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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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Man crashes on planet and is treated nicely by natives, then nastily by another group. Possibly Isaac Asimov story

In the early- to mid-nineties I bought a book that was a collection of sci-fi short stories. One story was about a man that I think had emergency/crash-landed on a planet where he was treated nicely ...
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Short Story - Exploding Mountain with Alien Craft Inside, Nearby Town Residents are Killed and Preserved

I seem to recall a story from (maybe) an anthology in the late 80s or early 90s, about some teens or kids who discover an alien spacecraft in a mountain which explodes, killing everyone in the nearby ...
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60s-70s short story: distant future, mankind has spread throughout the galaxy, and make “first contact” with other descendants of Earth [duplicate]

I vividly remember a scene from a short story (?) I read back in the sixties or seventies, and am trying to remember the publication and title. If it sounds familiar to you, please post. The scene ...
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Horror monster attacks 1st Venus Expedition World War IV

I am looking for a not particularly outstanding old horror science fiction story about a monster or monsters attacking the first expedition to Venus. My main memory is one particular detail. I ...
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Short story about scientist aliens destroying Earth [duplicate]

I'm looking for a short story about how scientist aliens look at earth from afar and see a violent race bent only on killing each other. The aliens decide to destroy earth as to eradicate the threat ...
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Short story about aliens that took the deer

I could be wrong, it was so long ago, but I thought the premise of it was that aliens had come to Earth and were communicating with people in their dreams, telling everyone they were judging to bring ...
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Looking for a story about how the USA acquired an inland sea

I came across a story ID request here recently, that reminded me of another similar story I've read. So that earthquake, did you check your math? The story I've read, most likely in '90s or the late ...
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Story about robots which learn and age of information

I am looking for a short story I read in a collection some years ago. The main character is a very busy jetsetting businessman who is always plugged into technology. He visits a factory or school ...
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1970s-80s SF short story about a logger sent to a planet to fell the biggest tree

May have been in Astounding/Analog. The logger meets the spirit of the tree, cuts it down anyway -then all the houses of the village at its base begin crumbling. The tree had grown them for the ...
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Short story about a man remembering his father who deleted bad memories and only left the good ones

The story is about a Native American who contemplates his father. Over the years, the father underwent treatments to delete old, bad memories leaving only good ones, leaving the man smiling all day ...
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Short story where peaceful inhabitants of a planet defeat militant invaders by making them smarter [duplicate]

I read this in an anthology back in the late '60s and have been looking for it again ever since. Militant people arrive on a peaceful planet where the natives live in harmony with nature and go about ...
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Short story about aliens warning humanity not to leave Earth

I was reading an answer on Quora and it referenced a story. The answer went like this: Humans were contacted by aliens out in the Oort Cloud and told never to come farther. It wasn’t, they told the ...
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Short story about a man finding out his (ex?)wife is a rebel leader of a robotic society

I've been trying to google this for years. I'm pretty sure I read it in a short story collection, but don't remember the collection or the author or even the name of the story or any of the characters ...
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Short story about a modern nurse treating revolutionary war soldiers

This was a short story. Possibly in OMNI magazine, though it could have been elsewhere. Probably published some time in the 1980s. Viewpoint character is a nurse in a special military camp, modern ...
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A collection of short stories with one story focusing on a spot where time stands still

I'm looking for a collection of short stories that was read to me some time in the late 90's- early 00's (between 1997 and 2001). I recall a number of stories from this book being read to me, but only ...
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Online short story about two factions fighting with time as territory

I remember reading it online about 10 years ago, someone linked the story. There were two sides fighting, one from the future and one from the past, and instead of fighting for land they were fighting ...
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70s-80s short story: man obtains immortality, regrets it, tries to kill self in explosion, but lives on in pieces

There's a short story I read when I was a young kid. In it, a man meets a demon who grants his wish for immortality. The man quickly tires of his new state and tries to kill himself, but his first ...
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Name of a short story where 10-year-olds battle each other gladiator style (not Battle Royale)?

I read this story in Russian in 1990s. It was a translated story. The name of the author escapes me, but I have a vague feeling it was some Anglophone or Hispanic name. The story is essentially about ...
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Name of short stories about chimeras, as well as author, published in magazine

I remember reading a series of short stories published in one of the main magazines in the late 70's or 80's. The stories were about a crashed colony, which had ended up on a planet with a lot of ...
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Sci-fi anthology for kids of alien stories - aliens lure humans into a garbage disposal and put them in zoos

One of the stories was about the aliens building an invisible structure and they play music that calls all the humans to it. The main character is pulled away from it and is angry even though he knows ...
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Looking for short story, prehistoric young man returning to tribe, giant bugs

I’m looking for a science fiction short story. My memory is a little hazy but I believe the story was about a prehistoric young man who was traveling to return to his tribe and had to deal with giant ...
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2010s (?) YA sci-fi short story book with eerie or disturbing endings; one involving mind control and a baseball player

I read this book around 2013/14 but I’m not sure when it was published. Essentially there were a bunch of short stories with creepy or disturbing endings. I only remember one of them but I don’t know ...
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Short story about a woman who hears a voice that says it loves her and wants them to be together

I’m trying to track down a sci-fi short story about a lonely woman who hears a voice that flirts with her. It then tells her that it (he) loves her and that all she has to do is to die in order for ...
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70s/80s short story about a mysterious arcade game

Does anyone know the name of this short story for children which I read in the 70s / early 80s? It is set in a seaside arcade where an old lady, who minds it, has fallen asleep and a spider is making ...
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90s sci-fi short story: boys enter a bunker, cannot read the signs, trigger defence system

Hoping you can help me with a science-fiction short story I read when I was about 12 (~1994). It was my first exposure to the post-apocalyptic genre, and still informs my love for it now, almost 25 ...
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Short story where miners use ore to turn pirates' guns against themselves

I read this story around 40 years ago in the late 70s, though I think the anthology it was in was already at least 10 years old at the time. The story (in my memory) seems much more like a golden-age ...
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30s-40s sci-fi short story: time travel, in the future dogs evolved alongside men, the latter having achieved greatness

I’m looking for a science-fiction short story. I think it was written in 30s or 40s. It’s about a guy who travels back to the then present. In the future, men became highly evolved, had achieved ...
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Short story about an immortality potion given to a man by a witch that only works after 72 hours

I heard a short story a few years ago about a man who threatened a woman (witch) into giving him an immortality potion or something like that, and so she did a while later he died and was buried. ...
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Short story about an investigator trying to contact a man who refuses to see him [closed]

I would have read this short story around 1970 to 1990. I'm pretty sure I read it in an anthology like Galaxy or F&SF as that's all I read back then. I keep thinking it was titled "Notes from the ...
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Late 20's or early 30's scifi story about a man resetting the Earth's timeline with the press of a button

My dad recalled reading a story of a man that had the job of pressing a button when the end of the world happened due to war (I think). Just as he presses the button he gets an overwhelming feeling of ...
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Story identification: First person story as an alien animal

I'm trying to recall a short story I read some time ago. It was the life of a large alien animal. It began with the narrator, runt of the litter, and their mother. The alien is driven away by the ...
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Short story, horror, doctor hypnotises his patient, convinces her to kill herself, realises he has locked himself in with a dead body

This was a story I read when I was young, I remember it being a short story and in an anthology. It would have been floating around our house in the 90's but is probably much older. I remember at ...
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Short story where diplomats eat babies who failed to meet certain standards

What is the name of this short story? A society is seeking admission to a "federation". At a state dinner it is discovered that the food is actually babies that the society recycles after the babies ...
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Short story where a physics professor goes to a timeline where his son doesn’t exist

The story probably dates from the late 80s to early 90s. I'm almost sure I read it in one of the pulp magazines while researching an article in the early '00s. A physics professor, in a fit of ...
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Book: Child taken aboard space craft and given complete control of how his room looks using an interactive screen

All I can remember is that there is a child on, I believe, a spaceship. He's given an empty room and is allowed to decorate it using a screen to choose what he wants. I'm not sure if this is a novel ...
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Milky Way was unexplored because it seemed uninhabitable to all other life, shocked when humans inhabit it

I've been looking for a short story that I read online a few years back. I was told it could be "All the Way Back", but it just doesn't sounds right. The one I read was the same concept, that Earth ...
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50s sci-fi anthology, one story dealt with a spider which could see the gamma spectrum

It's something I read back in junior high, 20 years ago or so. The cover had this yellow spaceship zooming over a planet on it. The only bit I can remember story-wise is some story dealing with the ...
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Super Speed AI's preventing plane crash

This is a short story about AIs that have to land a plane after a malfunction. I'm pretty sure one of them is called the NTSB AI. They run at super speed and are in a conference that lasts a fraction ...
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Woman wakes on plane to find she is actually dead and heading into the Egyptian afterlife [duplicate]

The story begins with the narrator waking up on an airplane due to a "bump," which she assumes to be from turbulence. Everything seems normal at first, and her thoughts drift. I think most of the text ...
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Young teen girl is immortal

I believe it was a Short Story but can't be sure (I just can't think of enough to have made it novel length). It was in English, probably read 30+ years ago (before 1990) Set in modern times. The ...
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Old short story: New York City trapped under a force field, nobody can get out

I once read a story that strongly reminded me of "The Box" by James Blish (as described in this answered question), but this wasn't the same story. (I remember being struck by the similarity of the ...
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What short story book had “story for telepaths”?

In 1990s I read a SF short story book named along the lines of "Worlds shortest science fiction stories". I am trying to locate that. The only story that I remember definitively is: Title page: "...
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A creative online short story written about artificial intelligence [duplicate]

As best as I can remember the story is about a female protagonist who has grown extremely discontent with her (now) immortal life. She was one of the original programmers who helped create this ...
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Short story where a little child lies that the family robot hit her and mother calls the company

I read this short story somewhere between 2002 - 2010, but I remember the book I read it from was very old and tattered, so I think it was likely quite old when I read it. The child asks the robot to ...
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Short story anthology, one story was about a leathery alien thing that had a fight with a bear

I'm trying to find a sci-fi anthology I owned as a child from the early 80s/late 70s. I think it was published in the UK by St Michael (Marks & Spencer), but possibly not as I can't find it under ...
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Short story about a doomsday device shown on TVclassic

It’s set in a TV studio and these scientists are showing off this new wonder tool, which can basically blow up anything. At first it’s shown off as this great thing that can help mankind, then it ...
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Online post/short story, about potions that give you different powers

This was a post I read a few years ago (I can't remember which website). It was a typical quiz of "which power would you choose?", but someone took it to the next level and posted a short story that ...
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Short story about a family on holiday going through a tunnel used as population control

The story begins with a family leaving the city through a long tunnel to go on a vacation. There is anticipation that slowly gives way to anxiety as they are in the tunnel. We ultimately learn about ...
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Comedic short story about a man wanting to be “one with the elves” and getting his wish with a twist

I believe I read this in a fantasy humor anthology, in English, probably 10-15 years ago although that's a total spitball of an attempt to date it. I don't remember any stories being in the same ...
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A short story about a deal with the devil

I'm looking for the name of a short story about a man who has a pact with the devil that requires him to to get a story about a pact with the devil published in a magazine. The editor keeps turning ...