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Story where the number 3 is the monster?

I remember as a child (in the nineties) reading a story where the narrator was a little boy and how he was scared only twice a day – when the clock read 3:33. The 3's would be powerful enough (there ...
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Boy transported to another planet where the being who owns the Earth lives

I read this book probably in the late 1990s. I assume the intended audience is teenagers/youth because I checked it out of my junior high library. In the book there is a boy on a plane and the plane ...
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Time Travel story where an imprisoned psychopath kills people from his past?

I read a story some years ago (probably about 35) in an monthly sci-fi anthology... It's set in a prison. The main character is a psychopath who has sessions with a psychiatrist - in these sessions ...
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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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Short story identification about a stained glass window?

There's a science fiction story in which a character is using a probability algorithm to restore a smashed stained glass window. As the story progresses, he begins to leave more and more of the pieces ...
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A man takes riskier and riskier jobs for more money

I'm looking for a story I read in 1980. It is a short story and may have been in one of Asimov's or Bradbury's collections. It was about a man looking for a job. He goes into an office with, I ...
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Movie with magical book showing events of any day in history, except missing days of the Gregorian calendar change

I once saw a movie in the TV sometime in the 1990s. I don't remember a whole lot (maybe I didn't even see the whole movie), only one particular scene, which made quite an impression on my young self, ...
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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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Married couple pretend to like each other due to crystal sculpture

Years ago, I remember reading a short story (as I remember it) about a couple whose prized possession is semi-living crystal structure that is sensitive to their relationship; it grows and maintains ...
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How do you listen to a prophecy without smashing it in Harry Potter?

That is, if it wasn't revealed to you in the first place. We see only a few instances of prophesying throughout the books, notably, when Trelawney prophesied to Dumbledore about Harry and Voldemort, ...
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Short story where human explorers accidentally blind an alien race

I read a short story (probably 20 years ago) about a human scientific expedition that arrives at an alien planet. The planet is covered by a thick cloud layer and orbits a dim red star. The humans ...
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Book identification: about a wood nymph (otik style) who becomes a scientist

I am trying to hunt down a book I read in the 90s and lost some time ago. It starts with some children wandering in a wood, and they encounter a wood nymph creature that starts following them around. ...
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What exactly does Sauron speak in “The Battle of the Five Armies”?

According to sources about Black Speech, there was a single line invented for the LotR movies (the one where Sauron tells Frodo that there's no life in void). However, in The Battle of the Five ...
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A short story about baby on/off switch

I read this short story about 30 years ago. Maybe from Pohl or Asimov... A mother describes having an on/off switch installed on her baby and it's the greatest thing ever1: they can go to work, they ...
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Sci-fi novel about biological computers put into people's heads, making assassins

I recently had the memory of an old sci-fi novel come back to me (1970s or 1980s). secret organization making thimble-sized biological computers to implant into wealthy and powerful people's heads ...

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