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 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.
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Short Story - Family Moving to the Moon

I am looking for the name of a short story about a family that moves to the moon. They aren't happy there and want to go back to earth. The father uses up their return voyage money to have their piano ...
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Looking for Bolo story where farming tractor Bolo uses pesticide on aliens

I'm trying to find the name of a short story with a Bolo that was converted to a farm tractor. Its world is invaded by aliens and not having weapons it has to adapt its farming tools to fight back. ...
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Short story collection involving a beast with impenetrable armor eating an old man and getting indigestion

Here's what I can remember: In one short story, a beast with impenetrable armor eats an old man and gets indigestion. In another, an adventurer kills that same beast, hacks off its armor plating, ...
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Short story about children-dominated society

I'm trying to find a short story from the 60's(?) about a future society dominated by mutant(?) children who've killed off all the adults except, for sentimental reasons, one.
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Short story where humans meet a six-fingered primitive alien race that turns out to be smarter than humans [duplicate]

Humans meet primitive aliens with six fingers, they turn out to be more intelligent than humans, there's a tropical kind of planet, and something to do with a young alien. It's been 6 years since I'...
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short story about astronauts/colonists in a hostile planet

All die but one, he continues to try to grow plants.... he dies at the end, but is successful growing stuff. I seem to recall the problem might be ammonia in the soil or the air..?
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Searching for a short story against entropy [duplicate]

I'm trying to identify a short story which I recall reading many years ago. A series (i think) progressing into the future, similar to Harry Harrisons "One step from earth" but details the progress ...
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What story has a robot that gains psychic power after direct exposure to hyperspace? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a story I read about twenty-five or thirty years ago, in a book I got in a second-hand store. I don't remember the title of the book, which had a number of short stories in it, but in ...
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Short story, possibly in a Weird Tales collection: prince imprisoned after his castle was invaded by magicians, eventually gets revenge

I want to say I read this short story in a Weird Tales collection but can't be sure. It's about a prince whose father was murdered after the castle was invaded by weird magic users. The prince was ...
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Short Story about Schoolchildren on Venus [duplicate]

I've been wracking my brain trying to figure out the title and author of a short story I read in school so that I can share it with my husband who also really appreciates science fiction. It is about ...
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Horror/fantasy short story about a strange man in a (magical?) cabin in the woods

I'm looking for an anthology of short horror or fantasy-like stories, I believe it was by a female author, with this one particular story (entitled The Master, I think) about someone who gets called ...
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Old short story, possibly Ray Bradbury: alien computer/robot sets questions that you really shouldn't answer incorrectly

I read a short story when I was a boy about some alien computer/robot that set questions that visiting people/aliens would try and answer, and possibly a terrible consequence if they answered ...
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Short story about an Afghan dragon during the Soviet invasion

I am looking for a short story, the plot which goes as follows: This short story involves the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, where the two viewpoint characters (one Soviet and one Afghan) witness ...
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Short story about a man gives up chance to be first on the moon because of danger of becoming sterile

Looking for a sci fi short story about a man who gives up the chance to be the first man to go to the moon. He is warned that there is a chance that the flight to the moon may make him sterile and ...
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Short story about people achieving enlightenment living forever with disembodied minds

I'm recalling a short story I read sometime between 1991 and 2010 that involved a guy who had learned to achieve a state of enlightenment in which his mind left his body. He could then live "forever" ...
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Darker short-story anthology featuring Whelan-like art, beach campfire on cover?

This one's somewhat vague, and I apologize: I’m trying to remember a hard-cover anthology of Grimm-like tales, a bit more ‘grown-up’ than popular views of Grimm; and, it featured what I remember as ...
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60's short story set after a nuclear apocalypse, survivor is allowed out for a few minutes and climbs a hill to search for life signs

Post nuclear apocalypse the first person is allowed out above ground but wearing a suit and only for few minutes. The oldest person is chosen... he wants to see if there is any sign of life on the ...
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Looking for an Ursula K Le Guin Story

I am in search of a particular short story by Ursula K. Le Guin that someone told me about. I don't know the title, but it features some sort of tiny black hole type thing that makes time seem to go ...
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Coming of age short story with a boy at a summer place with his parents, implication of time travelers

I know that I read this recently, so there's a decent chance I'll comb through my reading history at the library and eventually pin this one down. It was a short story in a book of them (I don't ...
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Civilisation battles enemy along time-warped front. May be fighting itself [duplicate]

City is involved in a very long war along a front which is subject to some kind of warping, such that you can never actually get there—just fire through it. At the end, protagonists suggests that the ...
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A short story about an old earthling and a visiting alien dignitary

This story was told from the point of view of an old man, one of the last of the "old fashioned" earthlings. The "new breed" of Earthling (I forget what the distinction is, but it is supposed to show ...
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Looking for short science fiction story about a television program with people being “tortured” on stage..? [duplicate]

I am looking for a short story I read once in the 10th grade.. I apologize if this is vague.. I don't remember much from it however would really like to read it again. Also I'm sorry if the title ...
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Short story from the 60s where champions fight interstellar wars [duplicate]

A short story, probably from the 60s, where rather than go through the mess of fighting an interstellar war, champions fought in an arena. I think these battles between champions happened regularly. I ...
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Short/abridged story about a colony aboard a space ship

Here's another possibly obscure one! This story was published in two or three parts in issues of Cricket magazine in the early 2000s. I'm not sure if it was written for the magazine itself or was part ...
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Short story about a scope. The owner discovers he can spy on neighbours' apartments through it, but he drops and breaks it

He received it by mistake through mail-order (it's set in present time, pre 1980s?) and he took great pleasure seeing the strange behaviour going on behind closed doors. He manages to find an angle ...
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Nurse/soldier romance in space

I think this was a set of YA short stories focused on space. The one story I remember is about a nurse on a remote planet outpost who patches up a really injured soldier. He's completely out of it, ...
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Short story including aliens who are identified with Loki and Thor (from anthology c. 1970)

I ready this in an anthology in about 1972. The title may have been a reference to Twilight of the Gods or Ragnarok. If I remember correctly, an alien lands on earth fleeing from imprisonment. The ...
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1980s short stories abou female warrior / wizard pair

This is driving me nuts. Back in (I believe) the 80s, in SF&F magazine, there were several short fantasy stories about a pair of women, one a warrior, the other a wizard, and they traveled their ...
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Short story ID: Alternate universe with Bermuda Triangle debris

A crew in a spaceship in this universe see themselves in another ship in an alternate universe. The other universe is also filled with objects, ships and planes that went missing at the Bermuda ...
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Story Identification: Short story about a man waking up and realizing he has an API to his body [duplicate]

It's a fairly fast read but I forgot the name. Guy wakes up in a hospital/military facility by a computer. Realizes he has an API into his own body. Programs himself to get stronger which takes up ...
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astronauts step on new planet, begin growing tree roots and limbs

This story was illustrated on the cover of a sci-fi magazine in the 60s. The illustration shows 2 astronauts in NASA Gemini-style space suits. They are struggling as their feet grow roots and anchor ...
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Humorous story about toilet paper perforations leading to the creation “Nothing” - an unbreakable, invisible material

In this short story, a scientist/engineer discovers that the perforations on toilet paper are the strongest part. He reasons that more perforations will make it even stronger. He makes a material ...
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Looking for an old science fiction short story [duplicate]

I am searching for a science fiction short story I read in an anthology obtained from the public library in Riverside, California around 1964. It is written in the first person, and deals with a man ...
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The human unconscious used to save a crew from Aliens

I must admit that I no longer remember much about the story but the essence is that a human crew (including women and children) has been taken hostage (aboard a space ship, I believe). The aliens ...
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Short story about a series of letters or emails written by a sister to her brother about a TV show

They watched the TV show as children in the 1950’s. I read it in a science fiction magazine in the last 15 years. It was in either Asimov's, Fantasy and Science Fiction, or Analog. They saw only a ...
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What 70’s short story has a species go extinct every day, ending with a microscopic one, then humans?

I'm looking for a short story (I believe it was in an anthology dating from the 1970's) where a species goes extinct every day. It concludes with some microscopic or very tiny species dying out, ...
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Doctor uses a telepathy machine to get inside the patient and fight cancer psychologically

Seeking a fairly old short story from a sci-fi magazine, wherein cancer has psychologically damaging effects; Any leads deeply appreciated.
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Short story about a man who finds out that he's a robot

Looking for a short story that starts with a man waking up in his bed with his wife beside him. Throughout the whole story keeps thinking that something isn't right, that his life is boring, or ...
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Short Story ID: Beginning of telepathic humans [duplicate]

I believe I read a short story in the 50's about the beginning of telepathy in humans. The enemies were breaking into the location as the couple telepathically married themselves just before being ...
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Anthology of horror short stories in 2002. Boy becomes monster with makeup. Neighbors have to give up something to stay in neighborhood

One story was about a guy that found Halloween makeup and when he put it on he became that creature like a werewolf. Another was a family moved to a neighborhood but realized everything was going good ...
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Collection of ghost stories as mysteries - Includes a story about a “debunked” piano-playing ghost and a deserted house set for a meal

This was a young-adult book, paperback, I'm pretty sure. I read it somewhere between 1986 and 1990 in my elementary school, although it might have been older than that. There were a series of short ...
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Story about a character named Sargon who sequesters beautiful women in his trapezoidal castle

My brother wants to reread a science fiction short story from the 1960s or before: A character named Sargon (does not appear in the story) sequesters maddeningly beautiful women in his truncated ...
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What is the title of this story about settlers who have to give back cells to a sentient species?

Settlers land on a supposedly unoccupied planet, and raise livestock on an early life stage of a sentient species. The early stage looks like grass. After the sentient species begins its next stage ...
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What was the relation between mutants and sisters in short story “The Little Sisters of Eluria” by Stephen King [closed]

I'm currently reading Stephen King's short story collection, Everything's Eventual. Last night I read the short story "The Little Sisters of Eluria" in it and have few questions regarding the plot. ...
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Looking for scifi title about android who wakes up with no memory, but must kill his human double. If he fails, another takes his place. 1960's?

This was possibly a short scifi story, basically question as above. Looking for story about a human android who wakes up with no memory but with one mission, to kill its human double. If he fails (...
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Short story about a ghost, possibly written in the 1960s by a woman

I am a librarian hoping to help a patron. The patron believes this science fiction/fantasy story was written in the 1960s by a housewife with four kids. The story might possibly be titled "Girl in ...
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Ghost story book with giant cats coming to life from the bedroom wallpaper

This was a book of ghost stories from the late 80s. One story included giant cats coming to life from the bedroom wallpaper. Another story was of a ghost sat in armchair. Another was of a haunted ...
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Short story where aliens are observing humans then attack [duplicate]

I'm looking for a story where it's being told from the "alien's" perspective about them observing Earth in its primitive times via telescopes from systems away. They see us at our worst with war, ...
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Question about Greater Galactics

Which old (at least 30 years) SF book series had entities called Greater Galactics? It also referred to certain people as having a High Life Index. I think the Greater Galactics were comparative ...