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.

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Shared world where our earth is invaded by a parallel universe

I have never read these. I remember being told about them a few years ago. These are a series of shared world stories where our earth is invaded by a parallel universe. The parallel universe has ...
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British or Australian live action kids show in the mid 90's [duplicate]

I remember catching this show maybe 2-3 times randomly while channel surfing as a kid. That being said, I only have fragments of what I remember. I remember that there was a group of kids. Maybe from ...
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What TV show features kids working as secret agents for a group called Alpha Centauri?

When I was around 10 (1993-1994-ish), I remember watching a TV show where kids worked as secret agents, part of an organization called "Alpha Centauri" (or was it just Centauri?). I found their ...
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Which short story involves intelligent people being put in an institution? [duplicate]

Basic Plot: a dystopian future wherein all the productive, intelligent people are committed to a "mental institution" where they more or less keep the world running. I read it in the early 1970's, in ...
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Anime where a teenage heiress runs off with a famous thief, probably set during Industrial Revolution

I am looking for an anime I saw some years back in which a young teenage heiress, who is being slowly murdered by her guardians, runs off with a world-famous thief. The story was probably set ...
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Movie in which a hero beats the villain in a first-person shooter?

I need help identifying a movie - it might be a TV movie or mini-series - probably from 1995-2005. The hero has a computer he speaks to (it has a female voice), and there is a terrorist who, I think, ...
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Novel where frozen people from a lost civilisation are discovered in the arctic/antarctic

Years ago (70's or 80's) I read a sci-fi novel. It started with the discovery in the arctic (or antarctic) of a pair of humans (male and female) frozen in a block of solid helium. When thawed out, ...
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Book where rat-like aliens invade Earth and enslave humanity

What's the name of the book where a race of rat like aliens invade Earth and enslave humans using mind control?
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Short story about aliens that are parts of a spaceship [duplicate]

I have a very vague recollection of a short story in which somehow the parts of a spaceship were aliens of different races, whose innate powers allowed them to perform a function (braking, steering...)...
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What story involves archeologists in the future that study the 20th century?

My mother remembers reading a book many years ago that took place in the distant future (hundreds or maybe thousands of years, I'm not sure). The idea of the book is that archeologists (of that time) ...
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SF novel featuring a ship called Kraftwerk II [duplicate]

There's a novel I read years ago but I can't remember the title. Here's what I do recall, hope it rings a bell with someone.... It begins with the 2 main characters in ship called Kraftwerk II - they ...
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Has anyone ever heard of a crazy interpretation of the original trilogy where Obi-Wan is really OB1 and a clone?

A comment on this question about the phonetic spelling of the droid's names made me remember a story I first heard back in 1998, right around the theatrical re-release of the original trilogy. This ...
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Children's show featuring a skeleton host and possibly a talking wrench?

From what I remember, this show used to come on at 7pm on Saturdays. I would only watch it at every other weekend, so it most likely came on Saturday nights. It was hosted by a skeleton who was ...
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Short story where everyone is using wearable personal computers, and the protagonist asks about being able to turn one's own off

What is the name and author of a short story where everyone is using always-on wearable computers, e.g. to help interaction with other people, like hints of what to say during conversation. The ...
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A collection of stories about young monsters and vampires

There are a couple of books I have been trying to find for years. I found and read them in my school library when I was in either intermediate or middle school; somewhere around the late 1980's. I'm ...
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Short story where humans and aliens are in faltering negotiations to end a war

I'm trying to identify a short story where humans and an alien race are trying to negotiate to end a war, but the negotiations are failing. Aspects of the story that I can remember: An Earth child ...
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Fantasy book about a human female guard raised by feline race and whose commander has wings

I'm looking for this book series. I can't really remember details but I think there were four races in the books and one race had tentacles on their heads which they used to communicate; they were ...
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Collection of fantasy/horror short stories with one or two full color illustrations per story

First, this is absolutely not Scary Stories or More Scary Stories. I don't think there is any relation there. From what I remember the book contained a collection of shorties that may or may not ...
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Help finding a novel where a man goes through a wormhole to a futuristic religious dystopia

I read a novel about ten or fifteen years ago (which I didn't really enjoy very much) but it is now bothering me that I can't remember what it was. At the start, this guys is on Earth and I think he ...
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Short story about meddling time travelers

Sometime in the late 80's/early 90's I read a short story about a group of people (I think they were researchers at a university) who go back in time to change something, and then keep going back ...
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What is the story in which an alien was found on a barren planet and the media named it “Cutie-Pie”?

An alien was found on a barren planet by a space expedition, they catch it and bring it to earth. The alien did not live on that planet, it was just passing through. The alien was named "Cutie-Pie" by ...
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Short story where a character moves through dimensions via mental exercises

It's been about 25 years since I read a story in an anthology. The only details I remember from it are that a guy is told that if, while walking down a road (or something similar), he mentally forces ...
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Time War with villians preventing tragedies

I remember reading a short story which featured a man who was involved in a time war. He and many others were pulled from major disasters just before their deaths, and brought into the fight. The ...
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A book about space travel using the power of the mind

Read a book a few years ago (though I think the book itself is more than tens years old) about a woman who captained her own starship and used some odd type of star travel that involved pretty much ...
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Book about a family that drank from the fountain of youth

There is a book about a girl that ends up finding this family in the middle of a woods (or forest?) that are immortal because they drank, unknowingly, from a well that was essentially the fountain of ...
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Identify a movie about a princess and geese

I am looking for the title of a (series of?) movie(s) about a princess who is connected with geese (it could also be swans, big domesticated birds anyway). From the plot I remember a princess (a ...
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Lizard Men from Space Invade Earth

Sometime around 2005 to 2007 I read a book that told the story of an alternate history Earth that took place around World War 2. This book was part of a series but not the first or last book (I only ...
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Corpses controlled by live operators fighting gladiatorially/ring style

Does anybody remember a short novel or story about a guy who's the controller/operator of a fighting corpse? I seem to remember him visiting a whorehouse-type establishment and thinking he'd love to ...
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What is the story in which a man and an alien are penpals? [duplicate]

The human has a terminal disease and the alien is incarcerated. The alien has a long lifespan and he wants to travel the universe. Hence, he exchanges "souls" with the human (without the human's ...
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“not a vengeance party” scene

I think this scene was from a military sf or fantasy book, but I can't place it. Commander: Well, you've seen what they did to [men's names]. How many of you want a chance to get back at the sons of ...
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Identify story wherein special glass slows time

Sorry I don't recall much about this at all. A friend, who had recommended many other books/authors I ended up liking, told me about a story in which a scientist develops some kind of special glass, ...
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Looking for '70s era Time Traveling Young Adult Novel

I vividly recall this book I read when I was a kid in the '70s. I thought it was called Saturday the 14th, but I am having no luck with that title. It's about an adolescent girl having a really bad ...
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Novel about a scientist dad with the ability to edit published books

The following question was just sent out to a private mailing list I'm on: OK, this is driving me nuts. About 20 years ago I remember reading a scifi novel where the kids got in an argument with ...
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Help me identify a story of chickens who defend against the foxes

I remember this story, that is sort of Sci-Fi/Fantasy, since it has talking chickens. The chickens in this story are unique since they can fly (The talking part is apparently not worthy of notice) ...
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Fantasy novel about an orphan raised by a wizard; makes his own journey after an attack on the wizard’s house

Things I'm pretty sure I remember correctly: I've read it in 1992-1993, in a mass market paperback edition. I don't remember anything from the cover. It was the first of a series. Synopsis of what I ...
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Story about magic/programming with some Greek mythology [duplicate]

In this story magic is done by writing command-line sort of programs. In the story the main guy ends up using some magic and ends up making his grandmother or something mad and ends up in hiding. ...
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Trying to Remember a Book that explored evolution of Dinosaurs to intelligence and then encountering humans

Many, many years ago, I read a book where dinosaurs were assumed to have suvived the K-T event (or it never happened), and they evolved to intelligent species that used not only language (which ...
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Help identifying a show I used to watch as a kid

I used to watch a show about a kid (Named Max maybe?) that was given this magic hat that opened portals at specific spots. He has a fowl friend (a human who evolved into a bird or something) and a ...
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Fantasy novel featuring anti-heroine wood-elf thief famed for ability in bed

I'm trying to remember the title and author of a story featuring a heroine who was almost an anti-heroine. She was a wood-elf thief who was famed for her ability in bed. It didn't go into graphic ...
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Story about girl who must become REAL to inherit throne

I don't remember if this is a short story or novel. It could be either, but I'm more inclined to think it's a short story. It's been over 20 years since I read it. The story drew a clear ...
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Story wherein a computer, which can answer any question, refuses to do so?

Trying to remember a story I read some years ago. Summary: IBM came up with a computer that could answer any question put to it. The President asks it a question which it refuses to answer. Prez sends ...
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Short story about two brothers leading an expedition to the prehistoric past, one (Orren? Owen?) is killed and erased from history

I read this story (must have been in an anthology; I didn't read SF/F magazines) when I was a kid, which puts the publication date before 1975. I remember it as being much older than that, though, not ...
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Children's book about child on failing generation starship saved by Cygnus The Swan?

In the late 1970s I bought a book at a school book fair (likely published by Scholastic) about a young boy who lived on a generational starship. The ship was failing. I remember some bit about an ...
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Name of a series of children's science fiction books from the 1970s - not set in same universe / not sequels

In a public school in Mississippi around 1977 I came across a series of science fiction juvenile books. When I say "series", I mean that they were by the same publisher and had the same binding...but ...
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A story about aliens mistaking humans as parasites

Aliens discover Earth but are mistaken who the real inhabitants are: i.e. the aliens think that humans are parasites or something and that the real Earthlings are cars or something else. Is this an ...
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When did Spider-Man fight against the X-Men?

I remember reading some of my uncle's old comics a long time ago - these were from the 80s or earlier. One scene that stands out is a scene where a bunch of Marvel heroes were in a large alien base. ...
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Can you help me identify a short story about mandatory suicide?

I read this story years ago in a very old magazine, so it is written 1990 or earlier. It was a Bulgarian magazine from the 80s, printing translated stories, probably космос or наука и техника за ...
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In what episode of TNG was an ancient Vulcan psionic weapon discovered?

In what episode of TNG was an ancient Vulcan psionic weapon discovered? If I recall correctly, the device had 3 parts: life, death and balance in between. It worked only against aggression (to the ...
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Can anyone help me identify a story about squirrels and the octal system?

I remember reading a book when I was a kid (age 7-9) about squirrels (or maybe other small animals) that were using the octal numeral system. Counting to 7 (since 8 = 0) was a whole new magical world ...
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Can you help identify a book about kids getting pulled into a fantasy world? [duplicate]

There's a specific book I have been trying to remember/find for about 15 years, but any book in the same "category" is a welcome answer. The specific book I'm trying to find involves a bunch of kids ...