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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Movie about a boy who can’t turn into an eagle/falcon like his family

The movie I'm looking for is about a boy whose family can change into some kind of bird, but he can't. When he finally can change, he turns into a blue bird. He kinda looks like the bird in the movie ...
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70s or 80s series about a sort of federation that contacts less developed or pre-space flight civilizations

Around the 70s or 80s, as a kid, I read much of a series about a sort of federation of interstellar-knowledgeable civilizations. They often ran into advanced but pre-interstellar civilizations that ...
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Short Story about The Pit and Grenfell's Dream

I'm looking for a sci-fi short story that I read a few years ago in a collection, and which I'm pretty sure was pre-2000. The story focused on a main character whose last name (I think) was "Grenfell"....
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Story about a submersible captured on sea floor by underwater race

Ten years ago or more I got a book of short stories out of a library. If I remember correctly is looked old (thick paper, grainy printing) then, so probably an old book. In the book there was a story ...
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Name of a Mecha (horror?) anime movie. I know it is older and my parents had gotten it for me on dvd from best buy maybe 10-14 years ago

I have been recently trying to remember the name of an anime movie that I have hazy memories about. I think I remember it being mecha where humans in what I think is a military unit are fighting these ...
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Book or movie where sudden depressurization leads to “blood spatter” which turned out to be ketchup

I remember only one scene, which involved an unexpected sudden depressurization (maybe a blown airlock) in a space station. The main character rushed to an emergency air chamber and survived, barely. ...
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Story about a 'synthetic' humanoid with superpowers

This man is imprisoned on a desert type planet from which he eventually escapes, and finds his way across the stars to a laboratory run by a scientist who created him as a silicon man. This lab also ...
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80s or 90s cartoon. Alien robots come to Earth to steal our gold to turn into energy. 'World Defense Corps' fight them

Robots from outer space attack Earth, stealing gold to make energy. A high school boy discovers a way to make energy from gold by exposing it to special ray, he joins the 'World Defence Corps' to ...
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Trying to find a book about aliens that speak with the letter H, read before 1977

A man lands on watery, tropical alien planet and encounters creatures. These aliens try to speak English, but pronounce each word starting with the H sound. I think the aliens may have had tentacles, ...
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Looking for a children's book I read in 1964 or 65

In the novel in question, one or two young boys find a metal disc that he or they hammer on to the nose of a backyard spaceship he or they built, giving it the ability to exit Earth's atmosphere. He ...
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Old Fantasy Series about a group of college roleplayers who are transported to the alternate world of their professor [duplicate]

The stories were based on a group of college roleplayers who were transported to the alternate world of their professor (the Dungeon Master). There were multiple books in the series. My memory of ...
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Animation series in which the protoganist got gloves which help him to control a robot

I came across an animation series in which the protoganist got gloves which help him to control a robot. Later, with the help of that robot, he fights the aliens which invade Earth. Does anyone know ...
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Story with dome-cities and the last horse being lost in transport accident

I read some of a story in high school in Quebec, probably a bit more than 10 years ago (before 2008). I think I might have read it as part of a reading test at school. It was probably in French (might ...
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Sci-fi novel about child savants trained to play real-life war games [duplicate]

I read a children’s science fiction novel as a child, probably about ten or fifteen years ago (that is, in the 2000s), that I have never been able to pinpoint. No, the novel is not Ender’s Game, ...
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Future wars novella with 'cling-mines'

This is really vague, I'm afraid. I read it at least forty years ago, my memory says novella but it could have been a full book back in those days. What I recall: A war is ongoing, I think on ...
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80s/90s novel about a shipwrecked parallel world traveler wearing gloves covered in runes

Trying to identify a novel I read in the mid 90's - likely published late 80s/early 90s. Plot I remember: Starts with an innkeeper's daughter in a port town, who helps a man ship wrecked and washed ...
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Book about whispering (wicked) mermaid

A friend of mine just told me about a book about a person named aulice/olice or something like that who want to boat in a river in which whispering mermaids try to enchant people to drown. I only ...
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Science fiction book series about aliens that look exactly like humans, protagonist tries to rescue her brother from a government camp ran by aliens

First off, I read the book around 4 years ago and I'm pretty sure it came out not long before I read it, so I'm thinking the release date is somewhere around 2012. And I believe there are at least two ...
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Drama series with long/eternal life through child possession/reincarnation

About 5 or 6 years ago (I think), so sometime between 2012 and 2015, I caught most of the first episode of a dark new TV drama series. The episode began with men from an unknown organisation breaking ...
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90s(?) Sci-Fi Collection With Green Spheres and Colorful Big Bird Aliens

I believe that it was a collection, anyway. It was from the early to mid 90s and one of the stories involved a woman staying at a cabin during a dark and stormy night. A green sphere appears (or ...
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90s live action TV show for kids, main character is a female alien teenager sent to/abandoned on Earth. The letter Z was prominent

Live action kids TV show, possibly mini series set on Earth with young female protagonist in her early teens. Something about her being part of an alien race... potentially... I have a huge pull ...
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Anime episode with duel/fight sequence where villain blows light and heavy bubbles, mentor interferes, goes to hell and takes villain with him

I'd watched an episode a while ago, but don't know which anime it is from. Details: I'd reckon I watched it at least 5 years ago, so a lot of the details in this sub-section are hazy. The episode ...
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Book About Earth Boy Who Becomes Space Cadet [duplicate]

I'm looking for a book from the late 80s. It's about a teenage boy who finds a spaceship out in the country that's crash-landed. There's only one survivor: a boy from a vampiric alien race but he's ...
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Old Sci-fi story about a man trapped inside a giant female alien creature that uses him to fertilise herself [duplicate]

I'm looking for an old sci-fi story about large alien creatures that are immobile, building layers of hard shell around them. They use the planets mobile apex creatures (ape-like creatures) for ...
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Manga about a girl who fights in dreams?

I have this manga I read once a long time ago. It seemed to be about a girl and her friends who had different lives in their dreams, and fought evil or something in them, I think. They had magic ...
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Book series about aliens who can bend time and space with their minds

I am searching for a series of novels where an alien race consists of different clans. One clan in particular can bend time and space making space travel possible. The aliens, however, have kept this ...
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Rich and poor separated, and a romance

About a year ago I read a book, I don’t know if the book was new then, but it might help if you know that is is not brand new. The premise of the story is that the rich people now live in the tops ...
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Cartoon about Excalibur

Around 2008 I remember I saw a short/pilot for a show about the King Arthur mythos that involved a shapeshifting Excalibur sword on Cartoon Network. It had a slick design similar to Samurai Jack. Some ...
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Unicorn animation from 70's or 80s

I'm trying to find a animated 1970s or 1980s special about a boy hunting for a unicorn. The only thing I remember about it is that the boy would sing... "I'm coming to get you, unicorn." (It's ...
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Alien criminals on holiday on earth

Film where alien criminals escape to earth and "occupy" human bodies and thus enjoy excessive violence and excessive drinking. The aliens can rapidly jump into another body to escape capture. The ...
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books in which post-human has become a discorporate distributed artifact [closed]

20 or maybe 30 years ago I read two books by a pair of authors which I would like to identify. They didn't strike me as remarkable at the time but in retrospect they were very imaginative even if they ...
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Series of children’s fantasy books young boy moves into a house with a barn and there's a silver magical spider

I am trying to remember a book I read as a child but can only remember small details. I am 38 so this would have been read when I was between the ages of 9-13. The details I remember are a young ...
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Fantasy YA book from novel from late 80s or before

Trying to remember a book. I read it as a tween in the late 80s. Here’s what I got so far: A boy has to go on some kind of quest in another dimension (kind of like Narnia in that it was right ...
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Time traveller rescuing works of art which had not survived a nuclear war

Many years ago I read a story about a time-traveler who was rescuing works of art which had not survived a nuclear war; it ended with his machine being destroyed and causing the nuclear war. Anyone ...
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Short story made into a 1970s movie, generation ship is led by a religious leader. His 'holy book' contains info that they're on a ship

Who wrote this story and what was the name of the film? The generations of people "on board" think it's a planet. The stars have always been moving, no-one questions this. They have a leader - a ...
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Two sisters run into the woods. Eldest sister is captured by a witch and turned into a witch

Okay, so when I was maybe 7 or 8 (so in 2005 or 2006) there was this show/movie I came across on Scifi. I don't remember a WHOLE lot about it clearly, but I remember there were two little girls, ...
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Short story from 70s or 80s: statue of a cockroach brought back from the future

I’m trying to identify a short story my dad read to me as a child. He said it was from a compilation of short stories around the theme apocalypse and time-travel. The plot line is something about ...
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Short web comic of robot carrying a dead woman who helped him

The web comic went something like: The world is ending, and this girl runs into a guy in the street who isn't aware and tells him to get to shelter with her. They stay together in the shelter during ...
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Philip is MIA (old, trippy, scifi cartoon)

I am in search of an animated movie/cartoon that is very VERY old. I don't remember much, but I am sure about some aspects of the movie that might help. I watched it when I was very young which was ...
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Short Story where there is a building on the moon or another planet that is protected by a force field

Mankind uses nuclear weapons to finally breach the force field and discover that a signal was activated to aliens. Our ability to breach the force field told aliens we were advanced enough to come ...
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Fantasy book with dance magic, had an Arabic/Oriental culture feel

I read this book a few years ago and want to again, but I can't remember the name or author. What I remember was that one of the characters could dance and magic would happen, except one of his older ...
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2000s movie, including an alien with 8 humanoid bodies and single hive mind

I remember an American English-spoken movie on TV where one of the characters was an alien that had 8 humanoid bodies and a single mind. I remember a scene at a cafe where some of the bodies were ...
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A Novel About Time Travel Into The Future

So this is what I remember, and it's very specific, but even so I can't seem to track down the novel: a man discovers a portable time travel device that he can carry around with him. He gets caught ...
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Robotic Spaceships have a human prisoner to maintain them

Cant remember if it was a book or a tv show (like Outer Limits/Twilight Zone) or movie. (I don't think it was a movie) At least 20 years old. Whatever format it would have been in English in the USA. ...