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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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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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, 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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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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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. ...