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, Utopia, ends up with people not reading anymore

This is a short story I read recently. An astronaut returns to Earth. While she was away, humanity was transformed, probably genetically, on purpose, to create Utopia. People can't relate to others ...
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SF short story, maybe titled “House by side of the road”, about a human at a remote interstellar site guarding against alien invasion

SF short story, maybe "House by the Side of the Road"? Human at remote interstellar site as first defense line against alien invasion, probably 1970s.
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Series of novellas about a video game and weird silly putty

I'm trying to identify a series of short novels I started reading in high school. I read the books at some point between 2007 and 2010 but the books seemed older based on the condition they were in, ...
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Short Story about Multi-Generational Societal Decay

I'm looking for a short-story about a society that experienced multi-generational decay (Earth, not a colony-ship), and the story was about two relatives confronting each other. It's at least thirty ...
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Trying to find a Sci-Fi short story: World War 2, German scientists trying to find oil using wormholes

I'm trying to find the name of the story, and any anthologies that contain it. I seem to remember it involved German scientists trying to find oil by using wormholes, but they end up finding water ...
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Story featuring George Formby's song “Bless 'Em All”

This is a question my mother asked me and I wasn't able to answer. She is trying to identify a short story she read as a girl. It would have been written in the 1950s or earlier, and almost certainly ...
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Help identifying either an anthology or specific short story contained therein

When I was a kid, I had an anthology of sf stories, and now I'm trying to see if I can recover/rediscover any of them. The book itself was a hardback. I read this as a kid, so some time in the 90s. ...
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short story involving symbiotic space suit and a war against aliens

I’m trying to track down a short story that I read from my high school library in the late 80s, it would have been from one of the many short story paperback collections in circulation at the time. ...
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Short story about a library that was a dragon hoard

I think this may have been part of an anthology, as it seems like the story was short. I used to read anthologies like "Sword and Sorceress", so it may have been in something like that. ...
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60s(?) short SF story: a scientist's head is implanted in a console to help mankind after a nuclear war

I read this, I think, in an unremembered anthology about 25 years ago but the style/language made me think of the early 1960s. The tale begins with a mid-teens protagonist deciding if he can be ...
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Short story about climbing a mountain with an alien

Looking for a short story I read years ago about mountain climbing with an alien. The alien’s name started with a K. The title was alliterative - “Climbing K2 with K???”
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Teleportation door to another world or time [duplicate]

There is a human settlement, and there seems to have been an alien invasion, but it's long over. I've read this in a German anthology, but am sure it's British or American. It begins with a man at ...
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Searching for a Sci-fi short story about a parasitic fungus that makes people climb poles and explode

This short story concerns a parasitic fungus, very similar to the infamous Ophiocordyceps unilateralis in ants. In this story, it was used as a bio-weapon, and has taken over large swaths of America. ...
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Main character in a society where people have embedded medical devices grows a horn

I read a science fiction collection that included a story called Metamorphosis, about a society where everyone has an imbedded medical analyzer. The main character of the story goes through a physical ...
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What is the name of this post-apocalyptic story about a woman reminiscing?

I read it in grade school- it was one of a number of short stories in my McDougal-Littell literature textbook. I recall other stories in that textbook included "All Summer in a Day" and &...
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Short story about an astronaut experiencing time dilation

I read a short story online about an astronaut who goes on a solo trip in a ship capable of near light speed. As time goes on, he gets more and more out of sync with Earth because of time dilation. ...
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Short story - 60s or earlier - meteorite is actually crashed alien ship full of tiny insect-sized beings

This story was in one of the first SF anthologies I ever read, in the mid-1960s. A meteor lands near to a house. The householder finds it and carries it into his house (meteor is grapefruit/football ...
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Short story where you had quotas for daily activities allowed to be done by yourself instead of hiring professionals

I'm trying to find the short story where due to shortage of jobs, people were not allowed to do most things by themselves, but instead were forced to hire professionals. Everybody had daily quotas for ...
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Short story where an abused girl's parents switch places with a photo

The main character is a child whose parents suddenly feel the child's feelings & memories of abuse. The father is sexually aroused by abusing the child. (Ick ick ick) The child is always sad in ...
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Story about an invasion of Earth by creatures marginally more advanced than humans

Several years ago, I was reading a short story online about an invasion of Earth by aliens not much more advanced than humans. There is essentially one key technology holding mankind back from ...
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Robert Sheckley short story about a chaotic world [duplicate]

I have a vague memory of a short story that I think was by Robert Sheckley about a chaotic world without the usual laws. So, for example, the protagonist would open his inside jacket pocket to reach ...
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Short Story about appliances trying to sabotage humans

I read a short story (at least I'm pretty sure it was a short story) in a high school dystopian class. It was basically about appliances and other technologies getting smart and trying to gain more ...
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Looking for short horror story about a dog

I think the story I’m looking for is from a book of short stories from the 80s or early 90s, all horror. It was about a man who is stuck in his chair because his dog has turned on him. It won’t let ...
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Sci-fi short story about suicidal female singer with the ability to receive feedback from the audience into her brain

Looking for the title/author of a sci-fi short story part of an anthology (probably from the 80s): the story was about a female famous singer with the ability to receive audience feedback into her ...
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Sabotage of underwater city by a simple expedient that snowballs (as in “leaving a vent open”)

I'm trying to find back a short story from probably the 50s or 60s, possibly even earlier, concerning the successful sabotage of an underwater city by a unfriendly bunch of terrorists. They had to ...
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Subterranean civilization lives with a constant noise of machinery

In the mid-70's, my dad was attending university and had a paperback book anthology of short stories which was for a fiction class. From the best of my memory... One story I read from the book was ...
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Short story where a reptilian alien named Michael is revealed when burned at the stake (might be titled Michael)

This was a short science fiction story about an alien named Michael who goes to a village but ends up being burned at the stake, which reveals his reptilian body. He befriends a girl and her brother ...
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Aliens run a BBS to conduct anthropological investigation of Earth

This story most likely dates from the 1980s, or possibly the very early 1990s. The protagonist has discovered a BBS that you can download cool stuff from (like most BBSes) as long as you first give it ...
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Short story about aliens who want to trade items for information, stories, jokes etc

So the aliens sent down pods, maybe they were phones, requesting info and would give you things in return. I remember a guy asked for a device that could make anything you want using nanotechnology. ...
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Who was Gavin Hyde and what happened to him?

Gavin Hyde wrote three stories: The Contest (1953), Nor the Moon by Night (1958) and Sparkie's Fall (1959). All three can be found on Internet archives. In none of the magazines/books they appeared ...
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Short story about child in a simulation and a pumpkin

Pretty sure this was a short story. There is a child who likes riding his bicycle around town. One day (for halloween) his mother asks him to go buy a Pumpkin, and he rides out of town and buys a ...
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Science fiction short story about mysterious phenomenon caused by alien artifact

Trying to recall a science fiction short story which begins with the protagonist being asked to join a husband and wife team on a trip to South America (IIRC) to investigate a mysterious phenomenon (I ...
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Short story about a man who runs a solar collector in reverse to create rain

The setting is the near-future (or then-near-future) west/mid-west U.S., somewhere potentially subject to periods of drought. The protagonist is either new to a small farming community or newly ...
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SciFi story where a man can miraculously alter things in real life by switching things between parallel dimensions

I'm looking for a science-fiction story I read back in the 80s about a man who was able to miraculously alter things in real life - I believe he was able to 'fix' a girl's badly burnt skin with a ...
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Short story about mankind preparing for contact with an approaching alien spacecraft, finally passing by and ignoring humans

Following the discovery of an alien spacecraft apparently bound to Earth, plagued with conflicts, mankind organizes and prepares for contact, setting up a complete protocol. This preparation turns out ...
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Short story about the death of a giant tree [duplicate]

I'm looking for a short story about a very old, giant tree that contains an extremely valuable substance at its heart. Don't recall if in a magazine or an anthology; perhaps 10 pages? In English. I ...
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Traveler who aims to travel faster to reach better places [duplicate]

I'm trying to remember the title of a short story I read, and of course I don't even remember the author. This is a story about a traveller, a member of some kind of organisation of travellers (almost ...
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Short story about a man who makes miniature clones of the female coworker he's attracted to

Does anyone know this story? I think I originally read it in a short story collection of the author's works, but I for the life of me cannot remember the title or author. The only other thing I ...
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Magical-realist story about unconsciousness potion

I read this short story a long time ago (maybe early 2000's?) and I feel like I maybe have invented many of the details, but here's what I remember: I think it was a magical realist author, like ...
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Who wrote the short story with the climax/resolution/denouement “It only stands to reason”?

Years ago (1960s? 1970s?) I read a collection of short stories among which was a story about a large, lone seated figure on a discovered planet. Memory is vague but as I remember, it is unclear if ...
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Short story ID. Astronauts use hover bikes to traverse alien maze

I am trying to identify a short story in a children's anthology of Science Fiction stories. I read it in the early 1980's in the UK. The book was illustrated and had the look of the hardback "...
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Short sci-fi story about a hellish, industrial isolated domed city, where people live in hypnosis to see it as beautiful

I'm looking for the title/author of a short sci-fi story about a domed isolated city where people undergo (without knowing) a hypnotic treatment, to see the city as lush and beautiful, with parks and ...
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Story about a man who is perpetually cloned and imprisoned as punishment for a crime

When I was in middle school, I read a short story about a man who was told he was teleported to this other place. I don't remember if it was another planet, or if it was a ship, or what, but he was ...
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Short story- crashed pilot must run/jump around a small planet to catch the sun and charge her life supporting suit

I'm looking for a short sci-fi story of a pilot who crashed with her spaceship on a small, low gravitate planet or asteroid. In order to survive she must run/jump around it to catch the sun and power ...
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Short story about a crew finding an ancient alien ship filled with tons of artifacts from their society

Read it in an old collection that I can't recall. Ultimately, a crew of astronauts find an empty alien structure/ship, and it is filled with tons of artifacts from their society. There is some ...
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Lost Novella or Short Story: Either Uplifted or Evolved Animals finally break through a Barrier to discover that the Humans have left Earth

The protagonist, possibly an uplifted or naturally evolved bear is in charge of a project to breach a barrier. This has kept all intelligent species from leaving the area. They eventually break ...
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Lovecraft story about a man who doesn't know he's a monster

I read this story for my English class last year. The man starts out in a castle which he has lived in his whole life. He can't go through the forest because he always leads back to the castle. He ...
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Identifying a SF story about explorers on a strange planet travelling down a slowly steepening slope

I think this story is at least 40 or 50 years old as I mainly read classic SF when I was a teenager. All I can remember about it is some explorers or soldiers were exploring an enormous seemingly ...
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Trying to identify a short Sci-Fi story - virtual cyber-prison

I wonder if the StackExchange hive-mind might be able to identify the following short story I read as part of a brilliant anthology in (I think) the late eighties. The basic premise is that there's a ...
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Short story about a trial

Name of a short story (maybe in Dangerous Visions?) about a man on trial who is ultimately shot with a crossbow to the words "I will have committed no crime". The accused's name is ...

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