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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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Seva, the fictional Greek Goddess of Destruction, in a pre-1955 book

My father named me after a character he read in a Science Fiction novel published prior to 1955. The character's name is Seva, who is the Greek goddess of destruction within the context of that book. ...
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Looking for the author of a series of books about aliens traveling forward and backwards in time [closed]

In this series of books mankind has developed Virtual Copies of scientists to populate Probes sent out exploring space. One probe discovers a planet with an ancient Spire existing on the surface. An ...
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Trying to identify a short story about a dog and how it's being left behind resulted in a human /alien race alliance

This is a story - likely from the mid seventies - that I read (maybe even have) in an anthology paperback. The premise is that humanity is threatened by a malevolent alien race. A military (?) space ...
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Looking for a Chewing Gum Monster

I'm looking for something that scared the living daylights out of me as a child. It was probably either a tv movie or an episode of show that ran in the early-to-mid nineties in the US. It involved ...
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Book about people visiting Venus

Looking for a novel that I read in the eighties (I think, or maybe the late 70s), about humans colonising Venus. Much of the book is about the communication problems between the humans and the ...
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Series about children transported into classic stories

I have been looking for a series that I read when I was 8 for a while. It is about these two kids who read books and then are transported into the story. I loved them and would be very excited to find ...
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Early 90s YA novel about a kid into special FX who meets an (animatronic, yet possibly alive) dragon

All i can remember are a few specifics, would love to rediscover the title. Haven't been able to Google up anything. The kid (~13) made special effects models as a hobby (only one i can remember is a ...
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Made-for-TV Nickelodean movie with a group of young teens and one adult

I'm looking for for the name of a made for TV movie (live action) that was shown on the Nickelodeon channel some time during the mid 90's (some time between 1994 and 1998). What I remember: The ...
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Movie where a teacher is sent to a desert world with a ring

I'm searching for a movie I saw when I was a child. So this movie would have been made around 1980-1990, I think. This story took place across two movies. At the beginning, we are in our world and a ...
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Name of this fantasy/urban fantasy book w/ trolls and fairies

It started with a regular guy that saw a girl in danger of being mugged or raped or something, and when he tried to save her, the attacker shot him and he died. Somehow he got revived and discovered a ...
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Film, seen 30 years ago, where a ship is traveling in some last ditch effort to a planet, that turns out to be earth

This film might have been foreign, not sure. The spoken language was not english, and the version I saw was subtitled. It was a feature film — not an episode of a T.V. serial. Most of the film takes ...
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Looking for a book with two races, one who can use magic, one who can use machines

I read a blurb recently in a bookstore while on holiday, I decided not to buy it at the time and now I am regretting it. From what I remember there were two races living together in harmony. One race ...
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Animated show with character that has no legs [duplicate]

I can vaguely remember watching this show in the late 80s or possibly the early 90s. It was a fantasy setting in which a man and a group or mutants or aliens were traveling together. The only ...
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Help me identify this scifi movie with time travel

I was talking with some friends about a movie that I saw maybe five years ago that starred Jim Cavezel, Val Kilmer and possibly Danzel Washington. It was about this guy that was a police officer or ...
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Can't remember a story about people having unique knacks [duplicate]

There is a story where every one is shown to have a unique knack. For example, one man can make an ashtray-sized object vanish (but he can't bring it back). Another man's knack is to be able to ...
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What was this story about alien food?

I read this short story a few years ago but I cannot remember the title or author. It was about a human scientist on another planet who was studying the native flora and fauna, trying to find ...
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Book about aliens who attack Earth and destroy the Sun

I am trying to find the title of a book I read in the 80's. It is about an alien race that attacks earth. Earth has better ships because we have been fighting among ourselves but the aliens have ...
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Book about a young man who goes questing with a magic knife made from his gardening tool

I read this book back in middle school (about 1998-2000), and remember very little about the plot. What I do remember is this: The main character is a young man who leaves his farm on a quest for a ...
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Please help me identify a bad pulp novel from the mid 1980s

This is the sort that made it to the shelf of a drug store prior to about 1988. The blurb on the back told of dwarves hiding underneath the Canadian tundra, and an enslaved man that they rode as their ...
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Story about lost colonized planet sent into orbit around “free” star

I'm trying to remember the name of a book I read, here are some details: Main character is some sort of detective/investigator (I think) Sci-fi, takes place in distant future. Oldest known relic is ...
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Movie where memories could be shaped into real-world entities

As a child I co-watched a science fiction movie with my parents. It must have been almost 20 years ago. Unfortunately my memories are very vague and I can't recall the name. I didn't even completely ...
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What was this book about a labyrinth? [duplicate]

I remember a book about a man who could smell emotion, and lived in a labyrinth filled with traps. A team goes into the labyrinth either to get him, or for archeological reasons, and have to contend ...
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I am looking for a sci-fi novel that I read back in the 80's, similiar to the current tv series Alphas [duplicate]

The story was about a young girl who ends up alone after some major disaster - a disease I believe. She thinks she is alone but eventualy discovers that there are others like her, other Alphas. She ...
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Book about kids with mental powers and aliens

I am looking to find the name of a book I read a few years ago, but cannot remember. I have some information about the book from memory but after an hour searching google I am none the wiser. A few ...
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A short story from 1968-1971 about alien archeologists re-animating human remains for questioning

I'm looking for a story that was written like a report concerning two scientists studying the dead civilization of Earth. They did this by re-animating dust and bones and asking the formerly dead ...
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What's the name of this fantasy tv show?

The show was made in the 90's, I believe, about a teen girl. Can't recall if she was an alien or just a powerful girl. Anyway, she has a stars mark on her face next to her eye (the stars shine for ...
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Please help identify this multi-point of view fantasy novel

I read this book in the early 2000's, and believe it was published in the late 1990's. The story was told from the points of view of several main characters, and the author made mention of ...
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Old short story about aliens posing as highway tire treads on the side of the road?

It's driving me crazy. Years ago I read a short story about aliens posing as highway torn off tire treads seen on the side of all roads during the day. Then at night, they would go on the prowl. ...
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Fantasy series about magic and non magic humans on related worlds

Have been trying to remember this for a while now; there were four books I read them in the late 80's or early 90's, each set in a different, but related, world. Sort of a sword and sorcery theme. I ...
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What is the work that had FTL travel but no FTL communications?

I remember reading a work (It was most likley a series of books though not 100% sure) that had a universe where there was technology for FTL spaceflight, but no FTL communications (excluding of course ...
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Short story about a nuclear war that no one notices

I'm looking for the name of a story where the main character (possibly the only one) is watching news on TV with a nuclear conflict unraveling before his eyes. Oddly enough, hardly anyone notices as ...
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A couple on a yacht needs medical help but can only get it via radio from an astronaut

This is a story I've heard about but never been able to find. I've been looking for it for a long time, but the search terms I put in (astronaut, yacht, couple, medical help etc) tend to bring me ...
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Short story about first encounter with aliens

I'm looking for the name of a short story about a human space ship who makes first contact with aliens. Because neither species is willing to trust the other they don't want to leave for fear that the ...
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What is the title of the anime with the “DESU” maid?

I've been watching AMVs forever and I keep seeing this little maid pop up in them that's in a green dress with blue and red eyes or something like that. She keeps yelling "DESU!" all the time. I think ...
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An unmanned spaceship's computer suddenly realizes the computer and ship are seriously damaged

This is a short story I recall reading somewhere about an unmanned ship's computer. The story begins with a computer's component receiving an unusual signal, but the computer doesn't understand why ...
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Looking for a short story involving a Devil's Tuning Fork - 1995ish

What I remember: A man (whose family is dead) purchases a machine that can form metal objects of any shape. The man wants to return the machine for some reason, so he figures he'll try making ...
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Dystopian film involving a child assassin and floating city

Many years ago, on SBS (a TV channel in Australia), I saw the first half of a film, an not knowing the ending is frustrating as all hell. Here's what I remember: It was an animated film, anime ...
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Young adult time travel novel where the hero is recruited by a good scientist and tempted by his evil doppelganger [duplicate]

A teenager meets a scientist and his daughter, and discovers that they can travel in time. In the book, time travel into the past can create overlapping branches, potentially leading towards chaos. ...
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Looking for a story told by intelligent nuclear bombs about the war they had with humanity

I'm looking for a science fiction short story I read in a magazine about 20 years ago, with a very similar premise to Dark Star. The story was narrated by a nuclear bomb that was either sentient or an ...
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Story with a supercomputer with a God complex

I can't remember the title or author in which a new super computer is built and it answers the question... Is there a god? (omninously) with There is now.
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Book with dwindling crew entering codes to prevent destruction from computer problems

When I was younger I found a book from an author I had not heard of before but can’t remember it’s name or the author. The scene is a spaceship on a mission in deep space. The crew (I think there ...
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A story about a family fighting alongside reptilian aliens

I remember reading this around the age of ten, which would be about 1984. The aliens were lizard people very similar to the ones from "V" on television. A kissing scene from the book describes their ...
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Looking for identification of SF story where humans are the “ancient evil”

Unique short SF story where aliens being invaded by other aliens, went looking for allies (to help save their galactic empire). While being chased by the antagonistic aliens, they encountered a ...
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Sci-fi/fantasy anthology book series from early 90s with titles 'Unicorns', 'Dragons', 'Fairies' etc

Does anyone know a series of books from the early 90s, short story anthologies from the sci-fi/fantasy genre, each book focusing on a particular topic reflected in the title. 'Unicorns' 'Dragons' '...
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Time travel story where the hero repeatedly tries to save a woman using government time machine

The hero apparently works at a government facility and repeatedly tried to save a woman from her abusive husband. In one of the iterations a policeman was also killed along with the woman. In the last ...
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Movie name where in the end the earth-spaceship ends up shooting earth itself after rotated [duplicate]

The movie should be at least a decade-old, and perhaps even a TV-movie. In the end of the movie, the heroes launch the weapon in their ship, probably against their enemy ship, but unknowingly, their ...
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Name this children's sci fi show from my childhood

I am trying to remember what this show was from when I watched it in my childhood (I grew up in the 90's). It was a sci-fi television series with a crew of children/young adults that were stranded in ...
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Trying to identify name of 1970s(?) space-opera novel, powered armor

Forgive me, my memories of this book are pretty hazy and may not be enough to go on. It was a novel I read as a kid sometime in the 1980s; I'm guessing it was published in the 1970s as I vaguely ...
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Looking for 80's series or movie about programmable short-term memory

Trying to find this again has been bugging me for years. Here's what I remember: probably a TV series, but could also be a movie/mini-series should have been around in the 80's (saw it around 1978-...
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Looking for 80's movie with android and space mission

I have been looking for ages for a movie I saw as a kid. Here's what I remember: must have been in the 80's (seen it somewhere around 1978-1985) there were human-like androids (>=1) involved, ...