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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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Book with dwindling crew entering codes to prevent destruction from computer problems

When I was younger I found a book from an author I had not heard of before but can’t remember it’s name or the author. The scene is a spaceship on a mission in deep space. The crew (I think there ...
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A story about a family fighting alongside reptilian aliens

I remember reading this around the age of ten, which would be about 1984. The aliens were lizard people very similar to the ones from "V" on television. A kissing scene from the book describes their ...
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Looking for identification of SF story where humans are the "ancient evil" [duplicate]

Unique short SF story where aliens being invaded by other aliens, went looking for allies (to help save their galactic empire). While being chased by the antagonistic aliens, they encountered a ...
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Sci-fi/fantasy anthology book series from early 90s with titles 'Unicorns', 'Dragons', 'Fairies' etc

Does anyone know a series of books from the early 90s, short story anthologies from the sci-fi/fantasy genre, each book focusing on a particular topic reflected in the title. 'Unicorns' 'Dragons' '...
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Time travel story where the hero repeatedly tries to save a woman using government time machine

The hero apparently works at a government facility and repeatedly tried to save a woman from her abusive husband. In one of the iterations a policeman was also killed along with the woman. In the last ...
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Movie name where in the end the earth-spaceship ends up shooting earth itself after rotated [duplicate]

The movie should be at least a decade-old, and perhaps even a TV-movie. In the end of the movie, the heroes launch the weapon in their ship, probably against their enemy ship, but unknowingly, their ...
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Name this children's sci fi show from my childhood

I am trying to remember what this show was from when I watched it in my childhood (I grew up in the 90's). It was a sci-fi television series with a crew of children/young adults that were stranded in ...
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Trying to identify name of 1970s(?) space-opera novel, powered armor

Forgive me, my memories of this book are pretty hazy and may not be enough to go on. It was a novel I read as a kid sometime in the 1980s; I'm guessing it was published in the 1970s as I vaguely ...
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Looking for 80's series or movie about programmable short-term memory

Trying to find this again has been bugging me for years. Here's what I remember: probably a TV series, but could also be a movie/mini-series should have been around in the 80's (saw it around 1978-...
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Looking for 80's movie with android and space mission

I have been looking for ages for a movie I saw as a kid. Here's what I remember: must have been in the 80's (seen it somewhere around 1978-1985) there were human-like androids (>=1) involved, ...
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Looking for title of TV series about boy and an alternative world

In the middle of 2000 - 2010 I saw a TV series about a boy, who after school went to work for an old man at a shop. I don't remember clearly but shop sells old artifacts, books, suchlike. This boy ...
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Looking for the title of an anime movie I saw in the 80s [duplicate]

I'm from the Netherlands and we used to have filmnet at home, a paid movie channel. They would always show anime movies in the weekends. I think this movie was on in 1985/ 1986, something like that. ...
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Searching for a specific book set in Paris where the main character kills himself at the end?

About 16 years ago I read a book where the main character was a male bisexual (I can't remember his name) who ultimately kills himself at the end. The plot went something like main character lives on ...
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90's-2000's TV show that involving time travel, contains an episode where a boy and his sister(?) look for their father in ancient Rome/Greece [duplicate]

I have been looking for the name of a TV show I saw an episode of back in the late 90's or the early 2000's. It was about a boy and a girl (I think she was his sister) looking for his (their) dad. The ...
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Identify a 90's Disney movie featuring spaceship "surprise" and futuristic Neo Nazis

Can you help me identify this 90's movie about a space ship ambushing a superiorly numbered, and larger ships, piloted by futuristic Neo Nazis. What is at stake? A planet full of water. It was a ...
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Trying to find the title of an old movie about a robot like WALL-E

I saw this movie when I was a kid. At the end of the movie, the robot was left behind in a broken space ship taking care of the plants.
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Futuristic "Govt + Army against rebels" movie with a female central character

I saw this movie in 1999 or 2000 on TV (when they wouldn't even display names during the movie). It was a futuristic "Govt + Army against rebels" kind of a movie with a female central character. I ...
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Novel about a young woman, and the doctor who mistakes her for a poltergeist

So, this is super vague and I apologize, but something sparked my memory and it's been bothering me, so here goes... I'm looking for a young-adult book I read probably in the early 2000's. It was ...
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Story of two children lost in time?

I remember a book I read when I was about 12, and it was targeted to juveniles. In it, there were two (maybe three) young siblings (brother and sister I think) lost in time trying to get home, I ...
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What story features Martians that remember everything?

I'm trying to remember primarily the author (but titles would be nice as well) of a story I used to read over and over but which I seem to have misplaced in a move. It makes sense that it would have ...
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Sci-fi book about "the Wall" and a group of schoolchildren who fight the dark forces who roam north of it [duplicate]

I’m trying to remember the name of a book I can only just remember. It was for older children, and was something about "the Wall", and north of it are ancient and scary otherworldly forces (...
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Short story in English book during high school(70s) about alien who visits boy in his home. Similar to Mork, but more serious

During ninth grade English, a short story in my textbook was about an alien who visits a boy in his home. At first, the alien seems friendly and funny, but he then reveals a more menacing side. ...
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TV show with a sand pit in the middle of a forest that accelerate aging

I want to say it was outer limits or something along that genre. It was probably in the early 90's, it was live action in color. It may have been one of those types of shows that had multiple stories ...
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What short story has a man stuck in a room with books that document all his future actions?

I am looking for a sci-fi short story I read a long time ago, though I am not sure exactly when. It must be at least 8 years old, but I believe it is much older than that. Its theme is free will vs. ...
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Book ID: Astronauts and Lab Students can create portals through space

Desperate to locate and re-read exceptional book/series, but cannot remember the title. The high concept: The U.S. has just sent the first successful expedition to Mars, and it has just landed. As the ...
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Identify this book in which time/magic vary locally from east to west

I saw a review of a book two or three years ago in which time and/or magic vary from east to west. It sounded fascinating, but I sadly forgot to write down the key information. I'm pretty sure that ...
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1980s story with strange deadly creatures send to a different planet

I am trying to find a book I've read a while ago, 80s to be more exact hence my assumption that it was published somewhere between 70s and 80s. I remember that there were some strange deadly ...
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Find fantasy novel involving fairies, magic and tattoos that harm humans

I have been trying to remember the title of a book I read a while back and hope someone can help. The story involved a woman who was magical, I believe she was a fairy herself who had been exiled, and ...
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Late 80s sci-fi movie scene: woman morphs into machine/battle station

This may be a long shot, because I only hazily remember one scene that I saw as a kid on the screens in a costco warehouse store. Must have been very late 80s or very early 90s. The scene: Woman (or ...
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Looking for the name of a novel I read in the last 6 years (2003+ i think)

The book follows two fellows who somehow had something to do with an extraordinary tech advance, kept the patents i guess, and have a lot of clout. Artificial Intelligence has been achieved, but in ...
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Sci Fi book with parallel universe, published by 1998

I'm trying to find a book I read between 1994 and 1998. I read it in French, and have no idea if it has been written / translated in English. The book started with three young friends going camping ...
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A science fiction story about a headdress that allows one human to control and experience another human's body [duplicate]

I read this story many years ago and now can't remeber who wrote it or even what it was called. The story was about a group of elite humans who had access to a headdress that allowed them to control ...
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Sci-Fi Book about Dream Addiction

The book starts off normally. The protagonist is a young man. The protagonist eventually starts and/or watches a fire in a rich neighborhood in California. The protagonist eventually meets up with ...
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What issue / series is this Batman comic panel from?

While researching another question I came across this screenshot: I'd like to know what issue# and / or series this is from. Also, who are the other 4 charactes (other than Batman)? I think Robin ...
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Anthology of short stories; one about killer whales in space, another about a bodyguard on a desolate colony

I am looking for a book that I borrowed from the library from the mid to late 90s. It featured a number of science fiction short stories from different authors. The only story I am able to remember ...
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Story identification about trolls under a bridge and gold coins

My husband and I went to see Snow White and the Huntsman tonight, and it sparked a memory in both of us of a scene from a different fantasy movie/TV show, but neither of us can place it. What we ...
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Alien invasion harvests humanity as food/pets

A science fiction novel I read, I believe, when I was a young teenager in the early 1990s, it featured some disturbing imagery (not as an identification note, but as a warning for users faint of heart)...
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Help identifying Sci-Fi channel movie about demons

About 5 years ago I was watching a movie on The Sci-Fi Channel. It was about demons and there may have been a priest (shocking I know). The one scene I remember is this 20 something guy having a ...
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Looking for an old story about bicycles, clones, and heat-sucking plants

Probably 30 years ago I read a story about a civil war. At one point the protagonist rides a bicycle through a force-field to get to a valley and stop a government supply ship. There is a sub-plot ...
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Book featuring quantum mechanics used almost like magic?

Can anyone help identify a sci-fi book where the main character uses quantum mechanics to an effect like magic? At one point he bends probability so that he becomes "invisible" as he is sneaking ...
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Novel with cyborg dolphin & travel to Jupiter

There was a dolphin with mechanical equipment attached to it, kinda cyborg like, to communicate with the old scientist.He sends a whale, to Jupiter, in a huge water tank. I believe he is killed by the ...
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Great Theorem - Help name the Sci-fi book read long ago

I'm trying to find a book I read long back. This book may have won a Hugo/Nebula (Trust me I've googled to death this one!). Don't remember much of the story (that's why I want to re-read it). What I ...
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Name of the Sci fi book where all human contact is via video link?

I read this book as a child in the 70s. All I can remember is that all human contact is via video link. People have dinner parties where they have the same food and all their screens link as one (a ...
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Looking for a horror stories from the late 80's early 90's

I read the book a long time ago and various google searches have not been helpful, there are two stories that have really stuck with me and they may be from two seperate books. The first was a short ...
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What was the name of this anthology TV series from the eighties?

I remember several science fiction, horror, suspense and mystery episodes from an anthology TV series in the eighties. Here are some episodes (with spoilers, sorry) a. Two policemen get kind of lost ...
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Story Identification: Man freezes himself and his wife in the hopes of curing her terminal illness [duplicate]

I read this story when I was very young and can't remember the name but it made an impression. A young man finds out that his wife has a terminal illness, so convinces her to be put into some kind of ...
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Information downloaded from a combat spacesuit's logs tell about a soldiers multiple combat drops

I hope I am not confusing two different stories, but as I remember it the story revolves around a soldier who's entire unit is destroyed except him. He ends up being scheduled for combat drops over ...
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Fantasy Book with a ring linked to a dragon

I remember reading a book in my childhood (between 1994 and 1998) taking place in a fantasy world. My memory of it is quite fuzzy, but I remember it had magic and dragons in it. Two specifics I ...
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Time-traveler pretending seminal '60s music is his own work

In his latest "Books to Look for" column in F&SF, Charles de Lint asks the following: Oh, and while I have your ear. This combination of time travel and the Village in the '60s reminds ...
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Looking for a Book about people Called Talents

I remember something about people gaining powers from areas that were once inhabited by dragons. The main character can talk to animals and is followed around by a wolf; her brother can influence ...
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