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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 which has living mountains that move very very slowly

I remember reading a short story decades ago whose plot involved colonisers on a planet thinking it had no life. Later they realise that the mountains are indeed alive, but move so slowly they could ...
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Searching for a short story scifi/horror of kid teleported to space to die

I'm looking for a short story. I believe I read it in a horror anthology, but it definitely had SF elements. What I can remember: It took place in what I recall as a vaguely dystopian society. This ...
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Sci-Fi book revolving about a male character who traveled between dimensions and recorded his travels in logs he sent to his friends

I've been searching for this series for a while, the story revolved about a group of guardians of sort that travelled between parallel dimensions, through specifically hidden gateways in each ...
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Story where humans colonize planet, and then revert to less “aggressive” form [duplicate]

I read a lot of science fiction, and I read a story many years ago, but can't remember the author or title. In this story, humans colonized another planet (actually several) and once babies started ...
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Probably a 80s B-Movie with a blonde boy and an old man who has to choose whether to stay or go with aliens

I was talking with a Danish guy, he is 24. He said he and his brothers saw, when he was 4 or 5 years old (2000s) a movie with a blonde kid and he thinks his friend (he does not know if they were ...
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Does anyone know this story about robots forming a religion by Alex Garland?

So I've read an adaptation of the story, which goes like this: When a spaceship collides with an asteroid, it's almost sure to blow up . When all other measures to save the ship fail, the only human ...
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Anime where they summon monsters using crystal balls attached into their body parts

I need help identifying this anime where the lead character is a white haired guy and he's got crystal balls attached into his left arm which enables him to summon monsters. I remember one of his ...
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Story about spacemen encountering city of the dead [duplicate]

When I was a child I remember reading a story in a comic book about two spacemen who encounter a city in space that, legend has it, only the dead can see. The story ends with one of the spacemen ...
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Manga about honor roll girl who falls in love with a delinquent guy - they go to the beach to clean it up and she gets glass in her foot [on hold]

The story starts with a honor roll girl that's asked by a teacher to try to get the delinquent guy to go to class. She ends up thinking he's not so bad. He fights some people while wearing a mask to ...
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Anime about magic in a time before modern technology

In the first episode a girl is riding in a carriage and at some point a man shows up with a tattoo thing on his hand and takes out a bunch of knights or bandits. After all that is over the girl asks ...
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Children's Italian steampunk comic from 1970 with a trip to Mars HG Wells style. Earthlings taught the Martians to play football

This comic was almost certainly Italian and its author had a very Italian name, similar to "Ivo Milazzo", an excellent author of a western comic called Ken Parker. But I'm sure it's not Ivo Milazzo. ...
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Futuristic world where reality is humanity's plaything and God is in a zoo

This is a novel I read in 2015. It was an older book. The cover was black and hardcover. Don't remember any specific details. The book was in English. It was set in the future where the world is ...
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Footprints in the Sands of Time?

I'm searching for a sci-fi short story. Back in about 1978, I read a story I'd swear was called "Footprints in the Sands of Time." I'm pretty sure it was written earlier, since it was in a class on ...
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Identify Novel about Russia/United States where Boris Yeltsin downed pills with vodka and died [on hold]

I'm trying to remember the title of a book I was reading for a short time while working an unpleasant job last year haha. I thought Tom Clancy was the author, but I looked up his novels & none ...
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Old short story about a visitor that destroys language on Earth

I am searching for a short story I enjoyed in my youth. I think I read it circa 1975 in a hardcover collection of short stories that was old by then. I only recall fragments of it unfortunately. It ...
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Middle school reader with a section of Scandinavian folk tales

My seventh-grade English teacher kept copies of old literature textbooks in his classroom. If we had free time, or during our individual reading times, students could read from those books if we ...
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Short story about children who stop aging from a scientist's vaccination, and only age if they learn to read [duplicate]

In this short story a scientist introduces a vaccine to stop children from aging so that parents never have to suffer the loss of watching them grow up and leave home. The main character is a mother ...
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Sci Fi Short Story - Crew crashes on barren planet, makes soil fertile, natives worship Captain as God

I read this sometime between '02 and '09 in a collection of short stories in one of my English classes. I don't know how old it is, but I'll include every detail I can remember. A ship crash lands on ...
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1950's Sci-Fi graphic short story about a farm boy, his ham radio and a tiny rocket ship landing in sauerkraut

This story was about a farm boy who built a ham radio and found himself communicating with aliens on a space ship heading towards Earth. The townsfolk and army gather for the event with food vendors (...
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Man wakes up and finds himself in medieval Europe; uses his knowledge to get ahead

I'm looking for a book about a man who wakes up in medieval times and uses his advanced knowledge to get ahead. He becomes a knight and winds up having a fiefdom of his own to develop. He then builds ...
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Anime of little round guy with asian rice hat in the desert, lots of gangs and Mad Max stuff

I am trying to identify an anime from my childhood of a wanderer in the desert with a rice hat on. He fought with and alongside lots of Mad Max type characters, and wrecker-women. There were also ...
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TV Show About People Who Make Deals With The Devil

I remember watching a show on Hulu (90% sure it was on Hulu, but when I checked a list of their original programming I couldn't find it) that involved people meeting with a supernatural figure that ...
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Film: Secret world behind a bookcase- ageing prevents access

I'm trying to identify a story/filmstrip in which the main character (boy/girl?) can access a secret world behind a bookcase. I seem to remember it being one child, not a group like Narnia. As they ...
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80s mecha anime about a boy and a girl with bunny ears

A boy gets a gun and a disc with a star on it from an old man. He shoots it into the ground, the disc makes a circle, and a robot emerges from the ground. The boy is inside a robot and controls it by ...
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Short story about the maiden voyage of an FTL capable ship

I am looking for a short story about a group of space explorers aboard an FTL-capable ship. The very first jump takes them near a dying star, so they have to flee immediately. On their way back to ...
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Anime with a main character who has a green little friend from another dimension

Does any one knows the anime where the main character has a green little friend from another dimension? He and his friend fuse by joining hands. It's like his buddy and he join bodies and then he has ...
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Rok and Mog, robotic creatures in an Arthurian plot. Published in Asimov's or Analog within last 10 years

Unusual story of two robot like creatures named Rok and Mog who lived on a dark, metallic planet, lots of clinks, clanks, and spires. Had a sort of Arthurian plot where one of them scales a spire to ...
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Short story from early '70's about pot infused postage stamps

This was a short story from the early 70s where hippies create a better world by putting cannabinoid oil into postage stamp glue. Very short and funny. Asimov perhaps?
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Help identify short story about a flight through the center of the earth

I read a short story in an anthology about pilots of a craft that regularly crosses through the Earth to the other side (commercial travel), the engine of the ship was called Rausch or Rorsch or ...
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70s/60s Novel work on evolution and advanced intelligence

A science fiction novel where an experimenting scientist, an old man, studying evolution, picked a girl and her boyfriend as subjects and secretly injects them, the girl evolved to be most ...
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Sci-fi book about a shape shifting machine wandering the surface of a planet sized space ship

Been looking for this forever, it was part of an anthology I think and used such generic names that it seems impossible for me to find without knowing the book name. It's about a shape shifting ...
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Young adult novel with multi-dimensional travel

I read the book in the 90s. I don't have a clear recollection of how old it may have been at the time, but I think it was relatively new. I think that there were a young man and a young woman in the ...
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Animated Series: Earth vanishes, two astronauts survive and explore space

I scarcely remember this animated series. The gist of it is in the title: Earth vanishes (I can't remember the reason now but it was probably explained) and the only surviving humans were two ...
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Book series my dad told me about. It involves space travel, clones, and an indigenous people with kangaroo tails

My dad read a book series that he recommended to me last year. Now that I am ready to start it, neither of us can recall the title. He said there were several in the series but he can't recall how ...
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Sci fi show about a boy with powers with rays coming out of a prism [duplicate]

I watched this show when I sass a kid (80-90s) about a boy that has some kind of powers. It’s set in the UK I think, in a cabin/lodge. It has a spooky theme where you see a prism slowly making taking ...
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Story where big game hunters end up being hunted by an alien panda with tentacles

What was the name and author of the sci fi story about a group of big game hunters in Canada who end up being hunted by an alien panda with tentacles? I read this story when I was a boy in the late ...
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Novel featuring a girl who turns into a cow

I read it as a teen between 1989-1991, and have ever since wanted to re-read it. I think it was normal, adult fantasy fiction rather than a "young adult" book. These are the few images I retain from ...
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Book or story where people’s brains need computer assistance to function; crimes are punished by disconnecting said computer [duplicate]

There is a book I saw once in the bookstore and have always regretted not reading. I maybe saw it in the early 2000s. 01-04? The concept was that society is so advanced that everyone has a computer ...
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Novel/novella about stranded colonists who eat a native plant and gain superpowers

I remember reading a novella or novel about a group of colonists deliberately stranded on an alien planet. There are almost no resources on the planet but they survive by eating a native plant from ...
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Older space battle book where aliens are told to form bonds with humans to make them a better fighter

There is an invading force in the shape of a crescent. Supersmart aliens gather as many aliens from the galaxy as they can. The main character is told he needs to form bonds with the humans to make ...
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Book about a girl who discovers powers while dancing

I'm looking for a book about a girl who discovered she had powers when she was a kid while she was dancing she started to float. When she goes to college she meets an Irish exchange student and falls ...
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90s YA vampire romance short novel where a girl moves to a new town and invites a vampire into her house

I'm struggling to get the title of a young-adult vampire horror/romance short novel that was written in the 90s about a teenage girl named Christina (I believe) who moves to a new creepy town where ...
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Conan-ish fantasy comic from late 80s to early 90s with scantily dressed main characters fighting skeletons in a cave/dungeon

Read a comic from the library back in 1993-1994, probably from the late 80s/early 90s. Short story, colorized, likely anthology format. Story line along the veins of Conan with heroic male ...
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Short story from 1988: Boy and soldier walk together to wall, are ignored on the way

This was part of a collection I read. It was my favorite short story of the book, and I'd really like to find it again. A boy meets up with a soldier (the bulk of the story is told from the boy’s ...
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80s Sci Fi game book with starship pilots coming together to complete a mission, maybe a race

I'm trying to find a book from my childhood. It was from sometime in the early '80s. It was a game in an oversized book (almost a magazine), kind of like a cross between a Choose Your Own Adventure ...
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Story (novel) about immortal people who can turn into dragons

I read this story probably ~15-20 years ago - I don't know if the story is much older. I believe the story is in the form of a novel and not a short story, but I'm not 100% sure. The plot details I ...
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Sci-fi book in Cyrillic with a white monkey on a pedestal in a Martian landscape screaming a ray of ice

I saw someone reading a book in Cyrillic. The cover looked like trashy or pulpy scifi. I don't remember if it looked old or new, but if I had to guess I would say it was from the 60s-80s. It had a ...
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Damsel in distress adventure/fantasy movie

Definitely a feature length movie. Probably in theaters at some point, but might have been a 'made for TV movie'. It was on TV, in the USA, by 1999 or earlier (I remember which house I lived in ...
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Fantasy book with a telepathic, poison-spitting snake named Me

I think I read this book sometime in the early to mid 00's, but I have no idea how old it was at the time. From what I remember, the main character (male I think) finds himself in a fantasy world ...
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Short Story about body’s repair system preventing suicide [duplicate]

Decades ago I read a short story anthology that had a story that told the tale of a woman who kept trying to commit suicide, and the police detective who was trying to figure out why the body kept ...