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 instead.

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Book about a boy who gets transported into a fantasy video game on a floppy disc

I read a book back in '95 and I can't remember the title. It's about a boy who gets a new video game on a floppy disc and tries to play. He is transported inside the game and the adventure begins. I ...
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Tracking down a scifi book where planet wakes up and defends itself

A strong memory is that it features a planet (forest on planet?) that has ancient defenses which, at some point, are revived to defend the planet against a hostile force. It has humans and aliens in ...
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Anime about two children whose respective fathers are turned to stone in the intro by a sorceress

I saw the series in the early to mid 90s. The fathers may have been tied to pillars in a throne room before being turned to stone by a sorceress, which was shown in the intro sequence. Throughout the ...
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Kids scifi adventure story with a boy recruited by aliens

Looking for a book from late 70s early 80s. Aimed at ~10years No title, no author info. Pages with text and pictures. As I recall the cover was mainly black / Space background, with main character (...
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Novel: Sentient lifeform enslaves all life on planet — colonises other planets by making copies of itself?

I'm trying to find the name of this book I read in the past couple of years. The book was about a sentient lifeform (I can't recall what kind, something that normally isn't sentient — the planet ...
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Series of books/novellas, involving a depopulated Earth, mass infertility, a religious cult, time travel, and Amazon warriors

There was a series of books/novellas in the '70s or so, involving a very depopulated Earth due to a chemical/drug error that made all females who lived in modern society infertile. A prophet had ...
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Children's book series: alternative world, metal woven into clothes for warmth

I remember reading a series of books in junior school, with a boy who travelled to an alternative world - I remember it being cold, and they had special metal woven into their clothes to keep them ...
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Anime about a girl who could see a kingdom up in the clouds that only she could see

Back in my early teens, I discovered this anime about a girl who could see a kingdom up in the clouds that only she could see. She would try to ignore it and definitely wouldn't talk about it to ...
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Book about a space traveler who meets a cat-like alien on another planet

I read this around 10 years ago and it was an old book I bought from the school library. It was maybe around 200-300 pages and not a large book. I read it when I was young, so I don't remember ...
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Pokémon-like movie where the characters fuse with their monsters. The plot includes a school trip to a museum and an Asian baby that was a king

I watched this probably around 2013-2014 on Cartoon Network. It was a Western cartoon. I don't remember a lot so I'll try to do my best. The main characters were: a girl, I think she was blonde but I'...
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Alien invasion averted by termites

A short story found in some anthology in the 1970-80s. Very short, I think, and with no named characters that I remember. Earth is attacked by an alien force who consider humanity an easy target. They ...
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Looking for story where humans are treated like fish by aliens [closed]

Looking for a story (book, movie, series) where humans and human ecosystem are treated like fish by aliens or whomever All aspects of fish ecoysystem applied to humans Humans fished with longline, ...
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Short story about space maintenance guy?

I'm trying to remember the name and author of a short story I listened to in an audiobook; does anyone know it? It goes like this: Main guy is a maintenance engineer and has to repair a space-beacon ...
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Short Story: Group of people with powers living together - a sentient radio, a woman with coercive powers, and someone who can fix anything [duplicate]

In Asimov's magazine, in the late 1980s or early 1990s, I recall a story about a group of people with odd powers or conditions who live together in an apartment. The leader is a woman who has "...
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Book about an evil carnival run by a woman named Cassandra

The games are designed to keep people trapped. There was a mirror "game" where the more you go through them the more monstrous you look.
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Story where humans use aliens as machinery

Humans settle on a planet and use alien beasts instead of machinery. The beasts are in fact sentient and a contract is negotiated to allow the humans to use the aliens. I vaguely remember that there ...
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1990s science fiction book with alien-made biological metal-eating missiles used by a human empire against their enemy

Book starts out with Independent Planet being invaded by Human bad guy Empire. Independent Planet asks Human good guy Alliance for help. Alliance will help, but it takes them some time to help; ...
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A story where a small child takes on the pain of the world

I think this was a short story, and I have no recollection of where or when I read it. It had a dystopian disguised as a utopian feel. From what I remember, the world was at peace and everyone was ...
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Book based on a riddle 'Earth, Water, Fire, Air...'

Recently I've been re-reading books I read when I was younger, and there's one that I just cannot remember. This was about a decade or so ago, so I would have been about 10 (plus or minus a few years),...
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Story where everyone uses AR goggles to obscure their miserable world

I'm trying to locate a short story I read (or dreamt?) a few years ago. I remember the protagonist living in a future where everyone wears AR goggles / implants to overlay a filter on the world and ...
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Story set on a world where the law requires everyone to carry a gun

I read a story, probably a short story back in the mid 1970s. Read it between 74 to about 77, but think the story itself was older, probably a book/magazine found/read in the school library In the ...
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Book about a fantasy world with mage colleges/cities that battle with armies

Looking for a book or perhaps a series. I am thinking pre-2005, as I only have vague memories of reading it in my teenage years. Of what I can remember, these are the main points. Mage colleges/...
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Help with identifying a story with wooden sailing ships in space and with FTL(?)

While similar questions have been asked before none of them seem to be the series I am looking for, so I'll try to explain the little I remember of it. It is possible that I misremember some things ...
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Manga about main character whose last name means 'salamander'

I remember a story plot from this manga. The main character goes to elf country to help them with a fire monster problem that's been under the elder tree, and there's a new side character that hates ...
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Short story about a man snooping on a neighbor, and finding their body folded up neatly in a box

I write short-stories and this is in sync with the type of themes I've used. I know the story, and thought I'd read it a long time ago, but several google searches and search engines come up empty. I ...
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Book called “The Inheritors” from 70s or 80s

I’m convinced I read a book called “The Inheritors” about two kids living in a post apocalyptic society. I don’t know the author and all searches on this title find other books that aren’t it… It's ...
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Series of children's or YA books about magical dust

I'm looking for a series of books I read back in maybe 2005 - 2010. I think there were three books, either in the children's category or YA. They featured magic users who I believe were hidden in ...
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Book about girl that lives in an ice realm

I read this book around 10 years ago so it's older than that. I vaguely remember details about this girl that lived in an ice world. I mean literally lived in a giant block of ice and manipulated it ...
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Novel with mind-trapping sculpture-like object

This is a paperback novel that I read in the 00s, but I am fairly certain that it was published earlier (probably circa 1970s). I believe that it was part of a series (the middle book of a trilogy?), ...
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Isekai manga where the main character is summoned to another world, but is kicked out. He later fights a mimic and a vampire, and gets stronger

I am looking for a specific manga where the main character (MC) and his class are summoned to another world. I think he doesn't have good stats and is kicked out. But the main point is that he fights ...
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What's this 90's hongkong movie about a team fighting crime? [closed]

I remember seeing an action movie in the mid 90's. The movie was released by the name "The Plot" in my country. It was a typical 90's (or late 80's) Hongkong action movie. I remember a group ...
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TV series about an incoming end of the world. The characters think they can only save part of the world, possibly a hemisphere

I have some very vague memories about a TV series (I think) that I used to watch as a kid back in the late 90s/early 2000s (I'd say around 1995-2003). I don't really remember anything about it; the ...
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Anime movie boy finds old giant war robot buried in side of cliff

I watched this movie in maybe 1992 but it's not the iron giant for sure. I just remember a young boy finding the old war robot and some bad guys trying to take it. I seem to remember the robot was an ...
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Manga or webtoon about a guy who has this aura that can't be suppressed, and all the demons want to get him

It's about a guy who has this aura that can't be suppressed, and all the demons want to get him. He can't leave the shrine that he has been in because of the aura he emits. He finds out that he has a ...
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Story about aliens discovering cave art

I remember a short story about aliens looking for planets to sterilize and colonize, except if the occupants have some redeeming value. They're about to give up on neolithic Earth, populated by ...
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Uneducated and simple-minded character creates device to draw gold from sea water and a force field that wards off enemy missiles

The character in this book is a simple-minded savant who has a knack for making things as he needs them. In the course of the book, he invents a device that draws gold from sea water (or any substance ...
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Movie with flying eel-like creature and some weird gooey alien

I saw this movie back in the 90s. I suppose it was a horror movie, but there was nudity. I remember a blonde actress, who was chained, clothes were stripped and swallowed from head down by a creature ...
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Teenage girl in life-sustaining valley on poisoned Earth visited by another survivor

I'm trying to identify a book I read in school, though I can't recall at what grade level; let's say it had to have been published before I graduated high school in 2000. Despite being required ...
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New invention compresses matter to produce energy? or other items? (Short Story)

Probably read in 1970s or 1980s (it may have been written earlier.) Pretty sure it was a short story in English from the USA. Scientist develop a device that converts or compresses any material into a ...
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Children's book: family of explorers with a spaceship, use gas-filled seedpods to fly after a crash

I remember reading a children's book in the 1970s/1980s about a family with their own spaceship exploring new planets. I believe there were 2 parents, 2 children, and a dog-like pet. The main plot ...
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Movie where a man transforms into a woman in space

I remember watching a movie years back. But not earlier than 2005. Earth was dead and dried out and the last 3 men in the whole universe were left in a spaceship, and then suddenly one of the men ...
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Book about a space warrior pilot, augmented with his AI-based spaceship, who crash lands on Earth and meets a girl

I read this book a while back, then gave it to someone to read, and it was never returned; I have been looking for it ever since. Below is the plotline. If anyone can give me the name of the book and ...
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Low-budget '80s movie about a deaf computer genius

I'm trying to identify a movie about a deaf computer genius. This movie used to run on US pay TV back in the 1980s as a "filler" during mid-day or late-night. It seemed rather low budget, and it may ...
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British TV show from 1970s set after a nuclear war

I vaguely remember watching a British TV show (possibly only one show, but maybe a series), where nuclear war has occurred. A family (maybe in Wales) has survived because they live in a remote valley,...
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A short story about a girl who keeps trying to commit suicide

I read this short story only a few years ago. I remember it was in a SF collection but I don't remember anything about the other stories. So it might be very old. But it does not have the "taste&...
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Creepy short story: sinister alien dolls, invasion of Earth

I'm looking for a short story that creeped me out as a kid. It involves alien dolls, which are sold to humans as souvenirs but are designed to inject a deadly virus into any nearby human, allowing the ...
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Anime like Slayers where the "evil guy" has one of the main characters trapped inside ice with some kind of magic

TV anime show I saw like 15 years ago, I think it could be Slayers. I saw this series in Spain (and in Spanish, my mother tongue). Episodes were broadcast one each morning. I only remember some short ...
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SF short story, maybe from 50s or earlier, man visits place (planet?) where vendors at a market buy minute things, like fingernail clippings

I read this story when I was a kid in the early 1960s. I don't remember the plot, but I was struck by the idea of this market where vendors wanted to buy (and sell?) things (namely pieces of human ...
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Alien deduces everything about human Earth culture (including English language) from only a wardrobe & a coat hanger with the name of a cleaners on it

I think it's a short story. I probably read it in the 1970s. Somehow an alien finds a wardrobe containing one wire coat hanger that has a paper cover on it with the name of a dry-cleaning business. ...
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Novel about undead skeletons killing people to create more skeletons

Can anybody help me identify this book? I think it was called Skeletons. It was about the dead rising and coming back as skeletons of themselves and killing the living to make more skeleton people. ...

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