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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What book features dragons, song-driven magic, and talking otters?

Read these books when I was a youth and loved them. I haven't been able to remember what they were at all for years. The details I do remember are this: They had talking Otters who raised the main ...
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What fantasy book features a feline race and a female lead character in a world with ghost-powered magic?

I am trying to remember the name and/or author of a fantasy book I read back in the mid 1980s. I have tried searching, but the Googles have not been helpful. This is what I remember of the book: ...
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Fantasy novel about kid who finds out the 'evil warlock' is his father?

This book was similar to the whole Star Wars Luke Skywalker/Darth Vader story, except it's a fantasy novel. I seem to recall that it was more of a 'young adult' level book. Details I remember: ...
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Name of Steampunk novel with walking cities

I'm trying to recall the name of a steampunk novel. Some time in the future, most cities are gone, with remaining cities being giant platforms on legs. these cities survive by chasing down smaller ...
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Steampunk novel incorporating genetically engineered animals as vehicles

I'm trying to find the name of a novel about a young prince/duke (pretty sure he was some young member of royalty) that gets kidnapped at night, put into a steampunk mecha, and taken into a different ...
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Andre Norton's story within Witch World series with Yareth the falconer as one of the characters novel identification

I am looking for a book's title of a novel by Andre Norton that one of the characters name was Yareth and his profession was falconry. I have read this book ages ago and now I cannot recall its title ...
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Identify a book with a social engineering theme

I originally read this book in the mid- to late '70s. The premise was a bureaucracy whose job it was to manipulate events in human history by making the smallest possible change that would effect ...
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What SF novel or short story features characters that can only communicate with musical instruments?

I would like to find out the title of the book or short story that meets this criteria. Science Fiction novel that the characters use only musical instruments (eg. saxophone, guitar, violin, piano, ...
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Short story; war where speed of time changes with distance from front line

Trying to remember a short story (most likely from the sixties). It starts with a soldier at the front line fighting an unknown enemy on the other side of the front line. He then gets withdrawn and ...
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Identifying a story about a girl who turn out to be an alien [duplicate]

Years ago, when I was a child (around 10-12, I guess - the mid 1980s), I read a relatively short book - it might have been a children/young adult book - that I have never since been able to recall the ...
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Story about plagiarism by means of time machine

I can't remember the name of the story, and couldn't find anything on Google searches either. The story is about a science fiction writer whose story gets rejected by the publisher because it's word-...
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I am trying to find a story that I read online some time ago. (uploading, similar to "Accelerando", "natural reserve" for humans)

This is what I remember: I think the author was not a professional writer but the story was cited in other webs. A main theme was "uploading". The pace remembered me to "Accelerando" by Charles ...
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Trying to identify "I will measure the dust" story

I have a distant memory of a story which involves a person conversing with an intelligent space probe before it's launched on a long-term mission. As I recall it, their conversation goes something ...
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Urban Fantasy novel: magic, the internet, and laptop trolls

I recall being somewhat impressed by a novel I read a few years back – this book may be less than five years old – which featured a college-aged man. He had a laptop which transformed into a troll ...
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Name the SciFi book where a person finds a crash-landed alien mech/ship [duplicate]

I remember when I was young really enjoying a SciFi book that I found in a closet of a house that we moved into in the late 80s - early 90s. What I remember is it being about a kid or person who ...
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Which short story was about aliens thinking soccer was a form of worship?

I read a collection of short stories a while back. One story, I think it was the final one in the book, was about aliens visiting a sports event (I think it was a football (soccer) match). They ...
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Can someone identify this book, where children are bred for specific jobs?

Things I remember about this book: Every child was selected for a certain job/career; If twins were born, one was always killed; Seeing colors for the first time (describing the color of an apple); ...
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Trying to remember the name of a female, Canadian, children's sci-fi author from the 80s

I read a number of books when I was around 10-15 years old (roughly 1985-1990) by a female, Canadian, sci-fi author. I can't remember her name (maybe Amy something?) or the titles of any of the books ...
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What 80s movie features a mad scientist building an inter-dimensional portal in his attic?

From what I can remember of the movie, it features an increasingly isolated loner building or inheriting a machine in his Attic that starts bringing back monsters from outside reality when he turns it ...
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I'm trying to identify a book, where the main character (a private detective, I believe) speaks mostly in e-prime

Many years ago, I read a sci-fi novella, which remains in my memory mostly due to the main character speaking in e-prime (the book was written in non-e-prime English besides the dialogue with the main ...
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What book features aliens defeating humanity with a sleep inducing virus?

What I remember of the plot is that aliens called Poppers (or something similar) have landed on Earth and released a virus that has put the human population to sleep. Only about one in a hundred ...
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What short story interprets common idioms literally?

I'm trying to place a short story told from the viewpoint of a person who understands common idioms literally. For example, if someone asks him to “lend a hand”, he would understand that the hand ...
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What short story is about an invasion from metallic creatures?

I used to have a bunch of used short form books when I was growing up that I have since long lost, and I remember a story about an invasion of Earth by some metallic creatures that I never finished ...
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Short story that takes place off planet, involving sun and rain

I read this short story about 20 years ago, and I'd love to find the title and author. This is what I can recall about the story: It takes place in a classroom full of kids (around 10 years old?) The ...
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Name the book where the setting is a giant ship with a planet inside

Here's what I remember: Takes place in the future on a giant, bigger-than-a-planet spaceship found and now run by humans Humans are genetically altered and/or are enhanced with nanotechnology and ...
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80s movie: Seven Samurai in space (aka The flying moose head) [duplicate]

The story was basically the Seven Samurai, plucky local boy goes in search of help to defend his homeworld from bad invaders. I remember the plucky-local-boy's spaceship looked like a flying moose's ...
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Process management and high technology weapon. Novel name and author?

I am looking for help to point me out at a very old novel (likely from the '60s) about two empires at interstellar war. When it comes to starships, one is technologically very advanced, and the other ...
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Other SF work that uses Psychohistory concepts?

I have a vivid memory of something similar to Psychohistory being used in either a TV show or movie (most likely TV). Earth is taken over by a totalitarian government (or alien), and two characters ...
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What Sci fi story featured a linear accelerator for space launch?

Trying to find a story that I read a couple years back -- Can't recall if it was an online short or something in print, though I'm fairly certain it wasn't more than novella length. The protagonist ...
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What novel had an isolationist Earth and the rest of humanity in a war of attrition against aliens?

In the book, humans were in a long war with an alien race that had a slight upper hand in numbers and technology, and so were slowly losing ground. At the start of the war, Earth had cut itself off ...
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Story about earth children playing with alien toys. Who wrote it?

I remember reading what I believe is a short story about a brother and sister who somehow come into possession of some toys which turn out to be from aliens. Through playing with them they develop a ...
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Novel about genetically engineered children who don't need to sleep

A couple of years ago I read a review of an interesting novel, but I lost the details and have never read the book. The background premise was that genetic engineering had progressed to the point ...
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What story contained this peculiar artificial world?

I once saw a reference to a specific artificial world and never managed to track down the actual story, wondering if anyone can help id this. The world in question was a flat disk with a sun at the ...

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