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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Book on aliens on Mars

The book is based at a station on Mars. The base was a joint Soviet/US base (this shows how old it is). The US gets a little nuts and sends in soldiers to take it over, then they leave. They leave the ...
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Book series about a boy who runs away from his walled city and finds his sister in a hidden city in the wasteland outside

I can't for the life of me remember the book series. A boy and his brother live with their father in a world where there are clusters of cities and everyone outside of them lives in poverty and ...
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Book about face on Mars

I might be confusing two books, but here goes. The book is about the infamous face on Mars. We find that it is a marker to something underground, but cannot open it as the ways/combination locks to ...
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What short story has an Earthman earning Galactic credits as royalties for a book?

There's a story in a collection of sci-fi short stories (translated to Slovene), it would be cool if you could help me identify its name and author. A zoologist is chosen by a galactic empire to go ...
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Fantasy book about a knight that saves a woman in tower

When I was kid, I remember reading a beautifully illustrated book about a man that rescues a maiden who is imprisoned in a tower by an evil knight. However, I don't remember the title or the complete ...
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Name of book about a man who was genetically modified during prehistoric times by aliens

I read a book about a man who was geneticall modified during prehistoric times by aliens, and lived forever. I keep thinking it was Ben Bova or Greg Bear story but I cannot think of it. I read it as a ...
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Can't remember sci-fi novel with loner female cargo pilot carrying contraband technology

Sorry to be so vague; The book I'm trying to find was from the POV of a female cargo pilot transporting some sort of technology that is banned from humans by the other races of which one race are fish ...
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Wizard with extended lifespan, name starts with N and translates as “no-one”

Looking for the name of a series of books about a wizard who makes a pledge to the gods and in return is granted extended lifespan (there are 3 booming thunder sounds to signify acceptance of his ...
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Pleasure bots as population control

I'm looking for the name of a science-fiction novel/series, which I read sometime between 2001-2005. The only things I can definitely remember: There are "pleasure bots" (there's a name for them in ...
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YA short story about crowd control terrorism with black an white images, set in elementary school, part of anthology

images that look like QR codes used to scramble peoples' brains, make them lose sight temporarily and maybe make them hear a piercing noise? kids going through halls of school wearing sunglasses/...
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WW2 submarine yarn with 10 or 12 “Bermuda” type triangles

I'm trying to recall the name of a book from the 70's in which a submarine is lost in WW2 off the coast of Japan and returns 30 (or so) years later, crewless, off the coast of Hawaii. The Navy refits ...
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I'm looking for an older Sci-Fi short story, about a river creature who kills a boy to study him

The creature is sort of "formed" from the river, finds a boy in the woods and dissects him to study him, not understanding he is killing the boy, in the end the creature fades back into the river ...
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Children’s books, one in space setting, the other in a jungle

When I was little I remember getting these two books from the library. Both books were paperback and flimsy. The pages were wide. Each book had full page illustrations with puzzles and mazes in ...
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Five people control an element each and are in a competition

I really wish I could remember the title or author of this book, but try as I might, all I can remember is the general plot and one of the main characters names. What I remember of it is that it was ...
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Post-apocalyptic film, Steve McQueen, frozen world?

Anyone remember a post-apocalyptic, frozen world film starring, I think, Steve McQueen? Something about lack of resources and "game of death" contest to keep the population down?
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Short story about amphibious species

I read this short story in a SF collection book in the 90s. It starts out describing the life of the main character as a fish who hides from the lake monster, as he matures he is captured by relatives....
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Novel about a war between the Americans and Russians in Antarctica?

I remember a friend of mine was reading a novel about a war or military confrontation between the Americans and Russians in Antarctica, but neither of us can remember the title or author.
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Sci-fi novel set on an ocean planet with genetically modified aquatic humans and terraforming process

I borrowed this novel from my local library several years ago. Set on a waterworld, it has genetically modified aquatic humans who are now in conflict with the original plan to terraform it. Any ideas?...
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Trilogy where the last book features a man whose arm has been cut off

I read a trilogy in the mid-1980s that I would like to read again but cannot remember much about. It is a science fiction/fantasy trilogy by a female author. About all I really remember is that the ...
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Fantasy novel featuring a female lead with a skeleton and chimera characters

I'm looking for the name of this fantasy novel I read in the 90's. I can't remember too much about it, but I believe there was a female lead with a skeleton and chimera characters. I recall one scene ...
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Series following a lone adventurer named Grey Wolf

I’m hoping someone can help with this because it’s driving me crazy. I read several books in a fantasy series back in the early ‘90’s, and I’ve been trying to track them down. The series followed a ...
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Story Identification: Were-animals/shifters lead by human alpha/leader?

I'm looking for the title of a book-series - I'm pretty sure it was a trilogy when I ran into it, but books may have been added. It's possible I may mix in details from other books/series I've read, ...
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Help identifying a cyberpunk novel from the early 90s?

I'd really REALLY like to dig up a book I read years back when I was getting through a lot of cyberpunk in the early 90s. What I can remember: The main character was a japanese guy, I think called ...
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Story about aliens discovering cave art

I remember a short story about aliens looking for planets to sterilize and colonize, except if the occupants have some redeeming value. They're about to give up on neolithic Earth, populated by ...
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Series with a book called Quest, about a sisterhood

I'm looking to identify a series. I believe there was about 5 books in the series. I recall that one was named "Quest" and the author was "Shannon Kay", however my search is yielding nothing on those ...
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Identify this novel: youngsters psychologically tested for abilities/profession, hero wants to author the tests, society uses moving walkways

I'm trying to find a book I heard about once. Little is known: it was already in print in 1990's there were moving walkways (used for chasing in one scene) hero was predetermined to work as cleaner/...
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Story where a 0 - law of robotics is introduced (the good of humanity)

I read a story which should should have been published at least 40 years ago, which was probably (though I'm not absolutely sure) Asimov's. The book tells the story of - beware, spoilers ahead - I ...
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SF book where an alien race transports a human to set up trade with other races

I read a small portion of a book where the plot revolves around a human who is being transported by an alien race to set up trade with other alien races. I have been trying to remember the title/...
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Godzilla like creature vs. a giant robot

When I was a child, I watched a movie which was dubbed in my native language. In that movie, a giant creature looking like Godzilla or a dinosaur came from the sea. The creature laid an egg and the ...
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Don Quixote is magically time warped into the modern era

I have been searching for a science fiction short story that I found a few years ago. It involved Don Quixote magically being time warped into the modern era. He finds a Mexican-American soldier and ...
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Projection of consciousness into artificial ants

I keep wanting to refer to this short story when discussing the movie Avatar with friends, but I can't remember the name or who wrote it. In the story, a researcher projects his consciousness into ...
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Book where girl can grow nails and might be a thief

I'll apologize for this being a vague description up front. I read a book about 8 years ago about a girl who could grow her nails into essentially razorblades or long enough that they could be used as ...
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Book where humans have explored a lot of the universe without finding life

All I know about it is humans have long explored large parts of the universe and have yet to find life outside of Earth. The story focuses on the spiritual ramifications of this reality as the ...
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“Pink pulps” on a high-gravity planet

There's a short story I read about a spaceship of human-analog crew that got caught in the gravity well and fatally crashed on a super-massive planet; the inhabitants of this planet were of course ...
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Book Title ID- Asteroid with Time Traveling Tunnel?

Anyone remember the name of this book? The Nations of the world send people to investigate a hollow asteroid. What they find is a civilization- with libraries that "teach" you. There's a tunnel- and ...
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Female wizard watching slow-motion snow

I'm trying to find a fantasy short story compilation from my mid-70's middle school. Not sure when it was actually produced. It has a female wizard watching slow-motion snow, other mythical creatures (...
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Book(s) about warring families

I remember reading this book over 20 years ago but I can't remember the title or author. It may have been the first of a series, at least I think it was written that way but I don't know if there were ...
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Short Stories about the big crunch

Key Plot Points I am trying to identify a book of short stories. The points I remember are: A girl offers to show one of the characters what's in store at the end of the universe At the end of the ...
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A Girl Who is a Magnicus (Summons Spirits and Absorbs Them Into Own Body) [closed]

I've got this story in my head about a girl and spirit-summoning but I'm not sure whether it's from a book or from a movie. It has bothered me last night but I can't seem to remember. I can remember ...
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Who wrote about an energy free space elevator?

I seem to recall reading of a design by Robert Heinlein (but maybe Sheffield, Clarke or another scientific writer), where the energy cost of a space elevator was virtually nil, as descending loads ...
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Boy who can stop time by spreading his fingers [duplicate]

I'm looking for help identifying an urban fantasy type book (or series!) which I read in 1994. The book takes place in modern day. The main things I remember from the story: a young boy learns that ...
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Time-travelling woman becomes a successful baker in Germany

I read a book in which at least 2 people, a man & a woman, went back to late medieval Europe - Germany, I think. The woman landed on a road between villages & was picked up by a small town ...
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Story Identification: Novel/Short Story set in space with a mesh-like satellite

I remember reading this at my local library whilst I waited for my brother. I think it was in a book with a few other short stories. What I can remember: Some sort of mesh/net/grid shaped satellite ...
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80s UK TV show with women piloting a spaceship

I'm looking for an 80's 'space opera'-type series that was shown on UK TV. It was more adult than a children's series. It was the same sort of show as Space 1999, but I think several years before. ...
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What story has the protagonist stranded on a planet in a cave with a predator?

I have read this short story in several anthologies and I don't know when it was published. The protagonist is stranded on a planet that is hostile to human life. He lives in a cave with a powerful ...
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Man marooned on a planet with blind telepathic animals

Which SF short story had a man marooned on a planet with blind telepathic animals and he had to think his way out of trouble? For example, to escape predators he pretends to be a tree but then a ...
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Looking for a book or movie about UFOs coming from a civilization living beneath the sea floor

Can anyone identify a story about a submarine crew who wind up finding a civilization living beneath the sea floor? This civilization is a peaceful race who visit the surface in UFOs to observe. Their ...
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Short story about creatures living under stone ruins possibly in Western Australia

Many years ago in school I read a short story in a collection (possibly edited by Gardner Dozois, but this hasn't helped me track it down. I might be confusing different volumes - I read a lot in ...
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Seeking young adult anthology title

The anthology had several stories which I can't find. One story is about genetic accidents hidden from view. They are the result of genetic engineering. When the children escape, they are attacked. ...
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Book about crazy telekinesis guy

There's this one book I've been searching everywhere for. It's about a boy who slowly starts to develop strange powers, initially telekinesis. He also starts to get angry a lot faster, and his ...

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