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 where a creature wrapped in newspaper attacks a man

I am trying to identify a science fiction short story I read many years ago, probably in the late 60s or early 70s. In it, a man living a typical suburban type of life goes outside to get his morning ...
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Series of short stories about an intelligent bear bred to fight an alien beast the size of a locomotive

I'm looking for a series of short stories about an intelligent bear (or species of such) bred to fight an alien beast the size of a locomotive. I recall only one story that featured a pack of bumbling,...
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Looking for short story set on alien planet where natives receive memories from brain ingestion

I read this story around 1996. It was probably no more than 10-15 years old then. It was in an anthology book which may have been Nebula showcase or Hugo winners anthology but may have been an ...
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Anthology of SF short stories, one involving scientists discovering planet that produced every life form in existence

I think this anthology consisted of five short stories. One was where explorers landed on a alien planet and were killed one by one by alien life forms. One of the forms mimicked the night sky and ...
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Trying to identify self-published story about fans of a children's book series

I'm trying to track down a self-published story or novella I read online roughly a decade ago, possibly on someone's Livejournal, written in the form of a series of emails or newsgroup posts exchanged ...
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Short story about a scientist convinced aliens steal extra time from our days, develops a split personality after trying to check it

I once read a short story about some scientist who was convinced that there were aliens/creatures stealing time from the day (so basically there are actually 25 hours in a day but the aliens steal one ...
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Short story, where humans encounter an alien race, tell them stories; the aliens act out the stories and kill the researchers

Can't remember author or title of the story. Seem to remember the protagonist is an investigator of some sort trying to find out why previously-peaceful alien race has killed the research or liaison ...
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Science fiction short story of mirror universes with the keywords Sleep and Aestivate

I remember reading a science fiction short story in the 1980s about two mirror universes, where the same incident is going on at the same time. In one universe, the keyword is Sleep and in the other, ...
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Anthology of science fiction; aliens have humans visit planet for space ship repairs

I think I've searched the relevant priors so forgive me if this is a duplicate. In the 1980's I read a hard bound anthology of science fiction in a public library. Best guess is that stories were ...
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Short story: Transported to the moon as criminal punishment, people doing crimes to go on purpose

Not sure exactly when this was published. I think it was in Asimov's or Analog, but not sure on that. It might have been on one of the big-round-number anniversaries of Heinlein's, because it has a ...
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Short Story - Exploding Mountain with Alien Craft Inside, Nearby Town Residents are Killed and Preserved

I seem to recall a story from (maybe) an anthology in the late 80s or early 90s, about some teens or kids who discover an alien spacecraft in a mountain which explodes, killing everyone in the nearby ...
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Short story from the 70s or 80s - A female protagonist turns into an animal to escape being attacked

When I was young, I had a collection of short SF/F stories. At the time, Conan the Barbarian was gaining popularity but I think this may have preceded the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie from 1982. I can'...
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Short story where man removes food from spaceship because of cheating wife

The plot is basically a short story where a maintenance guy figures out his wife is cheating on him and removes the food from a spaceship and it’s not realized until after launch.
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Music in a deafeningly noisy future

Many years ago I read a story about a musician who played an instrument (clarinet?) in an orchestra -- but a world so noisy that everyone's hearing had atrophied. Audiences attend concerts at which ...
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I am looking for a Sci-fi short story, about a woman that finds a lonely alien left on Earth

I once heard a radio dramatization of a short story about a woman that finds an alien left on Earth - if I remember it correctly, for exploration and for reporting his findings. She then starts to ...
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Short story about inter-dimensional travel; a boy meets another version of himself, is infected by needle shaped alien life forms

I listened to an audio book a few years ago that contained a story about a boy who started seeing another version of himself in his room. At first he only saw the other, but as the story progressed ...
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Short story about a precognitive person that is unable to say how to stop an alien invasion?

I remember reading this short story in 2016 on the app I Funny about this person who could see the future. They tell how they knew the winning lottery numbers, which horses would win a race, things ...
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Creature that can choose all options in its timeline

I am trying to find a very short story that I read when I was a kid in the 80s, and it is most probably decades older. It was only a paragraph or two long, and it just described an animal or creature (...
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Short story: ship for first contacts, species most like those contacted would seem to be in charge

This story was from the 1960s or earlier, read in a hardbound collection of stories, possibly all from one magazine. The spaceship was large and sent on first contact missions. It had several ...
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Short story collection published 1988-1995

A library patron is trying to identify a short story collection she bought in the late 1980s - mid 1990s. Some of the stories she remembers: A candlemaker who at first hoards his candles but then ...
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Short Story Search. Man searches city for anything non artificial

I'm looking for the title and author of a short story. Set in the future, the main character (a man) lives in a huge city where nothing "real" grow or lives. The other people he meets are androids. ...
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Looking for a short story (name and author)

I am trying to find the name and author of a short story I read about 30 or 40 years ago. The story is about a couple who tried to escape a tyrannical government. In the end, (the part I remember best)...
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Short story about storing videos in DNA

After hearing the recent announcement that scientists have stored a movie in DNA, I am reminded of a short story I read about a very similar concept; but I can't remember where I read it, the author, ...
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Short story about a advanced robot guarding a treasure

Does anyone remember the name/location of this short story? The story is about a technologically advanced robot that guards a treasure of great value. To survive the encounter and be allowed to ...
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I'm trying to identify a short science fiction story from the 60s or 70s. Title and author unknown

I can remember only two incidents from the story: Large machines are watched emerging from the sea up a beach (This is not John Wyndham's The Kraken Wakes!). At the end it is announced that God is ...
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Trying to find a short story about an undead mother

I remember reading a short story from the perspective of a child about a farmer's wife, their mother, who dies. For some reason the farmer is opposed to the normal burial custom in the town (I think ...
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Looking for short story about time-traveler coming back from Jupiter to destroy computer that governs humanity

I am looking for a short story comic book about an astronaut who builds an artificial intelligent computer and then goes on a mission to Jupiter. When the astronauts land on one of Jupiter's moons, ...
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Identification: A short story about a character in a video game that is trying to be friends with his mother

In this story, the main character is a video game character. He (or she, I can't remember) travels around with a friend and is killing aliens. He is trying to defeat the aliens in order to level up ...
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Christmas Short story about kids in a school play?

What I remember: young boys, having to sing. Not good at it. Mom is the narrator, I think. She talks of the difficulty of trying to herd her son and others as they don't seem to pay attention to ...
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Short story where aliens could “imprint” humans to enslave them

I'm trying to remember a short story from about 30 years ago. It was probably part of an anthology. An element of the plot was that there was a species of alien which could "imprint" human beings the ...
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50s/60s short story, written in the form of a letter to an editor, by a girl whose parents are missing in the woods

My mother talks about this story sometimes, written as a letter to the editor of a fantasy and science fiction magazine from a young girl - she's too young to use the powers, Mama got jealous of Daddy'...
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Short story featuring a teenager on an extraterrestrial base, who inadvertently kills an alien mushroom-like creature?

Can anyone identify a short story, which I read in the 1990s but can't find any reference to anywhere? The story features a teenage protagonist who is based in a scientific exploration base on an ...
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Story about person/alien manipulating Stock market

Saw this answer on this question and having read the answer thought I would post here to see if anybody can identify the story. A man crash lands on the earth and must acquire tremendous wealth to ...
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Bad guy lands on planet unaware of blue giant sun

Hoping for pointer to story. Person lands on planet [having done something bad] in space lifeboat with no windows. Planet has two or three suns. Does bad things on planet. Small children he ...
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Science Fiction Short Story Identification about humans begrudgingly allowed to join a galactic mindnet

This is a short I read a few years ago about humans joining a galactic mindnet/telepathic network. The other members(some are more resistant than others) allow the humans to join. Some time later, one ...
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Story ID - trying to communicate with alien spaceship using patterns, but breaking patterns works

I'm looking to identify a science fiction short story I must have read, maybe ten years ago or a bit less. It must have been in an anthology, though I don't recall what other kinds of stories were ...
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Short story about post-apocalyptic cats

I read a short story as a child. A nuclear war has happened and the protagonists are satellites/computers. They chat and plan and think they have human survivors who they nurture and help only to ...
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Short story about a paranoid space cadet

I'm trying to remember the title of this story where a space cadet is alone in space and is worried about his thermostat. It shows the correct temperature but he's convinced that it's wrong because he ...
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90s short story featuring military guy befriending blue alien that reproduces by fission

I'm looking for a story that was in one of the major sci-fi magazines in the nineties. There was a military guy and he went to a planet and meet a blue alien who didn't speak, but they formed a very ...
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Silly story where aliens cause everything inanimate (even shoes) to become intelligent and talk

This is another story I read in a science fiction magazine in the mid-to-late 1980s, probably published that decade. The premise is silly: Aliens arrive at Earth and disapprove of the way humans ...
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Looking for a short story about a runaway Girl rescued by a wildman on a planet taken over by aliens

I read a book in a library stack that was either a short book or a short story in pulp sci fi compilation book. It starts by telling the reader that the planet was taken over by aliens and now ruled ...
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Short story where all hard surfaces are destroyed by the droppings of an alien bird

I read a short story many years ago with a twist-ending similar to Ray Bradbury stories. Tthe story was post-apocalyptic and the ending involved a strange alien birdlike creature that poos on the ...
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Old story about an assassin squad sent to kill a man who stopped war

The story is told from the point of view of a member of a squad of soldiers sent to infiltrate a dome of some kind that belongs to an immortal man who stopped all countries from fighting wars. The ...
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Short story identification: Sole inhabitant of desolate planet alternatively regenerated as male / female

Written in the first person, this lonely human, inhabitant of a desolate and inhospitable planet, desperately searches for another human being who is apparently leaving traces of its existence and ...
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Trying to identify a short story (might be a novelette) about alien abduction and meat consumption

Probably by a British author, because it concerns a group of people who is abducted in the United Kingdom (the narrator is abducted in London). The main theme is the identification of what was the ...
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Short story where the hero quotes “Full Fathom Five Thy Father Lies” while having an underwater adventure

I read this in a science fiction anthology which I checked out from a public library in Indiana sometime in the early 1980s. I'm thinking no later than 1985. I don't know how old the book was when I ...
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Sci Fi short story about a woman who goes to a tower to gamble with its ancient protector who has a gun that never misses?

A couple years ago I read a good short story that I haven’t been able to find. I only sporadically read Tor, Clarkesworld, or award winning short stories, so it probably had some buzz. I think it was ...
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Collection of short horror stories with a spider woman?

This was a collection of short horror stories. One story had a journalist trying hard to get an interview with a famous woman. She agreed to meet him at an address at night. The address turned out ...
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Short story about an island nation blockaded because of hijacking

An island nation, presumably on Earth not very far in our future, has been blockaded for decades from the rest of the world because its leaders backed a series of hijackings. No one has crossed its ...
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Short story with cave on moon and married couple

I need to identify a short story - I have a feeling it is mid-20th century. A man and wife journey to the moon, I think as tourists. They go for a walk and find a cave, within which there is a ...

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