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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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Short story with deformed baby who takes on all diseases

Tale of a baby born who was very deformed. I think he was named after a biblical character. People wanted him to be killed as they were scared of him. Ending is he takes on all mankind’s diseases.
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Old short story, same personalities, differing planes of existence

It was a short story in a SF anthology (UK) I read it about 20 years ago but I seem to remember it was an older book. A housewife realised her husband wasn't her husband anymore, he had the same name ...
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Trying to find a movie about evil praying mantis aliens that attacked Earth

There’s this really terrible movie and I loved it. There were these evil praying mantis aliens that attacked Earth. And one at the military place bit off a guy’s head. And you see a tube with blood ...
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Seed ship, unsexed person, cover has golden person attached to ship by umbilical cord

I read this book in the late 80s or early 90s. It was not new at the time. There was an uncrewed, automated seed ship (spaceship of genetic material or records but no actual organisms) sent out from ...
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Cartoon from 90s-2000s about alien who is stranded on Earth and has a son with a woman

There was this 90s-2000s cartoon (like the old-style cartoons X-Men, Spider-Man, Superman etc) about an alien being stranded on Earth and fathering a child with a woman. Then something happened to the ...
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A sci-fi-ish movie about toys coming to life I saw on TV when I was a kid

I've been looking for this movie for probably two decades - not because it's brilliant or anything, but just because I can't leave a mystery unsolved. It was a movie about a kid who loved toys and ...
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Sci-Fi book with girl who spent 3 years in space

Major Plot Points She has spent the last 3 years in space, I think because she had training of some sort. When she comes back to her planet (starts with "V," I think), she finds some of the species ...
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Flying wingpacks and floating, spherical houses

I have been trying to recall the title & author of a juvenile science fiction novel I borrowed from my public library in the early 80s. The protagonist had or wanted a backpack flying wings and ...
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Story I read in the 1960's about the the human population abandoning the earth

The protagonist is living in a sunny villa on a hill. All (or almost all) other people have voluntarily "beamed up" to a supposedly better place, but he's hesitating about whether to follow them. He ...
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Movie where a girl helps an injured bird and receives gifts from it [on hold]

I don’t remember details but I remember that a bird was injured and a girl (I think that she was poor) saved the bird and in exchange the bird gave her a lot of things. I remember that a guy, later, ...
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Novel: Undercover good guys won't pay “protection money”

While there is nothing involving Sci-Fi or Fantasy in this scene, I am sure I read it in a Sci-Fi/Fantasy book. Probably written since 2000. Good Guys (very militarized bunch) set up in a cover ...
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Post-apocalyptic short story: Traveling technician sells nuclear weapon that requires sacrifice of own son to operate

This is a short story that I read in the mid-to-late 1980s, most probably in a science fiction magazine that was published in the 1960s or 1970s. The story's world is a post-apocalyptic situation, ...
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Marvel Comic with Ant-Man and Spider-Man holding a weapon

I am looking for a story which I can only remember one page from. It starts with the villain saying something to the effect of "you don't dare to fire that". It then cuts to a panel with Spider-Man ...
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Short story where a grandmother is living backwards through time and a flood

Young teen has a grandmother who is seen as crazy, she talks to people who aren't there and moves around the house miming different tasks to air. The teen sees her grandma talking about a birthday ...
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Star Trek novel where Captain Kirk is bemoaning his biological urges interrupting a dramatic moment

Everybody knows that, in fiction, Nobody Poops unless it's being played for humor. I have a vivid memory of reading a Star Trek novel (I'm pretty sure not based off of a TV series episode or one of ...
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Novel about non modular aliens who die young [duplicate]

It's been years since I read it. So I'm not sure when the book was published but I read it sometime before 2006. It was a single novel. Not a series. I remember that the protagonists - humans are ...
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90s (or earlier) Arthurian book: women training to be witches, evil Merlin and Excalibur called Caliborne

I'm looking for a book that I read in the mid 90s. It was about 3 sisters meeting Morgan le Fey in modern times and training to be witches. The overall plot assumes the legend if King Arthur was ...
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YA books about clones escaping from a facility and on the run

YA trilogy. Read it around 2004-05. Random find at the library, don't know the publishing yr. The first book has 2 clones (male, dunno age but between 10-16) living in a very controlled environment ...
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Short story with ship and ancient artifact

Someone receives an artifact which is the model of a ship. He immediately is teleported on top of the ship which becomes life-size and drops in a large ocean. There are two sides in the ocean, one ...
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Science fiction book about tree people

It had something to do with humans that had evolved into bird/lizard-like people that were taller and lived in the trees. Also standard humans that were considered short and strong by the bird people, ...
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Old anime where a girl comes from a star

What’s the name of the anime that’s about a girl coming from a star? The main character is two boys that’s friends and when the girl come from a star one of the boys transform into a monster. Later ...
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Man starts speaking in tongues and founds a cult because he's possessed by a super-being from the future

Read in the 1990s. I don't think it was by any of the famous SF authors. I think the cover had a black-and-white image on a black background. Some of the book was told in the form of documents and ...
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70s or 80s novel. Couple abducted from planet, man is killed and woman eventually takes over ship (Adult themes)

Paperback from the 70s or 80s. It might have been part of an Adult themed series. (much like the Longarm western series) But I am not sure. A Couple on an low tech farming type planet head out in a ...
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Old movie about a boy reading a book that is blank when he tries to flip ahead of the action

This is a kids' movie about kids; what I can remember from this pretty old movie is vague. A boy reads a book, in that book is a scene where a man or a boy is riding a horse to a fountain. They try ...
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Hard sci-fi novel that begins with an entity cruising around space 'like a shark'?

In a bookstore in the 1980s, I read the first pages of a hard science fiction novel that began with the memorable description of some creature or ship or intelligence that was like a shark swimming ...
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Three worlds - blasted, hi-tech, magic

I originally read this in the 1980s or 1990s; the author was considered up-and-coming at the time, but not really well-known. The two main characters were a 'courier' and a wealthy student: the '...
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Old B movie with shapeshifting alien

Trying to find this old movie I saw when I was like 12. I believe it was set in a small town, there was a shapeshifting alien that could take the form of anyone. I think a special ops team comes to ...
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What movie is playing in this Android phone review?

At 3'37 in this phone review, a movie is playing. What is it?
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50s movie where humans escape alien planet

Aliens with antennae threaten humans when their ship breaks down on another planet so the humans try to escape. Some or one of the aliens help the humans escape.
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Obscure 80's cartoon: jungle tree house with a glass domed roof, characters going berserk after inhaling a vapour from a ring

I remember seeing a cartoon as a kid that takes place in a jungle. I remember the characters travelling up an elevator in a tree up to a big tree house with a glass domed roof or something like that? ...
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Late 1950s short story in an anthology titled something like “100 Best Science Fiction Stories”

Circa 1958, I read a short story in a sci-fi anthology in which the protagonist is (possibly) the last human on earth. Stumbling about the ruins of a city he spots something alive – a chicken. He's ...
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A show where the protagonist finds a ring in a vase which his father owned

I don't remember the entire show, but the show was about a person who took a girl to his house and while they were there, the protagonist broke a helmet. afterwards, the girl tries to take the ring ...
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90s (or earlier) sci fi book about demons being an ancient alien race

I'm trying to remember this book I read back in the 90's but I suspect may be older. Humanity gets discovered by three alien superpowers and they split humanity into three groups and take over/...
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Interstellar pioneers that evolve according to planet

A library book that I read in the 1990s so Could be older, about different single pioneers sent to different planets and they each adapted to the environment of that planet. The main character grew ...
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Book bout a race of giant lizards (possibly aliens) that shape shift into humans they bred with humans

I'm desperately trying to find the title of a book I read years ago. I believe it was written in the 80s(?) I picked it up from a 2nd hand shop about 20 years ago. It was about a race of giant ...
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Anime where a boy is attacked and blamed for some incident [closed]

I saw a clip of an anime sometime back was not unable to find it. The clip showed a boy, apparently the main character, who was misunderstood by everyone and blamed for some incident. A girl tries to ...
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Kids animated show with a magic globes and a fan

Around 1995-1996 I watched a TV show about a family, parents with two kids, a boy, and a girl. In the show, their grandmother had a magic globe, and with a fan, she touched the globe at some point, ...
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What is this movie called?! - Dystopian Arthouse film

I found a movie a while ago that I just can not remember the name of. It was centered around a man in a dystopian destroyed city who was making a robot in his basement. He makes the robot look like ...
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Comic book about dinosaurs in space

The comic book I'm talking about is about this one T. rex-like dinosaur being frozen in a cryo-pod after trying to rejoin his father on Earth, who was holding off some sort of black ooze from getting ...
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80's cartoon featuring a “magic toolbox”

This was so long ago I barely remember any of it- what I do recall is when the hero and his friends got in trouble, there would be this scene where (I think) the boy's arm would temporarily stretch (...
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British SF TV Series, using a Black Hole for waste disposal

This British series was broadcast in approximately 2000-2003. It may have been a repeat of a previously aired series. It consisted of approximately four episodes. In it, the UK government were using ...
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Short Film from the 80's with a character made from sand

I'm trying to locate a short film from early 1980s. The main character (he or she) was made of sand or something to look like this and the whole thing was sand stop-motion. There were different ...
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A train full of Warlords

I am sure I read this story in an collection of shorts many years ago. Possibly not the correct title but that is the basis of the tale. A fast moving train with a bunch of warlords on it.
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Harry Potter give birth to Voldemort’s daughter

I’m trying to find a story in which Voldemort kidnaps Harry and Harry becomes pregnant. Harry escapes and Dumbledore puts Harry in a safe house, where he births Voldemort's daughter. Voldemort want's ...
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The origin of the Moon: Comic book

This is story where the human race, once widespread in the galaxy, was beaten back to our home planet after a devastating interstellar war. The aliens won the war and the Moon -- an artificial ...
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The origin of the Moon: Short story

This is a Matheson-like story where the human race, once widespread in the galaxy, was beaten back to our home planet after a devastating interstellar war. The aliens won the war and the Moon -- an ...
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Anime: boy spawns down monsters, including a floating eyeball, is saved by an adult from drowning when diving to look for a boat [duplicate]

When I was younger like 6-7, I used to watch an anime. There was a guy, he looked more realistic than other animes. I remember something that he could spawn down monsters (I remember one monster ...
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Looking for the title &/or author of an urban fantasy book series

I read the first book in an urban fantasy series years ago, I've wanted to finish it for a while but I cant find the book don't remember the title or author, please help. The book takes place in the ...
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1950s or earlier book with electrical currents living on Pluto

My first sci-fi book I ever read was in the early 1950's in Europe (probably 1952) and it had 10 stories about a different form of life on every planet, including the sun. All I can really remember is ...
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Story about encounter with hostile aliens

This is a short story I read in the late 80s or early 90s in an anthology or collection. Here are the plot points I remember: A human spaceship encounters a ship with hostile aliens (HA). There may ...