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Use for help identifying a story and/or its creator(s), including novels, movies, comic books, entire TV series, etc. Use with another tag to specify which type of media, eg. [short-stories]. For identifying a single episode of a known series, whether TV, film, book, or comic, use [episode-...

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Short story: A trash robot in Chicago who becomes self aware and frees a human

I am trying to remember the name of a short story (or novella). It is about a lowly menial robot that collects trash or something like that in Chicago who gains some measure of self-awareness. ...
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Story of a time traveller meeting himself repeatedly [duplicate]

I read this story in the 70s or 80s (it might however be older). I think it was a short story, and not a novel. These are two scenes I remember: In the beginning of the story a guy (lets call him ...
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2010s (?) anime in which a girl trains to drive an alien battleship; her mother works in alien surveillance

A couple years ago I watched an anime on Netflix, maybe 2015-2017... It was about a girl whose mom I think worked at some government or intergalactic facility that kept an eye on aliens (who looked ...
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Story about aliens nicknamed 'Eechees' who have created a network of tunnels on Mars

I read that story in the 90's or early 2000's. I'm quite sure it was a series, but I read only the first book. It was the French translation, so it is very possible that the story dates from earlier. ...
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Late 60's or early 70's book based on War of the Worlds

This was a UK paperback, somehow the protagonist was on Venus with two or three companions. They discovered that 'the jungles' are populated by tribes of wild humans transplanted from Earth. Venus ...
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50s Young adult book about aliens from Venus who came to Earth and ignored children

My husband clearly remembers an odd book from the fifties that was science fiction but was treated as fact. It came from a school library so it should have had a well known or at least a good author. ...
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Fantasy novel where the character had to collect pendants [duplicate]

I remember reading a fantasy novel as a teen, so it would have been a young-adult novel. In it the main character had to collect pendants to ward off an evil. I remember him getting the first ...
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Book series: Sentient dinosaur-like academic travels to a city of living books

I'm seeking a relatively recent (last 10 years) fantasy series translated from the German. The title is something like City of the Living Books. The tone is humorous, and is appropriate for children,...
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Book about about a powerful alien civilisation visiting Earth, aliens refuse to give Earth helpful technology

Sometime between 1982 and 1984, I borrowed a book from the school library, which was about a powerful alien civilisation visiting Earth. Humanity asked for medicines and technology to help with its ...
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TV Movie: Villain absorbs glass to heal

I recall watching a movie in the late 90's or early 00's that involved a nanotech-enhanced cyborg, who I believe was some sort of experiment or secret military project in an otherwise normal near-...
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1960's or 1970's TV movie about about a futuristic society seeking pleasure “Who are you engaging tonight?”

I'm trying to find an obscure 1960's or 1970's movie I once saw on tv. It's about a society where bodily pleasures are encouraged, and pain & discomfort hidden with a "Soma" pill, they even taught ...
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TV movie about old man washed up on shore, later he sets out to sea and washes up again as an old man

I saw a TV show (70s or 80s) when I was a kid, where a man was lost at sea. Then near the end of the movie, he sets out again and ends up washing back up on the beach as an old man. Was there ...
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Short story where a man wakes up in mist and is attacked by a “cyborg”

Read a short story in Warren's Creepy or Eerie in the mid 1970's. Can't remember name, artist, writer or issue. Synopsis: A ragged man wakes up in mist, not knowing where he is or how he got there. ...
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Story about a girl who predicts a weapons satellite will malfunction and destroy the planet

I'm asking this question on behalf of a friend, who posted about this story on Facebook a few months ago. This is my recollection of their recollection, but luckily my long-term memory is pretty good. ...
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Short story where humans are stronger than all other aliens

I'm sure I found this on this site but can't for the life of me find the answer again. I'm looking for a science fiction story that starts off on an alien spaceship. There is a human that was ...
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Harry Potter fanfic: Snape takes care of a baby Harry

Most likely read on FF.net. I can't remember if it was a de-ageing accident or if it was a "Snape rescues/adopts Harry as a baby". The most prominent portion of the story that I can only remember ...
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Hilarious Harry Potter fanfic: Snape disguises himself as a woman when taking baby Harry outside

Most likely read on FanFiction.net, Draco and Harry are both de-aged into babies and Professor Snape becomes the unwilling guardian of them where hilarity ensues; the storytelling of this fic wasn't ...
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Graphic novel where teenager is confronted by a man with robotic arm, a girl and a “pig man”

I remember reading this graphic novel in my public library but it is no longer there. The book or its cover art was somehow related to a slaughterhouse. I know it’s really weird and strange, but I was ...
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Book about a girl who drains your life upon touching you, is hunted by a group which wants to weaponize her

There was a book I read but I can't remember the name of it; I think it was "Shattered" something. It was about a girl who drained your life upon touching you. It was set in the future and there was ...
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Story about a computer that solves death

I am trying so hard and failing right now to remember this short story I read online years ago. Hopefully someone here knows what I’m talking about though. The story is about this computer that’s ...
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60s TV series episode with a giant hand

During the 60s, I remember watching a TV live-action episode in black and white. I am almost certain that it belonged to the 1966 Japanese series adaptation of Akuma-Kun. Here below the only memories ...
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Creepy children's book where a homunculus was made

I'm trying to remember a book I read when in around 2010-2011. I live in Britain, so it was probably by a British author and set in England. I don't remember if it was an old or new book (but it was ...
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Identify Author and whether this X-Men book is canon

A few years ago I got an X-Men book by gift in London. It contains a few scenes from the 3rd X-Men movie, and a small comic where Wolverine and Sabretooth fight each other near a gas pump. Logan ...
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80s-90s? Novel, after a meteor wipes out cities in Southern California, a man is approached to help decipher advanced tech devices

Meteors have hit some cities in Southern California. (I can't remember if they were large like San Diego, or Los Angeles, or if they were smaller cities like Bakersfield or Fresno). The protagonist (...
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90s? Novel dimensional portal opens in Florida aliens emerge

Trying to remember the title of a book probably from 90s or 2000s. English Paperback. A Portal opens up in (Florida)? (Pretty sure it was Florida or another SE USA state) Small dangerous alien ...
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Science Fiction story about humans escaping earth's destruction

I remember this story being told to me about this alien race that observed this planet and its intelligent life. They find out that the planet will soon die due to the sun or something and want to ...
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Science Fiction novel where humans had multiple personalities called “Daemons”

Science fiction novel where humans were like gods. They had multiple personalities that they called "daemons" or something similar. Main character was a bit of a fop, but reportedly brilliant. He ...
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TV series with a Team

I remember watching a tv series back in 2008-2009 where theres a group of young girls and boys. They fight monster that come to the city and that comes in their way. I kinda remember the name as ...
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Reincarnation story where an immortal warrior falls in love with the Sun God's daughter

I read a story about an immortal-warrior man who served the Sun God and fell in love with the Sun God's daughter. I believe the book was published in the 00's. I also remember the cosmos being ...
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Young Tv-Show from 90s or 2000

I used to watch a live-action science fiction TV series about a young boy and his sister (named Rom). They were taken to a Utopia place where they were obliged to take injections to make them always ...
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Science fiction movie where people are called from a waiting room only to be killed and have aliens implanted in them

Can anyone identify an alien/creature movie, made at least 8 years ago? I remember distinctly people in a waiting room, and when they’re called they are put into a room and killed and aliens are put ...
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Book Identification - Children's sci-fi book about videogame aliens

So when I was a kid, I remember reading a book about a kid playing a popular videogame, except all over the world, ships are starting to appear less and less in the levels. At one point, he's ...
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YA/children series about a magical realm coexisting with ours and a talisman that only girls could hold

I have memories of reading a book or series around 1996 in England. It was, I think, set in England and involved some kids discovering a way to see the magical realm, which co-exists with the regular ...
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80s-90s thriller with a telekinesis wielder called to prevent a chemical from dripping off a hangar's ceiling

In ~1990, ~1995 I saw a movie in TV, kind of thriller about a person with telekinetic abilities. The only scene I remember is probably the final one, gripping, in huge hangar? Some chemical ...
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Seeking title / author of a story about alien first contact with Earth

As title, seeking the title of a story I read in the mid 1970s. I'm fairly sure it was a novella in an anthology. Plot details I can remember - I think main character's family name was Monk. His ...
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Webcomic about humanity declining at a massive rate because of an alien invasion

I read this webcomic a long time ago, but couldn't finish it at the time. It's about a world where humanity is declining at a massive rate because of an invasion by an outer force (maybe its alien ...
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Short story where humans don't understand the concept of “impossible” [duplicate]

There's a story that I read at some point several years ago, but I can't remember when or where. My best guess is that it was either in an out of print book of older SF stories (probably 30+ years old)...
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Online serial, higher dimensional cop & criminal imprisoned in our universe

Sometime I think in the 2000s I read some online serialised SF. It has a number of threads that only meet fairly late in the piece. One of the main threads was an alien higher-dimensional cop ...
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Web comic about a girl with a tarantula that would scare her brother and finds out she's a demon

When I was in middle school (2014- 2015 ish), I would read this web comic that was absolutely fantastic. I remember it being well written and having a nice art style. It was in a more cartoon-y style- ...
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Young adult fantasy book about a woman's body being caught in a fisherman's net

I read a book when I was young (late 80s early 90s) that I remember bits and pieces of, but can't remember the title. The book starts off with a young woman's body being pulled from the water in a ...
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Dystopian movie about the slums vs rich neighbourhoods (similair to Elysium)

I have vague memories about this movie being filled with action, big guns and a lot of jumping on rooftops in the slums of a post-apocalyptic/post government-crash movie. The only thing separating the ...
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Novel about a tattoo that comes to life and jumps off the person's body

It was a sci-fi book with a red and orange cover on the hardcover edition. I'm pretty sure the author was male but wasn't by Bradbury or Asimov or anyone like that. I think it was published in the ...
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90s TV show about a girl who travels to Australia through a secret gate in her room

It was TV series from the 90s about a girl who lives in a cold country, maybe US or Canada, and travels to her boyfriend in Australia through a secret gate in her room within just minutes.
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Book about two aliens who become the devil and god

I remember starting a paperback book my sister had when I was a teenager, in the late 80s or early 90s. It featured two aliens left behind on Earth. They become the basis for mankind's idea of the ...
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Screenshot image from a movie with a blue alien and spaceship

I found this image from a meme site. The blue bald guy seems to be an alien. There's also some kind of spaceship in the background. So, I think it's a sci-fi movie. I blocked some parts of the image ...
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BNHA Fanfic - Momo smears lipstick on her face and pretends to be Shouto to troll Endeavor

I read the most hilarious Boku no Hero Academia fanfic about a year or so ago, about the class finding out how horrible Endeavor is and they make it their mission to make his life miserable. There's ...
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Japanese bunker and evil voodoo magic. Trapped inhabitants must kill themselves to escape(?)

A group of people go to an island. There's a woman who wants to buy a piece of land there to build a resort but she discovers some underground bunker so they go to check it out but there is some evil ...
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Story where aliens visit Earth seeking engineers and pick up a sanitary engineer

The premise is that aliens visit Earth seeking engineers to help them in some great task. Unfortunately, the guy they find is a sanitary engineer (a toilet cleaner, essentially) who gets dragged into ...
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80s Cartoon like Scooby-Doo but with an invisible dog

This was an 80's TV cartoon series that was a lot like Scooby-Doo. The dog characters catchphrase was something like "it's ridiculikulous" and turned invisible (when scared?).
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70s Book about a girl who gets replaced with an android

Read this book in the 70s. Looking for a book about a young girl who gets replaced with an android. It replaces her in her real life and she gets to eat all the candy and chocolate that she wants. ...