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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Sci-Fi movie with attacking trees and vines (Asian) - YouTube scene

I recently found a small scene on YouTube in which a group of soldiers is attacked by plants/vines/tentacles. Looks like an interesting fantasy/sci-fi horror movie. Here is the scene: ...
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Kids' book where kids foil alien invasions (early 2000s)

I read a kids' book in the early 2000s (probably by 2004, almost certainly by 2006) whose name I'm trying to remember: It was probably newish when I read it, almost certainly less than ten years old. ...
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Indie science fiction film. Two siblings (one in a wheelchair) take in a stranger

An adult brother and sister live in the desert and take in a stranger who is on the run. The brother, who is in a wheelchair, dreams of creating a flying machine. The sister ends up falling in love ...
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Time Travel book from 70's where people were sent from 150 years in the future to our present time

I read this book either in the late 70's or early 80's. It was set in a distant future, about 150 years in the future. Numerous people were being sent from that time to the present. This occurred for ...
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What's the name of this 80s-90s movie with a monster in a lake?

This movie was on when I was a kid so there's very little associated with the memory. There's a dock around a big lake and a boy goes exploring. During various parts of the movie he keeps seeing the ...
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Short story about a businessman who goes to Hell and is tortured for an eternity until he becomes a demon

The story concerns a businessman who goes to Hell and is tortured for an eternity until he becomes a demon. The story ends with the demon who tortured him disappearing, and a businessman entering, ...
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Science fiction/Mythology story/author that may have been in the back of a Michael Moorcock book

Many many years ago (over 20?) I was standing in a Walden Books and I flipped through this book and found an excerpt from some other book or story. What I can remember is there was a warrior that was ...
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Movie/series where the whole crew of a spaceship and the ship itself are dissolving

I'm looking for a TV series episode or a movie (more likely to be an episode) which I have seen many years ago (early 2000s, but could be older). The crew of a spaceship gets sick without a reason one ...
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Trying to find a film about a boy who finds a buried spaceship that then takes off with him

I‘m looking for a movie I watched at some point during (probably) the mid-1990s on German television (I don't know if it was dubbed or originally German). This is what I remember: the protagonist is ...
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Movie/series where arrestee causes truck to crash into police car by making the truck invisible to the police officers

I'm looking for a movie or tv-series episode that I saw years ago, probably between 2002 and 2012, where this scenario happened: A man (might have been a bald man) is transported by two police ...
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group of girls travel through a portal with individual paperweight things that act like keys

It is about a group of girls who live in a neighborhood with a garden in the middle. There is a little building in the middle of the garden where they like to meet up. One day they all get these ...
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Manga with a guy who relives the past lives of other people to improve them as his job

I read this manga but I forgot the name of it and haven't read it in a while, but it goes something like this. The MC is a male who struggles with his family due to money problems. He has a sister, ...
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1980s TV show or movie where kids intercept alien TV broadcast. Aliens are flat puppets. They see a gameshow and news of an Earth visit by the aliens

I've been looking for whatever this movie or show this was.... This is an OLD memory and I've not been able to find anything anywhere about it. Some of these details might not be 100% accurate. I ...
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Novel about a young woman who discovers an underground city where they use books to create worlds

I read the novel years ago and can not recall the author, name, or even character names. Its about a young woman who lives in the desert or badlands with her father, they're geological surveyors ...
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80's two part series about a time travelling human male in a spaceship with puppets who visits Earth

The man in question falls in love with a human on planet Earth, after travelling back in time and ends up being his own father. His crew are all puppets. I believe the second part in the series was ...
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Sci-fi book about humans living on another planet and reflecting on Earth origins

I came across a book recommendation that really piqued my interest, and am having trouble remembering the details to sufficiently find it via search engines. Here is what I can remember: I remember ...
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TV series intro flying through a cutting with obstacles

I recall a TV series having the intro (or possibly outro) from a plane/spaceship POV where it flew through a tunnel (or a cutting) with artificial walls looking like the Death Star exterior, except ...
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ID a 1980s (TV) movie with the heroine on the run with her dead father's memories stored in a VCR+computer combo in a briefcase

I saw this in the mid-to-late 1980s on British TV. It had the feel of a made-for-TV movie and, as I recall, was American (though it could easily have been a Canadian production). The feel was present-...
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Manga where a man is being haunted by his dead female childhood friend that follows him around

It’s a manga where this guy is being haunted by his dead female childhood friend. He is an adult who is trying to get himself a girlfriend. Though his childhood friend keeps getting in his way. I was ...
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Novel series about a group of 6 teens with powers (cause-and-effect, metabolism, bacteria, etc.)

I read a book in-and-around the year 2002. It may have been a young adult novel. I believe that there were at least two books in the series. It was about a small group (5-6) of modern-day (for the ...
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B&W movie with female creature with fish scale skin

As a child in the 60’s I saw a movie with a female creature (mostly human in shape) that had some sort of fish scale skin. As I recall when they showed the creature it was always using the diffused “...
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Late 90's / early 00's animated film involving psychic soldiers/guinea pigs

Along the years, I've managed to find nearly every anime I caught glimpses of on analog television as a kid. But this particular one has left me puzzled for well over a decade. What I can remember is ...
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Manga where the red haired female character went back to time to change her fate

I forgot the title of this manga because it was in Japanese kanji. (Can't properly read it yet so I can't remember). So, the manga goes like this. The female protagonist somewhat suffered or something ...
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Trying to find a time travel short story

A group of scientists had almost cracked time travel - but then started dying in a series of bizarre accidents. They realised that the universe was protecting itself from the paradox of time travel by ...
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Video Game where you control a woman (an acrobat?) in early 1900s Europe who can interact with shadows

I suspect that I'm just shy from finding this. I saw a review of the game on YouTube a few years ago, which lauded it for its innovative mechanics, but I think commented that it was a bit too short, ...
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Short story about a guy that buy “alien pets” to put in a kind of “terrarium” [duplicate]

I can't remember the author's name nor the title (guess it is obvious, otherwise I wouldn't be here). I do not remember much of the story either. It was about a guy that buys from a dealer (or a ...
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Looking for comic where Spider-Man faces a lawsuit over him leaving his webs everywhere

If I am not wrong, the earlier Spider-Man comics had him use only his webs for transportation. Later on though, when he got his Spider-Cycle, he almost abandoned using his webs for transportation ...
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Young adult story about an inventor who creates the first “Faster Than Light” technology

Years ago I read a “Young Adult” Science fiction story about an inventor who creates the first “Faster Than Light” technology. This FTL mechanism created an inertia-less bubble around a person or ...
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1970s or '80s movie where a family farm is relocated either in time, or to an alternate reality

Trying to ID a movie I saw in probably the early 1980s (or maybe the '70s). I watched it on TV in the USA. (It might have been a made-for-TV movie.) A family is living in a ranch or farm type setting. ...
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Children / tweens book about a girl who travels (possibly through a portal) from a remote mountain style village to a city / town

Thhe main character is a young girl. Story begins in a remote mountain style village, but she (maybe through a portal) travels to a city / town. Not modern day. She is sort of helped by a big man who ...
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Short story (1970s or earlier) involving a lone explorer, a deserted planet, and a ship trapped in indestructible substance

I am trying to identify a short story that I read when I was a boy, so in the late 1970s/early 1980s. I read it in German, but I am certain it was translated from English. I read it in our public ...
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Late '70s / early '80s TV show on PBS about kids stuck in alien ship

I'm trying to identify a show that I watched as a kid in the early '80s. I feel like it might have been British, and I could swear it was on PBS on a weekend morning. I vaguely recall ~2 kids (maybe 1 ...
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Manga where a guy, his childhood best friend and (I think) three other guys get transferred to another world. And the MC has 10 skill slots

A manga where a guy, his childhood best friend and (I think) three other guys get transferred to another world. And the MC has 10 skill slots. The three other guys bullied him back on Earth. When he ...
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Book where the Earth has been paved over

Looking for a book from my childhood (was read aloud in 3rd grade, I'm 35) and as the title says, the Earth has been paved over. Further details I recall are that the story follows a girl growing up ...
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Russian Horror/Fantasy Film with magical constructs as farm labourers

A film, I'm 95% sure was Russian. I watched it within the last two years and I got the impression it was not very old, say post-2015. Filmed in colour. The scene I remember was a raggedy creature that ...
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Story in diary form about a malicious stranger who sets neighbours against one another [closed]

I'm looking for the name of a short story I read in a SF anthology in the early 90's, but I don't know the anthology's publication date. I think the story was written before 1970. The story develops ...
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Book about a person giving in to become a zombie by going to sleep

I read this story a while ago, probably ~5 years now. I think it featured in a SF anthology of some kind, and it may have had a fairly simple name (like "Zombie" or "Sleep"). The ...
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Book about a kid who is forced to kill, and is then teleported to the future by an amulet

I read this book when I was in middle school. It was about a kid who is forced to kill an old man, by a man that puts his hands over the boy's hands. I think an amulet teleports the boy, with the ...
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Korean manga / manhua about noble daughter being sacrificed

The main character is a daughter of some kind of noble family. She is being treated really poorly, like getting abused by her parents and her sister, because she has some kind of curse? Or affinity ...
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80s/90s movie: boys go missing at neighbor's house

Looking for a 90s or 80s movie where 2 boys sneak out to go investigate the neighbor's house and they find a dungeon-like place in the basement. The neighbor may have been a vampire, I don't quite ...
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Book about a company finding your reincarnation

I'm looking for a book but I only read the synopsis, which goes like this: In our society a company pretends that reincarnation is a thing. For a large sum of money they can, after your death, find ...
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Short story about scientists attempting to make contact with God

I am looking for a short story I read in the mid to late '90s - part of an anthology. The story is about scientists who are attempting to make contact with God - they eventually do, but the scientists ...
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SciFi short on YouTube about a spacecraft is travelling through space with only AI

A spacecraft is travelling through space with only AI. As the story moves forward it is revealed that all the scientists onboard the craft have died a long time ago, and now the AI is evolving to ...
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Novel about a crew member of a spaceship having hibernation nightmares [duplicate]

I read a novel from the 1970s about a crew on a ship who are in hibernation. The story mostly deals with one crew member. He has very disturbing dreams during his sleep periods. Such things as ...
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Old sci-fi short story about bombs sent back through time and space by aliens to destroy earth [duplicate]

The story I remember and am trying to find: Humans had expanded out into the galaxy. Another race of aliens saw humans making their way towards their sector of space and feared us. That race was not a ...
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Graphic novel about an alien prince in battle armour, who fights other aliens to prevent his species from being enslaved

I remember the graphic novel being about a family who stumble apon a large island with tons of different creatures. However in the background, the island is actually a sleeping giant whose race was ...
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'90s time travel movie where the villain is seen in black & white photos, and is following people through time [duplicate]

I have a vague recollection of a time travel TV movie from the '90s, where the villain is seen in a variety of black and white photos, and is following a group of people through time. The antagonist/...
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Need help finding movie or show (not anime) about a tentacle girl [duplicate]

I saw this movie or show can't remember few years ago. It's not an anime or animation pretty sure. I dont remember much but I remember a scene. The girl had tentacle legs? And she and this guy was ...
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Fantasy novel that uses Greek mythology

It was about 2 Greek couples cursed by a deity and a satanic being. Basically, the man was cursed to be immortal and the girl reincarnates to different animals. It was a Greek myth. Details I remember:...
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Which book on a deserted planet with a maze and an insane ancient creature?

I want to identify the author of a book. The plot: A spacecraft lands, possibly forced, on an otherwise deserted planet where there are ancient ruins of a high-tech civilization. A centerpiece is a ...