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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
3
votes
0answers
60 views

Short story about a doctor who is a werewolf

This short story involved a doctor werewolf who ended up being cured of his lycanthropy by being shrunk and placed inside his own body (or a robot version of it maybe? cloned?) based on the premise ...
3
votes
0answers
51 views

Where is Asimov's “The Complete Stories” (Doubleday/Broadway) volume 3

Doubleday started an ambitious project of collecting all of Asimov's short fiction between covers in 1990, with two volumes, containing 86 stories out of a total of 383. Broadway Books (New York) ...
3
votes
0answers
43 views

Story about a lady who dreams about turning into a witch

The story was in a small anthology volume whose cover showed a haunted house done in green and purple lights, I think, with the title "Horror" or something like that. I read it in the mid-90s. The ...
3
votes
0answers
74 views

Imaginary friend tries to kill a boy

I am looking for a short story from around the 1970s. It was a horror story about a boy who lived near a lake. He had an imaginary friend that ended up trying to kill him.
3
votes
0answers
62 views

Looking for YA Horror Anthology Title(s) with one story where a mosquito infestation turns fatal and another where water attacks people

I'm looking for a horror anthology book that is aimed at young adults or older. Not really sure when it was published but I would say before or around the early 2010s. Among the stories was one with ...
3
votes
0answers
67 views

Slaves working in mines one able make a politician/ruler see condidtions through his eyes

I read a story about a slave working in a mine that was somehow able to either with help/technology or esp to get a ruling member/politician to see and experience his life as a slave/miner. I can't ...
3
votes
0answers
82 views

Short story where a man wakes up in mist and is attacked by a “cyborg”

Read a short story in Warren's Creepy or Eerie in the mid 1970's. Can't remember name, artist, writer or issue. Synopsis: A ragged man wakes up in mist, not knowing where he is or how he got there. ...
3
votes
0answers
65 views

Short Story like “Resurrection Days”

Looking for a pulp short-story with the following plot elements: man dies; wakes in dystopia governed by women; makes bacon using a mental-machine. The theme is similar to Wilson Tucker's '80's novel,...
3
votes
0answers
67 views

Short story about a survivor in a very hot climate future NY

Interview magazine ran a short story about a person who went searching for cans of food on a ship mired in dried up New York's harbor, walking in the hot sun to the ship looking for a container of ...
3
votes
0answers
159 views

1970s short story (fiction) about an uncontrollable box with a button. From a fiction Anthology I read in elementary school

Another sketchy recollection I'd like help with. The short story in question, which I read in the 1970s, concerned a box that was somehow getting out of control and could only be managed if someone ...
3
votes
0answers
89 views

Writer's fingers begin to meld with a typewriter/computer

I think it's a golden age story or short novel, but a man is using a typewriter or computer, some sort of writing machine, and his fingers begin to fuse to the machine. He can pull his fingers away, ...
3
votes
0answers
96 views

Looking for a short story, aliens (or demons) are effectively dumb animals that reproduce by implanting eggs in human mouths

It's part of a collection of stories, I think. A woman answers her door and sticks her tongue out at the alien, which causes it to smile. For some reason, the aliens aren't deadly unless a victim's ...
3
votes
0answers
107 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
66 views

Identify science-fiction short story where superintelligent test subjects fight with sense-based mental programming [duplicate]

Some time ago, I recall reading a short sci-fi story, set in the modern or near-future day, the central premise of which was that the government/military had tested an experimental intelligence-...
3
votes
0answers
110 views

Short story about a man and a boy waking up and being the only people in the world

Read this s years ago in a sci-fi anthology. A man and boy are the only people left in the world. I think they travel around on a train. And it may be by Ray Bradbury but I’ve never been able to ...
3
votes
0answers
146 views

The evil, repressive government is trying to stop the heroes! For a very good reason, it turns out [duplicate]

I have a memory of a short story in which a plucky group of scientists and researchers (and maybe students?) invent a machine that allows you to view any place and period in history. It will ...
3
votes
0answers
97 views

Short story with male & female main characters. They leave separately and he prepares the colony for her arrival with a colony ship

There are two total characters. A man and a woman. The man is on a separate ship, and had left 500-1,000 years before to head to a certain planet. He arrives in orbit and sends a myriad of seeds to ...
3
votes
0answers
46 views

Aliens collect butterflies [duplicate]

Multidimensional aliens start collecting butterflies in bubbles. Nothing can stop them and the Earth is then destroyed. It was a short story. I remember the aliens were like robots, with spooky ...
3
votes
0answers
114 views

Very short short-story of a near-future with advertisments on everything, even toilet paper [duplicate]

Very short short-story of a near future with advertisments everywhere, even on toilet paper. Maybe by Philip K Dick? Can't think of anything else to add... googling turned up too many other things. ...
3
votes
0answers
263 views

Short story where time travelers are surprised to see black people

In one of Gardner Dozois anthologies in the last few years had a short story about an alternate time line where the travelers were surprised to see black people as their reality had none. Can anyone ...
3
votes
0answers
186 views

Looking for a horror short story book with a story about a girls' sleepover

The sleepover happens in a basement. It's pitch black throughout the night and one girl transforms into a monster. The other girls know this because they hear everything and hide. The monster girl ...
3
votes
0answers
162 views

Looking for Book or Short Story: A girl tries to contact aliens in a bathroom

It's been years since I read this story, I don't remember where I read it but it was about a girl who was trying to contact aliens. I remember she dyed her hair blonde because she thought it would ...
3
votes
0answers
431 views

Book With “Strangest Jigsaw Puzzle Ever” Cover

I'm looking for a book of short horror stories. It would have been a young adult book from the 80s (it was in my hands around '85). The cover was a rendition of the "Strangest Jigsaw Puzzle Ever" ...
3
votes
0answers
220 views

Short story about Ghouls

I would like to find this short story again. It originally printed in an anthology about ghouls. The title was something like, "Softly softly they might hear"? The story was about a man who ...
3
votes
0answers
77 views

Green monster or something with gum or glue in the name

I remember getting told a story as a kid about a green monster that jumps from house to house and kills people. I can't remember his name and I think it had glue or gum in the name.
3
votes
0answers
106 views

Science Fiction short story about cybernetic humans and their cybernetic dogs

Trying to find a science fiction short story about a cybernetic human and his cybernetic dog. They were immortal and could speak to each other. It was in an anthology, so I can't remember the author ...
3
votes
0answers
342 views

Sci-fi short story: Humans have achieved immortality through regeneration, looking for suicide pills

Looking for a Sci-Fi short story that could be part of a collection. The plot is about how humans achieve a sort of immortality through regeneration, but the bad side effect is overpopulation. Humans ...
3
votes
0answers
77 views

Musician (Guitarist?) finds “muse” at party, but muse is “drained” of energy by musician

... Spoiler alert ... A male musician, possibly a guitarist, in his 20's meets a girl at a party and she is his "muse". However, in this world muses are "drained" of energy by the musician. His ...
3
votes
0answers
211 views

Short story first contact - Earth can ask anyone a question and nobody can answer

It's a short story about making first contact. I can remember than the Earth is able to ask a question, but nobody can answer it. In the end some army attacks the place they are going to send the ...
3
votes
0answers
223 views

Short fiction where America is a third world country at war with Canada

Isaac Asimov's Mother's Day, Isaac Asimov's Moons, Isaac Asimov's Fathers Day, Isaac Asimov's Christmas, Isaac Asimov's Utopias, Isaac Asimov's Earth, Isaac Asimov's War and so forth are all short ...
3
votes
0answers
194 views

Story from 9th grade literature class about mission to planet where explorers are killed by poisonous spiders

The story is narrated by a girl who is the lone survivor and can telepathically hear the thoughts of the spiders.
3
votes
0answers
67 views

Trying to remember a sci-fi short story [duplicate]

Trying to remember this scifi short story I stumble on from time to time. The only thing I can recall is that the universe or solar system was ending, and some scientists went into a vault to gather a ...
3
votes
0answers
99 views

Searching for a sci-fi short story read to me from a hardbound textbook around 1974-1976 so copyright was probably '60's [duplicate]

The story was about people living on another planet (for whatever reason) that was always dark and cold except for one day every 100+ years or so when the sun shone on the planet for only a few hours. ...
3
votes
0answers
99 views

Teleporation and shrinkage

In what short story did teleportation have the side effect of making you smaller each time? I am interested in the potential side effects of this mode of travel.
3
votes
0answers
115 views

Short story about a human scientist that gets caught up in the ebb and flow of an alien environment

This was part of a collection of shorts stories from the late 70s early 80s. The aliens were jelly-like creatures filled with gasses. The human scientist tries to save a certain group of aliens but ...
3
votes
0answers
63 views

Star Bright short story [duplicate]

This is a short story about a super intelligent child named Star. She has a friend almost as intelligent. They discover a way to get to another dimension or universe where similarly gifted people ...
3
votes
0answers
229 views

Horror short story anthology from either late 70s-80s with a ghoul/changeling

There was a horror short story collection I read as a child in the mid 80s. The story I remember was about a ghoul. This was a love story of sorts between a human girl and a changeling/ghoul boy. They ...
3
votes
0answers
142 views

story identification: the Anarchist Party won the elections

I've read this story a long time ago; this is what I remember: The Anarchist Party won the elections, and we listen to its announces as it is now dismantling the State. 43 (or was it 41?)-tones Jazz ...
3
votes
0answers
125 views

Woman leaves virtual reality society and is hunted

Sorry for the lack of details of this post, but I read a short science fiction story about 1-2 months ago and can't for the life of me remember what it is and really want to revisit it. The plot as I ...
3
votes
0answers
81 views

Collection of scary children 's stories- Ember escapes a fire

I remember a hardback collection of children 's scary stories that I had in the 1980's. The stories may have had European roots. One story I remember in particular was about an ember that escaped a ...
3
votes
0answers
170 views

Printed or digital story featuring nuke alien trapped in crashing ISS

I remember participating in a newsgroup thread in late 90s. The thread was created by a sci-fi writer (or, a lunatic who claimed he was a writer). In the end, he said he was going to publish these ...
3
votes
0answers
48 views

Creating the future in boxcars [duplicate]

I'm trying to find the title of a sci-fi short story I either read or saw on TV - the plot is generally about possibly invisible (I might be wrong about that) people who build the future by re-...
3
votes
0answers
147 views

aliens teach humans a board game, report of title match

The short-story is an account of a title-match between two humans at a board-game that aliens taught humans. The account is by a child. Captain someone went space-exploring and encountered aliens. ...
3
votes
0answers
177 views

Help me track down a short story about a pursuit across time-rates?

This was in an anthology from way back in the 60s or 70s when I was just getting into SF - I've no idea who the author was. One man pursues another as he slips across different time rates - the only ...
3
votes
0answers
542 views

Horror short story with an upbeat ending

This short story might have been about teenagers or adults, and was written in the 1980's or 1990's. It could have been in a Charles de Lint anthology, as the genre was fantasy horror. I don't think ...
3
votes
0answers
159 views

Name of alternate timeline short story

In the story the man helps with someone's estate and receives a custom clock. He discovers the clock maker lives in the woods outside town and visits him. After leaving the place at night he gets lost ...
3
votes
0answers
412 views

Science fiction short story, where spectators in an arena are called down to the field and killed

I am looking for a short story that takes place in some form of arena, what happens is that there are players on the field of the arena who call down audience members and then kill them on the field ...
3
votes
0answers
387 views

Story about prisoners on a spaceship forced to perform repetitive tasks

In this short story, the main character is locked in a small plain room. Creatures of different "shapes" enter the room each "day" and monitor him as he is forced to watch a bubble in a tube and ...
3
votes
0answers
183 views

A couple on a yacht needs medical help but can only get it via radio from an astronaut

This is a story I've heard about but never been able to find. I've been looking for it for a long time, but the search terms I put in (astronaut, yacht, couple, medical help etc) tend to bring me ...
3
votes
0answers
508 views

Anthology of short stories; one about killer whales in space, another about a bodyguard on a desolate colony

I am looking for a book that I borrowed from the library from the mid to late 90s. It featured a number of science fiction short stories from different authors. The only story I am able to remember ...