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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Anime where humans have robotic creatures and power them by crystals

I saw this anime on YouTube some years ago, I remember that its name was one word but maybe it was just named like that to not be removed from YouTube. In the first episode, I think that the main ...
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Cartoon movie. Something about an anime/game character coming to real life. He used cards to summon dragons or something

From what I remember, the protagonist was very energetic and had spiky hair, probably red, and also a sword nail. He used cards and I remember that in the movie he summoned a dragon with them or ...
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Short Story - Man recreates the woman of his dreams but without the essentials for life

Looking for the title of a short sci-fi story, in which a guy was able to 'recreate' the woman of his dreams, only it was conceived still and dead, since her body lacked all the essentials of life. ...
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Kids' short story, an alien kid body-swaps with her Earth pen-pal to get away from bad alien world?

Story is a normal Earth girl is meeting her alien pen pal, who she talks to about everything. When the pen pal arrives, the girl goes with her in her flying (?) car and hears more about the alien ...
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Mid ‘60’s SF book where a final human ship seeds the galaxy with colonies to survive an invincible enemy

A book I read in the mid-late 60’s, has humanity (except for one light cruiser) wiped out within minutes across space. The light cruiser, named Challenger, hides in a lunar crater, sends off small ...
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TV Show/Movie from either the 80s or 90s where a kid needs to build a weapon of the right shape to defend the human race

I have some distant memories of watching either a movie or a short in the 90s. Premise: A kid is tasked by an "unknown entity" to build a weapon to defend the human race. He needs to find ...
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Computer Game - Opens with meeting a famous person and chasing a robber who vanishes using magic

I played this PC game almost 16-19 years ago at my grandma's house, so I hope my memory is not too terrible, but here goes: PLOT I made it like 10 minutes into the game until I got stuck, so I do not ...
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Book about young girl meeting Odin, the Oracle, Loki and many more

I read this about 10-12 years ago (as a kid and a German version) but the book got lost while moving. Essentially the story revolved around this girl in a Norse village, who keeps meeting this one ...
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Possible “Children of the Corn” sequel with four teenagers in an attic

Can anyone identify this movie based on this trailer I remember from the '90s? Four teenagers in an attic. Two of them appear to be evil and pressuring the good kids to join them in their cause. They ...
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'90s movie involving a bag of marbles, a werewolf, and a woman

There was a movie back in the '90s that my mom would watch when it came on. I barely remember it, but I know bits and pieces of it. In part of the movie, there was a bag of marbles, and all the, I ...
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Comic about two children who live on an asteroid

I read this story recently but I am unable to find the story anywhere :- The story starts with 2 children wearing space suits on an asteroid and expertly unearthing what seems to them like the ...
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Book, possibly titled: “Of Tea Cups and Wizards, Dragons”…can’t remember

I cannot remember if the title of the book has tea cups in it, or the book series. The series was never finished due to the author passing away. It is fantasy and comedy and has a fire wizard who ...
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Valiant comic issue where a necromancer ushers his zombies onto a bus and they start singing “The Wheels on the Bus”

I'm 90% certain that this was a Valiant comic, the original setting under Jim Shooter before Acclaim bought them up. I think I read it in the early 90s. The Dollar Tree had bags with 2-3 random issues....
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Black & white manga involving a magic sword-wielding general (possibly ex-general) and a princess

I read a manga a while back. From what I remember the main character always wears the same clothes (picture below, excuse the bad quality since I drew it myself). There was a joke that lasted a page ...
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Trying to identify a sci-fi story in an anthology from the mid-70s

The story appeared in an anthology provided to kids in British schools during 70s. The story had a very simple structure. It was a description given by a man who was observing a vision of the history ...
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Story in which a textile robot developed artificial intelligence

Many, many years ago I remember reading sci fi story in which one of the characters was a sentient robot who, if I recall the story correctly, was originally some sort of textile robot in factory. It ...
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SF Short Story - Nature Rebels

As with many of my questions, this American short story appeared in an anthology during the 1960s, a decade in which I devoured science fiction. All I can remember is that a group of Earthers (miners, ...
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Windows PC Game with pseudo-3D action in a maze with two mechs trying to kill each other

I played this somewhere in the early 90s, I think, downloaded off of a Bulletin Board System and played via a direct connection over the phone lines the twice I actually got to play. It might have ...
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Sci-Fi Technocrats (cyborgs) vs People with mental powers

Earth is at the brink of an ecological catastrophe, polluted, ravaged by wars, and was abandoned by the majority of its population who left in space ships. For generations their society relied on ...
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ID a story with someone (a woman I think) taken hostage by an AI

I'm trying to ID a 70s science fiction movie involving an AI that takes a woman (I think) hostage. It's not Demon Seed. IIRC it takes place in some slightly futuristic (in a 70s way) accommodation in ...
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Monster movie involves survivors trapped in a planet with three or more moons

I haven't been able to watch the full movie. Just saw a particular scene. In this scene, the survivors were trapped inside a cabin in the jungle. There were to person near a table which had a humanoid ...
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Looking for title/author of fantasy book where the Sun is hidden by pollution and it is always winter

Seeking name of an older (possibly 80s?) fantasy book. Was a fairly thick paperback that I think was part of a series, but my library only had the first one. Details: the main character is a teen/...
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Martians on Everest

I'm trying to find a short story about Martians being found living on the peak of Mount Everest. The story precedes the first climb of Everest (1953) and had the protagonist reach the summit in a ...
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Manga/Novel about an injured blacksmith playing a Virtual Reality MMORPG

I remember reading a book about an above 50ish blacksmith (with an English sounding name) who got injured so as a way to get through it he ends up playing a Virtual Reality MMORPG. One defining factor ...
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Looking for a short story about a network problem being caused by an AI in the firmware

Hoping to get help and/or pique interest. I remember coming across the story online. A couple of system administrators are trying to track down an issue in a network, where a particular packet refuses ...
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SF Short Story — Mercy-Killing Telepath

I read this short story in the 1960s — can't remember just where. The main character is a middle-aged man, who, if I remember correctly, carries a cane. He is a telepath who was almost driven insane ...
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Book about a female protagonist travelling through space with alien creatures called the Leviathan

The main character of the book was selected to travel space with these aliens that also were able to act as spaceships called the Leviathan. They were helpful to Earth in fixing its problems. As they ...
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Doctor discovers (or is deluded) that long-time catatonic patient in the hospital is actually some kind of superbeing

This was a short novel (maybe 200 to 250 pages) that I read in the 1990s, but which based on style I would think was published in the 70s, and almost certainly in the late 60s to mid-80s period. The ...
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Book about a world where there is a limited amount of souls

Looking for the title of a book I read where it was about a world with a "well of souls" and everyone was extremely religious as mandated by a church in order to keep from being possessed by ...
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Manga where a martial artist steals a bracelet, causing his powers to be sealed and sending him to another world

The main character is a young man who looks like a cute young girl with hair all the way past his butt. The manga starts off with him in the Murim world as an unparalleled martial artist who lives ...
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Book about an AI that traps people on a spaceship

My memory about this story is rather short. I only remember the following points :- The story was in a collection of stories. In this, a robot/AI of some sort traps 2 people on a spaceship and sends ...
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One shot manga about two strangers that meet each other in heaven

I read this one shot years ago like around 2007? All I can remember is it was a one shot about a guy and a girl that die and are complete strangers. They meet in the afterlife and talk about their ...
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Adventure game based on Japanese mythology including when you die, you're stuck in (Buddhist? Shinto?) hell and have to escape to continue

I played this probably around two decades ago on a Windows PC, I think while I was in my Freshman year of college. I remember it as a point-and-click adventure game with 2D art that looked like a mix ...
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TV show, Humanoid Aliens spaceship crashs in Alaska, Half escape, Half are captured

TV series broadcast in USA, Probably from 1990-2010. Set in modern times, in English. Spaceship full of humanoid aliens crashes in Alaska or northern Canada in the middle of winter... Earth radar saw ...
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Old Sci-Fi book with skin crystalizing disease and characters with psi powers

I remember reading a Sci-Fi book as a kid. The protagonist caught a supposedly fatal alien skin disease that caused the body to "crystalize". A secret organization treated him with devices ...
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Book where a boy's dad doesn't want his son to go to the magic school he did

I don't remember much but there was this boy who found it hard to fit in; not many people liked him because of one of his legs. His dad didn't let him learn magic because of what is mother said before ...
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Book where bodies stolen by witches. Band of gold to prevent the switch becoming permanent — used yellow knitting wool

I'm looking for a YA book (I'd guess aimed at 12+, but I'm not very sure. No romance, and the characters were children/young teens, but it was quite scary). I probably read it in 2004-2008(ish). It ...
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Book where a boy finds out that a building in his neighbourhood is the inspiration for a game that he is obsessed with

I am looking for this particular book which has the following details :- The main character who is a boy has a elder sister. He has a game that he is obsessed with and later on the book's plot, he ...
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1960s comic book/graphic novel-type format maybe: Boxer takes too many weight-gain pills and sinks underground?

Off hand, the stupidest story I ever read and why I wondered even then why my mom bought me comic books or I guess slightly thicker sort of graphic novels (but I don't think this was exactly a graphic ...
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Sci-fi book about a family of aliens with blue hair, who go to a dystopian dimension where the sick or the old are killed

Okay so there's this book I read, probably back in 4th or 5th grade. Definitely dystopian sci-fi. It was about this family of aliens with like special blue hair, and they went to this dystopian ...
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Can you help me locate this series of books?

There’s a series of books I read, probably 10 years or more ago that I just can’t seem to pinpoint. Here are some things I recall: Space Navy based Space Opera Space ships could jump between solar ...
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Mirrors reflecting heroes' images in the mirrors. It was as if they were trapped in another dimension

I sometimes think about this book that I read sometime in the late 1980s. It was a story about four or five teenagers / young adults who traveled between dimensions, although I seem to remember that ...
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Story about a boy from a cold world, who comes to Earth through a portal

Story about a boy coming through a portal to Earth. The Sun burns him and a girl hides him, until he breaks free and returns to his own world. She follows him to a cold world, where she is cold the ...
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Science fiction book involving AI augmented humans, a vampire, a colonised planet, a massive living blob, blind human pilots, and more

There's a series of books I read, probably 10 years or more ago, that I just can’t seem to pinpoint. The timelines jump about a lot, so it’s hard to figure out the order, but here are some things I ...
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Fantasy book about a hunter girl with powers, who encounters other hunters (and their animals), a portal, and a vampire

A girl travels by train from her home town in the mountains, to a big town that wants the type of hunter she is. On the way, a mage is on the tracks and stops the train. She uses her power to make him ...
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70s SF book where the hero wakes up in a factory or prison but the computer won’t let him out

From what I recall the hero wakes up in a factory or prison environment, however the computer that oversees the running of the place doesn't recognise him so won't let him out. I think at some point (...
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Book about wooden sailing ships with FTL

I read this book in the 1990s; I'm trying to remember the name. It seems like a the start of a series I'd like to read the rest of now. It's a space opera about humans traveling our galaxy with giant ...
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Time travel manga where the female protagonist travels back in time before her death to prevent her harsh life ahead

It’s a story of a female protagonist who has a harsh life. Just as she is about to die she time travels back into her young self. To avoid the future she already lived, she decides to gets strong by ...
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Short film about a kid who grows feathers, and then turns into a bird

I remember watching this in an airplane back in 2016-2017. It was a short film about a girl/boy with their mom/dad (can't remember which). The kid starts growing feathers, and both the kid and parent ...
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Identify time travel cartoon from clip

From TVTropes article Invisibility Cloak At the bottom of the page there is a short clip from some animated show, featuring characters from several franchises. There's Doc and Marty from BTTF, Dr Evil,...