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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Book about a planet covered with giant trees and inhabited by angel-like aliens

I have very few memories of that book but I do remember: One of the two main characters is a woman, foreign to the planet, who happens to be there, I don't remember how or why. She's held captive by ...
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Book from the '80s, first person prose, modern timeframe, something with dragons and Sammy Hagar music [duplicate]

There was a book I read in high school (the '80s) that I remember enjoying, but can't remember many details. The most prominent things I remember are that it was published because the author won an ...
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Looking for story about a society where untruth is banned

I remember reading this story maybe 15 years ago - the style made me think of the 80es or 90es. I'm not sure if it was a short story, but I think it was. The overall theme was that untruth in any form ...
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Third-person action fantasy videogame about afterlife factions in a war?

I played this game around 2010 or so, at my brother's Windows PC. It looked like PS2-era 3D graphics, but I don't know if it was in any other platforms. Decidedly western in style. The story was a war ...
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Short fiction about virtual pets [duplicate]

This story was a longish novelette, or a shortish novella. I read it about 5 years ago, maybe a bit more. Since I almost never read magazines, it was probably in some collection, but I don't remember ...
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Kids' book about a boy who is taken on an adventure in some kind of ancient, alien flying machine

I'm trying to remember the name of a book I read pre-2006 about a boy who is taken on an adventure in some kind of flying ancient, alien car/spaceship. He flies over the great pyramids in Egypt and he ...
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Young adult book about a traveling snake oil salesman selling magic elixirs that worked, including a strength potion

I read this book in the mid-to-late '90s. It was about a traveling snake oil salesman in one of those old horse-drawn carriages, and he had magic elixirs and potions which actually worked. I vaguely ...
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Can't find this specific Choose Your Own Adventure book

The book was kinda large but paperback and old, maybe 30-40 years. I distinctly remember an arm wrestling contest you needed to secretly drink a potion for, and the complete ending had you return to a ...
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Old fantasy movie about a boy on a quest for a blue rose at the top of a mountain

I saw this fantasy movie on TV around 1964 or 65. I believe it was black and white, live-action about a boy on a quest for a blue rose at the top of a mountain. Along the way he encounters a troll and ...
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BBC radio 4 serialisation from late 70's or early 80's about people on a space ship looked after by a robot called 'Angel' [duplicate]

It was a sci-fi serial and all I recall is that the characters were on a ship in space and were looked after by a robot or ship's computer that was called 'Angel'. I think it turned out this 'all ...
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Short story with character living life in non-sequential segments

Years ago I read a story with a character who experiences their life in segments different than the normal time line, e.g. his first memories might be flailing around like a baby in an adult body and ...
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Looking for a collection of stories about an isolationist community

Sorry, I don't have a lot of information about these stories, other than what I remember of their content. I read them in English, but the character names are definitely not traditional English names,...
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What book(s) reference dates A.S. (After Shannon) and what is the in-universe explanation for its origin?

After 01:20:30 in the delightful video The Bit Player | Claude Shannon | Father of Information Theory | IEEE Information Theory Society Shannon's last graduate student and Thinking Machine's Danny ...
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Story (or series) with AI copies of people with 'alpha' or 'beta' quality, artifact searching

I remember reading a book a while back and was curious to finish it, but lost it. Story elements I recall: characters can copy/replicate themselves (or at least their minds) and there are two 'grades'...
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Comic book with time machine inventor murdered by his own assistant

This story was from a comic book I read somewhere around the mid-'60s. It was a normal-sized thin comic book, not one of the thicker "special issue" types. I believe it had several ...
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Short story about aliens who use terrifying dreams/visions to conquer other species

I read this story many years ago so I've forgotten most of the details. I think it was told from the point of view of a narrator going through the experience. People all over the world began having ...
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Youth Christian sci-fi book trilogy featuring a telepathic man and woman, who're separated but find their way back to one another

I can't find these books for the life of me, and thought I'd give this a shot. Looking for a sci-fi book trilogy I think I read in the early-to-mid-'90s. I think the main character was named "...
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Destructive teleportation story where the inventor is afraid to use it

I believed I read this story in Asimov's in the early 1980s, but last year I re-read (most of?) them, and I didn't come across it. I'm 90% sure I read it in a magazine, the next most likely being F&...
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Manga from TikTok ad where protagonist seemed to have a physical disability, and her sister wanted to send her for marriage in her place

I'm looking for the name of a full-color manga I recently got an ad for on TikTok. The title was something along the lines of Lady (name that I forgot ;;) is (a?) Something. It was a fantasy romance ...
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Main character reincarnated in a forest and fights a giant ant-like creature, saved by a mysterious girl

From the plot I remember the main character getting reincarnated in a forest. While he fights with some kind of giant ant-like creature he gets saved by a mysterious knight-like girl. So she sleeps ...
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Book title where characters slow down perceived time in order to time travel

Looking for the title of a book where a small number of people (5-10) are passengers on a space ship that constitutes a time traveling MacGuffin. They travel in P-space (may have the wrong name, as I ...
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Book title where a space faring character is turned inside out

Looking for the title of a book. A spaceship malfunction results in an individual being turned inside out with their organs now on the outside of their body. They are still alive, for a moment. This ...
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Anime about two girls who transport a loner kid from a classroom to a fantasy world

There's also this alien they can ask a question every time they complete stuff for him. Like saving a village. Also another task is in the "real" current Japan. The boy gets a girl out of a ...
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Book, alien uses mindcontrol machine to manipulate a mob of humans

I read this around 1981, in the US, in English, in paperback most likely. I feel like it dated to the 50, 60s or early 70s at the latest. The only scene I remember is: A man (the protagonist, I ...
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Book about a guy who discovers he has super-hearing and then other powers

It starts out with us finding out the main character has superpowers because he can hear his neighbours' kettle going off and various other things that he shouldn't be able to hear. He finds out his ...
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Novel: The apocalypse began, monsters spawned and people got special powers

I'm looking for a novel I read a year or so ago where the main character was injured. When the apocalypse began, monsters spawned and people got special powers. MC's main power was ice. MC used ...
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Sci-fi novel about a girl waking up in a spaceship, on a planet populated by two alien species

Young adult science fiction. I read this in the mid-late 1990s. I do not know when it was written. The story is about a young girl who wakes up from stasis on a planet. I dont remember if the ship had ...
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Middle school book about kid who sees an evil version of himself

This is very vague and you probably won’t know but I vaguely remembered a book series that had 3 books (I think). In one of the books the main character goes on a road trip and sees himself in the ...
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Fiction book about a boy who finds out he has some kind of powers from another boy while at school and joins some government-like group with him

I read this book in middle school around 2013 maybe, about a 12-14 year old boy, (Boy A) who meets (Boy B) after somehow making a table flip with his mind in the cafeteria; (Boy B) tells him that he ...
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story featuring a bush whose stems or thorns grow into the fourth dimension

I read part of this story sometime before 1987. I can remember part of a genus/species name, Rosa... something and that the bush somehow poked into the fourth dimension. I think the story itself was ...
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Sci-fi short, a miniature town/people used for testing advertisements? [duplicate]

Many years ago I read a short story about a man who figures out that his world is not real but an artificial miniature, populated by artificial people and used to test advertisements, etc. The "...
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Children's scary story anthology, including an illustration of a pair of pants that walked around by themselves at night

I read this in the early '90s. It was a collection of scary stories that I got from the school book fair. I don't remember much, but there was a story in there that took place during the civil war (I ...
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Humans conquering space through matter manipulation [duplicate]

The story centered around the friendship between two humans as they mastered space travel through matter and/or time-space manipulation. As they come into contact with alien species, they eventually ...
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Comedy movie two men find all-female society in bunker (Eastern European) [duplicate]

Eastern European comedy sci-fi movie probably before 2000. I saw it on TV with subtitles. I don't remember the language. Two present day men find themselves in a future underground bunker. (Possibly ...
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Film or TV show with spooky dead trees and singing

There was a TV show or film available in the early- to mid-nineties when I was growing up that featured a forest of pale, spooky dead trees. They were not animated. I think they were either costumes ...
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A Russian (Soviet) movie where the protagonist falls asleep in the train and ends up in the next town exactly the same as his own [closed]

I heard about this movie from a friend, so I don't have exact details. The story is that a man from a Soviet Russian town goes to work by train in the morning, and returns in the evening. He falls ...
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Sci-fi movie about a prisoner who keeps escaping but always gets caught

I remember the movie takes place for decades, where the guy keeps escaping, then recaptured (papillon like); grows old and eventually meets his daughter or something because of weird sci-fi time ...
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Identification of a black and white sci-fi film where the US and USSR build supercomputers to run missiles [duplicate]

Black and white sci-fi film. US and USSR build supercomputers to run missiles, computers link up become sentient and take over the world by threat of nukes. A designer tries to disable them, fails and ...
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Soldier travels via interplanetary portal-like booth/kiosk

A short anthology story probably before 1980, certainly pre-Stargate. Somewhere a booth has been found (or appeared) of unknown origin. It looks something like a telephone kiosk, big enough for one ...
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Manga where male main character got isekaied and turned into a witch girl

Looking for an isekai manga where the (male) main character died (I forgot how he died) and got isekaied as a dark-haired female witch that lives in the middle of the forest alone, and has a hobby of ...
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Isekai manga with over-powered main character that lives with over-powered old villagers

I am looking for an Isekai manga where the main character grew up in a village full of over-powered villagers and was taught that he is weak and ordinary to humble him. When he left the village he ...
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Short story where people traveling FTL see their parallel universe selves (not Cascade Point)

So this was a short story I read 25 years ago or so about a starship pilot. In the world of the book people go to sleep during FTL travel only the pilot stays awake. After there is a problem on the ...
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Late 19th century - early 20th century alternative New York City named 'Knickerbocker' [duplicate]

I read a fantasy novel in the late 1980s or early '90s, I think, but I'm not sure if it was published at that time. There's a female secondary character (daughter? sister?) who lives on the roof of a ...
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Novel in which a female physicist creates a mini-universe

I'm trying to find a science fiction novel. I read it in about 2010, but I think it would have been published earlier in probably the late 1990s or early 2000s. It deals with a female particle ...
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90s vampire short story set in post-communist Romania having a subplot about the effects of AIDS on vampires

I read a collection of vampire short stories in the 90s. One stood out about a group of UN inspectors or delegation of some sort in Romania after the fall of Ceaușescu. One of the group is a vampire ...
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Movie about time traveler staying for a fixed time [duplicate]

Years ago I watched a movie about a time traveler arriving at Earth, picking someone, and bringing them back to his own time. I have searched and searched for the movie, but can't find it. What I ...
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In one of Heinlein's lesser-known novels, he described an unusual ability to detect metal objects without looking at them. Which one?

When I was young I had the seeming ability to "feel" metal objects in the dark, or with my eyes closed, from a spot deep in the center of my forehead behind the bridge of my nose. Yeah, I ...
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Movie about child infected with alien disease making him have tentacles?

I remember seeing a movie in a store that I passed up on but am interested in finding again Title had something to do with "Infection" or "Virus". Cover had a guy with like a crab ...
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Time travel short story about a man from a multi-racial future who is killed when he goes back to a racist past?

A friend of mine had an Amazing Tales-type anthology back in the mid-80's with this story. A traveller is sent back to an earlier time (early 20th century America?). He reveals innocently that he's &...
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Manhwa where an evil spirit wants to kill the female character

I am looking for the manhwa wherein the story involves two timelines, the present and another in the Joseon period. In the Joseon period, a man marries a poor woman and they loved each other deeply ...
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