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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Anime TV Show With Toys

I actually dont remember much. I watched it when I couldnt even write a single letter (I have borned in 2002) and I dont remember even if it was a TV show instead of an movie. All I remember is it had ...
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Pre-2000 book about alt Earth where people wait for the bus

This was a UK book read around 2000 but it could be a few years either side of that. Protagonist finds himself on another world (post-apocalypse maybe) or he was a native to that world, I really can'...
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Harry Potter fanfiction where Harry is found abused and taken in by Snape

Harry is found abused and is taken in by Snape, then later on Harry is tortured by Voldemort and Lucius with needles and becomes blind. Eventually Snape adopts Harry and Draco.
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1980s short stories about a female warrior / wizard pair

This is driving me nuts. Back in (I believe) the 80s, in SF&F magazine, there were several short fantasy stories about a pair of women, one a warrior, the other a wizard, and they traveled their ...
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Story identification: primitive human culture on another planet

When I was in Junior High I read a novel where this young person is growing up in a primitive human culture. Details are fuzzy, but this is roughly what I remember: He builds some kind of water-...
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Sci-fi short story about overpopulation, time travel and battle of the sexes [duplicate]

I recall a short story I read many years ago about a soldier or scientist being sent forward in time to see if man survives overpopulation and if we do, how we solved the overpopulation problem. The ...
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Old cartoon where villain turns villagers into statues

I used to watch a cartoon as a kid where a villain turns villagers into stone statues and there is a kid from that village that has a cylindrical object where he can insert balls that contain monsters ...
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Early 2000s anime VHS with a vampire and his apprentice fighting supernatural creatures

Back in the early 2000s I was given a VHS that had a compilation of anime. One particular I remember very fondly. A vampire and his apprentice fighting other supernatural creatures. At the end of ...
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Podcast story about woman wanting to destroy machine distributing emotionally destructive ads

I remember listening to a story, probably on Escape Pod but possibly Lightspeed, about a near future in which ubiquitous machine-generated gendered advertisements, crueler than anything that could be ...
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Story about Neil Armstrong being transported across the galaxy

Attempting to search for the answer myself (and also ignited by current events), I recalled another short story I read back in 2006 that involved Neil Armstrong getting caught in a wormhole while ...
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Strange poorly progammed puzzle game for the PSP, with Dragon Kids. and towers

What I can remember of this game is that two brothers were minding their own business when suddenly some strange mini hurricane thing takes them into two towers, and if you die, this guy pops up and ...
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NSFW crudely drawn webcomic about elves

This is one of those things that popped into my head this morning and I just can't quite seem to get it out, so I'm hoping to identify it so that I can file it away as solved. This was a webcomic I ...
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Book about an amphibian race at the centre of the Earth

I’m after a book about an amphibian race, a guy found a creature, there was a scientist involved, the thing learnt English and lives in an advanced civilisation under the Earth that can be accessed ...
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What is the name of the Larry Niven story/book predicting Neil Armstrong as first man on moon?

Some eighteen months or so before Apollo 11, Larry Niven wrote a story in which he predicted that Neil Armstrong would be selected by NASA to be the first man on the moon. He also, some years after ...
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Sci-fi/horror short story about a disease that took over people’s minds and made their heads explode

The short story was about how a disease, perhaps from a parasitic fungus, took over people’s minds and made them climb telephone poles and trees so when their heads exploded the spores would spread. ...
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Book in which the “mountain” in the distance was a hole in the flat world

Science fiction novel or short story. Characters were lost or crashed or something on a new-to-them world and were making for a mountain they could see in the distance. But when they reached the ...
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Possibly 1970's story about space cops and gangsters

I think it was mid seventies I read this, not sure if it was a novellete or a longish short story. It begins in a very strict boot camp for Galactic Police, the trainees are the toughest of the tough ...
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Time war story - soldier name lengthens as he travels further from the battle front

This is a short story I read in the late 80s. A soldier called H leaves an embattled position near a time-rift battlefront where humanity and unidentified aliens are shelling each other to prevent a ...
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Sci-fi book about a genetically modified planet

I read only the beginning of this book, and it was decades ago, but I always wondered about it and wanted to read it. As I recall, the protagonist finds himself stranded on a strange world. I don't ...
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Old book about a young man marooned in space who is drawn to an alien shipwreck by a ring he is wearing

It was a school library book I read in the 70s, about a young man marooned in space who is drawn to an alien shipwreck by a ring he is wearing. Can't seem to remember more, but the image has stayed ...
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Late 70's or early 80's Movie or TV Series or Chapter of a series including aliens from planets populated by one gender only in conflict

The story it's about 2 groups of humanoid aliens living in planet earth, both groups are in conflict with each other, and each group are from a different planet, one populated only for women and the ...
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Story about a planet with curtain-like time 'zones'

I've been looking for a long time for a link to a story I read, I think, in paperback over 20 years ago. Here's what I remember: A planet with multiple 'zones' of time: past, present, and future all ...
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Cyborg Movie from the early 80's, possibly late 70's NOT Eliminators!

It's not Eliminators, I own it, I'm looking for a different one. In this one a cyborg, unfortunately I can't remember much, it's him and a woman though at least, possibly a team, end up at one point ...
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A tribe of telepathic male aliens produced by a tree. 1960s/70s short story

When the sentient aliens reach adolescence they mentally block out the rest of the tribe and die crossing a desert in a futile attempt to reach — we later learn — a similarly isolated female tribe and ...
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Scientist or explorer goes to a tidal-locked planet with vicious creatures, accompanied by his wife

There is this short story about a (scientist?/explorer?) who goes to either Mars or Venus or a certain exoplanet (accompanied by his wife) which is in a tidal lock such that the dark side is very cold ...
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70s Sci-Fi Story including/describing Conway's solitaire game “life”

Early 70s Sci-Fi book, I believe it was 2 humans (man and woman) on an alien planet... (I don't think they were stranded, I think they were there to explore.) There may have been a few more people ...
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TV series about a young boy looking for glowing and spiky crystals [duplicate]

I am looking for a TV series that I watched around 2000 - 2005-ish. It was a sci-fi/ fantasy about a young boy traveling with his companions to some places, like caves or maybe other planets, and he ...
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YA SF novel with a remote control for parallel universe jumping

When I was a kid I read a sci-fi novel for children, the full name of which is unfortunately not coming back to me. Here's what (I think) I remember: the story features a handheld device that allows ...
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What cartoon featured insects who lived in a florist's shop and drank liquids to get superpowers?

Sorry I don't have much information guys, but this was a cartoon I watched way back as a kid. I'm assuming its 1980-1990 era, somewhere around there. I saw it in Sri Lanka, but I think it originated ...
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Older space battle book where aliens are told to form bonds with humans to make them a better fighter

There is an invading force in the shape of a crescent. Supersmart aliens gather as many aliens from the galaxy as they can. The main character is told he needs to form bonds with the humans to make ...
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Short story about a ghost, possibly written in the 1960s by a woman

I am a librarian hoping to help a patron. The patron believes this science fiction/fantasy story was written in the 1960s by a housewife with four kids. The story might possibly be titled "Girl in ...
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Paperback with a small man pushing against a sword much larger than him, companion who claims to not be a hero

Yet another entry in books I vaguely remember... I read it in my local library in Kentucky somewhere before 1998. It was a paperback when I read it. I'm 99% certain that the cover showed a sword ...
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What movie features a hovering spherical robot that kills a man with a propeller blade?

One of the most memorable scenes is where one of the characters is killed by a hovering spherical robot about 1-2 ft in diameter (looks a little bit like the pokémon fortress). The robot sticks out a ...
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Book series with a boy that could create portals from coloured shapes

The first book has a black werewolf-like creature on the front cover and I believe the third book was about a boy who could see coloured shapes and manipulate them into creating portals to other ...
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Video game with alien bio armor

Once upon a time I found and played a game where the character goes to investigate a missing spaceship on an alien planet. The planet is covered with a giant organism, which is being experimented on ...
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Anime involving rebirth and a WW2 battleship outfitted for space

I saw this as a feature length VHS hired from the local video store in the mid-to-late 1980s, in English. I'm not sure of the plot, but it was animated. The general points I remember are quite vivid:...
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Name of short sci-fi story involving a musician who is punished for listening to Bach

I read a short story a long time ago and I can neither remember the title nor the author. The main character is a musician. He is sequestered and allowed to play all day on some kind of a fantastic ...
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Old fanfiction where Hermione makes a potion to soul bond herself to Ron

This one was about Hermione making a potion to soul bound herself to Ron. They need to have sex every week or so to keep the bond, and they can feel what the other is feeling. There was a scene in ...
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General-type leads an attack on a port city from the sea

I would have read this between 2000-2005. It's a single scene from a book; it may even just be an epilogue setting up another book, or a "look for by this author" extract after the end of the novel. ...
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Story Where Everyone Takes Nootropic Drugs

I remember reading a story about where everyone used cognitive enhancement drugs to perform intellectually. The main character had a daughter that used them (in law school?) but they were earlier ...
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A story about an astronaut on Jupiter?

Short story about an astronaut on Jupiter, describing him walking around under heavy atmosphere & gravity, wearing a diving-type space suit. Probably written in the 1950s.
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80's/90's animated kids show: guy doing somersault to enter his ship

There's a guy that would do a forward/backward somersault off a big rock/cliff (then "morphs" into his armor) into a large body of water to enter his flying ship (like a spaceship but not for space). ...
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heat wave type of movie or made for tv movie

years ago, not sure when, 80's 90's? About a family from the usa who is trying to get into Canada (because of the temperature increasing in the USA) over a bridge, the father gets in but suddenly the ...
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Time traveler tells historical figures of their importance just before death

I'm trying to remember / find a short story (a few pages, if that) about a time traveler (possibly rogue(?)) who meets important historical figures just before their death and informs them of the ...
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Japanese animated movie where a plague that turns people into stone spreads across the Earth

I watched this animated movie 6 or 5 years ago. It was about a spreading disease that turns humans into stone; it forced a company to make a project to freeze a bunch of people for 100 years in a ...
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Story about an Arthurian knight who forces himself to volunteer for everything

I'm looking for a fantasy story about a Knight of the Round Table with Impostor Syndrome (they don't call it that). He's scared of being found-out, so he volunteers to do every quest, fight every ...
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Sci-fi short story about a high value prisoner who is actually in control

A friend of mine lent me a short story a few years ago. It involved a high value political/war prisoner in a prison in space (perhaps he was the only prisoner?). The wardens are trying to interrogate ...
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Book about a girl who has purple eyes and wakes up in an airplane crash

So I read this young adult/teen book a few years ago about a 16 year old girl named Sarah(?) who woke up in an airplane crash I think it was(?) and couldn’t remember anything before the crash. She ...
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Short story: Two people who travel across the galaxy and eventually meet again at the same time and place

A short story where two people fall in love, but because of work or something they each travel in different directions across the galaxy at relativistic speeds, and because of time dilation they are ...
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70s TV show: children help alien invasion by providing kitchen items

There was a 1970s? TV programme set in a small American town ( part of a series all different) where the children kept taking kitchen items etc to help the aliens invade. But their parents thought it ...