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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'80s novella about a computer running everything, which is destroyed by a punch card

I have been trying to find even a reference to this book and haven't been able to do so. I read it in the early '80s, but it might have been published a bit earlier. It was a rather small mass market ...
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Novel with a women editing 20/21st century movies to add interaction and 3D effects

Novel with a women editing 20/21st century movies to add interaction and 3D effects. She lived in a shack in the wilderness and if I remember correctly it was an additional source of income. I thought ...
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Manga/manhwa about a guy with water powers, a secret society, and a secret training island

I read this story a bit then left and forgot its name. There is a guy who discovers that he has water-controlling powers when he is attacked on a rooftop near a water tank, and he suddenly creates a ...
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Short story about time travel and refugees from the future

I'm trying to find a short story about a woman whose job is processing time travelling refugees from a future genocide/dystopia. The protagonist is in charge of settling them in refugee camps. She's ...
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Anime movie/series about school students that go to another world with rocky territory, they fight square monsters

I’m trying to find a movie or series, it was an anime or some animation if I remember right. I watched it around 2010-2016. I remember it had school students and they transport to another world or ...
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Trying to find the name of a movie that I (partly) know the plot of involving a small town and aliens

I am trying to find the name of a (possible) movie that I only know the plot of partly (since I don’t know the movie completely, it may contain some spoilers). As far as I know, it is as follows: It ...
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Book with people who wake up in pods in the middle of the street

I don't remember much about this story other than it is quite old. In the plot all I can remember is that there were a group of people who wake up in pods in the middle of the street of a town. I ...
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Book about an invented material that can raise the dead but is toxic to the living [duplicate]

Book I read in the early 1970s about a group of scientists who invent or discover a material that allows dead people to be brought back to life, but is toxic to living beings. They use it to bring ...
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Manga where the MC is a magician who gets reincarnated and adopted by goblins

The manga is about a magician who gets reincarnated as a noble but gets abandoned by his father. he was later adopted by a goblin and he turns his village into a monster kingdom.
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Book involving an AI/robot planet that became cut off from humans

I'm trying to remember the name of a sci-fi book in English that I must have read in the last 10 years, but have gone through my Kindle history and can’t seem to find it. I'm pretty sure that it was a ...
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Story with Iron Man jumping into a time portal to escape the Phoenix, before she destroyed the Earth

The Phoenix is brought back by a dying man wanting to destroy the Earth, while Tony Stark watches. Tony jumps into a time portal to escape at the last minute. He goes through different time frames of ...
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Worm fanfic where Taylor is biomanipulation powers centered on insects by Cauldron as part of a scheme by Emma to make her a nemesis

The story had a few premises that diverge from the main narrative. For one, Cauldron has a black market where you can buy the vials that give powers. As with the main story, they can't pinpoint powers,...
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Pre-2000 Ranma 1/2 and Sailor Moon fanfic with a failed romance between Michiru and Ranma

Seeing if anyone can find a fanfic where there was a crossover between Ranma 1/2 and Sailor Moon, where (pre-series) Michiru and (post-series) Ranma where the plot brought them together in a ...
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Series of books/novellas, involving a depopulated Earth, mass infertility, a religious cult, time travel, and Amazon warriors

There was a series of books/novellas in the '70s or so, involving a very depopulated Earth due to a chemical/drug error that made all females who lived in modern society infertile. A prophet had ...
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Book about a lost princess and a pond [closed]

I was in middle school from 2002-2004 and I fell in love with this book. I thought it was called The Princess Through the Pond. All I can remember is that she goes through, then she finds out she's a ...
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Need help finding a horror movie (horror buffs)

This movie might have been an all Asian staff if not there was a girl with piercings in it that was.(I think) They are stuck in an elevator (or some room) and they can’t get out. It seems like a witch ...
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Which source book does this page (featuring the outline of a terminator anatomy) come from?

Which source book does this page (featuring the outline of a terminator anatomy) come from?
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Fantasy book where two boys swap places from different worlds

I am looking for a book I read when I was younger. It involves 2 boys from different world swapping places and pretending to be each other. They are identical except that one is white and the other is ...
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Children's/YA fantasy book where the protagonist is briefly possessed by the villain

I'm looking for a book/series that I read probably 8-10 years ago (although it could have come out earlier). In the book, the hero makes some kind of deal with a possessing entity, where that entity ...
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Alien movie where the spaceship crashed and repaired itself like reptile skin

I watched this movie a long time ago. I remember the aliens come to Earth because of DNA and showed some humans the family tree showing special DNA on it. The ship crashed and was repairing itself. I ...
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Time traveller going backwards and mad in museum [duplicate]

Interesting short story I read 1970-80s. A lifepod containing one occupant appears at a museum. At first hairy, dirty and wildly incoherent, the occupant becomes calmer, cleaner and communicative over ...
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A movie about travelling to the future, where a man see the earth "start" again? [duplicate]

I can't remember the name of this movie I saw when I was a kid. All I can remember was that the man travelled through time every few years ahead,never coming back, one of the years the moon is quite ...
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Children's graphic novel?

Looking for a graphic novel(s), roughly mystery stories targeted at high primary/ low secondary readers. Would have been published by 2007 in english. Art style is not particularly unique - but it is '...
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Fantasy/sci-fi book about a boy who gets superpowers from the future

I read this book a over a decade ago. and even then the book looked old. I can't say exactly when it came out. Each chapter was written in a different style. Some in first-person, some in third-person,...
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Twin star, perception disturbances on space station, punning text message

A humorous short story from an anthology read 1970-80s. Humans have established a space station that orbits both stars of a twin system. As a result days and nights are of radically different lengths. ...
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Sci-fi book series about interstellar war between humans who mind meld with technology and aliens in ceramic ships [duplicate]

I started reading this book series around 2000 from the school library and changed schools before finishing. I believe it was a series, possibly a trilogy, told from both the humans and the aliens ...
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Sci-fi short story with shocking reversal of expectation [duplicate]

I read this in HS in the '80s. Story told from the point of view of inhabitants of a planet, which we assume are humans, as invaders come attacking. Late, or near the end of the story it is revealed ...
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Which story involved computers that used humans to avoid being frozen?

I've been trying to recall which story it was that involved machines or computers that kept humans around in order to avoid being frozen. Briefly, in the story, humans and machines were at war, and as ...
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I’m looking for short story I read as a teenager, possibly by Heinlein. Story about a society where people can be armed in public

I’m looking for a story about a young man living in a society where individuals can carry a weapon, but must display a badge to indicate to others that they are carrying a weapon.
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1960s novel about humanity spreading through the solar system thanks to the invention of inflatable DIY spaceships

I read this when I was a young teenager in the late 60s so my memories are faint, but I would love to read it again. What I do remember: Humanity is spreading through the solar system thanks to the ...
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Scientist in accident which reverses his molecular handedness

Another short story from some 1970-80s anthology. A scientist is involved in an explosion at a reactor or collider facility. There's a lot of distruction but he is pulled out of the ruins alive. ...
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Does anyone know the name of the bnha fanfic where they write stories in a villain’s perspective?

Basically from what I remember was it was posted on ao3 and Aizawa gives class 1-a an assignment to write stories as if they were villains instead of heroes, but alas I can’t recall what the name was.
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Trying to identify a Eco-disaster/apocalyptic novel I read in the 80’s

Trying to find a eco-disaster novel I read in the mid-80’s. Believe it was a new release at the time. World was being consumed in a wave of disaster and mutated creatures due to pollution/waste ...
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Black & white TV episode where germs are intelligent

This was something I watched on UK TV in the late 1960s, (maybe a series like The Outer Limits or The Twilight Zone). A large team of Earth space explorers are visiting some planet, lots of ground ...
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Animated series about a team shrinking in size in a ship that enters human body to fight aliens

I think it was a japanese animated series. In the series a humanoid alien civilization is dying out, but they don't understand why. They discover Earth and notice that humans don't have the same ...
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Sci-fi short story about highway patrol officers that can execute traffic offenders

The story includes at least two young drivers. There is a horrific accident that kills a little girl. One of the young men was a repeat offender who does not show remorse. the other offender had ...
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Princess in evil family poisoned by sister, knight who can turn back time

It starts out where the girl is given poison by sister that she takes. Then the male lead who is a knight turns back time but catch is he doesn’t have his memory of the future. She does and chooses ...
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Sci-fi Show with Tech Magic/Psychic Powers

The show was on in the late 90's or early 00's. It may have been re-runs at that point though. It was on the SciFi channel. I don't remember much of the plot, but it involved characters on a larger ...
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Book about organization who can erase time [duplicate]

Has anyone heard about a book where there’s an organization that can erase people or time streams and one of the guys involved falls in love with someone he’s suppose to erase?
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'80s movie where a guy falls in love with a girl, then finds out she's a ghost

So I remember the movie with a guy being in love with, or liking, this girl. And then toward the end, she comes by, riding on the back of a convertible with some friends, looking to be dressed for ...
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High-tech jet crash, brain injured soviet pilot commits killings

A British TV sci-fi drama, perhaps a one-off or short miniseries (2 or 3 parts). BBC or ITV around 1970-80. A foreign power, probably Soviet, has developed some kind of advanced fighter plane. ...
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Book about a space warrior pilot, augmented with his AI-based spaceship, who crash lands on Earth and meets a girl

I read this book a while back, then gave it to someone to read, and it was never returned; I have been looking for it ever since. Below is the plotline. If anyone can give me the name of the book and ...
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Novel about a teenage female protagonist on a FTL spaceflight in a deterministic universe

Looking for some help, please, finding a novel I read in the '90s (I think mid-'90s). I have the vaguest memories of a hot pink border on the cover. The plot involved a teenage female protagonist ...
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Looking for a horror/scifi anthology 2000-2012 (I think.)

There are two short stories I am specifically looking for. I can't remember the titles. From what I recall, they were in some sort of horror/fantasy combination anthology at the San Francisco Public ...
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Manga where a student sees a mascot and was thrown out the school building

A student sees a mascot outside their school and was the attacked by it and then he wake up into another world. Then there is also a scene where the student wakes up from coma and again sees the ...
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Looking for a book that is sci-fi/thriller maybe about a robot girl?

I read this book about 7ish years ago in the library at my middle school. The plot that I remember is there’s this girl who is a robot (I think) and she didn’t know that she is and when she finds out ...
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Murder in cult of identical people

No idea where I read this short story, but probably 1975-85 and in an anthology. There has been a murder in a cult community. The unique thing about this cult is that they don't believe in uniqueness. ...
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Novel where everyone has to wear masks. Boy time-travels and experiences anti-Semitism

This was a novel I read in the 2000s (in middle school). It was set in the future. Everyone had an opposite gender twin that was their life partner. A major plot point is everyone wears masks. A ...
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Looking for a old novel about a telepath committing murders

I am looking for a novel that I read in the late 80's, involving a telepath committing murders. The book itself was fairly old even then, so was probably written in the 60s, 50s or earlier. Here is a ...
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Looking for a Pre-2000 novel with involving children with the power of "Luck" [duplicate]

trying to find a book that a college classmate told me about ~20 years ago in an off-hand dorm room conversation and has always left me curious. It involved a child having the power of "luck"...
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