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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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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 ...
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Short story about a man's bomb shelter in the Cold War

During the Cold War, a man has built a bomb-shelter and stocked it with just enough supplies for his own small family - wife and kids. The whole neighborhood constantly ridicules him for being so ...
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90s YA novel or short story: girl on an intergalactic vessel overhears aliens debating whether to destroy Earth, or establish first contact

I believe I read this book in the 90's. I doubt the book was published much past 1999. I believe the protagonist is a female character who might be a stowaway on some kind of intergalactic vessel. I ...
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Movie: boy escapes the real world and goes to a fantasy world with big furry trolls

It's about a boy who escapes the real world and goes to this fantasy world where he befriends these big furry trolls, the trolls are animated, but the boy is played by an actor.
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Film, friends transferred to a parallel universe where being fat is forbidden, one of them meets his “alternate world” wife

The movie starts with a man in a basement with his dog, and then he transfers his dog to a parallel universe, and then the dog comes back. Then two friends come to visit him in the basement, and then ...
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Story where cities are trains that constantly move around the world

There is a vague idea of a setting in my head, and I can not even remember whether I read a story with it, or was it a part of a game. The only thing I remember is that there was a planet where ...
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1970s novel, planetary world with 3 gender species, prohibited inter-species procreation

Prohibited inter-species procreation - eventually allowed, producing 4th gender. Two of the three genders are bureaucrats, thinkers/builders.
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Short SF story. Females use stingers to implant eggs in yearfathers

I can't think of any other stories in the anthology and have no memories of the book cover. The story is told from an adolescent girl's viewpoint in what appears to be a low tech agricultural society....
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Fantasy movie where the protagonist gets a broken sword and forge welds it

The film is not modern (1970-1990), similar to Conan the Destroyer, or maybe a remake. Or a TV series. I was young so I don't remember. The film contained a scene where the protagonist gets a broken ...
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Book about Israelis in space

The story is centered around Israelis in space, one of whom, the main character is an inspector general sent to solve a problem.
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Looking for title of book with nuclear waste, underwater people, and mind-wiped slaves

About 30 years ago, I started reading a book, but never finished it. There are several sets of characters, some who live on land and some who live underwater. I think the underwater people live in ...
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Older SF novel, humans and aliens underwater, with living membrane structures; relationship between human male and alien female

Probably anywhere from 70's to early 90's as I read it somewhere in the mid 90's. I remember, there were humans and aliens underwater. The living structures were membranes not typical hard body ...
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1960s sci-fi novel with “tanks” for 15-minute or half-hour immersion for relaxation purposes (but is addictive)

This is a relatively thick (+200 pages long) novel which appeared at least in paperback form in the 1960s, available in public schools. It includes such familiar tropes as future society, space travel,...
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90s 6-book series revolving around string theory; life follows a string

All I can remember are different stories where life follows a string. One went backward in time, one went by reverse aging, one where strings crossed and lives jumped over or switched. And more. ...
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Off the wall SF book, about a missing girl and a doctor turning people into giant bugs

A PI is hired to find a missing girl born without arms or legs. What he finds is a doctor taking people like the girl and grafting insect limbs on them and using them in a high end brothel. There are ...
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Book where society has been split into 2 with a wall down the middle where one side embraced high tech whereas other side were totally against tech

As a child (in the 70's) I remember reading a book set in the future where Britain had been split into 2, I think with a wall down the middle. On the one side they embraced high technology and nothing ...
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Short story where a man is killed for being “too intelligent”

I’m looking for a possibly British short story I read in a youth sci-fi collection book that definitely was not new, so the story may be older. I would have read it about 10 years ago but the book it ...
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Short story about cities being connected by a conveyor belt

This is a short story (definitely not a novella) set in 'the future' where cities are connected by massive conveyor belts that people hop on/off and one of them breaks down or gets damaged. I think ...
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Space war story from 1960s song “The Minstrel Boy to the War Has Gone”

A short story or novelette read in a 1960s science fiction magazine, probably If, Tomorrow, or Galaxy. Much of the galaxy has been colonized by humans. Parasitic aliens from another galaxy that ...
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New invention compresses matter to produce energy? or other items? (Short Story)

Probably read in 1970s or 1980s (it may have been written earlier.) Pretty sure it was a short story in English from the USA. Scientist develop a device that converts or compresses any material into ...
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Short story about an infectious indestructible metal bar?

About 15-20 years ago I read a short story (I believe as part of a collection) which as its main plot line featured a metal bar that appeared one day. A guy picked it up and threw it in the recycling....
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Cartoon fantasy film with magical or elemental stones/crystals

It probably was a feature film, animated (Western style/cartoon), released before or in early 2000s, set in medieval times, girl protagonist and an evil witch or magician antagonist. The plot was to ...
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60s or earlier sci-fi novel, involved suspected kidnapping and a main character named Jantz or Janz

I'm trying to identify a sci-fi novel I read as a kid (maybe mid-1960s, but the book might have been older than that) which, as I very vaguely recall, involved suspected kidnapping and a main ...
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What is the name of this fanfiction?

I don't know what series it was for, but I do know that it was a Soul Mark/ Soul Mate identifying mark fic I saw on AO3, in the summary the soul mate said to the MC(?) that said character's mother had ...
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Science Fiction Writer Reawakened from Cryosleep

I would have read this story between 1995 and today, almost certainly in anthology format. I'm not sure when it was written; some of the story elements in my memory feel modern to me, but some have ...
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Comic book with a crossbow that fired a 'bolt' that unfolds mid-air into a horizontal sword/knife-like projectile

When I was younger (8 to 14 years ago, roughly) I read a comic book that I distinctly remember one thing from: a particular weapon. It was a crossbow that fired a 'bolt' that unfolds mid-air into a ...
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Anime like Slayers where the “evil guy” has one of the main characters trapped inside ice with some kind of magic

TV anime show I saw like 15 years ago, I think it could be Slayers. I saw this series in Spain (and in Spanish, my mother tongue). Episodes were broadcast one each morning. I only remember some short ...
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3D anime movie with flying islands, flying submarine like ships, main character's​ name is Mika

I'm looking for an 3D anime movie I saw in 2004/5 maybe older: the main character's name is Mika (male) they fly around in wing-suits there were floating islands and fly submarine looking ships with ...
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Story about war fought using time manipulation

I'm trying to identify a story about a conflict fought using time manipulation. One detail I think I remember correctly is about trapping some kind of a leader or general in a sphere altering time ...
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Harry Potter fanfic where Fem! Harry offers to bond with Draco

I read this fanfic a long time ago on FF.net It involves: Female Harry offering to help Draco through a magical change of sorts They are in a room in Hogwarts for awhile, totally isolated Harry has ...
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Dystopian books where society is split into 3 classes: lower, middle and untouchables, teenagers are trained to be killers

I’m trying to identify a book by a rather vague plot line that I’ve been given... Society is split into three classes. The lower, middle and untouchables. Teenagers are trained to be SAS type killers.
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Novel: little girl holding a green stone that gave her the ability to talk to animals [duplicate]

I've read this book along with the series of I'm sure went up to about 3 or more other books. I read them around the year 2008 or 09, I can't remember most of the story because I was young but I loved ...
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A man enters a comatose authors dreams to wake him up

A man is recruited to enter an authors dreams to try & bring him out of a coma & finds himself in a hackneyed barsoom type world where the coma victim is a muscle bound hero, it's a desert ...
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EBook (maybe first in a series) where people gain superpowers after an alien falls to Earth, protagonist is a single mother

Several years back (probably about early 2010), I got a bunch of superhero books in a promotion where the first book in the series was being offered for free on Amazon. One of them was Scott Bachmann'...
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Cartoon where the protagonist has a removable Jack-o'-Lantern for a head

This is a cartoon I remember seeing an episode of as a preview on a VHS tape in the early 2000s. The VHS may have been of The Wizard of Oz if that helps, but I can't be sure. In it, the protagonist ...
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Science fiction story where an older person (alien) is barricaded in a house and attacked by flying lights; ends up in Stonehenge and another planet

There was a man who encounters an older person in a house that he has barricaded himself into, but does not know why. They are attacked by flying lights. The older person (an alien) starts becoming ...
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Book about dystopian future, assassins, crime

In this book a boy aged 14, very intelligent, gets recruited into a secret assassination group. He is very poor and is promised a new life but he must never go back to his old one. He then has to ...
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80s or earlier short story or serial about natives on a faraway planet battling invading high-tech troops

I read a story in a sci-fi magazine anthology in the early '80s about a "primitive" culture on some faraway planet. The story started with a young boy practicing fighting in a group of other young ...
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Manga about a guy about to suicide making a deal with a demon, he gets rich but one of the demon's daughters will eat his heart after a year

I'm trying to find a short manga I read some time ago but I can't remember the title. It's about 20 chapters long. There is this boy who is bullied and is about to commit suicide jumping from a ...
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Story where a man evades capture from a spaceship by walking round an asteroid [duplicate]

I'm trying to identify a short story I read some time in the nineties, and ideally the anthology it was in too. I was reading a lot of Asimov at the time, and it has a typically Asimovian twist at the ...
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Cartoon in which some kids can transform into warriors and fight against evil forces

In this cartoon, our heroes enter in a different world separately through a train. They all have a scanner-like object which they use to scan and find their avatars. The main kid got an avatar which ...