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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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Book series of warriors who channel magic through singing

I’m trying to locate the name of a series of books I read about 20 years ago. I think they were older but not certain. I think there were 5-8 books in the series. The main ...
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Short story with alien vampire hunter on Earth

Looking for a short story. Background was there were a ship of alien viruses(vampires) intended for a night planet that had crashed on Earth long ago and were accidentally activated by radio ...
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Fantasy-type manga where the main character defeats the demon king and goes forward in time

I'm looking for a fantasy manga where after the main character defeats the demon king, he ends up going forward in time. He also has some sort of guild related to moons that he can "shrink down" and ...
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Webcomic set in a futuristic world reminiscent of early 20th C. visions of future, with Hergé-like ligne claire style, miniature robot character

I'm trying to remember the name of a webcomic I came across some years ago (2000s to early 2010s). I recall the aesthetic of the world (I don't think it was specified to be Earth) looked like it drew ...
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Non-serious book about children selected to be heroes by aliens

I'm looking this book I read 5-10 years ago (I read a Finnish version). I think it is intended for children or teenagers. The main character is a human kid transported with other children and some ...
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Book about a teenager and alien [duplicate]

I am trying to find the title of a book that I read in the late 90s early 00s. I think the book was part of a trilogy. This is what I can remember about the story, a teenage boy leads a normal life ...
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Book about a place full of crazy people where one sane person is also locked in

About 15 years ago my mum told me about a book she read and I'm trying to find out what the title is. It wasn't a series but a single book and was most likely in English. It was about a walled off ...
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Short story about an alien named Ushtu(?) coming from a future Earth, when ours was destroyed by a nuclear explosion

I'm looking for a short story about an alien from a future Earth (from an age after a nuclear explosion destroys ours). IIR he was part of a group mind and was named (?) Ushtu
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Encyclopedia of aliens

As a kid I had a book about aliens. It was a pseudo-encyclopedia of sorts with different kinds of articles and chapters about extraterrestrials. I was so young at the time, I don't remember a great ...
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Film where boy's parent reveal their alien selves to him

I never saw the full film, just a uk trailer, dated maybe about 1990. I thought at the time "I'm gonna watch that" but then the years intervened. I've had a search through this site but no joy. What ...
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Anime where powers are measured with crystals

I faintly remember an anime I loved but didn't finish. There are a boy and 2 girls in a cafe in one episode. They use crystals to see what magical powers the boy has. They are elemental crystals ...
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Cartoon or anime featuring identical robots wearing hats and walking in ranks

At 0:57 there is some animation, might be from some anime. So I was wondering which one?
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Short story about astronauts fertilizing soil with their own bodies

There was a short-story about astronauts who lost in space on lifeless planet. They tried to grow crops but all attempts failed until the last one buried their bodies into ground. Those plants ...
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70's (or earlier) sci-fi book: character enters a world where the sun reflects the climate upon epileptic fits

I read this book in the 1970s. The central character comes in and out of a world where the color of the sun reflects the climate/chaos. The character enters the world when he experiences an epileptic ...
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Live action Disney film about a highschool student creating an invisibility formula

This starred a young Kurt Russell​ as a high-school student, his entry in a science fair (I think) is a formula that in theory could turn someone invisible. The principal of the school dismisses it ...
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1960's book about a stowaway on a moon rocket

I remember a book about a worker who got caught in a moon rocket, crashed through the crust and survived. Was joined by a chimp named Cheeky who was in the rocket and met a moon man with translucent ...
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Short story about stranded astronauts who miss the color green [duplicate]

This short story is probably from the 1950s or 60s. In it, a pair of astronauts are stranded on a planet where all the vegetation is red and there is nothing green to be seen. The only time they ever ...
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Short story about a child who is a miniature, living Earth

I saw this short story in an anthology years ago. At least 20 years old, probably more. This was a humorous short story about a child of human parents who was born as a tiny earth, complete with ...
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Manga where all the characters were human/animal hybrids

I read this manga a while ago. All the characters were half-human, half-animal. The main character was half-human, half-crow, his main weapon was this hatchet-like thing attached to a chain that he ...
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Scifi book about intelligent blob aliens and nanotech

I read it years ago and just can't remember what it was called or who wrote it. It's about blob aliens and nano tech. Humans are a spacefaring species and have met and live along side, on many ...
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Trying to find a drarry fanfic

I read it a long time ago. It's about an auror Harry accidentally bought a sexual self-read book, read and created by Draco. The voice arouses Harry, and he falls in love with it. They eventually meet ...
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Movie where a circus ringmaster turns people into animals

I’m trying to remember a movie that was circus based where I think animals were turned into people. They couldn’t leave as they would die. The ringmaster did it with magic eye things(?)
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Family sci-fi movie with cool jets stored under their big fancy house

Saw this film when I was little (around 2000-2006). All I can remember is that it’s a family movie and either the dad or the whole entire family fly their own jet/spaceship like thing. They are ...
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Story identification by illustration [on hold]

So I have an awfully vague image that I'm hoping may trigger some recognition in the mind of someone out there. I remember owning a collection of scary stories / folk tales when I was a child (early ...
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“Lost his faith in humanity in the trenches of Verdun” — last line of an SF story

I read this long story (novella?) a couple of decades ago, I believe, and probably in one of the SF magazines. There's a good chance this was in F&SF of the time. It involves a priest who was an ...
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Sci-fi film: Underground self-healing machine that fires rocks out of a tunnel

In the late eighties/early nineties I watched a film on the television. The only scene I remember clearly was when the hero is on a desert like planet. Massive great big spherical rocks were flying ...
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TV videos shown in middle school about reading books, woman book destroyer and a face that hypnotizes kids

When I was in the 7-8th grade (1994), there were class videos we had to watch about this or that. One show in particular had a cliffhanger ending, and I never got to find out what happened. There ...
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Book: main character dreams of evolving from lower life forms while he is in cold sleep

I can't remember a lot of details other than a scene where the main character is dreaming about being a trilobite who has discovered that he can eat well if he stays close to a large predatory mollusk ...
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Book (or series) about a boy who sees “mirrors”

I read a book quite a long time ago (5-7 years) and I would love to revisit it but I can't remember the name anymore. It was a about a boy who saw "mirrors" flowing around. Later on, he found out ...
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SF book about people trapped in a series of worlds they imagine

I read this story a while ago, before 1990, probably quite a bit eartlier, and I suspect it is rather older than that (60s or 70s?). I think it was a short story, but I am not sure. It is set in the ...
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Anime: Dying alien robot merge his head with an human and gives him armor to keep fighting

A humanoid high tech alien robot is being chased by an enemy through space and is partially destroyed as it fights in earth. With only his head still in one piece, it manage to merge symbiotically ...
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Short story about a man alone in a station on the moon

I read a short story in middle school I've been thinking about recently but I can't remember it's name. I totally know the story but I have no idea what it was called. A man was alone taking care of ...
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Identify a book about a boy with a magic mirror who becomes a scribe then wizard

I am looking for a book about a boy that was on a farm and looks into a magic mirror. Later the boy becomes a scribe and eventually joins a wizard college. He used magic in a sewer to hone his ...
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Book: suicidal girl is saved by a dragon in human form, dragon community faces internal strife

Read this book several years ago for free on my Kindle. It began with a girl's attempted suicide interrupted by a man. I believe he heals her? We later find out he is a dragon. He lives with several ...
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Fantasy story; one type of magic grows in power with use, but the more powerful they are, they more they are drawn to travel to their source

World is a non-Earth and mostly steriotypical sword and sorcery. I think there were only humans. I believe it was a stand alone novel, but it could have been in a series. I think it was written in ...
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Anime in which aliens invade Earth and a robot scientist makes a toy robot to fight it

I don't remember the plot but in the anime a scientist makes a boy's toy into a robot to fight the alien robot. The anime was very new and had very good animation. The boy controlled the robot in ...
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SciFi series, one book about some criminal with his extra fat cells in suitcases

It was a series, something like Spaceways Patrol or something. Kind of pulpy, maybe, around the 80s. Small books, maybe around 150 pages. One of the books had some guy who was storing his fat ...
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Combination spy novel and horror regarding “mind vampires”

I am trying to track down a novel I read in December 1990 on my way to Saudi Arabia. Lost the book. It melded some Navy "moles" in the Pentagon funneling secrets (about a new plane) to the Russians ...
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Short story by Isaac Asimov about a mental chef

I'm looking for a short story by Isaac Asimov about someone who creates dishes not in the kitchen but by combining ingredients in his head.
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Giant alien robots controlled by dinosaurs

I'm looking for a movie I watched in early 2000s, but I'm not sure when it was filmed, maybe in the 80s. It was about aliens having invaded Earth using giant robots. The rebels build their own robot ...
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Novel: non-telepath helps overthrow rule by telepaths

Years ago, I read a novel whose title I'd like to rediscover. What I can remember is this: The novel's world has powerful, amoral-or-evil telepaths who are in a dominant social position. They've got ...
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Teenagers find an ancient lizard creature in stasis and accompany him on adventures to an undersea city

When I was a kid, I read a book (likely from the '60s) about a pair of kids who find an ancient lizard/fish man inside a cave. The cave has been recently exposed by an earthquake and the creature is ...
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Book: troubleshooter born into a desolate future world

I think the book or series is from the late 70s early 80s. It's based in the future; the character was born in a desolate world and grew up with an almost animalistic survivability. It was not by L.E....
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Batman/Clayface story about a death cult made of teenage horror fans

I'm trying to find the Batman comic that centered around Clayface and a death cult made up of teenage horror fans. Anyone know the story, and/or what the comic was, or the number of the comic, if it ...
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Sci-fi movie about a woman in an asylum / psychiatric ward

I saw this movie when I was a kid around the early-to-mid '80-s - I only remember a few details of it but what I do remember left quite an impression so I'd like to find it and watch it again. Here ...
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Harry Potter fan fiction where Sirius Black rescues Harry as a child

This was a Harry Potter fan fiction in which Sirius rescues Harry when he is a kid, walks to his uncle's cabin, and uses a "cooking wand"?
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Book where humans were engineered with genes from animal species to survive hostile planets

This was asked elsewhere but the querent has never been back. It has, however, got me very curious as to the answer. Please note: I can't answer anything on the content as I'm not the OP looking ...
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Short Story with Cinderella as a Voo-doo Witch

I remember reading this in a college English class about 20 years ago. The elements I can remember are: Cinderella's mother was killed by the king because she was a witch. Both Cinderella and her ...
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90s Movie/TV series in which a boy travels to different worlds, fighting an evil scientist [duplicate]

Saw this movie/TV series the 90s, though could have been made in the 80s. It was a live action show. Boy meets a scientist, who can open a portal to different worlds They are being chased by an evil ...
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Sci-Fi book where patients in a coma ward all live in a subconscious world linked together

I'm looking for a book that I think I read about forty years ago. About a number of patients in a coma ward that lived in a subconscious world run by another powerful patient also in a coma... somehow ...