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Late 90's or early 00's fantasy comic

I recall reading a comic in the early 2000's that I am unable to recall the name of. I do remember bits of the story however: The main character was a girl with magical powers and an evil uncle ...
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Due to natural rotation of Milky Way all Earth life gets increased intelligence [duplicate]

I read this story in the late 1970s, perhaps very early 1980s. All life (with a brain I guess) on Earth suddenly develops increased intelligence. Scientists determine this is due to the normal ...
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Identifying a film that involved a giant man-bat with lower human limbs

I remember a short screening at movie world around 2003-2006 that sparked my memory of a giant man-bat with lower human limbs.I don't believe the excerpt was linked to any horror genre as I was fairly ...
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Soldier teleports himself out of a tank using his mind; discovers he's from the future

I am looking for a book that I read many years ago as a teen. I think it was in the 1970's but the book could have been written earlier. It starts with a soldier in Korea in a tank that is hit by a ...
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Fantasy book about a princess, a travelling gypsy and the gypsy's mute servant

I've been searching for a old fantasy book for quite some time now and desperately hoping that someone recognizes it. The book starts out describing a princess of a kingdom - how her family is ...
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What is the tilte of Fantasy Genre Novel with 2 brothers (the sons of satan), female author?

The question is asking for the title of a novel, however this was also a series of novels. I remember many details of the plot, but am not certain if those details are from different books in the ...
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Short story identification about psychic kids that end the world

This is driving me crazy and I can't seem to locate the author or title but I read this in an anthology and would like to read it again. Here is the plot, at least the parts I remember. Three young ...
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What post-apocalypse live-action/anime hybrid had the hero play a piano on a beach?

I saw this film in the 90's, it was a hybrid live action and cartoon (manga style) set after a nuclear (atomic?) war. The part that sticks in my head from the live action part was the hero (coming ...
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Who originated the concept about how gods are actually aliens who need “worship energy”?

An early story I've come across is the Star Trek "Who Mourns for Adonais?" about how the Olympian gods were actually powerful aliens. When they realized that humanity no longer worshiped them, they ...
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SF collection: house slips through 4 dimensions in earthquake, person becomes immortal during Napoleonic wars

I am trying to identify a SF collection I read in the school library in 1972 or thereabouts. The book had a yellow cover, about 2" thick, included a story about someone who had built a house that had ...
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What book was this where a society celebrated risk taking?

I read about a book here about a society in which risk taking was celebrated. In order to keep everyone on their toes traps were set which would need to be avoided on a daily basis. Going to the shops ...
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Book Identification: Cyborg… Mercenary.. Space routes maybe

I am trying to identify a book based on a few scattered details. There is a cyborg bounty hunter and/or mercenary that experiences some form of discomfort with his cybernetics (possibly the ...
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Short story/teaser in Asimov or Clarke book

I am trying to find a short story/teaser that I read in a book by (I think) either Isaac Asimov or Arthur C. Clarke. Basically, a spaceship visits a planet to resupply or something similar. They met a ...
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Book Identification - Full Body VR sim, where characters are trapped in a fantasy world

I read this sometime in the late 90s, borrowed from the local library. The basic plot was that people couldn't exit the VR sim(s), so the authorities brought in one of the original designers of the ...
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Looking for an anthology of short horror/ fantasy stories

I'm looking for an anthology of short horror fantasy like stories with this one paricular story in it about someone who gets called out into the woods in the middle of the night to investigate a woman ...
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Series involving Intergalactic performance art

This is a series of books about an interstellar human civilization. After losing a few colonies to unknown reasons, Humanity comes across these rogue asteroids traveling through space. They are made ...
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Sci-fi with space-mining scientists, personal internet - book identification help, please

About a year ago, my kindle was stolen and I'm really more upset that I can't track down the name of the book I had just sampled and was planning to purchase. I've since replaced the kindle, but I ...
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An old (60s?) movie about people waiting to get into hell

I remember the movie from when I was much younger. It started with a line of recently dead souls lining up to enter Hell. They are comparing stories about how they ended up there. The movie ends with ...
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Horror movie with demonic possess, a dog and writing on the victim's back

A father of two girls is possessed by the Devil, kills the family dog, burns down the green room and writing appears on his back. I just remember random bits of it Anyone know what movie this is?
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Story where world is all about creating things using computer to gain enough “credits” to not be reprogrammed

Looking for story in an anthology from 70's 80's. where world is all about creating things using computer to gain enough "credits" to not be reprogrammed You use credits by eating and rent but ...
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Book Series Identification - A series about mechanically enhanced children

Recently I was reminded of a series of books that I never got round to finishing and I can't remember what it is to save my life Can anybody help me? Details I can remember - A boy after discovering ...
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Story about a civilization which repeatedly rises and falls, because individuals can't stop reproducing

I'm looking for a story which has these elements: There is an alien species whose biology compels it to reproduce every couple of years, and they don't have a choice about it. As they develop ...
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I'm looking for a sci-fi novel I read in junior high back in the mid-80s about suspended animation

I read a teen/young-adult Sci-Fi novel and I hope maybe one of you will recognize the plot, which includes: The main character is a teen boy whose father was a scientist working on suspended ...
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Seeking a novel containing the word “ever” in the title; Teens fall asleep and awake in a medieval fantasy world

I read a book 12 years ago. I believe it had Ever on its name. It was about these high schoolers that went to sleep and woke up in a world of magic or medieval. I do know that when they went to ...
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Cloned scientists discover alien ship that travels backwards in time [duplicate]

In this series of books mankind has developed Virtual Copies of scientists to populate Probes sent out exploring space. One probe discovers a planet with an ancient Spire existing on the surface. An ...
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1950s or 60s story about a world on a baseball

I've been trying to track down a story my mom remembers reading when she was young. The bulk of the story or book (not sure if it's a short story or novel) is about people you think are on Earth. ...
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Derelict spacecraft with oddly shaped doorways opened by enduring shock

I remember seeing a movie that came out in the late 50s or early 60s and used to frequently air late at night long before cable was around. Astronauts on some planet find a derelict spacecraft. They ...
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First contact short story where the aliens killed the first few diplomats [duplicate]

I'm looking for a short story where there is a cruel drill instructor who gets involved in a first contact situation with aliens. These aliens regularly voluntary undergo torture as a way of ...
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Help identifying a short story about a post-nuclear trader/spy

I'm looking for information on a short story that I read back in the mid-to-late 1980s. I was reminded of it because I was reading the jacket copy of Neal Stephenson's Seveneves, but I haven't read ...
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Sci-fi book about 4 or 5 teenage girls who have powers, published 2000-2008

They have been chosen because they are very intelligent and have powers (seeing the past or the future, being invisible, reading thoughts...) in order to find aliens that are hiding on earth. These ...
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Sci fi movie/TV show identification - 80s or 90s

This is gonna be vague but I remember watching this movie when I was young. I only remember certain visuals but they've stuck with me since. Lead character was a blonde girl I believe. Or a girlish ...
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Looking for a story about a man who can't tell if he's in a futuristic paradise or being punished

I'm looking for a story about a man who is dreaming of being in a very luxurious, wonderful paradise. When he wakes up her finds he's actually living on an isolated, frozen planet, and the paradise ...
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Short story where life is lived out of chronological order

I think I read this short story (within the past five years) which was a science fiction (possibly post-apocalyptic) short story anthology. There was some kind of event which caused the world to ...
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70s/80s short story (& compilation) where crossbow-wielding smartypants is killed by a laser

The story is a futuristic "Most Dangerous Game" variant, but where the game is voluntary on both sides. Protagonist/narrator has signed up to fight another participant to the death. The deal is they ...
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Novel from late 70s or early 80s; servant boy escapes with upper-caste girl (in a balloon?)

I was between 7 & 12 when I read it, so 1980-85. Probably aimed at young adults. Set in a society that (I think) lived "off the ground" somehow. I have it in my head that they lived in elevated ...
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Novel set in Roman ruled Britain

Several years ago, I read a novel. It was set in Britain at the twilight of the Roman rule there. I think the author's last name was "White" or something similar. IIRC, it was book 1 of a series, ...
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A rapture to the end of time story, kind of like “The Last Question” but not

I am trying to find a story I read a few years ago that involves young girl on Earth who accepts an invitation to leave the planet shortly before its doom in a "rapture" style event where all ...
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I remember a children's book with math and a world inside a book

I remember reading a English, as in North American, children's book more than a decade ago, where the plot was like: Some kid gets this math textbook or something from his local library, for the ...
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Episode of Outer Limits or Twilight Zone where a robot takes blood from a little girl?

When I was younger I watched all the old reruns on TV Land. There was a black and white episode about a robot/alien that was friends with a little girl. He was taking lots of blood from her every time ...
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I'm looking for a stand alone fantasy with a lesbian protagonist sent as ambassador to different culture

The author is female also and I remember something about birth names being determined by crystals. And the main character is assigned a servant to help her. I'm pretty sure it was before 2010; I know ...
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Novel set in communist Soviet Union about a computer AI protecting its creator

I an trying to recall an English language sci-fi novel set in communist Soviet Union. I do not remember the author or the title. Does anyone know which novel it is ? I remember the plot partially. A ...
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Story about galactic civilization, computers and portals that look like UFOs

Looking for a book that I read years ago, about mysterious radio signals, and a guy who went into a wilderness area to transmit test radio signals, trying to find source of the mysterious signals. ...
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Help ID Australian novel. Sci Fi (soft) / Magical Realist / Slipstream. Published 1976 – circa late 1980s

Asking for a friend. Length; Novel (possibly novella or novelette) Publication Notes; Australian/Melbourne author (likely but not certain. It shows a lot of familiarity with Melbourne). Australian ...
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Short story about humans being robots controlled by aliens

I have read this short story long time ago in a Czech anthology so the author might originally be from Russia. The story is about a scientist making a bombastic announcement that humans are robots ...
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Science fiction short film with a spaceman in a virtual environment (inside a lifepod) with AI butler

I'm trying to identify a short SF film I recall seeing on public TV back in the late 70s or the 80s, don't recall the title and the actors I didn't recognize at the time, nor recall now. It starts ...
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Male detective in an alternative future world with a sentient car or bike

The story was written some time before 2008. It's about a male cop or detective and is set in a cityscape in an alternate world set in the future. The scenes that stand out to me is that he had a ...
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Story involving band of Mongols [closed]

I usually don't like story clarifying questions but this one has been tickling my brain for a while. Anyway this is either a movie or a tv show or a book. Something happens to the a character (either ...
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Book series about aliens who put “caps” on people to control them [duplicate]

I remember reading a series when I was around 7th or 8th grade about aliens who had taken over Earth by putting metal caps on people when they were "entering adulthood" to control them (not direct ...
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Trying to find: novel where the protagonist is killed and sent to a world where willpower controls everything

I read this book around 2011. Its about a trio of characters that get killed very early on in the book and get sent to a world where willpower is the main force. For example, you don't physically walk ...
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Joe Haldeman story title

I'm looking for a short story which my brain advises was written by Joe Haldeman. I'm usually reasonably good at web-searching but have drawn a blank on this one. The story is set in a dystopian ...