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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Movie about a crashed UFO that drove radio frequencies crazy and gave people physical symptoms

I saw this movie in the early 2000s, but it was definitely a little older, possibly from the 1980s or '90s. Most likely a children's scifi film. I remember there was a UFO that crashed and the ...
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Movie where the characters finds out what they have to do right at the moment they need to do it to avoid the enemy knowing their plan

I remember watching a movie quite a few years ago (probably 2010-2015) where the enemy/bad guy (might've been a lot of enemies I don't remember) of a group of people could read minds or something ...
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Manga where the main character gets sent to Hell to become a god, to help angels fight demons

Manga where the main character gets sent to Hell to become a god, to help angels fight demons. He finds a rock snake and names it Onix.
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Book(s) dragon turned into a human and cast into a low magic modern world

I read this more recent book series a while ago (within last couple of years). Book was about a dragon who angered another elder dragon and had then got his magic bound, turned into a human, and cast ...
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Manga in which the main character gets trapped in a dungeon and almost dies, but is saved by a girl that happens to be a magical tree of life

The main character (MC) gets trapped in a dungeon and almost dies, but is saved by a girl that happens to be a magical tree of life. If I remember correctly, the girl/tree had a witch (or some other ...
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Movie: main character sees the time left in a person's life on their forehead

I have been trying for ages to find the title of a movie where the main character can see the remainder of a person's life counting down on their forehead. (Note, specifically not their arm.) It is ...
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Cancelled series on WOR channel 9 or WPIX 11 in the 70’s about a dystopian future humans live underground

There was a series or limited pilot that never took off about a dystopian future where human regressed to caveman like people that lived on the earths surface due to a vaccination gone wrong. There ...
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Movie about meteor exuding liquid that zombifies people [duplicate]

Old movie, low budget, in colour, could be TV movie. It was before the Sunny Delight craze (which reminded me of this) so 90s at the latest. A meteorite lands in America. It is found quickly and as it ...
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Pre-80s short story: man finds tape player inside his chest and cuts the tape [duplicate]

A very short story from an anthology. As usual read 79s/80s, in English. A man discovers he has some kind of tape player in his chest with a reel of tape. He fiddles with it, perhaps rewinding it and ...
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Novel where the protagonist knows he will have his memory about a magical world erased and write everything down beforehand [duplicate]

I recently remembered a story I read when I was younger about a boy discovering a magical world (maybe even situated in our own) but his memory gets erased because humans are not allowed to know about ...
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A story where the female main character commits suicide in order to avoid torture but gets sent back in time

This is a novel that has a manga adaptation, and I read the first few chapters of the manga a few months ago, back in February. It was in full colour, I think. The main character is accused of ...
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Beehive in body short story

I read a short story in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in the past 8 or so years that deals with a lot of body modification. The main character had surgery at some point to add wings but ...
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Book about children having dream adventures in aunt & uncle's house [duplicate]

Trying to identify a children's/middle grade book I read in the early 2000's. It's about a brother and sister staying at their aunt & uncle's house. When they fall asleep, they go on adventures ...
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Manga where mc leaves party changes appearance and name

He is with a girl called the sword goddess, they are the only 2 members in their party and he is 'useless'. He gets fed up of being treated awfully and so he leaves changes his name to Flint and dyes ...
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Manga about multiple people who get betrayed and join together

I'm looking for a manga that I lost like a year or two ago. The main plot was that there different people at a table drinking together while in thought on how each of them were betrayed by people and ...
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Harry Potter fanfic called "What Comes After", where Harry is abused and Snape and Malfoy help him

I’m looking for this fanfiction called "What Comes After", which was posted on Archive of Our Own. Sadly I don’t remember the author. It was some kind of storyline where Harry is/was abused. ...
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Novel about people on a generational ship who experience no external senses, except language-based communication

I once read the start of a novel in the SciFi section of a book store, but silly me didn't buy it & I haven't been able to find it again. If someone could identify it, that would bring me joy, ...
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Manga where the main character is reincarnated to another world, and is accidently sent into a nest of dragons

I'm looking for a black & white manga where the main character is reincarnated to another world, and is accidently sent into a nest of dragons, where he becomes overpowered while killing them all. ...
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90s PC game: point and click diagonal layout

I remember playing a game where I believe you play as a troll. (I might be wrong about the troll, I just remember the playable character was ugly looking.) Potions were involved. I remember ...
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Story read in the 70s about a human who is transformed into a cyborg or Steve Austin type being

I read a sci-fi story about 50 years ago and I at times wonder what story it was. The only elements I remember is the main character was enhanced like the six million dollar man, and I remember a ...
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Isaac Newton is visited by a time traveller who tries to give him a calculator

This recent question about a time traveller who visits Newton reminded me of this short story, which I think I read in Omni in the early 1980's. A man travels back in time, hoping to spare Isaac ...
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Isaac Newton visited by time traveller who has confusion about human anatomy

I’m looking for a story I read about 1992 in an anthology; a time traveler/alien, visits Isaac Newton, to find out about Newton’s life. The visitor is disguised as a woman dressed in period garb, but ...
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Novel about a starship that intervenes in another galaxy’s war. The starship was on a test flight and they use antimatter missiles

I read a novel a few years ago about a starship that intervenes in another galaxy’s war. The starship, on its first flight, intervenes to protect a planet that’s about to be bombarded. They use ...
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Early 90s CGI short involving a camouflaged (not cloaked) Romulan or Klingon ship shooting down a fighter jet

This is, admittedly, a secondhand query, but one that I think I will recognize on seeing it and seeing Early '90s CGI short film about insects living inside a computer answered made be bold enough ...
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Novel in which a girl reincarnates into the body of a legal daughter who's killed by a concubine and thrown down a cliff

It's a Chinese novel where the female lead is transmigrated into the body of the daughter of a general and killed by her stepmother, then thrown down a cliff. Later she's found by a group of people, ...
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Sad movie about immigrant youth who might be vampire

This is a movie I saw on TV in c.1981-86 in the UK. I think it was American but I can't be sure whether it had subtitles and was just set in America, unknown cast (to me anyway). The patriarch of an ...
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Book series about a guy who wakes up with no memory in a world with superheroes and villains

I am looking for a book I read last year and have the following information; unfortunately I forgot the title and author. The story is about a guy who wakes up with no memory. He finds himself in a ...
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Identify almost-Superman novel about "The Man in Crimson & Cream"

I read this novel probably in the 1980s or 1990s. The POV character is a reporter who investigates an almost-Superman character referred to as "The Man in Crimson & Cream". He has ...
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Live-action sci-fi show or movie where soldiers discover a portal to an ideal universe that looks Victorian

The only thing I can remember is that soldiers have discovered a portal that they can see through, but not pass through. On the other side is an ideal universe that looks Victorian. They are using a ...
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Book about a space traveler who meets a cat-like alien on another planet

I read this around 10 years ago and it was an old book I bought from the school library. It was maybe around 200-300 pages and not a large book. I read it when I was young, so I don't remember ...
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Alien diplomat unable to lie settles bet about the most wonderful planet in the galaxy

A short story I read at college, 1977-86ish. I think it was a side story from a bigger space opera series I never read, but it stands alone. There was a interplanetary mining(?) vessel, the kind where ...
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Sci-fi movie or TV series where earthlings are captured by alien species [duplicate]

It aired somewhere in the nineties I think? It's quite foggy as it is so long ago, so maybe some details are (way) off. From what I remember it had no happy ending. There is a war against humanity and ...
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Beethoven driven mad by voice from future

Short story in which a student of music uses some sort of an audio time machine to speak across time to Beethoven. He wants to the ask the famous composer why he didn't finish his last work. Beethoven ...
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90s bande dessinée about a steampunk/dieselpunk vehicles race, featuring a vampire car

I'm trying to identify a French-language bande dessinée that I read in the 90s (maybe early 2000s). It was printed in the classic A4 paper format, with a cardboard hardcover. The story was set in an ...
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80’s / 90’s animated movie that an alien can transform into other characters (animals)?

When I was a kid I used to watch an animated movie that revolves around this scenario: an alien is stuck in a planet. The characters are animals and the alien can transform into the characters and ...
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Early '90s CGI short film about insects living inside a computer

This has been driving me crazy for years. In the early '90s, I remember seeing a CGI short film. It’s about a kid who gets a computer game, but when he starts playing, something goes wrong and the ...
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Trying to remember a Sci-fi movie or TV series where a human space fighter pilot chases an alien space fighter craft to the edge of a black hole

Trying to remember a movie or TV series. One scene I remember. The space fighter pilot is part of a squadron that has had a group dogfight with a bunch of nasty alien craft. One alien craft escapes so ...
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What is this king of birds movie name?

It's a movie about 2 brothers, a rich mean one and a poor humble one. The rich one had a cat apparently. The poor guy lived a poor humble life till one day a bird came to live out of his house. A few ...
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Movie with two parallel universes, each of which is a television show in the other's universe

I didn't expect this to be so difficult to find since it was relatively recent, but my Google searches are turning up nothing but listicles. Details: Most likely made sometime between 2005 and 2015 ...
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Manhua about a teenager who sees a man practicing sword fighting in his dreams, which prompts him to start practicing sword fighting himself

I would like to the name of the manhua. The description of the manhua is as follows: The main character (MC) is a teenager whose father is a lord and the MC has a kind stepmother and a tsundere ...
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Story about rats in ESP experiments

Possibly from Omni magazine in the early 80s. A researcher of psychic phenomena is exposed as a fraud — he's been faking results showing that rats could predict the future or something. But the end ...
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Comic about fighting space pirates which involves abducting a soldier from world war 1 or 2

When I was a kid in the early 90s, Latvia had just regained independence from the USSR and was trying to get on its feet. Western things were few and far between and were highly praised. During this ...
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Movie where a man is watching a US general speaking on TV while sleeping with two women. A giant worm then appears

I watched a movie on an Indian TV channel sometime between 2000=2005. I recall a specific scene (approx 30 seconds long) that stuck in my memory. An American general is giving a speech on television. ...
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Looking for this book [duplicate]

I have been searching for a Fantasy book that I lost back in 1989 for the last 15 years. I have all but given-up that I will ever find it. Of course I don't remember the name of the book nor the ...
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1960s sci-fi movie about a man and women whose civilisation is threatened by alien invaders. They gain control of some of the alien ships [duplicate]

More than likely a black & white film, but we only had a black & white TV in the late '60s/early '70s. What little I remember involves a man and women, possibly the last survivors of a team, ...
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Children's short story I read in the mid-1960s, about two children on another planet who had to work or go to school all the time [duplicate]

My lifelong love of Science Fiction started in the third grade in the mid-60s with a short story we read in class about 2 children on another planet who had to work or go to school all the time and ...
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Show where beasts are stored in capsules and a girl had a polar-bear-like beast

So I can't remember too much but I know it was on TV in 2013 and they had little capsules or something to store their beasts and when they'd use them they would go big and they would ride them and I ...
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2000AD prose and pictures story. Female protagonist looking for someone called Doom

I'm trying to recall a 2000AD (prose and pictures?) story featuring a female protagonist who, I think, normally appeared in comic form. In the story she was trying to locate someone named Brigand Doom....
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Book about a man who repeatedly dies by fire and is reincarnated through the ages

It was about 30-odd years ago perhaps, but I read an amazing book that starts in an ancient (perhaps Neolithic) period and recounts the story of a man who repeatedly dies and is reincarnated, again ...
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Comedy manhua about a girl who finds herself in a boy's body after an accident

I really forgot this masterpiece comic I once read. TnT I think it was a manhua (Chinese), and the story goes: A young, beautiful, perfect, sole daughter gets into an accident, then survives, but is ...
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