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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 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 ...
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Short story about a paranoid space cadet

I'm trying to remember the title of this story where a space cadet is alone in space and is worried about his thermostat. It shows the correct temperature but he's convinced that it's wrong because he ...
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90s short story featuring military guy befriending blue alien that reproduces by fission

I'm looking for a story that was in one of the major sci-fi magazines in the nineties. There was a military guy and he went to a planet and meet a blue alien who didn't speak, but they formed a very ...
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Looking for a short story about a runaway Girl rescued by a wildman on a planet taken over by aliens

I read a book in a library stack that was either a short book or a short story in pulp sci fi compilation book. It starts by telling the reader that the planet was taken over by aliens and now ruled ...
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Short story where all hard surfaces are destroyed by the droppings of an alien bird

I read a short story many years ago with a twist-ending similar to Ray Bradbury stories. Tthe story was post-apocalyptic and the ending involved a strange alien birdlike creature that poos on the ...
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Short story from the 80's about a strike team going through some tunnels with deadly traps

I'm trying to recall a short science fiction story, I think from the 80's. It involved a military strike team, going through some tunnels/maze with deadly traps in each section which kill off various ...
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Fable-type short story about two-tier society of clay people

This is a story I read maybe 20 years ago in a long-lost anthology. Roughly it was an allegorical fable about a race made of clay. I recall that some clay folk were of a higher caste than others, ...
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Short story identification: Sole inhabitant of desolate planet alternatively regenerated as male / female

Written in the first person, this lonely human, inhabitant of a desolate and inhospitable planet, desperately searches for another human being who is apparently leaving traces of its existence and ...
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Story identification: man living in a matrix world to save his life

I have tried and failed to remember/identify this short story or short film (can't remember which!) of a guy who goes about his normal life with a nagging feeling that something is controlling his arm ...
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The origin of the Moon: Short story

This is a Matheson-like story where the human race, once widespread in the galaxy, was beaten back to our home planet after a devastating interstellar war. The aliens won the war and the Moon -- an ...
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Collection of sci-fi short stories for younger readers

I've been looking for this for several years, and bugs me that I can't find it... It was a collection of about 7 - 8 sci-fi short stories geared towards younger readers that I read in the early 80's ...
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Illustrated short with memory-wiped man being shown down a hallway to an elevator

I’m looking for an illustrated story that would have been from the late 70s or early 80s. Possibly published in Creepy, Eerie or maybe the Epic magazine. I’m pretty sure it was in color, but maybe ...
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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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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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Post-apocalypse short story about a young woman living in a post-Yellowstone caldera eruption environment

Looking for a short story about a young woman living in a post-Yellowstone caldera eruption environment. She lives with an abusive boyfriend who tolchoks people with a piece of concrete wielded in a ...
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90s YA novel or short story: girl on an intergalactic vessel overhears aliens debating whether to destroy Earth, or establish first contact

I believe I read this book in the 90's. I doubt the book was published much past 1999. I believe the protagonist is a female character who might be a stowaway on some kind of intergalactic vessel. I ...
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Series of short stories about an intelligent bear bred to fight an alien beast the size of a locomotive

I'm looking for a series of short stories about an intelligent bear (or species of such) bred to fight an alien beast the size of a locomotive. I recall only one story that featured a pack of bumbling,...
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Short story about a freed “rehabilitated” prisoner who pulls off a coup

I read it in a collection in the early 80s. I believe it was in the near future. A young prisoner was enrolled in some sort of program where he was educated as part of an experimental program. Once ...
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Anthology that had both sci-fi stories and “science fact” about space travel/colonization

I'm trying to find this book I remember partially reading about 15-20 years ago. I believe it alternated sci-fi stories with short essays/postscripts that went into whether the story's details were ...
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Short story about mining crew on planet expecting ship to return them to Earth and realizing it's not going to come

It's about a mining crew who have been recruited with promises of being set up for life once they return from their time on the planet. They gradually realise they are not going to get home, the ...
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Short story about a private investigator with amnesia who forgets everything when he goes to sleep

I think I read this story online, probably in the 90's. Given that, it may have been posted to Usenet. The protagonist is a man with a form of amnesia where every time he goes to sleep, he forgets ...
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Short story, possibly a Bradbury one: aliens visit Earth to see if we will destroy ourselves after we discover atomic energy

I am convinced this is by Ray Bradbury, but can't find it. I remember a short story where a family of aliens are coming to watch the Earth and see if we destroy ourselves after we discovery atomic ...
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Anthropologist in Mars researching Martian’s sexuality

Some years ago, no more than 5 or 6. I read a story in Asimov about a female anthropology PhD. Student doing research in Mars to try to understand sexuality in a caravan of Martians. They were named ...
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Science fiction short story of mirror universes

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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Short story where some people discover their universe was within a piece of bacon

About 40 years ago, I read a short story about some people who get on a spaceship to save their planet. They keep going deeper and deeper into the universe and eventually go through a barrier. They ...
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90s (?) short story: a society where everyone is eternally young except one man with the disease of age

The whole world is filled by people whose completion of puberty is delayed, so they stay young forever. Their world is mostly just fun and play, with few people understanding science. One man's ...
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Identifying a short story about digital immortality and the last man to die

Apologies for some of the vagueness, but I recall that this was a short story I read sometime around 2000/2001, though I suspect it was published well before that. The premise is that whenever ...
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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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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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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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SF apocalyptic short story probably from the 50s

From time to time I recall a short story I read, probably from the late 50s, about the earth after atomic disaster. A few survivors are leaving the city seeking escape even though they know the ...
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Short story in White Dwarf magazine about a travelling wizard and a village being terrorised by some kind of demon

I'm trying to remember the title and author of a short story in White Dwarf magazine from the eighties. All I can remember is a travelling wizard type arriving at a small village which is being ...
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Short story where candidates in a competition used an online database to answer a question

This was a short story which included a competition, in which the participants had to use an online database to find the answer to a complex question. It was something like "What was the stock price ...
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Looking for 80's scifi comic about astronaut looking for Earth in ancient alien spaceship

I have been looking for a long while for the name of an 80's comic/graphic novel of which I once read a short section as a child. What I can remember is this: The story is about an astronaut who ...
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Immortal humans choose to undergo dissolution

I'm trying to locate a short story about humans in the far future who have achieved immortality through scientific means. The story opens with a tour group being led by a man who died and was brought ...
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Short story about the invention of a zero gravity Blender

Probably Asimov's or DAW World's Best. The short story about a guy with tech implants trying to invent a zero-gravity blender. One of his female co-workers takes his job cause he can’t afford any more ...
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Story where a man meditates his way into a matrix-like reality

Years ago, I read a short story in which the solitary character was living out his life in his mind. I am left only with the image of the crumbling temple walls around him as he sits still. I recall ...
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Old Sci Fi book of short stories about future crimes

Back in the mid-70's I read a book that had a series of short stories relating various crimes based on technologies that would exist in the (then) future. There was one involving a head transplant ...
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post-apocalyptic story: Civilization destroyed, Liberian survivors travel to Denver

This is a post-apocalyptic story I think I read in Analog Magazine. I can't recall the title. Illustrated on the first and second page of the story, showing an airship with a ladder let down, and ...
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Graphic Novel, early 90s, multiple fantasy/scifi stories

I've been trying to identify an English language graphic novel I read in the early 90s, it was in the YA section of the local library, so the content wasn't too 'Heavy Metal'. The first story ...
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Short story regarding aliens who come to Earth to answer a question humanity has

No it's not "The Last Question" nor is it "The Last Answer" so don't bother. I don't remember the rest if the plot if there is one, but the main part of the short story is that enlightened aliens ...
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Looking to ID a short Sci-Fi Story about a science team eating plants on alien planet

A science team accidentally lands on a new planet that is covered with plants. Possibly marooned there? They eventually start to eat the plants and the side effect is that they begin to lose their ...
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Bolo short story featuring lost outpost and dormant Bolo

While scouting for the local enemy base of carnivorous aliens, a space fighter pilot and his prissy portable artificial intelligence are shot down onto a planet that has the descendents of a Bolo ...
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Short Story: Humans battle against hyper-intelligent dogs for dominance

Am looking for the title of a short story I read in one of the popular science fiction periodicals. It was published sometime between 1995-2005, mostly likely in 1996-1999. In the near future dogs ...
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Short story with a shrinking dress

I am looking to identify a sci-fi short story about a male scientist married to a very beautiful, but vain and sexually extreme woman. She had sexual relationships with lots of men at the same time - ...
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Short story about people preparing for a fall of boiling rain

I believe this was a short story. It seemed to be about a colony of people preparing for the fall of boiling rain. This wasn't the first time it had happened, the people knew to prepare for the rain. ...
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Trying to find a story about a woman and her story with nanotechnology

The plot its around a woman. She had a husband who was a scientist. He always told her stories about the future and their technology. She doesn't care much about it. I don't remember why but the man ...
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Sci-fi texts used as part of school English class set around space corps

I am trying to identify a series of science fiction texts I read as a child. They were used as part of English classes, specifically English language comprehension, basically reading the passage and ...
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Need help identifying science fiction story with ex-Navy rebel and a “plague” that only affects women

I'm trying to identify a science fiction short story. Here are the details I can remember: Main character was former Space Navy who had been forced out for disobeying orders. Then he gets call from ...
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Short story about computer that saves human due to individual humans not having redundancy

I read this short story online within the last three years (2014-2016). Someone, a child(?), becomes trapped in an artificially maintained environment (garden room on a spaceship maybe?) during a ...