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 instead.

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Manga about a girl who stopped menstruating after her mother died [closed]

A long time ago I read a manga and I can’t remember what it’s called. I remember that it starts with a girl who lives with her mom in the mountains, and one day her mom dies while it’s snowing. There ...
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Fantasy/sci-fi book about a boy who travels to space and learns to manipulate metal

Book is about a boy who travels to space and learns to manipulate metal. He gets a few friends one of them dies from an alien prisoner, I think her name was Kate. They go to a planet where barely any ...
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Novel about a virus that causes people to merge with electronics

I don't know when it was written, but my guess is somewhere between the early-2000s and the mid-2010s. I'm sure it falls into the science-fantasy genre somewhere based on what I remember about the ...
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'80s sci-fi novel about about an astronaut returning to Earth to find it devoid of human life

I read this as hardcover from the library back in the 80's. The story involves an astronaut who returns to Earth from a long mission (50 years, 100?) and discovers everyone is missing. The only ...
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A Short Story from 1978-1980 Read Magazine About 5 Items to Bring into a Survival Bunker

I am hoping to learn the title of a short story from Read Magazine regarding a select few members of society to enter survival bunkers and continue the human race. The candidates must choose five ...
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Old Science Fiction anthology: man with nightmares of a giant bee; post-apocalyptic underground world [duplicate]

I found this site today while searching for a book and hope someone can help. When I was a boy I read a hard-bound anthology of science fiction stories. This was circa 1986, but the book might have ...
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Book about teenagers on a spaceship, terraforming a planet

I read the book around 20 years ago, in german. It's not hard scifi, but a typical young adult book. I think the kids were somehow awakened (maybe genetically produced?) too early, and now have to ...
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Anime where a tiny woman swims in a cup of water

Trying to find the anime with a very tiny anime girl. She has long black hair and she is put into a normal sized water cup by a normal sized guy. Then after swimming he removed her and she bites his ...
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90s Kids Sci-Fi Anthology Book Series [closed]

Seeking a 90s kids series, anthology, similar to Goosebumps but maybe more sci-fi. Can’t remember much, just that it was the first time I’ve heard the term “grey aliens.” I included a drawing from ...
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Teenager on Mars, in conflict with authority, learns truth of Martian lifecycle

I'm trying to recall a story I read in the early-to-mid 80s. It was a school library book and probably old at the time. I don't recall any details of the cover. I do not believe it is Lost Race of ...
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SciFi short story about eating only one special food to be immortal

I'm looking for a short story I read a while ago. It might have been part of an anthology. Here is the plot: The story begins as an owner of a popular new restaurant gets invited to supper by an old ...
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Kids/YA chapter book series with a group of kids from 2006ish and I think the title is an acronym or looks/sounds like the word “people”

I don't remember much but the cover was pretty simple, just one color. Gave me Stargirl vibes. It was about a group of kids. They had an acronym for what they called either themselves or the adults ...
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Book series plot with a rough space marshal/soldier that drinks Wild Turkey from a hip flask

When I was a teenager I read a couple of books from a series about a battle against some sort of aliens, possibly not on earth. The main character was a rough soldier/space marshal type character that ...
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Fantasy series set in World War I Europe featuring an aristocrat mage

The series had at least five books, I think, that I borrowed as ebooks from the library. They were written in English and might have been intended for the upper side of Young Adult. The main character ...
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Sci-fi novel series with older people transferring their minds into younger bodies [duplicate]

All I remember is that the premise is that these old people put their consciousness into younger bodies, and they all have different symbols on their bodies denoting their role in society. I think the ...
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Obscure 90's movie/cartoon set in space, pioneer boy makes friends with alien [duplicate]

Way back in the 90's I watched a movie/cartoon on TV about a boy on an alien planet. He becomes friends with an alien called Willard or Wilbur or Willis or something like that. Towards the end the ...
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Looking for the title and author of the story with rivers personified as people

As the title states, I'm trying to find the title and author of a short story of a small group of people who are rivers trying to get to the ocean. It's not a long story, perhaps a few pages long. The ...
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Desperate to find this book, Far-future Earth, floating cities, human sacrifice, forgotten technologies

I read this deeply immersive book, set in far-far future Earth. Humans had reached immense tech heights, but had lost all their technological knowledge and were regressed to medieval-esque lifestyles. ...
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Movie/tv show about people living in separate rooms and communicating through monitors in a post-apocalyptic world

A group of people live individually in these "rooms" and communicate with each other on these monitors. Apparently the world outside is messed up. However one guy thinks there is something ...
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Novel about a scientist/astronaut finding abandoned architecture that seems to have emerged from the planet?

I can only vaguely remember parts of this — a female astronaut or scientist (I think) is exploring a planet that seems to have been abandoned. What she finds is a lot of architecture that seems to ...
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Original SCI-FI movie where an innkeeper has gills

I remember a movie on the original SCI-FI channel about a male and female protagonist stranded on an island village and while searching for answers the female protagonist notices an inn keeper had ...
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Fantasy novel about a medieval society formed by the descendants of human colonists, on a planet that brings their nightmares to life

So here's what I remember; It takes place on another planet, thousands of years after the colonists from Earth arrived. There is a prologue where they describe how the first colonists are attacked by ...
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Manuscript recovered from crashed plane about human-insect hive in Siberia

It's not Frank Herbert's Hellstrom's Hive. Cannot find old 20+ years paperback scifi novel about insect-human hive in Siberia. A man follows his brother to work in a research station in Siberia. His ...
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Space novel (trilogy?) with a ship trading with aliens

I think a trade ship of humans, and 3 alien guards who I think the race started with a K. They have 2 arms and 2 legs, armored exoskeleton, and shed their skin. They couldn't fight while shedding, and ...
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50's black & white movie with a white haired woman entering a flying saucer in a snow-covered landscape [closed]

Which '50s, vintage, black & white sci-fi movie has a white-haired woman entering a flying saucer, set in a snow covered landscape? This is all I remember of the movie, but I’m pretty sure that ...
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An anime or cartoon with Magical Artifacts that grant powers

Should have come out in mid or late 2000s, Plot starts off with main character boy leaving his grandfather to go off somewhere, also being gifted a necklace by grandfather that belonged to his dead ...
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Old radio show or book about a group of marooned men on a planet with only one creature which they eat and then cocoon and change into that creature

Old radio show originally. Only one type of creature on the planet, it had different types of “meat” which was eaten by the crew. Some men went missing but were found to have cocooned and changed into ...
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Sci-fi book about a guy leaving a dying Earth on a colony ship with his daughter in stasis; ship crash lands on a planet with aliens

The book starts on slowly dying Earth. A guy gets last minute selection on a colony ship as electrical person, daughter is already on board in stasis. The ship crashes on a planet with a few people ...
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60s-70s movie. Man makes a wish he was a rock star. But it does not work out

I remember a scene from an old movie... Maybe from the 60s in English, probably filmed in USA or UK. (The music club/bar scene had a 1960s era British music scene vibe, which is why I think it was ...
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Science fantasy novel from the 80s/early 90s where an imprisoned woman is sent through time to a different kingdom

The basic plot is that a young woman — possibly a queen — is imprisoned when an invading army kills her husband. She is awaiting her fate — possibly death or being forced to marry this invader — when ...
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Book involving clones, “The System”, “Mama Mercury “, and an abandoned monastery on the Moon?

I’ve been searching for this book for a while, to no avail. I read it as a teen somewhere between 2005 and 2013, in the UK. From what I can remember, it was a Star Wars style “ragtag gang of rogues/...
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Horror book with children in animal masks

In the book a group of people enter a mansion, the main character talks to a person in a mirror, and meets these children covered with animal masks. The book is a horror book and there are pictures as ...
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Anime where a boy enrolls in a magic school not knowing it's about magic, winds up with a bunch of girls involved with him

The main character is blond with glasses. He goes to this high school because it is easy to get in. What he does not know is that it is a high school for people with magic. Anyways he bumps into two ...
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Fantasy art book from 1980s

I'm trying to find a fantasy art book from the 1980s just for nostalgia to see if it's as strange as I remember. It was a smallish hard back book that just contained illustrations. The subject was ...
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Cold War short story where aliens use a cosmetic or perfume to make humans go extinct

I read this short story in the early 2000s in an anthology, but it wasn't new then (probably written during the Cold War). In the story, the world was rapidly becoming overpopulated. The main ...
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Movie about aliens transforming people into slaves with a claw or weapon-like arm

When people get captured, they get dragged to some kind of portal. They transform into slaves and have one of their arms become claw-like or weapon-like. They are strong but not very fast. They also ...
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People recluded in a penal reservation, who believe they are on Mars but they are actually on alien-invaded Earth

This is a story from the 1950's. I recall that one of the characters states the date of the invasion as 1959. The story has some similarities to Oblivion. There is a group of people in a penal ...
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Rats, and then young people, become immune to air pollution

I had thought this was part of a John Brunner novel, like one of the strands in The Sheep Look Up or a "Tracking in Closeups" segment in Stand on Zanzibar, but it doesn't seem to be in ...
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Manga where a girl with a spear performed a dance ritual to fight something that lives in a cave

From what I recalled, it’s mainly about a girl whose father was murdered due to him being framed I believe and the girl was forced to move somewhere else for her safety. I don’t remember what happens ...
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Short story about a father who dies and returns as a android/robot

Trying to track down this short story about a father who dies but comes back to life as a robotic version of himself. There was this traveling salesman who sold the household on this process whereby ...
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I'm looking for a Sci-Fi book by my memoir [duplicate]

I'm looking for a sci-fi book that I've read long ago and its plot was like: The interplanetary Empire is ruled by some smart 'scientists' - people who write some kind of a code. They predicted that ...
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Movie about creatures resembling antlions that crawl down people's throats and take them over [closed]

I saw a movie when I was younger, kind of like Night of the Creeps, Slither, and The Hidden. It had a monster/alien that looked like an antlion that crawled down your throat. It may have been a 70's ...
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Numbers on hands mean death if it's zero, magical friend with a lucky hat

A world where when you turn a certain age you get a number on your hand and if that number is a zero you're killed. The main character has a friend who gives him a lucky hat and he can do magic.
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Searching for a short story about a man nostalgic for robot teachers

I'm searching for a short story (it's not Asimov's The Fun They Had) about a man who buys a vintage robot teacher and develops a relationship (I think the robot recites Shakespeare, and he spends more ...
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Short comic book story about pets remaining after a human apocalypse occurs

A friend of mine is trying to find an old Hungarian story, here’s how they describe it: “I remember a few characters, three of the main characters were; A white cat with a purple bow/collar, female A ...
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Novel with main character able to mind-link to computers, a female telepath, a computer entity and a healing priest [duplicate]

I'm trying to identify a novel I read around 1990 give or take 5 years. It was fairly short (maybe 120 pages or so) and I read it in Dutch, but it is most likely a translation of an English original. ...
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Show with a blond male teen, a big older guy and a magic girl who travelled on a huge cat

I was watching a show around 2012. There was this blond teen (I am pretty sure he's a teen) who was a snooty prince who only wore different shades of light blue, blue, and dark blue, and there were ...
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Book where artistic people are thrown into a lake of acid; kids get teleported to a world where magic is real [duplicate]

In this world, anyone artistic is tossed into a lake of acid. But this wizard shows up and takes these kids to another world where magic exists, and they live in a mansion and use tubes to get around. ...
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Woman falls for dangerous man who can occupy different bodies

Her name is Sierra and she fell for a dangerous man who wanted to live forever. He found a way to occupy different bodies during the ball gown masquerade. They disappeared into the night together, and ...
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A human settled alien planet where even children are issued blasters and must be good at using them to kill constantly attacking lifeforms [duplicate]

My father told me he read this story when he was young (I think). He was born in 1935 and is passed away now. He didn't remember the title or author but it impressed him.

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