, made from stone, and there are two sticks ...
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Sci Fi/Fantasy book series--Princess--fire--1990s

The first book in the series begins with a girl named Scion (something like that) and she lives at a school where they are teaching her to control fire (firebending or light bending). This seems like ...
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Book about post-apocalyptic survivors and slug-like alien invaders

I read this ~1995-1997, and I think it was new. For whatever reason, my school library had a copy. The story was about the few survivors of post-apocalyptia. Alien slug-like creatures had managed to ...
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Movie identification - Late 80s / early 90s vampire horror

This would be a late 80s / early 90s vampire movie. American made / cast. I don't think it was a low budget movie. The story follows a teenager and his younger sister, somewhere in the south west in ...
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Sci-fi Story Cop riding flying giant genetically engineered birds

It is a Science fiction novel. Set in Earth's future where giant genetically engineered birds are used as flying vehicles. If I remember correctly, it is due to end of fossil fuels. The main ...
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Identification: Looking for author/ title of time travel books

Looking for author/ title of time travel books (trilogy?). It is a dying planet story, and time travel is regulated/ policed (under government control). Books and historical records are kept off ...
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The name of the comic book about the Hulk and the dinosaurs

After having watched a movie, Jurassic World, I recalled reading a comic book about the Hulk where there also were the dinosaurs. It was about 10 years ago I used to look at the pictures in the comic ...
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80's movie with creepy dog?

This might be a long shot with how little I remember of the movie. I only remember one scene, where a small dog flies through a window knocking a man out. Then it shows the man laying there while ...
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Chirality and Colonists

Trying to identify a very old story that involved human colonists who land on a distant earth-like planet and find human survivors of a much earlier colonizing attempt. The new colonists discover that ...
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What's the short story where the man is sick and tired of advertising? [duplicate]

I'm trying to remember the title and author of this story. It's just a few pages long and starts with a man on a bus coming home from work looking at the screen on his watch. His wife is talking to ...
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Dystopian novel where the last city moves on a giant track [duplicate]

Probably published late 1970s or early 1980s. A large group of people are organized into a small city that is in a huge contraption that has to keep moving around the earth after some apocalyptic ...
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Trying to find title of book where a robot has a bomb in it

After considerable research, I have been unable to identify this book. I'm trying to find a book that I read ages ago (and have subsequently misplaced) that seems impossible to find because it has a ...
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Long story / novel about far-future evolution during a war

After a very long-lasting war, human society has evolved into different castes, each with evolved instincts to help them do their jobs well, living inside giant ships. Kamikaze fighter pilots feel ...
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book identification about kid turning into plant

I am having difficuly rememering the title of a book i read when i was in grade school. I recall reading a book about a kid who was slowly turning into a plant due to his science fair project, i do ...
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1970s or 1980s movie where people's heads would explode in their sleep

There was a movie, either in the late 70's or early 80's about a virus that, once you were infected with it if you fell asleep your brain would swell so badly that it would pop out of your head. I'm ...
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Which Star Trek:TNG episode does Data asks Picard whether a human has a moral obligation to use augmented prosthetic?

I remember a scene in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, where Data and Picard are discussing Data and humanity. In particular, whether Picard would have a moral obligation to upgrade ...