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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What comic book are Young Sheldon and Paige talking about in the carbon dating museum? [closed]

Paige asks Sheldon if humans will become extinct like dinosaurs and Sheldon replies, Yes, but not before some of us merge with computers and become immortal cyborgs. Sheldon then says he got the ...
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A magical pen or marker that what is drawn with comes to life

I recall that it was a boy and a pen falls from the sky. I think he draws a fish and it comes to life and jumps into the river or pond. He takes it home and has a blue wall in his room and he draws a ...
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Cartoon show that was about magic stones and fighting with monsters [duplicate]

What I remember was that it had (its really vague but its all I got): Three or four main characters, one of them a girl, two of them guys, then there was like a dad or grandpa helping them. They ...
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Looking for a name of science fiction book similar to John Carter of Mars

looking for a long lost book very similar to John Carter of Mars. Details are a bit hazy but the story is as follows. Man/soldier finds ancient ruins in i think Vietnamese jungle when hiding from ...
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story about man injected to live very slowly

I'm trying to find a story about a man who is injected by some drug that makes time go very slowly for him. This drug was developed by some terrorist group I think, they were against people becoming ...
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short story about a railroad and a steam engine in medieval times

In the early 70's I read this short story in an anthology. A time patrol team must inquire about a railroad in the medieval English countryside. It turns out that a local blacksmith did invent a ...
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Black-and-White Sci-Fi Movie with Cone-shaped Aliens

I really don't know much about this movie anymore, since I've seen it only once as a child more than 30 years ago in the early 80's. It was black-and-white, probably from the 50's or 60's and ...
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Drarry fic where their relationship is similar to soulmates [duplicate]

I don't speak english but a while ago I read this Drarry fic that I cannot find now. I remember some parts of it, though. The fic is in English. Harry didn't live with the Dursley family. I can't ...
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Documentary: Scientist holding guns gets shot from self version in a portal and marble balls animation demonstrating gravity?

I saw a documentary or movie about a long time ago (8-10 years ago), where it delved into the to sort of moral or hypothetical situation about space-time or something about that. EDIT: (Most likely of ...
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60s (or earlier) short story where each colony has one person who doesn't connect well with others who is there for being able to absorb knowledge

I read a short story in the mid 1960's and now cannot remember the title. It was in an anthology I think. The story began with space travelers, male and female. I think they were involved in a ...
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Harry/Draco fic where their relationship is similar to Veela or soulmates and Harry was raised by Sirius or Snape

A while ago I read this Drarry fic that I cannot find now. I remember some parts of it, though. Harry didn't live with the Dursley family. I can't remember if Harry lives with Severus or Sirius. I ...
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TV series with alien larvae that infect humans through their eyes and turn them into blood drinkers

What sci fi series featured on Foxtel about a plane landing where there aren't any live humans inside? Turns out there are some blood-sucking type of aliens on board (in the form of small worm-like ...
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What was this black-and-white film set in the Arctic or Antarctic where the monster/alien gets fried in the end?

Been trying to track an old black-and-white film I saw a long time ago. It was set in the Arctic or Antarctic and the research base was being stalked by an alien or monster. The team eventually kill ...
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Sci fi humor/adventure book I read forever ago [duplicate]

I read this sci-fi book quite some time ago, it was an old paperback, and I can only remember parts of it. Most of the story takes place on some sort of intergalactic cruise ship and for some reason ...
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Aliens try to liberate “enslaved” dogs from humans

I saw this story in an anthology in a used bookstore in 2009. When the aliens came, we negotiated a peace treaty with them. Everything was going fine until they said "oh, and you'll have to stop ...
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Fantasy book about an (orphan?) girl named Opal, involves gems or stones

I don't remember much about the book but I read the book when I was younger and I remember really enjoying it so I would like to find the book to have the chance to read it again. I'll try to add as ...
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Smart people send dumb people to a new planet on a space craft that crashes into a body of water

The dumb people are running the world, while the smart people are their assistants and secretaries and such. The dumb people find that their planet is dying or threatened. The smart people build a ...
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1960s sci-fi novella with a character who is treated as invisible by being ignored

In the late 1960s I read a fascinating science fiction novella - part of a double header paperback series (Ace Doubles books?) - which I have been trying to identify. The lead male character ...
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Short story with deformed baby who takes on all diseases

Tale of a baby born who was very deformed. I think he was named after a biblical character. People wanted him to be killed as they were scared of him. Ending is he takes on all mankind’s diseases.
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Old short story, same personalities, differing planes of existence

It was a short story in a SF anthology (UK) I read it about 20 years ago but I seem to remember it was an older book. A housewife realised her husband wasn't her husband anymore, he had the same name ...
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B-movie about evil praying mantis aliens that attacked Earth

There’s this really terrible movie and I loved it. There were these evil praying mantis aliens that attacked Earth. And one at the military place bit off a guy’s head. And you see a tube with blood ...
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Seed ship, unsexed person, cover has golden person attached to ship by umbilical cord

I read this book in the late 80s or early 90s. It was not new at the time. There was an uncrewed, automated seed ship (spaceship of genetic material or records but no actual organisms) sent out from ...
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Cartoon from 90s-2000s about alien who is stranded on Earth and has a son with a woman

There was this 90s-2000s cartoon (like the old-style cartoons X-Men, Spider-Man, Superman etc) about an alien being stranded on Earth and fathering a child with a woman. Then something happened to the ...
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A sci-fi-ish movie about toys coming to life I saw on TV when I was a kid

I've been looking for this movie for probably two decades - not because it's brilliant or anything, but just because I can't leave a mystery unsolved. It was a movie about a kid who loved toys and ...
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Sci-Fi book with girl who spent 3 years in space

Major Plot Points A girl (the main character) has spent the last 3 years in space, I think because she had training of some sort. When she comes back to her planet (starts with "V," I think), she ...
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Flying wingpacks and floating, spherical houses

I have been trying to recall the title & author of a juvenile science fiction novel I borrowed from my public library in the early 80s. The protagonist had or wanted a backpack flying wings and ...
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Story I read in the 1960's about the the human population abandoning the earth

The protagonist is living in a sunny villa on a hill. All (or almost all) other people have voluntarily "beamed up" to a supposedly better place, but he's hesitating about whether to follow them. He ...
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Movie where a girl helps an injured bird and receives gifts from it

I don’t remember details but I remember that a bird was injured and a girl (I think that she was poor) saved the bird and in exchange the bird gave her a lot of things. It was not a normal bird. The ...
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Novel: Undercover good guys won't pay “protection money”

While there is nothing involving Sci-Fi or Fantasy in this scene, I am sure I read it in a Sci-Fi/Fantasy book. Probably written since 2000. Good Guys (very militarized bunch) set up in a cover ...
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Post-apocalyptic story: Traveling technician sells nuclear weapon that requires sacrifice of own son to operate

This is a short story and/or novel that I read in the mid-to-late 1980s, most probably in a science fiction magazine that was published in the period of late 1960s to early 1980s. Based on a half-...
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Marvel Comic with Ant-Man and Spider-Man holding a weapon

I am looking for a story which I can only remember one page from. It starts with the villain saying something to the effect of "you don't dare to fire that". It then cuts to a panel with Spider-Man ...
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Short story where a grandmother is living backwards through time and a flood

Young teen has a grandmother who is seen as crazy, she talks to people who aren't there and moves around the house miming different tasks to air. The teen sees her grandma talking about a birthday ...
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Star Trek novel where Captain Kirk is bemoaning his biological urges interrupting a dramatic moment

Everybody knows that, in fiction, Nobody Poops unless it's being played for humor. I have a vivid memory of reading a Star Trek novel (I'm pretty sure not based off of a TV series episode or one of ...
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Novel about non modular aliens who die young [duplicate]

It's been years since I read it. So I'm not sure when the book was published but I read it sometime before 2006. It was a single novel. Not a series. I remember that the protagonists - humans are ...
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90s (or earlier) Arthurian book: women training to be witches, evil Merlin and Excalibur called Caliborne

I'm looking for a book that I read in the mid 90s. It was about 3 sisters meeting Morgan le Fey in modern times and training to be witches. The overall plot assumes the legend if King Arthur was ...
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YA books about clones escaping from a facility and on the run

YA trilogy. Read it around 2004-05. Random find at the library, don't know the publishing yr. The first book has 2 clones (male, dunno age but between 10-16) living in a very controlled environment ...
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Short story with ship and ancient artifact

Someone receives an artifact which is the model of a ship. He immediately is teleported on top of the ship which becomes life-size and drops in a large ocean. There are two sides in the ocean, one ...
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Science fiction book about tree people

It had something to do with humans that had evolved into bird/lizard-like people that were taller and lived in the trees. Also standard humans that were considered short and strong by the bird people, ...
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Old anime where a girl comes from a star

What’s the name of the anime that’s about a girl coming from a star? The main character is two boys that’s friends and when the girl come from a star one of the boys transform into a monster. Later ...
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Man starts speaking in tongues and founds a cult because he's possessed by a super-being from the future

Read in the 1990s. I don't think it was by any of the famous SF authors. I think the cover had a black-and-white image on a black background. Some of the book was told in the form of documents and ...
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70s or 80s novel. Couple abducted from planet, man is killed and woman eventually takes over ship (Adult themes)

Paperback from the 70s or 80s. It might have been part of an Adult themed series. (much like the Longarm western series) But I am not sure. A Couple on an low tech farming type planet head out in a ...
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Old movie about a boy reading a book that is blank when he tries to flip ahead of the action

This is a kids' movie about kids; what I can remember from this pretty old movie is vague. A boy reads a book, in that book is a scene where a man or a boy is riding a horse to a fountain. They try ...
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Hard sci-fi novel that begins with an entity cruising around space 'like a shark'?

In a bookstore in the 1980s, I read the first pages of a hard science fiction novel that began with the memorable description of some creature or ship or intelligence that was like a shark swimming ...
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Three worlds - blasted, hi-tech, magic

I originally read this in the 1980s or 1990s; the author was considered up-and-coming at the time, but not really well-known. The two main characters were a 'courier' and a wealthy student: the '...
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Old B movie with shapeshifting alien

Trying to find this old movie I saw when I was like 12. I believe it was set in a small town, there was a shapeshifting alien that could take the form of anyone. I think a special ops team comes to ...
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What movie is playing in this Android phone review?

At 3'37 in this phone review, a movie is playing. What is it?
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50s movie where humans escape alien planet

Aliens with antennae threaten humans when their ship breaks down on another planet so the humans try to escape. Some or one of the aliens help the humans escape.
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Obscure 80's cartoon: jungle tree house with a glass domed roof, characters going berserk after inhaling a vapour from a ring

I remember seeing a cartoon as a kid that takes place in a jungle. I remember the characters travelling up an elevator in a tree up to a big tree house with a glass domed roof or something like that? ...
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Late 1950s short story in an anthology titled something like “100 Best Science Fiction Stories”

Circa 1958, I read a short story in a sci-fi anthology in which the protagonist is (possibly) the last human on earth. Stumbling about the ruins of a city he spots something alive – a chicken. He's ...
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90s (or earlier) sci fi book about demons being an ancient alien race

I'm trying to remember this book I read back in the 90's but I suspect may be older. Humanity gets discovered by three alien superpowers and they split humanity into three groups and take over/...