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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Short story about a teenager who has his brain replaced with a microchip (Psychological Horror)

There was a short story I read as a kid (between 2007 and 2009) about a world where people were raised from a young age with a microchip implanted in their skull which was trained over time to ...
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Book series in the future with a plague, artificial intelligences, and a mining planet taken over by machines [duplicate]

I'm actually not sure if it was a book series, but there was a question to identify this story several months ago that linked to a website that explained the history and events that took place in this ...
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Merman Tom, pirate Hermione story

Looking for an unfinished Tomione fanfic on AO3. Tom was a merman, the terror hiding in the depths, terrorizing honest sailors and pirates alike, sinking ships and drowning people in droves. Enter ...
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YA book from the 80s, involves mind transfer to robot as means of travel [duplicate]

I remember a book from the 1980s set in the future. The main character was a boy traveling to see a relative (uncle? grandfather?), but you didn't actually have to travel anymore....Instead, his ...
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Book (online?) where one common (and powerful) form of magic consists of making vows

I was reading Sew You Want to be a Hero, second book of the Threadbare series, and there's a scene where a character is commenting on how the Knight class (it's LitRPG where people are aware of their ...
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Anime where a popular teen becomes a demon slayer

I am trying to find an anime that has a super popular teenager as a protagonist. One day that guy goes at night in his school with his friends and he gets attacked by some shadow daemons. And all of a ...
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Star Trek novel in which the Enterprise-A is sold as surplus and refitted with Klingon technology

I'm trying to recall a licensed Star Trek novel that I encountered in the early 2000's decade. The gist of the story is that after the NCC-1701-A is decommissioned after the end of The Undiscovered ...
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Curator working late discovers the night watchman is the vandal and the Egyptian gods are real

I’d love to identify a short story I read in an anthology that must’ve been printed in the 80s or 90s. The main character is a museum curator and she’s working late studying a statue of an Egyptian ...
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Fanfiction involving a sea horse, a sailor, a clam shell and a mermaid set in the multiverse

I read this online though it might have been on a surreptitiously dodgy (I mean to say sexualized in a profound way) website, it involved a love triangle between the sailor, the sea horse and the ...
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Movie with a girl/fairy who was talking to a unicorn in a snow covered forest

I watched this movie some time in what was probably 2010 or 11 on Netflix. I keep randomly remembering it and every time I search for it, I can't find it. I don't know what it was called, but I ...
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Harry Potter fanfic where Harry has amnesia and forgets his pregnant husband Draco and tries to get back together with Ginny

No matter how I search in google, I am unable to find this fic. Please help me if you know this fic with the details I can remember - Harry and Draco are married for a long time. Harry is an Auror. ...
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Archaeologists Time Travel to King Arthur Times

I remember reading a book about a group of archaeologists who are on a dig, they find a building, and they end up traveling back to what I believe was Arthurian times by way of something they found. ...
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Sci-Fi/Romance novel from 1990s (?) with girl who moves in with her bachelor uncle

I read a novel when I was a teenager, and my sister and I can't remember the title or author. The only things I remember about the book are that I believe it was a fantasy/sci-fi/paranormal romance ...
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Science Fiction Novel from the 70's (I think) about a cryogenically suspended man who awakes in the far future

I remember a novel I read ages ago and am looking for its name. The story starts with the death of our characters wife and he cannot get over it. So he sells everything and buys some land and builds ...
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Story about a spacecraft crewman picking up women in a bar, intending them harm

A crewman has just finished a job, landed on a planet, rented a room, and goes to a bar. He picks up a few women who are dancing, taking them back to his room. He intends them harm. He expects to get ...
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Heinlein story regarding suspended animation and reading newspapers?

In one of Heinlein’s stories, a character awakes after having been in suspended animation for many years and catches up on what he’s missed by spending a few hours reading a history book, then remarks ...
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A Movie About A Kid Making Wishes

It was years ago, and I was born in 2002. It starts with a fat kid with an infinite chocolate bar supply in his pockets. It turns out his friend, who is the protogonist of the movie, got a wishbook. ...
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Short story man in dream facing monster in area remembers his Dad's .45 auto shoots monster [duplicate]

Short story where man is in a dream world or a world that is not quite real, his thoughts can become true. He is either a prisoner or a subject of an experiment, in a sandy arena facing a monster. ...
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Story about group of kids one of whom is called “Boomer” (and dies)

My brother has asked me to pass on a query for him re a book he would have read in 1970s or possibly very early 1980s. He thought there was more than one book and it followed the adventures of a small ...
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Movie where man is unable to die, keeps trying to kill self

A man is unable to die, he keeps on trying to kill himself and, possibly, is also attempted to be murdered, but he is invulnerable. I am dimly recalling the last few minutes, he either jumped off a ...
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Social experimentation with cryogenics fails to solve humanity's overpopulation problem [duplicate]

This may be a tough story to identify because of incomplete memory. A technique for cryogenic preservation and revival of the body has been developed and is applied to the overpopulated world in a ...
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A man notices that has wife has tentacles coming out of her body that lead down to the sea

All I remember is that there's a scene where a man's wife(?) walks into the room and then he notices that she has tentacles coming out of her that lead all throughout the house(?) to the sea(?) It ...
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Short story (possibly a novella) about people living in caves; women start giving birth to worms

In eleventh grade, we read many a short story, sometimes novellas if our teacher liked them enough. I remember reading The Most Dangerous Game. This one short story I have been trying to find for ...
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A recent short Sci-Fi story about a family at Christmas and climate change

I'm looking for a recent (last four years?) SF story about a family enjoying a nice day in their house at Christmastime, watching the snow fall in the forest near their home through the windows. The ...
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Sci-fi movie featuring a fat man running sideways on a wall

This is clearly a fairly recent sci-fi movie featuring superpowers, but I don't recall seeing it advertised. There's an obese man with his belly hanging out, running on the side of a skyscraper ...
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Temporal Empire?

I recall this being a novel, from my father's collection, and the book was showing its age back in the mid-1980s or early 1990s when I read it. The overall theme involved a temporal war; reality was ...
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Comic book panel with at least three trained assassins in melee trying to kill each other, quips about deadly feet

I know... that sounds terribly generic. I was reading Jab's reposting of Deathlok and it brought back memories of reading a comic book in the 90s where some assassins were trying to price themselves ...
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Novel - Accidental exploration ship, broadcasts a TV show to let people know what they find

Probably from the 70s or earlier. Paperback in English. Space craft with a new drive that should be able to travel to other planets in solar system almost instantly, is over budget and behind ...
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Book about people with psi abilities that end up travelling on a space craft

I read this book in the late 70’s/early 80’s. It is about people with psi abilities that end up travelling on a space craft. I can’t remember the author but he/she was very good. I borrowed it off my ...
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Disease transmitted by postage stamps

The United States is afflicted by a cold- or flu-like disease that has the epidemiologists floored because its distribution is so spotty. In one town practically every adult person comes down with it, ...
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Looking for a recent Sci-Fi Anthology (I had a copy and lost it)?

Around two years ago I purchased a relatively new Sci-Fi anthology (it would have been published in 2016 or 2017), and then lost the copy. I forgot the title, but I remember a couple of the stories ...
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A story about a whole crew of aliens who visit Earth, befriend a child

It was a book I read when I was a kid, so I am assuming it was a book aimed at kids/young adults. A whole crew of aliens of different species meet an Earth kid. He befriends them. One of the aliens ...
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Anime or manga with a white-haired main character who goes to demon school

I read or watched it about a year ago or half and only remember the beginning. The main character has white hair and goes to a demon school. An angel has snuck in to the school but gives her self away ...
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Pre-70s science fiction short story or novel: astronaut lands on planet or natural satellite, discovers it is a hemisphere

A colleague told me he read a pre-1970s science fiction short story or novel involving a male astronaut who approached a planet or small moon. When the space traveler landed, he discovered that the ...
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Spider-Man and Fantastic 4 crossover comic with Double Identity Scene

I recently found this question while browsing the site, and the accepted answer says the image never came from the comic books. However, I clearly remember that my first comic book issue had that ...
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Old show set in China: a girl that could turn into a snake and a Liu Kang looking guy

I remember watching a show as a child but I can't remember the storyline or name. All I remember is the intro included a girl who could turn into a snake and a guy who kind of looked like Liu Kang ...
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Short story about an elite that has mentally regressed due to assistive AI technologies

I came upon a comment describing a scifi short story where reliance on technology meant to improve appearance and demeanor has led to mental regression and AI control of the upper class that employs ...
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Which pornographic magazine reprinted the Asimov short story “Let’s Get Together”?

“Let’s Get Together” is a short story by Isaac Asimov published in 1957, involving Soviet robot infiltrating the United States. In the 1964 anthology book “The Rest of the Robots”, Asimov gives the ...
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1970s or 80s kids book: girl's life taken over by a robot doppelganger version of herself

I read this book between 1980-82 but it could have been written earlier. It's about a girl who is dissatisfied with her life, as her parents have her on a diet and she wants to be able to eat what ...
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90s/2000s TV show : man uses government time machine to fix national problems

This is a TV series from the early 2000s (maybe the late 90s). It was on prime time TV in the US. There is a government agency that has a time machine that allows the main character to jump back in ...
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Story about separate individuals coming together to make some supernatural universe power

A long time ago when I was a kid, I was really into fantasy books and went through them left and right. For some reason there is this one story that I can only remember a single detail about that ...
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2010 (?) science fiction TV show with new world

Plotline: The government is sending a whole bunch of people to another planet to "prepare for Armageddon." I recall the trip taking a very long time (on the order of maybe 30 years). Also, one of the ...
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Sci fi short story based on Jabberwocky

Very faint memories of reading this, maybe 1971/1972 in an anthology. It is not Mimsy Were the Borogoves by Henry Kuttner about kids getting lost in between dimensions. In the story I'm looking for ...
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Nuclear breeder/reactor plant controlled by two A.I. makes too much power

Probably from the 80s. Paperback in English. The tone of the story was humorous. I would swear the title was something like NUKEE or N.U.K.I.E. or some variation. but haven't found anything with ...
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Short story in a White Dwarf Magazine from 90’s

I’m looking for a short story from a White Dwarf Magazine circa 1990’s. It is Warhammer Fantasy based. I remember two human fighters (mercenaries) travelling and meeting an old man with a child. ...
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Why did Supergirl kiss Nightwing in this panel?

This is likely a scan from after 2005 (given Supergirl's outfit), but I don't know if it was from an Outsiders comic, Teen Titans or some other story. If anyone has any idea, I would be curious as to ...
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Nickelodeon special with puppets as “Goblins”, looking for a crown

This show was a late 80s/early 90s Nickelodeon or Nick Jr. special, utlizing puppets and live action cast members. It definitely wasn’t The Dark Crystal. As I remember it, the basic premise was as ...
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Short story about a father who commits suicide to protect his murdered daughter in the afterlife

I'm looking for the title of a short story of which I recall the following elements: a man's daughter is murdered, and the man is either visited by her ghost or imagines this, and she urges him to ...
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“That's no (inanimate object), that's my WIFE!” (mid 1970's audio media)

I've searched several different ways and I find what look like they could be references to the line I am thinking of, but I can't find an authoritative reference. I am remembering an audio media ...
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Boy's faces crushed with a millstone as coming-of-age ritual: short story identification

Please help me identify a short story. In the story, there is a village in which the coming-of-age ritual for men involves crushing their faces with a millstone. The boy lays his head under the ...