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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What movie features a human-controlled robot wearing a clown outfit?

I'm trying to remember a movie I saw as a kid. Here's what I remember: A guy controls a robot by wearing a device. The robot mimics his movements exactly, so if the guy is walking down the street or ...
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80's young adult series about a quest to unlock gates

I'm trying to remember a series (trilogy I think) that I read back in the 80's... All I can really remember is that there was a young main character (maybe a prince?) that had to go on a quest - the ...
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Movie with line “Remember the word Yahoo”

Does anyone remember the name of a movie where there are two guys that are friends in the present and one had a family and was struggling financially. The friend goes back into the past (don't ...
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Book search: earth cultures recreated on other planets, organization that rescues them

There were at least two books with the same world design. In the far future space travel became possible and a number of planets were colonized by people interested in preserving or recreating old ...
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Title of a book about living aboard a ship being consumed by fungus?

I remember reading a story about 25 to 30 years ago regarding being trapped on a sailing ship alone and slowly noticing a fungus that creeps over everything, eventually consuming the narrator. The ...
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Name of a Scif-Fi/Fantasy book where space rescuers encounter vampires aboard a crashed ship

I've been trying to figure this one out for years. I read a book as a teenager (so around 15-20 years ago), where a ship lands to assist another ship or a colony who have succumbed to a sickness/...
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Title of a book telling about people teleported to a hostile planet while in deep meditation

I read it sometime in the 90's but it seemed at least 15 years old at that time. The title might be containing something with 'wolves' or 'wilderness'. Alert - Spoilers below Any references would be ...
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Looking for story where weather control makes snow fall once in warm climate

I am looking for a very good story I read many years ago. The story was about a request to a politician that an old dying man would like to see snow fall before he died. The world now had weather ...
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Title of book with plot about double pregnancies in women

I am trying desperately to remember the title of this book. I read it sometime between 1995 and 2004. The protagonist is a female doctor. She starts researching women who get pregnant, miscarry, ...
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Man from Earth kidnapped to less advanced sister planet where he fights and rides a giant bird

An Earth man is taken to a planet where bladed combat and slavery are the norm. He ends up with a giant bird that he rides into battle. He was a pawn in a game run by unseen rulers that he vowed to ...
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Short story book, one story about a teenage boy moth collector

It was a book with a few different stories but I'm fairly certain it was the one author. One story in particular centered on a teenage boy who lived in the woods, or near a swamp, and collected moths ...
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Titles/author of book series on civilization destroying wave sweeping the galaxy

I read this book over 5 years ago, borrowed from a friend, but I believe it is quite a bit older. A spaceship finds several planets where advanced civilizations have collapsed fairly suddenly, and ...
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Book where children trained in magic, fashioned aerial vehicles

Pretty sure I read this when I was a kid. Perhaps 7 years ago. Newish then. This kid is struggling to carve his magic "flying insect" vehicle. He suddenly finds inspiration and models it on a ...
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70s(?) movie with abandoned spaceship, onboard computer can answer simple questions, talks about “warning the bridge” when asked elaborate questions [duplicate]

I am looking for a movie, problably from the 1970s, where a couple boards a deserted spaceship. When using the onboard computer terminals, the computer answers a few simple questions but on more ...
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Short Story about Schoolchildren on Venus [duplicate]

I've been wracking my brain trying to figure out the title and author of a short story I read in school so that I can share it with my husband who also really appreciates science fiction. It is about ...
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Old short story about energy beings

I am trying to find an old science fiction short story that my brothers and I recall from about fifty years ago. We read it in some science fiction anthology while driving around the U.S. as vagabonds ...
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book about astronaut who crashed on moon, finds species underground waging war

I'm looking for a sci-fi book about an astronaut who is led underground on the Moon. He finds two races of beings engaged in a "technical war" and the loser has people voluntarily die to equal number ...
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Movie or TV film - full story happen on a military starship,

Almost 10 years ago I saw an English sci-fi film on a Hungarian TV channel. The story was about a military mission started from Earth to an alien planet to destroy the whole race. The full story was ...
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Magic similar to psychic abilities, including hiding the group and starting fires [duplicate]

I'm looking for a fantasy novel, pre-2000. It's young adult fantasy. Magical abilities involved talents similar to psychic abilities. One character could hide the group, preventing others from seeing ...
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Fantasy book where the “wizards” constructs their towers in their minds

I read a book 5-10 years ago where there were some wizards/monks/something similar where their success as wizards is limited to their concentration skills which they use to "build" their towers filled ...
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1970s book where children pilot a dragonfly with virtual reality controls

As a young person in the 1970s, I read a book where an inventor/professor created a (mechanical?) dragonfly that could be piloted by what we would today call virtual reality controls. I cannot ...
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Children's fantasy book where two boys enter a parallel world through the principal's office where math and poetry were magic [duplicate]

Read this as a kid in the early 80s. Two boys in our world get in a fight at school, but when they enter the principal's office they are transported to a parallel world. As I recall, they had to work ...
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70s/80s sci-fi movie or TV show set in space, with a hand-to-hand fight in an arena-type environment, that the bad guy seemingly won

I have these vague memories of this show when I was a kid. I'm not sure whether it was TV or movie. Here are the things I think I remember about it: Happened in space. I remember scenes of large ...
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Late 80s/early 90s DC Comics arc with Greek (and Roman?) gods involved?

In the late 80s or early 90s, DC put out another one of those story arcs where basically everyone in their universe was involved (a DC staple, methinks), and in this particular arc the ancient, ...
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Short Story-Experiment to hack metabolism via implant, patient escapes using keyboard to hack himself

Not sure about more specifics, patient might have been voluntary or forced, but he hides a keyboard to connect into himself when alone and hacks himself to enable escape. Implant control autonomous ...
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Trilogy Involving Time Travel and “Bugs” that Patrol Futuristic Highways

During the mid-1980s, a friend loaned me a sci-fi book trilogy. I can't recall if it was written then or earlier. The main characters (humans, I think) travel on futuristic highways patrolled by ...
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“Last Human”-type story (possibly from Outer Limits or similar)

I'm trying to remember these details from 20+ years ago, so I really have no good recollection of where I encountered this story. I'm pretty sure it was a TV show, but I'm not certain of that. A ...
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Movie: Grasshoppers from Space?

I'm trying to remember a film about dead grasshoppers from space that were found in a British subway. Likely made in the late 50s or 60s. I remember there was a terrible noise that emanated from the ...
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Novel Identification (circa 1970s) archeologists find a star map

Looking for the name of a book I read in childhood. It was about a team of archeologists who find a star map and search the galaxy for some ancient civilization.
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Old Han Solo and Chewbacca novels

My mother had some old paperbacks that featured Han Solo and Chewbacca prior to their involvement in the Rebellion. Anyone have some titles and, perhaps, ISBN's?
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A book from the 60s or 70s about a crashed spaceship and their colony [duplicate]

I read these books in the late 60s or 70s. There were two books in the series. I don't remember the author or titles. There is a war between humans and aliens. A human ship crashes on a unexplored ...
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What was the vampire movie where the protagonist gets cow's blood?

The guy got a big wound in his stomach and his friend tells him "shit shit" comes from your stomach, but after that they repaired it and made the guy drink cow's blood and he returned to normal. I ...
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I thought I was looking for William Gibson's Neuromancer, but I was wrong

I am trying to remember the Title and Author of a SF novel that I thought was written in the 1970s or 1980s. The plot thumbnail/thesis is the protagonist is hired to help retrieve/save valuable ...
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Help with title of an old Japanese anime about a quest involving magical creatures?

When I was young (so this was about 30 years ago) I saw this cartoon about a character (I don't even remember if it was a young man or woman) who was sent on a quest. I think he or she had to defeat ...
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What 80's/90's TV episode has a man escape technology in the countryside, and another hunt him down?

From what I can remember, it was shown somewhere between the mid to late 80's and the early 90's. I can picture a few scenes and it feels like it should be an 80's Twilight Zone episode (but it isn't)...
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Novel series about space colonization and religion by (Star Wars EU author?)

Trying to identify this series I never finished. I'm almost positive it was written by one of the more famous Star Wars EU authors, but I could be wrong about that as I can't find it when looking ...
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Time traveller meets Shakespeare?

This was a short story in which a time traveller -- might have been an English Lit professor -- travels back to Elizabethan England to determine once and for all who wrote the plays and sonnets of "...
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Name of R. Silverberg SF Short Story

I'm looking for the name of a Silverberg short story that had a woman (U.S. President, I think) making a speech upon return from a disastrous space mission. Her husband kept interrupting her.
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Seeking title of sci fi book with male police clones 'Jerrys' [duplicate]

Lady is stuck in mansion, imprisoned in her mind perhaps, someone trying to gain control of her company or her spouse’s company for its IP? Side story involves police force made up of clones including ...
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Seeking title of sci fi book with 'bee camera' global paparazzi

Media use bee-like paparazzi cameras, one character works at a consumer research firm that uses virtual reality Matrix-style plugging into people’s heads to survey their opinions on products; this ...
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Horror short story anthology from early 80s with spider story

I'm trying to track down a horror anthology book from the early 80s. I'm fairly sure it was called something like '50 tales of horror and suspense' and definitely had a cover painting consisting of a ...
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Sci-fi book featuring robot dogs in the jungle

I am searching for a book that I read a long time ago. It is set in a world with two societies, one living in sealed, high-tech cities, and one living a primitive lifestyle in the jungle or forest - ...
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Name of a short story about a group of people who were given candy by a strange man when they were younger?

I am hoping someone can help me with the name of a short story I read years ago. I don't remember too many of the details. I think a girl sees an ad in the newspaper or something and she feels ...
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Movie about a haunted house involves killing in dreams / Swimming pool

I remember it's an Australian movie with a plot something like this: A guy has to take care of a large, empty house with a swimming pool because the owners take a vacation. The next day there is a ...
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Looking for an episode from Night Gallery or something where a doctor cuts his guest's legs off

A guy is lost in a city or maybe a wooded area, and he asks to sleep in a house. When he wakes up, he finds that he has no legs: they were amputated by the house owner, who is a crazy doctor. Do any ...
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Movie where people on seizure medication find out they are aliens

This movie was made in the last 15 years or so. A high school girl and other random people are on seizure medication, and at a certain age get bumps on their foreheads. They somehow find out that ...
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Young Adult Sci-Fi book about Aliens Ruling Earth and a Human Resistance [duplicate]

I am looking for a book about aliens ruling Earth and there is an underground rebellion. I read this over 20 years ago, so only certain parts stick in my mind. I believe it took place on the west ...
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Fantasy novel about a half-djinn set in time of Crusades

I think I read this in the mid 90's. It was a fantasy novel set in the time of the Crusades. The protagonist was a half-djinn that lived among men. He'd been hired as a bodyguard to protect a family ...
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Book Identification: Dragons as war machines

Read the book once in the late 90's The only things I can remember are: Dragons were some sort of war machine (built and maintained, rather then real, living creatures) A bunch of somewhat magical ...
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Novel about a teleportation device and a con artist alien

I read two (maybe three) books about a protagonist who communicates with an alien who provides the instructions on how to create a device to teleport. The device is flawed in that it purposefully uses ...

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