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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Space opera about a Dyson sphere

Help me find a book, please. What I remember is that it was a space opera (fairly huge). It was about a star that suddenly went dark and people were intrigued. They set an expedition to find out why ...
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Looking for a short story about space crew who are overtaken by an alien consciousness

I think I read it in a collection of horror or SF. The incident happens after landing on an alien planet. It may be Mars. I can not recall a physical entity being involved but somehow one of the crew'...
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Mafia-style modern vampire fantasy TV show

Some years ago I watched a TV series about a Mafia-style contemporary vampire family. It was American (or possibly Canadian) and centred on a man who had separated himself from the family but returned ...
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Looking for time dilation spaceship "restart the Earth's rotation" sci-fi short story, please

The plot is something happens to the ship, time dilation millions of years, the ship's AI is damaged but before it goes offline it relieves the Captain and puts the science officer in charge. They ...
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Fantasy comic where someone gets smothered by a thorny vine plant late 70s early 80s

Trying to find a story, or the comic magazine it appeared in. I read it in a childhood friend's garage around 1980-82 but given our ages (about 7) it was probably his father's from a few years ...
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Manhwa or color manga where the main character is a a guy reincarnated as the heroine's step-brother

I read a wonderful manhwa where the main character (MC) is a a guy reincarnated as the heroine's step-brother. The heroine was a little girl with blue hair (if I remember correctly). He also ...
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Monster battling cartoon show where the characters are able to go to the monster realm to talk to the monsters and possibly befriend/recruit them

I think the show aired somewhere around the early 2000s. It kinda has the same premise as Yu-Gi-Oh! or Pokémon, but they go to a huge lobby area to watch other battles and they’re able to go to the ...
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Sci-fi or horror, guess from Mars

When I was young, I saw a movie from space. I remember just this scene: bloody red sand, astronauts building a white oxygen tent. Inside, they take off their helmets, and from behind the tent window ...
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Body-swapped racist learns about tolerance

I have a vague memory of a film, probably from the 1960s. The main character (an older, slightly overweight white man) living in the Deep South is magically(?) turned into an African American. He ...
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Cartoon about a boy and a robot in a red cape [duplicate]

My friend is looking for a cartoon about a boy and a robot in a red cape (the robot itself is not red, it is dressed in a red cape). The action takes place in the desert, where they were preparing for ...
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Anime/cartoon about a boy and a stone dog

Anime/cartoon about a boy and a stone dog. The dog was a stone statue who spoke without opening his mouth. There was some kind of magician or just man in a hat in the anime, if I'm not mistaken. The ...
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Looking for a sci-fi text about investigation on countries and continents economic output

I guess this text belongs to Asimov, but I might be wrong. It was an investigation (auditory) about the economic output of countries and continents. There was a super computer that could predict it, ...
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Looking for a scifi movie probably 80's

In the movie a spaceship and crew have come across a stone that is pulling them towards a planet. When they get there, they find a shepherd boy that falls into a earthquake ravine and sacrifices ...
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Manhwa or manhua where the artist of an unpopular story gets hit by electricity and isekais into his story as a side character

I remember this guy caused the hero to die and almost destroyed his manga world by saying he was the creator to the Demon King and everyone. Then he chose restart and had to keep the story going and ...
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'90s movie where two prisoners are being transported during an alien invasion

I can't remember the name of this movie where they are transporting two prisoners. They are driving and turn on country music and pick up some people off the side of the road. The van rolls over and ...
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Manga about a boy with the power to grow plants

The story is about a boy with magical powers related to growing and reviving plants. One day, another boy appears in his home. The stranger is from another world, where there are no plants because ...
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Manga about a manga author and elf drawing things together

I read this manga sometime back then. It's about a guy drawing manga art and one of his characters, which is an elf, comes out from his manga and then ended up blowing up his apartment or house. ...
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A story where two self-aware starships land on Earth to pick someone up [closed]

I'm trying to find a story where two starships land on Earth to pick someone up. The starships lost their original crew. They were not human. The two ships were self-aware.
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Female Lead is adopted into a family by the mother and has an older brother. The two are in love [closed]

A manhwa where the female lead is adopted by the mother of the male lead. The female lead isn't aware of the fact that she is adopted but the male lead knows that. The two had a very difficult ...
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What's the show & episode where an inmate escapes jail via astral projection?

I'm rather confident the show in question was something like Tales from the Crypt or Tales from the Darkside, and aired in the late 80s or early 90s. In the episode, a young and soon-to-be-released ...
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Anime where a girl kills her friend over and over because she was going to a different school [closed]

I remember the anime was about a girl who would kill her best friend over and over because she was going to a different school. The girl going to the different school had blue hair i believe, and she ...
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Short story where a couple trapped in a fallout shelter is afflicted by roaches

A young couple is just getting started and they are happy to find an apartment with more amenities than they expected, and in a more central location in the city. The rub is that it's an underground ...
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American 1970's movie "DreamScape"? NO plot of aliens, children, monsters, violence, crime, dinosaurs, genetics or time travel [duplicate]

Scientists develop headgear apparatus to record someone's experiences. Other people buy the recordings and wear the apparatus to "feel" the experiences. Example: various adrenaline ...
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Sci fi short story about automation leading to less meaningful work

The opening of the story is about a particular software suite taking over the day to day management of a fast food store. The workers wear headsets and the computer tells them what their next tasks ...
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late 90s, early 2000s high(?) fantasy YA trilogy

All I remember from this trilogy was that it was 3 books in 1 giant book, a little over a thousand pages long, and I read it around 2010. It was already somewhat old by then, so it's possible the ...
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Urban "fantasy" from the 80s - seniors in a condo community draining the life force of a young tenant couple

This was an airport horror novel from the 80s with a "scientific" urban vampire twist. Starts out with a young couple searching for an apartment in an expensive city (NYC?) who find an ...
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Fiction book where a monster army has destroyed all human armies and is reaching the capital

I only read the 1st few pages of the book but I remember them a little. The world is being destroyed by monsters (do not know what kind) and despite the world's effort it has been fruitless to stop ...
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Looking for manga where mc has marriage contract with three of his childhood friends [closed]

manga where mc has marriage contract with three of his childhood friends and has to marry one of them the contract that they made was on a piece of paper made together by them when they were younger ...
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Show/movie from the late '80s where an extraterrestrial girl causes pool balls to float above a table

It may have been a made-for-TV movie, or perhaps a Tales from the Crypt / Tales from the Darkside episode. I don't remember much of the plot, although it was likely the typical alien-on-the-run-from-...
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Short story from a '70s/'80s Playboy anthology, involving a boy/man who finds himself in a time loop

Maybe 40-50 years ago, there was a story in a Playboy anthology, with a white cover, of a man who awoke and found he was 12 years old (?) again, but had all his memories. He almost immediately used ...
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Novel where the protagonist flees a space station to escape the antagonist

The protagonist runs from a former lover/bad guy and needs to get off the space station, so she has a one night stand with the male protagonist who has a navigation implant. They leave in a ship and ...
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00’s book about kids heading through door in costume to different universe

I read this book in primary school between 2005-2010. It was about 3 kids/teenagers, I believe who went through a magic door while in costumes and then took on the abilities of those costumes, they ...
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A movie where Professor from college gives Puzzle to students [closed]

My friend told me about this movie when we were in college in 2015. In that movie, Psychology class was going on and a professor gives Puzzle to Student and all the students will become a part of that ...
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Movie I saw 30yrs ago where an abandoned facility contains cryogenic chambers containing humanoid aliens

I’m looking for a movie I had seen on VHS. All I remember was that there was a couple who snuck into an abandoned facility. Something happened while they were in a room with what I think were ...
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Book about a boy who is turned into a frog somehow involving rain [closed]

I recall reading a book in the early nineties about a boy who was turned into a frog. Rain was somehow factored into the plot. The cover art showed the boy, rain and possibly a frog.
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UK scifi book with children kidnapped in spaceship

I read a library book in the late 60s. Set in the UK, a man takes five children for a ride in a spaceship, intending to "save them" from pending destruction of Earth. Nerdy Brillo is able to ...
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Dystopian kids’ novel in a society where growing your own food is illegal

I read this book as a 4th grader around 1981-82. It was about a boy who lived in a society where growing your own food was illegal. At school he had to eat hard little pink cookies that cut up his ...
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Boy in a gold space suit / Kids book in UK pre 1971

I'm trying to find a sf novel for kids published in the UK before 1971. Here's what I remember from reading it in 1971: It was hardback It was illustrated It had a plot about a boy in a gold space ...
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Novel where the main character accidentally gives sentience to a gargoyle

I think I read this a bit over ten years ago. The setting was pretty contemporary, I think in a real United States large city, with regular technology, but there was also magic. I think magic was ...
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Painting of a girl comes to life as a real person

I saw this movie when I was very young, maybe around 1990s. It’s an old movie, in which the protagonist is a painter and whatever he paints comes to life (at least that’s how I remember). He painted a ...
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What is the name of the movie where visit to father's grave brings youth

An old man, while travelling, suddenly saw the village where he had lived in childhood. When he went to the grave of his father, he fell down and woke up with his youth restored.
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Manwha/Webtoon Where Woman Shares Body with a Dragon and Goes Back in Time

I am looking for a webcomic where a woman shares a body with dragon. At the beginning of the story, she is pregnant with her child and has a loving husband. However the effects of sharing a body with ...
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Cartoon with rubies that empower animals and awaken a legendary beast

I only remember the first episode of the cartoon, in which a boy stole some red ruby stones from the enemy and ran. The enemies started chasing the boy. The rubies were used for activating some small ...
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Novel about a man abducted to be a soldier

He and the other abductees, human and alien, fight against each other in wars on a planet(s) to entertain their captors. He eventually becomes an important part of a successful revolt. The ...
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Manga with a main character who follows another guy to rebuild a worn-out guild

I read this manga a few months ago and can't remember the name. It's about the main character (of course), who is reborn, and an entire group of people have to complete this tutorial in this dungeon. ...
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1960s Short story, robot assassin

I read this at least fifty years ago so very faint memories - an anthology in the UK - no thoughts on the cover or any other stories. This guy is carrying on his humdrum life, one evening he's in some ...
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Manga with a main character that had two spirits or helpers he could summon

I read this manga a long time ago, but forgot what it was called. I remember that the main character had like two spirits or helpers he could summon. One was a fox-girl who had anger issues. I don't ...
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Animated show where the main character travels to another world. His father had apparently also been there

Watched it on Cartoon Network in 2007-2010. A boy travels to another world. A magical one. I think his father went there before and saved it. This boy also saves it. He is not necessarily a boy. A ...
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Short Story of a Boy with an Invisible Box that Contains Joy/Happiness

Looking for the name of a SciFi short story published in the 1970s about a boy who has an invisible box with joy (or happiness). He confides in his teacher, who experiences and is overwhelmed by the ...
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Black and white movie where a reptilian creature dropped on people and gave them boils

I’m trying to recall the name of a black and white movie I watched as a child. I assume it was a film from the 50s or 60s. I remember a reptilian-looking creature that hid in trees and whenever ...
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