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 man in dream facing monster in area remembers his Dad's .45 auto shoots monster [duplicate]

Short story where man is in a dream world or a world that is not quite real, his thoughts can become true. He is either a prisoner or a subject of an experiment, in a sandy arena facing a monster. ...
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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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1989-ish SF story with a militarized US Border Patrol in open combat with smugglers

This story was probably written in the brief period just after 1989 when Pons' and Fleischmann's cold fusion announcement had not yet been thoroughly debunked. The story begins with a patrol by a ...
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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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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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Which Iain M Banks short stories have been adapted for radio?

I have been told that several Iain M Banks short stories have been adapted for radio, probably broadcast by the BBC. Hunting online all I can find is a reference to an adaptation of "The State of The ...
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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 ...
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Terrifying story about 2 friends who spend a night in a deserted mansion, where one of them is killed with an ax by a supernatural being

Upon having their car stuck in the swamp, the boys walk and find an old deserted mansion. As the hour is late, they make a bed by the fireplace and fall asleep. One of the boys is awakened by a ...
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Blob-like alien that shoots out tentacles people would stick to

I read a short story in an anthology when I was very young (I'm guessing it was some time in the mid-'70s). All I remember is that there was a blob-like alien of some kind, sitting in the middle of a ...
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After an earthquake in California, everything to the east is gone [duplicate]

Definitely published before 1980. City on west coast experiences massive earthquake. A survivor, who I think lives in the mountains above the city, (LA, San Fran?) comes out of his house when the ...
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Short story from 70s with alien parasites that enhance nervous system [duplicate]

I'm trying to locate a story I read sometime in the seventies in an anthology so it may have been written earlier. A plague/alien parasite has infected earth wreaking havoc. It's communicated by touch ...
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Looking for copies of “Analog Science Fiction & Fact” [closed]

What are good sources for specific back issues of publications like Analog? I've already looked in the normal places (Amazon, Google, etc.) but I suspect I'm going to need to search some kind of ...
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Book of short stories

There was a book of short stories that I read as a kid. I loved it and checked it out all the time in my schools library. The one story that sticks out is about a group of children in a perfect ...
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Old retired mirror maker commissioned to make a mirror that changes the past

Early 2000's story, about 20 pages maybe in a larger scifi compilation. The stories were donated for a charity - an Asian relief fund. They were from well-published authors. An approaching storm, an ...
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Story about robots turning humans into birds

I'm looking for a short story I read many years ago about robots which, in their attempt to make people happy, and knowing that people had fantasies about flying, one day capture all people and turn ...
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Escaped dolls meet Sugar Jack

I am looking for an anthologized fantasy short story in which two dolls escape from their playroom into an enchanted forest. Living in the forest is a manic, toothless creature named Sugar Jack, who ...
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Short story about alien warfare and the concept of suicide

This is a very, very short piece of fiction. Less than a thousand words, I would say. As far as I can recall, it is about two humans who are discussing a war with an alien race, which was devastated ...
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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 ...
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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) ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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,...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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-...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...