Questions asking for help identifying a TV series, comic-book issue/story arc, movie, book, or other story. For help identifying an episode of a TV series, use the [episode-identification] tag instead.

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Young adult/children's TV series where a character's memories of a sprint loss are 'corrupted' into a win.

The series was sci-fi, possibly on ITV between 2000-2001. There's only scene I remember was dark, in a warehouse or storage facility with metal standalone shelves. They had to retrieve someone's ...
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Fantasy Book; Rapunzel-like Tower on Cover; Green in pallete; Mage; Short book; 70s-80s

I need help identifying a book. It centered around a magician. The book was fairly short (Under 200 pages or a little over if I remember). I remember the magic system was original. The cover has ...
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Man hired to search for 'lost movie' that causes insanity

The movie I'm trying to remember is about a man that is hired to find a film that is believed to have had all copies destroyed. The movie in question causes the viewer to go insane.
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Piers Anthony character “Subtle”

In the late 1960s, I recall reading a Piers Anthony novel with character "Subtle". "Subtle" was a special agent with his mind adjusted so his memory could be downloaded and given to his fellow agents. ...
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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 terrorize ...
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What is the original “origin story” of the Fantastic Four?

I've seen both of the recent Fantastic Four movies, but I seem to remember a different "origin story" in the comics for the Fantastic Four.
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What Batman story mentioned Batman and Bat Boy?

The story was from a comic that must have been from the early to middle 1960's and it looked at the question why Robin was not called Bat Boy. It seems that Batman had a previous side-kick before ...
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Superman 'Imaginary Story' Late '50s - Early '60's

Superman has somehow (red kryptonite, maybe?) lost his powers and is an ordinary mortal but doesn't want anybody to know it. He is shot in the stomach (just by who I don't remember) but somehow ...
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I am looking for a story about a shrinking demon

I read this tongue-in-cheek short story during the '60's. For some reason the main character is being harassed by a demon. He discovers that he can get rid of the creature - or cage it or something - ...
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Dystopian YA SF 1,000-floor buildings ca. 1978

I'm trying to identify an illustrated young adult SF novel I read in library around 1978. The milieu was a society inhabiting 1,000-floor buildings. Naturally, my memory confuses many aspects of this ...
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Short story - Moon's farside [duplicate]

I am pretty sure this story dates from the 1940's or 1950's. The first lunar expedition orbits the moon and discovers it is only a façade made of wood and canvas.
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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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Book ID: YA novel about siblings trying to rescue father

Ok, I read this one a LONG time ago and have been looking for it ever since. It was in my elementary school library. What I recall: -brother and sister live with their mom on a plain at the foot of ...
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What short story features a programmer visiting a world of magic who learns to hack it?

I was over on worldbuilding.se and found two intriguing comments on this question. I read one short story where an Earth programmer ended up pulled into a universe with Magic. He sucked at it on ...
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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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Trying to identify old SF novel about mind control

I read a book God knows how long ago, can't remember the name or author but would like to trace it. A man is on a planet other than earth where the society is based on mental power and the ability to ...
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What was an 80s TV series about family in future on the run

There was a short lived series in the 80s about a family that is traveling together in the future dystopian society. I can only remember one scene and it has bugged me for years. The scene is one in ...
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Young Man's travels across continent overthrowing his people

I read this story in a serialized version in Analog (or possibly Asimov). An alien world that had at least two waves of human settlers. The second wave conquered the first, whom they saw as docile ...
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Martian tries to understand High heels

I remember excellent story where alien (might not have been Martian) reports back on viewing earthlings and the description of half of them shackled in torturous footwear. And brilliant descriptions ...
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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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Fantasy Book Series; Boy trained by wizard in a tower

I am looking for a fantasy book: What I vaguely recall is: A boy is sick with the root cause being magic within himself. He is semi-cured by someone and is told he needs to train with the wizards in ...
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1960's horror film with tentacled slug-like creatures

I vaguely recall a scary movie that I watched, as a kid, approx around 1970. In the movie there were these giant (maybe 1 meter long) slug-like creatures, complete with a tentacle to better terrorize ...
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Book about a “barren land” patrolled by monsters - surrounds a teleport, green disease

I read a book 50 or so years ago. I can't remember the title or author. Central to the plot was an area called the barren land. Monsters would occasionally wander out of the barren land. There was a ...
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Story about a flying mushroom, a lady, an octopus, a tortoise, and a dog

I read a shortish book as a child whose title was something of the form Mrs So-and-so and the [...], and I'm reasonably sure the author's surname began with J. In it, a lady goes out to the shops to ...
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Late 50's movie episode about a man who finds a pair of old glasses that enable him to read others thoughts

I'm trying to identify a movie episode I watched in the around the late '50s, about a man who finds a pair of old glasses which enable him to read the thoughts of other people. Reading others ...
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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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Young adult book, read in the 1990s, about a young boy who is inherently lucky who breaks a testing unit

I read it in English in the United States, somewhere in the 1990s. I got it off of the big bookshelf in our family room, which means it could be a good bit older; some of the books were my Dad's. At ...
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Help Finding a Fantasy (I think) novel - It Had A Snake eating its Tail on the Cover

Never fear I can in fact remember more about it than that! The cover was black and it had a silver snake eating its own tail on the cover. The book was about a boy who is hired by a company to travel ...
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What was this 90's movie about 'God'?

I remember watching this movie on TV when I was a kid. It must be around 1997-98, but I'm not sure. Of course, the movie itself must be older. It was about a strange, otherworldly tower-like ...
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A group of disabled people are sent to explore a distant planet due to their toughness and ability to survive

It's an old pulp sci-fi novel of my dad's that I read in the 80s that I think came from the late 60s to early 70s. The basic plot was that a hazardous mission to explore a distant planet was crewed ...
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A fantasy story about a man who discovers two groups of alien creatures similar to ants. He becomes a god to them [duplicate]

Circa 60's or 70's.The creatures are antlike colored red and black, I think. The creatures worship him and erect statues of him. He becomes cruel and behaves badly with them. The ants go to war with ...
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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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'Hellburner'--looking for a sci-fi story that contained that term

I read a story--the first part of one, at any rate--years ago, and haven't tracked it down since. It started with a man been sent to a planet under attack to pose as a monk--he arrived in the middle ...
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People in hazmat suits get turned into faceless zombies with lighting/electricity appearing inside their helmets

It's a black-and-white film. There's a group of scientists/astronauts/technicians wearing hazmat/space suits. They're in some sort of lab or factory doing research or fixing something. They take ...
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Movie with brother and sister with latent talents

First off, this isn't any of the Witch Mountain movies I'm thinking of. I believe it was from the late 80s or early 90s. There's a brother and sister who might be mentally disabled, and I think they ...
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Circa 60's or 70's film about a woman who steals a dead womans ring and the dead woman rises and comes floating after her

I have been searching for this film for decades. I believe it is late 60's early 70's. As a woman lies dead, another woman, possibly an attendant or relative, steals a ring from her finger. ...
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Movie about a factory producing humanoids

I'm looking for an old movie that I saw as a child. The story was about a factory where humanoids were produced. Unfortunately, the only part of the movie I remember is an old man sitting with his ...
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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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Story about a company who takes and fills requests

There's a story, possibly by Asimov, which has a company which takes and fills requests of all kinds. In the story, the Earth government is the client, and speaks to one of this company's ...
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Fantasy series about twin boys from the 80's. One is stolen at birth by evil forces

I am looking for a book/series written in the 1980's about twin boys. One is stolen at birth by evil monster demons and is raised by them to be evil. I believe I remember that the land in this book ...
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80's Scifi Show with Egyptian looking flying robots

Does anyone remember an 80's or early 90's TV show with Egyptian looking flying robots in it? It was on the Super Channel in the UK. It was primitive looking CGI in the computer game style of the ...
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Movie with big family, cat in microwave, drug-addicted nephew [closed]

There is a big family: mom, dad, few kids, maybe grandparents, nephews and some extra people, that move into the house. All I remember is the youngest boy puts the cat in the microwave, and the ...
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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 ...
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Time travel for literary research from Analog c. 1990s

This is a story from Analog Magazine about the 1990s. An English professor made his reputation critiquing the stories of a dead writer, especially one particular one. The story opened in class when ...
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50's-60's story featuring glasses which enable a man to see ghosts

The story is a 1950's to 1960's sci fi short story of a man that finds some glasses which enable him to see ghosts, and he sees them all around the living. He does something in an old house, it goes ...
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SF short story about invention of shrubs that grow into sofas

Science fiction short story I read in the early 1970's in a hard-cover anthology, but story was much older that 1970. A scientist with a name like "The Great Manderpolz" invents a bush or shrub that ...
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Young adult horror novel from the 90s

I'm trying to remember the name of a book I read as a kid. The story was about a bunch of kids who get invited to a party (I think at some rich girl's house) and dying one by one. The only specific ...