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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 in a White Dwarf Magazine from 90’s

I’m looking for a short story from a White Dwarf Magazine circa 1990’s. It is Warhammer Fantasy based. I remember two human fighters (mercenaries) travelling and meeting an old man with a child. ...
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Boy's faces crushed with a millstone as coming-of-age ritual: short story identification

Please help me identify a short story. In the story, there is a village in which the coming-of-age ritual for men involves crushing their faces with a millstone. The boy lays his head under the ...
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Alchemist meets time-traveller

I would like to identify a short story, probably written before 1975, in which an alchemist somehow captures a time-traveller and demands a quantity of gold in return for his release.
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70s/80s comic space opera short story published in some SF magazine, containing the phrase “in durance vile.”

A ship is intelligent. It plays tricks on its crew to keep them alert. Sometimes they think it goes too far. The crew shut it down for a period of time as punishment. Space pirates then chase and ...
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Science fiction/fantasy short story: humans strap on wings to ascend a huge alien moutain

Looking for the name of an old SFF short story where humans strap on wings to attempt to ascend a huge alien mountain by riding/flying the prevailing winds.Probably 1980s but read it when i was very ...
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Resurrection of Richard Strauss [duplicate]

A new art form has captured the world's attention: the reconstruction of past personalities based on their works and historical records. When the Richard Strauss, composer of such works as Also Sprach ...
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Sci fi short story: crew of an exploration ship doesn't know if Earth actually exists or is a product of their imagination

I read this short sci fi story a long time ago, as part of a book which contained a bunch of classic science fiction stores (including Nine Billion Names of God). The story was about an exploration ...
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Short story: Political story, San Francisco wins drawing for deciding morals

I think the short story is circa 2005 or so, a time when society has agreed to determine political and moral policy through a lottery system, spinning a wheel - definitely a Wheel of Fortune motif. It ...
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90s horror short story: boy grows on (coal?) factory darkness, while his coworkers perceive it as “bad vibes”, an evil feel

Short story was part of a horror anthology that was probably published in the 1990s, but might have been a little bit older. The story was about a boy who works in a factory over the summer and seems ...
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Short story about a man on Mars searching for the rover Opportunity before its signal is lost forever

I've been talking to my friends about Oppy (Opportunity) and I mentioned reading a short story pertaining to it in a Science magazine. Now I'm dumb and it's been well over a year since reading it and ...
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Sci-fi short story about an astronaut adrift in space and a teapot

The story I am referring to was a part of an collection of horror/sci fi stories by Indian authors and had a yellow sandy cover. I read it in 2011/2012. The story in question had an unnamed female ...
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Book of fantasy short stories, including one retelling Cinderella as a vampire

I read this short story in the early 90s and I would love to get hold of the whole book. I think it was an anthology of female science fiction and fantasy writers, possibly lesbian writers. The ...
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Does anyone know this story about robots forming a religion by Alex Garland?

So I've read an adaptation of the story, which goes like this: When a spaceship collides with an asteroid, it's almost sure to blow up . When all other measures to save the ship fail, the only human ...
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Rok and Mog, robotic creatures in an Arthurian plot. Published in Asimov's or Analog within last 10 years

Unusual story of two robot like creatures named Rok and Mog who lived on a dark, metallic planet, lots of clinks, clanks, and spires. Had a sort of Arthurian plot where one of them scales a spire to ...
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Story about a statue in a basement

I am looking for what I believe is a short story. A summary for the plot had to do with a statue of some sorts in I think a basement, the desert, or on an alien planet. The statue had some sort of ...
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Sci-fi short story collection: Scientist tries to find one final equation

I am looking for an anthology where one of the stories was about a scientist who leaves everything to find the one final equation or formula that will combine all equations. The scientist was a man. ...
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Sci-fi short story: cloned alien-mind-controlled merc with human-body-mod dinosaur side-kick

I've been looking for this story off and on for the past year, to no avail; I think it's pretty recent, published in the past 20 years or so. I read a lot of short story anthologies but I can't find ...
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Short story with amphetamine, barbiturate and luminous paint

I read a story when I was about 14 in 1968ish possibly in the John Carnell series New Writings in SF in which, as I remember, there were a man and a woman, one of them strung out on speed and the ...
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An old short story about a teacher who goes to Mars to work? [duplicate]

A person I know is trying to find a story about a teacher who travels from Earth to Mars and starts working there. It's old, maybe from Bradbury or Asimov. That's the only information she gave to me.
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Story of a time traveller meeting himself repeatedly [duplicate]

I read this story in the 70s or 80s (it might however be older). I think it was a short story, and not a novel. These are two scenes I remember: In the beginning of the story a guy (lets call him ...
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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 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 battle with aliens

This was part of an anthology of stories. An astronaut appears on a desolated planet. He encounters alien life which is hostile and at one point takes a companion as hostage by removing all their ...
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Story about an artist named “A” whose work literally sucks his life away until he vanishes

I read a short story in the 70s about an artist named “A”, whose work literally sucked his life away. He wasted away with each new piece until he vanished.
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Identify a short story about a man and his robot household helper

I don't remember the Title or the Author of the story I read around 10 years ago (2000s), but it goes like this: A single man lived alone in his house and so had to spend a lot of time maintaining it....
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Short story anthology - pillow book, moving scenery, big space

I'm trying to find the name of an old collection of short stories I read as a child in the UK in the 1980s. Unfortunately I only dimly remember it and I have never been able to track it down, so I ...
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Trying to find an online chapter story about being that observes and influences the evolution of an alien species/society

This is a story from a website with many chapter stories written by different authors (I don't remember the website name unfortunately, but I think that it had a dark color scheme and many different ...
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Searching for a short story I read in high school

I read a short story in high school, around 25 years ago although the story was likely much older. It was about a man walking in the woods. The story starts with a montage of other parts of the ...
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Title of novelette - planet with cannibalism

I've been looking for a title of novelette about a planet that is ruled by king/ruler who sends his man regularly among people so he can hypnotize them and harvest flesh by cutting it off for the king'...
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Short Story about Fog/Mist (Not Stephen King or John Carpenter) [duplicate]

Looking for a short story I read 10 years ago but which is significantly older than that. It is similar to Stephen King's "The Mist"; in fact, I found it while looking into "The Mist". But it is ...
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Short story about government-mandated equality [duplicate]

I am trying to recall a short story I read perhaps 10 years ago. It was a story about a dystopian future where people were not allowed to have any advantage and were artificially handicapped. What I ...
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1950s short story from kids' sci-fi anthology: diving board and black window (SPOILER)

Helping someone else find their book: this story is about two unemployed men who volunteer for a scientific experiment. It requires them to jump from a diving board through a black window, which ...
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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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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 ...