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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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Sci fi short story that contains the line “My JJ's are melting!”

I'm trying to recall a short story from the 80's that, as I think back, seems prescient of several computing technologies we're currently using. There was an AI capable of self-improvement and a ...
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Short story with audible computer networks

I am looking for a short story where all the computer to computer communications were audible to humans. After being exposed to this for long enough the younger generations start creating music ...
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Prescient story about proto-hipsters

I remember a short story which at the time (late eighties is when I read it) seemed most absurd, but which in a few decades has become prescient: a world where people in the old generation were ...
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Military sf short story: something like super-infantry on a raid

Maybe 20 or 30 years ago I read a short story recounting a futuristic raid (I suspect on another planet) on an enemy settlement by (I think) a handful of soldiers. I think that they more or less run ...
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Cannot find simple first contact “mood” story

I read a first contact science fiction story in class in 1976 that I found fascinating but cannot find anywhere after many searches. It was perhaps written by Pohl or Asimov or Leinster ? but every ...
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Short story: Door to a world of werewolves

I'm sure it was in an anthology of short horror stories. I read it many years ago, and it has bothered me ever since because I don't remember the author or the title! Help is much appreciated. This is ...
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Story about man crashed on planet with primitive aliens

I read this short story in the 70s or early 80s, probably in a magazine or in an anthology, and I believe I read it in Dutch, but I have no idea if it was a translation or not. It involves a man ...
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Story about angel who got stranded on earth for crying

I read this story long back in my Malayalam textbook, but I believe that it was translated from some other language (probably Russian?). The rough plot - from what I can remember - is like this: ...
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Short story from the 70's about a super fast ship approaching earth

Here one for the older readers: I read this short story, in an anthology, back in the '70's or early 80's. A spaceship is approaching planet Earth at light speed, or maybe just really really fast, ...
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Story title where an alien invasion is accidentally averted

I read this story in the late 80's or early 90's, but I suspect was written much earlier. It was about a precocious boy, about 10-12 years old, who was always getting into mischief. One day he ...
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Story about a factory that produces precious stones but nothing useful

In the original question, the OP also asked about a second story that was removed from the question, and I've got my interest piqued. I assume it's also a short story - can somebody help me find the ...
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Story about Neil Armstrong being transported across the galaxy

Attempting to search for the answer myself (and also ignited by current events), I recalled another short story I read back in 2006 that involved Neil Armstrong getting caught in a wormhole while ...
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Short story: alien intelligence take-over in Antarctic base

I'd like to track down an English-language short story I read sometime between 1990 and 2010 approx, and which I'm fairly sure was in a UK-edition anthology. It's about an alien intelligence (monster?...
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Short story where a creature wrapped in newspaper attacks a man

I am trying to identify a science fiction short story I read many years ago, probably in the late 60s or early 70s. In it, a man living a typical suburban type of life goes outside to get his morning ...
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Looking for short story set on alien planet where natives receive memories from brain ingestion

I read this story around 1996. It was probably no more than 10-15 years old then. It was in an anthology book which may have been Nebula showcase or Hugo winners anthology but may have been an ...
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Anthology of SF short stories, one involving scientists discovering planet that produced every life form in existence

I think this anthology consisted of five short stories. One was where explorers landed on a alien planet and were killed one by one by alien life forms. One of the forms mimicked the night sky and ...
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Short story about a scientist convinced aliens steal extra time from our days, develops a split personality after trying to check it

I once read a short story about some scientist who was convinced that there were aliens/creatures stealing time from the day (so basically there are actually 25 hours in a day but the aliens steal one ...
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Short story, where humans encounter an alien race, tell them stories; the aliens act out the stories and kill the researchers

Can't remember author or title of the story. Seem to remember the protagonist is an investigator of some sort trying to find out why previously-peaceful alien race has killed the research or liaison ...
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Anthology of science fiction; aliens have humans visit planet for space ship repairs

I think I've searched the relevant priors so forgive me if this is a duplicate. In the 1980's I read a hard bound anthology of science fiction in a public library. Best guess is that stories were ...
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Story about a girl who predicts a weapons satellite will malfunction and destroy the planet

I'm asking this question on behalf of a friend, who posted about this story on Facebook a few months ago. This is my recollection of their recollection, but luckily my long-term memory is pretty good. ...
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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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Short story series about a woman with a sentient computer chip or suit

The series of short stories I am trying to remember are probably from Analog magazine or perhaps Asimov's or The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. I subscribed to these around 10 years ago. I ...
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Short story from the 70s or 80s - A female protagonist turns into an animal to escape being attacked

When I was young, I had a collection of short SF/F stories. At the time, Conan the Barbarian was gaining popularity but I think this may have preceded the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie from 1982. I can'...
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Short story where man removes food from spaceship because of cheating wife

The plot is basically a short story where a maintenance guy figures out his wife is cheating on him and removes the food from a spaceship and it’s not realized until after launch.
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Music in a deafeningly noisy future

Many years ago I read a story about a musician who played an instrument (clarinet?) in an orchestra -- but a world so noisy that everyone's hearing had atrophied. Audiences attend concerts at which ...
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I am looking for a Sci-fi short story, about a woman that finds a lonely alien left on Earth

I once heard a radio dramatization of a short story about a woman that finds an alien left on Earth - if I remember it correctly, for exploration and for reporting his findings. She then starts to ...
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Short story about inter-dimensional travel; a boy meets another version of himself, is infected by needle shaped alien life forms

I listened to an audio book a few years ago that contained a story about a boy who started seeing another version of himself in his room. At first he only saw the other, but as the story progressed ...
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Short story about a precognitive person that is unable to say how to stop an alien invasion?

I remember reading this short story in 2016 on the app I Funny about this person who could see the future. They tell how they knew the winning lottery numbers, which horses would win a race, things ...
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Creature that can choose all options in its timeline

I am trying to find a very short story that I read when I was a kid in the 80s, and it is most probably decades older. It was only a paragraph or two long, and it just described an animal or creature (...
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Short story: ship for first contacts, species most like those contacted would seem to be in charge

This story was from the 1960s or earlier, read in a hardbound collection of stories, possibly all from one magazine. The spaceship was large and sent on first contact missions. It had several ...
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Short story collection published 1988-1995

A library patron is trying to identify a short story collection she bought in the late 1980s - mid 1990s. Some of the stories she remembers: A candlemaker who at first hoards his candles but then ...
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Short Story Search. Man searches city for anything non artificial

I'm looking for the title and author of a short story. Set in the future, the main character (a man) lives in a huge city where nothing "real" grow or lives. The other people he meets are androids. ...
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Looking for a short story (name and author)

I am trying to find the name and author of a short story I read about 30 or 40 years ago. The story is about a couple who tried to escape a tyrannical government. In the end, (the part I remember best)...
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Science Fiction short story from the 1970s or early 1980s regarding VR and virtual universes

I'm trying to track down a short story regarding an advanced civilization that has the capability, for the sake of personal entertainment, to create virtual universes to explore and be entertained by ...
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Short story about storing videos in DNA

After hearing the recent announcement that scientists have stored a movie in DNA, I am reminded of a short story I read about a very similar concept; but I can't remember where I read it, the author, ...
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Identify story: war over two arbitrary phrases?

I've exhausted all my google-fu over this one. Short story published during the golden age of sci fi (Probably) published in either Fantastic Science Fiction or Galaxy Science Fiction Dialogue is ...
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Short story about a advanced robot guarding a treasure

Does anyone remember the name/location of this short story? The story is about a technologically advanced robot that guards a treasure of great value. To survive the encounter and be allowed to ...
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I'm trying to identify a short science fiction story from the 60s or 70s. Title and author unknown

I can remember only two incidents from the story: Large machines are watched emerging from the sea up a beach (This is not John Wyndham's The Kraken Wakes!). At the end it is announced that God is ...
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Trying to find a short story about an undead mother

I remember reading a short story from the perspective of a child about a farmer's wife, their mother, who dies. For some reason the farmer is opposed to the normal burial custom in the town (I think ...
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Looking for short story about time-traveler coming back from Jupiter to destroy computer that governs humanity

I am looking for a short story comic book about an astronaut who builds an artificial intelligent computer and then goes on a mission to Jupiter. When the astronauts land on one of Jupiter's moons, ...
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Identification: A short story about a character in a video game that is trying to be friends with his mother

In this story, the main character is a video game character. He (or she, I can't remember) travels around with a friend and is killing aliens. He is trying to defeat the aliens in order to level up ...
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Short story where aliens could “imprint” humans to enslave them

I'm trying to remember a short story from about 30 years ago. It was probably part of an anthology. An element of the plot was that there was a species of alien which could "imprint" human beings the ...
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50s/60s short story, written in the form of a letter to an editor, by a girl whose parents are missing in the woods

My mother talks about this story sometimes, written as a letter to the editor of a fantasy and science fiction magazine from a young girl - she's too young to use the powers, Mama got jealous of Daddy'...
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Short story featuring a teenager on an extraterrestrial base, who inadvertently kills an alien mushroom-like creature?

Can anyone identify a short story, which I read in the 1990s but can't find any reference to anywhere? The story features a teenage protagonist who is based in a scientific exploration base on an ...
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Story about person/alien manipulating Stock market

Saw this answer on this question and having read the answer thought I would post here to see if anybody can identify the story. A man crash lands on the earth and must acquire tremendous wealth to ...
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Identify Story: Telepath investigating saint finds proof of eternal damnation

I read this in a pulp magazine (Analog or Galaxy), I think. In it an atheist telepath is asked to confirm that in his death throes, a saint had never despaired and thus still deserved canonization. ...
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Bad guy lands on planet unaware of blue giant sun

Hoping for pointer to story. Person lands on planet [having done something bad] in space lifeboat with no windows. Planet has two or three suns. Does bad things on planet. Small children he ...
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Science Fiction Short Story Identification about humans begrudgingly allowed to join a galactic mindnet

This is a short I read a few years ago about humans joining a galactic mindnet/telepathic network. The other members(some are more resistant than others) allow the humans to join. Some time later, one ...
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Story ID - trying to communicate with alien spaceship using patterns, but breaking patterns works

I'm looking to identify a science fiction short story I must have read, maybe ten years ago or a bit less. It must have been in an anthology, though I don't recall what other kinds of stories were ...
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Short story about post-apocalyptic cats

I read a short story as a child. A nuclear war has happened and the protagonists are satellites/computers. They chat and plan and think they have human survivors who they nurture and help only to ...