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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Harry Potter FanFiction harry is sent to Azkaban, dies and returns to being a child after a deal with death. death also had sent Harrys brother back

harry has a brother who everyone thinks is the real child of prophecy. stuff happens and harry is sent to Azkaban where I think he dies. he makes a deal with death who sends him back in time. death ...
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Animated superhero parody with humanoid snail antagonist and a pursuit scene

I have been trying to identify an animated TV show of which I saw a couple episodes as a kid, probably around 2010. It was likely a parody (or at least comedy) of the superhero genre. The main ...
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Short Marvel fanfic about Magneto having a head cold

I think I read this in college, which would put it online between 1998 and 2002. I thought I read it on the Fonts of Wisdom site, but I can't find it on there. It was a short humorous fanfic where ...
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Short story where a telepathic detective gains "absolute perception"

I'm trying to identify a short story that I read in the 1980s. The plot concerned a human detective that had some form of telepathy. He was assigned a case that needed a particular skill, and ended ...
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Book about people trying to survive in a world where technology has been shut down or destroyed

I'm looking for a specific book, but I can't find it: it was about an electrical shutdown (no, it's not Blackout). The book was about a virus or something like that destroying advanced technology, and ...
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Story about aliens with a drugging touch who love music

I'm trying to find a story I read in Australia, probably in the late 2000s or the early 2010s. I think it was a short story, not a full novel, and it might have been in a magazine such as Cosmos. It ...
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2000s kids show, characters choose creatures to fight in randomly chosen arenas

There was this kids show aired in the 2000s. The plot is about characters battling each other in 1v1s, choosing creatures (hybrid animals, armoured) to fight in randomly chosen arenas. The arenas are ...
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Title of a children's book about a young Pegasus who fall from heaven and ends up working in a Circus on a high wire, from the 1950's I think

Book from the 1960's or '50s. A picture book with bright bold illustrations. An image of baby Pegasus in a cloud field in the sky with its mother and other winged horses. It fall through a gap in the ...
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Mecha anime with female villain put into cryo-sleep

I'm trying to identify an anime I saw on TV 15-20 years ago. It was a mecha anime (maybe one of the Gundams?) with two space empires at war. The "bad" side was led by a female commander, and ...
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Set of short stories, including eating mangoes in the bathtub and helium suitcases

In the early 2000s I read a book that had a series of short stories in it. One of those stories was about a boy meeting an eccentric man who then had a few anecdotes - one was about how the man made ...
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War on the moon between two nations, one of which votes on strategy and one which does not

This thread reminded me of a story I read in Analog in the post-2000 era, about a war on the moon (I'm pretty sure) between two nations, one of which decided strategies via public vote, and one of ...
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Short Story (Scifi?) about a whale that "appears" in a boy's bathtub

I read this book in the mid-to-late 80's. It was a new book then as it was a gift, but I do not know how old the stories were that were collected within. It was a hardcover with compilations of SciFi ...
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Heavy Metal-ish animated picture with kidnapped princess

I just saw scenes of this on another site, but without much information about it. A black-haired and scantily clad princess is left in her castle to learn about the elements when creatures similar to ...
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Title of sci-fi short story where at the end we learn that the main character is not human after all and every alien race calls itself "human"

I remember reading a short story that really impressed me as a child in the 90's. It was sci-fi anthology from my father's old book collection, so probably at the very least a decade old already. Plot/...
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Cartoon episode where aliens think squirrels control the Earth

I am trying to remember a cartoon episode where aliens think squirrels control the Earth. I think it was an episode in a cartoon but it could've been part of a movie. I have tried looking it up online ...
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Anime where one brother hates the other and also frames him for the death of their parents [closed]

I saw this anime a long while ago in which one brother hates the other and also frames him for the death of their parents. There is a school for people with special power which first the main ...
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Manwha where a girl is reborn and knows she's supposed to die of an illness in five years

I'm pretty sure it's a manhwa. The female lead has pink hair. She was either reborn into the world or went back in time, but she knows she's supposed to die in like five years, however there's a cure ...
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Short-story where a man seeks a serum to dream of life before the atomic bomb [duplicate]

I'm looking for a story, I think 60s / 70s but I'm not sure. A man learned of a doctor who injects a serum that allows you to dream everything you want, so he goes to this doctor to find out. Then he ...
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A scifi book about a boy raised to fight in a war by playing a realtime strategy game [duplicate]

Back in the early 2000's, I read a scifi book that I'm now trying to recall. I picked it up in a public school library. The book might have been published in the 80's or 90's. Here's what I remember......
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Children's book about a boy taken to a game-based afterlife, helped by a devil named Bub, short for Beelzebub

I remember reading this book over and over as a child. The protagonist is a bit of a troublemaker, and loves games and jokes. An accident happens (I don't remember what exactly) and he wakes up in a ...
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Old movie (1950?) where a ghost protects a woman from her husband

A man keeps trying to kill his wife, but a ghost keeps stopping him. In the end the husband is in the bedroom with his mistress and the ghost kicks out an ember from the fireplace to start a fire.
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Identify This Movie: Robed creature sent by white-noise bad guys to abduct little girl

Apologies if this is best suited for "Movies & TV", but the plot elements of the movie seem to fit "Fantasy" pretty well. This movie was available to stream on Netflix a few years ago. It was a ...
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Movie where a bereaved woman raises an angel to help her cross over

I saw this interesting movie few years ago online, have lost it, want to re-visit. It has elements of fantasy and magic within the main theme. English language, story set in England, made within last ...
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A scifi book containing an artificially-made world with weird centaurs

hope I'm doing this right – I did try a search first but couldn't find anything that seemed relevant. Back when I was in middle/high school in the 90s, I would sometimes pick books off the SF/F ...
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Sci-fi / dystopian novel about a community where misbehavers’ brains are removed

It was a novel classified as young adult. I don't remember the character names. First off, it was a full-length novel (around 300-400 pages, but I might be off by a lot). The cover is a sunflower-...
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Fantasy novella about a protagonist who's transported to Nazi Germany; involves magic tied to the Equinox

Novella where the protagonist is not powerful in their home universe, but is transported to Nazi Germany. Very sensitive to the eyeglasses taken from concentration camp. Power truly blooms when he ...
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Live-action TV show/movie where kids go into the world of a video game world which looks a lot like World of Warcraft

Looking for a live-action TV show/movie where kids play a computer game which looks a lot like World of Warcraft. They can enter this computer world and then the show switches to animated. It would ...
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Book with leads being boy and girl, girl has magic but boy doesn't, later revealed that boy's ancestors killed magic people

Boy follows girl (think the girl was kidnapped and brought to the magic world) into the magic world one day and is stuck there for some reason. They are at a magical school (pretty sure its magic ...
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Book about a boy with telepathic powers who escapes a lab and goes to a shop to change his clothes, adopting a goth/alt. look

It's been since middle school that I read this book but I do not remember the title, cover, or author. In the book, a boy with telepathic powers escapes a lab, goes to change his look at a shop- which ...
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Show/miniseries which aired on HBO in the early '90s, featuring "Water Police"

This is something I've been totally unable to find any information about through search engines. In the early/mid '90s, I remember seeing what I think was a show or miniseries about a dystopian future ...
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Novel with 2 dimensions and to travel between you stared in a mirror and would cross over leaving a pool of quicksilver

There were 2 dimensions and the way to the alternate on was looking into a mirror and the person looking would go into the other world leaving a pool of quicksilver. I remember other things but at ...
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Short story about children-dominated society

I'm trying to find a short story from the 60's(?) about a future society dominated by mutant(?) children who've killed off all the adults except, for sentimental reasons, one. The adult was a man. ...
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1960's-1970's (possibly older) sci-fi story about a man stuck on a inhabited planet with a twist [duplicate]

The story was about a man who crashed on a uninhabited planet and was wandering around for few years looking for another crashed spaceship to use its parts to repair his spaceship. He had a small ...
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short story protagonist asks girl to cover up at beach then she wears half exposed dress to dinner, russian has camera that sends to moscow to develop

The overall story is more about the man who is a reporter or an agent from US and his interaction with a foreign society and changes. Unclear whether an off-world component, but I think it was an ...
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Novel about incompetent space pirates

I remembered only some bizarre details about this novel. Space pirates that are really incompetent, they try to steal some stuff from an enormous ship on an enormous space habitat... This ship is ...
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Short story about a chef who is asked to cook a recipe for immortality/life extension

I'd like some help identifying a short story. Here's what I remember of the plot: The protagonist is a chef, working at a very out-of-the-way establishment (I think it was maybe a kind of mountain ...
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OMNI magazine short story about generation ship caretaker instantiated to evaluate planet viability

I read this story in OMNI when I was a kid sometime in the '80s. The generation ship has no living crew, but will create one person from DNA when it gets close to a candidate planet to determine if it'...
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Pre-1980 story about man who can access alternate universes. References to a girl with a scar on her face, and Mithras [duplicate]

Some years ago, I read on rec.arts.sf.written about a story (I think by Lafferty or Davidson) about a man who could access alternate universes - he can, for example, pick up a quarter from the return ...
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1960s? movie. Alien Entity gives 6-7 random people scatter around the world the power to wipe out all life in a large area around them

I believe the movie might have been black and white. So might have been from the 50s. It was in English and pretty sure it was made in USA. Some alien entity/force/device/figure simultaneously visits ...
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Fantasy book series: village man becomes leader; Aragorn analogue lives in his village

This is driving me mad, so I'm desperately hoping this works I read the book maybe 5 years ago? The protagonist is a standard villager who provides goods/services to the village. There's no magic ...
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A man eats a ghost

I saw this on UK TV sometime (I think) in the late 1980s, it was like an outer limits type show ... But not actually Outer Limits. There was a chubby man who got another to help him in an old house - ...
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Old cartoon about a robot looked like a small girl [duplicate]

The young boy with his father arrive in a spaceship to some planet, maybe Earth, where to be a robot or a cyborg is illegal for some reason, the police arrests all robots and cyborgs. The boy finds a ...
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Japanese movie with girl who goes boom at the end

I am looking for a japanese(?) anime movie that I watched around 15 years ago, but it's probably much older. Unfortunately I don't remember many details. I think that action was set in the near ...
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Fantasy book about an (orphan?) girl named Opal, involves gems or stones

I don't remember much about the book but I read the book when I was younger and I remember really enjoying it so I would like to find the book to have the chance to read it again. I'll try to add as ...
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Manhwa that starts off with a guy who had long, shaggy hair and scars all over him, stuck in a cave

So I remember reading this book a couple years ago on Mangaowl, but the site got taken down and there was this one book that I remember and I'm trying to find it. It started off with this guy who had ...
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Children's sci fi book from '90s/early 2000s that had a cover with two kids, and a ringed planet in the background

I'm trying to find a book I read in grade school roughly 15 years ago. It probably was aimed at middle school/teens. I only remember small details from it. The cover was in that painted pulp fiction ...
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What was the vampire movie where the protagonist gets cow's blood?

The guy got a big wound in his stomach and his friend tells him "shit shit" comes from your stomach, but after that they repaired it and made the guy drink cow's blood and he returned to normal. I ...
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Manga where the MC has some sort of system that helps him develop by annoying people

I don't remember many details, but I believe the original language was Chinese. The protagonist is an orphan and has a sister to take care of. Before he got the system's power, he used to sell tofu or ...
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Young adult sci fi book where a team of human explorers wind up stranded on a planet, while covertly surveilling a less advanced civilization

Some time in the future, an advanced civilization has found a marker left by precursors, pointing at habitable worlds. The first intelligent life they find by following the marker is humans. They form ...
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Novelette or short story: Aliens resurrect female after humanity has died off [duplicate]

Last story in a book of short stories. Written by a man, other stories were by different authors. All human life on Earth had died off. An alien race with the ability to bring the entire human race ...

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