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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In which movie was the “Ultimate Question” mentioned for the first time?

I don't remember in which movie it was mentioned for the first time. It was some movie with John Malkovich if I remember well.
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What is this old movie that featured round, flat creatures that killed by touch?

I remember that I watched this movie as a kid, probably in the late 70's - early 80's. I think it was a black and white movie. I believe the story revolved around an outbreak of creatures that were ...
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ID a book about a mirror world and 4th dimension

I read a book about 10-15 years ago about a boy and a girl who find a mirror. What made the mirror special was, they were able to enter the reflection and be a part of the reverse image world. They ...
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60s or 70s movie with a submarine that flies

There was a large submarine which, through most of the film, was a super advanced sub with a large crew. At the end of the film the submarine deployed an untested feature which enabled it to rise out ...
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What was that movie where people drilling in an asteroid awaken a monster?

I watched this movie on TV 10-15 years ago, and I remember the title as it was translated to my native language, when I translate it back to English, it was something like "The Rock" or "The stone" (...
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Searching for a specific book about dragons [duplicate]

I believe it was a trilogy. It was set in a universe where dragons are pitted in fights against each other for humans' benefit, and the main character was a stableboy who helped to take care of ...
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Set of short stories, including one with a man with wings, and another about his strange family gathering

I was thinking today about this set of short stories, but I can't remember what they were or who wrote them! One of the stories was about a strange family, where each member has some sort of dark ...
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Story About Carrying Buckets of Oxygen (Old Time Radio)

When I was in college, in a small town, there was a radio station in town that would play old time radio shows. One night I heard one that has stuck in my mind ever since. While I have a lot of OTR (...
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Story of an ex-dictator time-traveling into the past who's hunted down b/c he's radioactive

Can anyone find this story for me? It's one of those early sci-fi short stories. A dictator is violently deposed but escapes by jumping into a time machine. He travels to the past (somewhere around ...
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What is the novel with a John Carter like hero from the pulp era?

In the early 70s I read what I'm sure was an Ace paper back. Loosely SF in the same way that the Barsoomian tales might be considered SF. A typical "mighty-thewed" hero is magically transported to ...
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TV series or film where some have a technology allergy or aversity

I remember watching a UK television series episode or a film about a group of people wandering around (Britain). The group seem to suffer collectively from a technology phobia, for example they ...
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Identify a story about the last dwarf warrior / berserker

A novel I read at least 15 years ago was about a dwarf who was visiting a human woman he had known for years. He referred to her as Sif, I think. At the time of the visit he was one of the last ...
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I am looking for a sci-fi novel about an earth expedition invading an alien planet by mistake

I recall a novel I read back in the 80s about an scientific survey ship from Earth being destroyed in orbit around an alien planet. When the messages from the ship arrive on Earth years later, a ...
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Sci-fi novel with characters called 'Milk' and 'Apple'

I'm trying to remember a sci-fi book I read in the seventies. All I can really remember is that the two main characters were called 'Milk' and 'Apple'.
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Looking for two stories about a telekinetic boy

I have been trying to find a book I read quite a few years ago. Well, there are 2, one being the sequel. Now I'm sure my memory has been kind enough to mix parts of the 2 books, but I will do my best ...
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Book of thought experiments around philosophy of identity

I remember reading a paperback book in the late 1970s or early 1980s that consisted, at least partly, of a series of thought experiments about identity. Examples were teleportation to another planet ...
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A short story of a guy on a strange alien planet

A long time ago I read a short novel (can't remember the actual length, but not likely that it was more than 100 pages long) about a human astronaut on some sort of mission who landed on an alien ...
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Escape into electrons after galactic explosion

I was once reading a book about a civilization that escaped into an electron after the galaxy had a core explosion. They did this again and again, many levels, sometimes into 4+ dimensional spaces. I ...
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And then her head fell off

I remember reading a compilation of children’s/bedtime/scary stories as a child, one of which was about a girl and a boy who eventually got married. Throughout the short story, she had a black ribbon ...
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Story about worlds physically within other worlds, like layers of an onion

The story took place on a "planet" constructed like a set of nesting dolls, with people living on the surface of each of the hundreds or thousands of concentric spheres. There was some sort of AI ...
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Identify this movie - a robot with a hypodermic needle that causes hallucinations

I am looking for the name of a movie. One of the scenes involves a robot that possesses a kind of hypodermic needle, which injects a substance that causes very intense hallucinations, eventually ...
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What was this story, and why did they have heart plugs?

Many years ago, I remember seeing a film (probably a really naff low-budget SF movie), from which the only line I can remember is an evil dictator saying to a captured baddy, “I see you have a heart ...
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Early 90's fantasy with a unskilled student wizard [duplicate]

Hi I'm looking for a series (at least 2) of fantasy novels I read in the early to mid 90's. I can't remember the author or titles, though I can remember some parts of the books. The main character ...
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Looking for a story where a person is threatened with repeated murder

A novel I read in the early 80's but was most likely published in the 70's(?) begins with a woman being woken up. She is shown pictures of herself and it is explained to her that these were earlier ...
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I am trying to find a story where a children's nursery turns into a jungle

I read this short story(I believe it was under novella length, but I could be mistaken) a while back, and I am trying to identify the title for a friend. Plot: Publishing date: Years ago. Tech ...
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Short story: Earth in a pocket of non-causality

I'm fairly sure it was in a collection of short stories, possibly a Year's Finest Sci-Fi or some such, but I haven't had any luck tracking it down. The story takes place on an Earth that somehow has ...
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Sentient Bomb in a city on the moon?

I would like to know the title of the short story that I believe takes place on the moon. The setting is a mall or some other very public location and the main character is a police officer. She ...
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Can you identify this novel about mind control, where everyone wears catsuits? [duplicate]

Back in the 70's my local library had a novel about a human coming to a human-colonized (I think) planet where mind control was common and where he was there to solve a crime. There was a hierarchy ...
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What is the name of this young-adult book series from the '90s featuring miniature aliens? [duplicate]

This was a book series I read when I was younger. It featured a boy in his early teens who was contacted by aliens in a miniature space ship. He is soon shrunk down to their size and becomes a ...
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Story where everyone lives in a walled city run by machines; another part of the planet has “non technology” people [duplicate]

I'm looking for help identifying a story where everyone lives in a city run by machines. The main character has a helper robot who won't/can't do something or give him some information. He goes deep ...
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White lies are acceptable - Heinlein juvenile? [duplicate]

I recall reading a Science Fiction tale as a child which had a profound effect on me. In it the main character is told that we have to be able to tell certain lies. No one should tell the truth ...
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Identify a short story wherein a time-travel uses classified ads to search for other time-travelers [duplicate]

In the story, the time traveler travels to the sixties, I believe, and posts an ad somewhere along the lines of: "Remember Reaganomics? VCRs? Perestroika? Call me at KL-123." Obviously, only another ...
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Short Story with Time Travel separating the user from causality

I was reading a lot of Asimov, Clarke, Brown and Heinlein at the time, so I wouldn't be surprised to find it's one of them but I haven't been able to find it. The story involves the main character (I ...
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1980's book about a boy on a space station that goes to a forbidden Earth

I read this book in the mid to late 80's. All I remember is that there are humans living on a space station (or possibly on the Moon) above an Earth that was devastated by some disaster. It is ...
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Please help me find the author/title of this book [duplicate]

WARNING: Graphic All I remember about this fantasy horror book is the following: There is a killer that can stop time. He is searching (or chasing) the protagonist. There is one graphic sequence, ...
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What fantasy story elicited this quote?

I've read this description of a fantasy story. I suspect that it's written (or said) either derogatorily or tongue-in-cheek, but what story does it refer to? Transported to a surreal landscape, a ...
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Identify series of books about a kid and older man who fight supernatural creatures

I originally read these books in the late-80s. I believe, but am not sure, that new novels in the series were still coming out at that time. They were full novels, and there was a series of them. At ...
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Identifying a story with a portal that only organic tissue can pass through

I'm looking for a book that I read when I was young (~1985). My guess is that it was published in the 70s or 80s. In this story, a scientist (or more) created some sort of portal. Only organic tissue ...
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Identify book about fighting tournament with the opponent wearing gold armor, plus rulers being mind-controlled by tentacled being

I'm trying to find a book I read in the late eighties but I can't remember the name of it at all. The plot centered around a man coming to a fighting tournament. He wears a sort of gray/silver ...
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Is South Park episode 11x3 based on any sci fi film?

The plot of the show shows all the kids in the 4th grade getting head lice. There's a subplot of the show where the lice on Clyde's have developed into a thriving culture and they discover their ...
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Can someone help me figure out the name of a sci-fi book about space travel at the speed of light? [duplicate]

I read this book when I was much younger and can't remember the name of it but I remember it's one of the best books I've ever read. It starts with this young girl that bumps into an older lady, the ...
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What was the name of the 80s scifi show that had ewoks?

It is possible they weren't ewoks, but as a kid I identified them as being the same as ewoks.. Basic plot: A family (husband, wife, couple of kids) crash land their spaceship on a planet. They meet ...
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Story about a man who has alternating streaks of good luck and bad luck

I remember reading a story, I think in the early nineties though it's probably a lot older than that, about a man who would have streaks of good luck, alternated with equal streaks of bad luck. So ...
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70s or 80s scifi TV show with people travelling between sections of large spaceship

I am trying to remember the name of a TV show in the late 70s, perhaps early 80s, in which a group of two or three people (there was a man and a woman) travelled between different sections of a large ...
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Robert Heinlein story that begins with a card game followed by an alarm and a shelter

The story begins with a group of people playing a card game of some sort, I can't recall what it was exactly, but it had some sort of team aspect to it. There were three or four players. One of them ...
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Identifying a short story about advertising

I remember reading a short story at least twenty years ago about a man who spends a lot of money to rent a hovel because there is no advertising in it. During any normal day everything advertises to ...
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Book from the 70s: Battle/Balance between Light/Sun and Moon/Dark?

I remember reading a book in the 70s, so it could be YA. It is set on modern-day Earth, and the story is about a boy. His mother is sick (maybe cancer?) and he is socially awkward, so he doesn't ...
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Generation starship with kids raised by robots

There's a book I remember reading sometime around 1981 or 1982 about a colony/generation starship where kids were raised by robots who gave them something in their food that kept the kids from ...
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Looking for an old German book about a journey to another planet (approx. from the 30ies)

I am looking for a book which I read as a teenager once, and now can not find anymore. I don't recall the title. I would be very grateful for ideas on how I might find it somehow. A brief description:...
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Looking for an old story about genetically engineering humans to live on a methane planet [duplicate]

In the story it is easier to "terraform" humans to live on this planet than to change the planet. The humans end up looking like the local life forms...crablike creatures. None of the converted ...

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