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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Allied with spiders

I remember a short story... or I remember part of it anyway. The vague plot was that this guy discovered that Earth was part of this big war. Spiders were on one side (the good guys), flies etc were ...
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Searching for an elusive giant robot movie

I have memories of watching it a few years ago (I was a kid then) in the early 2000s probably; before 2010 I think. It was a movie with giant robots, and the enemies were aliens piloting what I ...
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Story about relearning basic/advanced math/physics after (possibly apocalyptical) event [closed]

There is some event which leads to a general loss of knowledge, and the story involves (or at least includes) a person or a group relearning such knowledge, mostly math and physics. I heard about it ...
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Story in which an AI takes over control to help humans [duplicate]

I'm looking for a short story I've found as a PDF on the Internet once, but I can't remember the name anymore and therefore can't find the story: It mostly follows a (bodily) young women, who turns ...
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Story about a girl who discovers she lives in an “exhibition” and manages to escape to Indianapolis/Minneapolis

If I recall correctly, the story describes life on the American frontier, but the characters soon realise there's a world outside and that they're essentially living in an exhibition. The characters ...
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People with a magical sword killing cops

I heard this story on some podcast in the last ten years, I think even in the last five years. I thought it was on PodCastle, but I can't find it in their archive. Anyway, the story is about a man and ...
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Novel: alien with human form with abilities of creation, destruction and transformation, has to kill a list of aliens

An alien with a human form, who has superpowers enabling him to create or destroy things. He can transform himself, and I think he could go back in time for a little (not sure of that last one). He's ...
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Norman Spinrad novel from the point of view of a senile dictator?

I once looked at an old science fiction novel; I think it was by Norman Spinrad. It was told from the stream-of-consciousness point of view of a senile dictator of the USA. It didn't have any chapters,...
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Children's story (semi-related set of stories) featuring a motorized bedstead

I'm trying to identify a story I read a very long time ago and was possibly published in the 70's or 80's. It's was written as a fairly humorous story from the point of a view of an older female ...
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Sci fi novel about a ship in an asteroid with AI, human man and alien crew

A man ends up on a mining/research asteroid lab, his ship is in need of repair and the lab is going to self-destruct or lose all air. An alien female and her child were left there. They find a ship ...
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What is the novel written about a middle age woman finding/discovering magic

It was a Facebook post that said something like, "How come it is always kids and teens who find their way into magic, why not older women?" Well, there is a book with that plot -- an older ...
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Science fiction short story with blind woman one cannot tell is blind

Short Story of man wandering who comes across area with strange ground, topography. Meets young woman who is barefoot. He eventually learns she is blind but can move without limitations because her ...
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Episode of a show where people lose their memory in the afterlife

I'm sorry for the vagueness here: As a child (I would say definitely in the range 1995–2003) I watched an episode of a TV show which had as a plot point that people in the afterlife lost their memory ...
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SF Movie containing a psychic girl, a time capsule that is unearthed (or buried?) and lots of numbers

The movie was released probably in the latter half of the 2000-2010 period. There is a time capsule that is shown to have been buried earlier and is then unearthed (although I'm not sure of the ...
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The stars started going out [duplicate]

Two men were, as I recall, walking up a hill on some alien planet, discussing a religious group they had just installed a computer for. The group believed that when they had written down all of the ...
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TV show episode about an afterlife predator

I remember a long time ago watching an episode of a TV show. I think it might have been Red Dwarf, but I'm not sure. Here are some notable details that I remember about it: A female character flies ...
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Man/Tree Symbiosis

It was an old book... I'm pretty sure it was a book, and pre-1990's I think. The basic plot was this man somehow interacted with this tree, and as a result he became a carrier of the tree's 'seed'. ...
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Children travel back in time to the Great Fire of London

brother and sister get caught in a rain storm (anywhere from 8-13 years old...) they travel back in time to right before Great Fire of London another rain storm brings them back no obvious reason (to ...
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70’s Short story, found in a US or UK anthology about an old man that thinks the electricity in his house is talking

The story concerns an old man who lives alone in the country. He becomes convinced that the electricity that is crackling through the 'cables' of his home are talking - indeed they are planning ...
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Waving goodbye to 'aliens' and suddenly realizing they were humans

It was an old story, maybe in the 70's, and it had aliens land, and some kids found them and kept them as pets, they were very small, obviously, but eventually their parents told them they had to let ...
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A spacefaring society had split the military into separate groups of technicians and pilots

I'm trying to recall the name of a short story. A spacefaring society had split the military groups of technicians and pilots. Pilots were prohibited from learning to repair their mechs, and techies ...
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Sci-fi short-story collection for young readers - from the early seventies

I’m hoping someone can identify a short anthology of sci-fi stories I read as a fourth or fifth-grader, around 1971. It was probably published specifically for younger readers. I’m certain it ...
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Searching for scifi movie from the 2000's

Looking for a movie I saw in the mid-2000's. I think some of it was set in Florida. A kid is being chased by government ops. They're trying to catch him before he is reunited with his people. They ...
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Looking for a book/novel with a girl who is transported to a world with only animal type humans

I am currently searching for a book (could also be a web or light novel). I read the story about a year ago. Its about a girl who got transported to another world or perhaps the future. There she ...
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Short story where aliens observe new colonists and find out they are male/female [duplicate]

A rather old short story... maybe the 70's or 80's... possibly the 90's but I doubt it... that has two aliens sitting on a hill, watching some new aliens arrive (humans). They watch the aliens ...
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Short-lived sci-fi series with a former astronaut turned superhero (or maybe a police officer?) using his spacesuit for his “powers”

Plot Details/Summary I only watched an episode or two of this one, so I can't recall a whole lot about it. The protagonist is a former astronaut of some sort, who makes it his mission to clean up the ...
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Story where words are banned

I am trying to find a story I read many years ago wherein, some time in the future, students wanted to put on a Shakespearean play but the censors found so many words had been banned and for disparate ...
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A short story that ends with a character spelling C.A.N.N.I… (BAL implied) [duplicate]

A long time ago I read a short Sci-Fi story and I'm trying to figure out its Title/Author. Here is the plot and the last line: An attorney for one food producing company is trying to get the product ...
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90s/2000s book with space soldier is fighting rebels. Then joins rebels who have alien tech

The book's story as far as I can remember is, space soldiers are fighting with bio mech suits against rebels (they are inside these suits and apparently there is a lot of bio gel). One soldier defects ...
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Short Story “Slow Topiary”

Short Story: Woman suffering from terminal cancer meets weird guy who has a topiary in his isolated home that is the size of a large oa
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Looking for an old sci-fi story about alien paint

It was quite short about a guy who landed on a planet & somehow got alien paint on himself. The paint grew bigger & when it got to his head he would die. Anyone? Thanks!
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Anime movie from the 90s, where characters fight monsters with supernatural/psychic powers?

This is a long shot, but I remember walking into a video tape rental store and saw this playing, but the attendant didn't know the name of the film. I only saw it for a few minutes, and it was a sub, ...
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Short story collection. Only remember part of two stories. One dealing with a war and one dealing with pollution

It was a short story anthology. Read the book in 2005-2007 when it was thrown out to be recycled. Can only remember two of the stories. Book cover might have been blue. One story deals with the after ...
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Looking for a Teen Wolf Sterek Fic

I'm looking for a Sterek fic I read on AO3. I remember that Derek was an alpha and that Stiles became friends with Erica, Boyd, and Isaac before they started being turned into werewolves by Derek and ...
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I Need To find a particular dramione fanfiction?

I have been searching for this one fanfic that I read months ago, and I can't remember the name. I just remember it's post-war and Hermione comes back to Hogwarts alone as Harry starts to work as an ...
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Lost Colony story

I think I read this in Analog around 1980. A man in a pre-industrial type village believes that they originated on another world and keeps trying to persuade everybody of this. Nobody else agrees with ...
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Girl who keeps reincarnating after being betrayed, first life love, hero, becomes a demon king

It's about a girl who already reincarnated like 3-4 times and always as the hero's love but all the heroes end up betraying her (go with the princess, priestess etc.) And she always ends at having a ...
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Looking for a ghost short stories book

I'm looking for a ghost book that had, "The Whistling Room," " The Monkey's Paw" and I think, a story called, "Floral Tribute." It's a older book and I would like to ...
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YA sci fi novel a group of kids find out they're alien royalty. One of the girls has blue skin and can read minds

I've been looking for this book for years! It's about a group of kids, and someone gathers them all up. They find out they have powers, and are alien princes and princesses. They each have a ...
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“Incubators?” maybe the title or the last word [closed]

This story was in an anthology in the 60's or 70's. It concluded that our universe is actually an experiment or incubator... Any thoughts which it was?
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Adult X-Men fanfic involving a mind controller who seduces all of the females in the Marvel comics continuity

I'm sorry, so very sorry, to be raising this question, but lately, it's been popping into my head and, as usual, I'm hoping to exorcise it by naming it, or at least asking the question. I think I read ...
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Film About a city surrounded by a wall, healthy people on the inside and infected on the outside

It’s about a city rounded by a wall, inside the wall only for healthy people and outside the wall for infected people. One time the gate is open and people from outside trying to get to the city and ...
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Story or Book that features the Tree of life from the Garden of Eden [duplicate]

All I remember off the top of my head was the tree would alter the elderly people into a new form of protector. When we were exiled we were cut off from the tree and were forced to grow old and die ...
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2000s(?) children's book: girl is transported back in medieval times, befriends a squire, and takes part in a joust

I read that children's book somewhere between 2004 and 2011(ish), in French, though I wouldn't know whether it was a translation or not. I don't know for sure when it would have been published, ...
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Sci-fi TV series about medicine/virology/pathogen/germ warfare investigation

Unfortunately, the only details I am really sure of are the specific scenes I mention below. The rest I am quite hazy on. IIRC it aired sometime in the mid to late 90s (maybe even early 2000s?) and it ...
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Movie (“The Host”?) with alien overtaking human bodies and “solving” the problems of human society

A few years ago (or, maybe, more than a few) I saw a movie on Netflix. I thought that it was called "The Host," but when I went to find this movie again I found two other movies that are ...
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Short story: Recalled as a direct response to Niven's “The Magic Goes Away”

I recall reading or reading about (probably in a fantasy magazine or a short story anthology) a story which I could swear was titled "The Magic Comes Back" by another author (?) as an homage ...
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Old pulp sci-fi series from the seventies with many books [duplicate]

Back in the late seventies I began collecting a sci-fi series. There were just a ton of them, and they were all pretty standard pulp sci-fi hero stuff, all about the same hero and, I believe, by the ...
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What is the earliest official Marvel property adapted into a live-action film, Pre MCU?

Most people would be more than familiar with the Marvel movies and shared Cinematic Universe (MCU), of which everything from The Avengers to Black Panther to The Incredible Hulk to Guardians of the ...
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90s TV show (might be a miniseries) about a post-apocalyptic world roamed by savages

The basic story was that there was a medical treatment (maybe a vaccine) that made you live longer and not age, but some people had a different gene that made them revert to a primal human state and ...

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