Questions tagged [short-stories]

For about a fictional work too small to be called a novel - usually less than 10-20 thousand words and no chapters. Only use when identifying a work (use in conjunction with [story-identification] here) or when there is a tag ambiguity. If you are looking for a particular anthology of short stories, use the [anthology-book] tag.

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Short fiction where America is at war with Canada

I'm looking for an short-fiction alternate-history book collection where different groups are at war with each other for different reasons. It was probably made during the 1980s or 1990s. In one of ...
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A dictator tries to escape war by suspended animation, but travels too long, killed by maroonee [duplicate]

Anthology story sought. A warlord, the Master? tries to escape capture by suspended animation, but last incoming rocket salvo seals his cave in mountains. Stays suspended for far longer than thought, ...
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Story about astronauts crashing on a planet inhabited by robots [duplicate]

I read this SF story somewhere in 2000s. I believe it was in English but might have been a translation from the original work. It might have been a short story or a novella. The story's core premise ...
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SF story about crocodiles being dragons [duplicate]

Decades ago I read a short story about a scientist who had a theory that crocodiles were dragons, but stuck in the pre-flight, pre-flame stage. He experimented, and finally produced a method of ...
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Short story where alien's teleportation technology doesn't transmit the soul

This is from TV Tropes's Teleporter Accident page: An old sci-fi story dealt with aliens coming to Earth and offering to share their technology with humanity, including teleportation. Unfortunately,...
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A tribe of telepathic male aliens produced by a tree. 1960s/70s short story

When the sentient aliens reach adolescence they mentally block out the rest of the tribe and die crossing a desert in a futile attempt to reach — we later learn — a similarly isolated female tribe and ...
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70's/80's short story collection about space stories such as a moment by moment account of an astronaut going faster than light

Short stories, may not have been in the same collection from the late 70’s/early 80’s. A moment by moment account of an astronaut as he is the first to travel faster than light. It described how ...
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Short story where science fiction saved the world

This very short story was either in Asimov's or Analog. It was written like a mini history lesson. They replaced all books in schools with science fiction and all the kids grew up to be creative ...
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Short story in which protagonist has to go to where the last human on Earth dies to get back to the present

I read this story in one of the many anthologies I've had over the years but can't find it. The protagonist is a scientist. Something goes wrong with an experiment and he starts skipping forward ...
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Early 80’s short story about invisible gremlins viewable only with special glasses

These gremlins were everywhere causing mayhem, pulling on ladders, etc. Their antics were sometimes fairly innocent but also occasionally dangerous. They could only be seen through the special ...
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Parallel universe horror story where apparently normal people are ravenous monsters

I am looking for a short story. The plot is as follows: Scientists or mathematicians find a way to peer into an alternate dimension. In the alternate dimension the inhabitants appear to be living a ...
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Short story with an alcoholic being pursued by imaginary animals that other people can see

My wife and I passed by a winery with a pink elephant statue, and I cracked a joke about how this time, you knew you were drunk when you stopped seeing pink elephants, whereupon, I learned she'd never ...
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Short story about England right after nuclear war

Read a story back in the 1980s in a sci-fi anthology about England just after a nuclear war. The government was trying to rebuild and everyone was suffering from radiation poisoning. Towards the end a ...
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Story where many kids were fathered by a virus [duplicate]

I am looking for a story which I read probably two decades ago, in the 90s, but which was probably already old at that point. I think I read it in some kind of anthology, in English, and in the USA. ...
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1970's- 1980's children's SF anthology (British?) identification

I've been trying for years to find a children's/young adult science fiction collection that I read growing up in the 1980's in the UK. It wrecks my head whenever I try and look it up. There were a few ...
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1960s Moon short story, man activated a time machine and a disruptor weapon which eventually shrinks the moon [duplicate]

I can only remember part of this short story, which I believe is from the '60s. A lunar base has been set up to study an installation abandoned by technologically advanced aliens eons before. I can't ...
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Short story: Person reanimated (?) as online persona “speaks” to steadily growing audience

This is a short story that I believe I read online about 5 years ago, though I may be off by a few years either way. It is told from the perspective of a person who seems to have been brought back to ...
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Short story where people could live 'forever' by buying themselves new host-bodies [duplicate]

I read this sci-fi short story a while back - here's what I remember of the plot: People could live 'forever' by buying themselves new host-bodies for a certain amount of money (a million dollars, I ...
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Sci-Fi story about a detective uncovering a conspiracy, getting captured and tortured

I only read the last part of the story in a magazine that used to publish short stories like this in chapters. The final chapter of this one went like this: The protagonist is driving to his boss to ...
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Short Story About Man Who Seeks Something “Real” or “Natural”

I have been looking for this story since 1990. A man goes about, dissatisfied by his man-made, mechanized life. He decides to try to find something real or natural. He goes as high up in the ...
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Short story: Internet is forgotten in future, referred to as “virtuality”

This is a short story that I'm reasonably certain I read online in the last year or so. It was most likely at a publisher's website (e.g. Tor) or an online magazine (e.g. Lightspeed), part of a recent ...
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Alien scout outsmarted by humans

I read this sci-fi short story about 30 years ago; it's set in the United States and the main character is an alien who landed on Earth to scout in advance of an invasion force. The alien is ...
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Short story where the fears of mankind have taken refuge on the last planet

Searching for a short story title and author's name. I think this was in an anthology collection. Story is that human astronauts have explored everywhere, and finally come to the end: a tiny rock of ...
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A guy and his teen girlfriend travel through 27 dimensions, ultimately learn that their reality is artificial with camera and green screen

Its a PG story about a fantasy adventure, very short, about 3 pages. I'm looking for a story written online about a decade ago in 2010 involving a male protagonist and his attractive female companion....
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Short story where a man ends up in the future & commits suicide

Short story where a man ends up in the future when humanity has evolved into something unrecognisable to him & with no way back commits suicide rather than be alone. I think his 'time travel' is ...
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Short story ID: Alien invasion from Sigma Draconis [duplicate]

Not much information about this story, read in the 60s or 70s in an English-language anthology. Humanoid aliens having superior technology take over the Earth, and people mostly buckle under ...
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Short fiction story based on the Doctrine of the Gospel: man dies baptizing a robot

Many years ago a friend shared with me his copy of a book that contained short fiction stories based on Doctrine of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. One story was about a man who, being adamant to share ...
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Short story where a man goes searching for anything natural. Eventually finds a rose, only to discover it's mechanical

Inspired by this question: "I have been looking for this story since 1990. A man goes about, dissatisfied by his man-made, mechanized life. He decides to try to find something real or ...
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Short story with a first person narrator in a future where racial conflict had exploded into an all out war

Years ago, I read a story with a first person narrator that dealt with a future in which racial conflict had exploded into an all out war. At the end of the story the identity of the narrator is ...
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Short story about alien invasion with a twist.

I am looking for identification of a short story I read as part of an anthology around twenty years ago, and I think it might have been written by Harry Harrison but I am not certain. Plot line goes ...
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Short story about an elite that has mentally regressed due to assistive AI technologies

I came upon a comment describing a scifi short story where reliance on technology meant to improve appearance and demeanor has led to mental regression and AI control of the upper class that employs ...
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1989-ish SF story with a militarized US Border Patrol in open combat with smugglers

This story was probably written in the brief period just after 1989 when Pons' and Fleischmann's cold fusion announcement had not yet been thoroughly debunked. The story begins with a patrol by a ...
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Story or novel ID: African American rebellion in Chicago

In this English-language story or novel, probably from the 1960s or 70s, the African Americans of Chicago have rebelled against the government. It's part of a general rebellion of black urban ...
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Book of spooky stories for children, boy runs through wall into another dimension

I read this book, which I think was a collection of short stories, at school in the UK in the late 1980s/early 1990s. One story has stuck with me as I found the ending quite spooky at the time. The ...
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Military science fiction in an anthology—world war between Islamic countries and rest of the world

A very good short story published in a military science fiction anthology - possible 25 years ago. Protagonist was a female officer trying to get her ragtag platoon through the jungle. There had been ...
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Short story describing future communications technology called an uvee

Trying to remember the name of this short(?) story and author (possibly North American?) where a technology is described to give humans the ability to communicated wirelessly via an implant to the ...
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Science fiction short story of mirror universes with the keywords Sleep and Aestivate

I remember reading a science fiction short story in the 1980s about two mirror universes, where the same incident is going on at the same time. In one universe, the keyword is Sleep and in the other, ...
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Science fiction short story: non-telepathic Earthman wins an interplanetary contest on ethics and joins government [duplicate]

The short story was in a collection of short stories. An Earthman takes an exam in an interplanetary contest on ethics and wins. He becomes a part of an interplanetary government. He lacks the ability ...
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Looking for a ghost story

It was probably in a children's anthology, and I've already searched through the "Scary Stories to tell in the Dark" books. I know it took place at a haunted/cursed lake/bay/island, I think Indian ...
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Story about robots turning humans into birds

I'm looking for a short story I read many years ago about robots which, in their attempt to make people happy, and knowing that people had fantasies about flying, one day capture all people and turn ...
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Short story: pebble-sized galaxy lost on a beach

I read this short story long ago, about a man searching endlessly on a beach for a miniature galaxy he somehow lost.
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Two travelers seeking oracular ex-weather computer, on impossible road in the sky?

This is a story that I read sometime in the late 1980s or early 1990s. The story takes place in a distant future on Earth, after the crash of a high-technology civilization (presumably our own) whose ...
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Short story or novella about a man who remembers everything

This is a story I read sometime in the late 1980s or so, about a man who had perfect recall of every aspect of every moment of his life. I must have read it in either a science fiction magazine or a ...
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Dolphins invade the land (with weird religious angle)

This was a short story that I read perhaps 5-10 years ago. The plot is strange: God has given up on humans and is causing dolphins to take over the Earth, but first, all the people are compelled to ...
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Short story involving television causing human memory to run out of storage space

I believe I read it as part of a short story anthology in the late 1980s or the early 1990s, although it's likely older. The plot involves a crisis where people all over the world are suddenly going ...
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Short story: Scientist creates virus that causes near-sterility, first villainized then later treated as hero

This is a short story that I read in a collection sometime in the mid- to late 1980s. The story takes the form of a series of vignettes over a long period of time, possibly including things like ...
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AI-enhanced fighter jet performs better after pilot knocked out

This is a short story written prior to 1990, possibly significantly earlier. The plot is about a dogfight between a man piloting the latest generation of fighter jet, which had a built-in artificial ...
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SF short story about an immortal man as he grieves for dead partner, becomes a mercenary, meets ageless artificial intelligence

I only remember some elements and only hazily - nothing of the ending. An internet link took me to the story, I read it online, but it wasn't dated so I don't know which era it's from. I, however, ...
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Short story with schizo-tech aliens and “hydrogen fusers”?

I'm trying to remember the source of a story or stories (pretty sure it one or more short stories, not a novel) about aliens that try to attack Earth. The major interesting point was the schizo-tech ...
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60s (?) short story: aliens who created the humans have decided they're too dangerous and need to be merged back into the original alien race [duplicate]

About 20 years ago, I read a sci-fi short story that was at least 40-50 years old itself, where an alien race has contacted Earth to let the human race know that the alien race is the creator of all ...