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Use for help identifying a story and/or its creator(s), including novels, movies, comic books, entire TV series, etc. Use with another tag to specify which type of media, eg. [short-stories]. For identifying a single episode of a known series, whether TV, film, book, or comic, use [episode-...

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Short story about a man getting the wrong phone number (with old-style exchange) and being 'disappeared'

An old science-fiction-y story, at least 1970s, probably earlier. Silly, short, kind of like one of Ray Bradbury's throwaways or one of Phil Dick's goofier renditions. I think but am not sure that ...
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70s kids novel. Boy saved by “guardian devil” from accident

Looking for a book from the 70's about a bratty kid who was always getting in trouble. One day while climbing a tree he falls out and is saved by his "guardian devil". He jokes that he will call this ...
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Trying to find old story of alien who looks like a dog, boy and dog go to the moon

I am looking for the title and/or author of a book or short story from either the 50's or 60's that I read when I was a teenager. In the book, a boy finds a dog (that may have crash-landed on earth). ...
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Short story about free will and a device which buzzes/lights up moments before you press it

I read this story about a device that lights up or buzzes or does something moments before it you press a button or something, effectively killing the notion of free will. I read the recently, online, ...
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A short story about a family on their way to see aliens

This was a short story about a family on their way to see aliens and a majority of the story is set in the car while the family discusses it. The mother is concerned that they will act like 'cavemen' ...
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Sci Fi Short story with girl at futuristic movie theater being kept from seeing a movie uncovers conspiracy by film companies

It was sci-fi short story or novella that I read in Analog, Asimov's or SF&F in the past decade or so. Set in a future extrapolation of our social-media, fan-centered world inside a future mega ...
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Book where a woman was sent to a world of Tally, a prison

I read a book few years back, in which a woman was sent to a world of tally, a prison. The female protagonist had taken a large loan, which she could not return to the agency, and as a result the ...
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Comic about a man on the run who helps a lost girl and encounters a woman who can see into the future

In the early seventies DC reprinted a story as a second or third feature in one of their comics. It was possibly a National story from the forties or fifties about a man on the run from the law. He's ...
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Where does the trope of magic spells being driven by advanced technology originate from?

Imagine a typical fantasy world, where wizards need to perform rituals, or specific hand movements, and utter specific phrases with correct pronunciation to trigger well-defined magic spells. The ...
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Children's story series about a chemistry set

In elementary school in the US in the 1970's, our teacher read to us from a series of stories about a boy who receives a chemistry set from a mysterious old woman. She then gives him recipes to make ...
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Young adult novel about a warlock studying in a magical school

It's the warlock's first time attending a magical school. In this school students are different magic users, but he is the only warlock. He has been repeatedly bullied throughout the school year; one ...
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Drarry fanfiction where Harry is a guardian angel

I read this drarry fan fiction story a while ago but I forgot the name of it. Here are a few details that I remember: There are around 60 chapters. I remember reading it on a site with a dark ...
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80's TV series where a boy's bedroom becomes a space ship, steering it with his desk lamp

Looking for the name of a children's TV show. Saw it first on TV in the early 80's but possibly produced earlier. Might have been of British origin. Plot: When a boy fiddles with the lamp on his desk,...
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Harry Potter fanfic about a ‘wild-child’ god-daughter of Voldemort seeking revenge

I'm looking for a Harry Potter fanfic I read around 10 years back. It's the Marauder's Era, a new girl is transferred/brought unwilling to Hogwarts in the 5th/7th year. I don't remember her name, but ...
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Sci-fi film with humans with blades for hands [duplicate]

A few years ago, I watched a sci-fi movie, but I forgot the title, and I only remember a few things about it: It takes place in the future. Human things with blades on their hands come out from a ...
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Young adult book about a girl who goes to live with her dead mother's people, who are aliens

This book is probably from the 70s or early 80s. A girl's mother dies, and she and her father go to live in another town with her mother's relatives. The town looks relatively normal at first, but the ...
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Short story in White Dwarf magazine about a travelling wizard and a village being terrorised by some kind of demon

I'm trying to remember the title and author of a short story in White Dwarf magazine from the eighties. All I can remember is a travelling wizard type arriving at a small village which is being ...
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Sci-Fi short story: Side with the most advanced technology loses [duplicate]

Looking for an old sci-fi short story where the side with the most advanced technology loses because of unexpected side effects of their high tech. The story is told from the perspective of the ...
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Anime where students are transported to another world and awaken a female robot/witch

The story begins with a group of high school students entering a different dimension/world. The main male character awakens a female robot/witch by using her wand/staff which is key shaped at the end ...
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Cartoon about an alien that came to Earth, and is helped back to his home planet by a boy

There was a cartoon show, where an alien comes to Earth. A boy helps him, he turns him into a boy with the help of his watch. After that the boy, the alien and his friends help the alien back their ...
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TV film about aliens with clear brain cases and a single eye stalk brainwashing people

The film was show on TV prior to the 1980s. The antagonists were aliens which had a clear brain case and a single eye stalk (similar to the Dr Who character; The Brain of Morbius) They brain wash ...
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Short story about a man diminished by the news

Back in 1979, I read a short story in a science fiction collection about a man who was obsessed with the news. He constantly read, listened to, and watched the events of the day most of his day. Some ...
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Book about a boy who joins secret society that protects the timelines. They time travel through sleep

It has been some years (before 2009?) since I've read this book. The story starts off with this boy [teens] who can sleep anywhere, even with his eyes open, and can do this on cue! This secret company ...
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Late 1960's Comic Book with H shaped space ship

In a period approximately from 1967 - 1971 I remember reading a space adventure comic book with an unusually shaped spaceship with a crew of, I think, scientists-explorers. I cannot remember the ...
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Anime where character finds buried mech suit [on hold]

I’m looking for an anime I remember from many years ago, I want to say it is a Gundam series but I can’t recall. I remember the character finding a mecha suit buried for some reason and when he got ...
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Fantasy novel where magic is granted by knowledge of words of power [duplicate]

Several years back, I was on a backpacking trip with a guy whose whole family were huge fans of classic SF/Fantasy. One of the fantasy books he brought for the long car rides piqued my interest, but ...
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Novel about knife fighting [on hold]

I read a science fiction novel that involved fighting with knives. I don't know the title, but I read it in the early 70s, probably 1973. Part of the plot was there was danger every 5 feet, and one ...
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Young adult trilogy about antarctic laboratory and old Gods

So I'm trying to find a trilogy of books I read when I was a teen. I read it in my mother tongue so the cover is irrelevant. It started on a cruise ship, the protagonist is this kid, on vacation ...
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Romantic movie about a guy trying to find the woman in his dreams by piecing together faces from magazines

The film is about a love story that starts with: A guy dreaming about the one who will love her and he tries to figure out how she looks like. He starts searching for different shapes of eyes, ...
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Graphic novel where the cover had a short blonde woman kissing a tanned man with mechanical parts coming out of his head

I first saw this graphic novel in the store called “Movie and trading co”. When I saw the cover for the first time, I wanted to give it a chance, but I didn’t have the money to pay for it back then. I ...
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Book about an alternate history where the Cuban Missile crisis turned into full-scale war [duplicate]

This book was published in the last decade, probably in the last five years. The story, if I remember correctly, takes place in the present - meaning when the book was published. In one universe a ...
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Can't remember this movie but someone else did, too

Someone else sought help with identifying a film they remembered. I think I remember the same film, but I don't think it is the film they accepted as their answer — Krull From their description I can ...
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Post-apocalyptic novel about a post apocalyptic world and people surviving in a bunker

I read this post-apocalyptic novel in the 60s or 70s. I remember the cover showed a man in a helicopter hovering over an American Indian on horseback who had just fired an arrow into the front bubble ...
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Short story about a survivor in a very hot climate future NY

Interview magazine ran a short story about a person who went searching for cans of food on a ship mired in dried up New York's harbor, walking in the hot sun to the ship looking for a container of ...
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Literary fantasy epic about a faun who spent quite a long stretch of time as an inanimate statue, the “Stone Faun”?

I'm trying to recall the name of a book I read in the mid-90s. It was probably new at that time. It was a lengthy, literary, philosophical minded fantasy about a faun who spent quite a long stretch ...
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Anime with humans fighting aliens and telepathy involved

Probably 70's or 80's. Story is that a girl discovers a golden halo (if I remember correctly it was gold and went around the head more or less like a crown) which gives her telekinetic powers. But ...
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Fantasy book about time travel, the Pied Piper, and science culture

The protagonist was a young man about to head off to University to study maths (physics) and he's been awarded an important scholarship. He hears about experiments with tachyons going on at the ...
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Manga about a stream of time which kills people who are immortal

So I read this manga years ago, back around 2009/10? The main character, a girl who's a student gets whisked away by something, from what I remember it's a river of time. She's in the future(?) and ...
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Early sci-fi short story of a man who wanted to be buried on Earth, but the cost was too high?

I am trying to find the name of a story I remember reading in an anthology some 50 years ago about a wealthy industrialist who wanted nothing more than to be buried on Earth. I believe this to be a ...
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Book about a traveling salesman who discovers a buried UFO and finds a portal in his front door [duplicate]

Book about a traveling salesman that discovers a buried UFO, he gets home and finds a portal in his front door. He meets some aliens and exchanges a gravitational vehicle for paint. In both exchanges ...
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Manga about woman marrying man from another tribe [closed]

I'm looking for a manga telling the story of a woman who travelled from a distant land to marry a man from a different tribe. I don't recall their names; but the man is 12–15 years old and the woman ...
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An Anime about a boy related to gems/crystals

I'd watched the anime between 2008 and 2012, although I feel it was closer to 2010. The anime was originally Japanese but had English subtitles, I'm not sure it had even been dubbed. The anime had ...
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Fantasy book about an underwater civilization

The underwater civilization decides to take over land and the main character's mom turns out to be from that colony, the girl eventually ends up falling in love with the prince of the underwater ...
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Old scifi novel: alien king resurrected by humans who must then defeat him

Trying to identify an old scifi paper back novel. Basically an alien king is resurrected by humans after being found in a ship. After resurrection he gains power. In an attempt to defeat him humans go ...
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Cartoon from the 80's or early 90's with 3 robot suits

This was a cartoon TV show from the 80's or early 90's. There were 3 different sets of robotic suits one small, one medium and a large one. The small one would go inside the medium one, and then the ...
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Brief movie scene with a man being drilled in the head [closed]

I saw a brief movie clip (in color) of a man bound to a chair or table (vague recollection) being slowly drilled in the head by a fairly large bore drill bit. I do know that I saw this in the early 80’...
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Show/movie with James Dean and time travel to prevent/ensure a car crash

Talking with my wife tonight and I said "Remember that show where someone went through time to set up James Dean's accident?". She doesn't remember it and I can't find it on simple Google or IMDB ...
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Anime: Girl travels to a foreign country with an ongoing alien invasion

I'm looking for this anime where this girl went to a foreign country but there was an alien invasion. I think the anime focuses on the mecha side of the genre. Does anyone know about this anime? I ...
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Story Identification: Fears that robots will take over all human relationships relieved, then intensified

I'm looking for a story which came out in the 90s or earlier. It starts off with a man in a government-ordered relationship with a woman. The main theme is whether robot partners will replace ...
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Sci-fi novel about a planet w/ a dying sun, bird-like or penguin-like beings, telepathy, and blue-green crystals?

I would love some help on this. Not sure if I read it in the 80s, 90s, or early 00s, so I don't know how old it is, but I don't think it was written before the mid-80s. I have vague recollections of ...