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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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Book About Making Stories Reality

I'm looking for a book I've read and all I can remember is the vauge concept unfortunately. There is a person who can read books and make what is written become reality. I remember that they could ...
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Book about a boy picking up a magic book that stabs him in a library

I read this book in the early 2010s, when I was 11 or 12. It was a physical book, no idea about the cover. I read it to my younger sister, and now we are looking for it. It was a young-adult fantasy ...
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A story about a personal mode of teleportation, called "jaunting," possibly in Analog or Amazing Stories

In the 50's, I think, I read a story about a scientist, last name Jaunt, who caught himself on fire and found himself outside his lab in the hall next to a fire extinguisher. Further experimentation, ...
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Short story where a captive spirit entity was used to defeat other spirit-realm entities

There was a story in a collection by a Japanese writer 90% sure. A “spirit” entity was being held captive and used to defeat other spirit-realm entities. Maybe captor was descendant of Nazis or some ...
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The book where someone can serve a sentence in advance

I read a novel about a system where a person could volunteer to serve a sentence working on an inhospitable alien planet in advance of committing a crime, if they survive. The protagonist chose to see ...
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Short story: typical 'time machine and kill Hitler' tactic backfires when the world is made peaceful and thus totally unprepared for alien invasion

I've googled this a few times and can't find it. Short story, 3k-5k words I suppose, likely published in the 70s-90s. I read it in the 80s or 90s. Someone sees another human with a time machine ...
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Manhwa where the blonde, stoic female lead reincarnates/regresses into a kid and has a brother. Together they are friends with a black-haired kid

The female lead (FL) is known to be emotionless and can wield a sword really well. I remember a scene where the three (the FL, brother, and black-haired friend) heard rumors of a ghost in their castle ...
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Improved memory leads to writing success

I'm looking for a short story probably from the 1950s or 60s (I probably read it on Project Gutenberg). I think the person telling the story is a TV producer. He gets a script from a newcomer, which ...
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A male furry prevented a male student from jump down onto a train track, and ending up the boy also help the furry from depression [closed]

This is a short manga (one-shot) about a male furry (drawn in his 30s I think) helped a boy (a human). The furry took antidepressant pills until he ran out and decided to end his own life similar to ...
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Book in which a girl dies on a railway track and her sister brings her back in a virtual world

This is on behalf of my daughter who read the book a few years ago. How she described it to me: In the book, the girl is electrocuted on a train track - electricity travels through a balloon she is ...
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A short story where all humans deliberately evacuate Earth to allow its ecology to recover

I don't even remember when I read this short story, except it was very long ago, nor whether I read it in French or English. After my question on the last zoo on Earth was answered, Jason Patterson ...
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Arabian Nights type movie, comic sidekick turns out to be a ghost

I saw this film many years ago, and it was old then. Probably 40s or 50s, maybe 60s at the latest. It was live action and in colour. Its an Arabian Nights/ Sinbad/ Thief of Baghdad type story. The ...
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Old anime about a city in deep space that had to fight its way back to Earth

When I was a kid, I watched this anime with a similar art style to Space Carrier Blue Noah (1979–1980). It was about this city that was in deep space and had to fight its way back to Earth. I think ...
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Arthurian stage play that had The 5th Dimension's "Up, Up and Away" played during a flying scene with Merlin

I was putting my child to bed tonight and, when he was saying "Up" repeatedly, it led to me suddenly remembering watching a stage show at the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, KY. I don't ...
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Corporate Dystopia book from the early 2000s

I read a book in the early 2000s (which is when I think it was published). It was set in a near future dystopia where corporations had taken over all public services. Poverty was outlawed and being ...
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A book about the Second Coming of Jesus, but the supposed Messiah is actually Satan

I'm trying to find a book (or maybe a series of 2 or 3 books, I can't remember) about the Second Coming of Jesus. I read it about 25 years ago, and the author was a male. In the book(s) Jesus returns ...
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A movie in which a statue of woman dressed in black moves and kills at night

I watched this movie about 15-20 years ago, I can't remember correctly. There was a scene in which this statue of woman dressed in black is moved into some museum or building and then moves around and ...
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Fantasy novel with a girl, a satyr, and a gorgon escaping a circus

I'm trying to recall the name of a book I read when I was younger, it was fairly large, presumably 800-1000 pages, the protagonist was a demi-human, young and male, I can't recall exactly what he was ...
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Invisible aliens mistaken for red balloons

Looking for the title of a short story, likely from Amazing Stories Magazine, about red balloons that turn out to be the full stomachs of blood sucking invisible aliens.
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A story about robot children looking for spare parts

I'm pretty desperate to find this story. I read a few pages from the middle of the book in 2022 and I'm pretty desperate to finish the book. I think the cover was dark blue and black with white text ...
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Horror movie set in the Southern US involving a woman in hospital and her psychic son

I remember watching this movie on cable around 2008 to 2010. The movie was probably less than five years old when I saw it. It took place in the Southern US--I'm thinking Bayou Country--but was ...
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Judge, tall bench, defendant standing, ruling handed down, electric chair appears, defendant is dragged and immediately killed

I need help figuring out the movie or TV show in which the following is a part of. I only remember a small scene of it; this was a long time ago (maybe even 10+ or 15+ years ago, but should be a ...
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What was the short story about a woman stealing aluminum items and putting in a seemingly bottomless shopping bag?

This story came from an anthology, I'm pretty sure. I read it about 30 years ago. A lady ... in somewhat of a trance ... gets caught shoplifting and all she is stealing is aluminum items. The stuff ...
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Looking for young adult/childrens books about a boy traveling through a portal to a fantasy land

I read this book as a kid in about 2008-2012 and have been searching for it for years. Here's what I remember: A boy travels through a portal he found (in a back alley somewhere?). He comes out in a ...
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Earth is attacked and the female protagonist is conscripted to join the military. She travels to another planet to train

I read this book years ago but didn't get to finish it. The cover was animated like a comic drawing. It was about a woman on Earth and it gets attacked or something like that. The world united and ...
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Manga in which an altar is formed in a classroom and only those who kill can leave the room, after which a battle of teams take place

Manga in which an altar is formed in a classroom and only those who kill can leave the room, after which a battle of teams take place. Another thing I just remembered was that, in this manga, the main ...
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Martial arts manhwa where the main character is regressed to the past and has a teacher with one arm. Also, his teacher is wanted for stealing

I don't clearly remember the story but I do remember that the main character is regressed to the past and has a teacher with only one arm because he had a curse or something that made him have to cut ...
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Looking for an old anime from 90s or early 2000's

I remember watching it a few decades ago, there was a pregnant girl who was being chased by bad guys and the baby that she was carrying gave her psychic powers (telekinetic powers) while pregnant. She ...
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Story about a female lead who accidentally gets the attention of a very notorious king who in her previous life killed her family

I was just randomly reminded of this story and I can't for the life of me remember what it was called or the platform I read it on. It was focused on a female lead who accidentally gets the attention ...
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Comic about a teenager and a telepathic lioness

I'd really like some help finding a comic I haven't read since I was in school. I would have read it in 2001-2002, though it may been released before then. I've tried googling it with no luck. I swear ...
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Science fiction comic with a story about a robot orphanage that had a real human boy in it, and another about a man and woman who crash on a planet

They were groups of science fiction stories. One story I remember was about a robot orphanage that had a real human boy in it who gets dismembered. Another was about a man and woman who crash on a ...
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Book about a girl(?) who lives in an underground house. Something happens to her family and she ends up wandering on the surface

I'm looking for a book I read as a kid in 2009-2012. I don't remember a lot of details because I was only about nine when I read it, but the book follows a character (pretty sure it was a girl) who ...
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Fantasy movie involving a wizard who made a tree disappear and reappear, and two friends who were separated then reunited after 15 years

I'm trying to find the name of a movie that I think was on a streaming media service called Plex in autumn 2021 (I cannot remember the exact month). I watched about 30 minutes of this movie; this is ...
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Isekai manga where the protagonist is reincarnated in another world with his sister and trains to bring her down

I'm looking for a manga where the protagonist jumps in front of a truck to get away from his crazy sister but they both end up being reincarnated in another world where he trains to bring her down.
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Fantasy book(s) with magic powers gained from rose gold rings

So I don't have many memories from this book, and I've looked over the internet quite a few times before trying here. The core information: There's not a lot of magic holders in the story, and it's ...
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Very old horror short story about a dead man waking up

A dead man wakes up because his cemetery is being plowed up so they can build something there (apartments, houses, a parking lot?). I think the man kills the person running the bulldozer or backhoe? ...
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80s live-action short film with a labyrinth/elf/handprint/minotaur

Here’s what I know: I saw it in the mid 80s so it’s at least that old. I saw it at school during a class so it wasn’t full film-length. It was definitely live action, and definitely color. Storyline: ...
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80s-style music video/movie clip with sci-fi themes, possibly inspired by Batman (1989), Mad Max and others

This is a question I saw on Reddit's "Tip of My Tongue" subreddit here, asked by a now-deleted user in March of 2022: So I remember this clip from a music video or movie airing on MTV ...
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Sci-fi book about man recruited to alt universe to work for secret employer, travels to alt universes, learns another version of himself was murdered

The book starts out with the man in his home universe, the last man alive. A group of people kidnap him to another universe; I think he sees the Moon is different and knows that what they're saying is ...
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What is the source for this urban fantasy quote comparing the supernatural world to the insect world?

I had been browsing TV Tropes when I came across this very interesting quote from an urban fantasy or paranormal romance story that stuck with me. The quote went something along the lines of..."...
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Gloomy anime about suicidal athletes [duplicate]

My friend trying to find an anime that featured a lot of violence. The theme was an experiment on athletes aimed to improve their characteristics using experimental medicine. All of it took place in a ...
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Looking for a children’s book where a kid makes a fake mainframe and hides inside with a typewriter answering questions

From the sixties I think? A series character I thought was Homer Price but isn't. The mainframe has a name similar to Univac. [edit: identified by Buzz as “One for the Computer” or “One for the UNIVAC”...
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Looking for a slipstream historical fiction childrens novel

I remember as a child I read a historical fiction children's novel set in the late 1700s (the American Revolutionary War.) It was basically historical fiction but the main character was very ...
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Anime movie with a sick guy who was able to kill vampires by glowing and emitting beams of light

So it is from somewhere in between the late 90s and early 00s. There was a gang that killed vampires (a vampire-killing gang?). They wore armor somewhat similar to Warhammer and Warcraft at the same ...
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An impending autopsy on a totally paralyzed person who is still alive [closed]

I'm looking for an anthology of horror stories written in the 1970s that contained a story about a person (a man?) who was on a table and was scheduled for an impending autopsy. The person was fully ...
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Book series about a boy who becomes a Space Emperor

I read a series of books back in the 80's about this family that was escaping from one of Jupiter's moons. They met up with some pirates, I believe the Daddy was killed then they arrived to safety. ...
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Anime where a girl died and got reincarnated as a wingless fairy who is married

She died and was reincarnated as a fairy who is married and has no wings from an accident from what I remember I think she had white/bluish hair and I dont remember where I read it or anything please ...
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Trying to find an animated film that told the story of King Arthur [duplicate]

I can't find this film anywhere online, nor does anyone I have asked have any recollection of such a story. The crucial plot point I remember is this: Near the end of the movie, the villain (assumedly ...
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Manga where the main character gets isekaied into a sci-fi world where warships show the power of the family

I am searching for manga where the main character gets isekaied into a sci-fi world where warships show the power of the family. He belongs to a noble family but his mother wants to take over the ...
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Young Adult novel about a time traveller with AI and a haunted forest

The main thing I remember about this story is that the main character is a time-traveller who is travelling with a computerised representation of his sister. During the course of events, he forms a ...
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