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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Movie Identification - 80s Ghost Romance Involving A Medieval Castle?

I recall seeing a movie when I was a young child in the early 80s about a man who fell in love with the ghost of a medieval woman. As best as I can recollect the man was a reporter or author and was ...
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Looking for a fantasy novel where gods rule over humans

It's a fantasy novel with a yellowish / whitish cover. It's fairly thick. In it, Gods exist alongside humans and rule over them. They can see everything a human is doing at all times unless the person ...
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Trilogy about a boy who travelled to a ghost world through a mirror?

I read this trilogy when I was around 12 and it was about this boy and his sister that moved to a city and they discovered this mirror that took them to a ghost city or something. There was 3 ghosts, ...
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Manga about a guy and a female alien fighting other aliens that are based off of types of gems

I remember reading this manga like 2 to 4 years ago. It was like the princess of the aliens (who is a diamond) somehow destroyed their planet. I don’t really remember how, but they come to Earth and ...
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An episode of a TV series, late 60s early 70s l think

Huge rocket ship carrying humans to a distant destination to resettle. The bridge of the craft is inaccessible except for a tube where food is sent up. The passengers revere "the tree".
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Hard SciFi book in which worm robots do maintenance and self assemble [duplicate]

In this book there is a female engineer who uses 3 types of robots to do a lot of the maintenance. The type that interests me is "worm". These robots could join together into a longer links for ...
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Book called “Thunderbird” by an author named Katy about space or flight

I read a book called Thunderbird by Katy something I have forgotten her last name. I vaguely remember it being about either space or flying or flying in space.
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Movie Identification: Police chase in a SF movie

Based in the future. The only scene I remember is that the guy is running away from the police. As the police are chasing him (in a tunnel-like environment), the cost of the chase (i.e. the fuel cost ...
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Terrans land on a planet with cat-like aliens and start going missing, two of the crew are werewolves that think it is the perfect place

I just remember a glimpse from around 40 years ago. The story may be older. An exploration space ship from Terra is landing on an alien planet. The Earthlings are coming in contact with the alien cat-...
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2000s Animated TV show where teenagers could physically go into a virtual world

This was an animated TV show that was broadcast in Canada in the 2000s. It was a cartoon, not live action. What I remember about the show is that there was teenagers who could physically go into a ...
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SF story about crocodiles being dragons [duplicate]

Decades ago I read a short story about a scientist who had a theory that crocodiles were dragons, but stuck in the pre-flight, pre-flame stage. He experimented, and finally produced a method of ...
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Short film with a young adult female talking to her boyfriend over video chat about the ghosts in her apartment

I watched this somewhere in the last five years, I think as part of an anthology (or maybe just a collection) of horror shorts. The opening has a young adult female (might have been Asian?) talking to ...
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Science Fiction book where an experimental ship with a 2 navigator hyperspace system leaves the crew dead

Trying to find the title of a book I believe I read in the '70s. The plot involves around a hyperspace navigator that interfaces directly with the ship from a jump chair. Normal navigation was done ...
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Graphic novel: Soldier woven in barbed wire with something like angels wings

I have read this graphic novel between 2000 and 2005 in the library. It was an around Din A4 sized hardcover book, but thin. Maybe original France, but I read it in German language. The title could be ...
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Cartoon/puzzle mini games where the objective was to blow up a tower, kill someone etc

I found this franchise when it was around 2002-2006. It just keep stuck in my head until now. These are some points that I am sure of: I am sure it was not anime. It is more of like cartoon-style ...
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Sci fi novel about time traveling astronauts

A group of astronauts come back to Earth and have time traveled to a post apocalyptic France they initially think is the past. They eventually join a clan of people who are afraid of the time of Noel....
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Novel about undead skeletons killing people to create more skeletons

Can anybody help me identify this book? I think it was called Skeletons. It was about the dead rising and coming back as skeletons of themselves and killing the living to make more skeleton people. ...
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Cartoon/anime where thunder hits a robot and the boy hero can then control it to fight evil with

I don't remember much about the cartoon or anime but there is a scene in which thunder falls on a small robot and from then (the hero is a boy) it's like the hero controls the robot and fights the ...
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Short story where alien's teleportation technology doesn't transmit the soul

This is from TV Tropes's Teleporter Accident page: An old sci-fi story dealt with aliens coming to Earth and offering to share their technology with humanity, including teleportation. Unfortunately,...
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Faked teleportation accident fuses two people's legs, criminal demands large sum from actress for latter keeping her leg

I am looking for a science-fiction short story about a faked teleportation accident. I read this in Hungarian in the 2000s in the original Galaktika magazine. The original series ran between 1972 to ...
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Fantasy book: man discovers a fantasy kingdom in his father's cabin, falls in love with a nymph/driad, is attacked by a bad guy who is his brother

Man returns to his father's cabin which has been abandoned. He discovers some type of fantasy kingdom, falls in love with this fantasy female girl (like dryad or Nymph or something). Someone ends up ...
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Children's Story, Boy receives a ball of yarn pulling it jumps ahead in life

Looking for a children's story I read a couple decades back. Retelling from memory (details probably wrong): A boy waits in the schoolyard complaining about how long and boring all of this is when ??...
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story-identification: fantasy story with physically weak protagonist that took place after nuclear winter

I started reading this book when I was in either elementary school or middle school (anywhere from like 2004-2011) that I recall was too boring for me then but that I'm very interested in remembering ...
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70's/80's short story collection about space stories such as a moment by moment account of an astronaut going faster than light

Short stories, may not have been in the same collection from the late 70’s/early 80’s. A moment by moment account of an astronaut as he is the first to travel faster than light. It described how ...
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Book or novel where the spirits of kings and heros are enshrined in statues. When an enemy approches, unknown

A book or novel where the spirits of kings and heroes are enshrined in statues. When an enemy approaches, they don't come to life, but the spirits transform common men in heroic soldiers.
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Inventor flies around the world in a machine using beamed power

I’m trying to track down a book I read around 50 years ago. Can’t remember author or title. Probably early 50’s vintage. Storyline was a wealthy inventor who flies a large flying machine around the ...
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Recent book about a disease that turns people into half-dragons

I remember someone telling me about a book but I can't remember who it was to ask them the name, so I'm hoping someone could identify it. It's a relatively recent book, since they bought it last ...
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Short story where science fiction saved the world

This very short story was either in Asimov's or Analog. It was written like a mini history lesson. They replaced all books in schools with science fiction and all the kids grew up to be creative ...
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Fantasy story entertainer hired as decoy/replacement

I've been trying to place this story for a while now so hoping someone can help. Setting: Fantasy, various main characters have elemental themed magical abilities (one has fire magic, another water ...
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Is Blueshift based on an older film? Astronauts return to uninhabited earth after 800 years

When I read the 2018 novel Blueshift by Joshua Dalzelle it seemed very familiar to me, to the point where I knew the ending before reading it. I'm certain it is based on an older movie, does anyone ...
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Book with a skull of an executed man that had shrunk to thimble-sized

Back in elementary school around 2000, I read a book about a protagonist who discovers a small skull, another character named Mortimer, and a scene near the climax where a prayer banner was used. The ...
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Story identification: all communications down

I remembered a scene from a film or TV episode earlier today, where people are remarking that all communications are down, up to and including string telephones. I believe that the medium was in some ...
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Short story in which protagonist has to go to where the last human on Earth dies to get back to the present

I read this story in one of the many anthologies I've had over the years but can't find it. The protagonist is a scientist. Something goes wrong with an experiment and he starts skipping forward ...
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Isekai manga where the main protagonist has a pet giant slime and also befriends a suit of armor with a spirit by beating them

I recall one moment from the manga where the main protagonist with his companions defeated some bandits, and then proceeded to pose as said bandits to a hero's party to train them(?). This is ...
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Small town cop TV show (70s?) where nuclear powered robot is disarmed

There was a TV show of which I saw one episode. Details are fuzzy, but it was a small town and there were two police officers. Someone was demonstrating a new robot in town. It had a TV for a belly....
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YA sci-fi novel with teens given superpowers in order to defend Earth against an alien invasion

I'm looking for an English sci-fi novel aimed at a teen audience. I read it in print between 2018 and 2014 and it seemed fairly new at the time. I think the cover was pretty dark colored, but I don't ...
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Anime series between 2000-2010 with monsters, military and crystals

I'm trying to remember the name of a series that aired between 2000-2010 and had a style very much like "Children who chase lost voices". There were monsters in the series, people who became ...
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Near future dystopian USA where rampant disinformation has destroyed “truth”

A few months ago I listened to a radio emission introducing a new book from a known sci-fi author. I thought it sounded really interesting, unfortunately, I don't remember the name of the author, book ...
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Anime with a suicidal girl who can see people's “death marks”. Meets two reapers

There was this girl who always wanted to die and then she met two guys who were reapers. She started seeing black ribbons around other people's necks and they explained to her that was a death mark or ...
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Book I read about 10 years ago; it has a black cat’s face with green eyes

The book was about a girl who was suspicious of a certain person where she stayed. She was always seen at a particular time of day, and always had her cat with her. After a while the witch got ...
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Movie where man is fastened on table and ants are eating/torturing him

As a kid, in the early 90s (maximum 91) or late 80s (87 till 89) I was in the cinema and saw some SciFi apocalyptic movie. I only remember one scene when one man is fastened on some table and ants ...
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Story/1980s sci fi anthology novel where a man is sucked into another world through a gold painting

The story in question goes as follows: a private investigator is sent to find a missing girl who had a thing for him and was trying to break into Hollywood. He finds a painting of a golden city in her ...
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Anime where a boy gets a white beam blasted at his arm which eventually turns him into a white alien creature

I only saw a small clip of it, but this teenage boy gets a white beam blasted at his arm. At first only a scar stays but then it turns into a gem. He covers it up and sometime his arm swells up and ...
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Early 80’s short story about invisible gremlins viewable only with special glasses

These gremlins were everywhere causing mayhem, pulling on ladders, etc. Their antics were sometimes fairly innocent but also occasionally dangerous. They could only be seen through the special ...
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Series between 1980 - 2000 about humanoid boy trying to live like a human

Trying to look for a series between 1980 - 2000, where the son was an android trying live a human life. I can remember everyday he had to pull the cable out of his stomach to charge himself.
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Anime Movie: Floating Islands, Post-Apocalypse Fantasy/Steampunk, Clans at War, Brother and Sister

I've been searching everywhere for this film, any help would be great! I remember so many details but still can't find it... (tl;dr - Anime Brother and One-Armed Sister on Post-Apocalypse Floating ...
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Looking for a book about out of body experiences and entering dragons minds

One of the major themes in this book is a specific berry/fruit that, when eaten, causes the person who eats it to slip into a coma and have an out of body experience. They can then float around at ...
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A 2013-14 show about youth with elemental monsters that aired on Teletoon or Cartoon Network

The main character, a boy had a fire monster and his friends all had different monsters with different elements. In the finale the boy convinced a giant fire monster (I think they were titans or ...
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Story about early stages of terraforming Mars and opposition to the project?

I read this story (probably a novel, but maybe a short story or novella) in the mid-1990s or earlier. I have an uncertain memory that it may have been a sequel or the second story in a series. I also ...
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Fantasy novel about a nobleman on a quest

Read the novel in the late eighties as a child. Short novel in a paperback format. About 150 pages. My memory is hazy so some details may be plain wrong. The evil wizard X, left the realm of (...