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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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Webcomic About Alien Teenagers Training On Military Space Station

The webcomic involved aliens (who looked kind of like Lombaxes but with clawed feet and no tails) training to be soldiers on a space station which also served as a boarding school. There were other ...
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Book where wolf like aliens attack a human spaceship and leave them stranded on their home world where gravity is twice as strong as Earth's [duplicate]

There was a book that I read 2 years ago but I can’t remember what it was called! It starts with a space vessel leaving a sector of space, I think it was a carrier full of scientists? But while they ...
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Identify a stage play about a VR experience in which participants are encouraged to simulate performing horrific activities

Somewhere between 2015 and 2017, I read an article reviewing a stage play about a futuristic society where they had a realistic VR experience (the impression I got was that it was akin to a Star Trek ...
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Short story about a man who goes to get his memory erased after falling in love with a girl but getting separated from her

I read this short story years ago about a couple who meet, then are separated. The guy searches for the girl, but never finds her. In the end, to escape the torture of her memory, he goes to a place ...
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Late 90s/Early 00s SF novel: android uprising, gay male protagonist recruited by his mother for a mission

I'm looking for a SF novel I started to read around 2004 (borrowed from a library in London). It might have been written in the late 90s or early 2000s. Can't remember anything about the title nor the ...
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Short story involving a golfer trying to win the hand of a lady, only to find that her father created a robot golfer to beat him

I think I read this in the 1990s as part of a short story collection, but unfortunately, I don't remember anything about the rest of the book. The protagonist is a golfer, an extremely good one, and ...
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Sci fi book about Earth being annihilated and survivor fleet escapes

I only read this about a year ago but I was on a heavy reading binge and a lot of the details have got lost amongst other stories. Basic points: Earth (and her offshoot colonies) are playing off 3 or ...
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Looking for science fiction assassination story with mysterious girl

For years I've been looking for a short science fiction story about a man who was released from a prison planet in order to assassinate a candidate for galactic president. He does this on a space ...
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Short story about a guy who plays a computer game that destroys actual alien ships

I'm trying to remember the name of a story I read some 20 years ago. In the story a powerful alien civilisation is confronted by a strange enemy: a 2-dimensional rectangular shape that destroys their ...
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1980's Shape changing aliens book, colony world, mental ideal person

Story that I read in the eighties, can't remember if paperback or hardback.It was a full size story, not a novella etc Colony being established on some planet in a river valley, there's an occasional ...
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Novel, Lo Tech SF/Fantasy, Powerful Woman, Male Assistant, Quest, Trilogy [duplicate]

Looking for the name of a SF or fantasy novel. I probably read this in the 70's or 80's. Believe was first published post 1960. Could be part of a larger series. My faulty memory keeps trying to ...
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A book (mid 2000s) about a kid getting an old laptop that connects him to aliens, the alien government (I think) coming after him?

I can't remember much other than a kid got an old laptop, maybe from his school, and wanted to play games on it but it's actually an alien laptop and connects him somehow to other aliens. I also ...
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Netflix cartoon series where the main character had a leather gaunlet that could summon a beast [duplicate]

So, my brother watched a cartoon series a couple of years ago and now can't seem to remember what the name of the cartoon series was. All he does remember is: It was on Netflix. Year around 2014 (it ...
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Mutated beetles cartoons (characters made of rope and rings)

I need help identifying old cartoon from my youth. It has been unbearable itch for me for quite some time. Information: Main characters: Humanoid beetles (not sure about the beetles thing). I think ...
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Man wakes up too soon and scene isn't set

I'm looking for a story published between 1955-62. A man wakes up too soon and finds that he has been "living in a play" and the scene hasn't been set for that day. Would probably have appeared in ...
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Fantasy novel with boy who can shapeshift into a jaguar

I read a young adult novel back in high school (so it must have been written before 2009-10) about a guy who was a shapeshifter - and I swore he shapeshifted into some type of jaguar. There was a ...
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Anime/cartoon with kids battling with robots in a game

So I watched this as a kid, best guess was around the early 2000’s. It was dubbed in Cantonese so the actual show might be older. The show follows a couple of kids and some professor type character. ...
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Man is piloting small cargo ship with young woman stow-away

Several years ago, my wife and I were flipping through channels and came across the end of a movie that looked somewhat interesting, and I've always wanted to watch the rest of it. The only scene I ...
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90s Japanese cartoon, alternative universe where dinosaurs are used as beasts of burden, main characters try to go back to our world

I have been trying to identify a Japanese cartoon series that I used to watch in the 90s. It was about a group of friends who get transported into an alternative universe where dinosaurs still exist ...
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Old fantasy book with a party finding coloured stones having powers over fire, water, mood

I'm trying to remember the name of a book series of which I remember only the following, with Google yielding no results. the name of the author starts with a Z the main character is a knight in an ...
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Creepy dinosaur pc game identification

I remember a dinosaur game from when I was little, I probably played it around 1998-2000's. In this game, dinosaurs could speak english and some would dress in clothes. I remember going to visit a ...
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Children's scifi picture book with a spaceman visiting a large green spaceship

My grandma had a stash of books for the grand kids and one used to constantly play on my mind. This was 30 years ago. There was a guy in a little spaceship (possibly lost) .. Suddenly he is going ...
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Sci-fi novel where mankind participates in combat that's like Ender's Game to prevent full scale war in a distant section of the galaxy

It's between 20 and 25 years ago that I read this hardback sci fi story. No cover details come to mind. Story details: Generations earlier, mankind made it to part of the galaxy many light years away....
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Realistically-looking feature film - menacing microscopic life-forms discovered during Apollo-like moon landing [duplicate]

I am trying to locate a movie I watched around 2012, released (I think) about 4-6 years earlier. It was about an Apollo-like moon landing, where the astronauts bumped upon an unknown till then ...
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Short story - Genius children raised in institution, invent many things and isolate themselves in time bubble

I'm trying to track down a science fiction written short story that formed part of an anthology about a group of child geniuses at an institution who develop so far ahead that they end up creating a ...
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PC Game identification, Old in-the-sky fantasy game

I remember playing a game when I was young, probably around 15-18 years ago. It was some sort of an RTS style game that took place in the sky. You could collect these crystal like things from nodes ...
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Sci fi novel, heatwave, time travellers, see through dress

A paperback novel I read mid 1970's UK. Set in a USA town during a long heatwave, a lot of good looking strangers (who it is eventually revealed are from a few hundred years into the future) are ...
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Short story about a potion that changes sense of time [duplicate]

Takes place in a tree plantation, maybe Vietnam. Locals and main character of the story drink a potion that slows down their bodies to the point that to others they appear to be frozen in place but ...
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Sci fi novel about blue goo inside a man makes him immortal and invulnerable

I read this UK paperback about six years ago but it could have been older than that. Can't recall anything about the cover. The story began in a post-apocalypse society now ruled by city-states, ...
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movie about a robot that thought it was human and saved humanity

I am looking for a movie I think I saw in the 90s about a robot that thought it was human and saved humanity but found that humanity was its life force and it could never meet a human being unless it ...
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Harry Potter fanfic: Draco asks Harry to take care of his daughter after her mother has been killed in a Death Eater raid

Involves Harry being at Privet Drive when he goes into his room he finds an intruder who happens to be Draco Malfoy; he is holding his daughter and asks Harry to take care of her. He leaves and at ...
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Animated film where kid builds a castle by running and the bricks magically go under their feet

When I was young I remember I watched an animated film where a kid built a castle by just running around and bricks magically placed themselves under their feet. What was the film called?
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Hero deduces identity of a killer

Looking for the title of a short story I read some years (10+) ago. I think it was in an anthology or possibly a book of linked stories, not sure on that. What I can remember of the story is as ...
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Cartoon about a boy who could transform into a big blue bird and speak to animals

I watched this cartoon when I was younger. It was about a boy who could transform into a big blue bird, speak to animals, and hear the song of the wind. His grandfather and sister had the same powers, ...
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Horror/SFF anthology about fat/overweight characters

(It wasn't particularly body-positive, let's just say, but I am looking for it anyway). Anthology. I thought it was pretty mainstream, like Datlow or Greenberg or Dozois, but no matter how I search I ...
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Children's book about a boy who travels to the future, using Coca-Cola syrup for negative friction

I remember reading this (old) book when I was about ten years old, in 2012. It was already old then, I think it's from around the 1980s. I can only remember a few things from it: They used Coca-Cola ...
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Anime about a red haired boy suddenly being transported into another world

So the anime I'm looking for is about a red haired boy suddenly being transported in another world in his mundane world while going to his school with his blue haired friend (he was transported alone)....
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Short story about a deaf man, who cuts people tongues

I'm searching for a short story I read a long time ago in a different language (Bulgarian). It was listed as a story by Ray Bradbury, but I can't find it in his bibliography. I've checked every title, ...
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Fantasy comedy romance novel, set in medieval times, involving a siege, a nun, and enchanted pickles

I read this around 2015, I think, as a Kindle book. Sadly, I have quite a history of books to work through. The protagonist was a nun, not quite at final vows. Her monastery was known for its pickles. ...
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Book about a boy that enters a medieval fantasy PC computer game

This is a repost with additional info of an older question that was never answered. I have stumbled upon this old question while also trying to find the name of the book series myself, as I dearly ...
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90s(?) movie with an army of kids in space and “God” in a foggy white room

When I was about 7 in 2009 I watched a movie from a VHS tape that I had also watched a couple years before. I believe it was released in the 1990s. In this live-action movie, I remember there being ...
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UK TV show about clone on the run

This was a kids TV show in the UK that ran in the late 2000s. Basic plot: a secret cloning facility of male teen clones with two different colored eyes, one clone escapes and finds a girl who helps ...
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Juvenile/youth fantasy short story about a book with a dragon that emerges to eat the owner(s)?

Plot Details/Summary The story centers around a curious book that passes from owner to owner throughout the story. I'm fairly certain the first owner of the book picks it up in a curious little ...
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Science fiction novel that had an authoritarian society with rigid eugenics based on intelligence and artificial blood

I read this back in 1992-93. I'm trying to recall a novel that had an authoritarian society with rigid eugenics based on intelligence. I can't recall a great deal more except that the main male ...
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Planet Colonization book with benevolent AI [duplicate]

I am looking for the name of this series. It starts with an intelligent ship and a crew of engineers that get a planet ready for colonization. After all of the engineers die the ship remains in ...
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80's-90's sci-fi book set in a spaceship, involved a threesome between a dreamer, an energy vampire and a catlike character

The book I am looking for was written in the mid 80’s to early 90’s. It had a simple cover dark in color and was about an inch thick. It took place largely on a spaceship. The three main characters ...
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Drarry fic where Draco helps Harry get his Wizengamot seats back from Arthur

I am looking for a Drarry fic, here is what I remember: Hermione wants to divorce Ron (I think he cheated on her) but she learns that if she leaves Ron, she will have nothing and will not even be ...
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Book: war between two countries, the main character is a dragon rider and there was some kind of dark magic

A few years ago I remember I read a book series that I really liked. The main character was the last of his race (I can’t remember what gender the main character was or the race but I thing it were ...
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Book series where a painter is heir to clan of dragon blooded barbarians

I've been looking for this series for a while. I remember reading the first two books of this series around 2010 in the USA. Additional Details The blood was important, and transformed the ...
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Older book about a little girl has this tiny cat that gets into her lunch box and eats a bite out of her sandwich [on hold]

What I remember is a little girl has this tiny cat that gets into her lunch box and eats a bite out of her sandwich by chomping through the plastic. I read this book about 25 years ago so it's got to ...