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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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What is this Disney scifi movie from the late 80s/early 90s?

When I was a kid we had a VHS tape of some Disney live action (not animated) sci-fi movie. It may have been a mini-series or a made-for-tv movie, but I'm not sure. I'm also not sure about the year but ...
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Short story that takes place off planet, involving sun and rain

I read this short story about 20 years ago, and I'd love to find the title and author. This is what I can recall about the story: It takes place in a classroom full of kids (around 10 years old?) The ...
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series of young adult science fiction books from early 1980s about last of a race of martial experts that sees the destruction of his home planet

I remember that the main character is trying to find the group that destroyed his home planet while he was on a mission. His planet was very difficult to live on and the people became expert in ...
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Book ID: Astronauts and Lab Students can create portals through space

Desperate to locate and re-read exceptional book/series, but cannot remember the title. The high concept: The U.S. has just sent the first successful expedition to Mars, and it has just landed. ...
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Looking for sci-fi novel I read about humanity finding alien station on orbit of Earth

I am looking for a novel that I'd love to re-read it with my wife (my 13-year old self must be proud of me I guess). Key Plot points The plot was about humanity finding an alien station on an orbit ...
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Short story, where FTL travel is very simple but humans never discovered it

I read a short story (I think, but it might have been a novel), where most races discover a very easy way to travel faster than light at a certain point in their technological development. What I ...
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Trying to remember a book about a human male travelling to alien planet

I listened to this on audiobook and it was great. The premise was a human ends up travelling to an alien planet. The aliens have a perimeter to their 'base' that is under constant attack from the ...
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Story featuring smart people sent on a space mission to nowhere

The story in question featured, as the vague title suggests, a "space mission" that is really a cover for forcing a bunch of really smart people to be in close proximity to each other for long enough ...
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Children's book with “square triangles” in parallel universe?

In the 1960s I read book--an older children's book, I think--which I loved, and still remember, roughly. I have no idea what the title is or who the author is, and I'm wondering if anyone knows this ...
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Teens stranded in eco-system within alien ship, fighting for survival

Looking for the name of a book series I read in middle school, 2001-2004 roughly. All I can remember about it was that there were a handful of teenagers who somehow ended up on an alien planet that ...
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SciFi book where scientists learn to peek through time (possibly controlled miniature wormhole?). Computer screens were carried like a handkerchief

Read it in the 90's. I remember one specific part where the inventor of the peeking mechanic has his Eureka moment, and has the presence of mind to give a thumbs-up/wave to the future, when they look ...
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SF Story about human adapting to alien environment

This is a story that was read on BBC radio about thirty years ago, and this is about as right as I can remember it: The human pilot of a spacecraft is doing some reconnaissance on an alien planet. He ...
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Late 80s - mid 90s Disney TV movie with mechs

I'm trying to identify a Disney TV movie from the late-80s to mid-90s. The plot points that I can remember are: 3 teenagers on a spacecraft, all in recently in trouble at their (military?) academy ...
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Fantasy book series with non-human races and labyrinth

I'm trying to identify fantasy book series I encountered some time ago. Here are things I remember: it was a fantasy setting but with some s-f elements; with many worlds and possibility to travel ...
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1970s space cadet training novel for young adults

I would love to identify a sci-fi novel I read in the late 60s or 70s. It followed a group of young space cadets through their training in the Space Academy. The training culminated in small groups ...
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Two spacecraft pilots travel at light speed, meet back on Earth in different era due to time dilation

I've been looking for the name of a sci-fi romance book about space travel but haven't been successful so far. I came across it a few years ago, read the plot on its back cover but didn't read the ...
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Children's fantasy series with a symbol consisting of a circle divided into quarters

I read this book series as a kid back in the late 1970s, so it's an old series - and my memories are similarly old, and vague. I know it's a fantasy series. I think there are 4 books in the series. ...
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Anime with gems that can summon beasts to fight for the user, one is a purple turtle

What is the name of the anime TV show where a boy can summon beasts with crystals/gems. It was on SABC 2. There was also a boy that could summon a purple turtle . I think the gems were blue, green, ...
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Short story where the Earth has been kept inside a force field for millennia

First we are told that the Galactic Empire/Federation/Powers-that-be have kept the Earth locked up for being too warlike, but now their help is needed against invaders from another galaxy. When the ...
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Childrens fantasy, blind monk leading boy who can control the elements

This is a book I read as a child, so sometime in the 1980's . It was actually a two part book series, both normal novel length. It was a swords and sorcery style setting. Details are sketchy, but I'...
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Sci-fi book, blue critters than only some people can see, kids fight the critters as they feed off energy and are a threat

I can't really remember how long ago it was, but I think the book was marketed towards children/teens. All I remember is the basic premise of the story. Some story about these unusual little blue ...
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Old SciFi movie - glowing lights in chests to indicate attraction

I'm trying to figure out the name of a movie I saw on TV as a kid, in the mid-to-late 90s. I remember it being kind of Starship Troopers-esque, but everyone had these glowing lights in their chests. ...
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Story where the protagonist is turned off from an automated system of professional attribution and instant learning

In the story I'm trying to recall, everybody on their thirteenth birthday (?) is assigned by some kind of brain analysis method a profession and given some kind of pill (?) that instantly (?) grants ...
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Looking for an old SF tv short story about blue men staging the future [duplicate]

Does anyone know a SF TV short story in which there were blue men who helped "stage" our world- at least the parts we saw, on a minute by minute basis. So, at each minute, everyone would be in the "...
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A short story about finding an inhabitable planet and meeting aliens

So the story goes, humans in a spaceship search for an inhabitable planet, being surprised they found none in the vicinity of Earth. They find one, and it seems uninhabited. At the same time are ...
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Looking for the title of a futuristic book about enforced equality

I read this book in Middle School and I can't for the life of me remember the title, but I can remember what it was about for the most part: Takes place in the future, the government imposes laws ...
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Trying to identify a short sci-fi story about a human that is “resurrected” by malignant aliens

I'm trying to locate a short sci-fi story I read years ago about a human that is "resurrected" by an arrogant and malignant alien species that discovers him in a "museum" on an earth where the ...
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YA dystopia novel of battle school with unusual military control scheme

Some sort of battle school (no, not Ender's Game), where teens are being trained as military commanders. The control system for their army hinges around some sort of system that requires extremely ...
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Unknown Science Fiction Space Book

I read a book many years ago that talks about the shortest distance between two points being a line, and if you held a string between those points you can fold the string to connect the points. The ...
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CG series about a beast planet

I remember seeing this series back when I was in the early grades of primary school (prep to 3) so this would be between 1996 and 1999 from what I remember it was set in space and the cast was made ...
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Story about a future of over-production

I'm looking for a story I read in the late 1960s or early 70s about a future in which so much stuff is produced (by machines?) that people are obligated to work very hard to wear it all out. The ...
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Story Identification: colonists on a planet where the wheat is crystalline

I read a story back in the early 90s about a group of colonists who landed on a planet where the wheat (or wheat-like equivalent) is some kind of crystalline plant. The colonists face starvation until ...
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Process management and high technology weapon. Novel name and author?

I am looking for help to point me out at a very old novel (likely from the '60s) about two empires at interstellar war. When it comes to starships, one is technologically very advanced, and the other ...
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Story about machines generating energy with parallel universes, endangering ours

I suppose I read this story in a book in the nineties but I have no memory of actually reading it or the cover, I just remember a lot of the plot. Scientists find out they are being contacted by the ...
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YA series with a housekeeper or protector robot and set on a planet with a harsh sun

I'm afraid the details I remember are sketchy, but I read a series of books written in English (possibly a trilogy) in the early 1980s and was hoping to find them again for my children. The details I ...
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Series of sci-fi novels: sisters turned into cow like aliens, mother ship full of humans

I'm looking for a series of books that deals with humans escaping Earth and having a mother ship full of humans who are being sent throughout the universe to different planets. The ship can transform ...
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VR arcade game teaches teenagers to live on another planet

I'm trying to recall the title of a young adult-targeted book. It was probably published by Scholastic, or at least sold through their take-home pamphlets, which means it was probably published before ...
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80's/90's movie: man and woman driving through a red desert planet

I am trying to identify a sci-fi movie from the 80's or 90's, with the following parameters: Setting: Scenes of a red desert planet Culture: Either people roam fairly solo and try to acquire ...
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Identify a book with a social engineering theme

I originally read this book in the mid- to late '70s. The premise was a bureaucracy whose job it was to manipulate events in human history by making the smallest possible change that would effect ...
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What TV show has kids entering a video game of some sort?

I've been searching the entire Internet for this show about 4 teenagers that enter a video game world where they have to fight monsters that looked like insects. Every time they had to enter the world,...
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Short story where a man discovers he's living in a fake world

I may be conflating two separate short science-fiction stories here, so please bear with me. I definitely read this more than 10 years ago and it's likely to be older than that (60's, 70's?) A man ...
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Novel(s) based on humanity fleeing from Earth and regressing to a pre-industrial state on a Colony so as to escape detection

Shortly before his death, my father spoke to me about a series of novels that he had just finished reading which had a fascinating concept. However I soon forgot the title(s) and author and I've been ...
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What novel was set in a dystopian future and featured a boy searching for his missing father?

I'm hoping someone can identify this young-adult/children's sci-fi book. I read it in 1996-1997, but I remember thinking it was written in the 1980s. The main character was a boy (maybe in his early ...
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Short story; war where speed of time changes with distance from front line

Trying to remember a short story (most likely from the sixties). It starts with a soldier at the front line fighting an unknown enemy on the other side of the front line. He then gets withdrawn and ...
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Magic is based on words of power, which series?

I read a book of this series probably around 2000. I think the series was quite new then but not sure. The main thing I remember about it is that magic is based on words of power. If you knew one ...
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I'm looking for a sci-fi series: humans are immune to telepathy, and become the soldiers for an alien group fighting against invertebrate telepaths

I wasn't certain how much to put in the question bar. The series involves two groups of aliens who have been fighting an interstellar war for many years before the first book. The war is started by ...
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Dystopian book: inhabitants of an underground city have no books and don't know the war has ended

This has been bugging me for years. I checked it out from the juvie fiction section of the library in Texarkana, Texas, probably around 1990 or so, but can't say when it would have been written. ...
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Anyone tell me the name of this half-remembered sci-fi story about a genius teaboy?

It was either a short story or a novel. I read it about 20 years ago, and some vague memory of it stuck. It's set in a future where everyone's allotted role is decided by a series of tests once they ...
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Movie featuring space crew, murders, a forbidden door and ending with a revelation

I searched wide and far and couldn't come up with a title for a movie I watched somewhere around the mid-90ies up to early 00's as a rerun in late-night television (in Germany, specifically on Vox; ...
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Trying to find a TV show about an event that leaves everyone dead apart from people who died at the moment of the event?

This was a TV show aired in the UK probably sometime between 1990 and 1993, if memory serves it was only a one-off. The plot starts with the protagonist waking up in bed and being disappointed. He ...