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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Nazi UFO Trilogy

Trilogy of novels (I am almost certain they were paperback originals), by an American author and published in the late 1970s or early 1980s. Nazis develop flying saucers & flee Germany at the end ...
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Japanese Time-Travel Movie where modern soldiers stranded in the past try to create havoc to force their return

I only read a review of this Japanese film and that was at least 20 years ago. From what little I can remember it involved a modern Japanese army unit that is somehow transported back in time. Their ...
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Member of a secret cabal builds a casino to secretly destabilize a city

I'm not sure if I read this in a magazine or anthology; I think I read it around 2010, but it could have been from much earlier. The viewpoint character is a member of a secret organization, but I don'...
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Search: a childrens' book in the 60s about a young boy who can travel between dimensions [duplicate]

I read a childrens' scifi book in the 60s about a young boy whose parents (I think) were scientists. I think they were working on interdimensional travel before he is born, and when he is born he is ...
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Looking for a short cartoon from the 70s: “The Jelly Doughnut Vampire”

The title was "The Jelly Doughnut Vampire", and it was a 20 minute (approx.) short on PBS. It was a Frankenstein/Dracula parody based around baked monsters. One line was "And when we ...
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Identifying a near future Sci-fi novel where Rainforests are now a global treasure, with wars launched to take them over

I am looking for this book that I am trying to identify from memory: It is a sci-fi novel taking place in the near-future It was definitely printed before 2005, as I remembered borrowing it from my ...
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an animated show for kids where hero lifts a gauntlet that shows he is the destined hero

This kid imagines himself being in a tournament, but he was dreaming and his dad says he will train him if he cleans up for 2 years. When he is about to finish the time, his dad says 4 years and for ...
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Story about a young mage attending a school who is probably an arch mage

This was the first book in a series but I only read the one book. At the start of the story the main character is living in a village or small town. He travels to a city for training and gets tested (...
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Short SF story of an island of kids growing up observed by anthropologists

A short SF story with an anthropologic angle. A team of anthropologists devised an experiment placing, as I recall it, 100 babies on an island (tended initially by machines). The island was wired with ...
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Looking for a manga or hentai about the son of a lord who reluctantly chooses his first slave on his birthday

I don't recall a lot about this story, but here are some details. The main character is the son of a lord of some smaller house in a medieval style fantasy setting with magic teleportation circles. ...
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Fantasy series where magic was done by saying what you wanted

I found this site cause a buddy of mine are starting to read some fantasy series together and talk about them and there is a book I have fond memories for but I can't think of many details and ...
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Isekai manga where the main character wakes up as the Demon Lord

I remember reading a manga where a kid wakes up inside of a game he used to play. He is a black-haired kid around the age of 13. He finds one of the characters standing by him, a female elf. I think ...
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Using snow to catch packages from space?

I'm hoping someone can help me out because I don't remember a lot of details, but some time ago, this question on WB.SE reminded me of something I remember coming across (fairly sure it was a written ...
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Zombie cartoon movie or TV show where a little girl loses her dad and is protected by a “good” zombie from other ones

I remember my dad watching a zombie apocalypse animation when I was younger. I don't remember much and I’ve been trying to find it, but I can’t. I think it starts off like this: a little girl’s dad ...
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Manga where the MC was the leader of the strongest sect, and then wakes up in a tomb or coffin with a maxed out game system

I remember at the beginning that he woke up in a tomb or coffin. He was said to have been the strongest sage cultivator back in the ancient times. The mc transmigrated or got reincarnated to the body ...
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Film where a preternaturally talented hitman falls in love with a woman with the same skills, but she doesn't know it yet

I watched this within the last fixe years, I think on Netflix. We get introduced to a hitman who is extremely talented, able to take down multiple targets without getting injured, and dodging shots ...
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Novel where a genius child secretly makes clones of himself

I'm trying to find the name of a novel that was (what I'll call) light horror sci-fi. It was probably published in the early 90s. As best as I can remember, the plot goes something like: a child is ...
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Short story about humanity sending out (radio waves) signals and being answered with a warning

The story is quite simple: humanity has been sending out communications via radio waves (possibly) into the depths of space, and after some time of searching, they eventually receive a response from ...
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70's or 80's movie with motorcycle equipped with computer display and rifle holster

I watched this movie around end of the 80s. One of the main characters (male) was driving some racing motorcycle which had like computer display board giving various information and feedback. I ...
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Anime about kids using small cars to fight

This an anime that looks like it's from the early 2000 to 2010. The plot is about kids using small cars like insects to fight; they throw the cars on the ground and the fight starts. I remember the ...
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Short story about an author who writes a story about an unfaithful wife being murdered, and is then arrested for the murder of his own wife

A story of psychological horror from a '50s pulp magazine. The protagonist is a writer, he has already published 12 parts of his story about the unfaithful wife. Suddenly the main character of his ...
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Manga whose main character's level keeps resetting at level 15

The isekai (manga) is about an ordinary guy who gets transported along with a bunch of random people to this special space. The guide there then explains to them the rules of their world on how they ...
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Sci-fi story. Survivor ejected in lifepod lands on planet. AI has terraformed the planet to resemble his physiology

Sci-fi story from late 90's or early 2000's collection book that was about a starship survivor who is ejected in a lifepod only big enough for himself that has an AI that keeps him in a matrix-like ...
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Story about a female space traveler

Anyone know the name of this movie? It is about a female space traveler with narcissistic personality disorder who scams her way into a captain position. However, her ruthless ways end up catching up ...
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Three teenagers from the 80s unwillingly travel back in time to London during the Black Death

I read part of this book in high school, when I was about 14, during the mid-to-late 80s. I expect it was first published in late 70s or early 80s. I got it from my school library. I read it in ...
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90s or 80s Sci-Fi movie about a female cyborg / robot

Please help identify an old movie I watched as a kid. Plot (vaguely remembered): a group of people are trying to escape a facility (probably underground) and are pursued by a hard-to-kill / ...
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Manhwa where the main character was transfered or reincarnated from his previous life

In this manhwa the main character was tranfered or reincarnated, and what I mostly remember is that he has some kind of skill that helps him to better adapt to any type of training. He was a sword ...
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pre 2000 space mecha anime/cartoon very similar to gundam shows

Need help finding a title of an anime I watched many years ago. It must have been pre 2000. I remember parts of the story. Started with a few pilots (maybe 4-5), cockpit looked very similar to Star ...
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c.1980 space-themed puzzle/game book with a defense of Earth framing story

This was a large-format (approximately A4) softcover book; I don't recall the cover art. It was given to me as a gift by my aunt, so it may have been picked up remaindered and actually date from ...
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Book series about a kid who lives in Chicago and goes to a school for “special” children, where they can have pets (one is a talking rabbit)

My friend is trying to find this book series that is kind of like Harry Potter, and involves a kid who lives in Chicago and goes to a school for “special” children. He goes by train. At the school ...
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Woman pilot with neural jack helps oppressed workers get their kids back

This is a short story or novelette I likely read in the early 1990s, probably in a magazine or anthology. The story starts with a woman spaceship pilot, whose name may be "Gemma" or ...
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Lab demonstration summons alien stripper

This may sound a strange premise for a science fiction story, but maybe it has a resonance for some of the physics educators who contribute to this site. At a meeting this morning, one of my ...
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Book about a girl with spirit-like powers who is being chased by dark shadow spirits

I read this book like 5 or more years ago about this girl and she had some kind of powers that had something to do with spirits and an Ouija Board. The cover was of the girl and said board. It had ...
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Sci-fi movie with “good Samaritan” protagonist moving to a desert planet

I recall seeing this scene on TV a while ago, but never managed to find the movie: The protagonist is moving to a desert planet where water is extremely precious, however he is in a position of power ...
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Live-action sci-fi children's / young adult show about a kid who travels through the galaxy with a fast, blue alien

There was a live-action kids show in the 2000's about a male child who travels with aliens through the galaxy? One of the aliens was short, blue, and extremely fast. They wore goggles, carried a staff ...
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SF story about a time machine, which is a movie camera

I’ve been trying to find the title of a science fiction story I read more than fifty years ago when I was around fifteen. It’s about a unique time machine. This is what I remember. The main ...
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Short Story of a robot walking endlessly as the ages go by …Maybe it is a huge ship or a giant earth , don't remember that part

There is reference to this age being in millions of years but the robot doesn't know. It is in english . I think the robot is internally powered by a black hole or something . It goes mostly unnoticed ...
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Isekai manga where the king killed the demon king, but kept his head as a friend

I remember this isekai manga that had a short side story where the king just went out and killed the demon king but kept his head to keep as a friend. If possible what is it?
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Trying to remember a YA race-type thing book

The main character is female, and she has to take part in a race to get some cure for her mom (I think). At the beginning, she gets some kind of message, letters I think, and leaves her house without ...
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Collection about short stories including very short ones

I first apologize for the lack of details: I read this collection nearly 30 years ago. I remember only a very few details about it: Stories were of various size but at least include a few very short ...
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Collection of dystopian short stories: people eat a dog, detective hunts and kills kids, world where everyone is dumb

It’s a compilation of short stories that all take place in the future. I read it in 2016 & I can’t for the life of me remember it. It’s written in English. One of the stories was about these kids ...
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Harry Potter fanfic where Harry's girlfriend is Sirius Black's daughter

I read a fan fiction on fan fiction.com where Harry meets a girl I think at the start of the story, her last name was Silvers or something but her last name is in reality Black.
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70s(?) film with rich folks using guns to burn trees for fun?

Trying to find 70s, perhaps 80s, movie with a scene in which rich folks get drunk and shoot trees with futuristic guns setting them on fire. Not a great movie, as I recall, but a memorable scene.
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Old short story featuring a glacier in Oxford Street?

Set during a future ice age. A glacier in Oxford Street. Written in 50s or 60s. It left a strong impression on me as a 13 year old.
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Story about a flying mushroom, a lady, an octopus, a tortoise, and a dog

I read a shortish book as a child whose title was something of the form Mrs So-and-so and the [...], and I'm reasonably sure the author's surname began with J. In it, a lady goes out to the shops to ...
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Looking for a short story about hunting aliens

I read this story a few years ago while looking at various TVTropes pages. It’s about a group of four, two siblings, their personal assistant and the man who’s flying them to this alien hunting world. ...
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2000s Animated TV show where teenagers could physically go into a virtual world

This was an animated TV show that was broadcast in Canada in the 2000s. It was a cartoon, not live action. What I remember about the show is that there was teenagers who could physically go into a ...
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Post Apocalyptic movie, beginning has a guy playing a trumpet overlooking a city

Cannot remember any details other than a post apocalyptic style, a dilapidated city, and a guy playing a trumpet. Live action movie, possibly has some kids living in the city the protagonist helps... ...
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Story about dragons in the real world

Trying to remember this book that I read as a child (in the 80s, felt contemporary at the time). It's very fuzzy--I remember there being two plotlines that eventually intersected: one of an older ...
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Werewolf paperback novel (70s/80s?) centering on twins boys from a small town in the Appalachians

Looking for the title of a paperback novel that begins in New York City, culminates in a small town in the Appalachians. Flashback is the Appalachian family has twin boys, one appearing normal, the ...

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