Questions tagged [anthology-book]

An anthology book is a collection of short stories or novella-length stories in a single omnibus edition. This tag is typically to be used in conjunction with the [story-identification] tag.

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YA book ID: short stories including Masked Granny and hypnotic TV camera

Who can identify this collection of sci-fi (or spec-fi) short stories that I read (in Britain) in the late '80s or early '90s? One story was about a rock singer called "Masked Granny". She ...
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Looking for a horror/scifi anthology 2000-2012 (I think.)

There are two short stories I am specifically looking for. I can't remember the titles. From what I recall, they were in some sort of horror/fantasy combination anthology at the San Francisco Public ...
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Alfred Hitchcock horror anthology for children in the 1960s

Back in the 1960s I read an Alfred Hitchcock anthology of horror or suspense stories for children. I guess that Hitchcock merely lent his name to the anthology. If I remember correctly, the book had ...
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Children's scary story anthology, including an illustration of a pair of pants that walked around by themselves at night

I read this in the early '90s. It was a collection of scary stories that I got from the school book fair. I don't remember much, but there was a story in there that took place during the civil war (I ...
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Time travel short story about a man from a multi-racial future who is killed when he goes back to a racist past?

A friend of mine had an Amazing Tales-type anthology back in the mid-80's with this story. A traveller is sent back to an earlier time (early 20th century America?). He reveals innocently that he's &...
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Sci-fi short story compilation, including a story about a protagonist who erases the universe from existence with his mind

Looking for a sci-fi short story compilation book I once read. I don't remember whole lot of details, but there are two stories I sort of remember. A lot of details are missing, but the overall plots ...
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Book of Appalachian horror short stories, including one about a man covered in snakes, and another about a man eaten by possums

I remember reading this in late '70s early '80s. The stories included one about a man covered in snakes, and another about possums that ate a man buried in a shallow grave, causing his relatives to ...
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Scifi Anthology from 70s: Enchanted Village w/ cover image of floating rock ("The Castle" by Magritte)

I checked this book out of a library in the 70's, so it might be from earlier. I remember the "Enchanted Village" story by Van Vogt, and the cover image of a floating rock. I think it was &...
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Scholastic anthology book with a yellow cover; includes a story where a town gets together and sings, creating some sort of magic

If this helps, I went to school in the Dominican Republic during the 1990s. As part of our school supplies for 6th-8th grade, we had to purchase a collection of Scholastic books containing short ...
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What is the earliest published horror anthology of original material?

When it comes to science fiction, this topic has been researched extensively over the years, but I find little to nothing about it regarding horror fiction. My search criteria are: It is an anthology ...
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Collection of sci-fi short stories I read in the '90s. One story was about a girl and boy with powers who'd been raised on a spaceship

I think there was a hand on the cover which looked like it was pushing through/covered by a type of material. The last or near-last story was about a girl and boy with powers who'd been raised on a ...
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1980s children's short story collection with a story where a girl hatches a pterodactyl

Possibly from school puffin book club. story about hatching an egg that is actually a pterodactyl; another about either stepping on a butterfly or flower that produces a 'butterfly effect'; a story ...
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Earth men land on planet with wolf/dog-like predators, use newly developed ray guns with unlimited range

Earth men land on a planet filled with wolf- or dog-like predators. They have newly developed ray guns and fight off the predators that attack them when they leave the ship. Upon returning to the ship ...
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Anthology of stories beginning with the protagonist checking into the suicide clinic

I'm trying to remember the title of an anthology of SF stories that all started with the same premise: a few paragraphs in which the male protagonist checks into the suicide clinic, has a brief ...
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Collection of children's horror stories from the '80s/'90s. One story features a boy being chased through a forest by an undead version of Snow White

I am desperately looking for a collection of short horror stories I read as a kid circa 1994. I don't remember much about the rest of the stories, but I remember one in particular: A kid runs in the ...
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Looking for a specific short horror anthology book found in Canada/early 2000's/black cover/artwork inside

My parents and I found this book when I was young in the early 2000s at a flea market or something. It was a short horror anthology book with, I believe, a creepy cartoon kid? I remember there were ...
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Looking for a book of horror short stories from the '80s, including "Camera Obscura" and "The Lunatic"

I live in the UK and in '80s I used to take out books from the library and ruin all chances of sleep as I scared myself witless. I remember a book of horror stories that seemed like they might have ...
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In what short story did the protagonist have to convince a relativistic ship/cycler to not destroy life in his system as a precautionary measure?

The setting is on a remote station or outpost on a planet I believe. The character whom the narration follows (1st or 3rd POV) has only objects like a telescope and a radio transceiver to communicate. ...
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Sci-fi short story collection: alien hunting humans, NOVA bombs, pet generating antibodies

Many years ago I read a book — a collection of short sci-fi stories — and I remember vaguely a couple of them. I think the book was called "Dust," and the cover had an alien imagery of an ...
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Short story about ice racing on glaciers or gletschers [duplicate]

[it's solved: Mirror of Ice by Gary Wright] Years ago, I read a short story in an anthology, (a collection of SF-shorts), which was about ice-racing. A dozen pilots went down a glacier/gletscher ...
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Horror short story told through a collection of postcards about a man killed by an ancient snake goddess

When I was homeless, I stumbled onto a collection of horror short stories from either 2002 or 2003. They where all based around a single award I can't remember the name of. The only memorable story ...
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Help identifying horror short story collection with werewolf story about a boy who becomes werewolf to avenge his slain puppies

I read this collection in 1980 or 1981 (unsure how old it was at the time). I checked it out of a public library in the armpit town of Stead, Nevada. Anyway, in the story, some asshole's dogs chase ...
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Astronauts returning from a mission find they are rejuvenating (lost teeth are regrowing)

I'm looking for a short story in an anthology (possibly Gollancz publisher) in the 60s. Astronauts returning from a mission find they are rejuvenating - lost teeth are regrowing...
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Short Story ID: Academy of gifted children evolve beyond us & "resign from humanity"

Short story, originally read in a short SF story anthology in jr high school library in early 80s. Starts off with narration or presentation by a man discussing "wolf/ape children" raised by ...
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Identify the author of an anthology, which included a story about an alien working in City Lights bookshop

I am desperate to remember a book of short stories by an author, I believe, to be a San Francisco native or transplant. In one of the short stories he wrote about an alien working in City Lights ...
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'90s children's literary horror anthology book, including a story about a cruel cousin who later turns out to be an android

When I turned 10 years old back in 1992, my mother sent me a care package crammed with snacks, mad magazines, a journal, a new video game, and a book of horror stories, that had creepy illustrations ...
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Sci-Fi short story about a scientist who travels uncontrollably through alternate dimensions

In 1984-85 I read a short sci-fi story in a book of stories about a scientist who created a device that sends him to an alternate dimension. At first there is very little difference from our own but, ...
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Collection of stories including one about "Keiron of Valkrie"

One of the stories is about a Keiron of Valkrie who leads his men, known as the "men of edge," to a fight in the capital of their empire. He fought a man-made man named Freka and exposed a ...
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SF short story - Jewel ovary [duplicate]

This came out in the past 10 years, collected in one of the years best anthology. Man stole a jewel from his girlfriend (turned out to be her refrigerated ovary). She then set him up in a double-cross....
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A plane travelling into the past

This is the story about a plane, which on its journey enters into the past. It cannot land anywhere. It opens with the real life incident of a plane which was lost forever without a trace and nobody ...
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Sci-fi anthology book with a story about a boy given a third eye by aliens, and another story with a female spaceship commander and canine-like aliens

I've been reminded recently of a sci-fi anthology book I had/read many years ago. Pretty sure its from the '80s (I'm in the UK). I don't have many details except vague memories of 2 stories. The first ...
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Can you help identify a US paperback book that included Greg Bear's Blood Music?

I read this book in highschool, no later than 1992. His short story (it was only later expanded to a novel) was 1983. This would have been a science fiction anthology with multiple authors, as is ...
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60's-70's Sci-Fi anthology(?) - planet Earth is overly hot and in the end the sun explodes [duplicate]

I was in the third grade and happened across this (1993-94'), but never read the whole thing. I believe the planet was very hot due to issues with the sun possibly. I know the ending goes along the ...
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Looking for a short story from an anthology about a mutant race horse

I believe this was part of an anthology. I read it in high school during the late 80s but as it was at my grandmother's house it could have been written much earlier. The story starts with a breeder ...
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Science Fiction Anthology, probably 70s

I'm fairly sure the book has Science Fiction in the title. It also contains Who Can Replace a Man? by Brian W. Aldiss. I think that was either the first, or one of the first few stories in the book. I ...
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An illustrated book of short science fiction stories I read as a kid in the late 80s, early 90s

I’ve been searching for a book of science fiction short stories, with black and white illustrations interspersed throughout. I can’t be sure of the publication date, though I read it in the late 80s, ...
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Collection of dystopian short stories: people eat a dog, detective hunts and kills kids, world where everyone is dumb

It’s a compilation of short stories that all take place in the future. I read it in 2016 & I can’t for the life of me remember it. It’s written in English. One of the stories was about these kids ...
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Scholastic sci-fi anthology book containing a short story about a planet with crystal monsters

During the late 1970's and early 1980's Scholastic would publish and sell books at elementary schools and I picked one up which had 8-10 stories inside which were all fantasy or sci-fi in nature. The ...
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Sci-fi Horror Story About Spiders, Psychology, and Aliens

I'm trying to find the name of a short story from a collection of sci-fi horror stories. (NOTE—I'm not talking about a collection of sci-fi AND horror stories, but rather a collection of horror ...
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Story about the 10 commandments being shattered and eventually reconstructed

Read in an anthology in the 90's. Basically Moses comes down with the tablets sees what's going on and shatters them telling the people they're not worthy. They gather all the fragments and start ...
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Sci Fi Collection of Stories for younger readers

I can only recall two of the stories: One was about this machine that made edible soap and these children were addicted to eating it/ someone was also forcing them to eat the soap. The other was about ...
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I’m trying to identify an anthology of short stories

There are only a few bits of different stories I remember: One was about two men, one being a dwarf. They would go on coaches and the dwarf would hide in the suitcase and then steal people’s ...
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Anthology that contains illustrations for some Arthur C. Clarke short stories

I had as a child (early 1960s?) a boys anthology of stories of various genres, like westerns. It included several short stories from Arthur C. Clarke's The Other Side of the Sky/Venture to the Moon. ...
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Sci-fi anthology about future crime

I remember reading an anthology collecting stories about crime, possibly crime-solving specifically. What I can remember about the book is: General theme was crime/crime solving Different authors for ...
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God and the devil make a bet

God and the Devil wager about man's worthiness. Devil has cat's eyes. He chastises God for causing suffering in the first place. It didn't sound like poetry, but it must be one of the few takes on the ...
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Trying to identify a sci-fi story in an anthology from the mid-70s

The story appeared in an anthology provided to kids in British schools during 70s. The story had a very simple structure. It was a description given by a man who was observing a vision of the history ...
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Book about an AI that traps people on a spaceship

My memory about this story is rather short. I only remember the following points :- The story was in a collection of stories. In this, a robot/AI of some sort traps 2 people on a spaceship and sends ...
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YA/Children’s ghost story anthology book

I’ve been searching for this book for years but we shall see. I read a horror anthology book targeted for children (I read it in elementary school) and need the title. I cannot remember much of the ...
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Name of author (and anthology) of a sci-fi short story called (I think) "Gold Brick"?

Decades ago, I mowed indiscriminately through dozens of sci-fi anthologies. I remember one short story that stood out in terms of writing style and characterization. It involved a bright but ...
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Help identifying either an anthology or specific short story contained therein

When I was a kid, I had an anthology of sf stories, and now I'm trying to see if I can recover/rediscover any of them. The book itself was a hardback. I read this as a kid, so some time in the 90s. ...
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