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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80's Science Fiction movie where alien has head cut off

Need help identifying a science fiction movie I believe to be from the 80's. In the movie, a girl swings a sword at an alien. The alien starts to laugh, and it is assumed that the swing missed, ...
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Short story where spacers meet “death by silk” while on shore leave

I really should be able to find this but it eludes me. It's a short story I read in an anthology about a group of spacers getting shore leave on a planet. One of the men chose to forgo leaving the ...
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Book about time portals inside an asteroid in Earth orbit

I read this book many years ago and it had a nice plot. For the life of me I can't remember the name or author so I need help. Story: one asteroid shaped object appears close to Earth orbit or in the ...
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Short story with teleportation from Mars (or another planet) to Earth

Short story, definitely no later than the 1980s, but probably much earlier, in which there’s a chap on Mars (I think — could be the moon or another planet) in a base or ship (can’t recall which) that’...
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Book where gladiators representing geographic areas fight using primitive weapons

Does anyone know the title of a science fiction book with a plot of gladiator type champions from each major geographic area of the world such as North America, Australia, etc. that are forced to ...
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Dystopian England-like Land, Monsters come out at night

So, I'm trying to remember the name of a series of books that I read years ago, probably during the early-to-mid 00's. It was set in a dystopian Victorian-era England-like land, where there was a ...
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2 time traveling young men

I read this book ages ago, probably in the 60s: Two young men go back in time to prehistoric times. I can't remember how they got there, but they meet up with a young man from a tribe of people and ...
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Searching for title of fantasy novel including harpies

I read a children's fantasy book in the 80's that had illustrations. It was about a boy and possibly a girl in a magical forest. There were harpies that menaced them. Does anyone know what book that ...
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Help to identify a sci-fi trilogy of books - similar to three musketeers, moon as a casino [duplicate]

I'm trying to identify a trio of books I read as a teenager. They were set not too far in the future with the main character getting into a series of adventures with three older soldiers(?) One of the ...
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Which (possibly French) sci-fi movie features a remote control that turns a basement door into a door to another world?

I'm looking for a French (I think) movie about a guy who found a remote control which changes a normal door in a basement to door between different worlds. It is from '80 or '70 not sure. Does someone ...
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Book with a crazy cult which eats vat-grown flesh of Jesus for Communion

I think this book came out 5-10 years ago. It's a near-future dystopia that takes place in a very Balkanized America. There's a teenage boy who lives with his family in a gated community compound. ...
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Short story identification, everyone fixated on an increasingly addictive pattern

This story involved an artist creating a series of splodges that turned out to be incredibly addictive. The representation spread like wildfire, being reproduced on cushion covers, the floors of ...
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A kind of 1984 remake, in an Internet based society

I am looking for the title and author of a specific novel, a social dystopia that sort of takes after 1984, but takes place on the Internet where some Big Brother, controlled by corporations, watches ...
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Identify Story: Simulated people repeating their first day of work?

I'm trying to remember what the name of the short story where a bunch of people are being simulated and the simulation is reset each day. In this story the simulated people are being used for cheap ...
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Graphic short stories series about a boy falling through a hole which sends him to a fantasy world of monsters and magic?

Some details I remember: Was around in early-mid 90's, the series came out in weekly installments (something you could get from your newsagent). The story begins when a schoolboy falls into a hole in ...
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Social dystopia requiring conformant behavior

I am trying to remember the name of a film I saw where people have to abandon their own personality and free will to adapt to the standard of a community, similar in theme to "The Stepford wives". The ...
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TV show or movie with aliens taking people over via red triangles on their foreheads

I remember as a kid in the 1990s or early 2000s watching a VHS tape of a show or a movie (not quite sure which) but all I can really remember about it, which should be pretty major, was there were ...
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Need attribution of Spiderman quote-Not everyone is meant to make a difference. But for me the choice to lead an ordinary life is no longer an option

I need correct attribution of the quote "Not everyone is meant to make a difference. But for me the choice to lead an ordinary life is no longer an option." Was this only for the movie? Or did it come ...
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Short story by Greg Egan (I think) about Marco Polo travelling outward from earth as a wavefront

The title contains most of the relevant information of this question, I think. Some years ago, I read a short story, I think by the sf writer Greg Egan. It is set possibly in the far future, when an ...
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Book where a brain/object controls humans so that everyone walks and moves in the same rhythm and pattern

It's an old book about this thing controlling humans and making them do everything in the same set of patterns and actions, until someone tries to break free and destroy it.
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Book about playing “death games” with computers obeying the 3 laws?

Anyone know what book/story this refers to? "Remember the scifi book you had us read about the omnipotent / omniscient computer that obeys Asimov's 3 rules? People got into 'death games' where they ...
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Story about a low tech world taking over authoritarian cultures by allowing them to steal technology

A seemingly agrarian culture invaded by a Nazi copy who stole the ‘tech’ of the agrarian culture, mass produced it then the second effect took place and the Nazi copy were 'conquered', or more like ...
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Help identifing a book about people exiled to the distant past

This book (pre-1980s?) is about people who are exiled to the distant past for serious crimes. However, men and women are exiled to different time periods. So all men are sent to a certain time, but ...
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Short story about vampire hunting in a virtual reality game

This short story centers around a virtual reality type game in which the protagonists are hunting a vampire in a medieval setting. The game doesn't go well for most of the story, but the protagonists ...
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Is there any sci-fi story about intelligent extra-terrestrial life on a tidal locked planet? [closed]

After reading the news about Gliese 667 star system I am wondering if any sci-fi author already tried to describe intelligent lifeforms that could evolve on tidal locked planet - facing the sun with ...
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Help identifying a book about a planet with a regent who could kill via a wireless signal to a brain implant

I think it was a three-book saga, in the first one there was an ongoing invasion of a race of creatures who kidnapped women for breeding, but there was a regent or magistrate who nobody knew, who ...
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Young adult/children's book about space and plague

Read this book about 9-10 years ago as a kid, it was centred mostly aboard a space ship where there was a deadly plague and the astronauts were racing against time to shut down all systems. If I ...
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Boy goes insane during space travel

I'm trying to remember the name of a short story I read about 25 years ago or so. I'd also like to know of any collections it appeared in. The details I recall involve a family who are embarking on ...
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Children find hole in their bedroom wall which changes objects

I'm trying to remember the name of a short story I read about 25 years ago or so. I'd also like to know of any collections it appeared in. The details I recall concern a pair of young children ( ...
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Story in which a city had to move steadily over all terrains to remain the same height

People had to move their entire city towards the (horizon?). They traveled over all terrains--water, mountains, deserts. As they traveled they remained the same height. If they slowed down or sped up ...
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Story about enemies in a space battle sharing their last moments over com as their ships die

I am looking for the title of a short sci-fi story which I read sometime around the mid '80s. It is about a man and a woman talking through some communication system during the last moments of their ...
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SF space film in which the alien gives birth while isolated on a planet with a human [duplicate]

Years ago I watched a film where an alien and human are having a dogfight (each in their own small spaceships). They crashland on a planet together, and although they still want to kill each other, ...
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Sci-Fi story where aliens resurrect humans, who have gone extinct [duplicate]

Can you help me identify a story by this poorly recollected plot line? I probably read the story when I was 12 so 50+ years ago. Aliens arrive on a dead planet earth and begin to resurrect various ...
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Short Story About How 2 Astronauts Who Stop for Lunch Unknowingly Destroy the Only Lifeform on an Arid Planet

In the 70's or 80's I read a short story in which 2 astronauts looking for a nice place to eat lunch choose a spot at the pole of a small desolate planet, overlooking the world's only pool of surface ...
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Looking for a book with a talking cat

I know the title is a bit vague :\ I remember reading a book with a cat that in the middle of talking would stop to groom himself. I think he talked mostly in riddles and ambiguously (As would befit ...
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Movie or TV episode, where a person wearing a kind of 'intermolecular force cancelling' devices dies by falling thru the floor

If one remembers Fringe's "Safe" episode, or read through IntangibleMan at TVTropes, it would be relatively easy to bring this good association. A man, walking through the walls, doing random bad ...
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Old movie or tv show about man living longer which splits mankind

The story is about the discovery of a kind of vaccine that permits the people to live longer. But some people react against the vaccine and become very strong and hostile (like hulk). The people that ...
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Has anyone read short story about a boy on a generation ship with an AI that is raising children?

In the early 90’s I read a short story about a boy (protagonist). I cannot remember his name (so let’s call him Adam) or his age, but I think he was about twelve years old. Adam was awoken by the ...
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Convicted criminals serving time as insects in space

Trying to find a short story my father read to me once. It involves the minds of convicted criminals being placed into insect-like bodies to man small spacecraft. They perform scientific research ...
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Sentient cities on post-apocalyptic Earth

I am trying to identify a short story I read long ago. The plot involved sentient cities which moved bodily around a deserted Earth. The humans living in them had over the centuries been expelled, ...
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Identify YA horror novel that may have some fantasy aspects

I read a novel as a child that I believe was intended for a young adult audience (which I wasn't, and it therefore scared the pants off me). The details are fuzzy but I think it was written in the 70'...
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Novel about hyper-intelligent children

Does anyone know the title of this sci-fi novel I read around the year 2000? The story opens in a facility where hyper-intelligent children are being raised. The central character is the ‘runt’ of ...
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Collection of YA horror short stories c.1980 including “Mr. Monstro”

I'm looking for a short story that terrified me as a child. It appeared in a YA horror collection about monsters. None of the other stories stuck with me, but the one about “Mr. Monstro” kept me awake ...
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What 1995-1997 cartoon had robots manned by children fighting big aliens?

The show was about an aggressive alien thing that came from outer space and infected the humans. The people started killing each other and the only way that they could be stopped was with alien robots ...
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What is the title of this superpowers movie?

I remember watching a SF movie as a kid about 15 years ago about a guy who gains superpowers after he sees a rocket exploding (some red flash if I remember correctly). One of the superpowers was ...
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Looking for a TV show about young people at a boarding school?

My sister and I both remember a live-action television show that aired in the US sometime around 2003. It consisted of 3-5 preteens or teenagers at a boarding school. My sister thinks they were in ...
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Earth leaves IQ suppression zone [duplicate]

I'm trying to find a book I remember reading, one I'd like to re-read. I saw it probably decades ago. Basic premise is that earth has been stuck in a zone that somehow suppresses intelligence. ...
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TV episode about a man seeing a creature in an airplane wing trying to sabotage it, but no one believes him

I remember an episode of a TV show that probably aired in the fifties or sixties. The show was about a man on an airplane that kept seeing some kind of monster on the wing of the craft, and he tried ...
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Sci-Fi short story that involved time travel and a couple who keep losing each other

I read a collection of Sci-Fi short stories back in the 1970's or early 80's that had one about a couple in love who kept losing each other. The book was my dad's so the story itself could be much ...
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Ragnarok in space?

I'm trying to identify a novel that retells the story of Ragnarok as a space opera. If I recall correctly, the protagonists were a small group of extraordinary individuals named after the Norse gods, ...

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