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Searching for book about an alien invasion and reappearance of Elves

I am searching for a book or short story about an alien invasion of earth and the reappearance of Elves in the world.
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In which comics, Phoenix destroyed a planet protected by Herald of Galactus?

I once read a comic in which ruler of the planet was warned about the Phoenix force. But, he told that he was Herald of Galactus and he wasn't scared of anyone. He looked like Thanos, but with big ...
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A book about souls and human belief

I remember reading a story a few years that goes something like this: A (old?) dying man is placed in a clear box on an extremely sensitive scale so when he dies they will know how much the human ...
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Statues that move (and kill) only when not looking at them

I know there was a Dr. Who episode featuring similar beings, not asking about that. I'm 90% certain it was a Sci-Fi channel show (before the name change). I would have to say I first watched the ...
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Searching for a specific science fiction short story

In my English class - 7 years ago - we had Isaac Asimov as topic, but this little story was not one of his. It was about a single guy on a outpost. He tells about how normal his live is and how nice ...
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In which comic issue was Superman ruler of hell?

The Wikipedia page for Lucifer (DC Comics) has the following to say: Two angels, several demons, a human, and briefly Superman have taken his place as ruler of Hell... This is, I believe, after ...
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Looking for a short story about a society where when you are sentenced to life in prison, you are kept alive in prison forever

It's told from the perspective of a prisoner who has served hundreds of years and they won't let him die. Any suggestions?
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Looking for a book, wormhole, space ship Crash landing

From what I remember of the book: A spaceship goes through a wormhole (I think) and crash lands on a planet They salvage what they can from the ship and build a castle on a mountain, cutting the ...
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What TV movie has a man seeing glimpses of dystopia in his utopian world?

This movie came out around 2000 and was created for one of the cable networks (and never in the theaters). I think it was on the original Sci-Fi Channel or maybe the USA Network, but really not sure. ...
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Identification of a fantasy/mystery book about a sentient tree

Story is of a family that moves to a house with a tree in the yard. They start having strange dreams. Touching the tree causes a trance state. They find out the previous home owner died from cutting ...
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Book about 2 humanoid aliens stranded on Earth

First read this as a loan from Galashiels Public Library in 1970s. Basic plot: 2 humanoid aliens are stranded on Earth. The male becomes the subject of an investigation by a young female newspaper ...
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Short story identification: Man poisons wife with mushrooms and a large fungus appears for revenge

Written in the form of a diary - a man (professor / mycologist ) poisons wife by substituting poisonous mushrooms for edible ones in her meal. He buries her a short distance from the house and a large ...
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Looking for a short story involving warfare on the moon

The story consists of the conversation at a dinner party between two couples. The husbands are soldiers in the opposing "white" and "black" armies that constantly wage war on the surface of the moon, ...
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80s horror book with a man crouched and eating a leg on the cover?

I'd really love to know what this book is. Here are the details: The cover of said book may have featured a thin, maniacal looking figure (or boy) crouching in front of a dark forest. He had a leg ...
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(Children's?) Movie where a man turns another man's heart into stone

My fiance watched a movie when she was a child that involved a man with a glove who turned another man's heart into stone. She's pretty sure that it was a movie from the 1980s. "Apparently, it was a ...
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Looking for a story published in Analog or Asimov's or Fantasy and Science Fiction

I'm looking for a short story I read in either Analog, or Asimov's or Fantasy and Science Fiction within the past few years. In this story, a woman is awakened in the night by aliens communicating ...
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What is name of fantasy book with boy stranded on some planet who joins mercenaries [on hold]

Some time ago I read some books about some boy. He stops some evil dude using supercomputer made of brains from planets population or something like that, later turns out that evil dude was selling ...
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Searching for Giver--like novel

I vaguely remember reading a novel with a similar setting to "The Giver", but the nothingness was delivered via injection rather than a daily pill. About all I can recall is that the hero is given ...
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Story ID - giant organic rotating space elevator lifts passengers to orbit

I'm trying to remember the title of this novel. I don't remember anything about the middle or ending of the novel; but near the beginning, the protagonist has to get off Earth and into orbit, so ...
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Story identification: SF about clouded skiyes, and people growing mushrooms

This novel begins with a world that has recently become very cloudy - there is constant greyish twilight at the ground level. Some kinds of plants are dying off, though IIRC people are growing more ...
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Golden Age SF short story about first contact, and a different kind of hyperspace

I've been trying to find a certain "golden age" short sci-fi story for days and it's driving me crazy. Here's what I can remember: first contact with humans and an alien scoutship from a galactic ...
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In what episode(s) do the lines “Doctor Who?” “If you like” occur?

I was curious if someone could help me remember which Doctor had this exchange in the new series... I can't remember the Doctor (though I think it was the 11th) or episode. THE DOCTOR: I'm the ...
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Help identifying short story by Harold Lamb

Harold Lamb was an author who wrote adventure and historical fiction for the pulps, but anyone who likes Swords & Sorcery would probably like them, so I'm hoping someone here can help. The story ...
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Book identification: Beings from another dimension and a black virus

I read a book back in middle school that I recently wish to read again. Unfortunately I can not remember the title of the book. What I remember is simple. It was a fiction book with a cover in which ...
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Children who make a hideout out of an abandoned house and an evil teacher/being breaks in

I heard this on tape as an audiobook when I was much younger. I have a feeling it had some fantasy elements, it was definitely a horror-ish story at the end, and not a short story either. A small ...
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Children's Sci-Fi novel 1980s, another planet with moth-like creatures and glass-like grass

I'm trying to figure out the title of a book I read as a child -- probably around 1988 -- aimed at 9-10 year olds. The story had to do with people leaving Earth and they were only able to take one ...
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Help identify short story - Astronaut stranded on Mars

I am looking for a short story about an astronaut stranded on Mars, I think because the lander crashed or is unable to take off. The mother ship has abandoned him and left Mars orbit for Earth. Some ...
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Looking for a Sci Fi/urban fantasy short story about a cat who fights demons

I'm looking for a short story I read a couple of years back. It was told from the point of view of an old cat, who has spent his life fighting demons[?] that try to come through weak places in ...
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What is the earliest reference to a poisoned lipstick in a work of Science Fiction?

In the Firefly episode "Our Mrs. Reynolds", Saffron is able to temporarily knock out Mal by getting him to kiss her after treating her lips with some kind of knock-out agent (Inara later gets some of ...
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Short story about girl that can go anywhere without causing suspicion?

I remember reading a short story about a girl with an interesting superpower. She can go anywhere (e.g. any secure facility) without causing suspicion--the people around always take it for granted ...
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What's this book about a girls coming of age tale οn another planet?

The story is apart of a series about a girl on another planet.The planet is very nature orientated. The plot seems to be that the girl breaks some kind of crystal ball meant to teach her lessons ...
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Sci fi novel main male character gets cold hands when nervous

In this story, the main antagonists lived underground mostly a few above as servants. Another main character was a half breed of that race and human.
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Identify Short Story/Novel about a boy speeding time

A colleague just gave me a brief description of story/novel but doesn't remember its title but said the author's name sounded french(ish). I am trying to find it: The story opens with a boy who can ...
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Children's novel: three children (plus dog?) travel to the Moon in pretend spaceship turned real

I remember a children's novel that I read in the late 1970s / early 1980s about three children travelling to the Moon. There were some illustrations; I think the colour scheme of those was black, ...
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Help me find this book - I only remember the cover

So, I'm gonna do this because I really don't know what else to do.... Alright, so this is a fantasy book in the sense that a modern day girl/teenage girl is a witch - and that's basically all I ...
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Multi-volume fantasy series with forbidden spell of undoing

As a child I read a book series. It was about wizards and magic and consisted of many, many volumes. I hardly remember anything of it, apart from there being one forbidden spell: the spell for someone ...
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Sci-Fi Book Ice Planet or something?

I try to remember a book I read in my teenager years (so 80's) that I thought was called ice planet but which I cannot find under that name. The story was told from the viewpoint of what we later ...
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Sci-fi book or series with three children working on a moon looking for ancient life? Has psychic ability 'mindspread'

Looking for the name of a book or series from the 90s (?) where I think three children (one boy, from Earth, and two children from other planets) worked on or were taken to a moon of Jupiter (?) to ...
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Short Story about aliens who offer to save earth's animals by taking them to a sanctuary on another planet

sometime in the 80's, I owned an illustrated book of science fiction stories. I think it was a collection for young people. If I recall correctly, the cover featured a blue spacecraft and a large ...
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Telepathic boy and a bird/owl - sci-fi - other planet [duplicate]

I'm on the endless hunt for a book/series of books (can't remember) I read as a kid. I would have been in elementary/middle school - so I would have read it between 1983-1993. Meaning it was published ...
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What genuine references are there in Voltaire’s “U.S.S. Make Shit Up” song?

Since Voltaire claims the quotes were mostly based on fan input and his own recollection of the series, I was wondering if it would be possible to get all the episodes together that contain the scenes ...
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Name of short story where a teenager can kill with his mind

I remember reading this sci-fi short story where a boy had the ability to kill people with his mind. He would try very hard never to get angry, because once he did, he would think something along the ...
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YA Trilogy 70s/80s boy who becomes priest - has three-line tattoo

Set in either pre-history (Iron Age?) or possibly the Dark Ages. Boy's village is attacked by raiders & he's abducted. Somehow he enters the priesthood & over the course of the trilogy rises ...
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Novel about an immortal man exposed by world government relates his life through history

I read the book from my local library in the early- to mid- seventies. It was hardcover (library bound) and the dust jacket had a printed burlap or canvas background. The back flap mentioned that the ...
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Looking for movie title about a city under a kitchen sink

All I know is 2 kids find Aditya under their sink and the little boy goes there.. Please help if you can.
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Physicist finds new laws of physics, patents toys

Looking for a short story, 40 years old or older: A physicist finds some new law of physics and is told he can't patent it. So he first builds a toy airplane that actually flies without any visible ...
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Help ID a trapped in time comic

I'm trying to find an old comic I once read. Details:The story involves a group of scientists that are tossed back in time to the 1800's. They have no way of getting back. I think they tried to make ...
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Which 70s/80s story/book has horses as protagonists?

This book is pretty unique. It's about a planet only populated with intelligent horses who have domesticated their humans, because they have hands (horses don't have them). The whole time reading you ...
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Issue of the Flash where Max Mercury's love interest dies

I am looking for a scan, or at least the issue number for an issue of The Flash from the mid-late 90s. I recall it as possibly the conclusion to a story arc. Anyway, as the police are handcuffing the ...
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ID for short story about man using telekinetic remote viewer to wage war on alien planet

I'm trying to ID a story I read in the local library the early 70's when first getting into SF. I'm pretty sure it was a short story in a collection, but can't rule out it being part of a longer ...