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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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Short story where a grandmother is living backwards through time and a flood

Young teen has a grandmother who is seen as crazy, she talks to people who aren't there and moves around the house miming different tasks to air. The teen sees her grandma talking about a birthday ...
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Star Trek novel where Captain Kirk is bemoaning his biological urges interrupting a dramatic moment

Everybody knows that, in fiction, Nobody Poops unless it's being played for humor. I have a vivid memory of reading a Star Trek novel (I'm pretty sure not based off of a TV series episode or one of ...
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Novel about non modular aliens who die young [duplicate]

It's been years since I read it. So I'm not sure when the book was published but I read it sometime before 2006. It was a single novel. Not a series. I remember that the protagonists - humans are ...
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90s (or earlier) Arthurian book: women training to be witches, evil Merlin and Excalibur called Caliborne

I'm looking for a book that I read in the mid 90s. It was about 3 sisters meeting Morgan le Fey in modern times and training to be witches. The overall plot assumes the legend if King Arthur was ...
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YA books about clones escaping from a facility and on the run

YA trilogy. Read it around 2004-05. Random find at the library, don't know the publishing yr. The first book has 2 clones (male, dunno age but between 10-16) living in a very controlled environment ...
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Short story with ship and ancient artifact

Someone receives an artifact which is the model of a ship. He immediately is teleported on top of the ship which becomes life-size and drops in a large ocean. There are two sides in the ocean, one ...
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Science fiction book about tree people

It had something to do with humans that had evolved into bird/lizard-like people that were taller and lived in the trees. Also standard humans that were considered short and strong by the bird people, ...
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Old anime where a girl comes from a star

What’s the name of the anime that’s about a girl coming from a star? The main character is two boys that’s friends and when the girl come from a star one of the boys transform into a monster. Later ...
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Man starts speaking in tongues and founds a cult because he's possessed by a super-being from the future

Read in the 1990s. I don't think it was by any of the famous SF authors. I think the cover had a black-and-white image on a black background. Some of the book was told in the form of documents and ...
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70s or 80s novel. Couple abducted from planet, man is killed and woman eventually takes over ship (Adult themes)

Paperback from the 70s or 80s. It might have been part of an Adult themed series. (much like the Longarm western series) But I am not sure. A Couple on an low tech farming type planet head out in a ...
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Old movie about a boy reading a book that is blank when he tries to flip ahead of the action

This is a kids' movie about kids; what I can remember from this pretty old movie is vague. A boy reads a book, in that book is a scene where a man or a boy is riding a horse to a fountain. They try ...
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Hard sci-fi novel that begins with an entity cruising around space 'like a shark'?

In a bookstore in the 1980s, I read the first pages of a hard science fiction novel that began with the memorable description of some creature or ship or intelligence that was like a shark swimming ...
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Three worlds - blasted, hi-tech, magic

I originally read this in the 1980s or 1990s; the author was considered up-and-coming at the time, but not really well-known. The two main characters were a 'courier' and a wealthy student: the '...
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Old B movie with shapeshifting alien

Trying to find this old movie I saw when I was like 12. I believe it was set in a small town, there was a shapeshifting alien that could take the form of anyone. I think a special ops team comes to ...
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What movie is playing in this Android phone review?

At 3'37 in this phone review, a movie is playing. What is it?
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50s movie where humans escape alien planet

Aliens with antennae threaten humans when their ship breaks down on another planet so the humans try to escape. Some or one of the aliens help the humans escape.
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Obscure 80's cartoon: jungle tree house with a glass domed roof, characters going berserk after inhaling a vapour from a ring

I remember seeing a cartoon as a kid that takes place in a jungle. I remember the characters travelling up an elevator in a tree up to a big tree house with a glass domed roof or something like that? ...
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Late 1950s short story in an anthology titled something like “100 Best Science Fiction Stories”

Circa 1958, I read a short story in a sci-fi anthology in which the protagonist is (possibly) the last human on earth. Stumbling about the ruins of a city he spots something alive – a chicken. He's ...
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A show where the protagonist finds a ring in a vase which his father owned

I don't remember the entire show, but the show was about a person who took a girl to his house and while they were there, the protagonist broke a helmet. afterwards, the girl tries to take the ring ...
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90s (or earlier) sci fi book about demons being an ancient alien race

I'm trying to remember this book I read back in the 90's but I suspect may be older. Humanity gets discovered by three alien superpowers and they split humanity into three groups and take over/...
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Interstellar pioneers that evolve according to planet

A library book that I read in the 1990s so Could be older, about different single pioneers sent to different planets and they each adapted to the environment of that planet. The main character grew ...
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Book bout a race of giant lizards (possibly aliens) that shape shift into humans they bred with humans

I'm desperately trying to find the title of a book I read years ago. I believe it was written in the 80s(?) I picked it up from a 2nd hand shop about 20 years ago. It was about a race of giant ...
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Anime where a boy is attacked and blamed for some incident [on hold]

I saw a clip of an anime sometime back was not unable to find it. The clip showed a boy, apparently the main character, who was misunderstood by everyone and blamed for some incident. A girl tries to ...
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Kids animated show with a magic globes and a fan

Around 1995-1996 I watched a TV show about a family, parents with two kids, a boy, and a girl. In the show, their grandmother had a magic globe, and with a fan, she touched the globe at some point, ...
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What is this movie called?! - Dystopian Arthouse film

I found a movie a while ago that I just can not remember the name of. It was centered around a man in a dystopian destroyed city who was making a robot in his basement. He makes the robot look like ...
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Comic book about dinosaurs in space

The comic book I'm talking about is about this one T. rex-like dinosaur being frozen in a cryo-pod after trying to rejoin his father on Earth, who was holding off some sort of black ooze from getting ...
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80's cartoon featuring a “magic toolbox”

This was so long ago I barely remember any of it- what I do recall is when the hero and his friends got in trouble, there would be this scene where (I think) the boy's arm would temporarily stretch (...
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British SF TV Series, using a Black Hole for waste disposal

This British series was broadcast in approximately 2000-2003. It may have been a repeat of a previously aired series. It consisted of approximately four episodes. In it, the UK government were using ...
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Short Film from the 80's with a character made from sand

I'm trying to locate a short film from early 1980s. The main character (he or she) was made of sand or something to look like this and the whole thing was sand stop-motion. There were different ...
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A train full of Warlords

I am sure I read this story in an collection of shorts many years ago. Possibly not the correct title but that is the basis of the tale. A fast moving train with a bunch of warlords on it.
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Harry Potter give birth to Voldemort’s daughter

I’m trying to find a story in which Voldemort kidnaps Harry and Harry becomes pregnant. Harry escapes and Dumbledore puts Harry in a safe house, where he births Voldemort's daughter. Voldemort want's ...
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The origin of the Moon: Comic book

This is story where the human race, once widespread in the galaxy, was beaten back to our home planet after a devastating interstellar war. The aliens won the war and the Moon -- an artificial ...
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The origin of the Moon: Short story

This is a Matheson-like story where the human race, once widespread in the galaxy, was beaten back to our home planet after a devastating interstellar war. The aliens won the war and the Moon -- an ...
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Anime: boy spawns down monsters, including a floating eyeball, is saved by an adult from drowning when diving to look for a boat [duplicate]

When I was younger like 6-7, I used to watch an anime. There was a guy, he looked more realistic than other animes. I remember something that he could spawn down monsters (I remember one monster ...
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Looking for the title &/or author of an urban fantasy book series

I read the first book in an urban fantasy series years ago, I've wanted to finish it for a while but I cant find the book don't remember the title or author, please help. The book takes place in the ...
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1950s or earlier book with electrical currents living on Pluto

My first sci-fi book I ever read was in the early 1950's in Europe (probably 1952) and it had 10 stories about a different form of life on every planet, including the sun. All I can really remember is ...
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Story about encounter with hostile aliens

This is a short story I read in the late 80s or early 90s in an anthology or collection. Here are the plot points I remember: A human spaceship encounters a ship with hostile aliens (HA). There may ...
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Old robot movie with robots in cages being hurt at a carnival show

This was definitely not a movie I was supposed to be watching for my age. That's the reason this movie is very faint in my memory. I have spent well over 4 hours, on and off, looking for this movie ...
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Short story about a lady visiting a conference for multiverse versions of herself?

I would appreciate some help finding a story I read on lightspeedmagazine.com whose title I've forgotten. The details I recall are: The lady had a job involving investigation in some form There is a ...
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Science fiction carton/animated short: robot spider/insect crash lands and kills a superhero

I'm looking for an old cartoon that I watched back in like the early 90s. Not sure when it was made, but it was a short for sure. It was about an alien robot insect/spider? that crash lands ...
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Novel where a cube cooled below absolute zero makes a hole in reality

Many years ago I read an old sci-fi novel - when I say old, I suspect it was from about the 1950's or so. The elements I can remember are an experiment where a cube is cooled to below absolute zero ...
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Isekai manga where a billionaire (scammer?) is transported in a dungeon and forced to work there

I read a manga title last year where a billionaire (scammer?) guy is transported in a dungeon and was forced to work there for a living. I remember there was a part that he made a friend that is a ...
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Perpetual war sci-fi story from the 70s

So my dad was telling me the other day that he used to read a lot of short sci fi stories in the 70s and he mentioned one story in particular but has long since forgotten what it's called and who it's ...
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fantasy series about a village surrounded by fog/mist that teenage girl escapes through

Here are the pieces I remember. A girl lived in a society with strict rules, parents die and younger brother gets taken into the governing society and doesn't acknowledge sister. The governing body of ...
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Novel, Galaxy-wide teleportation society and Master Criminal

Read this in UK maybe 2010, but it was a library book heavily stamped, no doubt a few years older. A reasonable-sized book of maybe 400 pages. World building implied there were teleportation cabinets ...
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Movie or TV series: breaking a pile of plates, escaping a prison [closed]

The scene happens in a prison (and I believe a significant part of the film/series occurs in that prison too). There are some people trying to escape, and the escaping involves a loud noise in a ...
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Short story where highways are used to manage violence in teenagers

The story follows a teen who is too scared of the highways (where violence and murder are encouraged) and is teased for acting like an old lady. One day, he has to get his license, gets on the highway,...
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Short story with pianist who has to sacrifice too-heavy piano

I'm looking a story I read as a teen back in the seventies, in an anthology no doubt. The plot point that sticks with me is this: a young pianist who is moving off-world has to sacrifice the piano, ...
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Book where a group of teenagers travel to a fantasy world

15 to 20 years ago I read a book (a trilogy I think) about a group on teenagers from a world similar to ours, who traveled to a fantasy world. I don't remember much about these books, just some ...
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Sci-fi movie with feeling-less duplicates

Plot Details People address doctor about spouses becoming completely feeling-less. Doctor discovers that alien race is taking over Earth. Release Probably 1940s. Pretty old movie.