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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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Short story, possibly a Bradbury one: adventurers find a weapon cache of dead Martian civilization, and unleash a blob

This is a short story, I think by Ray Bradbury or Sheckley. Two (?) adventurers/archaelogists are inside of the weapon cache left by Martian civilization which was destroyed by war. Eventually they ...
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Book about a woman having a magical book appear to her, she’s a witch, and a vampire stalking it

I remember that the book is similar to "A Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness, as I thought that was the one I was looking for until I started reading it. I honestly cannot remember the ...
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Title of novel/novella about stranded colonists gaining superpower by eating local food source

The story goes like this: Evil spaceship captain strands colonists on alien planet. Colonists survive by consuming a native plant that incidentally gives them a superpower. Evil captain returns to ...
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Looking for a late 1950s to early 1960s movie or TV show with some similarities to “The Zanti Misfits”

I might have to start searching through sci-fi literature of the 50s and 60s to try to find a story that is similar to the scenes I recall from the piece in question. My first attempt yielded this ...
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Computer regularly sends clones back to Earth after apocalypse

A computer on the moon clones sets of the original inhabitants who escaped Earth's dying days. Millions of years go by where the computer keeps sending clones back to check on Earth's survival.
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LitRPG novel in a fantasy setting where main protagonist has a swordsman of twilith class

In this book, I know that the characters couldn't talk about the game information in real life. At the start of the novel they were in a tutorial town where their actions would determinate classes ...
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A short story about a woman alone on a spaceship, she gives birth on the way to a planet, and is all alone

Ι am looking for a short story about a woman alone on a spaceship, she gives birth on the way to a planet, and is all alone and the baby won't stop crying. It turns out to all be a simulation to get ...
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Short story which has living mountains that move very very slowly

I remember reading a short story decades ago whose plot involved colonisers on a planet thinking it had no life. Later they realise that the mountains are indeed alive, but move so slowly they could ...
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Futuristic world where reality is humanity's plaything and God is in a zoo

This is a novel I read in 2015. It was an older book. The cover was black and hardcover. Don't remember any specific details. The book was in English. It was set in the future where the world is ...
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Searching for a short story scifi/horror of kid teleported to space to die

I'm looking for a short story. I believe I read it in a horror anthology, but it definitely had SF elements. What I can remember: It took place in what I recall as a vaguely dystopian society. This ...
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80s Sci Fi game book with starship pilots coming together to complete a mission, maybe a race

I'm trying to find a book from my childhood. It was from sometime in the early '80s. It was a game in an oversized book (almost a magazine), kind of like a cross between a Choose Your Own Adventure ...
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Sci-Fi book revolving about a male character who traveled between dimensions and recorded his travels in logs he sent to his friends

I've been searching for this series for a while, the story revolved about a group of guardians of sort that travelled between parallel dimensions, through specifically hidden gateways in each ...
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Story where humans colonize planet, and then revert to less “aggressive” form [duplicate]

I read a lot of science fiction, and I read a story many years ago, but can't remember the author or title. In this story, humans colonized another planet (actually several) and once babies started ...
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YA paperback about a boy talking to an alien on his computer, alien asking for help

I read this short story in elementary school, 15-20 years ago. It was a small book, similar to Apple Paperbacks, but I've combed through lists of all their published works to no avail. It was ...
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Anime where the main character's brother sacrifices himself by driving a missile or ship to its explosion

Please help me identify an anime which I forgot the name of. All I can remember is a scene about the brother of the main character sacrificing himself by driving a missile or ship to a place in order ...
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Protagonist modified to look like a neanderthal, also a riddle about catching a bird without caging it

This was the second book in the series I read about a decade or two ago. The colony experience a famine after terrorist blew up a factory. The protagonist is on some spiritual journey and was ...
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Probably a 80s B-Movie with a blonde boy and an old man who has to choose whether to stay or go with aliens

I was talking with a Danish guy, he is 24. He said he and his brothers saw, when he was 4 or 5 years old (2000s) a movie with a blonde kid and he thinks his friend (he does not know if they were ...
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Anime where they summon monsters using crystal balls attached into their body parts

I need help identifying this anime where the lead character is a white haired guy and he's got crystal balls attached into his left arm which enables him to summon monsters. I remember one of his ...
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Does anyone know this story about robots forming a religion by Alex Garland?

So I've read an adaptation of the story, which goes like this: When a spaceship collides with an asteroid, it's almost sure to blow up . When all other measures to save the ship fail, the only human ...
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Damsel in distress adventure/fantasy movie

Definitely a feature length movie. Probably in theaters at some point, but might have been a 'made for TV movie'. It was on TV, in the USA, by 1999 or earlier (I remember which house I lived in ...
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Children's science fiction book from the 70s: oxygen guns used to defeat aliens

I am looking for a children's science fiction picture book from the sixties or early seventies. It involved astronauts traveling to an alien planet and fighting aliens. The astronauts are losing, ...
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Space skeletons on the moon killed by an air cannon [closed]

Children story about astronauts discovering hostile living skeletons on the moon, possibly pirates. The astronauts kill the skeletons with air.
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Story about spacemen encountering city of the dead [duplicate]

When I was a child I remember reading a story in a comic book about two spacemen who encounter a city in space that, legend has it, only the dead can see. The story ends with one of the spacemen ...
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Children's Italian steampunk comic from 1970 with a trip to Mars HG Wells style. Earthlings taught the Martians to play football

This comic was almost certainly Italian and its author had a very Italian name, similar to "Ivo Milazzo", an excellent author of a western comic called Ken Parker. But I'm sure it's not Ivo Milazzo. ...
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Book series my dad told me about. It involves space travel, clones, and an indigenous people with kangaroo tails

My dad read a book series that he recommended to me last year. Now that I am ready to start it, neither of us can recall the title. He said there were several in the series but he can't recall how ...
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Manga about honor roll girl who falls in love with a delinquent guy - they go to the beach to clean it up and she gets glass in her foot [on hold]

The story starts with a honor roll girl that's asked by a teacher to try to get the delinquent guy to go to class. She ends up thinking he's not so bad. He fights some people while wearing a mask to ...
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Anime about magic in a time before modern technology

In the first episode a girl is riding in a carriage and at some point a man shows up with a tattoo thing on his hand and takes out a bunch of knights or bandits. After all that is over the girl asks ...
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1980s or earlier fantasy novel series, female warrior main character

I'm looking for the title of a fantasy novel series I read a few books of when I was younger. At this point all I can really remember is that the female warrior protagonist MIGHT have been called ...
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Movie about rogue building AI

I saw this movie when I was younger, probably in the very early 2000’s. I believe it was a made for TV movie based on my memory of length and quality, though it may well have been a TV show episode. ...
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Harry Potter fanfic where Harry is Severus's nephew that went missing

I do not remember where I read it since I was on my phone and thought I saved it but I can't seem to find it. I feel like it was located on AO3 compared to fanfiction.net. The fanfic is about Harry ...
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Footprints in the Sands of Time?

I'm searching for a sci-fi short story. Back in about 1978, I read a story I'd swear was called "Footprints in the Sands of Time." I'm pretty sure it was written earlier, since it was in a class on ...
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Middle school reader with a section of Scandinavian folk tales

My seventh-grade English teacher kept copies of old literature textbooks in his classroom. If we had free time, or during our individual reading times, students could read from those books if we ...
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Identify Novel about Russia/United States where Boris Yeltsin downed pills with vodka and died [on hold]

I'm trying to remember the title of a book I was reading for a short time while working an unpleasant job last year haha. I thought Tom Clancy was the author, but I looked up his novels & none ...
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Old short story about a visitor that destroys language on Earth

I am searching for a short story I enjoyed in my youth. I think I read it circa 1975 in a hardcover collection of short stories that was old by then. I only recall fragments of it unfortunately. It ...
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Children's sci-fi book with astronauts fighting skeletons on the moon

I am searching for a book that I first read back in elementary school, in the 1970s. The book was illustrated, and around 100 pages. It concerned astronauts in a war with these aliens that were ...
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Name of old animated sci-fi movie about a family traveling on a starship?

When I was little, dad rented an animated sci-fi movie, or perhaps a series. From what I remember about the story, it was about a family traveling on a starship. Parents and a child. I think they ...
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Anime with a main character who has a green little friend from another dimension

Does any one knows the anime where the main character has a green little friend from another dimension? He and his friend fuse by joining hands. It's like his buddy and he join bodies and then he has ...
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Short story: Man figures out how to travel faster than the speed of light, things go awry due to mass increase

I think this may have been featured on Escape Pod or The Drabblecast. Main plot of the story that I remember is that someone figures out how to go faster than the speed of light, but because when you ...
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Story about a designer baby

I'm trying to remember a story about a couple who have a designer baby. The story is written in the first person as a series of letters or possibly e-mails from the baby's mother to a friend. It ...
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Short story about children who stop aging from a scientist's vaccination, and only age if they learn to read [duplicate]

In this short story a scientist introduces a vaccine to stop children from aging so that parents never have to suffer the loss of watching them grow up and leave home. The main character is a mother ...
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Short story about the maiden voyage of an FTL capable ship

I am looking for a short story about a group of space explorers aboard an FTL-capable ship. The very first jump takes them near a dying star, so they have to flee immediately. On their way back to ...
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A short story I read long ago about the phone system 'waking up'

I am looking for a short story I read long ago about the phone system 'waking up'. It talks about how the phone system had just reached the number of connections as the number in the human brain. They ...
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Anime of little round guy with asian rice hat in the desert, lots of gangs and Mad Max stuff

I am trying to identify an anime from my childhood of a wanderer in the desert with a rice hat on. He fought with and alongside lots of Mad Max type characters, and wrecker-women. There were also ...
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Book with an itinerant protagonist who is attacked by a floating head

I think I read this about 13-15 years ago, around 2002-2005, having learned of it online. The protagonist was male, I think of Japanese descent. He was always on the move, either breaking into a ...
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Short story from early '70's about pot infused postage stamps

This was a short story from the early 70s where hippies create a better world by putting cannabinoid oil into postage stamp glue. Very short and funny. Asimov perhaps?
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Sci Fi Short Story - Crew crashes on barren planet, makes soil fertile, natives worship Captain as God

I read this sometime between '02 and '09 in a collection of short stories in one of my English classes. I don't know how old it is, but I'll include every detail I can remember. A ship crash lands on ...
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Film: Secret world behind a bookcase- ageing prevents access

I'm trying to identify a story/filmstrip in which the main character (boy/girl?) can access a secret world behind a bookcase. I seem to remember it being one child, not a group like Narnia. As they ...
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Alien Invasion Short Story with American Indians

I'm looking to find a story I read years ago in a paperback of alien invasion shorts. The story takes place in what seems like North America hundreds if not thousands of years before the Europeans ...
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1950's Sci-Fi graphic short story about a farm boy, his ham radio and a tiny rocket ship landing in sauerkraut

This story was about a farm boy who built a ham radio and found himself communicating with aliens on a space ship heading towards Earth. The townsfolk and army gather for the event with food vendors (...
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Man wakes up and finds himself in medieval Europe; uses his knowledge to get ahead

I'm looking for a book about a man who wakes up in medieval times and uses his advanced knowledge to get ahead. He becomes a knight and winds up having a fiefdom of his own to develop. He then builds ...