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Short story about a boy and girl enclosed in an experiment and given injections to age rapidly

The story is told from the point of view of one of the scientists. He meets the subjects in the experiment as they play in the lab before being put into the enclosure that will become their ...
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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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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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Looking for story about aliens playing God, deciding they are overwhelmed, and leaving

I read this story in the early 90's in a Sci-Fi magazine (could be Asimov's, but I subscribed to a few at the time). As I recall, the story begins with someone (female, I think) coming upon a car ...
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What short story has a father quit his job supervising robots to live in a shack and drink coffee?

I read a short story years ago. I don't remember the title or the author, but wish that I could. It featured a family in the future- Mom, Dad, Daughter, Son, Dog. Dad works in a factory of some kind, ...
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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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Dead alcoholic gets a second chance, helped by Judas

This story is about a recently deceased man, who finds himself walking along a dark plain towards soothing glowing in the distance. He is accompanied by a hooded figure. There are doors. He is made to ...
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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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How did the letter from Lily to Sirius make it to Grimmauld Place?

In Deathly Hallows, at the beginning of Chapter 10, 'Kreacher's Tale', Harry enters Sirius' room and, after rummaging, finds the first page of his mother's letter to Sirius and the remnants of a ...
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What book has arks crewed by slaves leaving earth before the sun goes nova?

I will give as much detail as I can remember. I first read the book in 1980. The book starts on Earth with a powerful ruling class that forms their own religion. The first high priest starts a ...
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Has J. Michael Straczynski ever revealed the meanings of names in Babylon 5?

I like to read the various series wikias and guides as I go through a series I'd seen before, to pick up on stuff I may have missed. I ran across this on The Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5 for A Voice ...
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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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1970s story: man living alone with robot servants on an estate invaded by hoodlums

The setting is during or after the fall of social order, somewhere in England. An old man is holed up on an estate, his only company a robot butler and other robotic assistants. The house is invaded ...
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What's the world like outside San Angeles?

The film Demolition Man is set in a single city "metroplex" known as San Angeles which comprises Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and San Diego. SAPD Officer Lenina Huxley tells us that the region was ...
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Who was the enemy of Spider-Man who acquired Spider-Man's powers and said “Where were these powers when I was in High School”?

About a decade ago, I saw in a Marvel encyclopedia-style book a frame from an issue of one of the Spider-Man series. In it, an enemy had pretty much defeated Peter Parker using the same powers as he. ...

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