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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Sci-Fi novel from *years* ago. Spaced-based in Solar System

I don't remember the title or the author or even if it is something I read as a kid. The setup is Humanity lives in various space-based tribes spread across the solar system with various political '...
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Stories about 3 Gems/guardians, changelings and liquid-centred swords

I remember reading a book/series of books about 10 years ago as a teenager, but can't for the life of me remember what it was called, and I'd love to read it again! Here are some details about the ...
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1970s SF story of aliens on earth farming brains for use in war machines - anyone read it and remember what it was called? [duplicate]

The aliens were often disguised as pretty women and the protagonist goes underground to battle them but is overpowered and ends up waking up as an alien tank on another world. He manages to ...
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Short story about a boy, a girl, a boat, and a dying planet?

I could have sworn I read this in Silverberg's "Science Fiction 101," but I can't find it now. In short, there are only two people left on a planet: a teen boy and (I think) a teen girl. They're ...
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A book about an exiled princess, possibly 80's or early 90's

I'm looking for a book I read in the early 90's about a princess who is exiled after her family is murdered. I remember her family shared the throne with another family (her cousin I think). I believe ...
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Show about half of the world on perpetual night and the other on day.

The show that used to be on tv where half the world was in perpetual night and the other half was in perpetual day? I think there was a wall that went around the world so that the people on the night ...
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Anime movie about a boy in a ghost town

I saw this movies in the 2000s. I don't know when it came out. This is a kids movie! It is about a boy who goes to a ghost town. He goes to some bar and meets a little fire spirit that follows him ...
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Fantasy/urban novel about Greek-Roman gods

I am looking for a fantasy novel about the Greek-Roman gods in the modern day. They go about their lives, which are diminished, due to failing worship. The Greek-Roman gods have become one and go by ...
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Sci-fi book about pollution causing mutated sea life including mutated giant squid

Many years ago, I read a rather thin sci-fi book about some scientists finding mutated sea life caused by pollution coming from cylinders dumped at sea by some bad guys. This included a couple of ...
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Scientist trying to disprove witchcraft falls in love with a witch

I'm trying to find the exact name of the author and the novel. Situation: I know the supposed Russian transliteration/translation of the novel/author. When I Google for the work, using my best ...
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Book series about a junior officer in the Polish Air Force

I'm looking for a series of novels set in Poland that depict an alternate past and future. In the first book, a junior officer in the Polish Air Force (I think) is on a walking tour. He bought some ...
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A human convict ex military transformes into an alien!

This is a short science fiction story (like The Outer Limits). It's about a convict (ex military) who has the choice between death or being injected with some alien virus. He is slowly transformed ...
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Salesman, company monopoly, robotic competitor, razor blades [duplicate]

I read this story in an anthology several years ago I think it was either a robot anthology or a salesman is sci-fi/fantasy anthology A man is teleported (I think) to a planet to explore it for a ...
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Science fiction poem that I read in American literature class

I read this poem in 11th grade. It was really difficult to understand. The teacher had us read it in class. It was approximately two pages of verse. It took almost 30 minutes for us, collectively, to ...
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Short story/novella similar to the game, Black and White

I read it a short story/novella a few years ago and I think it was fairly recently published. If anyone has played the black and white series of games the story read a lot like one of them. A man is ...
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Movie or Series - Identification containing a scene where a boy get murdered by grinding the rear wheel of a motorcycle on his face?

I can remember seeing a scene of a movie or short series on TV where a man/boy gets murdered by putting his tie or scarf in the rear axle of a dirt-bike or motorcycle and then starting the motor and ...
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Book with a labyrinth that allows travel to parallel worlds [duplicate]

This book featured something called "The Labyrinth" that was a kind of maze that opened into other worlds. There was one world where all the men were stupid and used as sex objects. There was a drug ...
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Young adult fantasy series from the late 70s or 80's, published by 1988, 4 books total

I'm trying to find a 4 book young adult fantasy series. I read it in the mid-80's and I found it in the juvenile/young adults section of my local library. In the first book, something terrible ...
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Television series about scientists doing research on a space station

I think it was aired in the 1990s. A group of scientists are doing research on a space station. One of the characters finished in the Physics department then became interested in molecular biology and ...
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Fantasy Novel with 'Legacy' in the title about an Elf trader

I read this book in on a deployment in Afghanistan. It came out of a MWR, and it had no cover, and most of the binding was ripped. The only surviving identifier was part of the title off the spine, ...
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Trying to remember a novel with an efficient alien language

I remember reading this science fiction novel several years ago. Here's what I remember (or think I remember) about the story: Coded transmissions are intercepted right before assassinations are made ...
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Identify a novel set in an abbey, where monks are engrossed in illuminated writing

I'm trying to remember the name of a sci-fi/fantasy novel published before 1970 which is set in an abbey, where monks are engrossed in illuminated writing. Time seems to be either dark-ages or post-...
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TV Detective who travels back in time to solve crime [duplicate]

A British television series from the mid/late 90s, where the protagonist is a detective (?) somehow able travel back in time a few days (perhaps a week?) to solve crimes. I think other characters were ...
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Movie from the 1960's where aliens are seen only through glasses

I can remember seeing a sci-fi film on TV (from 1960's) over here in the UK. Aliens could only been seen through glasses and a man gave a woman a pill to calm her down before she put them on. I can'...
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VW Beetle Spaceship

In the late 60's/early 70's, I read a novel about aliens who came to help Earth. I remember only two details: They turned the coffee in the Pentagon green in an attempt to get people to take them ...
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Mid 90's book series with a young boy being taught by a sorceress

I'm trying to figure out a fantasy series I read in the early to mid 90's. It wasn't The Belgariad or Eye of the World but it is so similar that I forget its name. A young simple boy gets caught up ...
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Looking for story about man on televised trial, presents plans for laser gun

I would like to find a story about a man (maybe a farmer/rancher?) on trial for something I thought farm-related, which is live-televised to the world, who presents the plans for a homemade laser- or ...
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Group of people on a boat being killed off by a slimy thing

I saw a movie on TV many many moons ago, where a group of people were on a boat, in very calm water (a lagoon) and were being killed off, one at a time. The perpetrator was some slimy thing from below ...
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Book with clones of many sizes, just before clone war

I read a book in 1973 and I've been looking for the name since. The book is in English and is adult sci-fi. It opens with a young boy sitting at his desk watching words appear on a sheet of paper in ...
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Crashed astronaut finds his helmet

Trying to trace a short scifi story that appeared in print no later than the 1970s. Premise is that an astronaut/pilot has crashed on a planet and lost most of his technology and memory. He does not ...
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Identify science fiction book: Humor, loaded dice, blackmailing

I read it at least a decade ago. It basically involved a couple of men being selected to be sent to Earth to spy on it. One was a sports hero/pilot; good looking etc, the other was kind of a shadow ...
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Name of a novel in two parts where protagonist dies, but his soul gets reinserted into a descendant

It's involving souls from dead bodies orbiting Earth, getting destroyed by starships with electromagnetic fields for propulsion. The protagonist is male, heroic, and physically strong; and he dies ...
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1970s story: man living alone with robot servants on an estate invaded by hoodlums

The setting is during or after the fall of social order, somewhere in England. An old man is holed up on an estate, his only company a robot butler and other robotic assistants. The house is invaded ...
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Looking for a children's or young adult novel about three kids travelling to a fantasy land

I've been trying to remember the title of a children's or young adult book I read as a child about thirty years ago. (So it may be from '70s or '80s). I don't remember many of the details. There ...
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Crime investigation involving quantum computers

I read a book a while ago, yet cannot for the life of me remember its name. Sorry I cant be more specific but I'm pretty sure it was within the last 2 years. Couldn't say if it was new. But it was ...
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Tenclone, twelveclone, Englishmen [duplicate]

I am looking for a short story from late 70's or so. Two unrelated Englishmen who survived a famine (everyone went hungry, but nobody starved) in their youth live on a remote planet- I think a ...
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Scifi short story with a star in a jar

When I was in elementary school, I remember borrowing a science fiction short story collection from the library. It had a number of great stories in it, but I've never been able to find it as an adult....
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Book where a game dev's daughter gets stuck in the game

This was a full-length novel I read a couple of years ago. The father is the lead dev (or the security head I forget which) of a MMORPG with full VR immersion. There is some kind of coup by some ...
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Short story in which a practical (space)man shears off his companion's arm to save her from alien contamination

I'm trying to recall the title of a short story in which a sage, older space traveler tells his companion(s?) to "look, but don't touch" something suspicious on an alien planet, and saves the woman (...
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Book about a girl who talks to a tree (or boulder) and finds golden door

I'm looking for an old fantasy book. A woman/girl moves into new house and odd things happen that actually the tree or boulder in backyard is responsible for. The girl and the tree form a bond/...
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Movie set in medieval time with a dragon

The movie starts out with a boy and his father as shepherds. They see a dragon, go after the eggs for profit and the dad dies. The dad dies and the son is sent off to a lord who owes his father ...
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Old novel on an island with man-eating plants; eating the plants turns you into one of them

I cannot remember the title, neither the author, of a novel I read some time ago. Please help me, this thing is driving me crazy. The novel was about the crew of a ship that approach to a desert ...
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Short story about meeting different intelligent species that have all evolved on Earth

Please help find a short story that deals with the following: Human time travellers go back to the time of the dinosaurs. I cannot remember if they encounter intelligent dinosaurs, but they do meet up ...
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Fantasy TV series from the 90s

I vaguely remember watching a fantasy series when I was a kid. All I remember is a scene of doctors wearing all red, they have red gloves which are able to go inside people. For the life of me I ...
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A Story about humanity in a deadlocked nuclear war

Can't remember all of the details, but it was a comic book story about Earth in a future war having reached a stalemate and there was a time machine involved. I vividly recall the ending, which had a ...
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Novel with rising sea levels and humans live on rafts and communicate with whales?

The novel is set in the future when the seas have risen and is about people having to adapt. By the end of the novel humans are living on raft colonies and can communicate with whales who travel with ...
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Story about Nazi dwarves inhabiting an old castle (in Ireland?)

I'm looking for a novel by an English speaking author which is about — as the headline mentions — nazi dwarves that owe, if I remember correctly, their condition to genetic engineering and live in an ...
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Story about a factory that produces precious stones but nothing useful

In the original question, the OP also asked about a second story that was removed from the question, and I've got my interest piqued. I assume it's also a short story - can somebody help me find the ...
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Children's books from the 80s about a professor who used his smoking pipe to teleport himself, a girl and a boy to other worlds?

I can’t remember the name of these books, but they are old sci-fi children's books from the 80s about a professor who used his smoking pipe to teleport himself, a girl (I think his niece or grand ...
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Book about an impostor knight

I've been having these thoughts lately that I'd read a book where one of the characters (a lowborn) pretended to be a knight so that they could compete in the tournaments. This character would win ...

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