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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 story about an invention that transmutes matter and Earth becoming unrecognisable because of it, but people still don't see that as an issue [duplicate]

I encountered this story sometime between 1960 and 1990. An invention was made that could convert any matter into useful materials, but with the loss of most of the mass. No one understand how or ...
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Short story about a planet with two sentient species

It is short fiction, not a novel, but just how short (novella, novelette, short fiction) I am not sure. I read it maybe four decades ago. Humans have some (trading? scientific?) outpost, not a full ...
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Short story about an astronaut being shot by his own bullet

I’m looking for a short story which involved an astronaut who was on the moon and fired a gun which caused the bullet to orbit and hit him on its return. I read this in the earlyish 50s.
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Story with the continuum hypothesis at the end [duplicate]

When I was in my teens, I think (if so it must have been in the seventies or early eighties), I read a short story about a single person landing in a space ship on a hostile military planet, and then ...
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Short story about a doctor who is a werewolf

This short story involved a doctor werewolf who ended up being cured of his lycanthropy by being shrunk and placed inside his own body (or a robot version of it maybe? cloned?) based on the premise ...
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Short story with alien vampire hunter on Earth

Looking for a short story. Background was there were a ship of alien viruses(vampires) intended for a night planet that had crashed on Earth long ago and were accidentally activated by radio ...
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Short story about an alien named Ushtu(?) coming from a future Earth, when ours was destroyed by a nuclear explosion

I'm looking for a short story about an alien from a future Earth (from an age after a nuclear explosion destroys ours). IIR he was part of a group mind and was named (?) Ushtu
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Short story about astronauts fertilizing soil with their own bodies

There was a short-story about astronauts who lost in space on lifeless planet. They tried to grow crops but all attempts failed until the last one buried their bodies into ground. Those plants ...
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Short story about stranded astronauts who miss the color green [duplicate]

This short story is probably from the 1950s or 60s. In it, a pair of astronauts are stranded on a planet where all the vegetation is red and there is nothing green to be seen. The only time they ever ...
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Short story about a child who is a miniature, living Earth

I saw this short story in an anthology years ago. At least 20 years old, probably more. This was a humorous short story about a child of human parents who was born as a tiny earth, complete with ...
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Short story about a man alone in a station on the moon

I read a short story in middle school I've been thinking about recently but I can't remember it's name. I totally know the story but I have no idea what it was called. A man was alone taking care of ...
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Short story by Isaac Asimov about a mental chef

I'm looking for a short story by Isaac Asimov about someone who creates dishes not in the kitchen but by combining ingredients in his head.
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Short Story with Cinderella as a Voo-doo Witch

I remember reading this in a college English class about 20 years ago. The elements I can remember are: Cinderella's mother was killed by the king because she was a witch. Both Cinderella and her ...
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Short horror story about an explorer poisoned by a witchdoctor, the effects cause him to slowly shrink while still alive

I read this short story maybe 10-12 years ago, about an explorer who discovers or goes looking for a mysterious tribe, I think in South America or possibly Africa. There might be something about ...
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1960s short story making fun of James Bond-style spy fiction

As my title suggests, I read this story in a magazine - "Galaxy" or "Worlds of If" in the mid 1960s. The science fiction content was pretty minimal. The tone was Robert Sheckley-esque, but I don't ...
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Intergalactic human space ship encounters another ship, character gets shunted off beyond known universe, reality starts collapsing

This question reminded me of a very vaguely recalled short story, most likely from the early '00s or '90s (and probably in a magazine like F&SF, Asimov's or Analog), of a space ship that can ...
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Short web-original story about eldritch horrors repelling an alien first-contact

I've been trying to find a web-original short story I read a couple years back. I found it on Imgur, text on an image, fairly long, it may have been a 4chan greenpost. The essential premise was a ...
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Christmas short horror story about a woman who becomes trapped in another body?

I read this short story maybe about 5-7 years ago, possibly longer. I'm fairly certain it was part of an anthology. It stuck in my mind because I haven't run across that many Christmas horror stories....
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Short story: man watches girlfriend's spaceship entering a 'black hole' (?) forever [duplicate]

I read a sci-fi story in a collection of shorts about 10 years ago, I believe they were stories from 70s possibly and have been trying to track down the title. My recollection is that a number of ...
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Short story: child made less intelligent and less attractive

What is the name of the early to mid-1950's sci-fi short story in which an asteroid miner and his wife decide to have their pretty, intelligent daughter dumbed down and made less attractive?
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1960s short story about a device that stops time for anyone within its field

This short story was in a Sci-Fi or Fantasy anthology I read in the late 1960s. It involves a scientist who invents a small device with a circular cable loop that is capable of slowing time almost to ...
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Short story with mechanical house that completes all tasks [duplicate]

I am 90% sure that this by either Isaac Asimov or Ray Bradbury. I think I might have read this in The Martian Chronicles. Basically, the story starts off with a house that cooks, cleans, and performs ...
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Short story, dystopian military kills new recruits

This was in a forgotten anthology I read maybe thirty years ago. A new recruit on day one of his compulsory military service, he writes home telling his parents (mom) about some of the things such as ...
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Sci fi short story: crew of an exploration ship doesn't know if Earth actually exists or is a product of their imagination

I read this short sci fi story a long time ago, as part of a book which contained a bunch of classic science fiction stores (including Nine Billion Names of God). The story was about an exploration ...
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Story about a trip to a Valley of Sound

I read a short story, can’t remember if it was part of a larger narrative or just on its own. It was about a crew that was taking a bunch of space tourists to a planet that had plants with seeds in ...
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Short story on an alien world where the most dangerous flora/fauna are the most attractive

Looking for the title and author of a short story, description follows... Two men, possibly cadets in some sort of space force or army but my memory is not so clear are lost in the wilderness on an ...
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Anthology science fiction book mid-90's bio-engineering

I'm searching for a book from the 90's that was a collection of short stories about bio-engineering. The first story, I think, was about a man who was discovered to have a clinical condition called ...
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Short story: alien planet where slow students are executed [duplicate]

I read this in the mid-nineties in what seemed to be new hardback book, but some of the other anthology stories seemed 'of the sixties'. The narrator was recounting his experience visiting some alien ...
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Children/ Young Adult Fantasy Book featuring fairies

I'm looking for a book of fairy stories by a single author that my teacher gave me in the late 70s in grade 5. The book starts with a girl exploring. She finds a tunnel that passes through a mountain ...
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Where is Asimov's “The Complete Stories” (Doubleday/Broadway) volume 3

Doubleday started an ambitious project of collecting all of Asimov's short fiction between covers in 1990, with two volumes, containing 86 stories out of a total of 383. Broadway Books (New York) ...
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Character reincarnated…as a snail

I'm trying to hunt down a story (I think it's very early SF) about a character who tries to convince his friend that he will be reincarnated. He trains himself to trace a symbol--a Greek letter, can't ...
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Short story about a bunch of scientists visiting a radioactive island

I don't remember much about this short story. All I remember is my friend telling me it around 6 years ago. What I do remember is scientists visit a radioactive island where missiles had been sent and ...
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Short story with a alien planet, government officials must wear exploding medallions

Can someone please help me identify the short story where, on some alien planet, every government official must wear a medallion that explodes, on his/her neck. The explosion is triggered when a ...
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Old story about a heroic bureaucrat who wants to prove that a war on another planet is just a government hoax

This was a short story I read a long, long time ago. I think I first read it no later than 1986, and I may have run across it again sometime in the 1990s. It was written in English, reprinted in an ...
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Short story with a carnivorous moving dot on his wall that eats his dog

It's a short story that I read when I was younger and I can't find it anywhere now. I believe the last line was along the lines of: "Watch out boy, that thing's carnivorous." I believe it took place ...
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Short Story where school kid (and their family) turn out to be alien(s)

I think this was from a book or collection of short stories, but it may have been standalone. IIRC the text was pretty big and I read this as a child, so most likely it was aimed at YA or younger. I'm ...
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Dumbing down a child for practical reasons

What is the name of the short story about an attractive, smart teenage girl living on an asteroid with her asteroid-miner parents? They pay a special doctor to make the girl less intelligent and less ...
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Short story about a spaceship that meets an alien spaceship made of anti-matter

I'm trying to find the title (and author) of a short story I read in the 90s, but it's probably from the Golden Age of science fiction. The story is about a ship in deep space that discovers that its ...
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Science fiction story about an intelligent man put in suspended animation to solve future problems

I am asking this question for an older relative. This story sticks out to them over four decades after reading it, but they can't remember the title. The story is about an extremely intelligent man ...
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Time travel short story, man tries to stop himself from killing family member

There was a short story, probably from the 1950's, about a man who goes to visit his grandfather or uncle, father etc. The man is confronted by a stranger, who tries to beat him up while walking to ...
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Short story: Young girl living alone on space station about to crash into the Moon

I don't really remember the context of where I read this story. It could have been online, but, if so, it would have been at a notable site. It may have been in a collection, too. I think I read it ...
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Scifi short story where everyone's lives are recorded, and based on this everyone is ranked at every different skill there could conceivably be

I read this story in the last 10 years. It is a scifi short story, probably published in Giganotosaurus or some other sci fi short story collective. Definitely published online. The story is kind of ...
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Human evolution SF short story, investigation about shoplifting reveals both investigator and thief can go unnoticed by Homo sapiens

Looking for a short story about a man who is investigating a spate of shoplifting in a small town. The local business people are close to panic as merchandise seems to vanish without a clue. ...
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Story about a man who lives serially in other people's bodies

The story I recall is told from the point of view of a protagonist who wakes up every day in a different person's body. Always a man, always in the same city. He does not have access to his "host's" ...
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Short Story- In future, implant-less holdout tries device that gives him experience of being optimized with brain implant

In a future time in which most people have chosen to have a procedure to have implanted in their brains a network of filamentous circuits (described as looking something like a silver spiderweb woven ...
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Short story about a train ride into a sleepy country

Two people ride a train into a place where there is some disease that makes everyone fall asleep. They tell each other jokes to stay awake. It was a story in a science fiction anthology for young ...
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Short story where the world is paved and everyone travels in personal carts

I read a book in school (early 80s) where the entire world was paved and everyone traveled in personal wheeled carts. There was a little girl who fell out of her own cart and discovered she had legs. ...
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Science fiction short story involving a paper written by a schizophrenic

I have only an image, a fragment of this short stories book: somebody that is looking a text in a paper; before to read it he realized that the shape of the text seems to be a standing man with the ...
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Robert Sheckley short story about vacation spots being overwhelmed

I remember this from before 1970, maybe a tropical island? The plot had a transporter gate so anyone could go anywhere. The tropical paradise was overwhelmed by tourists... It seems like this is ...
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What are the titles and author of a series of short stories about humanoid weapons called “the claws”

I remember reading a series of short stories (or perhaps it was a novel with relatively independant chapters, but it's more likely short stories) where humans are at war and are using autonomous ...