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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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 ...
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Can anyone help me identify a story about kids with silver blood?

I vaguely remember reading a young-adult book about a group of kids. The kids turned out to be aliens, and the one identifying mark they had was that their blood was silver (or something else)? I ...
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Short story from early 1990s about the survivor of a nuclear war and an organic starship

I read this story as part of an anthology sometime in the early '90s. The protagonist survives a nuclear war but when he comes out of the bomb shelter he is "beamed" up to a mysterious organic ...
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Novel about a starship that crashes on a world of primarily female leadership?

Spaceship crashes in the northern part of a world which has primarily women leadership. Spaceship crew assimilate and build a kingdom. The new kingdom is built around the technology but the ...
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What story had paper clips grow up to be coat hangers?

I read it in an anthology about thirty years ago... It had a creepy ending which I won't spoil.
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Identifying a story about a girl named Sarah who finds out she is a robot

I read this sci-fi novel for young adults when I was a kid, and I would love to re-read it but I can't remember the title. I remember the copy I borrowed from the library had some sort of television ...
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What novel was set in a dystopian future and featured a boy searching for his missing father?

I'm hoping someone can identify this young-adult/children's sci-fi book. I read it in 1996-1997, but I remember thinking it was written in the 1980s. The main character was a boy (maybe in his early ...
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Philip K. Dick short story with a man growing a space ship in his back yard?

A discussion I was reading about consensus reality made me think of a story that I probably read in some Philip K. Dick anthology years ago. The story began from the viewpoint of a man who was ...
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Fantasy story of a prince's unwanted brother

I'm trying to remember the title of a fantasy story in which the main character is the unwanted brother (or half-brother?) of a prince. Other important characters are an older brother who is ...
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What is the title of a story about a elevator through time and the smallest possible change [duplicate]

Many years ago I read a story about a guy working for an organisation that would influence time-lines by traveling through time using a sort of elevator. The objective of the operators was to ...
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Novel about space marine dealing with relativity? [duplicate]

I read half a book in a library a while ago that followed a guy from the first set of marines to actually go fight. They have gel-pod-beds to survive accelerations in space. after the first mission, ...
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What's that sci-fi book where phones are dropped from orbit? [duplicate]

What's that sci-fi book where phones are dropped from orbit? People are able to ask for things which are then manufactured and delivered to them. I think the scheme is used to bring down an ...
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young-adult scifi novel about a close encounter with a comet

It was probably written in the 50's. The central character is the son of a professor in a college town. The Earth passes through the tail of a comet and all machinery stops working. They believe ...
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Fantasy novel about a magical conflict spanning the world

In 2006 I read a rather new fantasy novel, so probably written in 2003-2006. Might have been part of a series or trilogy, female author I think. The protagonists were a team of friends/ associates ...
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A web comic where a woman in a hoodie asks what universe she is in?

Some years back I read a beautifully illustrated fantasy web comic, rather surreal. All I remember is a woman in a hoodie stumbling into some alternate world. She zipped up her hoodie to obscure her ...
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Story Identification - zombie movie on a ship

I remember seeing part of a movie about a bunch of commandos or other "hard men" that storm a ship at sea only to be suprised by a hoard of zombies on the ship. What is that movie? This is driving ...
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Scifi novel with extremely slow motion space battles

I'd like to remember the name of a scifi novel that had a strong military theme with lots of political intrigue where the space battles were fought in slow motion due to some limitation of the ships ...
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Cannot find a short story named something like “Mask of the Silver King”

In the mid nineties I received a short story anthology as a gift. I believe it was either a Weird Tales anthology, or White Wolf. My favorite story was called Mask of the Silver King, (I think, I ...
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Identify a story about genetically engineered Vampires

I've been trying to track down details of a neat story I read years ago that told several tales about people living in an overpopulated Earth where Vampires and other mythological creatures were now ...
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Short story about an astronaut who discovers an injured alien

I am trying to find a book of short science fiction stories that contains a short story about an astronaut crew that land on a moon or planet and one astronaut on an EVA (spacewalk) on the surface ...
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TV series about pre-historic travel [duplicate]

I saw somewhere a new TV series. Here's what I remember: Sometime in the future, when the Earth could no longer support life (or something similar), a group of people goes to the past of the Earth. ...
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Novel about a dragon lord who has to wear gloves at all times

I read this novel when I was young. It is probably a children's or young adult novel. I think I read it in 1997 or earlier. I remember very much enjoying it, but the title and most of the details are ...
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Set of stories printed in IASFM, involving a universe where false Utopias are created, and the protagonists attempt to combat such

Ok, I read this as a kid, so, about 1985 or so would be the latest it might have been printed; the copies of IASFM (Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine), however, were from a Yard Sale, and could ...
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Story Identification: Spy story in Space; the hero receives implants of relevant memories / identities

Trying to identify the story; it's in 4 or so parts (I would guess published as a serial), and the hero is some form of space-age Spy. Spies of his nature were EXTREMELY undercover, usually, are ...
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Book/series where people were implanted with a power giving stone after birth [duplicate]

The only vivid memory I have of this book is that the citizens of the story's world are all associated with a certain element, such as air or water, etc. This association brings them powers that can ...
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Pre-80s movie with an alien monster who looks like a rock

This has been bothering me for quite a while. This is a movie I saw as a kid back in the 80's, but it could easily have been produced in the 70's (I vaguely remember actors with 70's hair). I'll try ...
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A young adult novel that has a boy who goes to a school for wizards… and is NOT Harry Potter

When I was in the second grade, there was a story in my English book about a boy who went to a school for wizardry. I was in the second grade in 1993-1994, so it could be around there, but most likely ...
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SciFi episode where one of the crew members becomes a monster

I remember seeing a SciFi episode where one of the crew members on a spaceship becomes a monster; he realizes that but can't do anything about it. He got outside onto a planet and was hunted down and, ...
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Series about a hunted female vampire with reference to Indian mythology

This series is about a female vampire who is being hunted. There is only one other Vampire in the series, but he doesn't come up in the first book. There are references to Indian mythological ...
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What book has a space station orbiting a sun

I remember a few details of the book I'm looking for. It is a space station in close orbit to the/a sun. Only children on board who are the children of the adults. But the adults were criminals and ...
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Old-ish fantasy novel about magicians that have a characteristic animal form?

Sometime in the '80s, I was at the house of a friend of my parents who had a huge library of SF/F paperbacks. Like the kid in the candy store, I grabbed one off the shelf and was rooted to the spot ...
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Short story in which a man on a train learns how to mentally control the rolling of dice

A long time ago, I read a short story in which there was a man on a train who learns how to control the rolls that come up on dice. The way it's phrased is that he maintains a certain pattern in his ...
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Story Identification: Young adult novel, horror, teens play a D&D variant, but things start to turn real

To the best of my recollection, they went to a house of some sort for the evening to enhance the role-play aspects of some D&D clone/adaptation, and there was even a stuffed octopus or some such ...