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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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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 ...
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Steamy fantasy book, succubus-type character being after the “seed” of male protagonist

I'm trying to remember the name of a fantasy book I read a while back (10 years ago). There was a male protagonist who was some kind of "chosen one" and a succubus-type character who was after his "...
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Book: boy meets a guy who gets killed, and escapes to a pocket dimension where inhabitants are versions of himself

It was about this boy who meets this guy. Something happens where the guy is killed by bad guys as the kid escapes to a pocket dimension. It turns out that the guy and all the inhabitants are ...
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Short horror story about an explorer poisoned by a witchdoctor, the effects cause him to slowly shrink while still alive

I read this short story maybe 10-12 years ago, about an explorer who discovers or goes looking for a mysterious tribe, I think in South America or possibly Africa. There might be something about ...
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Young adult book about girl in magical tower with bear

Probably 1980s. I remember a book that was one of those story-within-a-story novels. The 'outer' story was about a girl that lived (possibly captured) in a magical tower with a spiral staircase and a ...
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90's teen horror novel where “Mike” goes on a date with a girl to see their favourite band “The Zombies” [on hold]

This was a teen horror book from the 90s. It is not Point Horror, Fear Street, or Goosebumps. I am sure the the title was "Bad Blood"; however, I have searched online and can't find it. The story of ...
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Early 80s movie about a kind of superhero by accident, the guy breaks a car's wheels with his bare hands

This is a movie I was taken by the school teachers to watch with my peers in 2nd grade. I just remember a few frames, the one in the title, the good guy breaking the a car's wheeldrive with his bare ...
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Anime that has pendant/necklace that transform to monsters, he has a pendant to a green one that has wings that fuse with him

Anime that has pendant/necklace that transform to monsters, he has a pendant to a green one that has wings that fuse with him. He also goes through adventures and find other necklaces one of them is ...
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Manga about a kid who finds a large robotic arm that is good at destroying things

There's also a girl and another kid as well. I think the robotic arm is a part of a large robot that is specifically made to hunt others or something.
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Animated film about a society's offering for gods

I watched this film on Cartoon Network India sometime between 2005-10. The society, situated amidst a jungle of sorts, has a recurring ritual to offer their produce to the god(s). It is very taxing ...
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Movie about afterlife, large towers with clothing and food [duplicate]

I saw this movie (or maybe it was a TV show) a long time ago. All I remember is a larger number of people waking up in water and making it to the shore, I want to say they died and are waking up in ...
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70s novel with giant ants pretending to be aliens

Probably written in the late 1970s. Young adult. Two boys, the narrator and his friend, are abducted by a flying saucer. The aliens are roughly human-sized and the boys don't get a good look at them ...
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60s/70s book that involves giant one-celled creatures

This would be a novel from the 1960s or 70s. Author unknown, title unknown. It might have been designated for young adults, or it might've just been one of those adventure stories that kind of reads ...
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1960s short story making fun of James Bond-style spy fiction

As my title suggests, I read this story in a magazine - "Galaxy" or "Worlds of If" in the mid 1960s. The science fiction content was pretty minimal. The tone was Robert Sheckley-esque, but I don't ...
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Intergalactic human space ship encounters another ship, character gets shunted off beyond known universe, reality starts collapsing

This question reminded me of a very vaguely recalled short story, most likely from the early '00s or '90s (and probably in a magazine like F&SF, Asimov's or Analog), of a space ship that can ...
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Story about an alien coming to earth and being confounded by grass and why we worship the lawn?

Any ideas what story this might be? My Grammie told me about it and I'm trying to find it. TIA
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70s-80s novel: war between Earth and Mars initiated by a shapeshifting race

I'm looking for the title of a novel. It's about a soldier who returns to Earth after the lunar station he served at was surrendered to the Martians. This was after a long war between the two planets....
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Identify 80s or 90s comics with ripped creatures (not dwarves)

It was a comicbook series about fantasy creatures published in the 80s or 90s definitely not online since I was a kid and Internet didn't existed to me. The graphic style was European (bande dessinée) ...
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60's-70's movie: home appliances revolting against the owners

My children asked me about the oldest movie I can remember (as a kid). It is a movie from before 1977 (probably mid 60's - early 70's) about a house where (children? owners?) were not taking care of ...
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Web comic about an adventurous dog and his human sidekick

Back around the mid-late 2000s I discovered a web comic (it could have been a scan of a physical comic) about a dog and his boy who go on adventures, either in space or underwater - perhaps both. I ...
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Short web-original story about eldritch horrors repelling an alien first-contact

I've been trying to find a web-original short story I read a couple years back. I found it on Imgur, text on an image, fairly long, it may have been a 4chan greenpost. The essential premise was a ...
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Christmas short horror story about a woman who becomes trapped in another body?

I read this short story maybe about 5-7 years ago, possibly longer. I'm fairly certain it was part of an anthology. It stuck in my mind because I haven't run across that many Christmas horror stories....
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Short story: man watches girlfriend's spaceship entering a 'black hole' (?) forever [duplicate]

I read a sci-fi story in a collection of shorts about 10 years ago, I believe they were stories from 70s possibly and have been trying to track down the title. My recollection is that a number of ...
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Short story: child made less intelligent and less attractive

What is the name of the early to mid-1950's sci-fi short story in which an asteroid miner and his wife decide to have their pretty, intelligent daughter dumbed down and made less attractive?
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1960s short story about a device that stops time for anyone within its field

This short story was in a Sci-Fi or Fantasy anthology I read in the late 1960s. It involves a scientist who invents a small device with a circular cable loop that is capable of slowing time almost to ...
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Short story with mechanical house that completes all tasks [duplicate]

I am 90% sure that this by either Isaac Asimov or Ray Bradbury. I think I might have read this in The Martian Chronicles. Basically, the story starts off with a house that cooks, cleans, and performs ...
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90s cartoon series with kids inside robots fighting

I watched this cartoon around 1997. It's about kids who use robots to fight, when they fight they are inside the robots standing and whatever moves they do the robots mimic them. In the last episode ...
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Old scifi movie from the 50s or 60s with men in solid red uniforms who interrogate a spy from the past

I'm trying to remember the name of an old scifi movie. Here are the things I remember about it: Three military officers in solid red uniforms with no other markings or identifications of rank on ...
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Short story, dystopian military kills new recruits

This was in a forgotten anthology I read maybe thirty years ago. A new recruit on day one of his compulsory military service, he writes home telling his parents (mom) about some of the things such as ...
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Sci fi short story: crew of an exploration ship doesn't know if Earth actually exists or is a product of their imagination

I read this short sci fi story a long time ago, as part of a book which contained a bunch of classic science fiction stores (including Nine Billion Names of God). The story was about an exploration ...