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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What is this book? Nanotechnology from the Moon destroying the world's technology

A friend of mine recently highly praised a Sci-Fi book he read, but could not recall the author/title since he read it a while back. He did provide many details but apparently not enough for my ...
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Late 80s - mid 90s Disney TV movie with mechs

I'm trying to identify a Disney TV movie from the late-80s to mid-90s. The plot points that I can remember are: 3 teenagers on a spacecraft, all in recently in trouble at their (military?) academy ...
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Fantasy novel where the forces of good have prevailed and the “heroes” are assassins, thieves, etc

I'm looking for the name of a fantasy novel I read once where the forces of good have prevailed and now everything is out of balance. I remember that the band of "heroes" consist of and assassin and ...
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What's the first instance of fictional profanity in sci-fi?

There's a tradition of sorts in sci-fi where aliens or future humans use profanity that doesn't exist in the real world. I'm curious when this started. Which story or novel is the first time the ...
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Story featuring smart people sent on a space mission to nowhere

The story in question featured, as the vague title suggests, a "space mission" that is really a cover for forcing a bunch of really smart people to be in close proximity to each other for long enough ...
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What was the name/author of a Sci-Fi book where the sun goes Nova and Earth and Venus must fly away?

What was the name/author of a Sci-Fi book where the Sun goes Nova and Earth and Venus must fly away? It was written like a memoir from a scientist from the future who accidentally was thrown into the ...
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Short story with an old programmer about to lose his job who triggers a Trojan Horse that only he can fix

I remember reading a short story many years ago (1980s) about an old computer programmer who was about to be forced into mandatory retirement. After receiving the news from his boss he returns to his ...
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What is the name of the story where a guy goes to an alien planet to test a disintegration gun?

When I was in the 6th grade we read a book which was a collection of smaller books (or stories), which was perhaps a text book compilation. This book included The Jungle Book, but also had a few ...
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What trilogy of Star Trek crossover novels had a monster that fed on fear?

I used to have a trilogy of Star Trek novels, and I'm hoping that somebody here can remember these. Here are some of the details that I can remember Each novel was in a different universe (first ...
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IChing and space travel identification question [duplicate]

There was a short that I read in an anthology, when I was on my anthology kick about 8-15 years ago. I am fairly positive that the story was from pre-1995, if that helps anyone. I know it wasn't a ...
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“Your stupid friend is dead. We thought you were dead too” from Bridge To Terabithia?

I remember reading a book where a boy comes home to find his family crying. His sister (also crying) says "Your stupid friend is dead. We thought you were dead too." or something very similar. I'm ...
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What young adult SF book is about a boy saved by aliens and domed colonies?

When I was younger (lets go with probably about 20 years ago), I read a f/sf book that I've been looking for ever since, but I can't for the life of me rediscover it. It centers around a boy who is ...
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What book features a boy who finds out he's the emperor of China?

I read this somewhere around 2006-2008. The book was about a kid (let's call him "Bob") who finds out he's the emperor of China. He lives with some poor old guy who is secretly some kind of master of ...
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What Sci-Fi novel is about aliens who consider it simply convenient to exterminate the human race?

I don't remember the title/author of a Sci-Fi novel, where the author demonstrated that in case of an encounter with a more advanced alien life form, they would consider most convenient for them to ...
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What is this Disney scifi movie from the late 80s/early 90s?

When I was a kid we had a VHS tape of some Disney live action (not animated) sci-fi movie. It may have been a mini-series or a made-for-tv movie, but I'm not sure. I'm also not sure about the year but ...
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What novel is about a main character who removes smoking and alcohol scenes from existing films?

Many years ago I have read a novel in Polish SF&F magazine "Fantastyka" (or "Nowa Fantastyka"), where main character job at a moment was to modify existing movies removing smoking and/or drinking ...
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What far future novel features nano-biotech and ancient alien warships?

I read a great novel last year and would like to read it again and recommend it to others but I can't remember much about it's details, including title or author. Here is what I remember: written by ...
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Identify an SF novel with references to trillium, telekinesis

I read a book, probably in the late 80s or early 90s, that had several elements. I remember enjoying the book then (it wasn't great art, but it was entertaining), but can't identify it now. The ...
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What movie was based on ‘Inverted World’ by Christopher Priest?

I've started reading Christopher Priest's Inverted World, and from the first page I realized that I have seen a movie which had the same plot. But I cannot remember the title of the movie. Here’s a ...
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Which short story involved people betting on turtle races with one man always winning?

Please help me identify this story. It was about a holiday resort where the residents bet on turtle races. One man won every race he bet on. As the story progressed, it appeared that he could see the ...
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What work had the humans reinventing the space flight during war (having the wormholes all the time)?

I heard recommendation (on some of TWiT shows before Christmas) of a story in which humans were at war (I don't remember whether it was as home war or war with aliens) and they resurrected/woken up ...
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What short movie was about humans having a 7-day lifespan? [duplicate]

I've seen this short movie when I was a kid, but I don't remember the title. The story is that humans live underground, and have a lifespan of seven days. They train a newborn on his first day and ...
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What short film features a space station that projects movies onto the moon?

I'm looking for a short indie film where a space station orbiting the moon has a giant lens that projects movies onto the moon. I may have seen it on io9, but I'm not sure. It begins with a guy ...
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What medieval fantasy novel features a firey red head female protagonist with medical skills?

I read this book about 7 years ago, and all I can remember of the title is that it had "Fire" in it, or something similar. It featured a young woman with bright red hair who was a commoner and was ...
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Looking for an allegorical book about a spanish knight that talks into his helmet

This was a book I read in the early to mid 90's. I believe it was older than that though. It was an allegorical (specifically a "Christian" allegory) story about a knight who was on a quest for ...
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What book features dragons, song-driven magic, and talking otters?

Read these books when I was a youth and loved them. I haven't been able to remember what they were at all for years. The details I do remember are this: They had talking Otters who raised the main ...
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What fantasy book features a feline race and a female lead character in a world with ghost-powered magic?

I am trying to remember the name and/or author of a fantasy book I read back in the mid 1980s. I have tried searching, but the Googles have not been helpful. This is what I remember of the book: ...
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Fantasy novel about kid who finds out the 'evil warlock' is his father?

This book was similar to the whole Star Wars Luke Skywalker/Darth Vader story, except it's a fantasy novel. I seem to recall that it was more of a 'young adult' level book. Details I remember: ...
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Name of Steampunk novel with walking cities

I'm trying to recall the name of a steampunk novel. Some time in the future, most cities are gone, with remaining cities being giant platforms on legs. these cities survive by chasing down smaller ...
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Steampunk novel incorporating genetically engineered animals as vehicles

I'm trying to find the name of a novel about a young prince/duke (pretty sure he was some young member of royalty) that gets kidnapped at night, put into a steampunk mecha, and taken into a different ...
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Andre Norton's story within Witch World series with Yareth the falconer as one of the characters novel identification

I am looking for a book's title of a novel by Andre Norton that one of the characters name was Yareth and his profession was falconry. I have read this book ages ago and now I cannot recall its title ...
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Identify a book with a social engineering theme

I originally read this book in the mid- to late '70s. The premise was a bureaucracy whose job it was to manipulate events in human history by making the smallest possible change that would effect ...
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What SF novel or short story features characters that can only communicate with musical instruments?

I would like to find out the title of the book or short story that meets this criteria. Science Fiction novel that the characters use only musical instruments (eg. saxophone, guitar, violin, piano, ...
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Short story; war where speed of time changes with distance from front line

Trying to remember a short story (most likely from the sixties). It starts with a soldier at the front line fighting an unknown enemy on the other side of the front line. He then gets withdrawn and ...
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Identifying a story about a girl who turn out to be an alien

Years ago, when I was a child (around 10-12, I guess - the mid 1980s), I read a relatively short book - it might have been a children/young adult book - that I have never since been able to recall the ...
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Story about plagiarism by means of time machine

I can't remember the name of the story, and couldn't find anything on Google searches either. The story is about a science fiction writer whose story gets rejected by the publisher because it's word-...
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I am trying to find a story that I read online some time ago. (uploading, similar to “Accelerando”, “natural reserve” for humans)

This is what I remember: I think the author was not a professional writer but the story was cited in other webs. A main theme was "uploading". The pace remembered me to "Accelerando" by Charles ...
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Trying to identify “I will measure the dust” story

I have a distant memory of a story which involves a person conversing with an intelligent space probe before it's launched on a long-term mission. As I recall it, their conversation goes something ...
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Name that Urban Fantasy novel - magic, the internet, and laptop trolls galore

I recall being somewhat impressed by a novel I read a few years back - this book may be less than five years old - which featured a college-aged man. He had a laptop which transformed into a troll ...
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Name the SciFi book where a person finds a crash-landed alien mech/ship [duplicate]

I remember when I was young really enjoying a SciFi book that I found in a closet of a house that we moved into in the late 80s - early 90s. What I remember is it being about a kid or person who ...
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Which short story was about aliens thinking soccer was a form of worship?

I read a collection of short stories a while back. One story, I think it was the final one in the book, was about aliens visiting a sports event (I think it was a football (soccer) match). They ...
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Can someone identify this book, where children are bred for specific jobs?

Things I remember about this book: Every child was selected for a certain job/career; If twins were born, one was always killed; Seeing colors for the first time (describing the color of an apple); ...
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Trying to remember the name of a female, Canadian, children's sci-fi author from the 80s

I read a number of books when I was around 10-15 years old (roughly 1985-1990) by a female, Canadian, sci-fi author. I can't remember her name (maybe Amy something?) or the titles of any of the books ...
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What 80s movie features a mad scientist building an inter-dimensional portal in his attic?

From what I can remember of the movie, it features an increasingly isolated loner building or inheriting a machine in his Attic that starts bringing back monsters from outside reality when he turns it ...
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I'm trying to identify a book, where the main character (a private detective, I believe) speaks mostly in e-prime

Many years ago, I read a sci-fi novella, which remains in my memory mostly due to the main character speaking in e-prime (the book was written in non-e-prime English besides the dialogue with the main ...
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What book features aliens defeating humanity with a sleep inducing virus?

What I remember of the plot is that aliens called Poppers (or something similar) have landed on Earth and released a virus that has put the human population to sleep. Only about one in a hundred ...
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What short story interprets common idioms literally?

I'm trying to place a short story told from the viewpoint of a person who understands common idioms literally. For example, if someone asks him to “lend a hand”, he would understand that the hand ...
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What short story is about an invasion from metallic creatures?

I used to have a bunch of used short form books when I was growing up that I have since long lost, and I remember a story about an invasion of Earth by some metallic creatures that I never finished ...
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Short story that takes place off planet, involving sun and rain

I read this short story about 20 years ago, and I'd love to find the title and author. This is what I can recall about the story: It takes place in a classroom full of kids (around 10 years old?) The ...
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Name the book where the setting is a giant ship with a planet inside

Here's what I remember: Takes place in the future on a giant, bigger-than-a-planet spaceship found and now run by humans Humans are genetically altered and/or are enhanced with nanotechnology and ...