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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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Short story about a Mercedes Lackey style honorable mercenary company tasked with unethical orders, such as attacking a village

I'm looking for a story I remember, either a standalone short story, or an episode in a longer book, about an honorable mercenary company that is somehow contracted to an unethical leader. They ...
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Comic, webcomic, or manga with female lead who has a space pocket and is a beast tamer

I am looking for a manga, comic, or webcomic in which the female lead has been reborn with a special ability. She has access to a space she can enter and use to store things. Additionally, any animal ...
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2000s YA sci-fi book, male protagonist, only one in each world who can travel between dimensions through the 4th one, everyone is him but different

I'm trying to remember a YA Sci-Fi book, probably from the 2000s, about a boy who is randomly attacked by what looks like wizards and robots. He is then saved by someone who appears to be an older ...
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Story about a time traveler who is accused of counterfeiting when attempting to spend contemporary currency in the past

I’m sorry I don’t remember any more details, but I’m looking for a time travel story, probably a book. I was exposed to it in the 1990s. All I can remember is that there was a protagonist (possibly a ...
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Book in which a boy finds a trap door in an old man's garage that leads to a secret land

I'm trying to find a book by the plot: a young boy rescues an old man from a heart attack, makes friends and looks after his dog. There's a trap door in the old man's garage that leads to a secret ...
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Sci-fi/fantasy book set on an alien planet where the young protagonist and their friend try to break out of their walled-in town

I'm trying to find a sci-fi/fantasy book that I read in the mid-to-late 2000s. The book was hardcover and missing its jacket, so I don't know what the cover looks like but it was a blue hard cover. ...
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90s live-action sci-fi kids' show involving two boys fixing a ship and a girl who is placed under mind-control by the villain

It's not Hypernauts, but the first episode had something similar. So during the (mid?) 90s, I was at a friend's house and they had their TV playing a live-action, kids' based sci-fi show. From what I ...
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Looking for a choose your own adventure book with a talking skull necklace

I remember my dad giving me this choose your own adventure book as a kid and I can't remember what it was. All I remember is there was a skull necklace that would talk to the protagonist, and that in ...
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Manga where the main character saves a village, gets killed by a church, and reincarnates into a human boy

So basically the main character just appears (not even he knows what or who he is) and goes to a village, but they catch him messing with his blood and call him a vampire and this is where he gets the ...
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SF/horror short story about a man who is chosen in a government lottery to look after a prison silo

I read a short story some time ago, and I can't recall the title or the author. I've asked AI, but it... Isn't helpful. (But I'm grateful to our robot overlords for their attempts. Honestly.) The ...
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Semi-humorous told-by-lawyer short story, set in the mid-1940s or in 1950s; desert town casino & a roulette "fix" with Psi "lucky charm"

Looking for an old told-by-lawyer short story told in a semi-humorous tone. It's a similar kind of author-voice to "The Curious Profession" by pen-name Leonard Lockhard. I think the story is ...
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Old science fiction short story about a lawyer attempting to patent a new kind of incredibly strong cloth

I read on Project Gutenberg, probably in 2017, a humorous story about a young patent lawyer and his boss/mentor. The lawyer gets very excited about the discovery of a new kind of incredibly strong ...
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Episode of a sci-fi series about a salesman who loses the ability to understand English

I'm trying to identify and find an episode of a Sci-Fi series that I thought was either Amazing Stories or Tales from the Dark Side or The Twilight Zone, etc., in which a salesman of products with ...
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A "hard core" Sci-Fi movie featuring alien "invasion/infiltration" and a dome creating an atmosphere of methane and ammonia

When I was young, in the sixties/seventies, I saw a movie on TV that intrigued me then and even more so now. It showed in B&W here in Australia, we did not have colour yet. The movie might have ...
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YA Book about two siblings and their uncle, who built a magical cabinet

This has been bugging me for years. I read the first book of a small series (maybe only two or three books total) a few years back. YA fantasy, that I'm trying to remember correctly. I believe a ...
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Kids show about kids defending towers with monsters they summoned from their bracelet

When I was a kid there was a show that I loved a lot but it’s lost in my memories now. My memories of it aren’t too fond because it was a short series but I remember there were four kids (all boys) ...
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Female protagonist who discovered some new species of creature that lived in the atmosphere [duplicate]

The book was about a female protagonist who discovered some new species of creature that lived in the atmosphere and she discovered it because it moved slowly across the stars at night blocking light ...
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Short story about a man born in a society of inductive reasoning, who steals a rocket to escape

It was a short story; would have been published most likely 1950s-1980s. He's born almost as an evolutionary throwback, being only able to use deductive reasoning in a society where mankind has ...
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Cultivation manhwa/manhua where the main character is poor and his father is a blacksmith

I think its main character is reincarnated but not confirmed. The main character is born in a Murim world. He has two brothers. They are a poor family and his father is a blacksmith (not so good). He ...
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A kids novel with a character named Cassandra and a colourful cover

I'm looking for a kids novel with a character named Cassandra. The cover was colourful. The girl may have had orange hair. She had an uncle who was a little magical; he invented knitting needles to ...
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Anime with a cyclops robot summoned with a card

I'm looking for an anime I watched on TV in 2018. All I can remember is that the main character could summon a giant cyclops robot with a card ig. There were 3 variants of the robot: normal, gold, and ...
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Animated show with a group of friends fighting virtual (?) monsters

I'm trying to identify a tv show about a group of friends fighting monsters to stop them from invading the real world. They all live in a house. I remember there were at least two women and a guy with ...
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Steampunk children's book where a clockwork world in a comic comes to life

I’m trying to remember a children’s book I read over ten years ago. The basic plot is that teenagers read a comic about a clockwork world which comes to life. Clockwork chimera start attacking and at ...
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Korean fantasy novel where the main character, male, wears gloves all the time

So my sister is a real gatekeeper😒 She tells me about novels ALL THE TIME, but will never tell me titles. In this specific novel, the male lead wears gloves all the time. He ends up dying, after ...
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Detective anime with two men trying to help a girl with a monkey companion

Back in 2004 at a convention, I was in an anime watching room and came across an anime about some kind of detective or mercenary trying to help a girl with a monkey companion. She lost her spot in a ...
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Book about a man who is at the age where a lottery is taken of the elderly and he's chosen to be "put down", leaving a sad grandson

A man and his grandson are very close. When someone turns a certain age (70 or 80) they are put in a lottery of sorts and whoever is picked must be put to death, supposedly to control population. It ...
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I'm looking for a specific dragon book I read a few years ago

I have been searching for this book for a while now. I can still remember how it started. It was about a woman, the main protagonist imprisoned in a psychiatric ward. She was there because someone ...
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Fantasy book about a group of teens who escaped from a prison guarded by ogres, then found a civilization of elves

I remember that a group of teens (don't know the species) were kept in a prison guarded by ogres (I think). These teens would eventually escape into a desert. Only a few would survive and then find ...
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Book about a planet where women live in "Wells" until they become pregnant, then become the property of the man who impregnated them

Planet of low fertility, women live in "Wells" until they become pregnant, then become the property of the man who impregnated them. Woman who "runs" the Well in the story, comes ...
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Cartoon where the main character has a bag of jewels that make his friend stronger

The main character was male. I don't know which country the cartoon is from and I don't remember the main character's appearance. He had a bag of, I think, red jewels and a red/yellow animal friend. ...
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A short story about an ancient anaerobic civilisation on Earth

I read this story many decades ago. Probably in a collection since I very rarely read magazines, but I don't remember at all what it might have looked like. A very, very old alien tells her memories ...
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Card-fighting, battle-based cartoon/anime where the cards transform

I’ve been trying to find this cartoon for the longest time ever. I’m not sure what exactly the details are but I remember it was kind of like Yugi-Oh in the sense that it was a card fighting battle ...
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Old episode from the 60s in which two pilots landed at their base and realized they had somehow traveled ahead through time

Two pilots landed at their base and realized they had somehow traveled ahead through time. One pilot went home and could see that his little girl (who, along with everyone else, was in slo-mo) would ...
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Book about humans on alien planet that has a regular mass extinction event

Do you know the name of a book about humans using technology to adapt to a planet where most life is regularly killed off? The species on this planet behave like insects. They mate like cicadas such ...
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Elemental novel where a boy is shown he can control elements and ends up being really strong at the end

I read this book a while back, before quarantine is all I know. It was a book that began with the main character accidentally destroying a cafeteria table. It's explained that it was because of his ...
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Looking for a story that possibly started "MYOB"

I recall reading a story/novel where the inhabitants had been cut off from the empire for a while. A ship, from the empire, lands, and soldiers get out and try to take over. The residents resist by ...
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What’s that book reimagining the whole Helen of Troy story? [migrated]

So I remember reading this book when I was in 8th grade. I can remember the main concept of the book and the cover. The story is about two schools with a long standing rivalry. There’s this girl, ...
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Old science fiction book in which an American travels to another planet to prevent communists from corrupting the primitive inhabitants

Trying to find an old science fiction book I never finished reading as a kid. It was mid 90's when I picked it up, it was from my dad's old book collection so I don't know exactly how much older it ...
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1970s supernatural thriller featuring a black dog

I've been trying to recall the name of a film I saw a couple of times long ago. It's a supernatural thriller, but I don't remember much of the plot. A black dog, likely named Nosferatu, featured. The ...
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A Fantasy movie with a powerful humanoid being that lives in water

I watched this Fantasy movie, in French, about half a dozen years ago. It was shortly after it was first released in France, probably not so long after it was first released in English speaking ...
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90s / 00s comic about teens finding / fighting to save a magical world

There was a comic series (not a manga) about a boy that either finds a magical world (maybe through a door) or gets pulled into one to save it, and eventually some friends too. There was a girl (...
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YA book series about an orphan girl with violet eyes who finds out she has powers

I read this series probably 10 years ago. It has been driving me insane ever since wanting to reread it now. It was about a girl with violet eyes whose parents had died. She thinks she's an ordinary ...
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Short story where automated freight ships regularly come to a mining planet to collect the ore

Was rummaging the pages of an SF anthology many years back and have thought about one of its stories but can't remember what it was called or who wrote it. Help! The title is probably the name of a ...
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Short story in which the main character buys a robot psychotherapist to get rid of the obsessive desire to kill

The main character buys a robot psychotherapist to get rid of the obsessive desire to kill, but the robot is confused with a model for Martians. I remember the content quite accurately, but I can't ...
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Horror movie that has a demon hand coming through a mirror

I think this movie was from either the 80's, the late 70's or even the late 80's. The only parts of this movie that I can recall (I was really young when I watched this with my dad) was a priest (I ...
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Harry Potter fanfiction in which Harry goes to Snape's house and winds up in a relationship with Voldemort and Snape

The fanfiction involves Harry going to Snape's house on Spinner's End with Hedwig and Fawkes. Voldemort winds up there as a snake. Harry is cleaning the house and stays in his room and Snape doesn't ...
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Manhwa where the main character is killed in a fire and goes back to before she left the male lead

Hi so I'm looking for this manhwa. Please forgive my spelling. Here's a list of what I remember: Modern day manhwa. She died in a fire and returned to when she was leaving the male lead, because she ...
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Manga/manhwa where a black-haired princess gets treated badly and makes a plan to get kidnapped; her blond sister is loved

The girl has been reincarnated into a book. She has black hair and is treated badly even though she's a princess. Everyone loves her blonde sister. She knows that her sister's going to get kidnapped, ...
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Movie with airplane attacked by magnetic shock [duplicate]

I recall seeing a trailer a few years ago which first showed a passenger plane apparently stopping working mid-flight due to some magnetic-field attack and as a result plunging towards the ground. ...
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Story featuring an alien with an exotic sensorium (sonar?) that helps solve a murder

In this story, probably in Analog or Asimov's back in the 20th century, a group of humans are on a distant planet: I forget whether they are just exploring or setting up to colonize the place. A ...
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