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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A story about the world split into three realms

This is a series I read partially something like 15 years ago (I think). It is set in a universe with magic of some sort - I think the magic was derived from geological processes (?). One of the ...
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Sci fi short story about a female activist that is really a clone of her virgin mother

I read several years ago a short story about a female activist (told by her mother), that seemed like a “Jesus Christ in modern times story”... at the end you discover the mom is a biotechnician that ...
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TV series of the late '70s or early '80s: disfigured people who wear masks in a fantasy or unexplored land

I'm looking for the title of an old TV series that I watched on TV in the late '70s or early '80s; the show wasn't much older. Perhaps it was a movie, but I'm inclined to think it was a mini series. ...
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Book where a couple of divers discover a sarcophagus hidden in an underwater grotto [duplicate]

A very long time ago I read a paperback at school, it was one of if not the first SciFi books I ever read. I would like to try and find a copy but being so long ago I have no recollection of the ...
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Sci Fi short story about a woman who goes to a tower to gamble with its ancient protector who has a gun that never misses?

A couple years ago I read a good short story that I haven’t been able to find. I only sporadically read Tor, Clarkesworld, or award winning short stories, so it probably had some buzz. I think it was ...
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Anyone recall a story about a perfect, wormy apple?

I think I read it in the 90s in an SJSU creative writing class, reproduced in one of those loose leaf binders from a printshop. I may be misremembering ... but I think it was first person, a male ...
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Novel To Venus In A Flying Boat

As a boy in the 1960s, I recall reading a novel (possibly a juvenile) in which the heroes (British I think but can't swear to it) travel to Venus in a ship designed to land on water - a kind of flying ...
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Sci-Fi book from late 80s early 90s with humans being hunted on a different planet to Earth

I'm a bit sketchy on this one but will try and give as much detail as I can remember. The story is about a group of humans who are on a planet other than Earth. They are being hunted by some kind of ...
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Manga with life burning power

I am trying to find a manga i read about 10-15 years ago. A lot of the details are barely remembered, but the final chapter or so stands out in my memory. In the final chapters the main character ...
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Short story about intergalactic pizza delivery via time travel

I am looking for the name/title of this short story (not a book) with the following plot/elements: An intergalactic pizza delivery service run by a family The pizza kitchen never stops ("the mad ...
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Cartoon where 4 elemental children fight big monsters but have to press a symbol

The 4 children each have an element but they have to press a symbol hidden on the skin of the enemy to activate their powers. I remember them changing into a look that represents an animal (fire was ...
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90s (or earlier) film or TV show that featured a prison ship whose inmates believed Superman would liberate them

I remember watching a live-action TV episode or film on TV (English, USA) sometime in the early to mid 1990's that featured a prison starship. The prisoners all live in a single "room" on one of the ...
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Story where a man can recognize any place on any planet from a single image

I probably read this about 20 years ago, maybe a bit more. I think it was a novel, but it may have been shorter. No idea about the associated cover, if it was a novelette or shorter it may even have ...
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Short story about rock throwing fight [closed]

I read a short story back in the 2001/2002 time frame while I was in middle school. It may have been assigned reading, or part of a text book, or a library book I can't remember. I was reading it ...
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Novel about a trio of children with strange powers who team up to get rid of a strict nanny

I read a book in elementary school, but I can't remember the name. Here's a few things I can remember: A man (who already has a daughter) gets married to a goth lady with three kids. One of the new ...
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Animated children's show from the early 2000's - drink turns you into an alien

I'm trying to remember something from approximately 18 years ago that I saw on cable TV. It was an animated sci-fi story that took place on some kind of spacecraft. The only detail I really recall is ...
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Space opera book about a group of adventurers

It consisted of three or four stories, I remember one story: on a planet where the biggest casino is located a monster appears every night, and kills(steals?) one person. In this story main character ...
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Early IBM PC sci-fi RPG with a girl in a shower and an optional dragon encounter

I swear I've found this one before, maybe on another site. Somewhere between 1988 and 1992, my brother was allowed to borrow an IBM PC from the school (it was an anti-theft measure). I remember we ...
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Old science fiction book about flying spheres that want to destroy all technology [duplicate]

I am desperately looking for an old science fiction book, I only remember this much: A woman (I believe) observes an ancient statue of an extinct race that indicates a point in deep space. After much ...
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Space exploration/RPG PC game where humanity is trapped in a space bubble

I've been trying to find a PC game that I played a demo for back in the early 90s (give or take). It was a space exploration/RPG with sprite graphics and I think a top-down perspective. You fly ...
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Scifi movie from 70s, 80s - Humanoid on Earth in search for the key to his spaceship (ship looks like a dragon)

The movie is about the search for an ancient artifact. At the beginning, the movie looks like it's a crime piece about a criminal band band that is looking for some priceless relics. Later, it seems ...
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Commercial (Super Bowl?) where guy looks mean but is nice [closed]

Since the Super Bowl is coming up, I thought I'd ask this ad identification question, and hope this is the right place. Background: I remember watching a commercial a long time ago (maybe 20 ...
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Novel with teleportation and possibly called “Burning Man”

I'm trying to identify a novel that I partially read many years ago. This is a real long-shot as I remember very little details. Googling the title is impossible due to the festival of the same name ...
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“Choose Your Own Adventure” book, medieval fantasy and pet crow, bizarre possible ending implied to have been a dream

This was in the school library when I was in 3rd or 4th grade, so around 1992 or 1993 (the elementary had its own library), though the reading level was above my head at the time. I remember the "...
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Giant grey humanoid alien that mind controls earthlings

Paperback (I think) where humans (in the USA?) find a giant (grey?) alien in a tomb or crashed spaceship, circa 1950. The alien is hostile and can mind control everyone around it. It forces the humans ...
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Intellectually simple man crosses space border that kills the rest of the crew

I do not know the title or author. The main character is an intellectually simple man who ends up alone on a ship because it passed over some border in space. The border kills criminals (or something ...
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Book where humans traded weapons with a primitive bird species

Hi I read a book about ten years ago I’m trying to find and I can only remember a small part of it. There was a primitive bird species on a planet and humans were trading old weapons with them, ...
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Book series where the main character is called “Priest”. Mini-nukes used to rescue slaves

I remember a book series I started to read about five years ago and now I can't remember what it was called. It was set in space and on alien planets far in the future. All I can remember is these ...
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Book about a colony ship failing and the colonists returning to an empty Earth

I'm looking for a book I read once but I don't remember the title. The gist of the plot is this: A spaceship carrying colonists leaves Earth traveling perpendicular to the galactic plane. The ship ...
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Scifi movie from 70s, 80s or 90s - A scientist measuring intelligence

I don't remember much about this movie. Only one quote. The problem is, I only remember it translated into Serbian while I think the original was in English. At first I thought the movie was Suburban ...
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Sci-fi movie or TV show shown in this Linus Tech Tips video

Recently, Linus Tech Tips covered a TV from China, and as part of the coverage they loaded up a segment from a Chinese movie through one of the apps. The segment can be found at 4:54 in the below ...
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A man builds a suspended animation machine to visit the future

I read a story in the '80s (it could have been early or late '80s) about a man who built a suspended animation machine as a form of time travel because he wanted to see the future in person. I think ...
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Book where all people live in a tower above the clouds

I'm looking for a book I read some 15 years ago, at my middle-school library. I'm sure it was before 2005. The story is set in a tower above the clouds, so they don't see the floor, and every so ...
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Weird scifi movie about military sending a team to island/survivors, crashed ufo

It was pretty old movie 70s-90s, about a military sent to investigate a remote island with strange signals, or crashed survivors on an island[cant remember exactly]. When the team landed it became ...
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1979 or earlier short story - dispute settled with opposing factions fighting on a planet using WWI rules

I am trying to track down a sci fi short story from a magazine. Been bugging me for years. Not sure what magazine - journal size 7-8" x 10-11" - approx 70 pages when I picture holding it. I got the ...
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Sci-fi movie from 80s-00s about a killer alien roaming a dark city

I vaguely remember a movie about an alien/monster roaming a dark/grim city. It could hibernate/burrow or drill underground, or used underground city infrastructure to move. It murdered different ...
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Short story where aliens think cars are the dominant life form

It's not HGttG and it isn't a poem. It was like a page long and it was in my textbook in high school circa early 2000s in CA, USA. I remember there were aliens and they were talking about how humans ...
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Brian Aldiss short story about caveats of advanced military technology [duplicate]

I'm trying to remember a short story I read many years ago about the negative side of developing and deploying advanced weapons technology in an SF setting. It was about some intergalactic power that ...
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Movie where people are trapped with no connection to the outside world but have food and water

The movie I remember is not from Hollywood, below are some of the scene references. Theme of the story is people get trapped in certain places (with recurring food and water for their survival) and ...
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Old post apocalyptic cartoon where the main character has red hair and lives with a nomadic group

I am looking for an animated TV series which was probably made in the '80s or '90s. The main character had red hair. The cartoon is set in a post apocalyptic environment and the character lives with ...
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SciFi writer’s stories are plagiarized from the future

An author of science fiction repeatedly finds that no sooner has he published a new work than he finds that that it appears as though he had plagiarized it because it is suddenly listed as an already ...
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End of the train line/depot, protagonist slips into another dimension

I’ve been trying (with no success) to find a story I read on the internet about a decade ago about a man that either falls asleep or just decides to travel to the end of the line on the train and ends ...
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What four TV series appeared on Sci-Fi channel about the same time around March 1999?

I recall seeing four new TV series that appeared on the SciFi channel about the same time. Two of them were Farscape and First Wave. Unfortunately, I cannot recall the other two. According to IMDb, ...
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Sci fi TV series about a parallel universe where belts let them stay there and give them power [duplicate]

I'm looking for a TV show that I watched when I was a kid (2000s). It's not Sliders, Parallax, Spellbinder, or Stormworld. It's about a boy who travels in a group with a girl and an old man (maybe a ...
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Short story: post-climate-change, mega-rich underwater retreat

I'm trying to find a short story from a pretty recent collection (sometime in the past 5-10 years). The plot involves 2 people in a sub (some sort of male consultant/operative/spy, and a female pilot)...
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Short story: humorous story with protagonist talking in riddles

I read this short story a few years ago, online, but I didn't save the link, author or title. It was about 5-10 pages long, with the following plot points that I remember: A lone human explorer lands ...
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Movie about Chinese nuclear satellite threatening a US space station

This movie came out in the 80's or early 90's. A crew aboard a space station notice a satellite orbiting close to them and find out it's actually a Chinese orbiting nuclear weapon. They spacewalk and ...
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A universe not quite like ours

Okay this is a story someone else was telling me about. I wanted to read it but he didn't remember the title. This was in the mid-eighties; the story itself must be at least that old. The protagonist ...
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Sci fi short story, enemy weapons made the population deaf [duplicate]

I read this short story at least thirty years ago, an anthology in the UK but the story was set in the US. A grandmother is struggling to raise her grandson, I think the parents are dead. There is an ...
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Looking for story about farmer who sees aliens land in his field, but it turns out that the farmer is the alien and the aliens are humans

I’m looking for the name of a YA Science Fiction short story that I read in middle school in the 70’s. As I remember it, the story was told from the perspective of a farmer who was tending his fields ...