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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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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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Book in which a kid finds out his dad is a fairy

The book is about when a kid finds out his dad is a fairy, maybe some important political figure. So he goes to Fairyland. Apparently, in Fairyland, no one wears clothes.
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Book ID - When you read the cat's mind, all it says is “mipmip”

Bit of a silly question, but I thought this was really funny and now I can't remember what it was in. A main character can read minds, including, I'm pretty sure, animals' minds, and is travelling ...
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Novel about death of plankton in the sea

I don't remember the name or the author of the book but I read it in Thailand sometime before 1987. It opens with the protagonist, a scientist?, who warns that the plankton in the sea is dying off ...
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Animation about a tribe living on a (tree root?) tether between two planets

Looking for an animated show/movie. It's about a tribe that live on a tether between two planets, made up of something like tree roots. The story is about one of them wanting to know more about the ...
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Looking for a Isekai anime

I'm looking for an anime that I watched a few years ago. It's about another world where there is old world type kingdoms where all the Kings and Queens are chosen by a people that live on a high ...
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Interplanetary conflict, some disease destroys the ability to understand or appreciate music [duplicate]

There is some kind of interplanetary conflict going on between different human factions (aliens may or may not be involved). As a relatively minor plot point a group of or all humans have lost the ...
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Book About an AI Video Game Manipulating High Schoolers

I read this some time ago and have been trying to find it again but I can't remember the title so hoping someone will recognize this description... The story follows a high school boy who gets a new ...
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In a future war, an old lady is trying to raise a boy but one of the weapons has made everyone deaf

A long time ago, I read a story about a future war. Everything is in ruins. An old lady is trying to raise a boy. But one weapon has made everyone deaf. When the boy does something bad, all she ...
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Movie: huge Transformers-like robot with red eyes attacks a mafia fighting two Asian actors

My girlfriend says she saw a robot movie long time ago, and even I seem to remember that I also saw that movie sometime in my life, but can't remember exactly what movie/TV show it is. This is what ...
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Fantasy series where a Vietnam vet is transported to a fantasy land

The leading character is a Vietnam vet who is transported to a fantasy land. He gets a horse who he calls JEB Stuart. Other in the story is a beserker, a King who fights with his fists and a other ...
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1990s Overhead view game involving post-apocalyptic gangs, including yuppies who propel grenades with tennis racquets

I'm pretty sure this was in the 1990s. I saw a review for it in VideoGames and Computer Entertainment and later acquired a copy of it (probably through illicit means given my habits back then). It ...
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80s era sci-fi book on time travel; college man gets to the future where telepaths are a growing minority, plants iron berries and gets rich

Back in the 80s I borrowed a book series from a friend and never got to finish it. I've half looked around over the years and can't find anything that sounds even close to what I remember. It started ...
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Science-fiction short story where space navy wanted hospital ships and settlers had guns mounted everywhere [duplicate]

I remember reading a short story where the official space navy of the “Golden Empire” would only fight if hospital ships were close by, so they could be picked up and treated. They had to defend their ...
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Sci-fi book series with modern Arthurian legends with Excalibur as a spaceship

I think this was actually a series of books following the human survivors of an alien invasion of Earth. Set a little into the future though I don't think it's by much. Strangely the aliens have ships ...
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2000s Young adult book about a community that lived underground and another that lived in the city above; some people became dragons when they dreamed

I'm looking for a book I used to love when I was a teenager for my cousin. I think it would be in the 2000s now in the UK. It was about this community that lived underground and another that lived in ...
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Cartoon TV show aired in UK where creatures would be supersized as enemies, fought by a group of teens/young adults

I distinctly remember it being a Monster Hunter-style cartoon TV show I watched in the UK, most definitely after 2000. Usually in each episode, a mad scientist-type guy would make creatures gigantic (...
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Science fiction book about an alien archaeological team investigating the lost human civilisation [closed]

Can't remember the title of a book I want to read. In the summary it describes an alien archaeological team investigating the lost human civilisation that has been lost for 100000 years.
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Fantasy book where a dimensional creature absorbs a dragon and a unicorn

Honestly, when I was reading this book I always felt like I was starting after book one and it was confusing. But it's always been on my mind, so I want to figure it out and clear up the confusion and ...
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Movie/show where guy buys alien egg and it hatches

A space nut buys an egg, then another egg falls to earth. They both hatch and these insect like aliens come out. The aliens attach themselves to the spine of humans to control them and are seeking ...
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90s YA fantasy series where a warrior meets a sorceress and they travel together

There may only be two books in the series, one is a regular novel and the other is a choose-your-own-adventure type gamebook. I read them in 1997 so I assume they were written in the 90s, 80s or even ...
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90s or earlier TV series, man and woman with a time machine, liquid crystal

I'd like to know what this TV series was, if anyone recognises it. I remember watching it when I was quite small, so it was on in the 1990s, in England. Of course, that doesn't prove that it was ...
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YA book about a girl who is cloned and her clone does bad things

A patron is looking for a book about a girl who is cloned and her clone does things she wouldn't want her to. The cover features a girl running in two different directions - the top half in one ...
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Early or mid-80s movie about a guy invited to an island to investigate some crime [closed]

Early or mid-80s movie about a guy (maybe private eye?) who is invited to an island to investigate some crime. Around the end of the movie he finds a table with a hand on it that crushes something (a ...
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50s movie with rocks that heat up and burn?

Remember as a kid seeing a 50s B-film with some military personnel finding small rocks that, when taken out of water, burnt through a wooden table... that's all I recall.
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Touchscreen-controlled dentist office snowman collector game

In 2009-2012 I went into a dentist's office in the United States of America. There were a few touchscreen game systems. One of them had one of the Luxor video games, I think Luxor 2 or Luxor 3. I ...
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Sword in the Stone story where the sword was held in place by electromagnets

So some years ago I read a story that included a "sword in the stone" bit and it was explained that the sword was held in place by electromagnets that could be released when "the one" tried to pull ...
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1960s anthology; one story was about people living in cocoons but still looking for one where female scientist is seduced by the plant king

In the 1960s, I read two short stories in a sci-fi paperback anthology magazine. I would like to know the anthology that they were in (and the titles of the two stories, obviously) Future age on ...
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Science fiction novel involving humans colonizing an alien planet

I had thought the title was either "Children of Eve" or "Eve's Children" but searching turns up several books with those titles, none of these are the right one. These are the plot details I can ...
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Book - Female Wizard in a more modern day setting

I'm looking to find the name of a book I read quite a while ago. It seemed to be part of a series because I seem to remember it ending on a cliffhanger. I really can't remember much about it other ...
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Time travel short story where dinosaur doesn't taste like chicken

I ran across this other question about time travel and dinosaurs, and it reminded me of an old short story I read a long time ago. I read it in a collection of short stories. It would have been a ...
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Short story - immortal hero with a metal staff

I read this short story in the early 80s, probably in a collection or anthology of some sort. The hero is a very large but aging man, who wields a solid metal quarterstaff that he crushes his foes ...
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Low budget alien movie about the Earth being cooked

I’m looking for an alien movie I watched years ago, mid to late 2000’s about the Earth being cooked or heated up by aliens. The poster is a reflection of the Earth heating up with an orange glow on an ...
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Horror/fantasy short story about a strange man in a (magical?) cabin in the woods

I'm looking for an anthology of short horror or fantasy-like stories, I believe it was by a female author, with this one particular story (entitled The Master, I think) about someone who gets called ...
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2000s TV show: people stuck in primitive other world, bit of magic and bit of dinosaurs

I'm trying to identify a TV show I saw when I was a kid (I was born in 93). The show, as far as I remember, was around 2003-2005. There were a couple of people stuck in a primitive other world. ...
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Book - sci-fi - man watches alien land on top of mountain then goes on the alien's ship

My sister and I must have read this book 10 times each in the 80s... I believe it belonged to our mother or father so it must have been written in the 50s-60s-70s. Starts off with a discovery in the ...
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Fantasy 1975 prior, professor uses an equation to travel to Midgard and helps Thor defeat the giants who try and trick him

Read this in middle school, the hero uses a mathmatical equation to travel to other realms by speaking the equation, I remember the author used the Thor vs Midgard Serpent story, Loki actually helps ...
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80s or earlier book: last man on Earth rewoken, Earth's surface overrun (alien plant?), female near clone of him created to keep him company

Any help to identify a book I read some of at a summer camp, late 1970's or early 1980's would be much appreciated. Last man on Earth rewoken (by humanoid robots?), Earth's surface overrun by a ...
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Harry Potter fanfiction where Harry's skin is peeling off, he hides after Umbridge discovers it and finds Salazar's coffin

I don't remember the name of the story or what site I read it on. However I remember the following points. Harry has some sort of creature inheritance (snake-based) his skin is peeling off and he ...
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Manga: male student dies, comes back as a ghost only seen by his female friend, they hunt for other ghosts and uncover a hoax

This was a manga that I think I read on Mangafox. It's about two high school students. She is the kind of girl who amuses herself with an interest in the supernatural. He is very intelligent and ...
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Space war, humans recreated, grown from plants with an alien female supervisor

This was a small hardback book I read in the UK in the late eighties. No memory of the cover. Some kind of space war and a long lived alien female escapes the conflict in her starship, her side had ...
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Short story with a research facility that ends the world when it runs

A major research facility (like the Large Hadron Collider) is being commissioned. Unfortunately the project appears to be jinxed, because the device always breaks down before it can be successfully ...
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Book about a world where magic was enabled by nano tech

The world was described as a fantasy setting with the usual warriors, mages and thieves present. The mages had the instinctive ability to control the world's remaining nanobots. Level of control was ...
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Fanfic where Snape reveals that he doesn't take house points from his house, but does spank them

The story starts, I think, in a Potions class and Snape asks Draco to stay after class. When Draco goes up to Snape, Snape explains exactly what he wants. Snape had heard about a fight or something ...
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Book taking place in NW U.S., People find a portal

The book takes place in the U.S. northwest (Washington or Oregon). Young people find a portal to another place / time and begin creating a base there. Eventually they bring across parts for a small ...
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Harry Potter fan fic about him going missing with Voldemort after the war

I read, about four or five years ago, a fan fic about Harry going missing for two years after the war with Voldemort, and when he comes back, Ginny has two kids, and Harry is the father but he doesn't ...
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80s or earlier story about a portal to another dimension with violent humanoids dressed like the Gay Nineties [duplicate]

Basically somehow a portal is opened or discovered and they see humans which are dressed like the Gay Nineties in the USA or England (one character says, "It looks like Jolly Bicycle Tours...") but ...
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Book about a dying planet that prohibited marriage between the 3 races living on the planet

Looking for a book title about a dying planet that prohibited marriage between the 3 races, they found that intermarriage produced a new race of engineers that they had been missing and could solve ...
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Manga/manwha where the main character was schooled by a dragon lady

All I can really remember is that it had that unpolished comic style where the line art wasn't as clean as a professionally done manga/manwha and I think it was in color. Storywise all I really recall ...
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Short scifi story where reproductive organs are converted to produce “materials”, pregnant protagonist is “found fit” to be a mother [duplicate]

I read this story I think in an Issac Asimov short story collection - not necessarily his. It’s about a world where reproductive organs where converted to produce all kinds of materials. The ...