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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Short story about Jesus being actually an alien that got stranded on Earth

This is a story I read about 15 years ago (or maybe 20?) within an anthology book of sci-fi stories that was already old when I read it. From what I can remember, the story goes like this: An alien ...
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I am looking for the title of a science fiction anthology that contains stories about food

The only thing that I can remember about this anthology of science fiction stories that were about food is that one of the stories was about a creature similar to a lobster called a "malaprop&...
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Short story collection about a genius inventor who guesses a password and develops an addictive food that turns explosive

I picked this hardcover book up at an overstock store in the late '70s or early '80s and I haven't found the identification on Stack or other sources during sporadic searches in the past year. (The ...
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Children's fantasy/magical realism short story collection from the late 80s/early 90s

There's a short story collection I remember having when I was a young kid, some time in the late 80s or early 90s, but I haven't had any luck tracking it down since. I've got no clue about the author ...
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Short story about an alien glossary of untranslatable terms [duplicate]

A story from an anthology, a list of untranslatable terms, possibly written by a female writer... I think one of the terms was "laha sihp", defined as "the first breath of fresh air ...
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60s or 70s science fiction short stories on fine arts

I’m looking for a 1960s-70s science fiction short story anthology on fine arts. I only remember the summary of 2 of the stories. One was of composer who wrote commercial music by hand while most wrote ...
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Gurdjieff-related anthology where parallel universes mirror the psychological level of the people in that universe

Gurdjieff is never mentioned by name in the anthology. In the real world, Gurdjieff claimed that people can be sorted based on their psychology into levels 1 or 2 if they are acting on animal ...
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Werewolf short story about a group of friends going skiing, with a plot twist at the end

I read this book in probably like 2015-2018 or so and I think it was in a kids' horror book compilation or something like that (not Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark). I also believe the cover might ...
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Sci Fi short story collection, including a story about a planet where the currency is art and another about siblings fighting the Devil's influence

I have been looking for years for a specific short story collection/anthology (not sure which). I am not 100% certain they are all in the same book, but I think they are. Details are a story about a ...
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Help finding a short story - Protagonist finds out that people have voted for him to die

I roughly remember the premise as follows: A protagonist finds out that a televangelist has encouraged his audience to vote to kill him. In 24 hours he should die.He spends that time trying to stop ...
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Short story collection featuring a man living in a woods who got a swan for his wife, a music teacher lost in a city, and a mermaid—possibly Le Guin

In my childhood (??? sorry, it was over 30 years ago...) I've got a book from my local library with short novels, I suppose by Ursula Le Guin. Some stories I remember: there was a man living in a ...
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Looking for a short story in which the narrator describes how he has placed the pages of the story specifically for "you" [closed]

The story was in a hardcover short story collection. I read it in the early 80s, and the book seemed older to me at the time. The narrator eventually goes on to describe how they are watching you.
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Short story collection for young readers centred around ghosts and the weird

I'm trying to remember a short story collection centred around ghosts and the unexplained from my childhood. I read this book between the years of 1990 and 1995, so the publication date would not be ...
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Story Identification - Short Story, Parody of Bremen Town Musicians with Record Producer [closed]

This is a story I read that is a parody of the fable/fantasy story The Bremen Town Musicians. In the original story, a donkey, dog, cat, and rooster all end up agreeing to travel to Bremen Town ...
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Horror short story, girl dying while on a Ferris wheel

I remember the cover had a skull with either mist or fog seeping from it. There are also purple hues and shades of gray. Somewhere on the title is the word "centennial". The book was a ...
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70's Sci-Fi Comic Magazine (anthology) about an alien crash-landing his saucer

A wonderful illustrated B&W story about an alien crash-landing his saucer, rescued and nursed back to health by a boy and his farmer dad. They name the kind, benevolent alien "Pi", ...
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Looking for a specific book containing a collection of sci-fi stories and articles, one of which was about space cables

I have a vague recollection of reading about space cables in a chapter near the end of book which was a collection of stories. I think that this was at least 20 years ago. "Space cables" are ...
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Collection of short sci-fi/alien stories, including a story about astronauts landing on a planet that seemed like Earth, but was slightly different

I'm trying to identify a book I read back in 2007. It was a collection of short science fiction/alien stories. From my memory, here is one story that I remember: A group of astronauts landed on a ...
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Stories about Dragons Anthology Book - remember one story in particular

I am trying to find the name of an anthology/story collection about dragons and or other monsters. I don't quite remember the cover but I know the first story about a dragon. The condensed version of ...
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Illustrated hardcover book of folk tales for children, with a wizard on the cover

A large, hardcover, illustrated children's book with a wizard on the front, facing the reader staff raised and casting a spell. It contained a number of folk tales for children. The stories included ...
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Short story about a laser-soccer type sport in which a team defends against shots on goal by reflecting the laser beams

Does anyone recognize this story from an old sci-fi book of short stories? I'm looking for the title of both the story and the anthology, if possible. A laser-soccer type team (reflect the light into ...
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Science fiction story about a dystopian future society in which people have devolved into hedonistic, brain dead slugs

I can remember reading this story when I was younger, possibly in an anthology, but can't remember the title or author. It featured a dystopian society set in the future that was falling apart as its ...
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Which sci-fi collection contains the (possibly non-scifi) story of an unhappily married woman who goes back to her Alma Mater?

This story is definitely from an SF&F collection. IIRC it might well be by Connie Willis, but she wrote so many stories in so many collections.. And maybe it is not by her, after all, but still, I ...
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Looking for a SF anthology including a story in which humans arrive on a planet and mistake the cows for intelligent life

Looking for a SF anthology I had at school 1975 ish? Hard back, navy blue? Dust jacket had white square pictures?? I remember a collection of short stories, maybe including Pitch Black… but also a ...
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Looking for children’s scary story/anthology book, published before 2001, with a girl taken away by owl creatures

The only story I can remember in the book was about a girl who was warned not to open/look out of her window at night or she would be taken. And she was taken by scary owl creatures that carried her ...
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Sci fi short story where an American mother on her mid-western farm realises she is the male co-pilot of a crashed ship on an alien world

The short story is seemingly a domestic drama, set in a Mid Western farm, narrated by a dissatisfied, hard-working woman. She has a difficult life looking after her white-picket homestead, trying to ...
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Old anthology of dragon stories, including one about a peasant man who encountered a hungry dragon while walking home

When I was in elementary school (late 1960s - early 1970s), I read a volume of dragon stories from my school's library. I recall little about the physical book: I remember it as a hardcover with a ...
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Trying to identify a book I read as a child; 1970's or 1980's, anthology with themes of dark fantasy and scifi

The book was an anthology of short stories that I read as a child in Australia. This is the key points that I remember: Book had a blue cover. Style of artwork was from 70s/80s. I read this in the ...
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Looking for a short story collection

I am hoping some kind soul can please help me with the name of this collection, or at least the title of one of the stories so I can hunt it down on a used book site. It was a paperback in the local ...
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Story about a boy trying to rescue his brother from sasquatch-like creatures, and slowly begins turning into one

I read this book back in the 80s when I was a kid. I believe it was a fantasy/horror style anthology, which contained illustrations. It may have been a children's book. One of the stories dealt with ...
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Collection/anthology book including a comic about a female explorer who discovered a planet filled with a race of primitive, mushroom-headed men

[NSFW] So it came to the back of my head of a collection of comics filled with adult themes. can't remember what year it was but I do believe it was around 2007-2012. The book had a pink background ...
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Old science fiction short story collection with bulbous yellow ships

I've been trying to find this book for like 15-20 years now. It was a collection of sci-fi short stories. I remember the book had these bulbous yellow spaceships on it, or possibly in it. I don't ...
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Short story about a robot being tested for sentience that saves its interrogator from a bomb placed by a terrorist

The story starts with an interrogation room where a robot is being tested for sentience. A terrorist places a bomb, and the robot the realizes the ship is going to explode, so it saves the ...
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Looking for a short story collection from the 70's and 80's

I am looking for a short story collection that is only werewolf stories. (It is not the one edited by Jane Yolen.) I originally read it in the late mid to late 80's and I recall it had a few stories ...
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AI tricks space pirates into attacking its ship; kills all but one as part of effort to "civilize" space

Sometime around 2000, I read a short story in an anthology. Humanity is implied to be entirely, or largely spaceborne, with rare encounters between ships. A group boards/attacks one ship, intending to ...
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Fantasy anthology about wizards and magic, including a story about a wizard's tower becoming sentient

I'm looking for a fantasy short story anthology about wizards and magic. I don't remember what it was called or any of the authors it featured. I can only remember one story. This story was about a ...
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Horror story compilation, including a story about a child who looked out his window at night and saw a creature that had eyes like car headlights

I am trying to find a story compilation from the late '70s or early '80s. The only story I can remember is about a child who looked out his window at night and saw a creature in the (bog , forest, ...
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Trying to find two short sci-fi stories [closed]

A man, some sort of functionary arrives to a planet. The planet is I habited by aliens that are literally incomprehensible. He talks to some of the scientists that try to establish contact, then, ...
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Science fiction anthology featuring a story about body shifters who played gorillaball

I remember reading an anthology of science fiction stories in a Maryland middle school around 2010. I can't remember the titles of the anthology or any of the stories but there were some really cool ...
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Short story collection about Indian scientist/inventor: one of the stories involves turning people into statues

Some years ago, I read a collection of short stories published in India (though the author had a Western-sounding surname.) It was about an (if memory serves correctly, slightly bizarre) inventor/...
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Science fiction or horror anthology book/audiobook about a science project robot that takes over a town

I'm looking to find the name or title of this book/audiobook from my childhood (I listened to it 1000 times in 1997). The main site was that 2 siblings have to fight one of their science projects (...
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Anthology book with a short sci-fi story about a young man in school who has to write a report on Moby-Dick

I’m looking for either the book or the title and author of this short story that I am trying to find. I read this book in high school, around 2003-2008, and recall it being a small hardcover book with ...
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Looking for a specific Sci-fi Anthology book. It's older, 1970's maybe. The book was a best of Sci-fi. Don't think it was Years best SF

The story I'm looking for was about a guy who cloned himself near the end of his life. The original went to retire (and die) on a space station unable to contact anyone outside the station. The clone ...
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A collection of fictional stories about chess?

I knew the librarian in a smallish town who was a chess player and so he curated a pretty good set of chess books. One was a collection of chess-themed fiction. I believe this story, from 1953, was in ...
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A collection of stories of witches

I'm looking for a book that has a collection of stories about witches. I'm not sure if it is a collection of short stories and also is illustrated. I'm not sure it's for kids or young adults because I ...
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Sci Fi short story collection: One about immortals that live in the mountains and another about a drug to perfect genetics that also swaps sex

Some years ago, never mind how many, (Early 2000-2010) my mother gifted me a thick volume of sci-fi short stories. I vaguely remember the dust jacket being covered in greenery. I feel like the title ...
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Science Fiction short story - orphan child is really shape-shifting alien (monster movie in climax)

I read this short story in a collection of short stories about monsters of various kinds. It's told in a journalistic style, with reports about what survivors remembered about a particular kid in the ...
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Collection of short sci-fi stories - zombie soldiers and a man tears his own heart out

In the title - I would've read it sometime in the mid to late 90s, I suppose. Cover just had a weird-looking humanoid alien figure, front profile (head/chest) - wish I could be more detailed. Anyway - ...
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Sci fi anthology book with a story about a lizard alien who comes to Earth, and another about a commune of humans being led by tentacle aliens [duplicate]

I am looking for a book -- I think from the '70s or '80s -- that was a collection of scifi stories that usually had some kind of horror element to them. I know the first story was about a man who ...
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Science fiction short story about a cashless society where they let a guy pay cash but his change is credit

I read this story in an anthology of science fiction short stories. I was in grade 6 and it was 1969. It was about a man that goes to buy something with money but the store was cashless. Finally they ...
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