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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A short story about a haunted cellar in Paris in the Middle Ages

I read this short story at least 20 years ago, but it could be much older. I read it in French, and it takes place in Paris, in the Middle Ages, in a street that used to be called "rue d'Enfer&...
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Old movie where a guy goes underground into an alien city

There’s this movie I’ve been trying to find for over a decade. All I remember is him and this girl go underground, and there’s this wall that they stick their hand through and on the other side is a ...
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Book series where the girl becomes the queen and the boy a wizard; they marry and one of their children turns evil and dies

There was a book series I used to read as a teenager, about 15 years ago, where the girl (queen) and the boy (wizard) later get married and have children. One of the daughters(?) chooses the dark side ...
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Character gets access to universal control panel, fights ancient human already there

This XKCD reminds me of a story in Asimov's magazine from the 1980s or 1990s about a meta-universe in which actions affect the "settings" of our universe - how the laws of physics, etc. work....
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Time traveler trades with people from alternative dimensions/timelines. Trades ova for high quality dogs, to help humanity in his timeline survive

I read this short story after 2017. It may not have been new but did not seem very many years old. It was in a magazine. I read the magazine online. The protagonist has a trading post that I think ...
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Short story about the temptation of Jesus, with a twist

I'm looking for a short story I've read a couple years ago, but forgot where. It starts with the temptation of Jesus as described in the Bible, but then it has a plot twist: the devil shows the future ...
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1970s or earlier sci fi comic (possibly an anthology) that I had in the 1970's

In it was a story about an astronaut who is sent to the edge of the galaxy only to find there is an invisible barrier there like being inside of a fishbowl. As I can't recall if it was in fact an ...
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Show with 12 members, like Power Rangers, who could form a giant robot when together

I watched a show that was very similar to the one mentioned in this link. It was just like Power Rangers but it's not one of them. The show featured 12 members. There were three teams and each team ...
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Humanity has long been at war with aliens. Protagonist's elderly former chemistry teacher has brain wired to control a spaceship [duplicate]

The war has been going on as long as anyone can remember. The aliens have an advantage in that they have living creatures that are spaceships and can reproduce so do not need to be built. The humans ...
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Sci-fi novel where a person gains an IQ boost from a drug or treatment [duplicate]

I read a sci-fi novel in the late 80's, I think, with a plot similar to "Flowers for Algernon", but the protagonist was a bank teller (???) who struggled with his work because he was not ...
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A very short story about a painting that took the life of the model

I read this very short fantasy-horror story several decades ago, probably in a collection but I don't remember anything else about that book. The POV character finds himself (he is definitely male) in ...
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Short story where the aliens looks similar to lions can make themselves invisible

On an alien planet, the inhabitants kind of look like lions and can make themselves invisible. The story is told from the point of view of a teenage girl who has one of them as a pet/friend and doesn'...
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Late 1950s or 1960s childrens/YA series - the children have a secret spaceship, go to Mars, and meet a Martian child

I am looking for a 1950s or 1960s YA series of books about a group of children who have a secret spaceship. They go to Mars, where they meet a Martian child. In one of the books, just as they are ...
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Sci-fi movie from the early 2000s with giant spiders, in which a lady goes into the jungle or forest looking for her lost partner or lost soldiers

I have spent years trying to figure what movie I watched when I was a child. The only memorable scene was where a lady goes into the jungle or forest looking for her lost partner or lost soldiers. She ...
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Another boy kicked from party story

I remember parts of it... he is a simple boy, not looking for revenge... does odd jobs ... starts with cleaning a disaster kitchen, then in another room cures a princess of a curse. Then digs a ...
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Isekai manga in which an engineer/architect (not sure which) is reincarnated as the son of an influential noble, whose mother is a sword master

Lost the name while moving to a new phone. As stated in the title, it's about either an engineer or an architect who gets reincarnated as the son of an influential noble (fairly sure he's a duke, but ...
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Lorry or truck driver. He has been rained on his entire life. He is unaware he is a rain god. Clouds love him [duplicate]

Short story in a comic about insectoid aliens approaching Earth in an invasion armada. They attack lights that turn-out to be a truck's windshield This question reminded me of a book a read in the ...
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Protagonist is a wizard or wizard's apprentice. They go clothes shopping and are given powerful psychedelic drugs while a tailor measues them

I think I am remembering a small part of a fantasy novel. I read it in the late eighties or early nineties. Two men go clothes shopping. At least one of them is a wizard. The other is originally from ...
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Short story in a comic about insectoid aliens approaching Earth in an invasion armada. They attack lights that turn-out to be a truck's windshield

Comic short story about insectoid alien armada approaching lights while invading Earth. Turns out to be a truck and alien fleet is smashed against truck's windshield.
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A man is high above Earth. He is attacked by aliens who can alter the laws of probability to make their enemies extraordinarily unlucky

I read this short story in the 90s, it seems oldish at the time. The human is incredibly surprised that his parachute lands safely on Earth, knowing how drastically his luck has been reduced. He lands ...
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Story - the main characters name is Caterwaul (may be a different spelling)

It's a fantasy story in the Might and Magic style. The character is a male Indigenous/Native style person. They can leap very high in the air. A notable part of the tale is them leaping 25 feet to the ...
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Explorers on Mars in danger. They enter a martian settlement to ask for help. Later discover they were teleported miles to safety and never noticed [duplicate]

This might be tricky. I think it was part of a novel I read in the eighties. The only detail that sticks in my head is them entering a Martian settlement and asking for help to get home. They then ...
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Book series begins near a city where only women are allowed to own homes [duplicate]

The protagonist is a teenage boy living outside the city with his wealthy and greatly respected father. He travels into the city daily to study at a prestigious school run by his mother. One of his ...
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Doomed, telepathic, underground-living alien civilisation. They send an explorer who enters the mind of a baby on an aeroplane [duplicate]

This short story I read about 95 but it seemed to have been written some decades earlier. An alien civilisation have been living underground, for many generation. They have only old stories about what ...
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Short story about a patient's OCD keeping the world in order [duplicate]

I'm trying to recall a scifi short story about a psychiatrist who tells a patient suffering from OCD to stop the rituals.
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Sci-Fi novel where explorers from Earth visited 3 planets

What is the title of a Sci-Fi novel where explorers from Earth visited 3 planets? I remember that these planets were occupied by certain groups of people and evolved over the years. The first planet ...
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Futuristic/dystopian novel for teens where people live in bubble-shaped/spherical houses

Years ago I read a dystopian/futuristic novel but I cannot find it anywhere and I don't remember much about it. Main character: a boy, maybe a teenager; Setting: dystopian world (maybe France, but I'...
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High school manhwa/webtoon featuring an unlucky boy with black hair and his red-haired friend; after gaining strange powers, they fight each other

It's about a boy who is unlucky. He has black hair. He also has a friend who has red hair and (I think) a yellow bandana or something on. It's a high school manhwa/webtoon/manhua. After a good number ...
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Fantasy manhwa about a female lead falling in love with the demon king instead of the male lead

It about how the female lead suddenly realizes that she is the lead in a novel and wants to escape her fate, but when she tries to the god of the world helps the male lead try to win her back. The ...
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Isekai manga where the main character gets to choose his new mother

The main character dies and was given a selection of women to pick as his mother. As a kid he ended up overusing his magic and could only use magic scrolls.
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A planet on the edge between anaerobic and aerobic life forms. Possibly by Asimov [duplicate]

I read this short story at least 40 years ago. I don't remember where, probably a collection. It has a rather "Asimov" taste but he wrote so many short stories... It takes place on a very ...
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What is the book series about a space witch trained by AI? [closed]

The girl gets in to a training course to become part of a planet wide exercise to train children. Learns magic from the central AI who builds up companies and teams to heal the world and go into space....
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Book Series about boy who learns he has powers and gets sent to a private school by a “secret society”

I read this book series around 5 years ago. I remember many bits and pieces so I will try to give as much info as possible. It was kind of a series for teens and it was set in present time. It started ...
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Future primitive society. Tribespeople find a rocket labelled USA. Protagonist's young child brother is important to plot twist

I read this short story online, maybe in an online magazine, about 2020. The magazine artwork looked very professional.I think there was an orange drawing of the rocket. SF Magazines I remember ...
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Searching for story featuring a scene of a man manipulating the weather to cause a laborer to change his clothing

The scene I recall involves someone playing God by using some kind of futuristic device to control the weather as he observes a laborer on a screen. He demonstrates that he can exert control over the ...
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Short story from the early 1980s in Asimov's magazine - man develops superpowers making him dangerously fast and hot

I don't remember many details, unfortunately. The main character was looking for someone who had disappeared, I think, and was exposed to something in the missing person's house, that slowly enhanced ...
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Device that helps criminals beat lie detectors also cures criminals

While looking for this story I found an interesting story id question at rec.arts.sf.written An old Analog story featured a machine that could help you beat a lie detector. While under this machine, ...
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Tv show set in a near future law firm. Lots of ethical problems caused by technology were considered

I watched this on TV in the uk in the 00s. It was made and set in America.It was set in a law firm maybe ten or twenty years in the future. There was only ever one season it was not renewed. Most of ...
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Old animated film about an evil villain swapping traits between animals using a weird machines with 2 crystal capsules

I saw this movie many years ago, all I can remember is that it was an animated movie featuring anthropomorphic animals, they were in some sort of journey to an island while riding on a boat and ...
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Looking for Manga with a similar art style as early MHA

A while back I saw this manga being recommended but I forgot to add it to my library at the time and I lost it but I am looking for it again so I can finally read it. I don't know much about the ...
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Manhwa where a monster inhabits the soul of a hero's unborn child

I am looking for a manhwa (I think it was a manhwa; I am not sure). It was an 18+ manhwa but not a porn one. It starts with a low monster who was taken care of by the demon queen, then one day a group ...
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Short story about men stranded on Mars who are running out of air, each takes a last walk as they die

After seeing the question about a woman trapped in the nose of a spaceship being burned alive by solar radiation, [The movie "Lifepod (1981)] it reminded me about another story I read. Probably ...
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City under attack turns missles to dust. Dust destroys city defences

I read this book back in the early seventies in the UK. It was in the form of a double sided book or magazine. Like the Ace doubles listed here. A city of people was under bombardment from an enemy. ...
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Old sci-fi film (possibly 1980’s) about a woman trapped in the nose of a spaceship being burned alive by solar radiation

Please help me to find an old live-action colour sci-fi film I watched on VHS in the 1990s. It was about a black woman (played by not a particularly attractive actress) trapped in the nose of a ...
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Trying to identify a cassette tape of science-fiction short stories

When I was a child my older brother had a cassette tape with some short sci-fi stories on. I think it must have been around 1992 to 1993. I've been searching for years because I remember being too ...
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Radio Drama 'free range' clones of rich people are grown so replacement organs will be available for them

I heard these about 2010 on BBC Radio 4. It seemed to have been written recently. The protagonist is a lady going for a job interview at the place, several buildings on one site, where the clones are ...
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Human like animals are modified to become more intelligent. One is adopted by humans.The fight for their rights

Short story or novella.I read this about 2005 but it seemed to have been written much earlier. I remember looking at the publication date and noting it was written before humans were capable of ...
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Manga about this girl who was murdered and was reborn as a princess

I remember this from 7th grade (2020). It's about this girl who was murdered and was reborn as a princess in this family. All the guys had powers, so they were like the big people. She had this ...
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Fantasy book about a girl who had a connection with a big cat that was hurt and found a moonstone

I read this book in 2012/2013 about a young girl staying with a relative who ran a vet clinic. She had this connection with a big cat that was hurt. There was mention of a moonstone, I think, and she ...
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Old animated show about magic stones from the lost library of Alexandria?

I remember watching this show on Netflix when Netflix was young, but the show was from the 80s or 90s. The show was about these adults who were 'chosen' by these magic stones that gave them super ...
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