Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 174 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

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.

9
votes
2answers
176 views

Story about alien regulars meeting in a secret bar in a mile-high-rise

I'm looking for an old short story (if I recall correctly) about a man who for some reason gets involved with a group of diverse aliens patronizing a bar or club in a secluded floor of a high-rise. ...
5
votes
1answer
119 views

YA fantasy book series about siblings that are taught by a powerful being

This is a YA book series read in the mid 2000s. One of the last books had a dark cover of a lightning storm over plains. I believe this story is about 2 siblings, guy and a girl, who start learning ...
4
votes
1answer
135 views

Youths can teleport, they are chased by the government

There was a film from the 80s on where young people can teleport anywhere they think. These guys are recruited to make studies with them, maybe from the government or a secret company which wants ...
20
votes
3answers
4k views

Sci-fi movie — abandoned spaceship returns to Earth

As a child, I saw a movie whose premise is that an abandoned Earth-made spaceship returns to Earth, leaving scientists perplexed. Meanwhile, an astronaut wanders the streets, slowly turning into an ...
8
votes
1answer
121 views

World where the Nazis won. Features “Stappers” (the Gestapo) and “Ceepies” (Communist Party)

I’m looking for story set in a future world in which the Nazis won ww11 . The main character mentions 'stappers' (gestapo) and 'ceepies' (communist party) and schism of mark (Marxism). I read it ...
7
votes
1answer
164 views

TV series in the 90s where people get superpower by sniffing flowers

I couldn't remember anything more than what stated in the title. There are several kinds of flowers, each one gives people a different kind of skill: strength, intelligence etc. It's not really ...
7
votes
1answer
109 views

Short story with a man inside a time travel box being observed by scientists [duplicate]

I read this sometime in the last 3 years or so, but I believe it was older than that, and was included in a collection of time travel stories. The main thing that I remember from the story is that ...
6
votes
0answers
96 views

Short story about mining crew on planet expecting ship to return them to Earth and realizing it's not going to come

It's about a mining crew who have been recruited with promises of being set up for life once they return from their time on the planet. They gradually realise they are not going to get home, the ...
7
votes
1answer
606 views

SF novel about crashed pilot

I would like to identify a SF book (possibly a part of a series) which I read in late 80s or in the 90s. What I remember from the story: it happened on a planet (probably Earth, but I'm not 100% sure)...
9
votes
1answer
231 views

Movie in which aliens disguise one of them as a cartoon chicken, mistakingly thinking it will help him blend on Earth

I want to find a film I watched as a child. I hope someone can help me with this. The plot is rather weird. First, there were some aliens, who wanted to send one of them to Earth. They wanted to ...
3
votes
0answers
72 views

Late 80s/early 90s young adult sci-fi book about teenage girl living on the moon after Earth's invasion by aliens

The book is about a teenage girl who lives on the Moon after aliens take over the Earth. I think there was a picture of a blonde girl sitting and the moon in the background on the cover. It was one of ...
1
vote
0answers
42 views

Two talking monkeys (male and female) get caught in a snow storm, and one tries to find help [closed]

I have been trying to find this film for a while now. It's animated at least I think so. It is about two monkeys (one female, one male) that get caught in a really bad snow storm. The male goes out ...
21
votes
4answers
3k views

Short story about the lifetime that occurs between a bullet being fired and execution

I'm trying to think of the short story about a condemned prisoner that experiences a lifetime between the time a bullet is fired and the time it ends his life. I feel like the story might be Russian?...
10
votes
1answer
98 views

80s/90s fantasy book: female protagonist, demon-related magic, “knife”/“blade” in title…?

I'm trying to remember a Fantasy book I read in the late 1990s (read like it was published in the 80s or 90s) with a warrior/magic-wielding female protagonist. I think I remember looking for ...
3
votes
0answers
71 views

Harry Potter fanfic in which Harry becomes an infant with the mind of an adult

I'm looking for a Harry Potter fan-fiction that I read a while ago. I can't remember the name and when I try and search up the concepts I still can't find it. Here are some of the things I remember ...
4
votes
0answers
76 views

Sci-Fi book , possibly late seventies. Humanity in alien caverns

As stated in the title, I'm looking for a book I read mid eighties in the UK.. however I have a feeling it was a few years old when I checked it out of local library, I can't recall the cover or much ...
5
votes
1answer
88 views

Looking for a specific Harry Potter fanfiction: Voldemort as ghost, then Harry's “twin”

Hope that you folks can help. The title and the author completely elude me but it's about how Lord Voldemort became a ghost after the events of Halloween 1981 and stalked Harry eventually regaining ...
6
votes
0answers
81 views

SF first contact story where it is revealed that it is humanity's destiny to merge with alien

I believe story was written between 1950-1970. I read it in a large paperback anthology in the 1980s. It was a short story - deep space encounter with alien intelligence. The first astronaut to ...
4
votes
2answers
153 views

Reptilian aliens in human form shed their skin as they board their mothership

Looking for an old sci fi from 60's? 70's? About reptilian aliens that have human exteriors and green blood. At the end of the movie, all the aliens are lined up to get on the Mother Ship to go home,...
4
votes
1answer
70 views

Movie where a meteor/asteroid crashes into a lake?

There was a movie, where a meteor/asteroid crashed into a lake. It had a chemical or pathogen of some sort that contaminated the water supply of an entire region. That's almost all I remember about it....
11
votes
1answer
134 views

Story about a tribe using phrases as currency

Long after worldwide disaster, a tribe uses phrases as currency: that is, I can pay you by teaching you one of the sacred phrases. (Doing it twice is fraud.) The protagonist is exiled for ...
1
vote
0answers
58 views

Book series about invisible children

There’s a series I remember reading back when I was in middle school, about a bunch of kids turning invisible (or like they were on a different “plane” of existence that could still interact with the ...
4
votes
6answers
981 views

Movie about junkyard-dwelling robot family

I vaguely remember this movie about what seemed to be humanoid like robots living as a family in a junkyard. If I remember correctly, the premise of the movie was that robots had specific tasks and ...
3
votes
0answers
40 views

Story about a lady who dreams about turning into a witch

The story was in a small anthology volume whose cover showed a haunted house done in green and purple lights, I think, with the title "Horror" or something like that. I read it in the mid-90s. The ...
-2
votes
1answer
60 views

An anthology of short stories about first contact [closed]

Years ago I remember seeing an anthology of short stories about first contact, aptly titled: "First contact" (or something like that).
4
votes
0answers
89 views

Story about AI that always lie?

I’m looking for what I think is a reasonably modern science-fiction story that seems to be centred on a network of computers that always lies or gives a wrong answer. I only read the first chapter, ...
4
votes
0answers
94 views

Animated Space series from 80s or 90s identification

Could anyone help me with my memories of this series? I'm looking for a series that I remember these things from: The main villain, or one of the main villains, reminds pretty much of Darth Vader, ...
5
votes
2answers
147 views

Late 50s comic: Lonely or Lost Planet; Earth is under occupation by green aliens wearing menacing helmets

I came here because I again thought of a comic book that I remember from the late 50s. It was about the planet Earth under occupation by alien powers (they were green, as I recall, and they had neat ...
8
votes
0answers
104 views

Book about a girl painfully turning into crystal; one of her companions take her pain for short periods

I remember reading a book early 2000s, it was a fantasy novel from my high schools library. It was about a girl transforming into crystal that caused her excruciating pain. She was traveling to a ...
3
votes
2answers
181 views

Late 70s/80s fantasy novel with interdimensional portals, an average man protagonist and an immortal beautiful warrior woman [duplicate]

I’ve been scouring my memory for the name of a book I read decades ago. I only remember fragments. Inter-dimensional portals, a female warrior who is immortal (and beautiful), an average man ...
5
votes
1answer
106 views

Novel about a world led by scientists that has to organize a renactment of D-Day to keep people thinking by themselves

I've read this story in the 1990's, but I know that it was older than that, probably from the 60's or 70's. In the story, the world is united under one government that is run by scientists, and most ...
7
votes
0answers
75 views

Short story about a scientist convinced aliens steal extra time from our days, develops a split personality after trying to check it

I once read a short story about some scientist who was convinced that there were aliens/creatures stealing time from the day (so basically there are actually 25 hours in a day but the aliens steal one ...
8
votes
1answer
417 views

Story about a couple living through a drought in a society going downhill

Some time ago, probably in the 1990s, I remember reading a story about a city that was going through a permanent drought, possibly from climate change or war. Two people were making the best of the ...
3
votes
0answers
66 views

Imaginary friend tries to kill a boy

I am looking for a short story from around the 1970s. It was a horror story about a boy who lived near a lake. He had an imaginary friend that ended up trying to kill him.
3
votes
1answer
117 views

Anime about a boy who summons a robot with a sword or a flute

I remember watching a cartoon or an anime as a kid back in 1994 to 1998-ish. Parts that I remember are that a boy could summon a really special rare robot with a sword or a flute. Don't remember if ...
3
votes
0answers
81 views

Fantasy novel with villainous raiders wearing magical animal masks/helmets; one man wipes out an evil patrol by going berserk

There's a book from when I was younger I can barely remember. I would have read it about 15 years ago (2002/3). I think the front cover was green with a horse and rider on it. Fantasy, bad guys had ...
6
votes
0answers
77 views

Story about a medieval railroad built by a blacksmith involving time travel

I am looking for the title/author of a short story I read in the 70's. It dealt with a railroad built and operated by a blacksmith and his daughter. A time patrol is sent there to investigate whether ...
23
votes
1answer
864 views

1960s short story — time traveling dinosaur hunter gets eaten by his prey’s ticks and fleas

I am trying to find a short story I read many years ago from an anthology. I remember hunters who time traveled to kill dinosaurs. They were successful in that they did go back in time with big guns ...
3
votes
0answers
91 views

Looking for a specific Harry Potter fanfiction

What I can remember: Harry lives with the Dursleys, he and Dudley go to the park. Harry plays with a girl while her mother watches. The girl's mother eventually talks to Petunia on the park bench ...
6
votes
1answer
118 views

Movie taking place in a fair, including a giant woman in a dress stepping over the eating area

Old movie I watched as a kid around the early 2000’s. Movie looked older. I only remember a scene as follows: there’s a dad and son eating and a giantess wearing a dress/skirt literally walks past ...
5
votes
1answer
176 views

Children's sci-fi collection - Alien orthodontist

When I was a child in the 70s I would stay with my grand parents and read children's sci fi. They had a particular book containing a collection of short stories one of which was about a human guy ...
4
votes
0answers
60 views

Sci-fi short story: cloned alien-mind-controlled merc with human-body-mod dinosaur side-kick

I've been looking for this story off and on for the past year, to no avail; I think it's pretty recent, published in the past 20 years or so. I read a lot of short story anthologies but I can't find ...
5
votes
1answer
100 views

Which Conan book involves his son Conn being seduced by a woman?

Which Conan the Barbarian book involves his son Conn being seduced by a girl? There might be another aspect of the story that involves a priest or a druid.
-2
votes
0answers
120 views

Harry Potter fanfic where Harry is Severus's nephew that went missing

I do not remember where I read it since I was on my phone and thought I saved it but I can't seem to find it. I feel like it was located on AO3 compared to fanfiction.net. The fanfic is about Harry ...
8
votes
1answer
93 views

NES galactic empire management game

I tried asking this question on Arqade, but it got closed as off-topic since I don't have an image to work with. I remember having a game on the NES back in the early 90s where you were managing a ...
6
votes
1answer
233 views

Movie that had a nerd kid who goes back to Arthurian period with scientific inventions and gadgets

In this movie, a boy or a teen somehow ends up in the Arthurian period. He wears glasses and has a knack with inventions and gadgets. He almost gets executed by King Arthur, but he performs a magic to ...
9
votes
2answers
484 views

Short story about humans on a hostile planet, genetically engineering their offspring gradually over generations, to be able to survive on it [duplicate]

This was a short story I read sometime before 2000, most likely sometime between 1981 and 1995. It was collected in a paperback with other stories, which I believe (but am not sure) were by separate ...
15
votes
1answer
764 views

The Target who shot back: old sci-fi short story

This should be an easier one; I remember this one fairly clearly. Years ago I read a story where a team of explorers are exploring a planet. They have a mother ship as home base, and the mission is ...
5
votes
0answers
94 views

Looking for book about tower that creates a fantasy of our reality

A friend of mine is looking for an old book. He remembers it being called "The infinite tower" although he may be wrong, and the author being a woman. It is set in a fantasy/d&d type world in ...
5
votes
0answers
90 views

Film/miniseries shown in late 1980s school library

I watched this seemingly older movie probably in 1988-1991 in Kentucky in the library at school. What I recall is a futuristic setting - perhaps in a desert. There were domes, and I recall white ...