Questions tagged [short-stories]

For about a fictional work too small to be called a [novel] or [novella] - usually less than 10-20 thousand words and no chapters. Use to either identify the media on a [story-identification] question or disambiguate works where the tag covers the short story and its form in other media.. If you are looking for a particular anthology of short stories, use the [anthology-book] tag instead.

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Short story, all characters young, apparently male. One character floats in air, another is teddy bear

This could be anywhere from say 1970 or so to 1983. Book, probably hardcover, collection of short stories. All characters young, apparently male. One character floats in the air, and is insufferably ...
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Short story about the day's adventures of a 6 year old girl and her Grandfather at a county fair on an alien planet

Written from the 6-year-old's point of view, the story described her adventures that day including a captured alien creature in a cage who was a high ranking officer of another species... "Iss ...
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Ending of the story Mirror of Ice [closed]

In this story, there's a dispute about the ending. Is this is an open ending, or does it end with the protagonist winning the race? Story (rough edit) is here: https://groups.google.com/g/rec.arts.sf....
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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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Robotic police patrolling a park [duplicate]

I don't remember the title or author a story with a plot roughly as follows. There is a park where people can do whatever they like except that it is monitored by floating robotic police (which are ...
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Short story collection with a story about alien that dies from bandage-poisoning when in care of a village doctor [duplicate]

Around 20 years ago I had a smallish book that was a collection of sci-fi short stories, and I can't find what book this was. It may have been a book targeted at youth rather than adults. The only ...
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Short story where a criminal is on trial in a locked room, and awaiting execution if found guilty [duplicate]

I am looking for the name of a short sci-fi story. It is about a man locked in a room while he is on trial for murder, awaiting the verdict. If he is found guilty, he will be executed, but he does not ...
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What short story was about counterfeit cultured meat?

I'm trying to remember the name of a short story, I think by Ken Liu, but could have been someone else. The plot was a woman who was an expert at making cultured steaks that looked exactly like the ...
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Weird Galaxy/IF Short Story

I am almost positive this short story appeared in either Galaxy, IF, or Worlds of Tomorrow in the 1960s. The MC is an alien with three(?) legs and a bell-like head with a circle of eyes around a ...
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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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Was "Men Without Bones" inspired by the Yara-ma-yha-who myth?

The story Men Without Bones by Gerald Kersh is very old and ends with the memorable line, "We are the Martians -- they are the men!" According to legend the Yara-ma-yha-who is a: creature ...
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Short story involving Aliens attempting to make contact with humanity at a distance

The story involves multiple sets of aliens attempting to make contact with humanity, but not by visiting. Instead, these aliens are broadcasting towards Earth. One group (possibly the first) of aliens ...
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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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Old children's story with family exploring asteroid belt

I would have read that story or had it read to me maybe several times by about 1961. I remember it was in a large format book, which had soft covers or maybe had lost its hard covers. I think there ...
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Chinese narrative style in Cordwainer Smith stories

I've read several times that Cordwainer Smith used traditional Chinese narrative styles in some of his stories. But I've never seen any specifics. Smith's Wiki offers more detail than most of these ...
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Short story, aliens and humans become part of a symbiotic space ship [duplicate]

I’m trying to find a short story I must have read in the 90’s in a collection. Plot is; A biological spaceship travels around the galaxy collecting creatures that are added to to itself as parts of ...
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Symbiotic species hiding in a 'spaceship zoo'

I'm trying to track down the title of a short story I read at least twenty years ago, probably nearer 30 and may not have been new at the time. Almost certainly in an anthology. The starting premise ...
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Short Story: Air being chargeable commodity

Back in the 80's I remember reading a science fiction short story in an issue of Playboy. I'd like to re-read it, if possible: author was a regular in Playboy during that time period the world was of ...
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Short story about an attack by inserting an amnesiac drug into a city's water supply

I believe this was a short story and I think I read it in a collection of other short stories. It focuses on the consequences for a number of characters after someone doses a city's water supply with ...
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1950s short story where the universe is running out of space to store data

The universe is running out of room to store data. They have resorted to using "nudged electrons", IIRC. But the key to the storage of all human knowledge has been lost. Card catalog imagery/...
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Young fit man pursuing a less healthy man through a hive structure

I'm looking for a short story about a young fit man pursuing a less healthy man through a hive structure. I think he captured or killed him. The young man has superior muscles developed by the hive ...
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Short Story about Candidates for president. They are connected to a "God Game" - electric shocks for interventionism

I think this is from the '50s or 60's. Two presidential candidates are hooked to a "God Game", which gives (potentially lethal) shocks to a candidate every time they intervene. The ...
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Short story, part of a collection, involving a clown pun duel

I believe this was a book of collected stories focusing on a planet that developed its society based on a stranded circus troupe. I vaguely remember that there were wizards (stage magicians using ...
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"The Hero as Werwolf": why that spelling for werewolf?

"The Hero as Werwolf" is a short story by Gene Wolfe. Quoting the synopsis from here: It [sic] the late 21st century, humanity has evolved into a master race with some people left behind. ...
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Time is evaporating and writing is disappearing from the bricks that rise above the time barrier

I'm trying to ID a short story that's probably between 10-20 years old. The setting is a city in a valley. Time behaves like a liquid affected by gravity. It's evaporated from most of the world, but ...
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What book is the "Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades" short story in?

I'm trying to find the Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades short story, but I can't find any references to it being in another novel. I know that it's part of the Demigod Files collection, but I ...
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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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Masochist gets more than he bargained for in fantasy horror story

I read this short story in the 1960s and it was already old then, maybe 19th century. There are no science fiction elements, but it might be considered as fantasy, certainly as horror, given the ...
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Story ID: An alt-history Roman Empire with religion based on "God Helmet"-style technology?

In the 2010s I read this short story [in English] that I can't seem to find again. My vague impression was that it could have been written as early as the 1980s or '90s, but maybe it was more recent. ...
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Sci-fi short story about a man visiting relatives on a ranch, but finds they have been captured by creatures from another dimension

The protagonist is a young man visiting his Uncle (or maybe Father) on their ranch and discovering that they have accidentally established a portal to another world, the inhabitants of which are now ...
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Looking for the name of a short illustrated story from the 1970s/80s about a group of ladybirds that are enslaved by other insects

I'm trying to find the name of a short illustrated story from the 1970s or 1980s that was contained in a larger book. The story is aimed at children but has an adult art style. It is very well drawn ...
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Sci-fi short story about a parallel world, whose inhabitants kidnap women and slaves from our world

The crux of the story is the discovery of an optical artifact, which allows the protagonist to look into and eventually travel to a parallel world. The rulers of the other world have been kidnapping ...
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Short story about humans captured by aliens, kept as pets [duplicate]

I read this short story years ago so the details are hazy but it is about an alien who is talking to someone else (presumably another alien) about his pet. All this time it is assumed that the aliens ...
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How old was Delos D. Harriman in Heinlein's "Requiem"?

Many of the early stories of Robert A. Heinlein were part of his "future history" series. Business tycoon Delos D. Harriman is mentoned in a number of stories, and as far as I can remember, ...
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Sci-fi book or short story about people who crash-land on an alien world. The protagonist is captured by a hive of intelligent insects

This book from my teenage years I just can't get out of my mind for many years now, and sooo want to reread! It involved a travelling spaceship full of a few key characters - a male and a villain (I ...
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Short story about a visitor from outer space using DNA found in a museum to recreate an individual with knowledge of advanced technology [duplicate]

I am looking for a story about someone from outer space visiting a museum, possibly on Earth (though the planet is not known to the visitor). They have the technology to take DNA to recreate the ...
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Short story I read as a child in the early '60s, with a protagonist who looked normal in size, but was disproportionately heavy and strong

Does anyone remember a science fiction story I read as a child in the early/mid '60s? The only thing I remember about the story was that the main character was a man who appeared to be normal in size ...
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Older short story about a Terran on an exploration ship predicting the behavior of an alien [duplicate]

An older story about a Terran on an exploration ship. He is an exponent of a new science which can predict behavior, even of aliens, based on the theories of his mentor. He correctly predicts the ...
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Short story about a farmer who buries the body of a crashed alien, which then grows into a new body

In a comment in a Q&A with the director of the excellent short science fiction film Laura un Vineta, a fellow called Will Long tried to identify a short story which was probably from the '50s or '...
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U.S. lunar base subjected to periodic bombardment by an orbiting cloud of bullets

This is a classic, and I'm actually embarrassed not to be remembering the name. It's a Cold War era (probably late 1950s to 1960s) story and set in a future where the Cold War has continued into ...
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Murder by alien on moon is observed by a cat

This is a detective (short) story set on the moon that involves aliens. It is probably from the 60s, perhaps the 70s. Someone is murdered on the moon with a blaster and a cat is found nearby that has ...
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What short story was about creatures with accelerated very short lives who also couldn't go in the sun?

I read a story as a child about creatures that had accelerated lives and couldn't go in the sun. The day/night cycle was very short so you lived and died in the same location and one creature was ...
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Story identification - Winnie the Pooh parody with Attack Dragons

Pre-internet (mid 1980's) there was a photocopy of a photocopy doing the rounds, which is how things went viral back then... It was a parody featuring Winnie the Pooh and Piglet. At one point they are ...
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Has there been renewed interest in Cordwainer Smith's stories about chimeras?

Cordwainer Smith's stories about chimeras (see Definition 4 in this link), i.e., people who were part human and part animal seemed the farthest-out of far-out science fiction when they were first ...
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Why didn't the spores affect the trioptes?

In Stanley G. Weinbaum's story "Parasite Planet" the dangers encountered by Hamilton "Ham" Hammond and Patricia Burlingame on the planet Venus include attacks by the semi-...
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short story where everyone is James Patterson

I am trying to recall a short story about a writer who works as a ghostwriter for James Patterson. He eventually discovers that James Patterson has expanded his empire of ghostwriters so far that the ...
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Short story: Aliens want our women, but just the fat ones

I'm looking for a short story that might date back to the fifties or sixties. Aliens make contact with Earth and, in a twist on that old sci-fi trope, they want women. But just the fat ones. Different ...
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1940s Pulp Time-Travel Story

I know this isn't very much to go on, but - I read this short story or novelette in the 1960s, but it was definitely published during the 1940s, specifically the World War Two period. I can't ...
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"Dragon Magazine" fiction piece about two wizards who betray one another

I would like to find an old piece of fiction in Dragon Magazine - it's located somewhere between issues 50 - 100. I don't remember the title but the general gist goes like this: There is a ...
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Short story about a woman and an alien symbiote who live in the vacuum in Saturn's rings

I read this short story before 2000, possibly in the '80s. It is about a woman who usually lives out in the vacuum of space, I believe in the rings of Saturn, and survives through connection to a ...

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