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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Dystopia of a world where old people get killed

I am pretty sure this was a short story in a collection of sci-fi stories. It was written from the perspective of one of the people whose job was hunting down and killing people that grew too old, ...
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80s Norse mythology trilogy about Surt and Heimdall signalling Ragnarok

In the late 80s I read a fantasy trilogy base around Norse mythology. Its main character was the magician Surt and book 3 ended with Heimdall blowing the horn to signal Ragnarok and the start of a new ...
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Horror book about werewolf-like creatures

I'm trying to remember the title of a book that I have read a few times. I would have first read it somewhere around 1990. While not having anything to do with the book I seem to have bad luck with ...
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Isekai where a person gets sent to another world forest with a shotgun [closed]

I don't remember much about it but there were elves in the story I think. Just basically he gets sent to another world with a shotgun. I can confirm that it is not any of the following: When a Gun ...
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Anime about a male character who died in a bicycle accident

In the anime I am searching for, the main character dies by bicycle accident (from what I remember) and the anime continues with him as a ghost/spirit or something.
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Webcomics/manhwa/manhua (not manga) about a hero who reincarnates as a noble lady

It may be a discontinued one but I remember that the former hero was a woman (gender bender & yet not; she was dressed as a male and was a holy knight), at the start upon defeating the demon lord ...
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Novel series about competing factions trying to uplift humanity, one faction has six fingers

I read a series when I was a teenager (late 90s to early 2000s but might not mean anything) that was about an alien race that engineered humans to fight in a timeless galactic war. The aliens had red ...
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NES game with town building between RPG/Hack-and-slash levels

I'm trying to identify a game I've played as a child, most likely on the NES. The time when I would have played this would likely fall in the 1992 - 1998 range. Sadly, I remember only a small part of ...
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What was this book (time-travelling kids, an old house, a wizard, turning into animals…)

Vague-memory request time: When I was a kid (around 1992-1996 era)... ...I remember reading a series of books (perhaps a trilogy, possibly more)... ...about these kids (3 kids, perhaps? I'm sure they ...
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Book about a boy who accidentally hatches dragons at his grandparents' estate

I read a book in 2017, I think; it was about a boy who, for the summer had to go to his grandparents estate in the forest. I remember it was huge with gargoyles on the front gate. He finds a really ...
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About an astronaut overwintering on Jupiter

Who was the author, and what was the name of the Sci Fi short story about the astronaut on Jupiter and the windy season is just starting. It ends "Outside a wind was rising"? It was written in the ...
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Series about a young man struggling to become king in middle ages setting

I read a book in the early nineties about a young man who becomes a king in a medieval setting, lots of drama and backstabbing. I can remember that it was part of a series, most likely a trilogy. I ...
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Old cartoon about gremlins that fly with their ears and want to put a star on a Christmas tree

I think I watched this cartoon around 2007 or 2008 but I think it's from the 90s/80s. It was about some green gremlins, or something like that, they were flying with their ears. They lived in the ...
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Animated movie with fight scene in Big Ben

I vaguely recall a movie from my childhood (so probably some time in the 80s or 90s). It was an animated movie (not anime) and it culminated with a fight inside Big Ben or another huge clock tower, ...
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Scifi short mystery about psychic alien with “remote-controlled appendages”

Read in 1980s (I think) as part of an anthology. The protagonist must discover an immobile alien is psychic and controls what appears to be unintelligent small creatures as its sensors and tools. The ...
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Harry Potter and Percy Jackson unite fanfic

It's about where Dumbledore calls two or three students from each house to help Percy Jackson and Camp Half-Blood in fighting the Titans (so it takes place in The Last Olympian). They gather in ...
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Collection of scary stories for children: boy changes into a bat at night, girl sees a horse's ghost

I am looking for at least two books. Each book contained a collection of scary stories. I used to borrow them from the library where they were in the children section (up to age 12, but I'm unsure ...
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Dystopian book where rich people use technology to temporarily inhabit the bodies of the poor

I'm trying to find a book that a friend of mine read. He does not know the title nor the author's name. Here is how he described it: It was a dystopian society where I guess the poor live underground, ...
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Trilogy in the 80’s about space travel to another world

Growing up in the 80's my mother introduced me to a trilogy she read. I don’t remember the name but they traveled to another world and worked to colonize it. 2064 or something idk. The books were ...
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Old Cartoon Network anime, rival has a spaceship slightly better than the protagonist's and they know how many more hits it takes to destroy a ship

Lately I’ve been trying to remember an anime I think was on Cartoon Network. It was definitely a space anime. I remember the protagonist had a weird looking ship and he also had a rival with a ...
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Mars mission with two-arm-joint Martians from dead civilization

Between 1994-1998, my library carried a sci-fi novel about Mars. I remember the cover being mostly black, somewhat larger format than a usual novel. I was under the impression it was Christian-themed, ...
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Movie or miniseries about people shipwrecked on an island with an abandoned military facility and Aborigines

It was about some shipwrecked survivors. They get onto an island and one man is attacked in the water by something you can't see. Later at night he begins to mutate and goes to the sea. Then the other ...
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Book series where a brother and a sister who are transported to a kid's version of Hell

I solved this one in the midst of writing the question, but posting so that I can find it again. This is a book series I listened to as an audiobook about 1-2 years ago, downloaded from my library's ...
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Manga about a man who can't feel heat

There is a man who is born with a disability that means he can't feel heat, so his body temperature always gets really low. He meets the other MC and discovers that he can feel this person's body heat....
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Movie about a very unlucky guy that discovers magic

The movie takes place in some alternate universe where "luck" is scientifically proved to exist. Furthermore, every child (I think) needs to take a test that checks their luck. The two main ...
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Short story about a explorers dealing with an extreme windstorm, natives migrate away

I am looking for the name of a short story most likely by Asimov, Bradbury, or Clarke. The plot is about a small group of explorers who have set up an outpost on a planet when they notice that the ...
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Looking for a specific Harry Potter fanfiction: Snape adopts Harry and Draco

I read it ages ago. I don't recall it being posted on ff.net or AO3. It was a story where Snape ends up fully adopting both Harry and Draco. Harry ends up with some prophetic dreams, is at one point ...
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Sci Fi novel about underground Mars colony that gets attacked by AI

I read this novel about 3 years ago. Here's what I remember: The protagonist is an American woman living in an underground Mars colony populated by colonists from several nations. The protagonist's ...
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Book about stranded vampire-like aliens in conflict with one another

The novel was probably from the late '80s- no later than '92. Aliens had crash-landed long ago and were the inspiration for vampire legends. They lived in secret among us in modern times, and there ...
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Short story about a guy who rescues people by tracking their fear

This is a short story I read years ago in a collection I guess. There is a guy who can rescue people by tracking down their fear. I remember very little except that at one point he consults a tea ...
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Story about night vision people living underground hunted by giant slug creatures

Posting for a friend. The story is about a group of people who live underground and are hunted by giant slug creatures. They can see in the dark. Apparently there is a hero amongst them who once ...
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Name of Mecha Anime from the 70s/80s Based on One Episode

I have searched over and over trying to find this, so now finally posting the question to see if anyone else has a clue about this. My details are vague, but here goes. I remember watching a cartoon ...
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A 90s anime/cartoons/ with a main character who has a red mecha suit with a weapon like a spear!

I am searching for an animation with 2 partners. They travel around the world, and they have robots suits. I remember the suits have some neuronal connections with the pilots. The main character has a ...
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YA (pre-1990) novel: Student writes simulation in which time travel drains prehistoric natural resources, needs to stop from occurring for real

I recall a novel in the mid-'80s about a (high school or college) student assigned to write simulation code. He develops a virtual world in which the inhabitants use time travel to bring natural ...
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Cartoon about 2 guys (one named Sam) and a girl

I don't remember how long ago exactly, like 2 or 3 years, I watched a show on Netflix about, I think, teens: 2 guys one was kind of an idiot and loves sumo, the other one was an inventor, I think his ...
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Futuristic agent stuck in past, runs off with own mother

Pretty sure this was a full novel from the 80s. Set in the future with spaceships, a special agent has a traumatic memory of someone taking away his mother and being abandoned. Somehow on a mission he ...
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Short story where there is a new extremely realistic 3-D movie system that eventually kills you

I am pretty sure I read this short story in an American magazine in the late 1960s/early 1970s. The time is the future, when an extremely realistic 3-D movie system has come into use. It has ...
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God and the devil make a bet

God and the Devil wager about man's worthiness. Devil has cat's eyes. He chastises God for causing suffering in the first place. It didn't sound like poetry, but it must be one of the few takes on the ...
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Man (linguist/interested in languages) travels to another planet. Giant trees, and seal/otter-like creatures whose language he learns [duplicate]

This is a sci-fi novel, fairly short, and I think fairly old (50s/60s, but might be earlier). The author is well-known, but possibly for other genres as well as sci-fi, and definitely anglophone. I'm ...
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Short film about a time loop?

I remember watching a short film years ago about a time loop where there's this guy in a white plastic onesie with goggles, almost like a CSI worker. It starts with him in a room behind a chair I ...
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Flash Gordon comic where they treat Ming for common cold?

I am trying to find a Flash Gordon comic in which the protagonists are forcibly brought somewhere (Mongo?) and have to treat the antagonist (possibly Emperor Ming) for a dreadful illness, which turns ...
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Medieval manga about a girl who dies, then wakes up as her younger self, learns swordsmanship, and joins the army

This is a restart manga which i read few years back. The girl has a harsh life and a terrible fiancée because of this, she dies and wakes up again as her younger self. Determined to avoid the ...
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Mutant youth return to Earth

This was a novel from late 80s or early 90s. Type of story where space-faring humans return to explore damaged Earth. I don't remember if they were trying to revive the Earth, ran into hostile ...
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Children's or young adult science fiction book about a human “alien” raised among uplifted animals

I remember seeing a book in my elementary (or possibly middle school) library that I would like to locate again. It was something that I wanted to read, but then I think the book disappeared, so I ...
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Young Adult Fantasy about children living with an elderly woman and learning magic related to their skills

I'm trying to track down a book I borrowed form a library in the UK around 2000/2001. Here are the details I remember: The story is set in a fantasy world; no connections to our world The main ...
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Book about winged boy who befriends two children?

I read this book when I was younger. I think it was an older book, but I’m not sure. In the book, a brother and a sister live with a mom who works all the time. They meet a boy with wings / who can ...
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Time Machine Short Story in Letter/Essay format

I'm trying to remember the name of a short story that's written in the form of a letter to a doctor/professor (I think). The writer of the letter/essay, who is a scientist, describes an experience ...
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Guy gets mugged, then his corporation sponsors the gang?

A novel series from the 90s or possibly late 80s. Thought the title was something like Boedekker's Demons, but I think I got the name mangled. Corporate dystopia where a guy gets mugged but then turns ...
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Sci-Fi book about female pilot in the distant future who is a linguist and has to decipher an alien language/code

This book I read in college, I think it was published between the 1970s to 1990s. It's about a female pilot (I think her first name began with an R) in the distant future who is famous and is also ...
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Manga about a man who is repeatedly transported to a fantasy setting, where he helps the people he meets

The main character is a man in his 30s(?) who makes a living doing odd jobs. He is frequently transported to a fantasy setting world where he inadvertently helps the people he meets, before being ...

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