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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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Short story about Neurosurgeon uses nanobots to cure patients, 'reprograms' ex-wife to fall back in love with him

I read this story sometime between 1989 and 1991 in a SF&F magazine (Asimov's Science Fiction? The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction? Amazing Stories?) and I've looked for it for years, in ...
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Short story about a boy & 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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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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What psychological space station thriller novel features all the crew getting killed one-by-one?

I'm looking for a book I read some time ago - probably published in the late 90s/early 00s. I can hardly remember any of it, but I will describe it as best as I can. It was I think set in the future, ...
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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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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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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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Who invented the Marvel Multiverse numbering system?

I've found conflicting sources over who initiated the idea of Marvel's Multiverse having numbered universes. Some say Alan Moore's Captain Britain was the first to use Earth-616, whereas others ...
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Did President Franklin Roosevelt appear in Buck Rogers?

Did Franklin Roosevelt appear in the Buck Rogers comic strip, as suggested in the quote below? If so, in what issue, or on which date? From the In Roosevelt History blog: FDR: SPACE RANGER ...
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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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Differences between versions of *Nerves* by Lester del Rey

In 1942, Lester del Rey published Nerves, a novella about an accident at an atomic plant; in 1956 he published a new version of it, expanded to a novel. I read those two. According to the ISFDb, ...
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Identifying a Book From the 70s: Battle/Balance between Light/Sun and Moon/Dark ?

I've had this story rolling around in my head for years, and every so often I Google what I remember...which is what brought me here. :-) I remember reading it in the 70s, so it could be a YA ...

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