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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Student expelled in order to go undercover; his father heads the agency

Student cadet recruited to secret agency. Has to be expelled to go undercover. Turns out his father who he believed dead is the boss of the agency. I thought this was by Heinlein but can't find it.
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Novel with mind-trapping sculpture-like object

This is a paperback novel that I read in the 00s, but I am fairly certain that it was published earlier (probably circa 1970s). I believe that it was part of a series (the middle book of a trilogy?), ...
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Story about a really advanced room (called a "Nursery"), that makes realistic images, and ends in the main character's death

No idea when this was made, but the room (and the house) are all electronic. The "Nursery" is primarily Africa. The parents (main characters), try to change it from Africa. The parents also ...
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Short story about a euthanasia machine

I read a translation of this short story around 2000 but no idea how old the original could have been. The plot follows someone entering a euthanasia machine and being talked through the process by an ...
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Isekai Manhwa/Manhua here mc daughter and wife are murdered

I wanted to ask something does anyone know a series like (the live) where the main character's wife and daughter is murdered and the murderer disappears from the map for having gone to another world? ...
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Fantasy manga about noble MC being frowned upon due to lack of magic skills

From what I can remember, the MC is some sort of young noble who was frowned upon by people around him, due to how skittish and incompetent he was in magic. He also had a fiance that looked down on ...
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Movie with human-sized alien/bugs with guns

So all I remember is it having human-sized alien/bugs with guns. The bugs had some sort of, like, antennas in their mouths; they looked like whiskers, but they had just two each. Basically, they were ...
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Golden age SF short story where spacecraft pilots are reanimated dead people?

The key detail from the story was that because of cosmic rays or some other deadly phenomenon, pilots of spacecraft returning to earth had to be dead people who had been specially reanimated. Living ...
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Planet of cannibals

This question First story to feature the trope "the nice self-sufficient society that welcomed us are actually cannibals"? jogged my memory about a sci-fi short story that I read maybe ...
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2010s young adult fantasy book about a teenager who goes to live in a mansion and a young relative who watches an evil TV show

I think he moved to the New England area. I remember him having magical powers and living in a mansion. If I recall correctly, there was a younger relative (maybe a cousin) who watched this evil TV ...
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Live-action wuxia TV series about two brothers who were demigods with special powers

I remember when I was a kid (I think in 2004), I watched this live-action wuxia TV series on DVD in the US about two brothers who were demigods with special powers. The youngest had eyes that could ...
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X-men comic about a citadel with an "all-powerful" gem

Back when I was a kid I remember reading an X-men comic where they get transported to some sort of citadel in another planet by a villain, in order to retrieve some sort of gem. What I remember about ...
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Book where Patton or MacArthur teams up with Robert E.Lee in an apocalyptic world

A friend told me he read an excellent SF book years ago where Patton or maybe MacArthur partnered somehow with Robert E. Lee in a near-future apocalyptic world. Who knows this?
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Webcomic about "small differences" ruining a date (specifically one of them likes YOHpt1 the other YOHpt2) [closed]

Trying to track down a webcomic. The panels are a back and forth between a couple on a first date. Something like "What do you do mostly?" "oh watch a lot of tv?" "whats your ...
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Short Marvel fanfic about Magneto having a head cold

I think I read this in college, which would put it between 1998 and 2002. I thought I read it on the Fonts of Wisdom site, but I can't find it on there. It was a short humorous fanfic where Magneto ...
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1950s TV episode where a motorcyclist takes a drug which changes his time perception, enabling him to avoid logs falling off a truck

On a show like Science Fiction Theater (but not that one), a maniac was releasing logs from the back of his truck and killing motorcycle riders. A man took a drug which changed his time perception, ...
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Book about a girl who finds out she was a fairy sent away to keep her safe, and gets sent someone to protect her

I’m pretty sure the cover has the girl in a dress sitting down next to a pool of water. She was born a fairy but brought up as human and eventually finds out she was actually a fairy sent away for her ...
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YA book ID: short stories including Masked Granny and hypnotic TV camera

Who can identify this collection of sci-fi (or spec-fi) short stories that I read (in Britain) in the late '80s or early '90s? One story was about a rock singer called "Masked Granny". She ...
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Manhua/manga/manhwa where the female lead's kingdom gets destroyed, and she's kidnapped and "held hostage"

It was a typical romance isekai to some extent. The female lead read a story and died, then reincarnated into it. She realizes her kingdom gets destroyed (I think). Her sister or someone she knew is ...
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Sci-fi book read in the early 2000s about a video game developer evading kidnappers, who want his in-game geology algorithm, I think

The main protagonist was a genius game designer / CEO of a computer game company, who knew where the minable resources in the game were, because he was the one who created the very realistic geology ...
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Manhua where the main character's mother's family was a renowned cultivator family, and his dad is watching over a portal to some dimension

I'm looking for a manhua where the main character's mother's family was actually a renowned cultivator family, and his dad is watching over a portal to some dimension.
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Film that begins with spaceship combat seen from a cockpit or control room

Alright, so as a kid I remember seeing the beginning of a film on TV, and it's been bugging me for more than a decade trying to figure out what it was. I remember the first scene - it felt like late ...
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Spaceship chess game identification

I faintly remember the game, I played it as a kid in the early 00s. The game involved a chessboard where at first you could play chess as you normally would. When a piece would take another piece ...
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'80s novella about a computer running everything, which is destroyed by a punch card

I have been trying to find even a reference to this book and haven't been able to do so. I read it in the early '80s, but it might have been published a bit earlier. It was a rather small mass market ...
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Novel with a women editing 20/21st century movies to add interaction and 3D effects

Novel with a women editing 20/21st century movies to add interaction and 3D effects. She lived in a shack in the wilderness and if I remember correctly it was an additional source of income. I thought ...
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Manga/manhwa about a guy with water powers, a secret society, and a secret training island

I read this story a bit then left and forgot its name. There is a guy who discovers that he has water-controlling powers when he is attacked on a rooftop near a water tank, and he suddenly creates a ...
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Short story about time travel and refugees from the future

I'm trying to find a short story about a woman whose job is processing time travelling refugees from a future genocide/dystopia. The protagonist is in charge of settling them in refugee camps. She's ...
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Anime movie/series about school students that go to another world with rocky territory, they fight square monsters

I’m trying to find a movie or series, it was an anime or some animation if I remember right. I watched it around 2010-2016. I remember it had school students and they transport to another world or ...
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Trying to find the name of a movie that I (partly) know the plot of involving a small town and aliens

I am trying to find the name of a (possible) movie that I only know the plot of partly (since I don’t know the movie completely, it may contain some spoilers). As far as I know, it is as follows: It ...
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Book with people who wake up in pods in the middle of the street

I don't remember much about this story other than it is quite old. In the plot all I can remember is that there were a group of people who wake up in pods in the middle of the street of a town. I ...
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Book about an invented material that can raise the dead but is toxic to the living [duplicate]

Book I read in the early 1970s about a group of scientists who invent or discover a material that allows dead people to be brought back to life, but is toxic to living beings. They use it to bring ...
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Manga where the MC is a magician who gets reincarnated and adopted by goblins

The manga is about a magician who gets reincarnated as a noble but gets abandoned by his father. he was later adopted by a goblin and he turns his village into a monster kingdom.
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2 early 2000's cartoons I cannot remember [closed]

There's one I'm pretty sure is called Z-Animals where a trio of kids travel to another World Ig and save morphed beings. The main character can turn into them and there's a walking orange shark. The ...
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Book involving an AI/robot planet that became cut off from humans

I'm trying to remember the name of a sci-fi book in English that I must have read in the last 10 years, but have gone through my Kindle history and can’t seem to find it. I'm pretty sure that it was a ...
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Webtoon where the main character is suicidal [closed]

I've been looking for this webtoon story where the main character is basically suffering from depression. I think the plot is all about him recovering from his past. I haven't read much about it since ...
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Story with Iron Man jumping into a time portal to escape the Phoenix, before she destroyed the Earth

The Phoenix is brought back by a dying man wanting to destroy the Earth, while Tony Stark watches. Tony jumps into a time portal to escape at the last minute. He goes through different time frames of ...
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Worm fanfic where Taylor is biomanipulation powers centered on insects by Cauldron as part of a scheme by Emma to make her a nemesis

The story had a few premises that diverge from the main narrative. For one, Cauldron has a black market where you can buy the vials that give powers. As with the main story, they can't pinpoint powers,...
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Pre-2000 Ranma 1/2 and Sailor Moon fanfic with a failed romance between Michiru and Ranma

Seeing if anyone can find a fanfic where there was a crossover between Ranma 1/2 and Sailor Moon, where (pre-series) Michiru and (post-series) Ranma where the plot brought them together in a ...
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Series of books/novellas, involving a depopulated Earth, mass infertility, a religious cult, time travel, and Amazon warriors

There was a series of books/novellas in the '70s or so, involving a very depopulated Earth due to a chemical/drug error that made all females who lived in modern society infertile. A prophet had ...
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Book about a lost princess and a pond [closed]

I was in middle school from 2002-2004 and I fell in love with this book. I thought it was called The Princess Through the Pond. All I can remember is that she goes through, then she finds out she's a ...
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Need help finding a horror movie (horror buffs)

This movie might have been an all Asian staff if not there was a girl with piercings in it that was.(I think) They are stuck in an elevator (or some room) and they can’t get out. It seems like a witch ...
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Which source book does this page (featuring the outline of a terminator anatomy) come from?

Which source book does this page (featuring the outline of a terminator anatomy) come from?
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Fantasy book where two boys swap places from different worlds

I am looking for a book I read when I was younger. It involves 2 boys from different world swapping places and pretending to be each other. They are identical except that one is white and the other is ...
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Children's/YA fantasy book where the protagonist is briefly possessed by the villain

I'm looking for a book/series that I read probably 8-10 years ago (although it could have come out earlier). In the book, the hero makes some kind of deal with a possessing entity, where that entity ...
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Alien movie where the spaceship crashed and repaired itself like reptile skin

I watched this movie a long time ago. I remember the aliens come to Earth because of DNA and showed some humans the family tree showing special DNA on it. The ship crashed and was repairing itself. I ...
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Time traveller going backwards and mad in museum [duplicate]

Interesting short story I read 1970-80s. A lifepod containing one occupant appears at a museum. At first hairy, dirty and wildly incoherent, the occupant becomes calmer, cleaner and communicative over ...
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A movie about travelling to the future, where a man see the earth "start" again? [duplicate]

I can't remember the name of this movie I saw when I was a kid. All I can remember was that the man travelled through time every few years ahead,never coming back, one of the years the moon is quite ...
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Children's graphic novel?

Looking for a graphic novel(s), roughly mystery stories targeted at high primary/ low secondary readers. Would have been published by 2007 in english. Art style is not particularly unique - but it is '...
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Fantasy/sci-fi book about a boy who gets superpowers from the future

I read this book a over a decade ago. and even then the book looked old. I can't say exactly when it came out. Each chapter was written in a different style. Some in first-person, some in third-person,...
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Twin star, perception disturbances on space station, punning text message

A humorous short story from an anthology read 1970-80s. Humans have established a space station that orbits both stars of a twin system. As a result days and nights are of radically different lengths. ...
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