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.

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Movie where people are trapped with no connection to the outside world but have food and water

The movie I remember is not from Hollywood, below are some of the scene references. Theme of the story is people get trapped in certain places (with recurring food and water for their survival) and ...
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Old post apocalyptic cartoon where the main character has red hair and lives with a nomadic group

I am looking for an animated TV series which was probably made in the '80s or '90s. The main character had red hair. The cartoon is set in a post apocalyptic environment and the character lives with ...
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SciFi writer’s stories are plagiarized from the future

An author of science fiction repeatedly finds that no sooner has he published a new work than he finds that that it appears as though he had plagiarized it because it is suddenly listed as an already ...
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End of the train line/depot, protagonist slips into another dimension

I’ve been trying (with no success) to find a story I read on the internet about a decade ago about a man that either falls asleep or just decides to travel to the end of the line on the train and ends ...
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What four TV series appeared on Sci-Fi channel about the same time around March 1999?

I recall seeing four new TV series that appeared on the SciFi channel about the same time. Two of them were Farscape and First Wave. Unfortunately, I cannot recall the other two. According to IMDb, ...
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Sci fi TV series about a parallel universe where belts let them stay there and give them power

I'm looking for a TV show that I watched when I was a kid (2000s). It's not Sliders, Parallax, Spellbinder, or Stormworld. It's about a boy who travels in a group with a girl and an old man (maybe a ...
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Short story: post-climate-change, mega-rich underwater retreat

I'm trying to find a short story from a pretty recent collection (sometime in the past 5-10 years). The plot involves 2 people in a sub (some sort of male consultant/operative/spy, and a female pilot)...
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Short story: humorous story with protagonist talking in riddles

I read this short story a few years ago, online, but I didn't save the link, author or title. It was about 5-10 pages long, with the following plot points that I remember: A lone human explorer lands ...
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Movie about Chinese nuclear satellite threatening a US space station

This movie came out in the 80's or early 90's. A crew aboard a space station notice a satellite orbiting close to them and find out it's actually a Chinese orbiting nuclear weapon. They spacewalk and ...
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A universe not quite like ours

Okay this is a story someone else was telling me about. I wanted to read it but he didn't remember the title. This was in the mid-eighties; the story itself must be at least that old. The protagonist ...
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Looking for story about farmer who sees aliens land in his field, but it turns out that the farmer is the alien and the aliens are humans

I’m looking for the name of a YA Science Fiction short story that I read in middle school in the 70’s. As I remember it, the story was told from the perspective of a farmer who was tending his fields ...
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Scary short story about boy who finds out he’s the only real human on Earth

Looking for a short story I read maybe 10 years ago, about a boy who finds out that he’s the only real human on Earth, and all the other people he sees are not human but something else. It takes place ...
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Looking for YA short story about boy who finds family living in cave from alternate world

I’m looking for the name of a YA short story that I read in middle school back in the late 70’s. I believe it was part of a Science Fiction short story collection. My recollection is that it had “Key” ...
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Is this scene from a Deryni novel? [duplicate]

The scene is: Wizards have gathered for a once a year forging of a ring of power. The ring is struck only once each year. There are required to be mythical beasts (don't remember which one) in the ...
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Book about boy with superpowers

There’s a book I read about a boy that has superpowers he didn’t know but then he went somewhere (I can’t remember I think it was like some camp with his school). He then goes to a forest from hearing ...
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Triton book series

In the late 1960's or early 1970's there was a book series about a boy whose parents were research scientists on on an island. There was an explosion and he was blown into the water and somehow ...
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Anime where a woman knocked into a window leaves Japanese characters with her blood

There was a scene where a random woman was knocked onto a window, and as she slid down, she wrote Japanese symbols with her blood. There were also scenes where a guy said phrases that allowed him to ...
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Old sci-fi book - man invents video game, learns secret. Love interest put in cryosleep

I am looking for an old sci-fi book that takes place in the future. People are living to be hundreds of years old and a man gets the Nobel prize for inventing a new video game to prevent boredom. He ...
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A perfect backscratch as evidence of telepathy

A man and his son swim at the beach. Afterward, the man lies down to dry in the sun, and the boy obligingly scratches his back. The salt is making the man's back itch as the seawater dries, and the ...
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Anime with a guy who goes to join a group with great powers [closed]

I watched an episode or two, years ago (3+) but haven’t been able to find it. All I remember is that it’s about a boy/guy that left his home to join some sort of group. The group had 10-ish members ...
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Robot that calculates injuries done to others by tiny fractions

I'm trying to remember a story (comic or book I think) where there is a robot that can calculate injury, suffering and harm caused to others. The hero of the story thinks that they have not hurt ...
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Looking for an 80’s fantasy book series [closed]

I am looking for an 80’s fantasy book series. The covers of the books and the books themselves were pinks and oranges. I think there may have been more than 5 but less than 15. The one I remember ...
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Comic with disturbing imagery

I recall reading a comic book (possibly a graphic novel) in the late 80's which had some disturbing imagery. I can't recall much but here are some of the things I do remember; A very burly reformed ...
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Anime show where the protagonist has a gun like instruments that releases cards having monster inside it

There was a show where the protagonist has a gun like instruments that releases cards having monster inside it. They have a team of 4 people.
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Children’s book about time travel and friends being taken from past time periods

I’m trying to remember the name of these books I read as a kid. It involved a group of friends (maybe 3 kids)? They somehow managed to travel back in time but if they changed anything or too much it ...
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An Isekai about being resummoned after he died

The manga focuses on the hero who defeats the Demon King but is sent to Earth afterwards with his memories still intact. He becomes the usual salary man and dies, returning to the world he left ...
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YA sci-fi novel with megacorp controlling massive tornadoes, mastermind with fingerprints burned off

I'm looking for a standalone novel in English aimed at a teen audience. I read it in print between about 2010 and 2016 and it was relatively recently published at the time. I believe the cover had a ...
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Early 2000s fantasy with colored stones of power [duplicate]

I'm trying to find the title of a book for a patron who has been searching for this book for about 10 years. I believe it's about a middle grade book that she read in the early 2000's and she thought ...
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Short story: what happens when everyone in a room goes silent?

40 or 50 years ago I read a story (possibly not actually sci-fi) that referred to a moment when everyone in a room stopped talking. Such moments were actually a remembrance of another world or ...
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Taking LSD while having sex and dying

Decades ago I read a story about a pilot who had a one-night stand with a stewardess native to Papua who had blue eyes due to some genetic changes in the future. They took LSD together and he realized ...
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1960's or so short story of humans landing on a planet that is sentient

The planet has always been alone and thus is terrified by the human "others." The planet's fear is felt by the people and becomes a positive feedback system until one human goes crazy and runs away. ...
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90s-2000s (Panini?) comic with a villain having an additional face on the back of his head

I have a recollection of a relatively short (20 pages?) comic I read somewhere in the mid-2000s, 2005 to 2008 most likely. It was in a magazine, in color, probably mainly aimed at children/teenage ...
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Kindle superhero series including an army guy in powered armor, a self-aware robot, and a teleporting thief

I first read this around 2015, I think. There were at least three books in the series maybe four. I remember I started getting free copies of the book from the author in exchange for reviews until I ...
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Manga where protagonist time shifted into a future world after defeating the demon king

If i remember correctly, the main character played a game, defeated the Demon King, and reawakened in a world that is just like the game, but 500 years after he slayed the Demon King. The first ...
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Story set on a planet/sun moving through our solar system with alien life experiencing many generations for a human generation [duplicate]

I'm trying to find a story set on a planet/sun moving through our solar system with alien life experiencing many generations for a human generation. I recently found a reference to it online but I ...
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2D RPG Fantasy PC Flash Game with 3 Characters - Ghost, Witch and Vampire

I couldn't find the game or the name of the game I played in the 2000s and was looking to see if anyone remember it. It wasn't a very popular game, and I believe I played it on PC on an online ...
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Book where everyone has a talent, main character can kill really well

What is this book? I can vaguely remember it but my niece is going crazy about it. Her direct synopsis: "it's the one where in this world some people are born with talents and this one girl is born ...
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Story or novel about elephantine aliens – NOT the Fithp!

My husband is searching for a story or novel he read years ago. An alien planet has humanoids with elephantine trunks for noses, but no other real resemblance to actual elephants, and then there are ...
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Looking for a short story I read in ‘85/‘86

I took a science fiction class in high school. Upstate New York. I remember reading a story about an astronaut landing on a planet. When he crash landed he thought it was uninhabited. Then his eyes ...
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Fantasy novel with a boy in a magical school who has no magic so he leaves

There was a magical war that happened in the past. Something to do with different sectors or something like that. Then the book focuses on a teenage boy that is currently at a magic school, which is ...
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Novel set in the future with mind reading aliens and a planet about to be destroyed by a supernova

The story is about a star that becomes a supernova. A colony on a planet is about to be wiped out from it , but the government keeps it under wraps because they won't be able to evacuate everyone. The ...
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Where is this clip of Darth Vader from?

I want to know where this clip of Darth Vader turning around in slow motion is from. The clip I’m talking about is at the 1:53 and 2:10 mark.
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Short story/novella: Ship sling shots around a spinning black hole

Synopses: Ship is being chased by 'bad guys', to escape they use a sling shot maneuver around a spinning black hole. As a consequence the black hole's event horizon expands (due to the rotational ...
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Anyone remember an anime about a girl whom her sister killed and became a plant monster to protect her sister?

It aired around 2000-2010. It's an anime in which the girl woke up and found herself in a lab where she lost her memory about her sister's death.
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Comics identification: Priests who are embodiment of 7 sins are venerated as saints

I read this comicbook 6-10 years ago. Can't find it but I would like to read it again. The Serbian translation was titled something like "Seven holy men" or "Saints" or "Seven saints". The main ...
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Short story about distant-future researchers who rediscover the forgotten Earth shortly before it falls into the sun

I’m looking for a short story which I read in high school, sometime between 1999 and 2005 (most likely around 2003). It’s a contemplative sci-fi story. As I remember, the plot was: In the distant ...
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Old science fiction film about people being turned into aquatic monsters

I remember watching a movie on TV many (40+) years ago. I believe it was in black and white but it may have been in color. The only salient points i can remember was that it was an adventure type ...
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Movie with world globe size red sphere

I know there’s not much detail but a friend of mine is looking for a very specific movie. There is a late 80s or early 90s B or below Sci Fi movie out there that inspired a big red Chinese buoy gift ...
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Young Adult (likely Christian-ish) Sci-Fi book - young man crashes in alien planet, attacked by a pterodactyl, dwells in caves

The title had “:a novel” after the title (so, “Book Title: a Novel”) cause I remember as a young person wondering what that meant. It was a story about young man/teen who crash landed and was all ...
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Movie with Aliens being sold on the Black Market

I watched this movie when I was a kid, around 8-9 years ago (I think) and I can't remember the title or find it on google. I seem to remember it being kind of a documentary style story shot in a ...