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 the school boy hero is good with puzzles, can fly with an item he collects

I remember watching a anime in which the hero school boy is good with puzzles,and they collect some lockets, or something, he can fly when he attaches one thing he collected, they collect with ...
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Short story where the main character can “save” and “reload” his life

I'm looking for a short story where the main character figures out he has the power to 'save and reload' his life to try out different scenarios. He pretty quickly becomes kind of a monster in the ...
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80s SF/F movie with exotic cult, soldier of fortune

So, I was flipping through broadcast last night, and I caught just a couple of brief glimpses of a B action flick on a lesser channel. I would guess it to be 80s/90s in time period. The protagonist ...
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Short scifi story about a children-only society because they killed them all [duplicate]

A 2nd half of 20th century story about a society with no adults except one individual. The punch line is something like “..we killed them [the adults] all”.
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Manga about two siblings, the boy can make weapons from his body and the girl has psychic powers

In this manga there are two siblings, the boy can make weapons from his body and get new weapons by eating monsters and the girl has psychic powers. I read it in 2008. In chapter one (the only chapter ...
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Looking for a manga where the main character uses lightning magic

It starts off with him, with his students then he reincarnates to the future. He ends up annoyed with his descendants and beats them.
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Book with a school for teenage vampires who can't go out during the day or they'll burn; and heroine falls in love with the teacher

I have read this book in high school, there were vampires, and other half-breeds or something, and they cannot go out until they're turned out to be full-fledged vampires. I think they were called ...
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90s/00s anime with a kid and his battle robot that he upgrades to fight in arena battles

Anime that I'm pretty sure was dubbed and brought over to NA that I watched in late 90s maybe early 00s. Premise was a kid and his battle robot that he upgraded from time to time to do some kind of ...
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Movie where children are assigned life role at birth

I'm looking for the name of a movie I saw at least 5 years ago. I believe it had been released relatively recently. The movie is set in a futuristic utopian society. Children are given a bracelet or ...
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Short story about Advanced Alien Species observing rapid evolution of Humanity

The basic plot of the story was: An advanced alien species visits prehistoric earth and engages with early homo sapiens. One of these homo sapiens was, I think, the leader of the tribe visited and ...
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Story of a girl whose parents implant a chip to generate aversion to men

I haven't read this story, but I was reading some reviews of Asimov's "A Perfect Fit" and came across this one line by a reviewer. There is a story whose title and author both I have ...
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Post viral apocalypse story, maybe from 50's, hero was bitten by a rattlesnake, has hammer [duplicate]

I read an already old paperback novel in about 1969. Most human life is destroyed by a virus, and it is the story of one of the survivors. I remember: he survives because he had just been bitten by ...
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Novel associated with Arthur C Clarke with vibrating windshield

It was either written by ACC or based on his works. It is set in the early 21st century and was likely written in the eighties or early nineties. I think it was about raising the Titanic but I may be ...
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Childhood sci-fi book anthology with a boy abducted to play a ball game for aliens

This was a book of short sci-fi stories for boys. It was illustrated and probably aimed at somewhere like 6-9 year olds. I would have had this book in the 70s or 80s I think. In the UK. The only story ...
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Two(?)-book series about dragons, two sisters, a wizard, and time travel

I'm pretty sure this was a relatively modern book. The covers of the books were weirdly live action, I think. Anyway, it's about two sisters who live in this glade and are protecting the last(?) ...
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Pre-1960s novel where Earth humans are kidnapped by psychics from another planet [duplicate]

Earth and an Earth-like planet with human inhabitant, the people of which have mental powers that enable them to control people. Their society is ranked by the number of people they can control. The ...
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50/60’s sci fi movie using Pi to communicate to aliens

What 50/60’s sci fi movie uses Pi to communicate with aliens?
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Sci-fi book about psychic “humans” protecting/hiding Earth from the approaching Denebs

Man has colonised Mars and Venus. Radiation-induced psychic mutants are now common (except on Earth) and are being used to wage clandestine war against Earth. Following an alarming near contact ...
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short story: ancient life-form found in power station

I am trying to track down a short story I read a few years ago. It was from a stack of magazines passed to me by my uncle, but unfortunately I no longer have access to them. The magazines were from ...
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Anime Identification - Female mage bitten by small creature

(Anywhere that text is italicised indicates my uncertainty to the claims veracity) I'm searching for an anime (Japanese-style animation) movie/series (although it felt more like a feature film), that ...
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Trying to find a book with Tiny Aliens

This book is about a guy who one day starts hearing voices in his head. The voices are clueless as to their surroundings; they don't know what anything is and are quite confused about this world (they ...
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Looking for a book about a man who could change his looks

Back in school I read one book that caught my eye. It was about a man who could change his looks, nothing like werewolves or shapeshifters; he was described as having scars all over his form and would ...
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Can anyone help me with the name of a Sci-fi film about a robot apocalypse?

Does anyone know the name of a movie? I remember the plot of it. So it's a post apocalyptic movie where robots are hunting humans and there is two main characters a man and a woman. And it turns out ...
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Anime about seven swords, main character's sword has a wind attack, another uses feathers as weapons

I remember watching an anime about warriors (ninjutsu?) each wielding a special sword. The main character, if I'm not mistaken, is carrying a wood sword with a wind attack. The most memorable enemy is ...
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SF short story where vastly superior alien civilization's fleet surrenders to the shocked Earth top brass

I'm looking for a story where a vastly superior alien civilization "invades" United Earth space but instead of attacking, they surrender, much to the surprise of the assembled Earth military ...
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Very old sci-fi story about company who makes dream recordings, investigates bootleg/illegal “dirty” (pornographic) dream discs?

Plot Summary/Details Another of my patented "longshot" questions, I fear. I remember very little of the story, other than the basic premise. It's set on Earth in the near-ish future. A ...
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Trilogy from 1990/2000's with men and women sword fighters

Trying to find a trilogy from 1990/2000's with men and women sword fighters. The swords had some special souls in them. At the end the man loses his sword's power while the woman is giving birth. I ...
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Short story where a human kills an alien sent to test humanity

I remember the basic plot of it. A family encounters an extraterrestrial being in need of help but the father of the family is afraid of it and ends up shooting it. The being was sent as a test for ...
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Young adult novel written in the 80's-90's featuring a young noble of a conquering race learning from a knowledge broker

I read this book in the late 90's-early 00's. The premise was that an oft conquered mercantile Empire had recently been conquered by another militaristic race with caste system. The monetary system ...
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Two explorers land on a planet where the atmosphere makes their childhood terrors into reality [duplicate]

Two explorers land on a planet where the atmosphere makes their childhood terrors into reality. They try to leave the planet, but since their vessel contains the atmosphere from the planet, their ...
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Early 2000s sci-fi game which begins with a castle being attacked and forcing the player underground; it had jet packs and futuristic weapons

I don’t remember a whole lot about the game but I do remember that it was most likely an early 2000s game from my childhood. It was a futuristic shooter with fairly good graphics for the time. I ...
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Variations on “he that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone”

I seem to remember some writer doing variations on the 'throw the first stone' verses with Jesus actually throwing the stone in one of them. Unfortunately, I can't remember about why that comes up. ...
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Book where teens travel to other worlds through a strange, moving cave

I remember reading this book when I was around 14 (12-13 years ago). I think it was targeted to audiences of this age. I read it in French, but I expect it was originally published in English. In this ...
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Astronaut lands on planet-sized artificial sphere, enters, takes ever-larger elevators into the interior

I have vague memories of this story - probably a short or novelette length published in a magazine like Analog in the 50s or 60s. A human space traveler lands on an artificial planet-sized sphere, ...
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Early 1980's book - USSR invades the UK

As shown in the title, I read this in the very early 1980s. I think it was a Brit author. I thought of it yesterday after the BBC controversy about 'Last Night of the Proms'. Somewhat like SS-GB in ...
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A post apocalyptic movie seen mid 80s; man and mechanical companion

I think I saw this on the BBC around the late 1970's or early 1980's I recall a main character (Jack?) who had as a machine companion (on a walking stick of course) being pursued by (Renault???) who ...
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Book about a wizard being turned into a woman by magic itself (magic is a female being)

There was a tower in it as well. Where a wizard tried to protect his tower with crabs magical modified with other animals. And people being able to go into trees. What is the book series called? I ...
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Harry Potter fanfiction where Snape loses his memory after the battle and works in a convent

I'm looking for a Harry Potter fanfiction where Snape loses his memory after the battle and ends up working in a convent as a custodian/herb guy. This is post-war. He is found injured by a lady who's ...
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Short story, woman has something that directly stimulates the pleasure centers in the brain, man finds her

I'm looking for the title and author of a short story involving a woman who has a device on/in her brain that directly stimulates the pleasure centers and a man who finds her and probably saves her ...
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Short story where a man enters a cave and emerges into a parallel world

Read this short story maybe twenty-plus years ago, the story itself may be older. A man wanders into a cave, maybe in Mexico, and when he emerges he's in a parallel world. He's not staying at the ...
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Book about certain humans who gain telepathic powers after finding a meteorite, 3 groups evolve with three different powers [duplicate]

My book consists of a meteorite that gave certain people telepathy/telepathic powers. There are 3 different powers and one of the groups is the strongest. They have telepathic duels to not only hone ...
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Merlin (TV) Fanfic - Modern AU Merlin inherits Gaius house and Arthur renovates it

Looking for a Merlin fanfic based on the BBC series that’s been bugging me for a while as I’ve been reading into that area again. It was an alternate universe modern AU with a Merlin/Arthur slash. ...
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Harry Potter fic where Snape thinks Harry is spoiled but finds out about his abuse also Drarry

I am looking for an old fic that I found on Fanfiction.net year ago. I have tried to find it every few years with no luck. It is a fic where Snape thinks Harry is nothing but a spoiled brat who must ...
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Four children with superpowers, possible confrontation with pirates on a ship

I remember very few details of the book I am looking for, but here goes: The story in question was a full length book. I'm pretty sure it was the first book in a series; I never read anything other ...
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Spaceship crew looking for newly discovered planet, with a vampire on board while Earth goes dark [duplicate]

This was by a writer who had also made books about a plague that was found by genetically engineered humans deep underwater. Later books in that series followed the women who discovered the plague ...
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Post-apocalyptic novel like Stephen King's “The Stand”: survivors of a deadly virus have a cocoon-like mask [duplicate]

I read this novel in the early '90s, and though I couldn't swear to its original publication date, it did have some fairly recent culture references. As I recall it was thematically similar to The ...
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Radio drama with four kids in a spaceship returning to a missing Earth

Some years ago I listened to a radio drama involving four kids trapped on a wreck starship. After ruling the mission they and their families were on a failure they convinced the AI to return to Earth, ...
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UK comic strip from the 1970's

Looking for UK comic strip from 1970's, family visiting Russia shrunk to toy size hunted by KGB agents who think they are spies, they travelled in toy gypsy caravan pulled by 2 puppies.
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What's the TV episode from the 1950s or 60s about a wife whose husband is a doppelganger?

This is probably an episode from an American anthology show but I can't track it down. The wife's husband is killed (I think it's in a car crash) but is replaced by a doppelganger in the hospital. She ...
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Story about someone that was large due to a disease, that uses VR

This book was about this huge guy, who because of a disease was huge. He was going to die from this disease, but he was put to sleep and woke up in a VR MMO, and he is helped by his aunt. He then ...