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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Short story about children, crows, and language learning

While in Covid Quarantine in 2020, I read a short story in which a child starts talking to a mysterious person online when they're supposed to be chatting with their aunt. That person is not a human ...
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Fantasy novel with early religious human civilization in cave with yeti like antagonists

This was possibly a 70s/80s fantasy novel, with the sort of airbrushed/oil-painted realist fantasy landscape covers that were popular at the time. The cover art I think was a large green plain with ...
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Short story where man was mauled by dogs in dream

I remember reading this story in an old High School literature textbook years ago (2009-2010 timeframe), but the story itself is probably a lot older. The entire story is framed in a series of letters ...
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Short sci-fi story about a prisoner and mind teleportation [duplicate]

I remember studying this short story in my school book of class 9 or 10 maybe (Indian CBSE board book) in the year 2004/2005. The short story was something about two people from two different planets. ...
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Anime where both boys and girls transform with their weapons

I'm very sorry if this is vague. I barely remember much so the curiosity is the biggest thing killing me. I just remember this old anime (nothing new, not PreCure type anime either) where both girls ...
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Book about a guy playing a cursed video game that took place in his town

There was a book I read back in middle school (I'm 23 now) that I can't remember the name of and I've been trying to track it down for years. From what I can remember (and my memory is not that good), ...
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Sci fi anthology book with a story about a lizard alien who comes to Earth, and another about a commune of humans being led by tentacle aliens [duplicate]

I am looking for a book -- I think from the '70s or '80s -- that was a collection of scifi stories that usually had some kind of horror element to them. I know the first story was about a man who ...
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Harry Potter fanfic where abused Harry works at potion store keeping his identity secret

Looking for a Harry Potter fan fiction that contains the following elements: Harry was abused/mistreated so he runs away I believe this was pre-Hogwarts Harry keeps his identity a secret, either ...
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Manga featuring miniature people using normal sized human cyborgs for labor and as vehicles

I remember seeing pictures of pages of a Manga a few years ago that contained exactly what was described in the title. I thought I first encountered it while on TVtropes, but I can't find it on any of ...
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Novel with time travel, religious references, main character being called "Gog," aliens, and pre-missing-link humanoids. Likely from 1980s

I remember reading this book as a pre-teen or early teenager, and it seemed a bit old at the time. I was born in 1983, so it was likely written in the mid-'80s or earlier, but that is a guess. ...
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Book featuring humanity being updated and a boy leaving tapes because he can no longer be seen

What I remember of the plot is that the boy was doing a show or something when an update happened to humanity, and now nobody can see or hear him. So he leaves tapes explaining what happened, and in ...
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Short story from a 1970s era collection about aliens clandestinely selling perfect tech on Earth [duplicate]

It was in a sci fi collection, probably from the 1970s. It's about a main character who is trying to figure out how another person has such perfect things from a brand name "P" (for perfect, ...
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Short story, probably from the '70s, where a new procedure would supposedly make people smarter

This is not "Flowers for Algernon." There was one very intelligent scientist who initiated it (as I remember) and the results were that the people who went through it started speaking in a ...
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Manhwa where the main character makes a pact with a woman, enabling him to transform into fighters and gain their abilities

I'm searching in for a manhwa where I think the main character (MC) is searching for his mother and makes a pact with a woman, enabling him to transform into fighters and gain their abilities. He ...
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Early 2000s cartoon show where villain is a blue cat

It was set in animals universe and there were no humans. I think there was a villain who was a blue cat and used to make gadgets. And protagonist was a superhero but kept their identity hidden to ...
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Early 2000s sci-fi book where the main character investigates a suspected meteor, and discovers an alien craft on his heavily forested colony world

I'm looking for the title of a science fiction book. I believe it would have been pre 2010. I believe the book is part of a trilogy. The setting is a heavily forested colony world, dotted with the ...
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Children's Chapter Book, Possibly early 2000s?

There's this children's Chapter Book that I've been looking for for absolutely ages. It involves four kids and they go through this like doorway or portal or something under the table in their little ...
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Looking for Manga title [closed]

I'm looking for a manga title where a girl was sentenced in the pillory and will be executed soon after because of killing a man but she was innocent after all then a protagonist rugged boy helped her ...
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Book that involves a mom and her son teaming up with the son's father, who was disowned right before the son's birth

The mom and son are in the same division of a space federation and, after a war breaks out, they are ordered by the higher ups to work with a pirate group that was hired to work with them. The father ...
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Isekai Manhwa where a shut-in gets transported to another world where daily life objects can be used as weapons

I'm searching for a Manhwa I read a long time where a shut-in gets transported to another world but he can go back to the real world. He discovers that daily life objects can be used as weapons in the ...
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Isekai manga where the main character has a servant harem in a world where adventurers are imported because residents are sterile

I read this about a month or so ago, I thought, but I'm not seeing it in my history. The beginning of the story is a familiar one for isekai. A high school class is transported to a fantasy world and ...
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Manga where the merchant son's plan is to heal damaged slaves

Trying to find a manga i saw a while back. The son of a merchant has this plan to buy cheap damaged slaves and heal them using magic. I think the first two slaves he rescues are a female centaur &...
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Manga where the female lead travels to different dimensions to fix the lives of different side characters

Does anyone know a manga where the female lead is in a system where she travels into different dimensions? She possesses the bodies of side characters who die and takes revenge using their bodies and ...
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SF short-story about an alien invasion of Earth by backward aliens [duplicate]

The aliens have discovered a star drive for interstellar travel but are very backward in all other technology. The have conquered other races. When they reach Earth, the air on their ship is becoming ...
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A short film of someone trying to fight off tiny Lemming-like beings invading their home

I have a vague recollection of a short film I think I saw at some point post 2000. It's possible I originally saw it on YouTube. I believe it was CGI, and the aesthetic in this short film reminds me ...
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Full-color isekai manhwa/manhua female lead dies by gunshot, goes into the body of someone being strangled, then picks a cat

I found this full-colored isekai, fantasy manhwa/manhua on an aggregate website like Asurascans.com. I believe it starts with a black-haired woman being shot and falling off a roof. She then proceeds ...
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Short story, blasted Earth with robot avatars

I read this short story in the UK, possibly in the late 1970s. Some guy is shown a possible future (I can't remember by who or why) and it begins with an alien craft suddenly appearing in Earth orbit.....
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Lovecraftian WW2 sci fi novel with three Nazi villains who had wires coming out of their heads, connected to batteries, that gave them their powers

I'm trying to remember a book I read. This would have been around 2017. I believe it was part of a trilogy. It had a Lovecraft vibe; the bad guys were at least 3 Nazis, 2 of whom were brother and ...
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Manga about a princess who fell out of her cradle as a baby and broke all her bones

I read a manga about a princess who was born. She gets out of her cradle and falls, breaking all her bones. If I remember correctly, a mage fixed all her bones in a really painful way. I cannot ...
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Trying to find a book I read about a boy with supernatural powers who lives in the woods

I want to find this book I read in about 2016. It's about a girl who meets this boy who has black hair and a black horse, he lives in the woods alone. She gets to know him and finds out he is ...
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Looking for sci-fi short story about a time loop

This is a short story, I think I read it in an anthology of the author's work, possibly. I don't remember too many details, unfortunately. It had a male character who has the choice to break out of a ...
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Isekai manga where the protagonist frees a chained angel girl in a world with monsters and war

I'm looking for a manga that consists of the protagonist going into a similar world to his, where the mystical beings that were put in prisons are free and there is war. He meets a chained angel girl ...
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Space fiction novel about a woman who finds an alien who later may become attached to her as a soulmate

First character I remember is a woman (on a planet setting) who finds or defends from an alien who later may become attached to her as a soulmate. Setting moves to space/space stations- The alien love ...
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Manga/manhwa where the main character didn't have mana/magic, but got one by getting punched by a fist filled with mana

It's about a main character who, if I remember correctly, didn't have mana. But when he got one by getting punched by a fist filled with mana, he got a lot stronger to a point where nobody could move; ...
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Sci-fi novella about a group of people and a giant pendulum that swung, slowly coming to a halt

I am trying to figure out a sci-fi novella I read maybe 30 years ago. It was about a group of people and a giant pendulum that swung from side to side, but slowly coming to a halt. For every swing, it ...
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Late 70's or early 80's apocalyptic sci-fi show about a boy in a deserted England. Similar to John Christopher's "Empty World"

TV movie / series, possibly BBC, seemed to be filmed in England (from memory). I saw it in Australia when I was a child in late 70' early 80's. It could be movie or series. It was a last person on ...
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Manhwa where a woman is transmigrated into a Boys' Love novel

I'm looking for a manhwa where the Female Lead (FL) was transmigrated into a Boys' Love (BL) novel, and to protect him she tries to marry him to keep his secret that he will love a guy. I think the ...
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Clones, hazardous environment, rebirth, human rights

A second-hand softback I read in the early 1980s - possibly written in the early to mid 1970s. Possibly the complete novel, or perhaps two or three stories in the one book, no more than that. Artwork: ...
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SF novel using "sun side" and "dark(?) side" for "pro" & "con"

I'm looking for a novel I first read some time ago, probably 1990s or 2000s, and at least once since. I read it in the US as a used paperback in English, and as far as I know that's the original ...
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Manga where a boy has to save girls by touching the marks that appear on their bodies

I remember reading it last year but I forgot the title. The premise is that the main character must touch the marks that appear on girls' body to save them.
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Anime about a boy and girl who operate a high-tech ship that can fly and go underwater

Anime from '90s about a pirate ship. It's a sci fi. A boy and girl operate the ship that flies and goes underwater to fight evil. I thought it was called "Pirate Ship," but I can't seem to ...
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Mystery Book with Golden Fish trapped in Glass

There was a series of YA books I read back in the 90's. The general theme was a young boy and his elderly grandfather solving supernatural mysteries in New England. I can't remember the series name ...
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Manhwa about priestess who destroyed her own village reincarnated as cursed unlucky girl

Manhwa about a female lead who is extremely unlucky and can see spirits. Later revealed to be a reincarnation of a powerful priestess who broke her vows and destroyed her village and was cursed to be ...
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Manhua/webtoon where a dying woman asks a magician to drive her into the body of a noble young lady

She awoke in a noble bedroom. An attractive butler came in and touched her new body. The woman was blonde in her 'first' life. The lady whose body she was driven into was... I don't know... brunette? ...
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Story about automatic writing machine in a dispute between writer and editor

I'm trying to find a short story I dimly recall, with the following elements: Within the story, there is a dispute between a writer, and an editor, about how the next scene of a science fiction story ...
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Sci-fi book about a teen boy that meets an alien boy in human form and becomes friends with him

I read this sci-fi book back in about 1987 in school, at least twice. All I can really remember is it's about a teen boy that meets an alien in human form and they become friends. In one part, they ...
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Children's book about a girl in a wheelchair who time travels into the past, where she's from

The main character is a girl in a wheelchair who can't remember her past or walk. Her name is Anna or Hanna, I think. She is adopted by new parents and visits an old boarding house and remembers her ...
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Novel about a ring giving animal powers (climbing/strength) to a girl

I'm searching for a book about this girl who had this ring that gave her animal superpowers, pretty sure a gecko was one of them, she like climbed into this house. Another one of her abilities was ...
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Foreign film about a dystopian future where people age 30 or over can get "regenerations"

It was a foreign film about a dystopian future where at age 30 people can start getting "regenerations". You can literally go into a place like a dairy and get regenerated; it's that easy. ...
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A man is trapped in a cave, deals with Zooks and prehistoric fish

This is a novel I read several (30)? Years ago. It is about a man trapped in a cave. He has an (imagery)? Creature call a (zook)? There are prehistoric fish that he catches and gets oil from to make ...