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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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Kids's science fiction, 60s-early70s, moon worms

This was an illustrated children's science-fiction book I read in the early 1970s, but had a very 1960s feel (thinking back now). There were a couple of astronauts on the moon. Somehow they got into ...
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Old TCG style show where kids would fight tournaments in a battle dome with their monster cards

I think it was on Cartoon Network. It was kinda like Yu-Gi-Oh!, but it took place in a battle dome. The kids would go and fight tournaments with their monster cards and the arena changed (i.e. jungle, ...
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Short story, older people who can't separate mind from body [closed]

Possibly set in Cambridge, true self and form self
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What’s the name of this self insert Naruto fan fiction?

This story is initially about the self insert original character adopted sister of the Uchiha brothers, at least according to the summary I remember, said character was trying to prevent the Uchiha ...
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Story or Novella about Remote Controlling/Possession Human Beings

The setting of the story is about that any human being might be controlled/possessed at any time by unknown forces. Society as a whole seems to have adapted, there are even laws governing such ...
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Short story about nuclear war and a rock band? [duplicate]

I read this short story as a kid 25-30 years ago at a minimum. Details in my description may reflect that time gap. I'm at a loss for the title or author, but I'd like to read it again as an adult. ...
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Children's picture puzzle book, got a kid trying to avoid traps from dying

I remember reading this book in the 3rd grade or something, and it had a kid going back through time or going through dimensions. He's trying to go back to his Grandfather or uncle's house, and the ...
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Short story called “The Itchy Teeth”

About 30-40 years ago, I read an unsettling story called "The Itchy Teeth". Here's how I remember it: There is a boy whose teeth itch. His mother is irritated by the constant sound of her son ...
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Space opera book with telepathic female main character

I read this book sometime in the mid-late 90s. It's set on other worlds and in space, mostly human characters. What I remember: the female main character (FMC) has telepathic and telekinetic powers ...
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Novel: magnetic reversal reveals cyclops and giants in the US

Novel about a magnetic reversal. U.S. flash freezes and Antarctica rapidly thaws and reveals ancient Cyclops and other giants. Main character is a young lady. She meets up with other people and ...
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70s (or earlier) story about human evolution (devolution) and conflict between human species

I recall a rather grim short story/novelette read during my teens (early to mid 1970's) from either a magazine or anthology, so could be written prior to 1970. The setting was either future Earth or ...
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Book where an ancient space ship run by an AI was discovered

I read a book once where humans discovered an ancient space ship. The spaceship was run by a very advanced AI. To travel to distant places, it froze all the humans in place and disconnected itself ...
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1970s short story about a man 'murdered' by his 'home theater' system?

This story features a detective showing up at a dead man's house to investigate his death. The man died from exposure, he was watching a documentary about arctic wolves, and as the house projected the ...
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1970s short story about a famous hunter who is cloned and will die after three days?

As I remember it, the protagonist is looking inside his window late at night at himself inside his house/apartment. Only over the course of the story does he realize that he is a clone created to kill ...
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Post-apocalyptic (horror) movie with mankind surviving in a bunker

I'm trying to recall a specific post-apocalyptic movies. It is kinda like The Colony (2013), where mankind is surviving in a bunker. I can't remember if it is due to climate change or nuclear fallout ...
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Anyone know the name of this Batman Comic where Dick Grayson is killed?

Okay, so I read this Batman comic a long time back. I think around 2002. I really don't remember much of the story. Anyways the story starts out with batman in some kinda dark room. It looks like a ...
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Short story with mechanical ecology on future Earth [duplicate]

A spaceship went awry and traveled to the far future. The few people aboard find themselves looking at a gray, steamy Earth. A landing party explores a relatively cool region (Alaska?) and finds it ...
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Fan fic where Harry is lord of Hogwarts?

He's a lord of Hogwarts, descendant of all the founders, an Animagus, a Metamorphmagus, James and Lily are alive, he has a twin, and Ron and Dumbledore are traitors.
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Film, pre 1993, Kung Fu elements and teleportation

Very vague memories of this, I watched it on UK terrestrial channels maybe 1992/1993. I think it was subtitled, originally Chinese or Korean. All I recall, protagonist was trying and failing at a ...
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Dystopian short story about a home computer, likely written 1970s (1970-79)

Looking for futuristic short story about a man who brings a new device home called a "computer" which soon takes an increasingly central role in its owner's life to the point of literally reaching out ...
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Harry Potter fanfic where Snape throws Harry into a wall and Voldemort tries to become a Dementor Lord

I’m looking for a story where Harry goes to apologise to Snape so he can start the Occlumency lessons again, but Snape gets angry and throws Harry into a wall which nearly kills him. I know later on ...
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Mid-late 60s anthology: empaths working for the police, and workers in space suits greeting each other with “Hello gentle human”

I was a kid and read a monthly (?) anthology. One short story that stuck with me was about a group of empaths who worked for the police to help with crowds at concerts and stuff. And about the same ...
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Seeking a children's book about a locomotive fantasy [closed]

In the early 50's there was a story about a young boy who drives a locomotive across the country. Along the way he rescues a dog from some delinquents who had tied a can to its tail.
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1980s/90s horror movie where a group of friends go to a house where monsters and contagious illness are waiting for them

I only have flashbacks from my childhood of some scenes, the scenes I remember are: A group of friends go to a house/place, as they enter they see a person sitting on the ground with his back tilted ...
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Story about a first contact with alien race via radio signals

A researcher discovers and decodes a radio signal from an alien race. She eventually sends a response, and over time, using set theory, logic, and math, humans and the aliens figure out how to ...
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Anime: male fighter in Guyver-looking biometric armor, destroyed planet where robot lives but fear their death by rust

Cartoon Network/Adult Swim/Toonami/Boomerang, in English language. At the beginning of the show there were these robot monsters that were attacking a village or a town. The whole planet was destroyed ...
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TV show where kids were forced to kill each other [closed]

I watched this episode in 2014/2015. It was a live-action, and it was American. There was a group of kids who got kidnapped, they were all in the same class. The kidnappers forced them to ...
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Everyone wakes up without memory and dismantles monuments to the past

A man wakes up without memory in a city that is strange to him. Everyone else is in the same situation. Without leaders they set to work dismantling the monuments of the past. He is part of a crew ...
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Isekai manga with a person who is reincarnated after dying by a sneeze-induced concussion

I read an isekai manga a while back. It had a person who was quite healthy but lived alone. He apparently died due to sneezing and banging his head on the ground while sleeping. He is reincarnated ...
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Live action series or movie with kids sucked into a video game

I have this very vague memory of watching some live action series/movie (can't remember which) where these kids got sucked into a video game/computer. I remember that there was this strange blue CGI ...
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Bishop Berkeley's ideas put to the test

Bishop Berkeley (who, however, is not credited in the story) is known today for his idea that material things only exist because we think about them, that mind is truly more important than matter. ...
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Fantasy book trilogy about painting

I'm looking for a a book series (trilogy?) set in a fantasy academy about a teenage boy who is an artist’s apprentice who works with special pigmented magic paints, so that we can walk into the world ...
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Child's picture book; fantasy story with a green lizard in human clothes

So, I have been trying a couple of times to find the name of a book from my childhood by googling to the best of my ability, so far without success. I remember being fascinated by the pictures of the ...
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BTS fanfic where they have superpowers

This was a fan-fiction story in which members of the K-pop group BTS have superpowers. it was Yoon-gi centric, where Yoon-gi is the leader. In the story, Yoon-gi was the 2nd youngest. The rest of the ...
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Research lab punches hole through space into vacuum

An accident at a research lab has resulted in hurricane-force winds converging on it from all directions. Air goes in, doesn't come out: Evidently the scientists, who were exploring the properties of ...
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Manga about being a flying little orb that can take possession of monsters through a keyhole in their backs

The manga is about being a flying little orb that can take possession of monsters through a keyhole in their backs and is the main character.
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Children's book— siblings, Michael Faraday, kid in a coma

I have searched google in so many ways without being able to identify this children's book. All I remember was that I read it in the US in the late 70's or 80's, there were 2-3 siblings, 1 girl and 2 ...
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80s or 90s movie with evil genie and kids?

I can't recall a movie I saw back in the 90's on TV. I can't recall what happened in all the movie except the last 20 minutes. I recall a girl and a boy, maybe another boy were inside a cave or under ...
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science fiction dystopian future society

I recall a story from the seventies with a character named The Grand Guignol "Guig" and a host of other borrowed identities, where a group of people skirt around sites of urban decay. One of the ...
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Animated movie with dwarves who don't have hearts

I watched this animated movie when I was a kid.(between 1998-2015) In the movie there was a race of dwarves and it was known that they didn't have hearts. When emptiness started to take over and ...
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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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Science fiction/fantasy short story: humans strap on wings to ascend a huge alien moutain

Looking for the name of an old SFF short story where humans strap on wings to attempt to ascend a huge alien mountain by riding/flying the prevailing winds.Probably 1980s but read it when i was very ...
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South African boy grows up in indecision, and stands aside while shaman obliterates the Earth

A boy grows up in rural South Africa, raised partly by his white family and partly by the local black people. He is particularly impressed by the tribal shaman. As he grows up and travels, he has many ...
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What's the name of this 80s SciFi Alien movie

There was a movie in the 80s' I cannot remember the title. It was about an alien ship that lands in a city(New York, Los Angeles??) It is in female form ( my memory has her looking a bit like a Til ...
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Online short story, where the program handling optimization of ordering decides it has to eliminate humans that order unpredictably

I read a short story recently online (within the past year, I think). It features a company similar to Amazon (maybe by name, but I can't remember), that sells and delivers just about everything. ...
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Short story where TV audiences vote on the plot points of live serials

I would have read this in an anthology in the 1980s, but the book was borrowed from an older cousin, so it's probably from the 1970s or earlier. I don't really remember anything about the book itself,...
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Sci-Fi novel series - Weapon that kills all universe/dimension versions of a person

I did a few searches and was not able to find something similar. I am looking for the name(s) of a sci-fi novel series described to me in passing. The time of discussion was around 2005/2006 in ...
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Metal-softening tool [duplicate]

A pair of alien "door-to-door salesmen" comes down to Earth and meets a citizen. They show him some interesting but unsuitable wares, and then a small, cylindrical device that softens any metal that ...
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Collection of sci-fi short stories for younger readers

I've been looking for this for several years, and bugs me that I can't find it... It was a collection of about 7 - 8 sci-fi short stories geared towards younger readers that I read in the early 80's ...
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Short story about alien warfare and the concept of suicide

This is a very, very short piece of fiction. Less than a thousand words, I would say. As far as I can recall, it is about two humans who are discussing a war with an alien race, which was devastated ...