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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Electricity-absorbing alien spacecraft that shuts down Earth's electrical grid

I think this is probably a late 1970s/early 1980s book, and it's a fairly chunky read. An alien ship arrives; it's completely featureless, other than a hatch that regularly opens. There is no ...
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Story where diplomats use codes for emotions

I am trying to remember the name of a book I read mid-to-late 1990s. I don't remember it being either a really small or massive paperback book. It was from a second hand shop (I think), so probably ...
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Comic book with color coded realms

At least 15 years ago, I read a comic book about a hero from our world being summoned to a magical realm (it might have been a different planet). The magical realm is divided by colors: red, blue, ...
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Anime or cartoon involving monsters and cards

This cartoon involves cards and monsters. I watched it on TV but I don't remember the channel name. It aired between 1998-2012. This guy receives his father's device, which is white in color and u-...
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Late 1980s-1990s book about a kid trapped in a video game found on his front porch

A good friend of mine is looking for a copy of a book he read when he was a kid, and I want to help so I figured I would ask you guys and see if anyone is familiar. From what I understand, the book ...
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Short story about kids going down a hole, from my English book in 1979

The story was about these kids who went down into a hole and ended up in a different place. It started out at night with stars in the sky. I remember there was a mean old man, who was possibly a ...
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Children's Fantasy Book involving village of dwarves fighting dragons and tug-of-war

I read this early/mid 90's, the book I am looking for is a collection of illustrated short stories. The book itself was large in size (oversized) and filled with illustrations. I read the Indonesian ...
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Vintage sci-fi short story: Telepaths, Aliens and Cats [duplicate]

Looking for the title and author of a sci-fi short story wherein an Earth spaceship with telepathic crew encounters an alien spaceship. The telepathic crew try to convince the aliens that the ship's ...
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Cartoon about a boy who schools with aliens

It's an old cartoon. I believed it's American which, of course, uses English. I watched it in early 2000s (around 2004-2006). All I can remember is that there is a boy who befriend with an alien slime ...
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Old book series about time traveling. Had a game series too maybe?

This is farfetched, but I'll try anyway. I remember when I was a kid, I got a book that came together with a game. I am certain that this was before Windows XP, but not sure if it was DOS only or ...
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Movie where an android has incomplete programming

I remember an old movie (probably before 1980) where a android (no visible technique, complete human look alike) is assembled of parts. The ears are made like plastic moulding the head. At last the ...
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Russian stop-motion animation about a love story between a female being made of light, and a male monster that looked something like a satyr

I was at an Alamo Drafthouse this weekend, and they usually have a fun pre-show with all kinds of strange bits and clips and such. This weekend they had one that really caught my attention, a short ...
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Anime/Show in which people use their phone to transport themselves into a different world, then fight each other (as monsters) and other monsters

I watched this a long time ago. In it, the characters use their phone to transport a copy of themselves into a different universe. In that universe, they go into a game place and fight other people as ...
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Movie with Zoltar in a trailer park named Paradise and a boy playing a video game then being recruited by aliens to fight in space

The movie starts out in a trailer park named Paradise. A boy plays a video game and then is recruited to help fight in space for Aliens.
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Which 1970s Spider-Man cartoon had sentient alternate dimension plants?

As a kid I have distinct memories of watching a Spider-Man cartoon on television. Given the house it was in, it could have been as late as 1981, but I'm pretty sure it was really the late 1970s. I ...
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Cartoon about a team of alien hunters from the US

The cartoon used to broadcast in the late 1990s till mid 2000s. The cartoon consisted of three main characters, two guys and a girl. If I'm not wrong they were a team from the USA that hunts down ...
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Books about dragons and war from a cat-loving author

I remember reading a series consisting of three books a few years ago, maybe around 2010. The series was pretty new when I was reading it. It was set in your typical medieval fantasy world where magic ...
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An 1980s or early 90s cartoon about a girl's doll that came to life and had limited magic powers

This is a vague memory, but I seem to recall a TV pilot, based on a toy doll that was in existence at that time, but for the life of me, I cannot remember either the doll or this one-time show. This ...
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Sci-fi book or story from the early 80's or before

I read a sci-fi story in about the 6th or 7th grade. The movie "Passengers" triggered the memory. What I remember is that it was about a young girl waking up from a stasis "pod" or "cocoon" on a ...
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Cartoon where they used sand timer looking things to summon monsters

I remember there being different coloured ones and there was a teen with white hair and tanned skin I think he had a blue one and his was like a polar bear looking thing.
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Science Fiction Short Story where matter transmission can't transmit the skeleton

This one is teasing at the edge of my brain. At the beginning of the story, a form of matter transmission is demonstrated to an elderly CEO, I think using a rabbit. The current flaw in the ...
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Kids movie where kids are turned into gnomes

This movie disturbed me when I was a child. I saw it in the 80s and it was shown on a projector at my local library (Denmark). It was live-action, realistic, current age, but with some fantastical ...
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Werewolf horror novel where the werewolf attacks people in cars and eats a child

The story begins with a werewolf attacking a couple I think in car. In one particular scene the werewolf is attacking a family in their RV and eats the child.
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Manga about a MC and his wife Haru who train knights and take a wolf as a pet

There was a manga in which the MC has a wife named Haru and they both train the knights after defeating a wolf which later the MC and his wife takes as a pet. Also, the demon king intrigued after ...
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Young adult fantasy with a dying forest and a beaver like creature

I encountered this as a book on tape in 2009, probably. The narrator sounded like Brendan Fraser, but wasn’t. What made it memorable was the narration, as well as the detailed story line that wove ...
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Comic book story about a Lion tamer who is injured then trains a gorilla

The story is about a circus lion tamer who is injured during a performance and told he can never train again but ends up training a gorilla who in a disguise trains lions. Not sure if it was in a DC ...
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Story about astronauts crashing on a planet inhabited by robots [duplicate]

I read this SF story somewhere in 2000s. I believe it was in English but might have been a translation from the original work. It might have been a short story or a novella. The story's core premise ...
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Spiderlike Aliens on Mercury

I'm looking for what I think was a short story about astronauts visiting Mercury and discovering Spiderlike creatures that lived there. I think it was something I read as a young teen in the early ...
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Children's short story about material that accelerates away from gravity

I am looking for a children's short story about a scientist that invents a material that is pushed away from other matter. It accelerates away from gravity instead of towards it. He makes several ...
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Fantasy-anime show: Human-like aliens aboard spaceship, alien queen had white hair

I'd really appreciate the help, I used to watch this as a kid and want to watch it again unfortunately I can't remember the name of the anime. Stuff I do remember: Aliens that look like humans ...
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Overpopulation novel about a man ripped to pieces by a starving mob, and state-registered prostitutes

Definitely published no later than 1974, set in the future on Earth. I only remember the final scene. A man visits his ex-wife, an official state-registered prostitute whom anyone can legally use. I ...
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Novel: Woman lives her entire life, then finds out it was just practice

I read this book sometime between the late 1980s and the early 1990s. The story follows the life of a woman, which starts when she is a newborn in a kind of robotic creche that cares for her, teaches ...
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Title search: purple hair, throwing sword

This was published in the 1960's. The protagonist has purple hair and is on a quest of some sort that takes him into increasingly technologically advanced societies. He learns to ride dragons, and ...
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Poul Anderson short story about sentient dolphin-like race with green blood

I'm looking for the name of a Poul Anderson short story (written prior to 1979). The short story involves a lone space traveler who finds a planet inhabited by a dolphin-like race. He befriends the ...
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Short story with brother-sister conjoined twins as protagonists?

Plot Summary/Details This one is a real longshot, I fear. I can only recall specific details about the protagonists, with a few hazily remembered story elements to go with them. I am certain the ...
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Anime where a girl with a flute turns students into monsters

There is this anime in which at the first episode at the mc's school, the students would be turned into monsters, because of a girl (using a flute I believe) which was together with a other guy. What'...
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Anime/Cartoon with a Giant Police(?) Robot

I remember watching this show around 20 years ago, likely on a children's cartoon channel (probably Cartoon Network, Toonami or Fox Kids) so it could well be a 90s cartoon or a re-run. Don't remember ...
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Looking for title of an old sci fi anthology with stories about the end of the world

I'm looking for a paperback published in late 70's or early 80's. I remember the cover had an awesome pic of the earth blowing up and people being flung into outer space. I think the title was ...
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Need help to find a sci-fi collection I read at school (mid 80s)

I am now 46 and so it's been bugging me for over 30 years - time to try and do something about it. The collection was in my lower school library (UK). It was a thick black hardback book and I believe ...
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Alchemist meets time-traveller

I would like to identify a short story, probably written before 1975, in which an alchemist somehow captures a time-traveller and demands a quantity of gold in return for his release.
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Trying to remember an old series [duplicate]

I was reading it in the late 90s as a young teen. Scifi/fantasy type. I think there were 4 teenagers from different worlds that all got lumped together somehow. They had some level of magic and they ...
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Book with a magic school in the sky

This book story is set in modern day. It is young adult fantasy. There is a magic school in the sky, I think. This woman can do all of the different magics, she has a friend who is savvy with ...
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Book where aliens implant a human brain in a fighting machine

I'm looking for the title of a book about a human who is abducted by aliens and his brain is transplanted in an alien fighting machine or tank.
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Isekai manga - protagonist repeatedly re-enters the fantasy world, time passes more quickly there

I am looking for a specific Manga where the main character gets transported to another world and has to do quests/tasks to be able to return to his original world. I forget the reason for the ...
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Story identification: kids in hot-air balloon, chased by wizard

(This question has been reformatted per Valorum's guidance) I'm trying to track down an old English-language cartoon I watched as a kid. What is it? Cartoon TV-series When was it made? Late 70s - ...
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Character discovers anti gravity emitters, flies a shipping container into space and docks with space station

In this story, a character discovers anti gravity emitters, flies a shipping container into space and docks with space station.
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90s (or earlier) cross-world fantasy book with a circular river and character-class tattoos

I'm looking for a book I read in the early 1990s that is probably a bit older than that. I picked it up in paperback off a used-book rack in bad condition, and it had one of those extra-generic 1980s ...
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Old sci fi story where all Earth's animals are at war with mankind

Very vague on the details here, sorry. UK novelette or thin paperback book I read about 1971 or 1972, but it could have been older. I think an alien spaceship had somehow had an accident or was shot ...
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Short story featuring microbes that eat plastic and rubber, causing regression of technology

This is a short story that I read in one of those many magazines that I was reading in the mid-to-late 1980s. It was most likely published between 1960 and 1985, but I'm not 100% certain. One scene ...
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Short story: If 1+2=3, then 2+3=4, obviously

This was a short story that I would have read in a big collection during the mid-to-late 1980s. I'm pretty sure that the main plot involves two people (a man and a woman?) who find themselves ...