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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Woman lost in time: Black and white TV show/movie

I saw this as a child, I watched this in the 1970s or early 80s. A woman tries to call a friend or family member on the phone, but the person who answers basically says, “Sorry, wrong number.” The ...
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Late 90/early 00s direct-to-TV space opera movie where old threat re-emerges and the heroes supposed to fight it are killed by time travellers

This is a movie I saw in the early 2000s but it was possibly from the 90s. I was under the impression that it was a tie-in movie to a TV series. I remember the main character being someone important ...
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What short story was about creatures with accelerated very short lives who also couldn't go in the sun?

I read a story as a child about creatures that had accelerated lives and couldn't go in the sun. The day/night cycle was very short so you lived and died in the same location and one creature was ...
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Comic with Obi-Wan and Quinlan Vos

I'm looking for a comic with young Obi-Wan and Quinlan Vos, I think when they're Padawans. I've only seen some of the panels from this. They're meditating by a river, Quinlan falls in and Obi-Wan ...
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Manga about a princess and her fiancee who are killed, and she is reborn as a noble

The main character is a princess that has strong power but one time she is attacked, and she and her fiance get killed but she suddenly woke up as a noble girl (yeah she didn't start from baby but she ...
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Sci-fi movie where the male protagonist knows a woman with three or more children, all named after continents

All I can remember about this sci-fi movie is that the male protagonist is acquainted with a woman who lives in a very small apartment on the top floor of a building. There is a bright neon sign that ...
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Japanese anime/animated movie where the girl is the key to a world of destruction?

I remember watching this anime/animated movie between 2008-2013 (sorry it's vague) where it's a story about a young hero with blue hair (I recall him being named Spartacus somehow??) who goes on an ...
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Isekai manhua/manhwa where the female lead marries a crown prince at a young age

The female (who has pinkish hair) lead married the crown prince at a young age, which was planned by the queen so that he wouldn't marry someone else who would boost his status. The queen wants her ...
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Book about a woman named Lessa

There were dragons, and she could talk to them. I remember the author's name being Anne maybe. I also think that the author may be dead. I read the first book in this series some years ago. I remember ...
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Identify this show about an AI shipping company that won't stop

I recently saw a show (movie, episode, anthology episode) about a post apocalyptic AI that continued to produce and ship goods in large quantities even though people had no need for the products. The ...
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Have forgotten name of manga / Manhwa / light novel where MC can carry a whole shop in his bracelet

I dont even remember if its a manga, manhwa or a light novel. All I remember is that towards the beginning MC discovers himself in a world he remembers, he travels in a specific direction and finds a ...
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Book series about a woman (possibly a jinn) cast down to Earth, and people with elemental powers

This book series, I remember being a trilogy. There was this woman who I believe was a jinn, or something. She was cast down to Earth and she had to 'connect' with this man, who had earth powers or ...
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Story identification - Winnie the Pooh parody with Attack Dragons

Pre-internet (mid 1980's) there was a photocopy of a photocopy doing the rounds, which is how things went viral back then... It was a parody featuring Winnie the Pooh and Piglet. At one point they are ...
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First Sci-fi or Fantasy Story to Break the Fourth Wall to Make the Reader a Protagonist in Its Story

I was recently re-reading Grant Morrison’s The Multiversity series, and it dawned on me that one of his books was an almost page-by-page ripoff of something I had read years earlier, like when I was ...
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What is the name of manga where the Main Character gets bored in his own world due to him being the strongest and uses reincarnation magic

I'm looking for a manga where the main character gets bored in his own world due to him being the strongest and uses reincarnation magic.
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Webtoon manga where the MC has a disease that ages him rapidly and blackmails a doctor

Basically in this webtoon manga there is this kid who is kindergarten age, but he has a disease that ages him rapidly to the point he looks like a teenager. He is a famous gamer, like a rich pro gamer....
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Anime or cartoon where one of the main characters had a robotic/cyborg arm and was protecting a young woman

Apologies for the lack of details, but this was a long time ago. I’ve got vague memory of watching an anime (or cartoon?) in the '90s or possibly early 2000s in the US (PA) on late night TV (possibly ...
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Story about a young woman expelled from a military academy

I vaguely recall reading an SF story about a young woman expelled from a space navy academy for what seemed a poor reason. She got assigned to a civilian ship due to family connections (perhaps they ...
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Teen boy going into some virtual reality place (Christian novel, late 90s')

So, I vaguely remember reading this when I was a kid. It was probably around the same section as the Frank Peretti 'Cooper Kids' series. It would have been a series of 'Christian' teen novels. My ...
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A boy summons an overpowered demon as a companion (I think )

This one manga on a website that i don’t remember the name of was about a boy summoning a monster as a companion and ends up summoning a demon as one. She (the demon) becomes his companion after ...
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Simak story about a man who finds a robot braincase buried underground

He takes the braincase home, hooks it up to a computer and finds that it is still active. And that it has been writing stories all the time it was buried. He takes the stories as his own and becomes a ...
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Daredevil comic in which he is visited by aliens that look like humans from the 19th century

I think it may be from around 1970 but I haven't found any comic book covers that look like this story. A group of some aliens (may be three) pay Daredevil a visit. Their spaceship looks like an ...
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A Sci-fi story where the protagonist joins a band of space pirates by pretending to cut off his penis

This story’s only enduring scene has a Lonestar-type sketchy Han Solo knockoff protagonist forced while infiltrating a group of space pirates to perform a gang initiation style act of hazing to show ...
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Japanese movie featuring a woman turning into a motorcycle

Sometime in the late 90s I saw a Japanese movie on video, then quite new, which I though was called Tetsuo. I don't remember much of the movie, except for a short fragment (1 or 2 minutes) in which a ...
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Horror movie about a killer who plays chess with his victims

In this horror movie, the main character is kidnapped by a man who forces him to play chess against him. He proves to be quite a good player. For their final game, the kidnapper and the main character ...
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Book about a genetically engineered virus that causes prion disease

This book had a few arcs there. Firstly, a government lab is experimenting with creating viruses that use a type of xeno-nucleic acid that contains some iron compound as its genetic code instead of ...
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Online manga about a boy accidentally summoning a demon at his school who fights people

This online manga was about a boy who had to summon a monster for something at his school and finds a book and summons a demon. She easily defeated multiple people and their monsters and that's pretty ...
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Title of 1980s novel involving alien messiah, nuclear war, cyborgs and mutations

So this novel I read - It concerned a messianic figure who was constructed here on earth from instructions received via radio from space. Among the details I remember are a police chief who over the ...
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Book where America is being overrun by zombies controlled by a hive mind (a woman from the previous book?). Has a dark ending

This is a book I read around 2010, but is likely to be older. Although I didn't realize it when I read it at first, it was a sequel. I believe it is set in modern day America. The plot revolves around ...
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short story where everyone is James Patterson

I am trying to recall a short story about a writer who works as a ghostwriter for James Patterson. He eventually discovers that James Patterson has expanded his empire of ghostwriters so far that the ...
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The name of a novel about a generation ship [duplicate]

I am trying to remember the name of a novel I read when I was in high school about a generation ship. This was very late 70's early 80's so it had to be written before 83 when I graduated. I ...
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Sci-fi show where a father, and later his son, are sucked into a computer, and transported into various historic moments

I saw this show one time, I can't remember where. I honestly think it was on PBS, but I could be wrong. The premise of the show is about a son who had a shaky relationship with his dad. His father ...
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Arcade owner (in mechanized wheelchair?) attacked and eaten by city alligator

I have a scene, I think from a longer book, stuck in my head, hoping for some help in getting it out. The protagonists are visiting an arcade on a future Earth, I think within a recognizable city like ...
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Story, possibly from sixties, in which humans destroy post-renaissance art when humanoid aliens invade and conquer [duplicate]

I was reminded of this story while trying to answer a question on this site. Can anyone tell me the title and author? Set in America and featuring the (alien humanoid) governor of Earth after a ...
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Manga with an overpopulation problem in Hell

I’m looking for this manga where there’s an overpopulation problem in Hell. So a demon chooses the MC as an executor in order to punish and purify evil women on earth so they won’t be sent to hell. (...
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Trying to recall old YA Sci-Fi series similar to Animorphs

I recall a young adult book series similar to Animorphs where kids had special abilities to stop an alien invasion. The main difference is instead of turning into animals, they were more normal but ...
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Scifi film involving humans thinking they live in a hollow planet

This film or maybe a series of films, which I think was Russian, involves some humans who live on a planet. They believe that the planet that they live on is hollow and that they live on its inner ...
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Romantic sci-fi suspense young adult book about a guy held in captivity and a girl who can see other people's memories

Around the early 1990s, I read this book about a guy held in captivity and a girl working with fbi or something. She can see memories of the person by touching an object, and maybe she's telepathic as ...
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Sci-Fi short story about a scientist who travels uncontrollably through alternate dimensions

In 1984-85 I read a short sci-fi story in a book of stories about a scientist who created a device that sends him to an alternate dimension. At first there is very little difference from our own but, ...
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Book where adults are turning into monsters like zombies, and a boy takes refuge with other children in a school classroom

I remember reading a book about two years ago, but I can't remember the name. It's a young adult book, and I know there are at least two books in the series. One of the main characters is a boy whose ...
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Comic book title from the 1970s: robot army in transport planes

I was very young, but some details have remained with me throughout the years and I always wanted to find it. I collected thousands of comics in the '90s, but never came across this one. It was an ...
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Short story: Aliens want our women, but just the fat ones

I'm looking for a short story that might date back to the fifties or sixties. Aliens make contact with Earth and, in a twist on that old sci-fi trope, they want women. But just the fat ones. Different ...
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Cartoon series of the '90-'00 involving amphibians

I watched some episodes of that series when I was young, and from time to time it comes to my mind; however, I had never been able to find its name. I am quite sure (from the drawing style) it was a ...
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Sci-fi book from '70s or '80s. The government has hundreds of planets that specialize. One planet specializes in mercenaries

Sci-fi book from '70s or '80s. The government has hundreds of planets and manages them inefficiently. They are having individual planets rebel and it is happening more often. When the regular military ...
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Sci-fi book where main characters play multidimensonal chess aboard a spacecraft

Humans travelling in space play multidimensional chess games (7 dimensions?). One of the female characters may have a name "stormy..." or similar. I read it in italian translation as a kid ...
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Fantasy novel in which people develop a tattoo-like design that signifies their power

About five or so years ago I read a book that was fantasy and whose title I can't remember for the life of me. It was set in a world where by the age of 16 or 18, a tattoo-type thing appeared on the ...
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Miniseries about descendant of Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk

This miniseries came on TV in the early 90's- like I said in the question heading it revolved around a man (possibly played by Matthew Modine) whose ancestor was the titular Jack in Jack and the ...
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Android pilot who kills crew and puts people in eternal hibernation [duplicate]

I saw part of the story on tv. What is the title? A spaceship lands on a remote planet full of vegetation; crew and pilot are androids. They meet eventually another android, the sole remnant of a ...
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Two Scenes From A Conan The Barbarian Story?

I believe these two scenes are from a Conan story, although I'm not sure — it's been sixty years since I read it. The first scene is early in the story. Conan is with a woman who betrays him somehow. ...
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1940s Pulp Time-Travel Story

I know this isn't very much to go on, but - I read this short story or novelette in the 1960s, but it was definitely published during the 1940s, specifically the World War Two period. I can't ...