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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Which book is it with a planet having animals which taste/ sense with their feet?

I need help identifying a book that I had read years ago. It's probably a children's book, which might be a part of a series. The plot is set on a distant planet, with two species of animals if I ...
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Fantasy novel set in an alternative Roman era about a blacksmith's daughter who is sold to a slave trader by her mother

The story is about a blacksmith's 18 year old daughter that has been trained to make swords and has secretly been training to fight. She is with her 2 brothers and a friend watching a fighting ...
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Serial 80s back-page comic “The Tree That Bends”

Wondering if you can help me find a comic serial that may have ran in the back of a young adult or sci-fi magazine in the late 80s/early 90s: I can't remember the name, but it was similar in tone to ...
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In which book was an anagram of Aldebaran used?

I can't remember the story line of the book but the cover was a uniform yellow and I distinctly remember the main character figuring out that the name of a company was the anagram of Aldebaran [star], ...
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Crashed alien ship AI upgrades a human to become the ship captain it needs for full function

Recent Kindle novel--Its alien Captain left the crashed ship to explore millennia ago and never returned, concealed alien ship AI cannot initiate any action without a biological Captain so, ship AI ...
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Crashed astronaut finds his helmet

I'm trying to trace a short sci-fi story that appeared in print no later than the 1970s. The premise is that an astronaut/pilot has crashed on a planet and lost most of his technology and memory. He ...
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SF short story involving a community of organisms living within a larger organism

I'm trying to identify a story I likely heard on the podcast Escape Pod or something similar quite a few years ago. In the story, smaller bug-like organisms live within the body of a larger bug-like ...
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2000s novel with a journalist trying to stop a Bill Gates character from taking over the world, said plot somehow involving the Dead Sea Scrolls

I was reminded of this when I saw the title of SciFi / fantasy book from 80s about Jesus, present-day New York, time travel and the Dead Sea scrolls, but somewhere in the early 2000s, while I was ...
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Manga where the MC uses Hypnosis to fight in a war with his classmates

I cannot remember too much about this manga other than the fact that the MC was a powerful hypnosis user in his class. The world had psychic teen soldiers and he was the only one with hypnosis, he was ...
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Looking for identification of SF story where humans are the “ancient evil” [duplicate]

Unique short SF story where aliens being invaded by other aliens, went looking for allies (to help save their galactic empire). While being chased by the antagonistic aliens, they encountered a ...
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Movie about a man who cheats on significant other, able to go back in time but ends up getting cheated on?

There was a movie (not too sure if it came out in the 90s or early 2000s. It was on HBO though) about a man who is able to either go back in time or relive the moment. He was cheating on his ...
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Book involving superheroes and a rust-like disease. The main character discovers the main villain is his future self

I read this book at the beginning of high school and want to reread it. This would have been around 2012. It's a YA superhero book involving a group of teen superheroes where the main character has ...
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Manga where the protagonist saw both his dad and mother died along with the people in the building

I've been looking this old manga where the protagonist (when he was a kid) went to some event together with his parents that held in a building. But then there was fire that they tried to save their ...
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Looking for a book title about a stolen battleship [closed]

I read a book a number of years ago but can't find it or remember the title (I thought it was Iron Giant - but don't think that's the case). Criminals have stolen a WW2 battleship (I want to say that ...
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Older series of scifi stories. Martians treated as second class citizens on earth

Martians are treated as second class citizens on Earth, an elderly man helps out a Martian that was being beaten by children and brings him in. He becomes something of a savior to the Martians; I ...
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Isekai manga where mc is born the youngest prince but becomes the king cause his elder brothers are pretty much useless

I remember it started off by him running away from becoming king but an elf girl was chasing him and telling him to come back. The two are still really young. The elf girl catches up to him and brings ...
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School kids go through a secret entrance and get trapped in a grey classroom

What I could remember is that a school had a history of an entire class going missing. Some kids found a secret entrance in the school (I think it was an elevator that went sideways instead of up and ...
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Kids' book where poor boy finds magic stone in field and swallows it, becoming a dragon

Can anyone help me identify this book I read at school during the early 2000s? The children’s book was about a poor boy who goes to cut grass in a field every day. A certain area of the field grows ...
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Manga where the MC returns from another world after defeating the demon lord, only to be reincarnated back to that world along with all his classmates

The manga is about a hero who, after defeating or doing something with the demon lord, got back to his original world. But then he and all his classmates got reincarnated to the same world he was ...
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Sci-fi short story about why you only find one shoe on the road

Looking for the name and author of a science fiction short story about why you only ever find one shoe on the side of the road. Hot babe picks up hitchhiker in a nice sports car. Hot babe turns into ...
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Short story where an astronaut is sent into space, and then a few years later is found by a significantly more advanced ship, also from Earth [duplicate]

Can anyone tell me the name of a science fiction short story where a spaceship is sent out on an exploration mission from Earth. And then after a few years, the progress of technology is such that ...
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Does anyone know the name of this series? I believe I first read them almost 10 years ago

I have an absolutely terrible memory and could be conflating several plots here, but all I can remember is that there was some sort of virus or disease or something that was wiping out a majority of ...
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Anime with a girl stuck on top of a huge mech that was walking towards a city; she had to disable (or enable) a bomb by remembering a phrase

When I was a child in the early 2000s, I remember watching what I believed to be an anime. I can only remember vague details, however I remember the style being that of the '90s, and it being set in a ...
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Looking for an anthology book containing a story about an alien named Ineed by a little girl

One of the stories I am sure was called The Road and another was about a mysterious alien that a young girl named Ineed and her mother kept correcting it to Enid. I read it in the 70's or early 80's. ...
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Manga where main character joins two people on an adventure to try and control his power

The main character is either reincarnated or summoned (I can't remember) and is extremely powerful, but he can't control his power so it goes off randomly. He joins two people on an adventure to try ...
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Movie on alien planet with man shot through tube of breathable liquid

First of all, no it's not "The Abyss" or "Mission to Mars" (unless I'm really remembering that one wrongly.) I can only remember what I'm pretty sure is the ending. Wherein a man ...
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What's the name of the novel where a time traveler with epilepsy assumes the role of Jesus?

The protagonist has epilepsy and time travels to just a few (maybe 6?) months before the Crucifixion, only to discover that Jesus was actually a mentally-handicapped man, one of perhaps 10 children ...
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Story about a girl creating dolls or crosses and suspected of being a witch?

I read this book somewhere between eight to fifteen years ago. I believe it may have been a young adult book, but cannot be certain. I do not recall the length of the book. It was definitely medieval ...
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Manga where the protagonist saves his two friends, but in doing so, winds up trapped in a cave fighting monsters for ten years

I'm looking for a manga I read a long time ago, but can't seem to remember the name. I need some help. In this manga, the MC is in a cave with two other men. While they're resting, a monster attacks, ...
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Old British comic story about a mountain that's really a giant slow creature

Once more I'm in the world of British comics from the 1960's/1970's... Hotspur, Rover, Beezer, Topper, Victor etc. This was one that went on for a few months. A small town (maybe in Wales but I'm ...
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An illustrated book of short science fiction stories I read as a kid in the late 80s, early 90s

I’ve been searching for a book of science fiction short stories, with black and white illustrations interspersed throughout. I can’t be sure of the publication date, though I read it in the late 80s, ...
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Book about a kid who gets recruited into a think tank via computer game

I am looking for this book that I read a long time ago (early 2000s). This kid loves playing this certain computer game and is exceptionally good at it. In the game, there was a riddle that went ...
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Trying to find a short story where a dragon is impersonating a wizard

I just remembered a memory of a short story I read back in middle school. From what I remember, the story starts off with the 'wizard' blowing smoke into the sky as he looks down on the local village ...
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Trying to find name of anime tv show which I saw a few years ago

I have seen an anime in which monsters come in the human world. I think there are cards which are used for summoning monsters. They are also divided in one star, two stars, three stars, four stars. ...
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Someone turned into a human snake movie

Back in the late 90's I saw this scene from a movie or maybe an episode from a tv show. It was about a couple that goes to a circus/carnival/freak show and I think they see a human snake. I believe ...
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When (and why) was Spider-Man called the most important hero of them all?

I read some comic recently in which Spider-Man and Wolverine are fighting Cable with Cyclops somehow involved too. They were on a cave and the daughter of Cable was involved. (I’m not familiar with ...
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Looking for a book about a man building a time machine to see if Jesus was real

The premise of the book was as follows: a scientist creates a time machine and travels to the time of Jesus to see if he's real. Upon arriving, he finds no Jesus. He then decides to be Jesus and ...
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Who and when was this Action Man villain in constant pain?

There was a cartoon, probably Action Man, several years ago with a central villain (not Dr X) who felt constant pain (but didn't behave like it). He could share/fire/distribute his pain via some kind ...
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Movie from the 1960's where aliens are seen only through glasses

I can remember seeing a sci-fi film on TV (from 1960's) over here in the UK. Aliens could only been seen through glasses and a man gave a woman a pill to calm her down before she put them on. I can'...
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Book about a young woman who was a warrior and a princess, who was accompanied by a magical talking cat that she carried around in a bag

Looking for the title of a book that I read in the late '80s or early '90s. It was about a young woman who was a warrior and a princess with magic. She wore her hair in braids. She was accompanied by ...
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Isekai manga where the MC is banned from his team because he’s weak

I am looking for an isekai where the MC manages the teams, like in providing food and getting armor and even money. It's an isekai world where the MC's team fights monsters but he can't fight actually ...
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Fan fiction where Snape adopts Harry Potter

I don’t remember too much about this fan fiction. I do remember that Harry is still in Gryffindor and that Snape still doesn’t like Harry. They’re not father and son, but I do remember that it had ...
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Short story from Aliens’ perspective that ‘cure human racism’ (cheeky) [duplicate]

Ok, so the details are vague but the ending gives a strong hint. What I remember is that humans are suffering and either: A) Send out humans out into space for help from other life to get help and ...
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Unexplainable darkness for three days. Brazilian author?

I read a short story in a hard back anthology. This was a couple years ago in a college library, and I'm pretty sure the book had been re-bound; so the story could be old, like 80's but I don't know ...
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Harry Potter fanfiction where Harry is taken back in time to witness his younger self being abused

I don't know if you can help but I'm looking for a fanfic where Harry was heavily abused since he was younger, and he was at Hogwarts (he was older). Harry had gotten cursed or something and was taken ...
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YA/kids' book featuring a kid and an alien whose preferred pronoun is “it” rather than “he” or “she”

There's a book I read in the late '90s that I'm trying to remember. Definitely in it The scene I remember very vividly is one of the aliens telling the point of view character (a kid, I think) that it ...
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90s film where the Devil impregnates a woman and she kills herself with glass on a balcony

I vaguely remember watching a movie back in the 90s (I think) where the devil impregnates a woman. She then kills herself with glass on a balcony. If I remember correctly he was the typical red beast ...
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Demons sealed in WWII Sherman tanks are released years later

I read part of this book in the 1980s, so it is at least that old. The story was based on 13 WWII black Sherman tanks abandoned in a field somewhere that had their hatches welded shut (and I believe ...
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1970s novel about computer hackers extorting a city

I'm trying to find the name of a novel I read in maybe 1975 where an evil hacker was taking control of a city's computers. I think he was doing this to extort money from the city. The part I remember ...
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Movie circa 2005? Involves cops, gangsters, demons?

There's a movie I watched a few years ago. It's crap, but it's really bugging me that I can't think of its name. I think it was released around 2005 (possibly earlier, but no earlier than 2003 or ...

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