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 audio. A Cook (narrator) (sounded exactly like Paul Giamatti) on a ship traveling at light-speed

A Cook (narrator) (sounded exactly like Paul Giamatti) on a ship traveling at light-speed. This is an experimental spaceship studying faster than light travel. He is the only one on board that he is ...
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Looking for a short story where a guy travels through time in the London underground [duplicate]

I read this story around 10-12 years ago but was probably written in the 1990s or earlier. Here's what I recall: There's a guy (I want to say his name's John, but not too sure about that) who goes ...
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Short story with similar premise to Asimov's Feeling of Power, but with a Janitor who discovers computing using long division

In Asimov's short story A Feeling of Power knowledge of even simple arithmetic has been lost because everything is run by computers. Earth is at war with Deneb but because both sides use identical ...
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I am looking for a short story, “Hello My Name is God” might be the title

I am looking for this short story that I read back in the early to mid 90s. It was published (I think) in Fantasy and Science fiction. The story was very short only 2-3 pages. And the Punch line ...
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LF an Analog SFF short story, Future medic/vet comes back to contemporary America and offers medical help to a disabled woman's father

Looking for this for a blind friend of mine who's a bit cat-obsessed. He remembers listening to these on the national library service for the blind version of Analog some time in the 80s or 90s. I've ...
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Short story about werewolf killing 'boy scout'-type campers

The memory of this story has stayed with me since my childhood, and I'd love to track it down someday. I would have read it in English, in the USA, in the 1980's. I have the impression that the story ...
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Short story about fish attempting to explore land

Cross-posted from Reddit's /r/tipofmytongue. So I mentioned a certain short story I read years ago on /r/Showerthoughts and a lot of people want me to find it for them, but I have no idea who wrote ...
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Searching for mature fictional story about a scientist who uses a car crash victim to build an AI

The story involves a scientist that has hit a roadblock. He then witnesses a car accident and he then takes the victim of said accident and uses her as the base for his AI program. The story follows ...
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Looking for a humorous sci-fi story about puns

I'm thinking of a very short story that ran in one of the big science fiction magazines--Asimov's or Analog, probably--maybe a decade or so ago, about a disease epidemic that created puns. Anybody ...
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Trying to find a short story with ultrasonic keys

I remember seeing it in what I think was a collection of sci-fi short stories maybe 20-ish years ago. The only major thing I remember is the early bit where some street kid has really sensitive ...
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YA short story about a child who is menaced by squishy hearts

I have very spotty recollections of this story, but I think I read it in a collection or anthology of YA horror. The story is about a child, who is either adopted or fostered, who moves into a new ...
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Story about people who take virtual trips using robots

I'm trying to find a short story about a young guy who has a job packing/unpacking crt-tv tube box/robots which are virtual tourists. The tourists come across as being loud and rude. I read this in ...
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Short Story Search: Blind girl, kidnapped by the devil; page of book carved onto her skin

Here is the gist of the story. A blind girl is kidnapped by the devil to have a entire page of a book written on her. There is an entire room of people who have other pages carved into them too, they ...
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Webcomic, collection of short stories about war between races (humans, aliens)

I read this webcomic 5 years ago, and unfortunately web comics are a bit more difficult to find than normal comics. All I basically remember was a collection of short stories about war between ...
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Science fiction short story where accidentally introduced poop makes a complex lifeform extinct [duplicate]

I can remember one short story where the explorer finds life - I think on the Venus surface, so an early story before we knew how hostile the surface is. and he leaves a poop bag there, not realizing ...
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Aliens searching for help against other aliens find a previously locked-away Earth and ask for help [duplicate]

Back in the '80s I read a short story (which might have been old, then) about aliens in a war with other aliens finding Earth which had previously been locked away, I think, by some kind of lock on ...
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Story Identification: science fiction. Single human soul

The story centres on a detective or investigator who is strangely good at solving murders. The central idea is that if time and space are no obstacle, then only one human soul needs to have ever ...
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Short Story Identification - Boy Dismantling a Radio

Trying to identify a very short story (maybe four pages) about a boy trying to figure out how radio works, finally dismantling the machine to discover a small news reporter inside... I've read in ...
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Story Identification: short story where personified Evolution chases Design through time

I'm looking for a fairly recent short story, published within the last five years I think. Evolution is personified as a terrifying female monster, and she chases Design through time, passing ...
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Short story - Boy acquires a pendant or earring that causes trash to be attracted to him

I read a short story anthology book almost 10 years ago written by one author, I think. The only short story I can recall is about a boy who finds either a pendant or an earring that magically makes ...
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short science fiction story about a soldier in a war between the two robotic nations

The story follows a humanoid robot soldier in a battle and describes how he clears a house using his high-tech weapons and then collects the body parts of the slain enemies in a sack to be "recycled" ...
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Story of a woman and her mother facing apocalypse together

The world is going to end, maybe because of an alien invasion or meteor. Everybody knows that the world is going to end and accepts it because there isn't anything that can be done to avoid it. The ...
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sci-fi short story: humans invent force field but meet weird death because it blocks God's view?

A sci-fi short story I recall from my childhood, where scientists are working on a force shield or giant force "bubble" and the leader of the team goes insane when considering the ramifications of the ...
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Short sci-fi story about a musician's last concert

This short story relates to a future musician's last concert. It is told from the perspective of one of the fans of the musician. In the story he relates the wonder of listening to the musician's ...
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Short story of an alien kidnapped and raised/disguised as human

I remember reading this in a collection of short stories. Definitely published pre-2000 (the collection). Not sure when the story itself was written or who wrote it. I remember Isaac Asimov had ...
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Trying to find an illustrated book with three sf stories: alien planet, underwater city, intelligent rocks

I'm trying to find a book that had three illustrated science fiction stories in it. The first was about explorers on an alien planet. They found a forest of trees with 'horns' or 'wires', and ...
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the tornado bomb

I once read a children's short story about a couple kids who visit a space station with their dad. While there, the station weather forcaster notices a tornado has formed, and is heading straight for ...
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Where is Everybody? [duplicate]

Someone wrote a short story about the Fermi paradox—well, probably more than one person—but I have a specific story in mind. I can only recall the broad outline. A group of human explorers find a ...
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Short story about a boy raised in a “bubble” who becomes the smartest person alive

I'm trying to recall a story that must be sixty or seventy years old. I probably read it in an anthology. It felt old even when I read it. Here's what I remember: A baby was raised completely ...
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Short story about the rediscovery of math [duplicate]

I recall a science fiction short story where computers are so integrated that people have forgotten how to do basic math, until someone "rediscovers" it. The government then makes plans to put humans ...
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Identify Short Story Time Slip/Bubble

The story begins with main character (unsure of their sex, but it's only one person) driving down a road, surrounded by farmland, maybe some trees and things. They go off track, not sure if its in ...
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Short s.f. Story, can't remember title, satirical riff on Teenagers Who Saved the Earth (all grown up now)

This is not a particularly famous or widely-published story, but it may have been anthologized once in one of the popular "Year's Best"-type antho's (or "Best of "If", etc.) -- probably where I read ...
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Short Story Boy Looks Through Telescope, Sees Future Self

A boy was in his bedroom and looked out through his telescope. He sees some kind of weird cloaked figure in the bell tower of a church and it freaks him out. The story goes on to follow the boy's life ...
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Seeking title of short story that ran in Playboy (or Maxim?) about New York City's future rise and fall over the next century

Need the title of a short story that ran in Playboy (or Maxim) about four years ago (late 2010-early 2011). The subject of the story concerned a single brownstone building that lays witness to the ...
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Story identification: A family has a table that can copy money

I'm trying to find a short story that I read, probably in the late 90s but I'd expect the story is a lot older than that. In the story the main character (actually a family I think) somehow come into ...
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Weird Short Story Involving “City Protector”

Sometime I read this weird short story but I couldn't think of the name or the title of the book it belonged to. So there is this person who senses the presence of something like city protector or ...
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Looking for a short story about staged military conflict as performance

Looking for a short story about a group to troupe fighting staged military conflict as performance for assessed points. It isn't Mack Reynold's "Mercenary", and contains a reference to another "troupe"...
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Intermediate reader level horror fantasy story in a compilation

There was a book of short horror stories that I remember reading in after-school care about a million years ago. The one story I remember involves a huge mirror that lures a kid into it. At first it ...
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30's story about space war: Earth ship destroys enemy planet with weapon, only to return to find Earth destroyed by the enemy with the same weapon

Looking for 1930's short story about space war where Earth ship destroys enemy planet, only to return to find Earth destroyed by the enemy with the same weapon. The gist of the story was the debate on ...
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Aliens united to destroy a violent race, but the twist is that it’s humanity

I'm looking for a sci-fi short story where a crew from Earth makes first contact with an alien. The alien tells them about how all the alien races united to destroy an extremely violent/belligerent ...
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ID sci fi short story, golden age. Simple man is picked to pass test to leave earth to expand and explore for humanity

Earth is sending its best and brightest to prosper in space leaving the rest behind. A simple worker is given the opportunity to train while working for a group that wants to get him into the program. ...
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Children stories with a little alien, name?

I'm trying to find out the name of some stories I read as a kid. I remember a little alien that would visit a child at night. I remember the alien going along in the air. I think he wore a clear ...
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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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Is Flatland unique?

Is the depiction of life in two dimensions unique to Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, or has another author written on this topic?
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Looking for a SF story about robotic explorers who discover intelligent organic life on a planet

I read a humorous science fiction story some ten to twenty years ago about robotic explorers who discover a planet, perhaps Earth, with intelligent organic lifeforms and can't quite believe it. They ...
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Looking for an older short story about humans who develop the ability to photosynthesize

A short story about a group of rural people who start to develop the ability to photosynthesize. They start to grow tendrils which reach into the dirt, and create energy from the sun.
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Short story about a heist that gets foiled because the thief unknowingly crosses the international dateline

I read this really cool short story in middle school about a heist that gets foiled because the thief unknowingly crosses the international dateline to where it's the day before the crime happened.
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How many stories are contained in Asimov's “The Complete Robot”?

I am wondering how many stories are contained in Isaac Asimov's "The Complete Robot"?
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Who wrote “Pate de Fois Gras”?

It appeared in Analog decades ago. Memorable lines included... "It's the goose! The goose who laid the golden egg!" and "That goose is a living nuclear reactor."
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Short story where doors are used for teleportation [closed]

Looking to find a short story that has doors that teleport people from door to door instead of having to use the door to exit into the outside world.