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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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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 ...
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1970s or 80s kids' book series about friendly android doppelgangers

There was a series of books in my school library when I was a kid (1990s, US) about a future where human-like androids were common. The main character was a kid who got his own android double in the ...
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Comic about a woman that turns invisible after falling into a pool

As a kid (90s), I read some comics about a woman who was an explorer of some sorts. In one of them, she falls into a lava/magic pool that renders her invisible (she also becomes worshipped by a tribe ...
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Scifi novel about galactic students fighting in gladiator-style games

I'm looking for a science fiction novel I read in the early 1980s about a group of young adults on a sort of university or academy spaceship travelling the galaxy. On one planet they stop at they are ...
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1970s scifi/horror novel where protagonist is used by a crablike creature to feed its larvae, goes mad, and is defeated by retraumatising him

I read this book once as a teenager, I think it might have been written in the 1970s but could be late 1960s or early 1980s. The protagonist is left to die hideously by enemies. He is paralysed and ...
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1960s French (?) novel about two couples in a machine that burrows into the earth

This could be a children's/YA book as I read it (from local library) around age 10, which would be early 70s. Details are sketchy but I remember it as being about two French couples and one of the ...
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Cartoon in which Batman shot Zoom in the head

Zoom was weak. Upon being asked, he removed his yellow mask to reveal a big hole on his forehead. He further explained that he had almost destroyed Earth in an alternate reality. Even Flash was ...
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Movie: Scientists travel to the future to avoid nuclear war, last surviving one is used as fuel by future humans

My family used to rent a lot of VHS tapes over the school holidays when I was young, and this movie was amongst them, which would make it pre-mid 90's, (possibly 70's or 80's from what I remember of ...
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Novel about a guy who travels through portals to bring back alien technology (jaunt?) [duplicate]

A while back I had read a Goodreads description of a novel that I have forgotten the name of. It was about a guy having discussions with his therapist about his profession which is to jump through a ...
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Late 90's/early 2000's scifi horror movie: spec ops sent to underground lab, infectious goo takes over hosts; goo transform into spiders

In the movie, a special operations group gets sent to an underground lab where some kinda infectious goo gets loose where it can take over the host and control them just as if they were perfectly ...
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Dystopian novel where telepathic humans live under a dome

I read this novel in the mid or late 1990s, I think. The protagonist is a young person (girl?) who lives in a dome/arc city. Everyone there is telepathic. There is a high degree of conformity ...
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Book about a time-travel war fought by computers

I read a paperback in the mid-1970's in which combatants fought a war using time travel and adaptive computers. After a battle, the victors had to quickly flee because the opponents would return from ...
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Book about a boy with magic ability - shapeshifting or transformation

I read this book sometime in the last 2-5 years. It might be older but I think it's written in the 2010s. From what I can remember the protagonist was a boy, possible orphan, being picked up by some ...
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90s sci-fi space Saturday morning show with teenagers [duplicate]

This was on Saturday mornings around 11, I think, circa 1995-97. This show is NOT Hypernauts, but looks similar. There were more kids in the show, five I think, but they did have gray and different ...
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Late 90's or early 00's cartoon (maybe anime) with a boy, I think called Kenshin, who unwittingly causes a curse on himself

I remember watching a cartoon on Cartoon Network in the late 90s or early 2000s on Cartoon Network. I think it is a sci-fi/fantasy anime (not too sure, it could just be an American cartoon). I think ...
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Novel - Dead Earth, Spaceships, and Chess

Back in middle (or was it high?) school, in the mid-2000s, I distinctly recall thumbing through some science-fiction paperback assigned to another class. Don't remember the title or even the main ...
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Short story on Mars with wind blown sand structures resembling chapels

Story is on Mars. Windblown sand structures at times resemble the chapel at U of Chicago where the narrator's love and her small dog died in a nuclear attack. Interwoven at times with older images ...
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Bob Shaw short story, set in the Old West, a woman from the future takes refuge in the past, meets a man who has semi-crippled arms

Set in the Old West, a woman from the future takes refuge in the past to escape from (?) She elicits help from a local who makes peyote? He also has semi-crippled arms from a past encounter with local ...
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Analog story from past decade about an interstellar expedition which finds a planet whose inhabitants teleport members of the crew off the ship

It was about an interstellar expedition which finds a (Europa-like?) planet whose inhabitants teleport members of the crew off the ship, killing them, then bring them back as sort of zombie servants. ...
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60s, or earlier, story featuring the last living tree on Earth

I'm looking for the author and title of a short story or novelette that was probably published before 1960. It may even predate 1926. It was probably published in a SF pulp, though I do not know ...
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Book where the good guy lives backwards through time and the bad guy lives forward [duplicate]

Looking for a book where the good guy lives backwards through time and the bad guy lives forward. The good guy was an alien and keeps getting killed by the bad guy. The bad guy was a Neanderthal(?) ...
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Stand alone fantasy book about a Roman like civilisation that fights with an army of linked warriors that are almost superhuman

The story is about a Roman like civilisation. They are being invaded and their defence is an army of linked warriors - always two to each link, they get their strength and knowledge to fight from ...
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Book about a future where humans have abandoned Earth and cats called “Puddys”/“Puttys” rule it

Book about an Earth abandoned by humans and ruled by cats known as "Puddys" or "Puttys" that wear metal claws. Their enemies are dogs called "Barkers Rule". Then one cat meets a live human.
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80’s/90’s fantasy book where men travelled across the land and inhabited creatures such as deer, beavers and pixies [duplicate]

I don't have a great deal of info on what I'm looking for. I read a book when I was younger, probably written in the 80’s or early 90’s. It was about these 2 people (male I think) that were traveling ...
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Anthology about people having historical figures implanted as alternate personalities

Looking to identify a book. I read an anthology somewhere around the year 2,000 give or take a couple of years. They were short stories, I think written by different authors. The idea was that people ...
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Inventor that creates machine that grabs man from future

Discussing the question "Do you consider yourself superior to people in the old days?," poster Matthew here is looking for the title and author of a short story from a scifi anthology with this plot: ...
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Harry Potter fan fiction where Draco Malfoy starts disappearing and only Harry notices

I can’t remember whether this is eighth year or not but I’m pretty sure it is. Basically, Draco keeps going transparent or starts fading out or something and the big problem is that he might fade out ...
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Book about a princess climbing a mountain to find a wizard

When I was in middle school I read a book about a girl princess in a valley kingdom. There was magic and all that fun stuff. She was raised in the ways of the court, but her family died and she had to ...
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Trilogy about magic rocks that grant magic powers [duplicate]

I know it’s an older series; I believe the publication date was around the '80s or early '90s. The main focus of the books are these magic rocks granting certain powers (lightning, truth seeking, ...
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Cartoon in which a boy and girl travel with a robot

I used to watch this cartoon when I was little, maybe around 2007, although I think it was older than that. I am not sure, but I think it was an anime. I do not remember it clearly but there was a boy ...
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My Hero Academia fan fiction about how All For One is Hisashi Midoriya and Inko is a bad parent

I'm looking for a My Hero Academia fan fiction with tags about how All For One is Hisashi Midoriya and Inko is a bad parent trying to do better. There were other details, but they've slipped my mind, ...
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Anime in which 4 school children go into a game and rescue the world; they meet a pink-haired girl inside the game who helps them

An anime in which 4 school children go into a game and rescue the world. I saw this anime when I was really young. I don't remember either its name or its character’s names. But I do remember its plot....
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Children's novel about a boy's encounter with an alien called “The Ancient” aboard a ship

Trying to identify a novel I read - probably in the 1950s or 1960s - about a cabin boy on board a sea-going freighter who battles with an alien called "The Ancient" who has taken over the ship. The ...
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Short story about a demon's demon

Trying to identify a short story about a man haunted by a demon from another dimension that, I think, he calls "twisty" because it appears in his peripheral vision as a spinning twist of dust that ...
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Anime where a kid has a small humanoid magical companion who has a round shape and wings

Over 10 years ago, I saw this anime, so there are some things that I don’t remember anymore, only that there was this teenage kid that had a small magical companion in a green suit and small wings. ...
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Novel about near future where humans are transmitted to a mirrored room on another planet [duplicate]

Near future with hyperinflation, humans get captured and transmitted to a mirrored room on alien planet. They are studied. when the men complain about a lack of women, one of the women is duplicated ...
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Book about a girl with green hair who has special powers

The intro starts off with describing her as having unique hair from other people and her parents say she is special, because those like her have certain abilities. They live in a plant technology ...
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Old story about New York City having become “Black New York”

I ran across this in a science fiction anthology. The book may have had a sociological/political theme. I think I read it somewhere around the late 1990s, but I also think the book was a hardback I ...
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80's/90's Sci-Fi Movie: People on desert planet with robot who jumps through glass at the end?

I watched this movie when I was a kid in the early 90's. I have no idea what the plot was, but it took place on a desert planet, I believe it involved some sort of farming, and there was a robot they ...
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In which New Jedi Order book does Jacen see the Force on Coruscant and realises that it is neither good nor bad?

In one of the New Jedi books, Jacen Solo (i think) follows a 'monster' and sees the source of the Force and realises that it is only one, neither good nor bad
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Cartoon TV series about a boy and an alien (flying head) living in the boy's watches

I watched these series as a kid on TV in Russia around 2000 year or even earlier. The two main characters are a boy, who has some watch-like wristband, and an alien, who is a freely levitating head ...
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Pre-1980's science fiction short story: alien disguised as a woman shot by a gangster, has tentacles coming out of her breasts when remaking her body

Written in a quasi-gangster style. Alien was presenting as a female. I remember a scene where the gangster shot her, (I think while they were in a car) and she scooped up the body matter and remade ...
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Short comic series with body hopping character

I am looking for a short comic series which involved one (or two) characters who can body hop around. I think I remember the two main characters being a a boy and a girl. And there was a scene where ...
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Anime in which people in mecha suits fight yellow monsters, but the more they fight, the more they turn into crystals and eventually die

I am not able to remember the name of this anime. There were yellow monsters, and the people who fought them used big machine suits. The more they used the suits, the more they turned into crystals ...
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Book where aliens are selecting humans for food consumption

I have read a science fiction years ago. About aliens selecting humans on Earth and people trying hard to fit in their criterias in order to be the "chosen ones" and go away with the aliens. But they ...
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Harry Potter fanfiction where he doesn't get his letter at 11

In this story, Harry never got his Hogwarts letter, and Voldemort might have returned or something, somehow, and Draco, Hermione, Ginny, Luna and Ron, go looking for Harry Potter, to see if he really ...
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Naruto fanfiction where the Kyuubi is female

All I know for sure is that I read the summary of the story on fanfiction.net, earlier this month, and the summary said something about centuries, and I'm paraphrasing here because I don't remember ...
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Cartoon with brother and sister sent back in time by their uncle to relocate troublesome little monsters to different periods

It was about two kids, probably brother and sister, whose uncle (I think) sent them on missions back in time to capture little monsters that were causing trouble, and then relocating them to a ...
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Series of omnibuses about a set of 3 kingdoms, at least 1 of which has spirit animals/animal companions

In this series the first set of omnibuses is about is about a female protagonist who has the bloodline of two of the kingdoms. One of the kingdoms has animal companions that are linked by birth to ...
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Short story about aliens trading for hydroponics

I am looking for information on a short story that was written probably in the late 60's early 70's. This was part of a short story collection; I can't be certain but it was possibly edited by Groff ...