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 about possibly the last humans alive struggling to survive in a spaceship, it ends in a baseball stadium in space

I believe the main characters are a father and son, they and a group of humans are stuck on a spaceship. I don't remember if they are the last humans alive but I do remember there being a sense of ...
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Analog(?) Short Story 2 krakens(?) from different oceans fight. Smaller one helped by humans

Pretty sure it was in an Analog. Mid 80s. World with two big oceans, similar to Atlantic and Pacific. Giant Kraken like creature, too big to travel to the other ocean now. Humanoids in sailing ships ...
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Science fiction movie featuring an octopus type alien

I'm trying to remember a sci-fi movie featuring an Octopus type alien, possibly purple, stalking the crew of a spaceship. I only remember one scene. The creature was very slow, had one eye and I think ...
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Manga with main character abandoned by goddess and class

I'm looking for the name of manga where entire class is summoned by goddess but the main character has only paralysis poison and sleep skills and is abandoned in a dungeon. He uses those skills to ...
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Lost Short SF Story, Messages from Mars, uniquely shaped coil involved

I read this in an anthology sometime in the 1970's. A chap was winding various coils for his radio receiver. He hears a message from 'Mars'? The story ends when the 'special' coil is crushed by some ...
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Fantasy series about a human girl with gold tattoos who makes too much blood

The cover of the book has a white haired girl with a sword. It is set in Florida in the future sometime. She is a special breed of human that produces more blood than normal and is bred to be like a ...
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Fantasy Series in a cold climate with corrupted animals and people being famed for taking them down, LGB people referred to as Followers of Artemis

There's this book series I started back in 2014 that I can't remember the name of and would like to finish it now that I have the time. The main details I can remember about the setting and a ...
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2000s (or earlier) book: farmer sent to prison planet but crash lands on dangerous world instead

I am looking for a book that I would have read about 17 years ago (not sure how old it was by that point). Would have been published prior to 2002 I believe. The book begins with the main character ...
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90s/2000s sci-fi movie about a psychic girl and an alien woman

I remember some parts of a live-action sci-fi movie I saw sometime in the 90's or maybe early 00's. The movie was set in present day and centered around a small girl, about 5 years old, I think. The ...
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80s Mad Max-esque space movie with really long name

One night when I was a kid, in the mid eighties, I saw a Sci-Fi movie late night on TV. I seem to remember it had a really long name. It opened with the main character on his spaceship (which was kind ...
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Ranma 1/2 fanfic where he runs away from Nerima and becomes a police officer. Had a running joke of a facehugger and/or Zergling

I honestly don't remember when I last read this, but I'm pretty sure it was over seven years ago and I think I first read it over ten years ago. The author had a number of "Ranma in a different ...
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Book where the main character falls from a tower in a field of wheat but is unharmed due to her being unconscious

My brother and I have been searching for a young adult book for some time that we read as children (in the late 90's). The book is solidly fantasy and involves significant instant spacial travel (like ...
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Movie where two people break into a high-tech safe in underwear because of some fuel pellets making it incredibly hot [on hold]

A pair of travelers are walking through woody terrain covered in deep snow, well dressed for cold winter. They reach some sort of bunker and go inside. There it turns out they are a man and a woman. ...
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Movie where a kid reads a book and enters a fantasy world. School bullies try to steal the book

The main plot was about a kid who finds a book and when he reads it (at school) he enters a fantasy world where he meets a girl. When he first sees her, she's fixing something and they're in a field. ...
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70s(?) kids' short story: spaceship lands, crystal plants/animals, spacesuits slowly cut by glass and they all die

Kids' Short Story: SciFi/Horror. Space ship lands on planet with crystal plants and animals. Upon returning to the ship their space suits are slowly cut/compromised by glass and they all die. Read in ...
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Comedy manga about a young girl with a sick mother who becomes a magical girl and transforms into a high schooler

I saw screenshots of what I believe to be a full chapter of the story online between six months and two years ago (2017) on Tumblr. The original post was the mangacaps in a photoset with the images ...
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Short detective story. Criminals are cloned, then killed by the victims of crime for revenge

The story is about a detective talking to different people trying to gather information about a clone. The story deals with clones of a criminal who committed murders, and they make exact clones of ...
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Short story about new doctors, killers, and ghosts of patients

I am trying to find a short story I read in which a new doctor makes a mistake that kills a patient. Doctor is distraught. Later in the story a killer chases the doctor who goes through a door in an ...
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Novella, possibly from 1960's, Bingo babies breeding goes out of control

I think I might have partially asked this already in the comments on somebody else's question. As far as I remember it was in an anthology of four or five novella's or "long" short stories....I read ...
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Manga with main character abandoned by goddess and his entire class [duplicate]

I'm looking for the name of manga where entire class is summoned by goddess but the main character has only paralysis poison and sleep skills and is abandoned in a dungeon. He uses those skills to ...
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Story about a man whose childhood friend doesn't age

It's a story about a man who has a childhood friend that doesn't age. The man visits his friend, and discovers that his friend's childhood has continued in a sort of alternate universe. His friend ...
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1960's film with rock monsters

I've wondered what film this was, which I saw as a kid. Plot included astronauts landing on a rocky planet, and if you stepped into the sunlight, you would fry. Rocks would come alive to attack ...
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Need the name of a fantasy paperback book from at least 20 yrs ago

During WWII(?) a group of Japanese and US military are hiding out in a temple, and are transported to another world. In this other world they are slowly able to fly and shoot fire from their hands. ...
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Story by Aaron Bernstein about a man going to space at a speed faster than light and looking at the Earth of the past

An episode of G, a miniseries by Radiolab, about Einstein’s brain describes a story by Aaron Bernstein Einstein read in 1905 or earlier that inspired him to think of relativity. It’s not “Eine ...
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Short story about England right after nuclear war

Read a story back in the 1980s in a sci-fi anthology about England just after a nuclear war. The government was trying to rebuild and everyone was suffering from radiation poisoning. Towards the end a ...
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90s (or earlier) mecha anime: dormant robot chooses a teenager as its pilot, they fight a dog robot and an ostrich robot

There’s an anime I’ve been looking for the past 18 years. The anime was about a young boy that stumbles upon a giant white robot that’s been dormant for some years. When the robot senses the boy, it ...
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Short story, localised disaster on ocean planet with floating research stations

I can't remember if the protagonist was a man or a woman, but I think it was a man. He was on a planet (mostly?) covered in water where people carried out research on floating stations. Each station ...
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Harry Potter fan-fic where Harry was abused and rescued by the Order

I remember a few things that happened in this fan-fic. Harry was abused. He was rescued by the order. Order gets worried when Harry stops writing Harry gets in trouble or something. He was locked in ...
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Harry Potter fan fiction called “Playing the Part” [on hold]

Does anyone have a copy of "What Goes Around" by Tuckerpuppy(HarleyD)? The book has to do with Draco coming home(can't remember why) and finding the manor empty. He had looked for his family when the ...
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Harry Potter fanfic where Harry is sent back in time

I know this story is on Fanfiction.net. Here’s what I remember: Harry is known as a Peverell; I don’t know if he is the MOD but I do know he is living in Peverell Castle Harry is in contact with ...
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Early 20th century magazine story in New England with monsters

Super dark and dreary story like reading Edgar Allen Poe but not a poem, and many strange names. Much of the story around the WWI period (but don't remember hearing about the war in the story). There ...
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An alien dances with woman on beach at night, then leaves. Years later the alien returns but she is dead, he takes the dog

Most likely published in Asimov's or Fantasy & Science Fiction in the 80's or 90's. The woman lived alone in a cabin in the Northwest, I think, and went down to the beach when she saw the ship ...
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Short story about a photo restoration specialist who can travel back in time to the day a photo was taken

This was a short story, told in the third person. Written in English. I first read it in a library book, sometime during the 1980s, probably no later than 1986. (I lived in Indiana at the time.) I'm ...
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What film or show has a scene with Loki impersonating either Hydra, Red Skull or Nazis?

I recall a scene where Nazis, Red Skull, or Hydra members are in the same place an object is found, and they all die. The last man standing gives the hint or totally reveals that he was Loki. I don't ...
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Old retired mirror maker commissioned to make a mirror that changes the past

Early 2000's story, about 20 pages maybe in a larger scifi compilation. The stories were donated for a charity - an Asian relief fund. They were from well-published authors. An approaching storm, an ...
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Terry Pratchett book which had a preamble about a school principal who suspended a child

I am seeking a Terry Pratchett book with a preamble discussing a student who was suspended from school for bringing one of Terry Pratchett's books to the classroom; when the child came again with the ...
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Book involving children traveling between alternate worlds via switches

I know I read this after 2012, I think as an ebook. The cover depicted a knife switch by itself, I think closed with the handle up. At the beginning of the story, the protagonist, a boy, is told by ...
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Movie about an African sorceress that turns men into robot-creatures, cured by pulling a splinter out of her back

I've watched this movie back when I was a kid and plot was something this: The story takes place in black Africa (or some fantasy environment that resembles it). It is about a boy (I believe) in a ...
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Sci-fi book where Earth collides with a planet from another universe and a piece of Earth is taken by it

I read this sci-fi book some 30 years ago (but it was older than that by maybe ten years?). The Earth collides with a planet, possibly from another universe. A piece of Earth is taken by it with the ...
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Sci fi book, Jesus returns in the 1950's and the 1980's [duplicate]

I'm saying this was sci fi because scientists in the 1980's managed to send a document to their 1950's counterparts. Jesus had appeared in the 1950's and it was covered up by USA government, he then ...
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Fantasy Book, maybe series, guy wakes up with power of a god, out for revenge

A contemporary fantasy novel, published after 2000, probably American. I started reading it a couple of years ago but I never finished. If I remember correctly, the gods were either dead, or basically ...
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Late 80’s early 90’s children’s animated movie with a crochet or patchwork owl?

Hello all I read the section on how to ask a question and thusly here is all I can give. This was a full length animated children’s movie along the same time as Little Nemo’s. Adventures in ...
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Special series of story-telling segments, as told by actors; one had a magical whale who befriended a girl

I'm not sure of the series in question, or if it was a "special" of sorts; it was played, on tap, in class during the 1980s as part of story time. The screen focused on actors. (For some reason I'm ...
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Graphic novel from 2014 or later with a time traveling device

I read this graphic novel two or three year ago at a Barnes and Noble. It was a newer comic—2014 or later, but not much earlier, I believe. It centered around a man who makes a time traveling (...
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Live action sci-fi film on full body transplantation, unwilling victims end up in ape body, leading scientist betrayed

I am looking for a live action film on full body transplantation. I have only very vague memory of this film, so I'm unsure about most of what I say here. I am only sure about two details that ...
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Animated movie with talking animals escaping from an island

I'm looking for animated movie (drawn) about an island where animals are crossing with another. I mean junction of lion and goat etc. Main antagonist, as I remember, was a penguin who escaped from ...
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Space sci-fi movie where a woman goes to space and loses her memory

I've been to a couple of subreddits already trying to identify this movie, but I've had no luck besides one person who vaguely recognized the plot, but didn't know the name. I watched a movie at some ...
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Comic book with a TV used as an interdimensional portal

I'm looking for a comic book that I read in the 90s. I only remember that the comic book starts with the main character taking back his TV from the pawn shop (repair place?). After the guy leaves, ...
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Fantasy book about dual magic where the protagonist learns his dreams are actually real [duplicate]

I read a book a long time ago that I'd like to revisit. Main plot involves a protagonist that learns every time he dreams he's actually living a dual life in a monastery. Every dual person who sleeps ...
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What fantasy book has twins (except one's blue) and a cloaked ice bear on the cover?

I remember only the cover of this book. A fantasy novel released before 2007. The cover of the book had a twin pair where one of the twins were blue, and if I am not mistaken, there was an ice bear ...