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Short story with spaceship and humanity not realising they should be on it

The plot is about: A spaceship traveling through the universe Earth is a rogue planet whose inhabitants have been cut off and don't realise that their true purpose is to be part of the spaceship ...
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Need the title for a short story about the US losing a war

The story probably dates from the 1970s, and I recall it being written like a historian's account. In the story, the US lost a war to a Latin American country, probably Mexico. The one passage I ...
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Deep space voyage with cryosleep and murder

I'm looking for a sci fi movie from the 80s or 90s. The crew headed out on a mission into deep space. When on Earth in the beginning they used a breathing apparatus and they went to a fast food stand ...
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Title and Author of a novel regarding 'A Common Enemy'

I'm looking for a novel I once read with a plot that involved the Americans and the Russians scientists developing a biological weapon to be used against a limited number of the earth's population to ...
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story about star travel where the creatures on board evolve during the voyage

Need the name/author. I don't remember much, I'm afraid. Just fragments. I do remember reading the story assuming that the creatures on board were human, only to find out towards the end that they ...
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Ugly girl has heart frozen which makes her beautiful

Series of young adult books read around 1997. Basic premise of series is children travelling to different world to fight evil. It is very much like Narnia but not. Typical fantasy medieval setting ...
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Old (1950s? maybe 1960s) space adventure for boys anthology

When I was a kid in the 1970s, I had a book that was a collection of space adventure stories for boys. I've been googling and looking at various online bookstores but haven't found anything that ...
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Shapeshifting alien woman

I remember reading this book in the around 2005 perhaps? Although I think it was published earlier of course. Anyway. It was about this alien made of pure energy who absorbed living matter in order to ...
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Trying to find an old sci fi story: man injured in space and reconstructed as cyborg

I remember reading this story in the early 1980s but don't remember if it was a newer release at the time. I do know I didn't buy the used paperback. A man is injured in a space construction job (I ...
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Title of fantasy trilogy: priestess possessed by spider demon?

I am trying to find the title of a book/series written approximately 20-30 years ago, and I can't remember the author. The series involved a young nobleman/prince who fell for a girl who had ...
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Science Fiction short story where humans are actually all female and men are women taken over by parasites

The details I can remember: Humans are naturally asexual, only women. Penises are alien parasites attached at birth as part of a huge conspiracy. A group of women know the truth and are trying to ...
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What is this shrinking scientist story?

I cannot find an older Science Fiction short story about a shrinking scientist. It is not the story of Scott Cary in "The Shrinking Man" by Richard Matheson. It was a short story about a scientist ...
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SF story about man unable to wake up from dream

I am looking for a story which I read a long time back but cannot recall the name. The plot line was: In a futuristic world, there are dream parlors which provides sleep with dream services. The ...
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What is the name of the sci Fi short story where there is one remaining human left?

I read a sci fi short story awhile back that was from the perspective of 'scientists', which we later find out aren't human, who are looking at the last remaining animals of each species (including a ...
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Can someone name these retitled Dr Seuss books?

I recently came across the following image of Dr Seuss books, that have had their titles replaced by the moral of each story. I remember their vivid fantasy from my childhood, but I didn't read all ...
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What book is about a planet of feline humans?

Does anyone know the title of a book about a planet with cat-like people who call themselves humans, and they keep humans as slaves/pets? They live in the shadow of a planetary ring and eventually ...
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Book/Series Identification: magic talents and secret dragon eggs

I'm looking for a book I read when I was younger, around 2000 or 2001. (It was for an assigned reading group in elementary school, so it's about on a similar reading level as The Supernaturalist by ...
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Haunted television set summons zombies from nearby graves

I watched the Goosebumps movie tonight with my son and I started feeling nostalgic about other books (not in the Goosebumps series) that I read when I was a kid. I've been scouring Google looking for ...
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Need help finding the title of book about an Aboriginal Australian, found in a cryo-pod on a generation ship who's psychic

This was a book that I read pre-2008. It was a (then) 3 part book series with the point of view jumping around 3 different characters (a-la Game of Thrones and Wheel of Time). It was published by ...
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Fantasy Novel, with review blurb by Ursula Le Guin

Anyone remember an out-of-print (1980s? 1990s? early 2000s?) middle-grade or ya fantasy novel with a strong female protagonist, where the sea is an important plot component, that has a cover blurb by ...
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Short story “trash” in SF or Fantasy Anthology

A long time ago I bought a Sci-Fi or Fantasy book that was one of those collections of short stories by various writers - this was probably 10 years ago at a used book store, so no idea how old it ...
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Short story about village girl who accidentally enters a dragon and lives inside it for many years

About five years ago, I read a longer short story in an anthology about a village with a giant village-sized dragon. A girl wanders inside the dragon, gets lost, and ends up living inside the dragon ...
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Was the third riddle from “Little Dot” supposed to reference another story?

Recently I was rereading Diana Wynne-Jones's short story, "Little Dot", and as I was reading, I began wondering about the third riddle - I thought I had read something similar elsewhere. The riddle ...
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Looking for a sci-fi book title about subterranean travel into the earth with a rocket

I'm trying to find the title of a youth sci-fi book about subterranean travel into the earth with a one-man rocket. Perhaps published in the 60's or 50's. The story follows one man traveling through ...
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Short story where the economy is so bad that everybody has advanced degrees and no jobs

I read this story well over twenty years ago, so I really don't remember too many details. I am 99% sure it was in an issue of F&SF Magazine, from the 50's I think. Moreover, I think it was the ...
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Man in suspended animation wake to sterile planet, gets cloned

For some reason, I remember this book being called, "Leviathan", but I can't seem to find any reference anywhere. The protagonist, Larry Deaver, is injured and placed into suspended animation. He ...
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Berries to beat mind-control

Trying to identify a fantasy novel for a friend. Not sure of publication date, but she picked it up at a library sale in the mid-90s. The protagonist is the Prince of an island nation, and there's a ...
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Book Series for MG/Children - About Kind/Gentle Alien Professor/Engineer Working in Basement Laboratory

A Series of Books for Children / MG Read in 1977 / 5th grade Main character is a kind/gentle/smart alien professor/engineer doing experiments in his basement laboratory… solving mysteries, I think ...
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Identify this horror movie: Couple trapped in a petrol station / black spikey creature

I think this is only a few years old. 5 - 8 maybe? A young couple on an American highway pull into a gas station. Somehow, this odd black spikey creature follows them or turns up there. I think it's ...
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Fantasy book about high elf lord, human woman, magic

I read last year a book about a high lord elf whose job is performing magic; he loves books and is looking for old books containing old magic, so called sexual magic. He finds an intelligent, ...
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Help me find the name of a space TV show from the early '90s

I don't recall much about the show, and I think I only ever saw one episode, and my Google Fu is not up to snuff today. The episode, most likely the pilot, came out around the same time as Babylon 5 ...
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Looking for a book about aliens on Earth for centuries with a hostile agenda

I have read one book in a series about aliens who have been many centuries on earth with a hostile agenda. The book starts with a crew of human explorers who are travelling to a planet in a distant ...
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Need the name of a novel from plot [closed]

Folks, need the name of a novel based on the plot line. The plot is about an English guy who is very uptight and more punctual than a clock. One day, his wife leaves him for another guy and writes ...
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Movie with flying ship and color changing hair

From what I remember: There was scene where two characters are on a flying ship in the air, and staring out into the sky. I also remember something about reverse aging and the girl's hair turning ...
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What kids film had two flying spheres, one red, one yellow?

I am trying to remember a film, from the '80s maybe. I think it was a children's movie. In the film there were flying spheres. It may have had a sequel with the wedding the two of the spheres: one of ...
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I'm looking for a movie where in the end the Earth is destroyed by aliens

There was a movie I saw maybe 7-8 years ago (2007-2009). I don't know which year it was, but I guess it's not such an old movie. it's a sci-fi movie but not with aliens like we know -- actually I ...
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Name of a short story about the ultimate earworm

There's a classic short story I remember where a scientist gets interested in the songs that get stuck in peoples heads, and decides to create the ultimate earworm song by having a computer analyse ...
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What 70/80's movie ended with a boy & a girl in a flying motor home?

Okay so this is long shot. When I was a kid I watched a movie that I have hunted for over the years. I cannot remember the plot or cast. What I remember is two children (a boy and a girl) who had to ...
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First contact story where aliens are (discovered at the very end to be) anti-matter

Does anyone recall the name of a SF first contact story where humans encounter an alien ship, and use the weak force to define left and right. At the very end, as the human and alien space walk out to ...
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Looking for a book where an advanced race tries to prevent Earthmen from exploiting primitives

I am hoping someone may know this book based upon the plot: An advanced race visits a planet that is technologically equivalent to the dark ages. To interact with the inhabitants these visitors ...
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Help find name and author of science fiction story about robots taking over all aspects of war

I read this short story a while ago. It described a futuristic war fought by robots. It featured a team of some sort of military elite going in an underground train (which broke on the way) to their ...
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Help identifying a story about a modern soldier serving reborn egyptian gods

I remember reading a novel when I was a child about a present day soldier, who I believe was a member of the SAS serving reborn egyptian gods who through guile overthrew all major religions. There ...
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90's Kid's cartoon book where kid gets teleported to an alien planet during a laser tag game

I remember reading a book as a child about a kid who was playing a laser tag tournament or something of that nature when he gets teleported to an alien planet. Once there he ends up fighting for ...
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Short story about Earth freezing over and the appeal of a frostbitten dancer

This is a short story that I probably read about five years ago, certainly within the 21st century, as part of a collection. I think the setting was somewhere in the UK. Earth had frozen over, ...
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What 1960s or earlier short story features a cloudy Planet named Naxos and a lens?

From my brother, once again: on an unusually cloudy planet, the inhabitants offer sacrifice under what may be a Fresnel lens. He is reasonably certain that the planet is named Naxos.
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Story about Gargoyles and Ethics

This was about 20 years ago. The story concerned a rogue who had been cursed with a gargoyles arm (obsidian glass appearance). The aim was that in order to remove the curse he had to behave ...
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Help identify the title of a story about the back side of moon being missing

In his latest book 'The crash of 2016' author Thom Hartmann describes a story he once read in 'Amazing Stories'. He doesn't mention a title or the author. Here is how he writes about it: I was ...
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Short story with an intergalactic zoo [duplicate]

I'm trying to identify a short story that I once read. Possibly in a collection by Bruce Coville. A traveling intergalactic zoo stops at earth and everyone pays money to see the aliens on board. At ...
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Can't recall title or author of short story I read as a child about primitive warrior in a microcosm

I remember the story was about a primitive hunter or warrior engaged in some primal struggle with a foe, he defeats his enemy and feels like he is master of his domain, only to have the perspective ...
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Short SF story..1960's or slightly before - Arboreal aliens with flower-like chest organ

Arboreal aliens on a tropical rain forest world. They have a flower-like chest organ with which they communicate and/or feed from trees. Concept of "gamish"..a life force. Not sure if story also ...