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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Sci-fi trilogy: astronaut abducted on the moon (which is a spaceship), alien wars for supremacy over Earth, and longevity at the cost of fertility

I had a trilogy of sci-fi books. In the first book, an astronaut flies around the moon and then is abducted by the AI in the moon, which turns out to be a spaceship; he then gets implants to enhance ...
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A book about a girl who can hear thoughts and a boy who can read emotions

The book's title might have contained the words: "feelings" "emotionless" "whispers" "Whispered" or something like that. There are a boy and a girl. The girl I believe could hear or read other people'...
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Pre-1972 sci-fi short story or novel: alien(?) tunnel where people try new moves and get destroyed if they're not the correct ones

It might be a short story or it might be a novel. It must be before 1972 because I read it in my youth and I am OLD. The following is very impressionistic. There is a multidimensional/not of this ...
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80's cartoon/anime with an alien that looks like a sunny side up egg

I vaguely remember watching this as a child in the mid nineties. It might be possible that this was not an anime, but something non-Japanese. I remember there were at least two characters in a space ...
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Anime about people fighting blob in building

It was something I saw a preview of a few years ago so it’s a newer anime, at least the last 4 to 5 years. The characters in the trailer were in a giant skyscraper running away from a growing blob ...
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Girl from poor background adopted by lord, falls for her half-sibling? [migrated]

I can't remember the book or character names, but it was a novel from the 1850s-1950s, probably British. The main character was a very beautiful teenage girl from a poor background, with a drunkard ...
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1980s live-action movie where individually-coloured nations on clouds fight

I saw this movie in July or August 1986. It wasn't a commercial movie - I didn't see it in a normal movie theatre. The story takes place somewhere there are 3 nations, each on its own cloud. The ...
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What book is this? Pre 80s book about a captain who hijacks a military spaceship and takes school kids hostage?

I got this from my middle school library back in the 80s but the book seemed to be from the late 50s to mid 70s. This was a young adult targeted novel about a captain who hijacks a military spaceship ...
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An average heaven where everyone has sexless golden bodies and is bored

In this story, the dying protagonist discovers that Heaven is a real, physical place, but not what he expected. On reawakening, he chutes down a miles-long slide into a bowl-shaped city that, he is ...
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80's (or earlier) short stories book: tiny visitors in a house inside a house, horses appearing upon wishes, and a story about getting lighter

I read a book of short stories when I was a kid or pre-teen in the 80's that included a story about a man who has a small house inside his house (think doll house/birdhouse) and he gets tiny visitors ...
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Scifi Cartoon possibly 80's head pecked boy

I remember a sci fi cartoon from the 80's (possibly very early 90's) and can't seem to find it again. It would have been broadcast on UK TV but unsure what channel - I have a feeling it was BBC rather ...
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Story about a program that used modified insects to collect data

I think this story was in Analog maybe 10 years ago. There's an ex soldier who was in a program that used modified insects to collect data. He is being cut out of the program and losing his swarm is ...
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Book series about a boy who has a scroll in a graveyard and accidentally summons a sort of dragon thing

I remember reading a series years ago that was really quite good. A boy has a scroll in a graveyard and accidentally summons a sort of dragon thing, after a bit he goes to a school to learn to ...
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90s/2000s European(?) movie: alien/machine soccer ball that helps kids

Back in the late 90s or early 00's, I saw this movie about some kids that were being put down by bullies. I think that a soccer ball falls out of nowhere or somehow they find this ball that has life. ...
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Looking for a Scandinavian semi mythical fantasy work

And the only clue I have is a character named Kulubak Magri (hunchback Magri? A dwarf?). And Ravens. Read a couple of decades ago. Anyone willing to indulge me?
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Short story: man frozen in time seen as a monster [duplicate]

I need help identifying a short science fiction story. I can't remember who the story is by or what it is called. It is about man who is frozen in time, initially appearing as a blur, but over a long ...
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Book: evil Earth against a nature-oriented planet occupied by humans as well

This book also has the main character fall in love with a robot who the main villain had created to put his mind into the robot's body. The main girl is in a space fleet fighting for her home planet ...
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Movie about a guy beam-up and losing his human skin

I'm looking for a movie dating from the 70's or the 80's where a guy is initially in his garden, with his dog. He is in his yellow pyjamas. There is a beam of light that appears in the garden. He ...
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70's/80's anime where the heroes travel on a spaceship to rescue a princess

I don't remember the title, but I remember some of the plot and what the characters looked like. It was sci-fi. I remember it was about a princess (I presume she was) being abducted and our heroes ...
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Movie about a boy who was born old and grew young

It's a non-animated movie about a boy who was born old, but grew young and dies as a baby. He fell in love, but the girl grew old normally and dies, while this guy grows younger and finally dies as a ...
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SF novella separating the dumb majority from the intelligent part of mankind

Some 20+ years ago, I’ve read a SF novella written by an American author, and I’d like to re-read this book. The story goes like this: a farmer unearthes, while plowing his field, a sarcophagus with ...
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Last survivors from different time periods living together

Probably read in the 80s or 90s. USA English paperback. People from various time periods are living on an island or enclave/settlement on a beach. (Seem to recall a scene were a couple of people were ...
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Military sci-fi series about a human combat unit on their ship specially bred for their roles

Back in the 1980s or 90s, I read the first book in a military science fiction series that dealt with a human combat unit in the far future. The novel mostly took place on their ship, and the humans ...
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PC video game involving floating islands doing aerial combat

I played this between 1999 and 2002 on a Windows PC in the United States. The premise of the game had floating islands on which you could build propulsion (propellors?) and weapons (cannons) with ...
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1970s (?) story about a man who was moving very slowly compared to “real life”

I'm pretty sure I read this story in school in the 8th grade (1982ish). It was about a man who thinks he has found an eternal life potion. He feeds it to a mouse, and, when nothing happens to the ...
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Fantasy manga about a girl who travels back in time to old Japan

Can you tell me the name of this manga.The female lead is a high school student, who suddenly traveled back in old Japan, where she met a boy, she ended up in the boy's house/ garden who mistook her ...
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60s/70s short story: man trapped in lunar cave by military robot [duplicate]

I'm trying to find a short story I remember reading in the 1980s. It concerns a man trying to deactivate a military robot which has remained active after the end of a war, due to damage to its ...
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Sci Fi dystopia about a space station orbiting a post-apocalyptic earth

The station is beginning to run out of resources, and therefore sends a group of teenagers down as a vanguard to begin the process of recolonizing the Earth. The teenagers sent are those that broke ...
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70s (or earlier) pulp Sci Fi book with a Conan-type character and enemies shaped like asparagus

Book was a pulp sci-fi paperback which would have been purchased from a newsstand circa mid 70s. Cover had hero (a Conan-type with a tight, dark haircut) on a horse with 6 legs (I think). Pic was ...
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1980s (or earlier) book where people live a long time but they have short memories

I am looking for a paperback novel I read in the mid 1980s. The cover had astronauts looking at a frozen monolith on Pluto. The story takes place in the future where mankind has learned to live for ...
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80s/90s movie where boy finds out his dad's girlfriend/second wife is actually an alien/monster

To be honest, I vaguely remember this one scene from the movie (I was like 5 when I saw it I think). The scene depicts a teenager spying on this stepmom/dad's girlfriend along with a girl (possibly ...
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Short story where scientist creates and then unsuccessfully tries to destroy miniature civilisation in space

I have had a good search and haven't been able to identify a story I read in the 80's or early 90's in a Russian sci-fi anthology. I'm pretty sure it was a translation from English. It is NOT "The ...
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Animated film where space crew is being killed by zombies or a mysterious disease; used to be on Netflix

I remember watching an animated film on Netflix when I was a kid about a spaceship infested by a disease that turns people into zombies. It looked old and was removed from Netflix. It’s probably been ...
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Anime/Cartoon with a Giant Police(?) Robot

I remember watching this show around 20 years ago, likely on a children's cartoon channel (probably Cartoon Network, Toonami or Fox Kids) so it could well be a 90s cartoon or a re-run. Don't remember ...
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Short Story : Universal Living Payment, Conscripted Employment, Union Entanglement

Late 70's, early 80's. Possibly Amazing Stories/Science Fiction Science Fact or similar periodical, possibly a reprint (astounding ?). I am pretty sure this was not a comic, and for many years I ...
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SciFi book with deadly plague and father/son forced to find cure

I think the main character's name is Benjamin. The king calls upon he and his father to find a cure to the deadly plague that's sweeping across the nation. Benjamin finds this chemical called ...
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1980s kids TV show or movie that takes place in a junk yard

I need some help to identify a show I remember from my childhood - it's driving me crazy I can't name it! I have a very clear image in my head of a character from the show but I don't think it was a ...
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Old black and white movie: glowing black rocks slowly turn you into stone upon touch

This movie was about a town that was being swallowed by the growing black towering rocks that looked like coal. If you touched them you would slowly turn to stone. One child that was affected was ...
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Movie where a boy is transported into the future by an alien spaceship

I am attempting to find the title of a live action (not animated) movie I once watched on a VHS tape years ago, sometime around 2000-ish, although I believe that the movie had existed long before I ...
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Old sci fi story where all Earth's animals are at war with mankind

Very vague on the details here, sorry. UK novelette or thin paperback book I read about 1971 or 1972, but it could have been older. I think an alien spaceship had somehow had an accident or was shot ...
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Story about a toddler with god-like powers, dangerous tantrums

I was told once about a story in which there was a toddler with god-like powers. The story dealt with the difficulties that the adults around the toddler had with the fact that they could die from a ...
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1980s TV show with teenage alien boy with PSI powers hiding on Earth

In the early 1980s there was a U.S. TV show aired on Dutch television that I want to track down. (Show might be from late 1970s; it usually took a few years before things showed on Dutch TV back then.)...
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Generational Spaceship Designed to Explode at Destination

I'm looking for what I think was a short story, the style reminded me of Kim Stanley Robinson, but I couldn't find a match under his works. I think this was a fairly short story, that I read sometime ...
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Fantasy book where a sorceress drafts a thief into helping her save the world

A thief attempts to steal something from a tower. A sorceress (who can turn into a cat) drafts him into helping her save the world. He is put to sleep for a couple hundred years. There is a gold cache ...
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Short story written from alien perspective with this line: “It's too bright to look at, so they don't”

In this brief story read in the 1980s to 1990s, the narrator is an alien explorer who is describing the Earth and its inhabitants. Regarding the Sun, the alien says, "It's too bright to look at, so ...
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Online short story about a robot plugged to a wall that becomes sentient

I’m looking for an online (very) short story written in English that I read about 10 years ago. The story is about a couple of scientists making repeated experiments on a robot that is attached by a ...
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Older sci-fi novel about insectoid winged alien invaders and Christianity

I read this novel when I was young and dumb, and I would love to read it again as an adult to suss out some more meaning. Parts of the plot that I remember: Super advanced insectoid winged aliens ...
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Old BW sci-fi movie pumpkin-headed aliens with eyes on the back of their hands

I don't recall if I even remember this movie correctly, but here goes. About 50 years ago I saw a BW sci-fi flick on TV. It had sorta pumpkin headed aliens in it who had landed on Earth. Their eyes ...
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What TV show or movie did I watch on TV years ago where diseased people are exiled to a spaceship?

There was a programme I saw on TV a long time ago (it could have been anywhere from 8 to 20 years ago). I think since that "episode" was self-contained that it was either an episode of a series ...
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ANALOG story about Genetic engineering

OK, tricky one. I know the title, not the author. Sometime in the last couple decades, ANALOG magazine ran a story called "Super Hero" about a robbery of a submarine sandwich shop (hence the pun ...