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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A TV show about Space Station

I watched a TV show about space station back when between 1995 to 2005 (Sorry I can't remember the exact time). The episodes that I remember: A guy created a fruit which was a mix between coconut ...
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Trying to identify 1970s kids show with solid blue eyed humanoid called Sky (?)

In the early '70s I saw a kid's show where the title sequence showed a presumably crash-landed humanoid unconscious in a forest, slowly covered with falling leaves. In the first episode he is found by ...
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Story Identification - sci fi novel with nanotech [closed]

It takes place in a desert city (Mojave, I think) - there is nanotech, a fair amount of dystopia, genetic modification, and I think someone sprouts wings in the end...kind of cyberpunk-ish.
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Story-Identification - A berserker defence fighter

I read a short story in the 90s (but possibly much older) based on Berserkers as created by Fred Saberhagen. AFAIR the occupants of a salvage ship had retrieved a smallish device/craft of unknown ...
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Looking for title YA Time travel 1970s England to Victorian

I'm looking for the name of a book that I read when I was a kid. Teenage girl in moden day England ends up going back to 1880's at Christmas time. The most vivid thing I remember is an all blue ...
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Alien Rock found and contains a mind controlling alien being

The story in question is about a strange rock that is found then the person that touched it is taken over by an alien being. The town is eventually taken over but a young boy who is in love with his ...
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Story identification: Alien Abduction, the Perfect Human, read mid 80's in Australia

I'm trying to find the title of a budget science fiction book I read in about 1985. The main theme of the book is a guy is somehow abducted by an alien ship, his body dismatled cell by cell, then put ...
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Short story about a time traveller who met intelligent, gun toting 'dinosaurs' millions of years ago?

I remember reading a short story in a (I think) multi-author compilation many years ago. The vintage was probably 60s-70s. A time traveller was warning modern people that he had travelled to the era ...
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Looking for YA fantasy about reincarnation

I'm looking for a Young Adult fantasy romance about reincarnation. A woman travels back in time where there was a forbidden romance between a monk and herself. She is incredibly beautiful. She's ...
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Identify a short horror story about a mysterious girl

Please help me find this short story that I read about 20 years ago: The story is set in the late 1800 / early 1900 in an American / English city, where a young man rents an apartment whose former ...
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Movie where a girl in a swing disappears when a solar flare hits

What's the name of the movie where there was a girl in a swing and a solar flare hit. The girl instantly disappears. There was also a scene where an incubator was made from a fishtank. Any ideas?
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A boy hit by lightning is sent to another universe

My girlfriend read a book when she was a kid about a boy who was hit by lightning and sent to a different universe or planet or something (her memory is fuzzy on the details). That's all she can ...
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A film with main female character called Kara (or Cara)

I am looking for a film that was definitely shown on TV in early 90s. It is most likely an American film, because that's where most films on Russian TV at the time came from - unless they were Russian....
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Kids stranded on an island with psychos

I had a series of books when I was in high school - I think it was six books long - about a group of kids, perhaps adolescents, stranded on an island or a small grouping of islands. On the islands ...
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Futuristic "Govt + Army against rebels" movie with a female central character

I saw this movie in 1999 or 2000 on TV (when they wouldn't even display names during the movie). It was a futuristic "Govt + Army against rebels" kind of a movie with a female central character. I ...
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Story where people were convinced a disaster would shortly befall the Earth

I read this story in recent years, although I do not know if the book itself is old. I have a feeling it is a relatively recent work. It may even be a short story as opposed to a full length novel. ...
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Humoristic book about Jesus' brother and an AI

I remember the description as follows: Jesus and God Christ (Christ is used as a family name) go on a holiday (golf, maybe?) and leave an AI in charge of creation Jesus' brother (Kevin Christ?) is ...
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Artificial life forms surpass humans

What is the title and who is the author of a 1960s science fiction story in which an artificial and miniature life form evolves quickly, is felt to be a threat to humanity, and is eventually bombed ...
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Short story where a main computer can tell if someone is even thinking of committing a crime

I remember reading a sci-fi short story where society was controlled by a computer where any human thought was known by the computer and people were arrested even if they thought about something that ...
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Identify a story about a plant that becomes conscious and takes over a planet

A seed lands on Earth in a desert or plain. The story was told through the point of view of a plant, and later a crow. The plant is conscious and eventually kills the crow, then takes over the planet ...
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What is the SCIFI book about some species of moon beings and their interactions and it could be allegorical to modern race and ethnic relations? [duplicate]

There was a small (150 pg paper back) book I read 20+ years ago in an college anthropology class. I think the anthropology class was about race & ethnic relations and this book was some reading ...
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Sixties short story with a typewriter and an alien uses a young boy's body to find an escaped criminal?

I'm trying to find a sixties short story of a young boy sitting at a typewriter and a host begins to type that he has to use the boy's body to find an escaped criminal from another planet. I keep ...
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Story where refugees get attacked by space pirates?

I remember that it was a family fleeing a horticulture moon or a planet and they were trying to flee to another planet but were repeatedly attacked by pirates. I think it was from the 80's.
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Looking for the title of a movie I saw years ago. There was personal ports on hand [duplicate]

Everyone has his own port on his hand. Ports was kind of living thing, soft and reshapable. I have only a view in my memory. The idea was awesome. I would like to see the full movie.
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Identifying a story with a portal that only organic tissue can pass through

I'm looking for a book that I read when I was young (~1985). My guess is that it was published in the 70s or 80s. In this story, a scientist (or more) created some sort of portal. Only organic tissue ...
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Looking for favorite author of series YA fantasy in 70s

Looking for favorite author from Young Adult section of library, during early 70s. One plot involved a girl who was having trouble with her racial identity (she was half black) and while on a class ...
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Identify series/tv film with hologram tv and eye gouging

I believe it was a series or maybe a film set in present or near future. I remember that one character invented a true 3d holographic TV. At the demonstration he was seemingly murdered by a (samurai?/...
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Humankind colonizes planets, main character is a "spartan" with augmented bones [duplicate]

I read a book series 12 or so years ago, and I need help getting the title. It's set in the future. Mankind has branched out to the stars and many planets were colonized. Humans started to evolve ...
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Book about families living in sectors separated by money and categorized by color?

I believe there is a brother and a sister, and they live in one of the poorer communities, and there is a singing statue or something? I distantly remember it from when I was younger... There was a ...
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What's the name of a book about super endurance through relaxation?

I'm trying to remember the name of the book which is about a military commander who has found a way to push the limits of human endurance by completely relaxing his body. From what I can remember, his ...
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Science Fiction movie from the 80's or 90's about aliens that crash land on earth and are helped by a young girl

Its been a long time since I saw this movie, but here are the details I remember. A family of humanoid aliens and their "protector" crash on Earth. They are being chased by an assassin. They ...
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Fantasy about hunting for ginseng

I'm trying to remember the title of a historical fantasy novel that I read many years ago (say, 2002) and it was pretty old back then. The story is set in China and involves the adventures of a ...
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Trying to identify pre-1970s short story involving multiple humans absorbed into an alien blob

I think this story dates from the 1950s, plus or minus a decade - I read it about 30-35 years ago in a (then) fairly old story collection. It involves explorers on a planet falling into a gelatinous ...
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80s scifi story about parasites feeding on emotions

I read a story back in the 80s (approximately 1988) about a crew who was trying to stop criminals who were trained to use mental powers. Some of the population used a parasite that fed off of emotion ...
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Old movie like Inception where hero entered dreams?

I remember an old movie (might have been a TV show, but I doubt it), which I only caught the end of: A man (the president) is dreaming that he's on a train, looking out on a nuclear wasteland, and ...
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Looking for 1970's SF novel title where people travel to other planets by transmitting their consciousness to a replica body at the destination

This was a 'young-adult' SF novel I read in the late 1970's, about the same time I was reading Voorloper by Andre Norton, Madeleine L'engle's Wrinkle In Time books and the Dragonfall 5 young adult ...
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Young Adult book about kids being bred for genetic purity in a world where races no longer exist [duplicate]

I'm looking for a book I read in Junior High (probably) about a world where everyone was basically the same race. One genetically pure male and female teenager of each race still exists. They are ...
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Collection of fantasy/horror short stories with one or two full color illustrations per story

First, this is absolutely not Scary Stories or More Scary Stories. I don't think there is any relation there. From what I remember the book contained a collection of shorties that may or may not ...
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Trying to remember a book where a young man refuses to upload his mind digitally

A young man lives in an abandoned town where almost everyone has uploaded their mind into a network (which I think was based on crystals somehow?) so that they can live forever in peace and prosperity....
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What is the title of this Star Wars book?

I remember reading a book as a teen where there was a reptilian race that appears after the timeline of Return of the Jedi. It was an "official" Star Wars book, branded as such from the book store ...
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Novel where frozen people from a lost civilisation are discovered in the arctic/antarctic

Years ago (70's or 80's) I read a sci-fi novel. It started with the discovery in the arctic (or antarctic) of a pair of humans (male and female) frozen in a block of solid helium. When thawed out, ...
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A spaceship crew stuck in a damaged spaceship that's losing power [duplicate]

I need help identyfying this movie I once saw late night on TNT, late 90s or early 2000s. I don't have very clear recollection about it. The movie was very strange. It all took place in a single room ...
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Movie or TV series episode where workers prepare the reality in the future for people coming from the past [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Looking for an old SF tv short story about blue men staging the future A guy suddenly jumps into the future, and sees some workers prepearing the reality out of nothing for ...
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Movie or TV series' episode, where psychics with telekinetic power deal with supernatural enemies

I vaguely remember a man and a woman whose names were those of gemstones, ruby, emerald or something. Particularly I remember them fighting with some ghosts, or invisible people, possible coming from ...
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Movie or TV series' episode where a bad guy was punished by putting him in a deadly maze

The maze was constructed using wood, I think. Also there were dogs inside with him, and razor blades stuck to the walls.
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Movie where prisoners with death penalty were forced to participate in a TV show were they could die or win liberty

I particularly remember a guy in an electric chair, with electric wires near his genitals, so that if he gets arousal he could die of electrocution when an almost naked woman would dance in front of ...
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What is the name of the movie from the 80's about scientists that build a machine that helps people share their experiences?

My boyfriend remembers parts of this movie, but not any actors or the name. He said that there is a machine that they put on their heads and it takes their experiences and gives them to another person....
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What was the short TV mini-movie in the 1970s where a college student restores a old car and then goes back in time in it

I have been telling my kids this story for years. It came on TV (most likely ABC, NBC, or CBS) in the 1970s around Halloween time. The plot line was about a kid who comes back from college and ...
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Soldier returns home, brings war with him

It features a high ranking officer who has battled across the centuries in some sort of galactic war and now, worn out and jaded, wants to retire or return back in time to his home village. Against ...
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Short story of a lone person at a military outpost/station that may have the quote "Hello, Brother" near the beginning

This was published in an anthology I read in 1975. The anthology may have been fairly recent at that time (new or 2-3 years old). Plot: The lone person is viewing a video of the person who was there ...

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