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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Name of a series of Novels involving a Hero Flying a Harrier Jump Jet

There was a series of books set in the future, in a war with various mutants. The hero was a merc pilot who flew a highly modified Harrier Jump jet. There were lots of sci-fi technology and mutants. I ...
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Looking for a story about a tin badge set with a dull jewel that could scratch diamonds

Looking for a short story about a recently deceased shopkeeper who earns and transmits gold to be alloyed into a superstrong metal in support of a future rebellion against tyranny. "A weakminded ...
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Ghosts of the dead

The image of 'ghosts of the dead' comes from a book that I thought was Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson but wasn't. It was a story about a utopian community that was under attack from a military ...
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Short story named something like "Creatron" where the hero buys a machine which can simulate a universe, then enters it to live a life and die there

Story Identification: Our hero buys a machine that basically is sim-earth, sim-city, and the sims all in one. You start with a one dimensional universe, expand to two, three, create the big bang, and ...
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Lovecraft story where the guy gathers his friends around the hearth and tells them a story

... about a guy who delved so deep into the study of occult powers that, when performing some mystical/magickal ceremony, he transported himself across unmeasurable spans of space and time and ...
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Which book was this: it involved common genetic engineering, supermen, fourth dimensional mutants?

I've been wracking my mind to track down a book I read in 1981 or so. What I remember: It was set in the nearish future and genetic engineering was common. Some people had super or even godlike ...
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What book had a blind prisoner escape using a device that allowed him to see what animals saw? [duplicate]

I'm trying to remember a book I read in the mid to late 90's (but which I think was written in the 60's or 70's) in which the hero was a spy that got captured by his rivals, blinded and put in a ...
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Identify children's story about magic book, eggshells, and invisible children

I am looking for a children's story and am stumped. In one chapter of the book the children, two girls and a boy I believe, make a recipe or pottage resulting in magic eggshells (in my memory the ...
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One person election gets to vote for the president, by Isaac Asimov

I read a short story, by Isaac Asimov, I believe, in which the presidential election process is so far calculated that it only takes one person to vote. I would LOVE to know the name of this short ...
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Identify a story about a plant that becomes conscious and takes over a planet

A seed lands on Earth in a desert or plain. The story was told through the point of view of a plant, and later a crow. The plant is conscious and eventually kills the crow, then takes over the planet ...
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Fantasy story about Neanderthals having moon magic

I'm trying to remember the title of a fantasy novel I read about 15-20 years ago that featured both Neanderthals and Homo sapiens. The Neanderthals had a magical connection to the land and some form ...
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Anyone Remember a Short Story or Novel about Cosmic Balance in the SF Bay Area?

I read a novel (or possibly short story) years ago about a sort-of "cosmic balance" in the San Francisco Bay area. I recall the cover (or illustration) depicting a giant old-fashioned scale ...
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A book featuring experiencing your victim's pain and a surgically-grafted dragon tattoo

I remember a book from when I was younger. The standout aspect was the tattoo that the main character had. It was a dragon, but it wasn't made with ink. It was actually surgically grafted onto him. ...
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Short story about alternate world seen through a crack in a wall

Here is a vague description of a story I'm trying to identify: In the story, there is some sort of a support group for people who have glimpsed, through doors or cracks in walls, other worlds and/or ...
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What was this SciFi story?

I have read a SciFi book a while ago, and would like to find the author. The book featured two robots, who were seeking to find their owner so they could give him some sort of secret plan. The owner,...
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The great tree sat upon the cliff. "Alien, I die soon." [duplicate]

As a teenager I read a story about a great tree that sat upon the eroding cliff of an alien world. A party of human explorers arrived upon this world, and one of their number, a man of intellect, but ...
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Feline alien race, crashed human starship

In an anthology that I read in high school (1980s), there was a short story which had a feline alien race that was cooperating with humans from a wrecked starship. It took at least one human ...
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Find a Fantasy Novel involving memory loss and one final wizard

So... I know the novel was long, in fact I think it was broke into two books in later printings although I'm not sure about that. I read it in 1995 to 1998, not sure of the exact year. What I ...
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Trying to find a short story book: insectoid aliens, rednecks

There was a book I picked up at a .99 cent store. It was all about aliens. One story was about insects (aliens) that won't quit bugging a guy no matter what he does but they are trying to save him/us ...
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Can't Remember the Title of an Urban Fantasy Vampire Novel

The book starts with a woman who kills 'bad' vampires while her tech of a brother stays in the car. When her brother quits to get married, she ends up working alone. I remember she is hurt and the ...
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Trying to identify a story about breaking out of a predefined path and no one notices

I vaguely remember reading a short story many years ago where something happens and the protagonist gets a bit "out of step" with the rest of the world. Everyone else keeps acting as if he's still ...
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Fantasy book where people are born with a magical talent

There was a female who could grow plants, and she carried seeds with her. But there was this door made of Reverse Wood that when she threw the seed in front of it and told it to grow nothing happened ...
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Futuristic reading devices story from 1970's/1980's

Growing up, we had those huge reading books with pieces of stories, comprehension questions, and author blurbs published by McGraw Hill, etc. When I was in 4th grade (circa 1984), we read a story ...
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Identify Book with Intelligent Aquatic Creature over Yellow Hypnotic Swirl on Cover

This was a teen-oriented sci fi novel published in the late 70s or early 80s. It involved kids (possibly related) who journeyed to a land described as having diamonds strewn about like common rocks. ...
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What's the name of this sci-fi story with a wall that cannot be crossed? [duplicate]

In this story, the characters live in a world with a wall that cannot be crossed. One day someone finds a way to get to the other side and discovers that as he's getting away from the wall and further ...
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Looking for trilogy of kids' books about geniuses living on an island

I remember a trilogy of YA books I read as a kid, but I can't remember the name. Here are a few details, maybe they'll strike a chord with someone here. They were written sometime in the 90s. It was ...
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A book where animals are named after instruments

I was listening to one of the sci-fi radio links on either Live365 or George Norrie or BOA... It is written by a religious (Catholic or Christian) teacher (make). It is a sci-fi book where animals are ...
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Fantasy novel about a boy with a streak of white in his hair, as the book progresses his hair gets more white

I need to know the title of a novel I read a few years ago (90s). It's about an orphan boy that has a little white in his hair, meaning that he has magic powers, and as the book progresses his hair ...
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Short story about a time traveller who is living among early humans during the last ice age, and is told to kill one of the last neanderthals

It is set during the last ice age as a modern man is living among a small community of early humans and is told to kill one of the last neanderthals as a test to see if he is really human or a savage. ...
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Movie (or TV show) story with haunted house and organ playing

I was trying to remember some strange story I saw as a kid. It was on TV, but it don't remember if it was a TV show or a movie. I remember that the camera work was in color, and had that weird gamma-...
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Plutonium in currency?

Trying to think of where I read this - there was a society that put actual plutonium in the coinage, as a means to encourage people not to be too greedy; if one hoarded too many coins, they'd go ...
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What Star Trek TNG episode involves Troi being assaulted after a betting game of some kind?

I vaguely recall watching part of an episode at a young age, that left me with only these impressions: Gambling / games… Leading someone (Worf?) to lose and become excessively angry… Which caused him ...
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Star Wars fan website with false claims

I recall around 2001-2003 time period there was a fan-created Star Wars website that made a lot of claims about the Star Wars universe, supposedly through insider knowledge/sources. The site opened ...
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TV show/episode about a man in a cabinet containing snow which starts swirling around him

I saw a show once where this man steps into a cabinet and snow starts swirling around him. Later in the show someone wipes circles on the glass and finds him. The only other thing I remember is that a ...
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Please help identify parallel universe novel

Years ago (late 70's/early 80's) I read a science fiction story which I think was a novel, though I'm not sure. In the story, there was a secret group that had developed technology for travelling ...
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Need help finding a story about sunglasses that grant wishes

The story is about a boy who finds a pair of sunglasses at the top of a mountain or hill. At one point a wish is made to have a Lamborghini Countach. When the sunglasses become damaged, they sap ...
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Which X-Men story arc shows the team investigating a radio blackspot in China?

I'm trying to track down a comic book story arc I had one piece from. I remember it had an X-Men team in china, with Armor on the roster. They'd found a radio blackspot, and went in to investigate. I'...
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Help identify a story with witches, and men who can change into dragons

A young woman is a witch or has witch-like abilities. When her grandmother goes missing she must step in to run the shop and realizes that granny also protected the lesser supernaturals in the area....
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Identify book : Quantum computers, bad guy with some skin problem related to sunlight/UV radiation, and the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse

Can anyone help me identify a science fiction book I read about 15 years ago? I can only remember snippets of it and I'd love to read it again if someone can help me track it down. Hopefully I ...
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Predatory aliens & emotional brinksmanship

I read a novel years back about a human serving a predatory alien race. The aliens have an almost uncontrollable temper, and prestige is gained or lost by success in pushing adversaries almost to the ...
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A 1950/60s story about time-traveling robots - please help identify

OK, I'm going to combine my hate of time-traveling robot questions with my distaste for story identification questions, and try to leverage all'y'all's wisdom to help me remember a story about time ...
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Fantasy movie with lizardmen coming out of the ground [duplicate]

I am looking for a fantastic movie from the 70's, or 80's, maybe early 90's. Various groups are sent on a search for an artifact; I think it was a sword. There is one scene I can remember quite clear:...
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Identify collection of stories, which included Borge's Library story

One of the stories was "The Library of Babel" by Borges, but I haven't been able to find any of the others among his works. Here is what I remember about some of them: A man is walking along naked, ...
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SF cartoon series with tall hairless humanoids wearing blue-gray armor

I watched it a long time ago. I presume it was aired in 80s or 70s. Facts: The main characters are humanoid beings. Male and female, and very similar looking to each other. I know they could fly by ...
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Riddle within a fantasy book about 3 men, one with money, one with might and one with a weapon?

I can't remember the book this is in and I don't really know any parts of the exact wording, but a character was telling someone else a story about 3 men. (It may have been the Patrician from ...
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A boy (man?) discovers that he is the only real person in his world, which is an alien zoo/museum

I was read this short story on a school field trip in 6th grade or so, so it is probably from the 70s or 80s, but never knew the title or author. It's about a boy who slowly discovers that he is in ...
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Sci-Fi short story collection

I'm trying to track down a collection of Sci-Fi short stories that I owned in the mid 1980s. Brief descriptions of some of the tales are as follows: Aliens are trying to land on Earth & are in ...
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Identify a short cartoon with an alien who goes to earth and tries to fit in

I'm not sure where I saw this cartoon, but I know it's a short skit about a little green alien who goes to Earth and everyone thinks he's a monster, so to hide his identity he puts his antennae on his ...
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Help Finding Story Of Telepathic Kids

I need help remembering a story/book that I read in elementary school, but I can't remember the name, characters, or a major part of the plot of the story. Here is what I can remember: Yhere was a ...
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Young adult - world is in negative/dark

I read this 20 or more years ago. It had something to do with young people (maybe boys, girls or both) being lured into a world where everything was darkness, like a negative world. The one thing I ...

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