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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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A psychic science fiction book I read in the 80's an MIT rock star that sings to a flower and it sings back

I read that story in the 80s, although it might be older. It starts with a young genius who becomes a rock star. He's out practicing in a field, singing to a flower, when he realizes that he's ...
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Squeezable, boneless alien pets. Possibly furry. Children's sci fi, circa the '80s?

Does anyone remember a children's sci fi book that features boneless alien pets that are highly squeezable? My extremely fuzzy recollection is that these aliens are furry and friendly, perhaps like ...
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YA SF novel with teen-only faster-than-light travel

I'm trying to recall the name of a book. No idea about the publication date, but I guess I read it roughly 10 years ago. It was a young adult sci-fi, the premise of which was that teens (no one older, ...
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Sci-fi movie from the 1970's or 1980's with a robot in a junk pile salvaging a battery

I remember a sci-fi movie when I was a kid (70's-80's) where a robot character fell into a junk pit and scavenged a battery from a similar robot. Does anyone know anything about this movie? I'm sure ...
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Arthur C. Clarke collection with two old stories where light kills?

In an answer to If visible light has more energy than microwaves, why isn't visible light dangerous? on Physics.SE, I wrote: I remember a story by Arthur C. Clarke in which a character criticized ...
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Post-apocalyptic SF Book - “Chaos” and a fur-covered girl in a world of broken reality

It was an SF Book, that I've read around the early 2000s, written by English-speaking author. The action takes place in the post-apocalyptic USA, but no one is really sure what was the real cause of ...
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Sci-fi short story: protagonist being convinced by a salesman to buy a better model because his children's work would pay for it, not his [duplicate]

I came across a New York Times article today with the title "No Tuition, but You Pay a Percentage of Your Income (if You Find a Job)". I have remembered that I read a short science fiction story a ...
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Zombie/Infected movie ending with a lady and a child handing some kind of cure to someone in a “safe zone”

The only thing I can remember that stood out was the ending. A lady and another adult or large child arrives to a place that looks like a safe haven and hands someone what looks like a cure. I can’t ...
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Science fiction story: asymptotic drive the empire lost out to low tech rebels due to focusing on new and ultimately failing techs

In this story the low tech rebels on the outer worlds gradually win small peripheral battles, but at the centre the empire is initially unconcerned as it is about to roll out bigger and better weapons,...
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Short story where man becomes convinced that if he falls asleep he will die

I remember reading a short story on the internet where teleportation technology is invented. The main character decries the new technology and refuses to use it because it causes a gap in ...
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TV mini-series about a boy transported to another world

I don't have much to go on but... I watched this some time between 1998 - 2003. It was a TV miniseries (maybe 8-12 eps I think), about a boy (age 11/12 I think) that gets transported to a magical ...
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Book about a future world where people could live in a VR world and become famous from it

I read this book a while back and probably found it in the young adult section of my library. The plot revolved around a future world where people could live in VR and earn money become famous. It ...
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Sci Fi book about society sprung from a prison ship coexisting with giant squid predators [duplicate]

I read this book two years ago at a local library and can't remember the name of it. The book is really old, written in the 60s. It has a peach cover with multicolored text. It's about a man living ...
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90s(?) Movie where young boy's virtual girlfriend becomes real

I watched a movie in the 90s, I think. I don't remember much from the movie. There was a young boy who has a blond virtual girlfriend with large breasts. I remember a pool scene where they swam around ...
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A short story about post nuclear war

Once I heard a unique story from a teacher. I really need to find its title. Here is the plot: in the post nuclear war times, a man goes to a strange place to find someone who can send people back in ...
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YA wizard novel about an orphan who becomes a witch and ultimately sacrifices herself to achieve something

I’m having trouble remembering what a certain book was called and I’d really love some help. It was the last of a trilogy (I read the last book first because they’re not related, really). It’s about ...
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Color Blind Short Story

There was a short story I read years ago that has stayed with me in the back of my mind; I just can not think of the title. It is about an old woman who by happenstance meets a group of humanoid ...
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LitRPG book about a girl who lives in a tower in a post apocalyptic world

I'm looking for a book I read. It's based on a girl who lives in a post-apocalyptic world in a tower. Two boys went out scrounging for things in the wasteland and found an apple core (for the seeds) ...
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Old kids show from the 80's about two kids with a magical compass that took them to another world

I remember watching this one show when I was a kid in the 80's/early 90's in Canada. It was a live-action show about these two kids and had some puppet/muppet-like characters, but it kind of had a ...
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Animated TV show where these students are secret agents and fight this one teacher who is kinda evil [closed]

These kids try to beat their evil teacher, I think her name has Macbeth or Ms. Beth or something, and they all act as secret agents? I never got to finish this animated show. It is either Australian ...
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Harry Potter fanfic where Harry is a magical genius

I remember Harry condensing cloud and using them as a way to move around the castle. At one point when he’s experimenting with his magic he blasts a hole in the dungeon wall. Pretty sure I read it on ...
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Sci-fi short story collection: Scientist tries to find one final equation

I am looking for an anthology where one of the stories was about a scientist who leaves everything to find the one final equation or formula that will combine all equations. The scientist was a man. ...
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Chinese drama of love story between rival immortal factions

From what I can remember, the main leads are immortals that belong to enemy factions. The male lead's faction wore white or black or something all the time and the female lead's faction wore red ...
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Anime where guy is forced to fight on his first day of magic school. Portal opens and his wife(!) comes out and gives him a gauntlet

This guy gets into a magic school where on the first day he is forced to fight a girl in front of everyone but during the the fight a lady comes out a portal and claims she is his wife and he gains a ...
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Seeking an anthology book called 'A View From A Distant Shore'

In the 1990s I came across a book by the title A View From A Distant Shore. It was a collection of short stories from Eastern Europe I believe. It was an older secondhand paperback. I mostly ...
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Sci-Fi book I read in the eighties. Dystopian future where violence is porn

This was a UK paperback (maybe) with red words over a dark city on the cover, I read it mid eighties. Set in future America. The protagonist may have been some sort of investigator, he dresses up ...
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Novel: AI-assisted Dog Drives Car at Night

I'm trying to remember a science-fiction novel (may have been a shorter form) about an optimistic near-future, possibly written in the 1960's. A very small piece of the plot had to do with a family ...
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Ron/mute Hermione, recovery from Imprisonment, has sequel on fanfiction.net

Does anyone remember the name or author of a popular fanfic on fanfiction.net (several hundred favs) in which Ron spends a few chapters believing Hermione to be dead, but she remains hostage by ...
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Cartoon movie about a man turned into crow who helps a girl who rescues children that are to be sacrificed

I am looking for a cartoon movie about a man who is turned into a crow and a girl who tries to help kids who are to be sacrificed. She gets in trouble with the leader of some sort of group of devils ...
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2018 story about self-driving cars and the trolley problem

I'm looking for a story in which a self-driving car is trying to make a decision on who to hit in an inevitable collision but the story keeps expanding on the life of the different characters. It's ...
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Sci-fi short story about overpopulation, time travel and battle of the sexes

I recall a short story I read many years ago about a soldier or scientist being sent forward in time to see if man survives overpopulation and if we do, how we solved the overpopulation problem. The ...
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Horror story: main character is a college dropout, picks a fight in a bar, and ends up in a cemetery with a lady turning into a rat monster

I remember that it's a short story I first read one year ago. A guy in a mental hospital/prison is telling a tale. There is this guy with long hipster hair who drops out of college and then his car ...
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Looking For Story About Society of People With Deaf-Blindness [duplicate]

The story I'm thinking of is from the 80s, and it's set in a world where the Great Depression never ended, and so in the "present day" the main character, a wanderer, stumbles upon a society of deaf-...
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Protagonist modified to look like a neanderthal, also a riddle about catching a bird without caging it

This was the second book in the series I read about a decade or two ago. The colony experience a famine after terrorist blew up a factory. The protagonist is on some spiritual journey and was ...
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Sci-Fi dystopian book, man wakes up in a pod, people with particular skill appear at his door when needed

I read this book in 2004 or 2005, it was an assigned reading but ignited my love for dystopian societies. I believe it started out with someone who wakes up in a pod, I think he was eventually sent ...
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Fan fiction where Snape, McGonagall and Pomfrey save Ginny using an ancient spell

I'm looking for this fic where Snape, McGonagall and Pomfrey save Ginny using an ancient spell after she drinks a potion to kill herself. The spell drains their life force and most of the fic is ...
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A book about the the protagonist being able to bodily trans-locate which is referred to specifically as a 'Jaunt' or 'jaunting' [duplicate]

I am looking to buy a book that my father read as a boy, for his next birthday. I know very little about it except the protagonist is able to bodily trans-locate in a manner referred to specifically ...
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TV series on human evolution where some people have some difference in their makeup making them not Homo sapiens

Being a bit vague here it was a series I saw in the 1990-2005 on the sci-fi channel in Europe. The main plot is that there a two geneticists and they find some people have x% difference in their ...
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Blind Harry Potter story where Snape is sent to retrieve Harry from the Dursleys

I'm looking for a story I read once. It's a Harry Potter fanfic where Snape has to retrieve Harry from the Dursleys because he didn't arrive on the train. I think it's after 5th year, but I'm not sure....
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Novel in which a machine is used to speed up Earth's rotation to achieve weightlessness and things go awry

Years ago, when I was in 6th grade, I picked up a sci-fi novel(-la? Pretty short) that was either translated into Chinese, or written in Chinese, more likely the former. That novel is centered around ...
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Book series I read a few years back with a Marine doing a combat jump onto a planet

In the first book the main character joined the Marines and is making his first combat jump onto a planet. No fighting between the main factions happens in our solar system or Alpha Centauri due to ...
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Time-spanning alien intelligences gamble with the fate of Earth

This earlier question about a seemingly trivial change preventing a nuclear war made me remember a short story I read more than 20 years ago. In the story, there are 2 intelligences (it is not clear ...
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Short story read ~25 year ago where changing person's name prevents a war

I believe I read this short story in a collection. A man's wife goes to a consultant to improve his career. The consultant says include your middle initial (I think). The story goes though the ...
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Anime about boy & summoning monsters

I've been searching for an anime on and off for the last few years. I've tried searching the internet and various anime websites with the descriptions I can recall about the show but to no avail ...
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Book about persecuted group fleeing earth, finding and settling new planet, new life, get hunted down by earth persecutors

Read a book in the mid 2000s about a group that was persecuted, Christians I believe, that accidentally discovered FTL travel. They built a ship and left Earth. They discovered a new planet, and ...
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Book about a girl from Mars who somehow got to London in a hot air balloon

I once read a description for a book about a girl from Mars who I think was around 12 & somehow got to London in a hot air balloon but it took place in the past not the future.
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Old animated movie, where ocean fishes are trying to survive the falling crates with poison [closed]

Old, animated movie, where fish in the ocean fight versus poison crates dropped by "evil men." One scene I remember is where two fishes eat the poison, and then they shrivel and die. The story ...
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Book about a boy who can shapeshift; he joined a circus after loosing a finger

I recall bits from one of my dad's books that I read in the late 1980’s. It was about a boy who lost his thumb (or finger) when a door was shut on it. He joined a circus or carnival where he looked ...
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Short story where a time traveller is sent to discourage Hitler after failing to encourage a sci-fi writer he likes

In this short story, there is a time travel agency which allows people to go back in time to mentor or encourage historical or famous people in their pursuits. The main character visits his favorite ...
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Anime where the first episode is about a 10 years old homeless boy

I am looking for a manga from 2010-2015. Context: I always watch at least the first 3 episodes of a series before judging it. In a recent conversation about the worst anime scene, I remember an ...