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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. ...

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Educational Manga

I remember, in kindergarten to first grade (late 2000s or early 2010s), reading a kids' comic book from the public library. I think it featured some sort of gray-haired mad scientist who somehow ...
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Spaceports on Phobos or Deimos?

Has any story, movie, TV show depicted a spaceport on either of Mars' moons, rather than a spaceport on the surface of Mars?
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Sci-fi book where a guy turns to rock

I read this book 30 plus years ago...I remember the man it seems on another planet and is trying to climb this mountain which he's having trouble doing. All the while turning into the rock. He ...
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Can anyone name this short story from a 60's anthology please?

Post nuclear apocalypse the first person is allowed out above ground but wearing a suit and only for few minutes. The oldest person is chosen... he wants to see if there is any sign of life on the ...
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Harry Potter Fanfic - “Professor Potter” and the power of love magic

I’m looking for a fanfic I must have read >5 years ago. It was a long novel and was part of a trilogy set without horcruxes starting from where OotP finished. Harry & Ginny pairing. Some facts ...
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Looking for a sci fi story from the 60's or 70's in which an ancient robot army is activated

I have searched high and low for this story which I remember reading as a kid. The story involves a robot army which was built thousands of years before the time of the story's events, - during a war -...
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80s/90s anime with three robots waken up, and had to be taken down by another robot because they weren't good

I'm looking for a title of an old 80's/early 90's anime featuring large robots. What I can remember is that there were 3 (I think) buried. Something woke them up, they weren't good... and I think ...
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Book series about a alien spacecraft found on moon with sentient AI (female)

Not, the moon is a spacecraft. Found by two astronauts the craft and sentient AI spawn space adventures and somewhere along the line an academy is founded on the moon. Please help me remember this ...
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Trying to think of a novel I read in the mid 80s set in a dystopian future

A novel set in a future where the society lived in a closed maybe underground community where they were all telepathic. Punishment was to be cut off from other people’s thoughts. The main character ...
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Childrens Fantasy Book - crumbled future, boy sent in search of petrol for the king

Bit of a random one. I have been trying to remember for years now the title of a book that I read some 15-20 years ago. So it's a British book would have been published mid 80's-90's and was ...
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Book about old man storing magical power into plates

The book is about two beings fighting back and forth called Preservation and Ruin but preservation ends up being called the mist and I also remember there being an old guy who studied numerous ...
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Discovery Channel movie about a rover entering an organic spaceship, activating a green light that causes black spheres to appear on Earth

This isn't something I remember well, but I'll do my best to describe it. I watched this around 2013-2014, on Discovery Channel. It was some kind of movie or TV Show about a hypothetical situation ...
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Science fiction story about creatures attempting to take over a planet by propelling an iceberg across it

I hope that someone can help me track down a story I read quite a few years ago. All I definitely remember is that there are creatures who live underneath an iceberg and they are attempting to propel ...
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Anime where the main character's brother sacrifices himself by driving a missile or ship to its explosion

Please help me identify an anime which I forgot the name of. All I can remember is a scene about the brother of the main character sacrificing himself by driving a missile or ship to a place in order ...
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Book of 4 short stories, one about an afterlife, title begins with 'L'

Book with 4 short stories in it, all pretty different, I'm pretty sure the title is a single word starting with L. A name maybe. In one of the stories, a guy dies and ends up in an afterlife with ...
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Looking for possible anthology book where one story featured a bird in a diaper and bonnet

It was a book I remember seeing a few pages of when I was young but of which I can't remember more than a few details. There was one story about a little monster girl, whose mom told her that old "if ...
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Identify an old story about a family escapes to an island after a global flood?

The story started with a family (maybe French) living in a remote island (?) They were discussing the new X-bomb experiment planned by one of the global powers. On the day of the experiment, they ...
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80s-90s anime (movie or series) in which an armored girl exchanges age with a dying man on a beach

What is the name of an anime from 80s-90s movie/series in which there is a scene, maybe the end, where a girl (who has an​ armor) exchanges age with a dying man in a beach, so the man transforms into ...
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Story about a paralysed man making self replicating robot arms?

A man creates robot arms to manipulate the world as he is disabled. The arms created larger and larger arms and smaller and smaller arms so they can perform gigantic and microscopic tasks? Any idea ...
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Trilogy with giant (6') earthworm like aliens in the first novel and, cannibalistic people in the second novel

I am looking for the author of a trilogy, possibly from the 80's or 90's. The "hero" is attacked early in the first novel by a gang that has genetically modified themselves to be like werewolves (or ...
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Story about a medieval cartoon

There's this show I watched as a kid but I completely forgot its name. It starts with a blond prince that literally only wears blue, sent into exile with his parents who are the former king and queen ...
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novel about a man who makes his broken spaceship into a spacesuit [duplicate]

In around 1986 I asked my dad what the paperback he was reading was and he told me the plot of this book. A spaceship breaks down and the man inside builds a spacesuit from the working parts of it, ...
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Looking for old black and white SF movie regarding a alien laboratory underneath a small bridge

When I was 6 years old I saw this black and white SF movie and it made a big impression on me. It tells the storybabot normal looking people that lure innocent people to a small bridge in someones ...
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2000/2010s SF trilogy about a techokinetic kid taken by authorities to fight far-away battles [duplicate]

I read a trilogy of sci fi novels in highschool that I really want to read again. I know the first book started with V. The story was about a kid that was living with his dad, had some technokinesis ...
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Identify Request : A Girl Falls Down (a Well?) And Wakes Up In Alternate Dimension (maybe dead?)?

So I am usually good about movies but my daughter presented me with this info and it is so familiar but I can't place the movie (or possibly part of a TV show). Can you help? Girl falls down (...
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80s/90s book about a child looking for a member of an alien race, who would teach him to play a flute-like instrument

Seeking the title of a book I read a part of from an elementary school reader. In it, a young boy runs away from home to seek out a teacher to learn to play music. The teacher would be from an alien ...
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Seeking title of trans/post-humanist coming-of-age story (2000's maybe) [duplicate]

Introduction I've been looking for this book for about a decade now, my friend found it once only for it to be lost again. No hope for years but it's painful to think of it as a loss and I keep ...
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Old cartoon late 70s early tv show about a time travel?

I am trying to find the name of a old cartoon on Saturday mornings where I think a professor pulled the handle on a time machine and showcased historical times like dinosaurs, the western migration ...
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Story Identification: Series of time travel novels with historical fictional elements

I recall reading these at least fifteen years ago, but they were probably written before that. It's a series of novels centered around some kind of future institute that sends people back in time. ...
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Pre-90s SF book, four characters (including Elney, Fram and Lady Cleetha) crash-land on an alien planet and learn to survive

I’m looking for a sci-fi book that was already very old back in 1999. The cover has a teal rectangular border and I think an image of a woman with gold or reddish-gold hair on a strange planet with ...
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Old scifi story where a married couple “try out” being cloned, at one point switch genders?

Plot Details/Summary I fear this one is another of my "longshot" questions, in that I can only recall a few bits of the story. A married couple, whom I believe are of Hispanic/Latino ethnicity, ...
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Manga about a girl being able to see through animals' eyes and control them, who solves a crime

I read this long ago but just now I had remembered it and thought about it. I remember it was about a girl who was able to see through the eyes of animals. She does figure out she can’t do it with ...
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Read a webcomic about demons with multiple horns

Read this between 2014-2016 and can’t remember much except for humans being fodder for these demons who could originally be one horned and level up in a way? The protagonist was a three horned ...
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Sci-fi short story about stranded pilots on frozen planet

One of those cases where i can recall nearly the entire story, but not the Author or the title. Two Pilots land on a frozen planet (Pluto i think?) The landing thaws the ice, and it subsequently ...
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Short Story with a simple form of machine evolution

This story Starts out like the standard "Planet of the Apes" routine: Space voyagers from Earth get caught in some sort of warp and return to a recognizable Earth, but the civilization they knew is ...
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Story about an alien that communicates with farts

In the story, the flatulence from the alien's sphincter is an integral part of its language (it used both orifices to communicate, and the noises it made with either orifice were incomprensible ...
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Fantasy book with red haired female lead who gets summoned along with her party while they are role-playing

I read this book on an old kindle but sadly it broke down and I never got it fixed and haven't been able to find it since. The female lead becomes either a priestess or a wizard after the summoning/...
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Short story: Scientist creates virus that causes near-sterility

This is a short story that I read in a collection sometime in the mid- to late 1980s. The story takes the form of a series of vignettes over a long period of time, possibly including things like ...
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Novel: Wizard's memoirs, servant to a god, long timespan [duplicate]

I'm trying to find a fantasy novel I read about the life of a wizard. He started out as a normal person, but became a servant of a god (I think the god treated him as a friend and student). He played ...
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Book with a yellow outline and a digital-looking face as a cover, people's bodies are digitalised

I am looking for a sci-fi story about the future. It was about this future where people on Earth were able to travel to the moon, and I think the moon was like a theme park or something now. It was ...
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Stop motion sci-fi kids show

I’m trying to recall a kids show (possible kids show or even movie?) I remember a few details but cannot think of its name. I’m under the assumption the show is based off of a surrealism artist who ...
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Fictional graphical “history” of spaceflight book from early 1980's that covers the years 2000-2100

A friend lent me an interesting book in about 1985 that was a fictional history of spaceflight from 2000-2100. It was a largish book, with full-color full-page graphics, with only a couple paragraphs ...
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Short story about memory eraser

I have been trying (and failing) to identify a short story which I first read in a 1970s anthology. It was science fiction with a touch of horror and centred around the invention and abuse of a ...
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Short story about a private investigator with amnesia who forgets everything when he goes to sleep

I think I read this story online, probably in the 90's. Given that, it may have been posted to Usenet. The protagonist is a man with a form of amnesia where every time he goes to sleep, he forgets ...
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Science-fantasy book series where underground machines kept the world alive powered by the big evil

I have been trying to remember the name of this series of books I read several years ago (might have been around 2010+-). Unfortunately, I don't remember too much or might be mixing things up. I ...
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80s/90's Robot cartoon, one like a Transformer

I'm pretty sure the show was out in the 80's or maybe even very early 90's but it could also of been an animated movie (If so would most likely of been a straight to VHS effort)... Now all I have is ...
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Novel about rendezvous with alien ship travelling through the solar system

I'm looking for a novel I read, probably in the mid 1990s. The story involved an alien vessel/asteroid coming through our solar system and a human ship going out to meet it and then being stuck on it ...
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Short story about park ranger with drones

I remember reading a short sci-fi story in the late 90's early 2000's about a park ranger patrolling wilderness that had been closed to any human activity. There also were drones to keep an eye on ...
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Old movie with aliens that look like humans except they have only two splayed toes

The movie concerns aliens that look like normal humans, except they have only two splayed toes. They are living on Earth as normal humans. Don't remember much of the plot, except that their toes give ...
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Anime about a girl that is saved from a strange life form in a forest by a man

I watched an anime once about a girl with brown hair. She met a man in a forest that saved her from a strange life form. That man ends up being her soulmate from another time line. I believe they was ...