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What sci-fi novel has a technology called “Plaax” and a character named “Gifon”?

Sometime in the late 70's or early 80's I read a sci-fi novel, the title and author of which have completely escaped me. I have a vague recollection of the plot, which I will describe here but please ...
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What Ray Bradbury story contains the line

What Ray Bradbury story contains the line... ..."Autumn was burning the land down into winter. The smoke of the burning, thick, blue, and invisible...." Since I cannot google it up, I suspect I may ...
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Remembering three books

I am trying to remember a novel from when I was younger. Oh about late 1980s to early 1990s. The book could be older than that. It just seems my Google-fu cannot break the author or title barriers. ...
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LEDs sing love poems

I'm trying to track down the source of a quote that's been sitting in my memory for years. It's all rotted away now, but there were two parts to it, something like: "We wrote spells, carved them ...
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Please help identify this pre-1994 space opera paperback (a sequel) with a “human bullet” and a catgirl

Around 1993-1994, certainly no later than the end of 1994, I purchased a paperback from a thrift store on Nantucket. The cover was black; the title (in large white letters under a circular graphic) ...
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Novel scifi/detective series, near future, near space

Looking for near future story that takes place within our Solar System. Do not remember exactly what it was about, but a female, possibly a detective is searching for another, younger female. One ...
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Story Identification: Teleporting Castle

I remember seeing a movie when I was younger, but can't find it online because I can't remember a whole lot about the story. What I do remember is there was a group of soldiers trying to catch this ...
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Movie with a man/woman fighting over a giant truck in the desert

I saw this movie a while ago and I remember a lot of images of huge desert landscapes and a man/woman fighting over the control of a huge truck (or maybe they had a truck each and were fighting over ...
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Star Trek book with a battle (ongoing in the story) that is so large it looks like a sun

I am trying to find a Star Trek book where a battle is occurring. The battle is so big that it looks like the sun. The battle occurs at the end of the book
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Name of a YA book about a human girl who saves an cat-like elf guy, deals with racism and magic and a prophecy

I read it in the 90's but it was probably much older, it was a young adult fantasy book. The cover was blue I think, and had the blonde girl on a horse and maybe next to a mountain kinda small and to ...
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Short story featuring time travelers from distant future, ice age, and genetic diversity

I have been trying on and off for years to find a short story I would have read in an anthology during the 80s, but was probably originally a bit older. It was about time travelers from a distant ...
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Animated Film about “noise marines” in the 80s

I am looking to see if anyone can remember the title of an animated film about noise marine-like characters: their weapons were psychic guitars which they used to create a sonic/psychic attack. I ...
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Story where a painting reflects actual facts

I remember reading as a child a story with the following plot: someone has just bought a painting that depicts a house surrounded by vegetation (shrubs? woods?). As time passes, the owner sees that ...
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Anime featuring a blind man wielding a white ribbon [on hold]

This is what I can remember about the anime: The hero has black wings and is trying to 'reach himself in the other side', there is also a copy of said hero. There was a blind man that wields a white ...
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Want to identify a science fiction short story that takes place during WW1 or WW2

I cannot remember the name of the story or the author. The story is about a soldier that gets abducted by aliens who are planning to invade Earth. They are reading his mind in order to discover ...
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Asimov short story [duplicate]

I'm looking for a short story that I believe was written by Asimov back in the 50's or 60's. I read it in an anthology I checked out of the library back in the 80's or 90's. The story is like a ...
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60's or earlier SF short story robot learns to play piano

I read this one back in the late 60's. A retired musician gets a robot butler to help out around the house. The robot is curious about music, so the retired musician teaches the robot how to play ...
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Book identification - yin-yang tattoo on arm

It is a "people from normal world journey to fantasy world" plot. One of the protagonists, a young or teenage girl, has a yin-yang symbol on her arm. At one point in the book, one of the antagonists ...
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Help identify slightly-adult 80s/90s trilogy - set on Earth with magic/aliens/mushrooms/familiars

Wasn't the greatest, but I never finished it! Here's what I remember: Male author Male protagonist Female villain - Erzsebet Old mage-type Rat-like Familiars eating people - Jamara and Pyewacket Dog ...
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Short story about the Dalai Lama: the next incarnation picks the short path

I am looking for a short story about the Dalai Lama. The next incarnation is force-grown and he picks the short path. In choosing the short path, his Holiness's behaviors are the antithesis of what ...
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Book about a time-traveling dinosaur hunter

I read a book back in the late 70's and here's what I remember: There were a group of people who 'bought a tour' to time travel back to the dinosaur era. They travel on a disc shaped platform. There ...
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Series Identification - YA Sci-Fi, spaceship

I remember reading in the late 80's / early 90's a trilogy (I think) about some teens in a spaceship that was sentient / had AI, and they weren't allowed in one section of the spaceship because it was ...
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Cloning Short Story

I read a short story about four years ago and can't remember the title or author. The only thing I know is that it is relatively old--like Huxley or Asimov era. Can anyone help me? The basic ...
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Short story about a pig that becomes a saint

Trying to find a rather silly short story, or the collection it was in: A pair of priests come to a village, where a female pig is apparently possessed by the devil. The sow committed a number of ...
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I am looking for an older series about space colonization

Way back in high school I read a series about colonization of other planets. In the books, contact was lost with the rest of the civilization and over time people with mathematical ability were able ...
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Short story made of memos about re-purposing nuclear warheads?

I am trying to hunt down a short story written as a series of memos between government agencies about how to use leftover nuclear warheads. The suggestions are completely ridiculous (urban renewal, ...
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Short story where a man escapes a prison cell by creative use of vomit

I read this a long time ago in a collection of short stories, the only other one I could remember in the book was The Golden Man if that helps any. From what I can recall of the plot of the story it ...
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Fantasy story with a tree and children

I have hesitated putting this on here as I have so few details but here goes. I was read this story in infant school in the mid 80's. The story has children in it at least 1 boy and 1 girl these ...
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Looking For A Groovy Story I Read As A Child

Everyone! I am looking for a story I read as a child that I have never forgotten. I believe it was in some kind of anthology or magazine, possibly OMNI, because my parents used to subscribe to that ...
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Identify allegorical short story of underground race emerging after WW2 as refugees

I'm looking for a short story, obviously an allegory for the postwar refugee problem, in which the effects of aerial bombing cause a previously unknown race of underground–dwelling humanoids to ...
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ID short Sci Fi story on a scientist that creates a potion that slows down his perception of time and dies of old age at sunset

I seek help identifying a short story I read more than 20 years ago (maybe the story itself was written before the 80's even). This short story (to the best of my recollection) involves a scientist ...
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Help identifying story with a future society with life span depending upon achievements

I seek some help identifying a short book I read in my childbook. It was a science fiction book about a society where due to scarcitiy of ressources you got a certain amount of life span alloted to ...
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Book about extremely overpopulated world where caring was a liability

I am looking for a book about an extremely overpopulated world where caring was a liability. It's a love story of how these two people manage to care for each other in that world. It's also about ...
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What fantasy book series has magic talismans made by a tribe that hates mages?

I’m trying to find a fantasy book series. The things I remember are: To use magic they needed talisman. The only people who make them belong to a tribe that hates the mages. You follow a boy who ...
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What book has a war between kingdoms named after colours, including Green?

I read a book about 15 years ago that I’ve been trying to find recently but can’t remember the title for the life of me. I remember that it involved a war between at least two kingdoms, one called ...
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Search for 'weatherworking' story set in Britain

I would have read this at some point before 2001, which is not particularly helpful but does at least cut out the last 13 years, I guess? (Assume, by the way, that basically all of what follows will ...
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What 90s TV show had the protagonist travel into the past using a sword?

So I was feeling a bit nostalgic. I watched a show sometime during the mid-90s, but I can't remember the name for the life of me. I will try to give some very fuzzy details: I believe there was ...
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Trying to find a story were there are two humans on an alien world of many species but one ruling species

Now my memory of the book is from a while ago and I don't know if everything is accurate, but here's a brain dump of all that I've got. I read it 6-ish years ago, it wasn't very old though I can't ...
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Comic Book Identification - Sci-fi/Fantasy - Lost Soul Earthworm

When I was a kid(early 1990s), I read a graphic novel from the local library that I have been unable to find or identify. Here are the clues: It's from the 1970s or 1980s, from what I remember of ...
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Mind reading machine overwrites everyone's brain

I read a short story about 15 years ago, and I'm trying to find it again. There was a college kid who volunteered to test out a mind-reading device. Something went wrong, and the machine ended up ...
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Children's short stories: wisdom powder, cyclist raced against dogs, girl climbs incredibly high tree,

When I was in primary school, I read a children's book, a collection of short stories, all either magical-realist or taking a turn for the unreal. The book was in Dutch, but I am pretty sure it was ...
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The aliens are us

As a kid I read a short story about a war between aliens and humans. The events are told from the perspective of the leading character. The twist at the end of the short story reveals the leading ...
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Need Help Identifying Short Science Fiction novel

Ok...this is going to be tough because I don't have much to go on. What I remember....short novel, red cover (I think). Two guys and a girl (who is kidnapped and held unwillingly) aboard a ...
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Story identification. Wife in stasis chamber

My colleague was talking about books he read and told me this story, but he did not know who wrote it or what the title was. As far as he knows it was an Asimov short story but he's not sure. The ...
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Cinder Children, a short horror story

I'm looking for the short story probably entitled "The Cinder Children" from a collection of horror fiction that may have contained some Richard Matheson stories or been a tribute to Matheson. I read ...
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Trying to identify a story about a psychologist learning you need punishment to reform malcontents

I'm pretty sure that this is an older story, but parts of it have really stuck with me. I read it somewhere in the 1990s, but I think it came from a collection of my parents. It was a short story, ...
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Old sci-fi short story about buying an android?

Long, long time ago I came upon a collection of old (pre 1980s?) short sci-fi stories. I'm not 100% sure, but something makes me think they were by Russian authors. One of them was about a woman, who ...
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A woman experiencing the perfect life & family is abruptly awakened to find herself in a chamber

I've been racking my brain on this one! It aired in the 80s as what could have been an Outer Limits or Twilight Zone episode? The woman had the perfect family when suddenly, the program shuts down ...
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Story Identification: Fantasy novel, traversing a tunnel, having to crawl for days?

I remember reading a fantasy novel when I was younger. The book was in English, read in Canada in the late 80s early-to-mid 90s. The big part of the book that sticks in my head is the party passing ...
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Trying to find title of book about feline man who ride large cats

Looking for a series of books about an old man who starts out on a yacht but something happens and he wakes up in the body of a young feline-like man. He also has a telepathic link to a large cat ...