Questions tagged [story-identification]

Use for identifying a work of SF or Fantasy, including novels, movies, comic books, fanfic, TV series, video games, etc. Use with other tags to specify the type of media, eg. [short-stories]. Use [episode-identification] for identifying a single episode of a known series, whether TV, book, or comic. Use [actor-identification], [character-identification], [music-identification], or [object-identification] for those specific ID requests instead.

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Modern fantasy novel with yellow cover about girl who discovers she is a witch

It was written by a young, female (possibly Australian, I can’t really remember) author and probably came out somewhere between 2008-2013. It begins with the protagonist going about her day to day ...
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Looking for a manhwa/manhua where mc had strong regeneration

I no longer remember if it was a manhwa or a manhua but it was colorful. I think the MC had a strong regenerative ability which had a red and black thing coming out each time it regenerated. The story ...
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Star Trek novel where Riker becomes ill after drinking water aboard a Cardassian Vessel?

Plot Details/Summary I recall very little of this particular Trek novel. I'm not even sure what the main story arc was. The part I remember is that Riker is sent aboard a Cardassian vessel for some ...
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Manga involving characters with numbers on the backs of their hands

It is an isekai, I believe. The last chapters I remember reading involved the main character (MC) fighting against enemies who had numbers on the back of their hands, that indicated how strong they ...
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Movie or TV show that involves a mutagenic substance, similar to the Forced Evolutionary Virus dipping vats from the first Fallout game

This could have been a movie or TV show, but I believe it was in colour. There was a villain who had given himself a reptilian tail and menaces the heroes in some sort of facility with walkways above ...
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Weird/experimental black & white film from early 2000s?

I'm trying to remember a science fiction film I saw on a plane flight around 20 years ago. If I recall correctly, the film was mostly or entirely black and white, but appeared to be a contemporary ...
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'80 sci-fi horror movie featuring an incorporeal alien that passes from human body to body like electricity

The movie begins with a truck transporting a metal coffin with a child inside being cryopreserved. An accident follows and the refrigeration system is damaged releasing an incorporeal alien from its ...
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Short story where a man corrects a machine and the machine combusts

I’m looking for a short story in which a man is with a machine (maybe in a cave) and the machine makes a false statement (similar to 1+1=3) and the man corrects the machine which somehow ends in the ...
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1970s/early 80s Sci fi graphic novel where a giant red and white space ship lands beside the White House

Can anyone help me please, going slightly mad trying to track down a graphic novel I really enjoyed reading in the early 80's. It was about a humanoid alien who picks up a load of humans, mostly ...
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Book about a witch that make spells by spelling out words

I remember reading it when I was younger. It definitely came out after 2000, but probably before 2010. It was the first one in a series. The main character (young, 12-ish, female) is a sort of outcast ...
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'80s or '90s movie with a one-eyed monster and a couple of children in a castle

I'm looking for a movie I saw when I was a kid in the '90s, in Finland. I suspect the movie was made in the '80s. I'm not sure if it was European or from the US. The movie had a medieval castle or a ...
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Manga where the main character is isekaied and becomes a merchant. He hires a flower girl to help in his shop [duplicate]

He meets the flower girl before he gets a shop building. The flower girl gives him advice, I think. The MC also buys one of the flowers she's selling. The moment I remember is that, while he sells out,...
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Vintage short story of school kids studying a lethal alien design [duplicate]

I am trying to remember the title and author of a classic sci-fi short story / novella involving an alien invasion. It is difficult to fight the aliens because they use images designed to disrupt ...
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Red eyed monster with gaze that turns you into a wooden doll?

Back in the early to mid 90s, my mom was channel surfing and stopped on something where some people were investigating missing kids and these wooden dolls were showing up. One kid decided to go out at ...
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Book series about a female protagonist who's transported to another world, where she encounters creatures such as gnomes, witches, and sphinxes

I'm looking for a book series that came out before 2003. What I remember is that the main character (MC) is a woman who gets transported to another world. There she meets different kinds of creatures ...
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Short story involving parallel universes and a war between humanity and some dark version of humanity

In this story, as humans travel through closely linked universes, they eventually become distorted and changed. The twist at the end, I believe, was that humans were fighting vastly distorted versions ...
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Novel or novella involving a protagonist who travels forward in time and encounters a strange war where the weapons were all color-coded

The main protagonist travels forward in time and encounters a strange war where the weapons were all color-coded. Like, fire weapons were red, etc. The time traveller might have eventually "...
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Old story about plant symbiont-enabled simulated paradise

I'm looking for an SF short story in which the protagonist has a vision of the future in which all humans end up living in tanks filled with a plant-like or algae-like symbiont. The people in the ...
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YA book about kids who have powers but lose them when they get to puberty

Back in around 2015-2016, I read a new book at that time about a kid who gets tested for having a superpower, and essentially he had to guess what a hidden object/drawing was and it was a penguin with ...
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YA science fiction novel with title starting with the word "Uncle"

Sometime in the 1990s I read reviews and saw copies of a YA science fiction novel whose title was "Uncle " - the name of the uncle was unusual (a word not usually considered a name). The ...
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Kids’ book I read in the ‘70s about a family of wizards, older siblings stronger than younger ones, something about cold steel and dragons?

When I was a kid in the ‘70s there was a book I really liked about a family of wizards —- the way magic worked was that you got stronger as you got older so the older siblings were more proficient and ...
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What was this '60s SF novel about a future in which very long-lived humans can try being another sex?

My vague memory is that a long-lived man gets the opportunity to live a phase of his life as a woman. Is there a Heinlein book with such a twist? LeGuin? Any other SF novel or story I might have read ...
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What is the name of this (possibly 40 year old) Sci-Fi novel [duplicate]

my first question here, so forgive me if I do it wrong: I would like to find the name of a Sci-Fi book I read over 30 years ago (possibly 40) Author: he was some kind of military strategist i think. ...
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Trying again.. name of sci fi novel [duplicate]

The (psychic I believe)female protagonist runs from a former lover/bad guy and needs to get off the space station, so she has a one night stand with the male protagonist who has a navigation implant. ...
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What is the name of a poem about relativity? [migrated]

I am looking for a specific poem. I read it years ago and I wonder if anyone else knows what I am talking about. It was a poem on relativity and theories on the universe. I do not remember the author ...
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Movie: Inventor creates a superfast car to escape across the Soviet Iron Curtain

The film starts in an eastern european country under the soviet occupation and the main character tries to escape to the west side of the Soviet border. He's a simple farmer and firstly attaches ...
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Book Series (like 5+ books I think) with tan-ish covers about of group of adolescents

I would have read them between 2003-2007 I think, the most I can remember is that it was about a group of teens who were either on a specific quest or adventuring and each teen was a different “class” ...
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Short story about people who are unknowingly imprisoned by aliens in some sort of giant dome or underground chamber

I'm trying to find a short story I read a while ago about people who are unknowingly imprisoned by aliens in some sort of giant dome or underground chamber. They don't realize they are imprisoned ...
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Movie about two children who discover an alien stranded in an old English-style village

I've been trying to find an old movie I saw in the past and hoping someone here might know it. Following the helpful "how to ask a good question" meta post: Detail. The story follows two ...
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Time travel short story where a few people travel in a house and experience a large subjective duration

As the title says, I am looking for a short story I read probably one to two years ago. It's about three people volunteering for a scientific experiment concerning time travel. In it, they travel ...
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Manga where the main character is held captive in some facility and experimented on

Where did you read it? Online, I don't remember the site. Art Style? Japanese Manga Manga & Anime? I don't know for sure but I don't think it has a anime adaption, there shouldn't be enough ...
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Old anime series where a clumsy kid was kinda beamed up into space and met with a princess

It looked like maybe '90s-2000s. I remember there was a clumsy kid who was supposed to be a chosen one or something and was kinda beamed up into space and met with a princess. Don't remember what the ...
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Kids’ picture book about a crash-landed rocket and a robot boy on another planet

A long time ago, around when I was in kindergarten (2006ish) I remember reading a book (or rather, looking at the pictures) from the school library. It was a picture book set on another planet, with ...
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Choose your own adventure book series, including one about an alien invasion, where I think you board the ship to try and beat them

I'm trying to find a series of choose your own adventure books. From what I can remember, they were standalone and the ones I have memory of are: You're a knight exploring a cave/dungeon looking for ...
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Journalist has a close encounter with a superhero (villain?) and gains a superpower. Subsequently, he learns that heroes and villains stage fights

I read this story as a Kindle book, I think about ten years ago. It's probably in my library if I search enough, but I'm putting down details while I remember them. The protagonist (a journalist by ...
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90's Anime: High-tech tank with many secret features

I exhausted my resources on finding an anime that I watched as a child. I vaguely remember the whole plot but what I remember is the protagonist got a tank from his Father. I don't quite remember if ...
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Space opera about a Dyson sphere

Help me find a book, please. What I remember is that it was a space opera (fairly huge). It was about a star that suddenly went dark and people were intrigued. They set an expedition to find out why ...
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Looking for a short story about space crew who are taken over by an alien consciousness

I think I read it in a collection of horror or SF. The incident happens after landing on an alien planet. It may be Mars. I can not recall a physical entity being involved but somehow one of the crew'...
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Mafia-style modern vampire fantasy TV show

Some years ago I watched a TV series about a Mafia-style contemporary vampire family. It was American (or possibly Canadian) and centred on a man who had separated himself from the family but returned ...
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Looking for time dilation spaceship "restart the Earth's rotation" sci-fi short story, please

The plot is something happens to the ship, time dilation millions of years, the ship's AI is damaged but before it goes offline it relieves the Captain and puts the science officer in charge. They ...
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Fantasy comic where someone gets smothered by a thorny vine plant late 70s early 80s

Trying to find a story, or the comic magazine it appeared in. I read it in a childhood friend's garage around 1980-82 but given our ages (about 7) it was probably his father's from a few years ...
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Manhwa or color manga where the main character is a a guy reincarnated as the heroine's step-brother

I read a wonderful manhwa where the main character (MC) is a a guy reincarnated as the heroine's step-brother. The heroine was a little girl with blue hair (if I remember correctly). He also ...
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Monster battling cartoon show where the characters are able to go to the monster realm to talk to the monsters and possibly befriend/recruit them

I think the show aired somewhere around the early 2000s. It kinda has the same premise as Yu-Gi-Oh! or Pokémon, but they go to a huge lobby area to watch other battles and they’re able to go to the ...
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Sci-fi or horror, guess from Mars

When I was young, I saw a movie from space. I remember just this scene: bloody red sand, astronauts building a white oxygen tent. Inside, they take off their helmets, and from behind the tent window ...
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Body-swapped racist learns about tolerance

I have a vague memory of a film, probably from the 1960s. The main character (an older, slightly overweight white man) living in the Deep South is magically(?) turned into an African American. He ...
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Cartoon about a boy and a robot in a red cape [duplicate]

My friend is looking for a cartoon about a boy and a robot in a red cape (the robot itself is not red, it is dressed in a red cape). The action takes place in the desert, where they were preparing for ...
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Anime/cartoon about a boy and a stone dog

Anime/cartoon about a boy and a stone dog. The dog was a stone statue who spoke without opening his mouth. There was some kind of magician or just man in a hat in the anime, if I'm not mistaken. The ...
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Looking for a sci-fi text about investigation on countries and continents economic output

I guess this text belongs to Asimov, but I might be wrong. It was an investigation (auditory) about the economic output of countries and continents. There was a super computer that could predict it, ...
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Looking for a scifi movie probably 80's

In the movie a spaceship and crew have come across a stone that is pulling them towards a planet. When they get there, they find a shepherd boy that falls into a earthquake ravine and sacrifices ...
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Manhwa or manhua where the artist of an unpopular story gets hit by electricity and isekais into his story as a side character

I remember this guy caused the hero to die and almost destroyed his manga world by saying he was the creator to the Demon King and everyone. Then he chose restart and had to keep the story going and ...
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