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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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Very old horror short story about a dead man waking up

A dead man wakes up because his cemetery is being plowed up so they can build something there (apartments, houses, a parking lot?). I think the man kills the person running the bulldozer or backhoe? ...
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Short story of an animated dead man in a world with no fear of death

I read this short story in an anthology, most likely in the 80s, possibly in the 90s. The setting is a future in which the living no longer fear death. One consequence of that is that they are ...
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Looking for a children’s book where a kid makes a fake mainframe and hides inside with a typewriter answering questions

From the sixties I think? A series character I thought was Homer Price but isn't. The mainframe has a name similar to Univac.
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What is the story which includes a mad king riding in a carnival?

It takes place on a college campus and involves psychedelic drugs. The people who unlock this dimension should not have opened that door at all.
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Isekai manga where the protagonist is reincarnated in another world with his sister and trains to bring her down

I'm looking for a manga where the protagonist jumps in front of a truck to get away from his crazy sister but they both end up being reincarnated in another world where he trains to bring her down.
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Fantasy movie involving a wizard who made a tree disappear and reappear, and two friends who were separated then reunited after 15 years

I'm trying to find the name of a movie that I think was on a streaming media service called Plex in autumn 2021 (I cannot remember the exact month). I watched about 30 minutes of this movie; this is ...
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80s live-action short film with a labyrinth/elf/handprint/minotaur

Here’s what I know: I saw it in the mid 80s so it’s at least that old. I saw it at school during a class so it wasn’t full film-length. It was definitely live action, and definitely color. Storyline: ...
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Sci-fi movie - men in a bar in a small town, trapped by an alien [duplicate]

OK, I'm desperate for help on this, my father was watching this movie when I was a kid. I couldn't have been more than five or six, maybe seven, years old, around 1995. I only remember a couple scenes ...
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Fantasy book(s) with magic powers gained from rose gold rings

So I don't have many memories from this book, and I've looked over the internet quite a few times before trying here. The core information: There's not a lot of magic holders in the story, and it's ...
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Pre-80s movie with an alien monster who looks like a rock

This has been bothering me for quite a while. This is a movie I saw as a kid back in the 80's, but it could easily have been produced in the 70's (I vaguely remember actors with 70's hair). I'll try ...
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Old cartoon/movie with tiny character driving a toy red Chevy Bel Air

I watched this Disney-style cartoon on TV between 1997-98 but it was probably much older than that since the car in question appears to be, if memory serves me right, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air ...
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An impending autopsy on a totally paralyzed person who is still alive [closed]

I'm looking for an anthology of horror stories written in the 1970s that contained a story about a person (a man?) who was on a table and was scheduled for an impending autopsy. The person was fully ...
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80s-style music video/movie clip with sci-fi themes, possibly inspired by Batman (1989), Mad Max and others

This is a question I saw on Reddit's "Tip of My Tongue" subreddit here, asked by a now-deleted user in March of 2022: So I remember this clip from a music video or movie airing on MTV ...
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Sci-fi book about man recruited to alt universe to work for secret employer, travels to alt universes, learns another version of himself was murdered

The book starts out with the man in his home universe, the last man alive. A group of people kidnap him to another universe, I think he see's the moon is different and knows what they're saying is ...
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What is the source for this urban fantasy quote comparing the supernatural world to the insect world?

I had been browsing TV Tropes when I came across this very interesting quote from an urban fantasy or paranormal romance story that stuck with me. The quote went something along the lines of..."...
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The human population on Earth reached its maximum with the end of the last zoo

I read this short story at least 30 years ago. I suppose it was in a collection, since I rarely read magazines. I don't remember if I read it in English or in French, but it might have been a ...
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Gloomy anime about suicidal athletes

My friend trying to find an anime that featured a lot of violence. The theme was an experiment on athletes aimed to improve their characteristics using experimental medicine. All of it took place in a ...
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Looking for a slipstream historical fiction childrens novel

I remember as a child I read a historical fiction children's novel set in the late 1700s (the American Revolutionary War.) It was basically historical fiction but the main character was very ...
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Military and Strategy smart and clever female lead winning wars

I stumbled on a book recommendation on youtube that I can no longer find. The plot is about a female lead I believe was discovered or hired (I cannot remember) by the male lead ( I think) and she was ...
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Anime movie with a sick guy who was able to kill vampires by glowing and emitting beams of light

So it is from somewhere in between the late 90s and early 00s. There was a gang that killed vampires (a vampire-killing gang?). They wore armor somewhat similar to Warhammer and Warcraft at the same ...
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Story Identification: Spy story in Space; the hero receives implants of relevant memories / identities

Trying to identify the story; it's in 4 or so parts (I would guess published as a serial), and the hero is some form of space-age Spy. Spies of his nature were EXTREMELY undercover, usually, are ...
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Book series about a boy who becomes a Space Emperor

I read a series of books back in the 80's about this family that was escaping from one of Jupiter's moons. They met up with some pirates, I believe the Daddy was killed then they arrived to safety. ...
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Anime where a girl died and got reincarnated as a wingless fairy who is married

She died and was reincarnated as a fairy who is married and has no wings from an accident from what I remember I think she had white/bluish hair and I dont remember where I read it or anything please ...
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Animated TV show about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table

I'm looking for an animated TV show based on King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. It came out some time in the 80s or early 90s. It centres around the Table and the Knights. All the Knights ...
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Trying to find an animated film that told the story of King Arthur [duplicate]

I can't find this film anywhere online, nor does anyone I have asked have any recollection of such a story. The crucial plot point I remember is this: Near the end of the movie, the villain (assumedly ...
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Harry Potter Fanfic - Harry is a Phoenix animagus, trained by Fawkes, Luna is an animagus too

I’m looking for a fanfic I must have read pre 2013, it’s a long one and is probably is part of a series. I’ll do my best to recall details, I think the vets I remember are likely split over two parts ...
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Pre-90's (?) Sinbad-like fantasy movie with an invisible monster in a Roman-like arena

I'm looking for an old fantasy movie, but I need help because I don't know the title, cast names or year of release. Here's what I remember: I thought it was one of the Sinbad movies, but I already ...
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Transmigration novel where a girl enters a novel she's been reading and becomes friends with the male lead

It is a historical novel, transmigration/reincarnation themed. This girl enters into a novel she read and becomes the male lead's (ML's) childhood friend. I think the original friend died from falling ...
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Manga where the main character gets isekaied into a sci-fi world where warships show the power of the family

I am searching for manga where the main character gets isekaied into a sci-fi world where warships show the power of the family. He belongs to a noble family but his mother wants to take over the ...
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Young Adult novel about a time traveller with AI and a haunted forest

The main thing I remember about this story is that the main character is a time-traveller who is travelling with a computerised representation of his sister. During the course of events, he forms a ...
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Book about aliens coming back to Earth to recover a lost spaceship

There was a book I listened to a long time ago about an alien ship traveling through deep space to come to Earth. The premise was that there was a ship lost on Earth around the time of the great ...
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Searching for a sci Fi story with demon summoning

So I'm not sure if this is one story or I'm conflating two stories, but: A demon describes hell, and says that they can conjure anything they want there. Someone once conjured a gold rectangular prism ...
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Movie in which person turns into monster by mask with tubes

Some time ago I watched a movie, of which one scene never left my mind. In that scene there was a room full of shelves and tubes and jars (some kind of laboratorium), with a man in it. Someone else ...
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manhwa - FL dies saving the ML and then they both reincarnate into a story

I read this manwha a few months back and i can’t remember the name. Basically, in her previous life, the FL was a ‘Guide’ that helped her husband who went beserk. This act essentially killed her and ...
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Identify 80s (?) YA novel. Technology is from legendary past, seen as cursed, magic is accepted. Female protagonist

The time of technology has passed into legend. The world is now pastoral. There were a series of books revolving around the female character and how she had an affinity with the ancient machines which ...
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Tv show - women look for men in deep hole in the future

Women look for men in deep hole in the future. Title song was "scarcely a man was left alive". They float down in a big hole to lower levels.
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Fantasy novel/series—female protagonist wielding a sword and magic frees her bird companion's cursed bloodline, resulting in a tragic scene on a ship

So I'm trying to find a fantasy novel or series I read when younger, but most of the details have been forgotten. Here is what I remember: The novel or series had a female protagonist whose name ...
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Futuristic show/film about an empire and rebels where the empire rigs a rebel to explode

My aunt used to record shows on television and send them to my family (we didn't have TV reception), and that meant setting the recorder for 3-5 min before a start time and ending 3-5 min after the ...
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Horror movie about people getting a radio message they don’t understand

Looking for a sci-fi/horror movie from 1970’s or early 80’s. The only thing I can remember is a group of people keep getting a radio message that they don’t understand that turns out being a warning ...
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Science fiction cartoon movie taking place in an apocalyptic kind of world

I watched this movie in early 90s with a Betamax. I still remember pieces from the movie and I want to find and watch it! Here is what I remember: The world was apocalyptic; lots of lava, lots of ice ...
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Story about Jesus being kidnapped by the church

I remember very little about this book (actually, I do remember pieces, but I know that I tend to misremember and mix books up that I read, so I will omit the details that might lead you down a wrong ...
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siblings/clones tour the galaxy giving technical help to collapsed societies

This is a novel from the the 2010 decade. Its title may be of the form "The <flower><group>". The novel isn't obscure, it is by a well-known author it might even have won a prize,...
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A boy who becomes a sorcerer only when he falls asleep

I remember reading this book around 2003 when I was in middle school. I believe it was a bit older than that, however. I'm sure it was about a boy who becomes a sorcerer when he falls asleep and ...
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Science fiction movie where a man is chased by his own clone and kills him by accident

This guy is being chased by his clone and it's trying to capture him. The end of the movie the guy ends up shooting himself in the mouth and it kills the clone by sheer luck.
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Live-action/CGI battlemech movie from before 2005

The plot involved three pilots, I believe a white guy, white girl, and black guy, belonging to the same team/force being deployed to an area and being unable to leave because their mechs are damaged. ...
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Sci-fi book in which pockets of time are happening on Earth and things are getting stuck in them

I remember getting a sci-fi book in the last ten years. It had, to my remembrance, a dark cover with orange on the periphery because some of it takes place in an orange grove. The concept is somehow ...
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Boy goes on a space mission with a human-like dog/wolf partner and encounters a lizard planet

This book was part of a series. It was aimed towards children or young adults. Nothing violent or gory. My assumption is that it was written somewhere around 2010 as it is not an old book. It's ...
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Webnovel in which the main character is transferred to another world as the daughter of a Duke with two sons and magical powers

I already read the webnovel until a certain point, so the story will include points from later chapters. The main character (MC) was from the real world and loved to read many books. Then she was ...
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Vietnam war era story about attack on American air force base with a Cessna

Sometime during the Vietnam war there was a science-fiction short story with a title something like, The World's Only Defensive Strategic Bomber. A militant anti-war group smuggles a pilot from the ...
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Movie about a spaceship travelling to a distant planet, only to discover that a newer ship, designed and launched later, has gotten there first

A few years ago I saw a movie, the title of which I just can't remember. It was a movie about a crew on a spaceship travelling a long time to a distant planet or system to check on something, or to ...

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