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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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Isekai fantasy where the protagonist breaks magic

I found this story on the web several years ago, lost track of it, and can't find it now. It's a kind of different isekai story where, instead of the standard formula of our protagonist being summoned ...
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Movie where aliens implant eggs in astronauts and slowly take over them except for one alien, Sabrina, who lives with her host body

I watched it on TV in 2002-2004. As I remember, five or four astronauts receive a SOS signal from a station or ship and go to investigate, only to be attacked by an alien creature very similar to a ...
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Anime character of a girl with black hair, animal ears, pink clothes and with a pink flower in her hair

What is the below anime character of a girl with black hair, wearing pink clothes and with a pink flower in their hair? She also appears to have animal ears, which would suggest that this is from a ...
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Story about a person invited to join council of intellects

I remember reading a story about a man, maybe a scientist, whose remarkable intellectual achievements earned him an invitation to join the Council of Intellects, which was considered to be a great ...
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Sci-fi book: two college kids witness man's first landing on Mars with a wormhole/travel machine they invented; they're ultra rich and nigh-immortal [duplicate]

I can't recall how long ago I read this book, but it starts with 2 college kids using some form of wormhole or instant travel mechanism they invented to personally witness man's first landing on Mars. ...
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1980s(?) Short story about a Martian colonist who is offered the chance to become a sentient star

I read this story many years ago, probably as a short story in a science fiction magazine in the 80's. It was a fantastic story that took place in the near future on a colony on Mars where a disease ...
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Short stort involving a dwarf with exoskeleton armour and a powered axe

I remember reading this at least 15 years ago. Four or five protagonists, one was a dwarf with exoskeleton armor and an axe. Axe may have been powered also. I seem to think the dwarf's name may ...
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Short story: Political story, San Francisco wins drawing for deciding morals

I think the short story is circa 2005 or so, a time when society has agreed to determine political and moral policy through a lottery system, spinning a wheel - definitely a Wheel of Fortune motif. It ...
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Sci-fi movie, likely black and white, includes a robot/human losing rivets and bolts (as he was injured)

It's a long shot but still giving it a try. All I remember about this movie which I saw as a child is that there's was an alien robot who did not want to return to the spaceship and drove away with a ...
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UK movie with disguised alien scientist trying to leave Earth

I have been searching for quite a while the name of an old UK sci fi film, that I once saw roughly around 1993-94. To be brief I will only mention that after many escapes from government agents an ...
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Old cartoon where a boy, girl and whale go on adventures fighting the evil guys trying to collect plates-rock pieces

This is an old cartoon that is set on an island and presents a boy with sand hair who trained with his teacher. He goes on travels with a whale and a girl I think looking for sacred plates-rock pieces ...
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Early science fiction novel with people traversing a rectangular planet/satellite with lava fields and lava creatures?

I think this was a story bundled in a single book with "War of the Wing Men" and that it had the same three characters as "War of the Wing Men" but my memory may be misleading me. I only remember ...
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Time travel novel where a man falls asleep each night and lives a full lifetime

I'm in search of the title of a novel I read in the '70s. A man falls asleep and each night lives a full lifetime. He realizes he has awoken in the present day when sees a white curtain blowing in ...
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Short story about a man who claimed to be a time traveler, committed suicide, and claimed he instigated the holocaust

I am trying to find the title and author of science fiction short story about a man who killed himself, who claimed to be a time traveler who'd traveled to the past to mitigate his version of WW2, ...
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1970s Ghost Story series with black and white illustrations and a story of a girl who is friends with a girl ghost

In the late 70's my elementary school library had, as best I can recall, a series of smallish, library-bound books that were a series of spooky stories for kids. They were quite eerie and had black ...
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Short story where statues have their heads replaced by those of carved insect heads

Looking for a short story that takes place after the apocalypse/societal breakdown? Can’t remember much else about it except for the final scene. The protagonists find that the statues in the park/...
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Looking for SF short story about compensation for stress

People have monitors that measure stress levels. If they interact with someone who causes them stress, money is transferred to compensate. Visual indicators allow others to know if they are causing ...
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Book (or series) where magic users clasp hands with the catalyst and say “Catalyst give me life”

I'm looking for a book or series, don't know which it is, that my kid picked off the shelf randomly at the library a few years ago but doesn't remember the title. Magic and science both exist. I ...
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Novel about revolution on a lost colony

This novel was written in the 1980s (I think). It took place on a lost or abandoned colony. There was an island where a man was hiding with debt notes from friends who didn't want to be paid off with ...
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Short story about research/exploration team looking for weapon on some distant planet to defend Earth

I am looking for a short story, as far as I remember only a few pages long. (From around the 1980s). The story is set in the distant future, where humans have spread throughout the solar system (at ...
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Book about a boy that enters a medieval fantasy PC computer game

This is a repost with additional info of an older question that was never answered. I have stumbled upon this old question while also trying to find the name of the book series myself, as I dearly ...
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Story about a mermaid in a quarry pond that a boy plans to rescue as the quarry is to be blown up

I believe there was a YA book of ironic stories that I read between 1979-1983, though it may have been published earlier. Story I’m looking for: A teenage boy discovers a mermaid living in a pond at ...
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Short story where a man is actually sane while everyone else is mad

I'm looking for a short story I read as a teen. In the near future, people have machines at home that evaluate their mental health. If it goes bad, they are known to be arrested and taken somewhere ...
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Manga (called “Blue”?): robot merges with boy after the kid gets beaten to death, new body is that of an adult man

Manga is about a boy in outer space and a weird robot. The kid gets beaten close to death and the robot decides to merge with the boy to save his life they become a new being (Cyborg) and for some ...
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Story involving aliens that invented a form of crucifixion

I read a book probably in the mid-2000s that involved some aliens that had historical influence on human society. The story itself was set in the present, or possibly the future, but it had a ...
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Book about parastic bees [closed]

I am looking for a book about parasitic bees that lay eggs in people and mammals. Any ideas? I'm not sure if this book is science fiction.
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Short story where a creature wrapped in newspaper attacks a man

I am trying to identify a science fiction short story I read many years ago, probably in the late 60s or early 70s. In it, a man living a typical suburban type of life goes outside to get his morning ...
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Huge generational fishing ship loses net in Atlantic, leaves fleet [duplicate]

Looking for a story title. Large fleet of generational fishing ships each troll their own particular slice of the Atlantic Ocean. One loses its net and is forced to leave the fleet and return to ...
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Book about a man that turns into a raven and is shot and killed at the end

A romance about a man that turns into a raven. At the end the raven is shot and killed. I want to know the author or book title please.
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Spaceships get lost, officers missing

I search for a novel I flipped through, ca. four years ago. There is a space ship officer (lieutenant? captain? navigator?) who accepts to fly a ship for a company. Some time after the start, she (he?)...
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Aliens landing on Earth, Humans only food source

Some time ago, I read a story about first contact with aliens. The location is Earth, Humans greet the newcomers - but they only see Humans as a protein source. Whether novel or short story, I do not ...
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Book where a space ship journeys to the center of the galaxy to find all the stars had gone supernova

Looking for the book where a space ship made from a giant atomic atom journeys to the center of the galaxy only to find all the stars had gone supernova. A, Clark-Card-Heinlien-Bova?
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Drarry Harry Potter fan fiction where Draco has to be Harry’s familiar

Draco has to pretend to be Harry’s familiar so he doesn’t get caught by Voldemort. I think it was Snape that got him to do it. He’s an Animagus which is a silver fox and no one else knows that it’s ...
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Show like Pokémon, but with dice that have runes

I remember there was a stone/wood golem, an ice bird, and a yellow robot, and the main villain uses a green bug and each monster is connected to the seal/rune.
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Series of short stories about an intelligent bear bred to fight an alien beast the size of a locomotive

I'm looking for a series of short stories about an intelligent bear (or species of such) bred to fight an alien beast the size of a locomotive. I recall only one story that featured a pack of bumbling,...
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A fantasy book with seven white haired women on the cover

I know it’s vague and I don't expect anyone to know this, but I had a friend who owned a fantasy book with seven white haired women on the cover. I think each woman had their own brief story chapter, ...
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Anthology containing the story “Green Mold”(?) where green mold grows on everything and eventually the astronauts

Back in high school in the late 1970s I had a book of short stories we had to read in English class, and one story has stayed with me every since. It was a sci-fi story that was called, I think, "...
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Slow starship passed by FTL starship. Upon arrival finds society has evolved past them

Probably read 30+ years ago. The book's plot is VERY similar to "Far Centaurus" by A. E. van Vogt. But when I saw it was a possible duplicate when asking the question, I read it and it is NOT the ...
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Story set in future Earth: in an enclosed megalopolis, an old man sends simulacra pigeons in the unhabitable outside, one day a real bird comes back

This question was initially asking for two separate works, was trimmed down to one and reopened. As OP never came back but still provided a decent enough summary of the second question, I'm reposting ...
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Anime: teen (boy or girl) goes into a kind of floating city (?) and there are fights between the teens

I'm searching for an anime that I watched... a long time ago, in France. The only thing that stays in my head is the possibility of the number 9 being in the title. I remember some scenes in the ...
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Little-known sci-fi story read in 1976 (Proteus?): main character is caught by a giant orange spider thing which lays eggs in him and keeps him alive [duplicate]

All I can remember was the main character is caught by a giant orange spidery thing (not on Earth) which lays eggs in him and keeps him alive, he goes mad when the babies start eating him but survives....
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Short story in a SF anthology, TV and radio stop working so everyone fills their spare time doing painting and decorating

This was a short story I read in a sci fi anthology in the nineties, however the book had stories from the 1950’s and 1960’s in it. I really can't remember the cover. The tale begins with a ...
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Book involviing “the sword with the silver pommel” and a kiss to open the mind's eye

A few years ago I was reading a book but it got lost and I want to continue reading it. I don't remember much and what I remember is probably very out of order and mixed with the second book of the ...
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Sci-fi book, a girl who can “tesseract” (teleport), she and a boy try to see what the people with this ability can do, are stopped by the mother

A friend of mine is trying to remember a book that they read part of once, probably about ten or more years ago. They used the word "tesseract" to mean "teleport". The cover was green, with like, ...
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Short Story Set In Future Where Jingles Become Pop Music?

I think it might be by Ray Bradbury. Music has been reduced to clips from jingles/commercials. There's a machine that writes the songs, but protagonist goes to work in small club/bar & becomes ...
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1960/70's British novel about an attack using sterility as a weapon

Plot revolves around young women who find that when they mature they will only give birth to girls.
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Fantasy series with a god hiding in plain sight as a manservant to a former king's brother and an undead pirate woman who runs a brothel

I can't remember the name of a series in which there is a god hiding in plain sight as a manservant to a former king's brother. Also I think there is an undead pirate woman who becomes the leader of ...
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What story was Burton Richter referring to when he spoke of physics experiments getting too expensive to be funded?

Nobel Prize (Physics 1976) winner Burton Richter (March 22, 1931 – July 18, 2018) wrote in 2014; When I was much younger I was a fan of science fiction books. I have never forgotten the start of ...
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Science fiction book where humans now live on a space ark and have lost the coordinates to Earth

I remember reading this one book in 2014. The title had the protagonist's name in it. The story is set in the future where humans are now living on a space ark and have left planet Earth behind. Well ...
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2000s(?) TV show with 4 kids as the 4 elements who fought baddies in another universe

I’m from the UK and I watched a TV show from around 2011-13 which featured 4 kids as the 4 elements. The girl represented air, the darker skinned boy represented earth, and the other two boys ...