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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Aliens helping contact spirits of the dead?

I am looking for a short story that involves a plane crash. However, aliens intervene; while they can’t save the crash victims, they have technology that lets them say goodbye to their loved ones.
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Short story about an investigator trying to contact a man who refuses to see him [closed]

I would have read this short story around 1970 to 1990. I'm pretty sure I read it in an anthology like Galaxy or F&SF as that's all I read back then. I keep thinking it was titled "Notes from the ...
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Story of a warring planet that sends out a colony ship

About 20 years ago, I had a dream which I thought would make a good short story. I really like it, but I am only a very casual sci-fi fan, so I assume somebody has used this plot device before. I told ...
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Short story where a god wanted to die [duplicate]

I'm looking for a novel, the main character is a smart man (doctor or physicist) who just die, his spirit have been harvested by a superiors consciousness. The man ask to the superiors consciousness ...
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Short story about a man inadvertently winnng a road rage battle [duplicate]

So years ago I read a story that was more or less this: a man driving with his family gets cut off and gets into it with the driver of the other car, they battle aggressively, he ends up besting the ...
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Are there hints to the identity of Ivovandas locus?

In the Scott Lynch story "A year and a day in Old Theradane" (link) , wizard Ivovandas asks a thief Amarelle Parathis to help her destroy locus of power of her rival Jarrow. Once that is destroyed, ...
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Where does this rhyme about Quatermass come from?

I found this rhyme about Quatermass II. I'm trying to find out who wrote it and whether there's an expanded version somewhere. Does the rhyme have a real-world origin? There was a man from outer ...
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“monster” turns out to be boys mutated family dog

Read in 1977 in an elementary school library, a book of maybe 3 short stories. One with the mutated family dog and one with spider-like creatures destroyed by a crystal. Story had "Boys Life" like ...
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Seeking SF short story with “slow” in title

I'm looking for a SF short story with the word slow in the title. It might have been in one of Gardner Dozois's anthologies ages ago. I believe it was about someone being chased on a spaceship and ...
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Short story where an immortal woman is going to get euthanized

All I remember is the following details from a magazine I read in high school: Most likely a short story. Mother and son are nigh immortals through life extensions technology. They are talking ...
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Trying to remember a short story in which a woman can hear people talking while in coma [closed]

I'm trying to remember a short story. It was at the end of another fiction book as an extra. I read mostly books by Marian Keyes, Cecelia Ahern, L.J Smith etc so was probably at the end of one of ...
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Sci-Fi Short Story Identifcation. Time Travel, Takes Place on Titan?

I am looking to find a short story wherein a group of people leave their ship to respond to a distress signal on Titan (maybe?) They head into some kind of ice caverns on a mountain. The crew come to ...
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Scary book series from the 1990's, short stories and came in hardcover?

I'm looking for a book series I owned a few books of in my childhood, they were compilation novels and I recall they had about three stories or so in each one. One of the stories I remember vividly ...
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Looking for vampire-themed short story in 1960's sci-fi anthology

Library book, remembered as Orbit series, but it could have been Dangerous Visions or New Dimensions or even Year's Best SF. This was mid-60's, 1965-69, and the book was fairly new, possibly ...
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Short story about the crew of a spaceship keeping prisoners as breeders

Not sure when it was published or the author's name. The only parts I remember are two prisoners trying to escape because they don't want to be breeders/sex slaves and that there are no names, just ...
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Looking for a short story about a ring and a giant

I have been trying to find this short story for ages. I forget most of the detail but it is set in space and in the end the protagonist has the realisation that the star he sees (or the planet he is ...
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Story about enhanced gladiators

I recall reading a short story in which a prisoner meets several physically enhanced gladiators (or possibly, long-term prisoners in some survival-type prison). Specifically, one of them had a triple ...
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Looking for a book of short stories - man can understand animals talking

Back in the 80's I had a book of short stories that I loved, but now I can't remember the title. I got the book when I lived in England, so it's possibly a British publication. One of the stories ...
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Short-story about a boy's obsession with a video game about war

I have been searching for so long now for the title of a short-story I read in the late 1990s, I think. Possibly early 2000s. The plot goes along something like this. There is a boy, I think he may ...
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Skeptic resists a quasi-Taoism and ends up in some sort of hell

Story identification request. The title says most of it. It's a short story I believe I read in a science fiction anthology. People have some Eastern-ish or mystic belief system or something, and the ...
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A short story about fast-evolving intelligent creatures created in a lab [duplicate]

I read this story in some short-stories collection I borrowed from a library many years ago. Maybe it was Hugo or Nebula award winner or runner-up (Yes, I tried to look at the titles of Hugo and ...
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Story in a 70's anthology in which earth is a teenager's school project

This story involved a man and a woman and I believe the man was a messiah like creature or perfect being and the man and woman are interrupted during sex by a god. Also it seems the story involved ...
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Short Story Collection from 80s/early 90s with story about the Ainu and a shapeshifter

I'm looking for the short story collection that contained a short story that involved the Ainu culture and shape shifters. I read the collection in late 80s/early 90s. It was published in America — ...
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Short story from the 80s - Character has to read instead of having brain programed [duplicate]

I had a collection of Science-Fiction short stories back in the 80s. There was one story set in the future where everyone went through a programming process that would "teach" them how to perform the ...
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Name of a short sci fi story about 2 astronauts [duplicate]

I read sometime ago a short sci-fi story. It's about 2 astronauts from Earth traveling to an other planet. On their way to that planet they get intercepted by an alien vessel. The captain of that ship ...
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Which JG Ballard story contains a phrase something like “Listen, you can hear the quasars calling”

I have a distant memory of once reading a JG Ballard short story in which a character utters a phrase similar to: "Listen, you can hear the quasars calling!" or possibly "Listen, can you hear ...
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A children's Sci-Fi story where a boy overeats food pills and floats [closed]

Looking for the title of a 50's or '60's children's sci-fi story where a greedy child (boy?) of the future eats too many food pills and swells so much he floats up into the sky.
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“Placet is a Crazy Place” translation question

I've just the read the short story "Placet is a Crazy Place" by Fredric Brown, but living outside English-speaking world I only managed to get a translation version, which despite the best effort of ...
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A dusty shop, with a white space invaders game machine?

I can't remember much about this scifi short story (part of a book of stories). It must be at least 30 yrs since I read it. There was a space invader machine which was white with a spherical white ...
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(Nuclear powered?) airplanes stacked in an infinite holding pattern

As the title states, I'm looking for a short story about (nuclear powered?) planes that cannot land. I read it in an anthology many years ago and would love to find it again.
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Alien Rock found and contains a mind controlling alien being

The story in question is about a strange rock that is found then the person that touched it is taken over by an alien being. The town is eventually taken over but a young boy who is in love with his ...
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Looking for short story involving Leonardo Da Vinci, a water filter, and a puppet

I would like to identify a short story involving a Medici prince consulting with Leonardo DaVinci about an outbreak of plague; elderly DaVinci idly conceives of a water filter & several other ...
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I'm trying to identify a short story title, maybe “Killbird” [duplicate]

I read this in an anthology over 35 years ago. The paperback was probably 10 to 15 years old. Basic plot was a series of robot birds, AI that could learn, set free prevent murders. They decided ...
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Short Story or Book set in the post-nuclear world where main character finds the sun in a clearing after a journey during nuclear winter?

I read this a while ago in 8th grade and theres a guy and he goes on a quest to find the sun on a motorcycle I think and then he finds someone in a city that takes him to their house in a forest and ...
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Karl Bunker's “The Woman From the Ocean”: Was the woman mistaken?

The story appeared in Gardner Dozois' 32nd edition of The Year's Best Science Fiction. It wouldn't make sense to re-tell the story here; I think the question can only be answered by people who have ...
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Looking for story about genius traveling for training at space station

Story is about a man who possesses a very high IQ and is accepted to a space station (planet?) where others like him also live. He is able to travel back in time and watch the battle of Hastings. He ...
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Short story, older people who can't separate mind from body

Possibly set in Cambridge, true self and form self. An older or aged woman is unable to separate her mind -- true self -- from her body -- form self. Younger people can apparently do this at will, ...
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90s illustrated horror anthology squat plump characters same era as John Bradley prominent lips

I got this book out a billion times from my library, I remember it was shelved right by the collection of mostly ghostly, looking at John Bradley's illustrations always makes me think of it, but I ...
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Book - Intertwined ghost stories [closed]

Looking for the title and author name of a book about supernatural and ghost stories that are all intertwined and re-use characters in the same town. I think the author's first name is Charles (not ...
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How does the geometry in “Tiger by the Tail” work? [closed]

Tiger by the Tail is a short story by Alan Nourse, which you can read here. A character claims that the purse can't be turned inside-out because it's a "second-order geometrical form". The term "...
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Short story about reincarnation and god

I'm looking for a short story (similar to Harlan Ellison, maybe even by him). When people die, their souls go into this universal god/spirit/whatever, and when a new person (or alien) is born, a bit ...
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NEW EDEN - end of humanity [closed]

Last three people left on earth- father, mother and pre-adolescent son. Father sterile. Teaches son how to impregnate mother
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Two Earth-explorers encounter aliens, learn Earth had lost war in past; aliens thought humans were extinct [duplicate]

Two human explorers land on a planet and encounter an alien. The alien tells them that long ago humans were a cruel and oppressive space-faring species. For example, they genetically engineered one ...
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Short story of a man whose reality would gradually become a weird dream

I read it years ago. It told the story of a man whose reality would gradually become a weird dream, while his dreams became as ordinary as real life can be. At some point in the story, the concerned ...
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Story about a criminal who goes from Earth to the Moon to Mars, dragging the government of Earth into space

Looking for name and title of a (short?)story I read long ago. Premise is someone with space-tech abilities does something nefarious on Earth, and while waiting for the legalities decides to split. ...
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In which short story escape-pod occupant stays inside to die while the outside was transformed? [duplicate]

A small ship or escape pod has landed on a planet with one living survivor. I think it is the regular waste dumps that - over the period of a year or so - alter the local ecology outside, somehow ...
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Short story: man stranded on Mars, hears clacking sound [duplicate]

I would like to recall the name of a story I read long back, it goes like: On a Martian mission a man gets stranded somewhat far from the base as his vehicle breaks down. He decides to walk back he ...
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Building minutes [duplicate]

Does anyone know a SF TV short story in which there were blue men who helped "stage" our world- at least the parts we saw, on a minute by minute basis. So, at each minute, everyone would be in the "...
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Sci-fi short story about beautifying technology

There's a story (or Twilight Zone episode) where there's a technology that can make everyone beautiful. The story is about a musician who chooses not to and becomes an outcast. It wasn't Scott ...
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Short story with deformed baby who takes on all diseases

Tale of a baby born who was very deformed. I think he was named after a biblical character. People wanted him to be killed as they were scared of him. Ending is he takes on all mankind’s diseases.