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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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Short story with alien vampire hunter on Earth

Looking for a short story. Background was there were a ship of alien viruses(vampires) intended for a night planet that had crashed on Earth long ago and were accidentally activated by radio ...
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Webcomic set in a futuristic world reminiscent of early 20th C. visions of future, with Hergé-like ligne claire style, miniature robot character

I'm trying to remember the name of a webcomic I came across some years ago (2000s to early 2010s). I recall the aesthetic of the world (I don't think it was specified to be Earth) looked like it drew ...
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A novel involving philosophy and hyperspace, ca. pre-1990

I am trying to remember the title of a novel with the following plot points: A spacecraft is sent via supposedly instantaneous travel to a distant system, but they return 1,000 or 2,000 years later (...
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Fantasy-type manga where the main character defeats the demon king and goes forward in time

I'm looking for a fantasy manga where after the main character defeats the demon king, he ends up going forward in time. He also has some sort of guild related to moons that he can "shrink down" and ...
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70's (or earlier) sci-fi book: character enters a world where the sun reflects the climate upon epileptic fits

I read this book in the 1970s. The central character comes in and out of a world where the color of the sun reflects the climate/chaos. The character enters the world when he experiences an epileptic ...
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80's DC comic about the “cycle of human existence”

This particular comic was written in the honor/memory of a woman who was leaving DC comics. I read it in the mid-80's so it can't be newer than that. It was about the history of humans but (if I ...
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Book series of warriors who channel magic through singing

I’m trying to locate the name of a series of books I read about 20 years ago. I think they were older but not certain. I think there were 5-8 books in the series. The main ...
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Cartoon or anime featuring identical robots wearing hats and walking in ranks

At 0:57 there is some animation, might be from some anime. So I was wondering which one?
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Encyclopedia of aliens

As a kid I had a book about aliens. It was a pseudo-encyclopedia of sorts with different kinds of articles and chapters about extraterrestrials. I was so young at the time, I don't remember a great ...
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I need help finding a book about Ganymede!

I remember reading a book in primary school about children going to Ganymede but I can't remember what it's called at all. I can't remember much about the book; I seem to remember that the children ...
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Non-serious book about children selected to be heroes by aliens

I'm looking this book I read 5-10 years ago (I read a Finnish version). I think it is intended for children or teenagers. The main character is a human kid transported with other children and some ...
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Book about a teenager and alien [duplicate]

I am trying to find the title of a book that I read in the late 90s early 00s. I think the book was part of a trilogy. This is what I can remember about the story, a teenage boy leads a normal life ...
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Book about a place full of crazy people where one sane person is also locked in

About 15 years ago my mum told me about a book she read and I'm trying to find out what the title is. It wasn't a series but a single book and was most likely in English. It was about a walled off ...
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Children's sci-fi book with an alien named Yacob looking for a kid with technology

I am trying to remember the title of a children's SF book I once read, maybe 20 to 25 odd years ago. I don't have a great number of details (and some of what I recall may be completely wrong), but ...
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Is the film mentioned in Arthur Clarke's short story “History Lesson” real?

I recently read Arthur Clarke's short story "History Lesson" (1949) a.k.a. "Expedition to Earth", in which "A Walt Disney Production" is mentioned. I would like to know two (related?) things: ...
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Horror movie where mirrors are a gateway to Hell

My recollection of this movie is very poor, it's been easily 10 years since I seen it... It's an American movie from the 1980s. I think the story line revolves around a bunch of paranormal ...
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Short story about an alien named Ushtu(?) coming from a future Earth, when ours was destroyed by a nuclear explosion

I'm looking for a short story about an alien from a future Earth (from an age after a nuclear explosion destroys ours). IIR he was part of a group mind and was named (?) Ushtu
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Film where boy's parent reveal their alien selves to him

I never saw the full film, just a uk trailer, dated maybe about 1990. I thought at the time "I'm gonna watch that" but then the years intervened. I've had a search through this site but no joy. What ...
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Short story about astronauts fertilizing soil with their own bodies

There was a short-story about astronauts who lost in space on lifeless planet. They tried to grow crops but all attempts failed until the last one buried their bodies into ground. Those plants ...
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Anime where powers are measured with crystals

I faintly remember an anime I loved but didn't finish. There are a boy and 2 girls in a cafe in one episode. They use crystals to see what magical powers the boy has. They are elemental crystals ...
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What TV show has kids entering a video game of some sort?

I've been searching the entire Internet for this show about 4 teenagers that enter a video game world where they have to fight monsters that looked like insects. Every time they had to enter the world,...
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CRYPTID series early to mid 2000s

So the novel begins with a teenager (who is 14/15) being left home alone - yet again - eating curry - yet again. He's watching tv and catches a newsreel from the Philippines, where in the background ...
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Campy novel: Inca Kola sales/promotion and a cat that rules the world/universe

Looking for the title of a campy novel about Inca Kola sales/promotion and a cat that rules the world/universe. Read it about 20 years ago thought I had saved but can't find. Gave many books to my ...
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1960's book about a stowaway on a moon rocket

I remember a book about a worker who got caught in a moon rocket, crashed through the crust and survived. Was joined by a chimp named Cheeky who was in the rocket and met a moon man with translucent ...
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Short story about stranded astronauts who miss the color green [duplicate]

This short story is probably from the 1950s or 60s. In it, a pair of astronauts are stranded on a planet where all the vegetation is red and there is nothing green to be seen. The only time they ever ...
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Novel about children who develop mental powers at puberty. Read in the 70's or 80's

There's a novel that I read years ago for which I can no longer remember the author or the title. The only things I can remember are... It was about mental powers, telepathy, etc Children developed ...
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Manga where all the characters were human/animal hybrids

I read this manga a while ago. All the characters were half-human, half-animal. The main character was half-human, half-crow, his main weapon was this hatchet-like thing attached to a chain that he ...
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Werewolf romance book where female had to fight werewolf to keep her position in the pack

I am trying to find this book where a female had to fight a werewolf in order to keep her position in pack and her mate can’t help her. She ends up shooting the wolf and winning the challenge. I ...
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Live action Disney film about a highschool student creating an invisibility formula

This starred a young Kurt Russell​ as a high-school student, his entry in a science fair (I think) is a formula that in theory could turn someone invisible. The principal of the school dismisses it ...
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Short story about a child who is a miniature, living Earth

I saw this short story in an anthology years ago. At least 20 years old, probably more. This was a humorous short story about a child of human parents who was born as a tiny earth, complete with ...
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Short story about a man stranded on a red planet with a sentient hand as his friend

I remember reading a short story 10 to 15 years ago about a man stranded alone on a red planet, where nothing would be green, and so he would miss that color. There was a sentient hand to keep him ...
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Scifi book about intelligent blob aliens and nanotech

I read it years ago and just can't remember what it was called or who wrote it. It's about blob aliens and nano tech. Humans are a spacefaring species and have met and live along side, on many ...
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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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Horror short story anthology from early 80s with spider story

I'm trying to track down a horror anthology book from the early 80s. I'm fairly sure it was called something like '50 tales of horror and suspense' and definitely had a cover painting consisting of a ...
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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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90s (or earlier) scifi/apocalyptic novel: group waking up in an old school, female lead character has an electric connection with her lover

I read this sci-fi/apocalyptic novel when I was in my early teen years. The main character was a female and there were several others and it's like they woke up or found themselves abandoned in an old ...
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Comic strip about a human dressing as a robot and trying to infiltrate

A couple of days ago I came across this comic strip. It's about an alternate world where a human dresses up like a bot and tries to infiltrate a bot community or something, then he is blocked by a ...
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Series of books featuring dragons, enchanted forests, magic swords, etc

When I was younger I read a series of 3 or 4 books involving largely traditional mages/dragons/enchanted forests. I'd like to buy it for some of my younger extended family members but I can't ...
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Fantasy book where a princess encounters many fantasy tropes including a dragon [duplicate]

It was maybe in 2000-2012. It was a fantasy book. I believe it combined a LOT of other fantasy works into one big story with a lot of popular characters from books and fairy tales and things. I'm ...
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Movie where a circus ringmaster turns people into animals

I’m trying to remember a movie that was circus based where I think animals were turned into people. They couldn’t leave as they would die. The ringmaster did it with magic eye things(?)
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80's (or earlier) book: teenagers wind up on an alien spaceship (possibly through the Bermuda Triangle), eventually get home but they've been replaced

It could be that they were on a plane and wake up on the spaceship and not everything is activated. After exploring the ship it starts to turn on bit by bit and they start figuring out how to fly it. ...
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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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Family sci-fi movie with cool jets stored under their big fancy house

Saw this film when I was little (around 2000-2006). All I can remember is that it’s a family movie and either the dad or the whole entire family fly their own jet/spaceship like thing. They are ...
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Trying to find a drarry fanfic

I read it a long time ago. It's about an auror Harry accidentally bought a sexual self-read book, read and created by Draco. The voice arouses Harry, and he falls in love with it. They eventually meet ...
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“Lost his faith in humanity in the trenches of Verdun” — last line of an SF story

I read this long story (novella?) a couple of decades ago, I believe, and probably in one of the SF magazines. There's a good chance this was in F&SF of the time. It involves a priest who was an ...
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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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Story identification by illustration [on hold]

So I have an awfully vague image that I'm hoping may trigger some recognition in the mind of someone out there. I remember owning a collection of scary stories / folk tales when I was a child (early ...
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Story about teleportation gateways that make the user younger

Looking for a science fiction story I read years ago, about teleportation gateways that the user finds are making him younger when he travels through them.
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60's or 70's monster movie whose victims are caught and wrapped in a cape or coat

Just like the title says. I went to the movie with my sister when we were less than ten years old. It was a double matinee with The Green Slime playing as well. All I can remember is this person whose ...
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Anime series where people have powers based on their fetishes

The series had a guy who, when he would take a picture with his camera, it would cause explosions and a guy who could use his blood as a weapon or wings. There is a reference that the guy with the ...