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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70's and probably older story sentient bears on Earth and “ape-like” refugees

Another story the end of which I don’t remember at all. I read it very long ago, maybe as early as the 60’s, certainly not later than the 70’s. Once more, a rather short one, novelette or "longish" ...
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Searching for a Harry Potter fanfiction with super!Harry

I'm searching either for one story for for two stories. I'm not sure if the following are part of the same one, or if I'm conflating two things. Harry something something meditated and has super ...
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An animated TV show about a family of immortal kids kept alive by tea leaves

I remember watching a TV series maybe 15-20 years ago (around 2000-05?) that was about an immortal/very-long-lived family (on a farm?). I'm pretty sure it was a TV series, but it may have just been a ...
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1950-60's movie about alien that crashes to Earth and loses its hand which proceeds to attack people

Does anyone know about an old movie (I think it's black & white) in which an alien that crashes to Earth loses its hand. The thought has occurred to me that this may not be a movie, but a TV show ...
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TV Episode involving a male and a female reporter where she gets the exciting pieces including one involving a werewolf

I think I saw this on PBS somewhere in the late 1980s to the early 1990s. It might have been a segment on a show like 3-2-1 Contact or Electric Company. The core scene sticking in my head involves a ...
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Story about old video game console, a yard sale, and giant robotic cockroaches?

I read a ebook story once, it was pretty short I think, but it was pretty funny. I think the cover had some sort of 8-bit type art on a white background but I might be wrong. I read it a few years ago ...
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LitRPG book with the main character “trapped” in VR MMO world, manages to re-invent tobacco as a crafting recipe, serves a “dark” god

I read this as an eBook in the last two years, so I'll see if I can find it in my book history, but the setting is somewhere in the nearish future where full-body virtual reality (VR) is possible, and ...
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Series of novellas about a video game and weird silly putty

I'm trying to identify a series of short novels I started reading in high school. I read the books at some point between 2007 and 2010 but the books seemed older based on the condition they were in, ...
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Time loop or time travel in an aeroplane, where the main character disappears to save the others [duplicate]

When: I recall seeing this when I was young so could have been early to mid 1990s. Setting: It is either based primarily in an aeroplane around the passengers and may also involve the airport but ...
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trying to find the title of a book with Zeus and several muses

The book I am looking for has the hero , a normal human male, falling in love with a strange girl looking for her sister because her father is getting angry. It is later found out that the girls are ...
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1959 Peanuts cartoon about the Fischer ellipsoid (Earth is “pear-shaped”)?

The cartoon series Peanuts is fiction and the 1959 strip I'm looking for is related to science, so I'm hoping this is sufficiently on-topic to stay open at least long enough to receive an answer. In ...
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Isekai Manga or Manhua about a villainess

I'm not sure if I remember correctly but she was a daughter of the duke and got her engagement with the prince annulled. She then went to marry an emperor or king from another land, the emperor had ...
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Novel involving a girl and her sister with powers (at least one over death), invited to join people with other powers

I read this somewhere in the last five years, albeit only the first few chapters. The protagonist (high school age, I think) lived with her younger sister, no parents for reasons I can't quite place. ...
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Short Story about Multi-Generational Societal Decay

I'm looking for a short-story about a society that experienced multi-generational decay (Earth, not a colony-ship), and the story was about two relatives confronting each other. It's at least thirty ...
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Name of a syfy tv movie about passengers on an airplane

Does anyone know a tv movie of the 90s that had 2 parts, and it was about the passengers on a plane that lands in an airport and everyone has disappeared? That's the only thing I remember...
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bad military sci-fi; from fending off Zerg-like hive to fighting the reified multiverse/sum of history

Every once in a while I recall reading this series, which was mostly notable for the number of trope and genre mashups it crammed in, and for diverging into silly fantasy territory at the end. I ...
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Novel where a sentient star or space ship was found in a gold mine in Arizona

I read Starship Sakira last night and was reminded of a book I read in 2014 that matches the genre. It was about an older man that finds a sentient star or space ship buried in a gold mine in Arizona. ...
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Scifi comic from the 90s about an organic spaceship and its captain in an incubator

Back in the 90s I read a comic book about a group of bounty hunters (not sure anymore) in space, who killed a gigantic space lifeform (somewhing like a whale in free space) by going into its guts and ...
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Female main character uses guns to kill fantasy monsters

I’m looking for a manga where a female main character spawns into or is reincarnated into a fantasy world. She uses guns to kill monsters and they drop token/crystals that she uses to exchange for ...
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SF short story (Arthur C. Clarke?) about an astronaut's realisation that Leonardo da Vinci got to the Moon?

I'm trying to identify a short story written, I think, by Arthur C. Clarke in the 1940s/50s. A lunar astronaut finds a strange rock formation which reminds him of something. He also finds footprints. ...
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Sci-fi movie in 80s or 90s [closed]

I remember a pool fight scene. Smaller blondish guy was getting drowned by a larger guy with dark hair and then out of no where a buff blond guy comes out of the water and lifts the dark haired guy ...
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“Dungeon Keeper” story set in a future with hostile AIs and nanotechnology

There exists a genre involving the protagonist being a dungeon in the style of Dungeon Keeper. Dungeon Keeper Ami is the earliest case I can think of, with I Woke Up As A Dungeon, Now What as the one ...
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Manga where the protagonist need to solve girl's quests

Can someone tell me the manga in which the protagonist is teleported to an alternative world where he needs to make the girls fall in love with him, then he gains some skills like an invisible sword. ...
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Short story involving a bizarre kind of Guardian Angel

Short Story: A man found himself being given advice at one point (simple things like "Don't take the L train today", heard, but with the source unseen) that end up being very good for his safety (it ...
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Manga where the main character kills a demon lord but his brother takes credit and casts him out of the country

It's a manga where there are 4 heroes and the main character was the one wearing full plated armor. He killed a demon lord but his brother took credit for it. Then cast him out of the country.
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Indie horror movie set at gas station/Diner where people are killed in mysterious ways

I'm looking for an indie horror movie set at gas station/Diner where people are killed in mysterious ways. They're trapped inside an invisible dome. I think there are three criminals, two who drive ...
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Story featuring George Formby's song “Bless 'Em All”

This is a question my mother asked me and I wasn't able to answer. She is trying to identify a short story she read as a girl. It would have been written in the 1950s or earlier, and almost certainly ...
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Trying to find a Sci-Fi short story: World War 2, German scientists trying to find oil using wormholes

I'm trying to find the name of the story, and any anthologies that contain it. I seem to remember it involved German scientists trying to find oil by using wormholes, but they end up finding water ...
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Post-alien war story about a young man searching for his younger siblings and some kind of fanatical Doomsday cult planning to end the world

I read this book in my school library a very long time back. Like around 2004 or something like that. Didn't get to finish the whole book through. But from what I could remember, Story takes place in ...
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Manga about a guy who was reborn as some noble's daughter

The guy was a playboy, who used women as he wanted. He died and was reborn as some noble's first daughter. The daughter was useless(?) and tried(?) to kill herself with poison. MC started to fight ...
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Novel where one of the characters is a sentient starship?

I read this sometime in the 90s but it may well be older. I remember A female character had been fitted with a system that allowed her to induce physical pleasure (orgasms at will if you like) as ...
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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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I am looking for a cartoon, old one, with virtual reality?

I am getting nostalgic memories about a cartoon/anime that was in the tv when I was a kid, approximately 17 years ago. However lately I was thinking about it a lot and it got my attention, I would ...
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Movie with an alien that infiltrates a space station. Eventually the entire facility gets nuked

I saw this movie on TV, it was around 1995 - 2000? The general plot is that an alien life form is a stowaway on an Earth ship. It escapes into a NASA-like station and is hunted down by the staff. In ...
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Identify movie/show with military robot cutting through soldiers' legs

A long time ago I saw part of what was either a movie or TV show on TV wherein a group of soldiers were protecting a door from a military robot while a group of people were watching remotely (possibly ...
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Movie identification: female robot gives birth to baby

I watched a Sci-fi movie when I was young (around 1990-2000 I think?), I remember there was a robot rebellion fought against human, and what's important in the movie was a female robot giving birth to ...
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90's live-action TV show featuring teens in a spaceship, spaceship's captain is a teenager but his Earth parents don't know

I've been trying to find the name of this live-action TV series for years. I used to watch it on French TV during the 90s. The show is probably American. It was about a team of teenagers/kids doing ...
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Which Looney Tunes sketch has Yosemite Sam leaping off a diving board firing both guns in a low dive competition?

I remember fondly watching the original Looney Tunes on VHS as a kid in the late 90s and early 2000s. One scene in particular sticks in my mind, but I've come up empty so far on identifying it. What I ...
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90s sci-fi series: at the beginning a teen falls through a hole into a spaceship [duplicate]

I'm looking for a sci-fi series I watched in the 90s that at the beginning a teen fell through a hole in the sand into a spaceship. Later on a group is formed called the children of something that I ...
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Horror movie about a robot kid with claws for hands

A long time ago I saw a horror movie, and I don't remember the name. I have been looking for it for three years, but I haven't found it. I think I remember that the film was about a man who made a ...
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Teenagers discover a network of tunnels to other times

I'm trying to identify a novel for young adults about travelling through time using a maze of time tunnels. I borrowed it from the Town Library in the early 1970's, so it may have been written during ...
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Science fiction story about aliens that turn into butterfly or moth-like creatures at the end of their lives

A long time ago (not later than the early Nineties) I read a novel or a short story that I'd wish to read again but haven't been able to find so far. It's science fiction, probably written in the ...
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Older dubbed film with partially ape-like evil henchmen

I saw a part of this while channel-surfing around a few months ago on Comet TV, and it's been bugging me ever since that I couldn't place it. Today, I snap and present the challenge to SFSE. Here is ...
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Help identifying either an anthology or specific short story contained therein

When I was a kid, I had an anthology of sf stories, and now I'm trying to see if I can recover/rediscover any of them. The book itself was a hardback. I read this as a kid, so some time in the 90s. ...
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A short story involving discrimination based on size

I am trying to remember the title of a story I read as a kid. The story, set in the future, revolves around individuals that chose to reduce their size or have kids of smaller than usual stature ...
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short story involving symbiotic space suit and a war against aliens

I’m trying to track down a short story that I read from my high school library in the late 80s, it would have been from one of the many short story paperback collections in circulation at the time. ...
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Sci-fi novel or novella where “Eliza Tertia” was one of the main characters

There's a book I borrowed from my grade 8 teacher's lending shelf (in Ontario, Canada) that I've been trying to identify for years. The main character was a man in a futuristic setting who... I think.....
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The title of a manga where aliens have existed on earth after arriving for partners

The main characters include the protagonist, who is against humans mixing with aliens, an alien girl who catches on fire, an egotistical girl with cat ears, and a friend of the guy that's both evil ...
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Book about Dragons Ending (Turning to stone)

I read a book once that was some variation on a fantasy setting with magic and such, but the one factor I recall about it was that the dragons in this world could End - essentially, they turned into ...
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Looking for a fantasy book with young male protagonist protecting magic seed

Years ago I read a book that featured a pretty typical "young boy is plucked from obscurity to be chosen one destined to protect the world from magical evil" (that might have included some found ...