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trying to identify movie with glowing meteorite on a beach

Years ago I saw a movie where a glowing rock was found on a beach. Bad things happened to people who touched it. I think it glowed (possibly red, which would suggest this was a colour film, but that ...
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Identify this YA book series about dragons, acid blood, and dangerously cold nights

I'm trying to remember the name of a series of books about a boy who works with dragons. Dragon's blood (or maybe it was slobber?) is acidic, and the children who wrangle these dragons often end up ...
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identify this book about a human turned into a god by aliens

I am wracking my brain trying to figure out the name of this sci- fi novel--and its respective author--that I read back in early to mid-1980s. The book is about an ordinary man who, during some sort ...
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Need to know the name of this 90s scifi paranormal show

I watched this show in 1991. One episode I remember is a teenage girl who had a crush on her teacher. She walked through a mirror and everything looked the same except it was backwards(?) She had a ...
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“John Brown's Body”

NOT the William P. McGivern/David W. O'Brien story. This short story had Brown colonized with helpful microbes (from the days before nanites) that did him all sorts of good, however sometimes they ...
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Help finding a very interesting book about alien invasion, please

In the 1990s, I checked out a book from my local library about an alien invasion. I think it was misfiled, because it was in the non-fiction section. The book was designed in such as a way to make ...
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ID this Book: Faculty at Second-Rate Magic University Saves the World

I read this book a few years ago, but I don't think it was new then. Now I can't find it. The protagonist is a faculty member at a second-rate magic university, on a world dominated by a race of ...
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Short story :super computers save humanity

This is a short story about 1 super computer (USA). The computer(big one) is talking to the captain , the news is that there are less and less children born on Earth. They ask the computer if the ...
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Young adult novel about soldiers and crystals

I'm trying to find this book I read a while ago. When these kids are sixteen, they change and they can use their magic. There are two breeds of soldiers who (on interbreeding) create a third ...
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Sci-fi book identification-Feral Child to Superhuman

I read a sci-fi/thriller novel many years ago, probably published between 1980-1990 in the USA in English that had the following elements: A feral child/teen is found in the wilderness, but his ...
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Man chained to a gold Inca-style shield and wandering desert

Watched in UK in about 1991. Mexico? desert. Cowboy-ish, contemporary as a pick up truck arrives in last scene. Totally bizarre, a man is chained to a gold Inca style shield and wanders desert, ...
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Producer/director stages alien abduction to help single mom and kid facing eviction [migrated]

I remember this movie from the 80's or early 90's. Might have been a TV movie. Looking for the name. Plot outline: movie producer/director is making an alien-themed film has a young boy ...
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Deus Ex Machina?

I'm looking for a sci-fi story I read about 20 years ago. It includes the following elements: A lab, and a computer simulation of the universe or earth. Evolution (possibly). A simulation created ...
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Aliens experimenting on human capitalism by creating an entirely new market in butter pats

As I recall it, after creating a huge butter pat market from nothing, one day the aliens just walked away from it. Probably some deep political philosophy behind it that I missed when I first read it ...
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Story where child is raised by robots and 'rescued' by humans

I'm trying to remember what book this was. Think it was a scene in a full length novel. Might have been adult sci-fi or young adult. The bits I remember clearly: There was an 'orphanage' where ...
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What short story has an “alien” ( actually human) invasion described point-of-view-style? [duplicate]

From what I remember, the story is a POV telling of someone describing an alien invasion in detail. As the story progresses, the aliens themselves are described by the narrator. However this is done ...
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Seeking Sci-Fi movie about a black man alone in spaceship

I think it was an English movie and set in modern world. The movie is only about the one black guy (astronaut) in the spaceship, who is on a mission to reach some planet (maybe Jupiter? from what I ...
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Science fiction story about political acumen

I vaguely remember reading a science fiction story in which the character was introduced as a unambitious government official (a bureaucrat). I believe in the story it mentions that while his ...
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Name of a series of books (Fantasy)

I believe in one of the books an elf makes his way through a maze to find a black crystal of some sort. When he leaves the maze there is an army outside waiting for him and he uses it to kill the ...
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Science fiction novel about a man who travels through time and falls in love with a warrior woman

I believe it was a full novel, that I must have read as a preteen, so it can't be newer than the late '90s or early 2000s. I don't remember much, but I think it was about a man who travels forward ...
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Collection of stories in dystopian future; two people working in shifts working in a cave depicting early human life

I'm sure the first story was something to do with a human exhibition. The story was something to do with two people who had shifts working in a cave depicting early human life or something of the ...
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What Was the Name of the High Tech TV Spy Show in the 70's?

I remember a show from the 1970s where agents had miniature cameras (rings and pendants) and 2-way communications with a command center staffed by translators and other specialists who communicated ...
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Ocean of time book?

I remember reading a book where people figured out time travel and when they entered "Time" they could swim through it, but it would cause ripples and change things. They would take certain time ...
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Horror movie about family driving down a country road

This American horror movie came out in the mid to late 90s / early 2000s. It centres around a family going on a vacation. Mother, father and two teenagers. They're driving down a highway somewhere ...
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Can anyone recognise this Batman villain?

Can anyone tell me who this villain is and what storyline this scene comes from? Maybe a strange incarnation of Solomon Grundy? That's definitely The Ventriloquist and Scarface in the background ...
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Short story about a boy talking to an alien on his computer, alien asking for help

I read this short story in elementary school, 15-20 years ago. I can't remember if it were part of an anthology, or if it were its own book. It was written for youth 7-12, and when I read it I think ...
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Barely remember a story about an alien having moose-like features

There's a book which I don't remember much about. I probably read it in about year 1979, but that I'm sure dated at least 10-15 years earlier. I've never found another reference to it since then. ...
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Short Story: Explorer crash–lands on uncharted planet, is stripped of technology and observed by alien?

Another story I read a few years ago that is likely to be from the 70s or 80s. This one involves a pilot crashing his ship on an unknown planet. The crash was caused by an alien creature who ...
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partially-remembered SF books (alien, camping, scouting)

There's a book (and, if I remember, a sequel, though it could have just been a 2nd part of the same book) I read in the 1970s, that probably dated from at least a decade or more earlier, that I've ...
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What is the tv show from 80s or 90s?

What is the tv show from the 80s or 90s that had a short haired girl talking in a strange voice, maybe even robotic? It was part of the show, but i cant remember what else the show was about. Maybe ...
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Stamps that can almost instantly deliver letters or packages to any destination

This is a long shot because my recollection is rather vague, but around 40 years ago when I was a kid, I read a story about a boy who somehow acquired special stamps. If you addressed a letter to a ...
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Short Story: Space probe (Voyager?) discovered by aliens?

I read this story a few years ago in an anthology, but I'm sure it was written in the 70s or 80s. It was only a few pages long and explored a number of scenarios that could occur if aliens were to ...
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Identify an animated TV series which was copy of Harry Potter

Once I used to watch an animated TV series on Hungama TV (India) which was almost a copy of Harry Potter. While it was on Indian channel, I can tell by cartoon senses that that was neither Indian nor ...
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Movie in which kid with a leg problem falls in a sewer accident and goes to a parallel universe

I am looking for a movie in which a kid fell in a sewer accident/challenge and ends up in a different universe. I remember the kid having a problem with one of his legs some sort of iron staff was ...
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Humans unearthing the ruins of current civilization; discover a football pitch and think it’s a form of sun worship

I read this book a long time ago and have been trying find it again. For the life of me I cannot remember the title. It involves a future generation of humans unearthing the ruins of our ...
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Looking for a story where all sickness and disease has been eliminated

Takes place in a future where all sickness and disease has been eliminated leaving people with weak immune systems. The main character is in charge of sending all time hoppers from the past to a moon ...
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80s Future post WWIII sci-fi fantasy adventure book id needed

The setting is a futuristic apocalyptic survival scenario caused by WWIII. The world is full of mutants created by rampant science and radioactive fall out there are several large human organizations ...
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Story ID: Humans abducted and sold as gladiators/slaves?

I'm looking for a story where a small number of humans and members of alien species are abducted by alien slavers. I believe they had canine or feline characteristics. I don't recall how it happened, ...
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Help IDing a book series about a war between alien races, one of them being bird aliens

I believe I read this book series back in high school ('97 - 2001). It was about a war between alien races, one race was like frog/lizard/amphibian like, one race was bird/crane like. I think they ...
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Short Story: Criminals are sent back in time as punishment?

I've already searched Wikipedia's list of time travel stories in hopes of finding it, but no such luck. This is the basic plot of the story: In the future, criminals are sent back to the Renaissance ...
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Inventor experiments with irradiating food and creates nasty plague

At least 25 years ago I read a short story about man trying to invent something that will make him famous. In addition to other experiments, he tinkers with irradiating food. He ends up accidentally ...
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Planet with a huge tree , people are going inside tree as food

I read this book a long time ago (+30 years) The story is about a scientist that arrive on a planet where people (humans) worship a huge tree. There is a priestly class and a worker class on the ...
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90s book, may have “Sleeping Dragon” in title

The book is about random people being transported to an alternate world. In the instance of the book its a neighborhood that is transported. When the people come outside after they realize they been ...
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90s fantasy book need id

I read a book in my high school library back in the late 90s and pretty sure it was written in the mid 90s. i can't remember the author or title. The setting is current to the 90s mid west. but also ...
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Novel about a spacefaring mission trying to reestablish contact with Earth

Looking for a novel I read in the early 90s; came from a local library so it may be quite a bit older. Might've been a YA novel, as it was in the same shelf as a bunch of William Sleator novels. All ...
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Young Adult novel - Brother and Sister go back in time and meet Cuchulain

This is probably an easy one, but I can't think of the right combination of keywords. I read it as a hardback around the late 1980s to the early 1990s. It involved a brother and sister who someone ...
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Story where scientists are prosecuted for time machine exploding

The plot is essentially a plea by two scientists to a courtroom. They are being prosecuted for blowing up a government project and half of Arizona. They were the builders of a time travel device and ...
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Book from 1960, a girl keeps blacking out and going back in time to the time of the druids

I read this in grade school so think the book was probably from the 1960s or 1970s. The (female) protagonist would black out and go back in time. I remember druids and Stonehenge and also there was a ...
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Aliens using disco ball to abduct school kids

I'm trying to find a TV-series I watched when I was a kid - between 1996 and 2000, in Belgium. Unfortunately, I only remember a single episode, and haven't been able to find it online. The story went ...
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Short story about a boy who doesn't age and moves periodically from town to town

I read a short story some 25-35 years ago about a boy -- or maybe man might be a better word -- permanently stuck in the body of a pre-teen boy. He would live in a town for a few years, and then just ...