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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Abandoned colony of military engineer corps

I read this short sci-fi story some time ago: The story is about an abandoned colony of military engineer corps that crash landed on a planet. They still know all about repairing equipment (they don'...
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Siblings survive an attack in a religious war and are helped by siblings of a different species

I remember getting a book at an airport once (part of a trilogy) on my way to a vacation. I really want to read it again so any help would be appreciated. The book is about a kingdom devided by ...
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“Ancient” mech, grandfather, morning exercise routine

A young boy (possibly girl) doesn't understand grandfather's obsession with his morning exercise ritual, but it turns out it's a way to limber up the ancient mech that is needed to defend the village. ...
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Book (or trilogy) set in 1950s UK where the protagonist has a sandwich shop

The things I can remember are: British author and set, mainly in the UK The main character (an ordinary bloke) is gifted a sandwich shop that I think is called "Sam Widges". The plot has similarities ...
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Old TV Show with a Floating Bed/Chair

I remember an old TV show, probably early 80s??, and I remember this white room where the main character would end the episode by laying down in like a floating bed/chair. I think he actually ...
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Short story source for “Wool”

I remember very clearly reading a science fiction short story years ago that is EXTREMELY reminiscent of the plot of "Wool". I would really appreciate anyone who can identify it, because with what ...
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Story about space explorer with bears as companion animals exploring a dangerous planet

Years ago I read a short story about an explorer on a planet with hostile wildlife that was off limits to exploration because of the danger. He had 2 bears as protection and companions as well as a ...
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Agoraphobic returned astronaut rescues his cat on a building ledge

Can anyone identify a pre-1951 story about an agoraphobic returned spacecrewman who must force himself to rescue his cat on a window ledge. It was made into a TV show in the early 1950s- I thought in ...
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Coffee machine powering faster than light communications

I can't recall the name of a short story I read, and Google is drawing a blank for me. I can only remember one detail that stuck in my mind: There was a coffee machine that powered Faster Than ...
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Short story about a cat funeral, and a man who believes he's become the king of cats

I remember reading this as a child, probably around the mid-to-late 80's. I believe it was in an anthology, probably one used as a school English class textbook. The details that I remember: There ...
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Looking for Robert Silverberg story about the dead being returned to life

What is the name of an old Robert Silverberg story where there are colonies of people who have died, who don't interact well with the living. A curious journalist tries to get answers by infiltrating, ...
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Looking for title + author of old children's SF novel [closed]

Can anyone help me out with the title of an old children's SF book involving an interdimensional whirlwind? Early '70's at the latest.
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Quartet of books about a boy discovering a secret passage in a stone circle

I read this book at school in the early 1990's. I seem to remember the title being "Summer of [blank]" "Spring of [blank]" etc. It's centred on a village that has a stone circle. I vaguely remember ...
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Which movie is about human-eating gremlins?

I'm looking for a movie about small creatures, possibly gremlins of some sort. I can only remember the last scene before the credits when the protagonist (a boy) thought he was safe and everything ...
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Airplane pilot transported back in time to a land ruled by a king also transported back in time

I read a book between 1990 and 1992. The only thing I can remember about the book is the cover had a female riding on a dragon and was shooting an arrow into either a F-14 Tomcat or a F-16. From what ...
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Book about spiders whose bite is deadly, but surviving the bite creates immortality?

Does anyone know a book about spiders whose bite is deadly, but when people kill them all, they discover that surviving the bite creates immortality? It may be a short story, I'm not sure.
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Story about food designers who create cultured meat, eventually cultured human flesh

I'm looking for a short story I read probably 30 years ago. The two main characters in the story were food designers who specialized in cultured meat grown from cells cloned from unlikely sources. ...
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1980s or late 70s comic featuring a space ark with humanity frozen on board and a romance?

I may be remembering this incorrectly, but was a large hardbound SF anthology with several comics. May have been black and white, don't remember color. In one particular story, there is a space ark ...
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A guy talks his way out of jail with magic

So I was suggested a book that was really good. She can't remember the title, but supposedly the opening scene has the main character in jail, and he talks his way out of jail by talking to nails and ...
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Near-future novella by non-pro, feat. life extension, solar system colonization

Although I rate my chances of getting this answered low, I thought I'd ask here. In 2005 +- 2 years, I stumbled across a novella (might have been 100 pages in length) that was available online for ...
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ID a novel in which the protagonist was sent back in time to pull forward individuals for training by the people of his time

Trying to ID a novel in which the protagonist (one of a number of Bourne-like trained agents) was repeatedly sent back in time to pull forward various individuals for training by the people of his ...
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90s novel: wood nymph (similar to an otik) who becomes a scientist

I am trying to hunt down a book I read in the 90s, but lost some time ago. It starts with some children wandering in a wood, and they encounter a wood nymph creature that starts following them around. ...
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Trying to find a book/story written in 1960's, 70's regarding travelers through a wormhole network

It has the travelers in a spacecraft who are on the first mission through a wormhole. They realize that there is a network of wormholes and they are artificial, They agree to journey further as they ...
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Novel called “(Something) World”. Nanotechnology / world-wide speed limit displayed in the sky, enforced by satelite weapons

The protagonist awakes to find himself with amnesia, and the story is his journey to self-discovery. Two features of the story are nanotechnology in his body, and a world-wide speed limit, displayed ...
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Humans and reptillian aliens had a war, after it ended the humans bred the aliens to become giant fighting dragons

The put saddles on the dragons, wore armor and fought in tournament type battles. The dragons were not sentient and were only used in the sport. One day the aliens returned and they, too, had taken ...
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Looking for a Sci-fi short story that was in a middle school English anthology called Moments

I do not recall the author but it was someone well known. It was about a composer who ends up in a dystopia. It involves finishing a concerto or symphony. I would like to use the short story in a ...
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Novel about a scientist communicating telepathically with cat-like aliens?

I read a novel around 2009-2010. It was about some girl driving a car with her friends; they got led to some seashore, where there was a scientists' conference. They were discussing something about ...
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Post apocalyptic world, with apocalypse being the singularity

I was talking with someone a while back about sci-fi and they mentioned a story in a post-apocalyptic setting, only instead of the apocalypse being zombies or robot-overlords or nuclear war or alien ...
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TV show - prisoners get lethal injection but end up elsewhere afterwards

All I remember is in the show prisoners were given a lethal injection, then find themselves in a strange world, hell or an alien planet. Possibly part of an experiment? Further detail: It was on tv ...
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Help Identify Viking Time Travel Short Story

I read a short story in the mid-90s which was fairly similar to Poul Anderson's "The Man Who Came Early." Different from that story, this was told from the modern protagonist's point of view. ...
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Medieval samurai traveling in Europe, with fantasy creatures

I'm looking for a certain fantasy novel I read a snippet of in the 80's or 90's. I can't remember all of the details, but it dealt with a medieval samurai character traveling in Europe. In this ...
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Trying to locate YA novel: dystopian, blond master race living in city, dark slave race outside city

I read this probably in the late 90s or early 2000s. The protagonist is a teenage boy, a member of the slave race. He may or may not be slightly ostracized among his own people because he looks like ...
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Boy transported to another planet where the being who owns the Earth lives

I read this book probably in the late 1990s. I assume the intended audience is teenagers/youth because I checked it out of my junior high library. In the book there is a boy on a plane and the plane ...
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Movie about a stopwatch that can actually stop time [closed]

What is the movie or tv show about a man who has a stopwatch enables him to stop time..airplanes, people, etc? Eventually, he breaks the watch and cannot fix it?
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Novel in which the protagonist fades out is forgotten by, and can't interact with, the rest of the world

Trying to identify a novel I read years ago (probably in the '80s) in which the protagonist (late teens, early 20s?) is gradually forgotten by and ceases to be able to interact with the rest of the ...
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Fantasy book that turns out to be post-apocalypse, set several millennia after a nuclear war

I really want to reread a book I read years ago. I can't remember the title, but I remember that for most of the book it just appears to be a classic fantasy book, but part way through the main ...
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Contact amidst interstellar war

I can't recall the title or author of this novel even though aspects of it remain fairly vivid in my memory. It was about a desperate gamble to "teleport" a military unit lightyears across space ...
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Fantasy novel from the 80s, quest led back home [closed]

Read this book in my religious high school's library back in the 80s. It was a book about a young man who goes off on a fantasy quest, only to realize that the answer to everything was right back at ...
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What Sci-Fi book (1987 or older) had Aliens conquer earth and made Humans their slaves?

I have been trying to recall the title of a book I read about 25 years ago (1987), I have tried to find it again a couple of times over the years without any luck. The story takes place on earth, ...
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A werewolf short story first read in the mid 80s, about a cheating man

I believe this short story was in an anthology I read at my school library in the mid 1980s (similar to Alfred Hitchock's Monster Museum); the story involved a man who was engaged to a rich society ...
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Cyberpunk/Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi series from the 90s or 00s based in Manhattan

A friend and I are trying to find an old book series, probably by a Christian author, that we read in the late 90s or early 2000s. It takes place after the "Water Wars," and fresh water is super ...
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Old book where heroine stepped on stones to travel through time

I remember reading a science fiction book about twenty to twenty-five years ago which I remember very little of. I was also reading lots of Nicholas Fisk books at the same sort of time, but I don't ...
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A movie about haunted house

It was probably a TV movie. It was black and white, probably 1940smth-1960smth. It was about a family who lived in a haunted house on some kind of hill by the sea. The house was haunted by three ...
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Short story about a test subject pioneering with robot help that becomes less helpful

About 50 years ago I read a short story about a person sent to live on the moon with a robot helper. Rather than a traditional high IQ athletic astronaut, the man is an average guy in every way. The ...
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Novel about androids in London of the future, with the androids plotting rebellion

A novel I read probably in the late 50s, a man in London was working when a disaster occurred and he was accidentally frozen. A long time later after significant world destruction he was awakened in ...
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Scifi fantasy book 1980s or 1990s

I read a book years ago that was about a hunchbacked boy. I remember there was space travel, a ship, a female and other characters. I also remember he had an incredible itching on his hump. He was ...
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2000AD comic from the 80s featuring a giant shark

This should be easy for someone to remember but I'm having no luck searching for it on the internet. The UK comic 2000AD featured, very early on, a long running series about a giant shark and the ...
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Help identify a novel/short story with themes similar to Elysium [duplicate]

I saw the trailer for a movie Elysium, and it reminded me of a book I read as a kid. It was about how Earth was poor but had a giant population, and the space stations were rich and had better ...
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Novel(s) based on humanity fleeing from Earth and regressing to a pre-industrial state on a Colony so as to escape detection

Shortly before his death, my father spoke to me about a series of novels that he had just finished reading which had a fascinating concept. However I soon forgot the title(s) and author and I've been ...
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Book about a soldier, who is a “?”th generation clone, who must recover the memories of his previous incarnation(s)

I remember reading a review of this book around 2000, though I do not know when it was actually written. I believe that the soldier was killed during an investigation of some sort. His clone is sent ...

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