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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'80-'90s horror movie about a woman falling in love with a male humanoid robot

I'm having a hard time finding an old movie from '80s or '90s. It might be a B-movie, I don't remember it having any big stars in it. It is English-language. It involves a lonely woman ordering an ...
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Manga with someone who became a reincarnated as a baron son and is sent to a military facility

Don't really remember the whole summary or genre but it's....about this guy who is in another world and is a baron's son. The baron's son wasn't the oldest son so he got sent to a military facility ...
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Sci-fi movie with aliens, where blood was coming out of overhead pipes

A movie, likely from 1950s or very early 1960s. I believe it was with aliens. When a couple of the characters were walking through what I remember looked like some factory/facility, blood was ...
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Sci-fi novel about a future galactic Chinese empire and a concealed planet covered by a force field or mist

It's about a future galactic Chinese empire and a concealed planet covered by a force field or mist. The concealed planet was not part of the galactic empire. It was a human space colony. The book was ...
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Identify feminist book involving beast masters

TW: Rape, Domestic Violence I want to identify an SF novel that I read in the ‘70s. The main group of people are what I’ll call Beastmasters, although I very much doubt that the book refers to them ...
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Short story about the day's adventures of a 6 year old girl and her Grandfather at a county fair on an alien planet

Written from the 6-year-old's point of view, the story described her adventures that day including a captured alien creature in a cage who was a high ranking officer of another species... "Iss ...
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Show where an episode ends with a man levitating, imprisoned in a top secret facility?

I watched the show in the 90s possibly early 00s, and it didn't seem like it could have been made any earlier than the late 80s. The show was part of an episodic mystery show like Outer Limits or ...
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Fantasy/Sci-Fi - Tribes at war [duplicate]

At some point in the past, my grandfather let me read a book featuring tribes at war (I think it was 6). Each tribe had some carefully guarded unique power, one I remember was rapid regeneration. This ...
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Manga about a guy who's transported to another world after killing himself, and finds his dead sister there

It's about a guy takes revenge after his sister was killed, and then decides to kill himself. He is then taken to another world, where he is known as the hero of black, and he finds his sister, but ...
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Lion Man helping two kids in adventures

I remember one old movie. I watched it in some '90s, so it can be from those years or maybe even the '80s. I don't remember it in color, so maybe it's black and white. It's something about two kids, ...
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Children's sci-fi collection - Alien orthodontist

When I was a child in the 70s I would stay with my grand parents and read children's sci fi. They had a particular book containing a collection of short stories one of which was about a human guy ...
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Book set in England about a substance from the sewers that transforms organic matter into itself, and is stopped by iodine

I remember a book set in England about a substance that was in the sewers which comes up, and every time it touches something organic, it transforms it into itself. The hero uses iodine to stop it ...
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70s or earlier story about a future where everyone is NOT equal

I was reminded of this story I read long ago by this question: Short story about a future where everyone is equal Unfortunately, it is just possible that this particular story was a french original....
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A 60’s or earlier short fantasy/horror about satanism and a “feather boa”

I read that in the 60’s but I think it was older than that. I read it in french, but it might be a translation, and not necessarily from english. It takes place in our world, but satanism is real. A ...
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Manga where the main character is summoned to a world he'd been summoned to once before and previously saved

From what I remember, the main character is summoned into a fantasy world. However, the twist in this manga is that he was already summoned to this world once before, but after he saved it, the king ...
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Golden Age SF short story about first contact, and a different kind of hyperspace

I've been trying to find a certain "golden age" short sci-fi story for days and it's driving me crazy. Here's what I can remember: first contact with humans and an alien scoutship from a galactic ...
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American astronaut abducted from moon, placed in alien zoo, must work with time-traveling Roman soldier

I found this novel in English at my local library in the mid-1990's, but the book itself looked like it was from the 1950's or 60's. If I remember correctly, it had a picture of an astronaut in a ...
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A man sent to a parallel Earth to save someone important

This is not a novel, but "longish" short fiction, novelette or novella. I read it around 1984, in an already used book containing half a dozen or so stories, in a cheap hotel in the US. There were ...
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Story about voluntary time dilation [duplicate]

I'm looking for a story I read in the mid 2000's (though I believe the book itself was older than that) in which the protagonist encounters a society in which the inhabitants can speed up and slow ...
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Book series about a planet partitioned into different habitats; people/aliens were transported into habitats in new bodies [duplicate]

I remember reading (some) of a series of novels in the 1980s (or earlier, I read old books then), where the protagonists were transported to a world that was divided into different habitats suitable ...
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Fantasy Book: Time in the Fantasy Realm Passes Different from the Real World

I am looking to identify a series of fantasy books for young readers, which I was aware of in the mid 1990ies. One event I remember was that the main character, a pre-teen boy, would travel from our ...
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Science fiction book where each person has their own halation around their head?

I read a book about 20 years ago, and this is what I remember: It was science fiction. (Not fantasy, it was about people here in our world.) The protagonist could see halation above the head of each ...
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Book - boy saves father by holding hand through transformations

I remember reading a fantasy book as a teenager (in the 80s, I think). In it, a boy had to save his father. All I can remember is that the dad was tied up between two posts...perhaps in a valley. ...
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20th century kids' fantasy novel with a castle on the cover

During the early 1960s, I noticed, but never read, a children's fantasy novel in the children's room of the Abington Library in Jenkintown, PA. I think that it was a fantasy novel because the ...
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Isekai manga where the main character gets summoned and brings the goddess with him

This is a manga where the main character has S luck and is summoned to a different world, but instead brings the goddess with him. With his luck, he spins a raffle drum and wins things such as a ...
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A short fiction about a dentist and a giant butterfly with bad teeth

I read this at least 30 years ago and it might be much older. It is either a short story or a shortish novelette. No memory of where I read it, probably some collection. I have a vague feeling that ...
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Which Asimov story has malevolent 3-law AI?

I'm reading some of the Q&A on Worldbuilding.se about the Control Problem (how to keep a general artificial intelligence in a box), like this one, and someone invariably touts Asimov's three laws ...
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Series about 3 kids underground who used white tiles

I think I read this back in 2015. They were targeted for like 8- to 9-year-olds. The series was about these 3 kids who were underground, and they used these white tiles to do stuff. Each tile did ...
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Sci-fi story where people are reincarnated at hubs and a man wants to figure out what is happening

People are reincarnated into a world ... naked and hairless at different points / hubs where they have containers appearing which supply food at mealtimes, clothes etc. When they are killed or die by ...
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Children's story: Boy travels with knight to the castle

When I was a child in the 90's, we had some cassette tapes with some stories. This one was about a boy who rides with a knight to the castle, with the hope to become a knight. Things I remember from ...
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Educational children's book about a young girl learning about computers in an Alice in Wonderland homage

I was recently trying to track down a book I thought I'd bought as part of a Humble Bundle, so I read it in the last 10 years, probably closer to 5-6 years ago. The book was more didactic than story-...
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Young adult time-travelling book with the tag-line "what if you could slip in and out of time"

Basically, what the above says; there's this book that I remember reading a long time ago in a library that I did read a few times and remember most of the plot to, but I can't remember the darn title ...
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Short story about ice racing on glaciers or gletschers [duplicate]

[it's solved: Mirror of Ice by Gary Wright] Years ago, I read a short story in an anthology, (a collection of SF-shorts), which was about ice-racing. A dozen pilots went down a glacier/gletscher ...
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Looking for a story with a man riding a mechanical frog in an alien swamp

I read this in the 90s, probably in an anthology of short stories (though it might have been a novelette), and it was not new then. A ship carrying colonists had landed on a planet. The trip had ...
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Indian kids fantasy show incorporating main actor recasting as plot point

I remember watching this Hindi kid show on Doordarshan (DD1) in the 90s. Genres: Fantasy kids Plot: One boy and girl, probably friends but can be siblings. Found a dark place with a box of colors ...
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Manga where the main character is from our world, but the secret side that has magic, and is transported to another world

In this manga, the main character is transported to another world. However, he is not the only one that is transported to this other world; he is transported with I believe a guy and a girl. The king ...
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Identify movie or TV series episode with extraterrestrial giant insect-like creatures possessing people

In particular I recall a scene where a man in a classroom, perhaps a professor, starts writing strange characters on the blackboard. At the same time he seems to be trembling profusely and then ...
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Fan fiction where Harry fails to send a letter to the Order

I am looking for a story I read. It takes place during the summer. Harry is supposed to send letters to the Order, I think it is every three days, so they know that he is safe. Harry gets beaten by ...
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Old children's story with family exploring asteroid belt

I would have read that story or had it read to me maybe several times by about 1961. I remember it was in a large format book, which had soft covers or maybe had lost its hard covers. I think there ...
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What movie features an abandoned spaceship with English and alien writing on it?

I am looking for a movie I saw the beginning of when I was a kid. I remember astronauts boarding what seemed to be an abandoned spaceship (I think it had the NASA sign on it) but when they board the ...
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I'm looking for a short story about a monastery where people use data analysis to improve their lives

I'm looking for a short story about a monastery where people use data analysis to improve their lives, and go out into the world to investigate "anomalies". The story was set in the future, but not ...
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Novel with a group of soldiers sent to the Xenomorph homeworld to collect specimens, discover that the Xenomorphs are prey there, and they're androids

I think I read this as a paperback somewhere in the early 2000s, pretty sure before 2010. It was a book set in the Aliens franchise. I'm not certain whether it was supposed to be in continuity with ...
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Sci-fi story where the main character is an illegitimate child and is kicked out a noble house

I'm trying to find this manga that has been haunting me for months. It's about a kid (I can't remember if he was reincarnated or not) was kicked out of his noble house by his father but later on he ...
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Sci-fi story where society uses bracelets to denote hierarchy

I'm trying to identify a story I read long ago, probably in 70-80's but likely was from golden age SF. I think it was a novel. What I remember was that: There was an alien invasion, but I think that ...
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What short story has a future bicycle shop owner surprised when two parents actually visit the shop?

I am looking for a sci-fi story that I read in the 80's. It was a story about the future and I am sorry but the only vivid detail I remember was that parents had actually gone to a store to purchase a ...
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Title of a time travel movie involving a boy in alien armor and a girl?

So years ago I saw this move with time travel but I didn't watch it from the very beginning. I really would appreciate finding out the title of this movie. Some random facts from this movie (I'm not ...
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Children's or YA novel (series?) that involves the dead guiding a living kid back to the land of the living through a desert

There is now only ONE item left on my "tormenting me from childhood; I can't remember what this was" list. Some kind of novel, possibly a series of short novels, appropriate for precocious ...
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Middle-grade story about kid who becomes a spy and flies a secret hypersonic airplane

I read this book about 20 years ago. From what I remember it's about a kid who becomes a spy, and he and his friend end up onboard a secret hypersonic scramjet airplane, the Aurora maybe? There's ...
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Manga where the MC was transported into another world where there are card game rules

Need help in finding a manga about a guy transported into another world where there are card game rules. Things I remember: There were multiple factions and he picked the elf one. He can summon ...
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Short story identification: Repentant torturer seeks to be tortured

A friend just commented that they couldn't use VR because it made them question reality and it reminded me of a story I can't remember the name of... Story Summary The protagonist enters a shady ...

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