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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Linked novellas where humans are engineered to adapt to a variety of environments

As a child I remember having a book with a collection of novellas that revolved around a common theme that went like this: Survivors of an ill-fated expedition arrive on a distant planet and create, ...
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Special series of story-telling segments, as told by actors; one had a magical whale who befriended a girl

I'm not sure of the series in question, or if it was a "special" of sorts; it was played, on tap, in class during the 1980s as part of story time. The screen focused on actors. (For some reason I'm ...
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Book of horror stories based on Native American folklore

I was reading the fourth book of the Iron Druid series, which has a heavy slant on Dîné (Navajo) folklore, and I suddenly remembered a book of stories I started (but hadn't quite finished before I had ...
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X-Men fanfic series about a blue-furred baby who's left on Beast's doorstep

I believe I read this somewhere between 1998 and 2002, possibly on the FanFic Mailing List (FFML), although I was also subscribed to a mailing list that was devoted to admirers of blue-furred ...
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Korean movie where the hero fights monsters to get his limbs back

Next to the studio where my daughter took ballet lessons (around 2011–2015), there was a shop where a guy sold second-hand clothing, bootleg DVDs, and other sundry goods. I sometimes went in to browse ...
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YA book about blind creatures that live underground and take kid's eyes

A book I read about 20 years ago when I was 12 or so about creatures that lived underground and can’t see (maybe they were called "beasties" or something?) and at the end of the book this boy gives ...
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Story about person fighting aliens in exoskeleton before joining them [duplicate]

Trying to remember a scifi book name about man (soldier?) who lands on remote planet and fights the hostile alien flora and fauna, until he is overpowered, then he awakes when a bug-like alien ...
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Story about an astronaut stranded on the moon with apollo like technology

Long time ago I've read this book and I'm forgotten the title and author. Our hero is stranded on the surface of the moon. The technology is Apollo or Apollo-like. I think I read it in the early ...
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SciFi Movie like The Hidden [closed]

Looking for SciFi Movie like The Hidden. This movie is more campy, not as intense. The alien takes on the form I believe, of it’s last subject to have come in contact with.
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Story about a future with races

I read a story in the 1980's (before 1984) about a future where race (black, white, etc.) had disappeared and for some reason "they" were attempting to bring back the races. The main character was a ...
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Sister turns her younger brother to a pig

Back in the late 90s or early 00's I saw this movie about a teen girl, a sister that turns her small brother to a pig with some magic trick or some curse. I think they go to a witch but no helps a ...
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Sci-fi novel: ark ship from Earth is sent into space to another planet, one man woken early from cryosleep paints a giant mural

The crew are all in frozen sleep. One man is woken early, stays awake, eats a lot of the provisions and paints a giant mural (about the adventures of a prince) on the corridor walls, he eventually ...
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50s (or earlier) science fiction/horror story: narrator witnesses household machines turning on people, is unsure whether his car would hurt him

The story which I read in about 1950 has to do with a narrator who has witnessed ordinary household machines in his home town rising up and attacking their owner/operators. Toasters, washing machines, ...
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Horror movie: Last scene of the movie: woman coming out of another woman's vagina, and then taking the latter's place

I saw this movie 2-3 yrs back but it's not older than 2000 for sure. The movie scene and quality was really good, the grotesqueness of that scene was comparable to those scenes of the Serbian film. I ...
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Book series with a battle between scientists and militarists

Chance meeting between a very militaristic people and a scientific expedition caused casualties on both sides. Scientific people use ESP (telepathy, healing, communicating with ocean whales/dolphins, ...
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VHS animated movie forest where a scientist and people collecting flowers that they took to a tower [closed]

I think there was a scientist with some others that wanted to collect some flowers, and brought them back in a tower. I remember and a guy with wheelchair. It was not western or anime, I think it had ...
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Weird cartoon show: characters get trapped in a game show hosted by an alien, can only escape if they win the show

There's this cartoon show and in one episode they get trapped in a game show. The host is some weird alien that stands on a floating disk. The only way out is if they win the show.
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Book about teenage boy who finds out he’s part alien, is good at gymnastics and helps with an alien invasion

Early 2000s is when I read it. The book was about a teenage boy who turns out to be part alien (I think). He was really good at gymnastics his eyes did this crazy dilating thing that would freak out ...
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What American film was mentioned in Cixin Liu's The Dark Forest?

In The Dark Forest, p. 298, Cixin Liu's character, Rey Diaz, described a dead man's switch. Rey Diaz brought down his left hand and covered the cradle with his sleeve. "I was taught this wonderful ...
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Scientist couple raises alien baby

A science fiction movie where a scientist couple secretly raises a female alien baby. The baby has a tail, and grows into an adult in a matter of months (or weeks). During adolescence, she starts ...
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Short story, dystopian famine, chemical food changes a man into a creature

Short story i read in late eighties in a thick hardback anthology. Dystopian future where everyone lives on a very basic meagre ration. Then there is some supply failure and a much further reduced ...
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Live Action English Language show about a virtual world with an human-appearing girl who tastes orange juice through her fingertips? [duplicate]

Live Action English Language show about a virtual world with an human-appearing girl who tastes orange juice through her fingertips? And she's not human, but might be under a hologram? ... I think ...
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SF novel featuring a giant Terran warship

I'm trying to identify an SF novel that features a giant Terran warship that gets tricked into a space storm and when stressed to a danger point, breaks up into smaller individual self powered ships. ...
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60s or 70s novel about Empire of Man making 1st contact with 1st discovered alien race [duplicate]

The Empire of Man is a vast multi-planetary network of human colonies that have been unified by a benevolent imperial administration. But no intelligent alien life had ever been discovered. Until now, ...
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90's book about children climbing a tree and visiting different worlds from there

In the 90's I read a book about two children (I think they were siblings, boy and girl) who climbed a tree. At the end they found a door to another world. After some time the (fantasy) worlds switched ...
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Novel/story about traders on a planet with no metal [duplicate]

I read this story around 1975. The main character traveled with some traders to a planet that had no metal, and that was being prevented from having any metal (I don't recall why). The planet's ...
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Film where a dropout takes drugs to fight demons

I'm looking for a weird film with people using drugs in order to access some kind of super power to fight evil. My brain cannot put a title on it because the title was not related to the movie, and ...
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TV show where a man lockpicks a door and a woman in a red dress is in a pitch black room that vanishes [duplicate]

I am looking for a television show that I saw in 2013. In one scene there is a woman in a red dress with blond hair sitting alone in a pitch black room that vanishes. In another scene a man uses ...
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Book where people are sent to a distant destination and babies are awakened out of sleep when nearby, problems ensue

I read this book MANY years ago. A space mission is sent to a destination many light years away. A set of babies and people to tend/raise them are frozen and awakened when near the destination. The ...
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Live action TV show where High school Kids go into the virtual world and have to clear levels

I've been trying to remember this live action TV show for years now. In it teenagers were able to enter this virtual world of sorts and they become these avatars. Their goal was to clear levels and ...
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“Medusa”-type book set around Sedona, AZ

Some years ago, I read a sci-fi novel set in motion by the discovery of a 19th century Apache man who had been turned to stone in a cave near Sedona, AZ. Elements I recall of it are that there was an ...
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Space mission brings back terrible smothering fungus

I read this book years ago at school, or some of it, and I'm wondering what it was. A space mission (to somewhere in the Solar System - I'm thinking Venus) had unwittingly brought back spores of a ...
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70s/80s SciFi film (or series episode?) where a spaceship has only one rescue capsule, so the crew members start killing each other

I'm looking for a movie that I once saw on German TV in the early 00s. At least I think it was a movie - I cannot say for sure that it wasn't an episode of some TV series. What ever the case, I'll try ...
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70s/80s comic space opera short story published in some SF magazine, containing the phrase “in durance vile.”

A ship is intelligent. It plays tricks on its crew to keep them alert. Sometimes they think it goes too far. The crew shut it down for a period of time as punishment. Space pirates then chase and ...
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Sci-fi book about future of earth where the land has been submerged, and aliens use it to breed [duplicate]

1970's or 80's book about the future earth. Aliens invaded, and sunk the land, now there are floating islands, and the aliens come back every so many years to plant eggs in the sea to hatch. There ...
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Shape changer in space frontier story collection

It was one of the stories in a space frontier collection. A hunter was after the most dangerous game. When killed it had the shape of a small seemingly harmless wormlike creature. But the creature ...
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Isekai manga where the main character is left in his original world and his class transported to a fantasy world

In the manga, the main character was left behind in his original world and his whole class was transported to a fantasy world because the main character was asleep and was out of range from the magic ...
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Short story where a girl collecting pink shells is trapped in a cave by a storm

I read this short story at school, I think Primary school but I'm not very good with dates, so over ten years ago. Though as we read it for school it was probably older than that. I also remember it ...
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Short Story About The Afterlife And Worm

I once read a story about a man who had recently died. After his passing he went to a kind of after-death nexus where he was told that he had his choice of afterlife from various different cultures, ...
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YA novel: siblings from a walled city, whose DNA is spliced with animal DNA [duplicate]

I remember a scene where they fly over a wall and land in a forest. They find a huge home and realise that when the world was dying due to overpopulation, the poor were moved to the walled area while ...
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A short story where a time traveller gets mistaken for Jesus Christ?

I read this short SF story in around 2008, but cannot remember the title and only vaguely remember the story. I'm not able to find the story on any search site, so I am asking about it here. I have ...
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90s Sci-Fi show about a Science team, exploring beneath the surface of the earth in an Advanced Ship?

For the life of me, I CANNOT recall the name of this show, only the pilot episode and premise. A teenager watches his scientist Uncle attempt to use a roughly SUV sized vehicle to bore to the center ...
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Extraterrestrial TV Movie from the 70s or early 80s [closed]

If someone remembers a TV movie about a group of people, perhaps a family that are in a cabin but they are surrounded by extraterrestrials. UPDATE I remember it wasn't a comedy it was a kind of ...
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90s (or earlier) British TV show about school boy who discovers alien ship

TV show I saw in the 90s, I think it was British. Main character is a high school boy who discovers an alien spaceship while out walking with a friend. They keep the ship hidden and fight over how/if ...
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1980s horror movie with a monster in a swimming pool

I've a recollection of a film I watched as a kid (vastly under-aged). It was more than likely 1980s in origin, or at the very latest very early 1990s. It was almost certainly horror. A lot of the ...
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Kids movie where kids are turned into gnomes

This movie disturbed me when I was a child. I saw it in the 80s and it was shown on a projector at my local library (Denmark). It was live-action, realistic, current age, but with some fantastical ...
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Book about boy falling out of a tree, accidentally hanging himself, made into a 90s(?) movie

The book is about a suburban family in America, and they are dysfunctional in the usual way. They are parents, a son and a daughter. In the beginning of the book the daughter, the prettiest girl in ...
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Webcomic featuring a caveman mad scientist

I read this webcomic around 2005-2008-ish. The main comic was about mad scientist high school or college kids while at school. Main character had blonde hair and went around in a popped collar lab ...
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Sci-fi book about a man on the run due to uncovering some conspiracy to destroy the galaxy

I read this book in the 1990s, can't remember the title of it. Pretty much a man who is accused of some crime and is on the run due to uncovering some conspiracy to destroy the galaxy. The only ...
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Book about a girl going to a dreamworld or other dimension with dragons

I remember reading this book as a child (probably 10-12 years ago, making me around 12 to 14 years old) when I started learning the English language (native Dutch speaker) by reading books. So I'm ...