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 is the title of a story with a little girl alone on a generation ship with a robot?

The story starts in a nursery of sorts, with a little girl. She lives in this room, with a window where she can see out into the stars. She has one friend, a robot, that takes care of her. She ...
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TV show (or made for TV movie) with a human male dating an alien female

I remember watching something on the Sci-Fi channel when I was younger, of what seemed to be a really bad TV show or made-for-TV movie that took place in "THE FUTURE!!" and had two young adults in a ...
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Harry Potter fanfic, with Snape and a Muggle who becomes pregnant

I'm looking for a Harry Potter fanfic in which Severus Snape is out and about in the Muggle world and meets a Muggle woman. After a one-night-stand or more times together, she gets pregnant. When she ...
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Cartoon MC: 2 boy and 1 girl fight evil

The cartoon I watched was multiple episodes in 2006~2015 on "Cartoon network" (Don't remember the exact timeline). The main thing I remember is that the main characters are two boys and one girl (...
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70s? 80s? Book where a Cowboy/Gunfighter is possessed by an alien

Probably read 30-40 years ago in USA in English. Pretty sure it was a book and not a short story. An alien is on Earth in the western US in the 1800s. I'm not sure if it crash landed and was looking ...
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There was this cartoon show that I used to watch as a kid. I don't really remember but the main characters were 2 guys and a girl?

There was this cartoon show that I used to watch as a kid. I don't really remember but the main characters were 2 guys and a girl? If I'm not wrong the girl had like 2 buns and red hair ? The ...
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Trying to find a fantasy Web comic about a vengeful witch that looks like a black wraith and yet cute

I cleared my browser history so I can't find it. . I think it is still ongoing. It It has a cutesy art style. One character is vengeful wraith like witch who pairs up with a girl on the girls quest. ...
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Trying to remember name of sci-fi show that was aired in the 2000's

I only have vague memories of this show but am for some reason determined to find it. From what I can remember it was about a group of friends getting sucked into a game console/TV and going on ...
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Robot who becomes poetry critic and won't do assigned job

Can't recall the author or name of this story, though the idea and literary part would suggest Jack Williamson I can't find mention of it specifically. A self-aware robot, designed to work in the ...
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Sci Fi short story about a woman who goes to a tower to gamble with its ancient protector who has a gun that never misses?

A couple years ago I read a good short story that I haven’t been able to find. I only sporadically read Tor, Clarkesworld, or award winning short stories, so it probably had some buzz. I think it was ...
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Science Fiction short story I read— need to find. Current-day guy is in the future (cryogenics??)

A while back I read a science-fiction short story that I very much want to re-find. If you've read it, my plot description will hopefully ring a bell and maybe you'll recall some vital stats about it. ...
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Story about people trying to recover a ship, but can't because its engine is still operating [duplicate]

I read a short story a long time ago which, for a while now, I've lamented not remembering the name of, because I really enjoyed the concept so much. I believe I read this sometime in the mid-80s, ...
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Old (pre 2000) science fiction story of personal robot

I am looking for sci-fi short story that may have appeared in Analog prior to 2000. It had to do with a personal assistant robot that was intended to protect its human partner from harm. The robot ...
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Youths can teleport, they are chased by the government

There was a film from the 80s in which young people can teleport anywhere they can think of. These guys are recruited to do studies with, maybe by the government or a secret company which wants the ...
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Scifi short story about beings that have evolved into blue orbs that float in space

This was a short story which I believe was written before the year 2000. It was about beings which are bluish orbs floating in space, evolved to no longer needing their bodies. They recognize one ...
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Brain-eating alien that incorporates memories/function of the eaten

Trying to remember a book/storyline. Possibly a StarTrek novel. Alien bird-like with a beak 'cracks' the skull open and swallows the brain whole. Brain is incorporated into their skull, becoming dual-...
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Can anyone identify this old computer game where a troll turns you into a frog?

This was a game I played in school aged 5 or 6 (in Year One or Two), which would be in 1991. I believe it was on a BBC Acorn, though it might have been some other computer; it seemed old fashioned to ...
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Kids with special abilities flee being sent to camps, gain friends

There's this book I've been trying to find for the longest time and I just can't remember the name. What I remember, there are these kids that have abilities or something but people see them as bad. ...
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Old time travel series with older self helping younger self

I'm currently looking for an old series (saw 1 or 2 episodes some 10-20 years ago). I'm not sure if it’s a live action series or an anime though. What I remember is: A boy (12-16?) goes to school in ...
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Help identifying urban fantasy book from first chapter memory (sorcerer, phony medium)

At some point in the past, I think Kindle must have done one of those "First chapter" things and I read the first chapter of a book. Looking back now, I remember it, but I can't for the life of me ...
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Students abducted to a world built around a black hole that has a starship they must maintain

Looking for an old scifi book from either the 1980s or 1990s. It starts out with some confusion, but the gist is that an entire class of students on an aircraft are abducted by aliens. I believe that ...
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Anime similar to Guyver

I've been searching for this anime that for the life of me I cannot remember the name. To be honest I dont remember if it was a short series or movie either. I saw it back in the early to mid 90s. It ...
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Fantasy novel where guy fights with a cloak on his back [duplicate]

There was a novel I read back in the 90s (I’m pretty sure) about a guy who fought using a weighted cloak or cape. There’s very little I remember about it beyond that. He didn’t take the cloak off in ...
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Sci fi book, man buys a beat up spaceship and intervenes in a civil war on a planet and eventually becomes a space cop

UK paperback, possibly early eighties. This man goes to the used spaceship dealership. The salesman shows him many types but his eyes are continually drawn to a beat up old heap in the corner which ...
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Sci-Fi book with a ramshackle shed being drawn towards the end of the universe or into the future; turns out to be a human perception of something

There is a scene in the book that is very different from everything else in the book. There is a ramshackle shed, which is being drawn (or maybe pushed?) like a carriage towards the end of the ...
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Book identification: Beings from another dimension and a black virus

I read a book back in middle school that I recently wish to read again. Unfortunately I can not remember the title of the book. What I remember is simple. It was a fiction book with a cover in which ...
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Need help identifying a comic book about a wizard

I need help with identifying the comicbook, what follows is my best effort to gather whatever I remember from reading it years ago (circa year 2000, but I'm positive it was older than that): The main ...
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80s movie about a monster in the toilet trying to pull you in

My dad told me about a monster movie that he watched when he was young (1980s). He said the movie had this monster where it comes from the toilet. It's like this this hand comes out of the toilet and ...
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Anthology series with suspended animation and a galaxy-wide empire?

The stories within the anthology consist of different time periods and perspectives from within the "empire". I'm pretty sure the empire is built based on a technology that allows suspended animation, ...
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1970s/80s(?) sci-fi book with a spaceship on the cover [closed]

I went to Goodwill last month and I had a book in my hands. I did not read it. Not sure why I didn’t buy it because now I’m hellbent on finding out what it’s called lol. This may not be much ...
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Scifi movie from 70s, 80s or 90s - A scientist measuring intelligence

I don't remember much about this movie. Only one quote. The problem is, I only remember it translated into Serbian while I think the original was in English. At first I thought the movie was Suburban ...
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Story about post apocalyptic survival [closed]

I read the series in the 90s I believe there were three books might have been more. It was post apocalyptic and the teens were trying to cross a mountain to get to California to find one of their ...
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Story about aliens that swap out Earth's government and improve quality of life

I am trying to find a short story about aliens that take over the world's government. The premise is that humanity finds a species at a similar level of technological development. Earth's fleet takes ...
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Short story about a spaceship of teens where boys are given a pet to distract them from the girls

Looking for the name and author of a short story I read back in the 80s. It was in a sci fi anthology possibly for young adults. The story was about a spaceship full of teens - boys and girls. ...
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90s cartoon about guardians against nightmares

In the 1990s, I saw an animated show about some guardians of dreams that protect children’s dreams against nightmares. I dont remeber much, only that they travel in pillow-like space ship and there ...
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Short story about an astronaut being shot by his own bullet

I’m looking for a short story which involved an astronaut who was on the moon and fired a gun which caused the bullet to orbit and hit him on its return. I read this in the earlyish 50s.
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Humans Stumble Upon Low-Tech Aliens

More than five years ago, I started reading a sci-fi book about advanced humans making first contact with (definitely pre-industrial but might specifically be iron-age, medieval-era) humanoids. I don’...
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Fantasy/magic book with female protagonist and a misogynistic villain in a ringed city

This is a young-adult book that I read in approximately 2006 (definitely before 2010), in English, but cannot remember the name of. The setting is medieval-ish fantasy (similar to the Abhorsen / ...
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Fantasy story with a young female protagonist and an ageless wizard

I am searching for a series of young adult books I read approximately 10 years ago (2010). They were from a library so I assume they can't have come out before 1990. There are two protagonists: a ...
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80's-ish sci-fi movie with guy/car saving a girl (cyborg?) and car chase at the end of the movie

It was either a guy had to stay with his car to stay alive (the car was how he recharged himself because he was part cyborg)—or—the car had a guy's consciousness in it. The guy/car was trying to save ...
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Trying to find an old short story about two cats who are aliens

In the early '70's I used to check out a book with short stories and one of them was about two cats that were actually alien spies, and they get found out when they get high on catnip.
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I am looking for the name of a TV movie that aired in the early 80's, with a “Ship that Sang”, theme

In the movie a man is killed and his brain was connected to a large spacecraft. His memory was wiped. His wife is searching for him, and toward the end he remembers who he is and what happened to him ...
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World where the Nazis won. Features “Stappers” (the Gestapo) and “Ceepies” (Communist Party)

I’m looking for story set in a future world in which the Nazis won World War II. The main character mentions 'stappers' (gestapo) and 'ceepies' (communist party) and schism of mark (Marxism). I read ...
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2000s (or earlier) fantasy novel where the main character wears spider silk clothes because of her sensitive skin [duplicate]

I'm searching for a fantasy novel I read years ago - in the early 2000s, though it might have been published earlier. The main thing I remember is the main character (female I think) had to wear ...
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Animated series with caputring aliens in a device [closed]

There used to be an animated series which aired on Cartoon Network India around the year 2000 I remember the plot vaguely it consisted of a group of guys and girls capturing aliens in a disc like ...
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I'm looking for a anime movie, made around 1980 - 2000 [closed]

I am looking for an anime movie or series about a boy that travels with a girl on a submarine named Nautilus, some connection with Jules Verne novel.
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Novel where a serial killer lives (almost) forever by swapping bodies

I read this book very long ago, I forgot most of it. In this novel, magic works, but it is very close to "our" world. Some historical figures are common with ours. Some guy tried some magic that did ...
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1980s Sci Fi Children's stories. Similar to Star Trek

As a young child in the late 1980s or early 1990s, I remember reading at school a series of sci fi illustrated books. However, the books may have been older. The series was similar to Star Trek in ...
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Book about a female masked fighter [closed]

Trying to find a book that I read a while ago. A girl who is a fighter that wears a mask, red devil maybe? She ends up in a different town and falls for a guy but then her fight coach dies and before ...
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Star wars young adult book with Shadow Academy

In the 1990's my mom gave me a paperback Star Wars book. It was geared towards young adults and centered around a "Shadow Academy" that taught both the light and dark side of the force to teenagers. ...

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