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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Scifi novel with extremely slow motion space battles [duplicate]

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 ...
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What was the Bradbury short story featuring birds whose songs were like musical compositions?

I may be mixing some things up here, but to my memory there is a short story in one of the collections by Ray Bradbury in which the protagonist is involved with transcribing birdsong so complex it ...
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Story about a mental, emotional, and physical energy absorbing girl, with a romance subplot

The novel in question is about an Asian girl who attracts all types of energy towards her, even emotional. This is not good for her, because when she is filled up, she releases it as a big blast. ...
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Story about a neighborhood 'stuck' in time

I'm trying to locate a novel, probably young-adult or children's that I read about 15 years ago. I believe the plot centered around a neighborhood or city block that had become stuck in time, in a ...
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Identify the children's fantasy book where a boy lives among sea otters [duplicate]

When I was in middle school, about twelve years old (around 1989), I remember reading a fantasy novel recommended to me by our school librarian and have tried for years to remember its name. The ...
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What novel had forced inter-racial marriages to prevent discrimination?

I think that the protagonist had fallen in love with someone of their own race, which is obviously forbidden love. This book may also have had in it a law that forbade casting a shadow on solar ...
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Earth in a timestorm [duplicate]

Does anyone know the title of a book where an individual or group ventures through an Earth that is continually swept by timewaves which transport to different era?
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Book or short story about an empty city with deadly traps

Many years ago I read a book or story where a group of people discover a dark city - maybe on another planet - which appears devoid of life but is in very good condition. As they gradually explore the ...
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Book has spacegates that a person can walk across

I am trying to identify the name of a book that involved a civilization that utilized spacegates to instantly travel across space, literally stepping from one world to another. In the book, a family ...
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Novel with clones grown in organages and a princess who has visions of fate

Can anyone identify this SF novel? I don't remember that much about it, except the main character was grown in an orphanage, that was later referred to as an organage, as most of them are basically ...
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Young adult novel involving Time-travel, via a round, rainbow like portal [duplicate]

Haven't read it since I was a child, but I recall a story involving a young man whose father built some kind of time portal that appeared as a circular rainbow. ("No end, therefore no pot of gold&...
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90's military sci-fi book series: rifle firing "flechette" rounds, grenade launchers as a standard weapon

I've been trying to identify several series of military sci-fi that I read in the early 90's. I've had more luck remembering details of some than others. For this particular series, the only details ...
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A novel about humans on a water planet who used iron-wings made from a ruined settler ship

Some time ago, I borrowed a book from my father. It was about a water planet with huge storms and deadly monsters. There were a few islands where people could live. They moved between islands using ...
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A (G-rated) graphic novel with a picture of purple tentacles coming out of a door on the cover

I'm trying to find a graphic novel about two kids, a boy and a girl, who moved to an old family house because they couldn't afford where they were living anymore. In the house, they discovered a ...
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What is the name of the movie from the 80's about scientists that build a machine that helps people share their experiences?

My boyfriend remembers parts of this movie, but not any actors or the name. He said that there is a machine that they put on their heads and it takes their experiences and gives them to another person....
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Name of a book featuring a "Book of Rules" [duplicate]

I'm trying to find the name of an SF&F book I read a long time ago. One of the ideas in the book was that, as the world had been created by angels, it required a 'Book of Rules' to make the world ...
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A book in which every species on earth was rendered intelligent

The 'blurb' on the back of the book was that something had boosted the intelligence of every creature on earth, to the point that at least some animals were on par with humans. I'm not sure if humans ...
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Two books by the same author: travel through different times, and news reports of aliens

I'm looking for two books that I think are by the same author. I read them both 10/15 years ago, and they're adult scifi/horror type books. One was about a group of people - I think a mixture of ...
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Trying to find a novel where genetic engineering leads to the deaths of a whole 'batch' of children with a particular trait

I'm trying to find out the title of a book or short story which I can very dimly remember, no idea on date of publication or even the main plotline! If anyone can identify it from what I can remember, ...
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Name of children cartoon with friendly colorful aliens that could create bubbles, tacker and tape

I am looking for the name of a cartoon series in which friendly aliens save the world. Unfortunately I am not able to find good keywords for Google. I remember (hopefully correctly): each alien has ...
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What was the name of the fantasy book about a young woman with multiple colored hair that and that can change into a calico cat?

I read a book back in the late 80's early 90's that told the story of a young woman who came from another place to live in this world. She could change into a calico cat and lived as a cat in this ...
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YA novel about a backyard where shadows live, a dolphin statue/fountain? is the ruler

I read this story in the mid 1980's. A young boy is staying with either his grandmother, aunt, some older female care giver. The shadows in the backyard are alive, and anything brought back there ...
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Sci Fi short story with aliens who only mate every 7 years

Space faring human race encounters one highly advanced spaceship. The one ship tells the human space fleet to go away and leave them alone. We don't listen and our ships are destroyed. Human spy is ...
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Identify the recent story with a cross-dressing undertaker/necromancer?

There was a book within last 18 months or so with the following characteristics: The main character was an undertaker and possibly a necromancer, and also a crossdresser He had a serial killer as ...
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SF novel with "keepers of knowledge" who have to answer any question they're asked, but everyone else has to answer the questions they ask

A couple of years ago I read the first two novels in a series about a post-colonization world where there was a group of people whose job was to carry information from one town to another. The rule ...
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Old science fiction book about an alien invasion thwarted by robot-made ghosts

I read a sci-fi book about 30 years ago about a war with another race where a plant extract put the entire earth population asleep, except for one guy who used robots to create "ghosts" which scared ...
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Movie where something in the water on a farm makes the family go crazy

The movie revolved around a small farm where something happened to the water and crazy things started happening. The plants and animals started growing worms inside of them and the people started ...
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Movie about a family replaced by clones

There's a film I remember seeing as a kid that I thought was really scary. I've never found out what it was. Can anyone help naming it? This was on TV in the UK approx 20–25 years ago. It was about a ...
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TV movie about a man scared of a figure seen in mirrors

There's a short TV movie I remember seeing as a kid that I thought was really scary and have never found out what it was. Can anyone help naming it? I remember seeing this on television approx 15-20 ...
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Short story involving survival on a small asteroid; people stranded on it must keep off 'day' side

I have a strong recollection of reading a short story as a kid in the 1980's - 90's about a couple of guys (kids, maybe) that were stranded on an asteroid or moon after some disaster and needed to ...
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What short story from the 1960s is about future where there are no printed books [duplicate]

A friend recently reminded me of a story where two children hear/learn /read in a book about a time long ago when all books were in print, and it's very strange to them as they are totally electronic ...
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Identify Short Story about a Man/Computer trying to hack into a casino in Mars

This is a short story I read back in the 80's (but it could be older). It centered around a man who was artificially augmented with a computer that could be plugged directly to his spine. The story ...
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Anyone remember a Golden Era pulp mag short story about a sentient(?) implantable computer named Manche?

I believe this story was published in the late 1950s or early 1960s; it may have started as a short story and then been turned into a novel. The basic plot was that the protagonist had created a tiny ...
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A story mentioning Isaac Asimov as a character

I've been trying to remember a story in which robots (or more likely people) in far future try to build a time machine. In the end they seem to send an assassin to kill Isaac Asimov so that he couldn'...
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