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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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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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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 (possibly Larry Niven?). It's about blob aliens and nano tech. Humans are a spacefaring species and have met and live ...
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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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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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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 ...
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90s cartoon series with kids inside robots fighting

I watched this cartoon around 1997. It's about kids who use robots to fight, when they fight they are inside the robots standing and whatever moves they do the robots mimic them. In the last episode ...
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Sci-fi film: Underground self-healing machine that fires rocks out of a tunnel

In the late eighties/early nineties I watched a film on the television. The only scene I remember clearly was when the hero is on a desert like planet. Massive great big spherical rocks were flying ...
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SciFi series, one book about some criminal with his extra fat cells in suitcases

It was a series, something like Spaceways Patrol or something. Kind of pulpy, maybe, around the 80s. Small books, maybe around 150 pages. One of the books had some guy who was storing his fat ...
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TV videos shown in middle school about reading books, woman book destroyer and a face that hypnotizes kids

When I was in the 7-8th grade (1994), there were class videos we had to watch about this or that. One show in particular had a cliffhanger ending, and I never got to find out what happened. There ...
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Book identification: Story about a vampire that awakens just as the Nukes hit

Vampire wakes up in a city where the bombs have dropped and the sun never rises. I think this book was written around 1980. I just can't remember the title. I want to say it's something akin to "...
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Book: main character dreams of evolving from lower life forms while he is in cold sleep

I can't remember a lot of details other than a scene where the main character is dreaming about being a trilobite who has discovered that he can eat well if he stays close to a large predatory mollusk ...
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Book (or series) about a boy who sees “mirrors”

I read a book quite a long time ago (5-7 years) and I would love to revisit it but I can't remember the name anymore. It was a about a boy who saw "mirrors" flowing around. Later on, he found out ...
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Identify a book about a boy with a magic mirror who becomes a scribe then wizard

I am looking for a book about a boy that was on a farm and looks into a magic mirror. Later the boy becomes a scribe and eventually joins a wizard college. He used magic in a sewer to hone his ...
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Looking for Harry Potter fan fic story w/ unique character Jamie Oliver

I’ve read this story a few times along with its sequel. I was so sure I bookmarked it but unfortunately I had not. The first story is set during Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry gets ...
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Anime: Dying alien robot merge his head with an human and gives him armor to keep fighting

A humanoid high tech alien robot is being chased by an enemy through space and is partially destroyed as it fights in earth. With only his head still in one piece, it manage to merge symbiotically ...
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Novel about a scientist dad with the ability to edit published books

The following question was just sent out to a private mailing list I'm on: OK, this is driving me nuts. About 20 years ago I remember reading a scifi novel where the kids got in an argument with ...
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Story where the number 3 is the monster?

I remember as a child (in the nineties) reading a story where the narrator was a little boy and how he was scared only twice a day – when the clock read 3:33. The 3's would be powerful enough (there ...
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Weird (japanese?) live action movie with man in full metal suit that fights giant creatures

Now this one is tough, i have talked to so many people and i have tried to search so much. I saw a film when i was a kid, it was this strangest thing. In my country the film was actually called "man ...
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Anime about boy & summoning monsters

I've been searching for an anime on and off for the last few years. I've tried searching the internet and various anime websites with the descriptions I can recall about the show but to no avail ...
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Obscure fantasy movie involving flying sea-galleons and a time weapon

Been trawling the internet for hours, can't find any trace or reference of this movie. Not really sure what station I saw it on (only once), but it was probably Sci-Fi Channel (mind you, a very long ...
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Fantasy story; one type of magic grows in power with use, but the more powerful they are, they more they are drawn to travel to their source

World is a non-Earth and mostly steriotypical sword and sorcery. I think there were only humans. I believe it was a stand alone novel, but it could have been in a series. I think it was written in ...
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Book: suicidal girl is saved by a dragon in human form, dragon community faces internal strife

Read this book several years ago for free on my Kindle. It began with a girl's attempted suicide interrupted by a man. I believe he heals her? We later find out he is a dragon. He lives with several ...
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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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80's/90's YA horror book: girl sitting on a bathtub in which her twin/lookalike has drowned

I have searched all of R. L. Stine's, and Christopher Pike's works as well, but I can not seem to find this book. It is a teen or young adult horror story from the late 80's or early 90's. I don't ...
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SFF Short story anthology: girl named Willow restores planets, and unicorns create balance in the environment

Looking for the title of a short story and the anthology it appeared in. The one story it contained had a girl named Willow(?) on a generation ship and she was training to be a restorer (someone who ...
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Teenagers find an ancient lizard creature in stasis and accompany him on adventures to an undersea city

When I was a kid, I read a book (likely from the '60s) about a pair of kids who find an ancient lizard/fish man inside a cave. The cave has been recently exposed by an earthquake and the creature is ...
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Sci-fi movie about a woman in an asylum / psychiatric ward

I saw this movie when I was a kid around the early-to-mid '80-s - I only remember a few details of it but what I do remember left quite an impression so I'd like to find it and watch it again. Here ...
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Anime in which aliens invade Earth and a robot scientist makes a toy robot to fight it

I don't remember the plot but in the anime a scientist makes a boy's toy into a robot to fight the alien robot. The anime was very new and had very good animation. The boy controlled the robot in ...
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Novel: non-telepath helps overthrow rule by telepaths

Years ago, I read a novel whose title I'd like to rediscover. What I can remember is this: The novel's world has powerful, amoral-or-evil telepaths who are in a dominant social position. They've got ...
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Short story by Isaac Asimov about a mental chef

I'm looking for a short story by Isaac Asimov about someone who creates dishes not in the kitchen but by combining ingredients in his head.
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Identify a B&W Horror Sci Fi movie where a mad scientist sends a monster to kidnap the female lead, ends with a hairy shoulder

I don't know the name of the movie and I haven't seen it completely. I just watched it for the last 15-20 minutes and so, I can't tell all the details. The movie was in Black and White. I saw the ...
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Combination spy novel and horror regarding “mind vampires”

I am trying to track down a novel I read in December 1990 on my way to Saudi Arabia. Lost the book. It melded some Navy "moles" in the Pentagon funneling secrets (about a new plane) to the Russians ...
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Sci-Fi book where patients in a coma ward all live in a subconscious world linked together

I'm looking for a book that I think I read about forty years ago. About a number of patients in a coma ward that lived in a subconscious world run by another powerful patient also in a coma... somehow ...
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Giant alien robots controlled by dinosaurs

I'm looking for a movie I watched in early 2000s, but I'm not sure when it was filmed, maybe in the 80s. It was about aliens having invaded Earth using giant robots. The rebels build their own robot ...
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Short story on an alien world where the most dangerous flora/fauna are the most attractive

Looking for the title and author of a short story, description follows... Two men, possibly cadets in some sort of space force or army but my memory is not so clear are lost in the wilderness on an ...
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Book: troubleshooter born into a desolate future world

I think the book or series is from the late 70s early 80s. It's based in the future; the character was born in a desolate world and grew up with an almost animalistic survivability. It was not by L.E....