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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Old movie where young astronaut returns to Earth very aged

It was about an astronaut who went into space, young guy, and came back. In the hospital, the doctors are looking at him in shock after he came back. We don’t see his face yet, then there is a sudden ...
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Book about a girl who builds a robot who finds out she herself is a robot version of the real her

I read this book about five years ago. The cover of the book was green and I feel like it had an eye on it or something; an unnaturally green eye. The main character was a girl and she built a robot ...
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Floating transparent sphere beaming something into a crater? (Space Force! theme song video)

The video Space Force - The Theme Song // Songify This is a rich source of old SciFi movie images. What vintage movie had this blue floating holographic head talking to some kind of military ...
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Fantasy (Novel/Novelette?) … witches, a witch-hunter, a roller coaster, and a potted plant

Just fragments, I'm afraid; I think this is from the '70s. One of those "witches in modern times" things, in a world where ordinary people don't know there are witches. I recall they worked ...
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Webcomic with anthropomorphic animals featuring a possible ghost in the library

I read this over a decade ago, probably somewhere in the early to mid 2000s. I remember it as being a fairly popular webcomic at the time, but I'm having trouble finding it now. Most of the webcomic ...
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Black & white TV episode about a man who discovers he is a robot (not: “In His Image” or “The Electric Ant”)

Black & white '60s TV episode; A young man, dark hair, wearing khakis & a plaid shirt(?) is in town when he hurts himself, cutting his arm/wrist open, only he doesn't bleed. Instead he sees ...
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What picture book featured warring factions of mole-like creatures?

I recall a colorful children's fantasy picture book with the following details: It featured a world inhabited by strange creatures, perhaps moles or another mammal, like a bear, or perhaps even ...
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Anime about a club of high school girls that fight monsters

I remember this watching this anime, with like Madoka Magica vibes, about a high school club of girl members that (they dont know why it just happens) have to fight against monsters. I dont remember ...
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Short story about science fiction editor in thrall to a “witch doctor's” aspirations to sci-fi authorship

This was a self-consciously hokey story which I read in one of the magazines around 1989 or 1990. Primary POV character was a science fiction pulp magazine editor (I think… it may only have been a ...
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Jackie Chan anime (not “Jackie Chan Adventures”)

There was an anime I used to see; it aired on either old Disney XD or Animax. It aired around 2012 or 2014 I guess, but it didn't air for so long. It had a story very much related to the anime "...
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Short story about “assembly robot”

Looking for the author and title of a story about a man at a remote outpost in space, who spends a lot of time assembling "flat pack" machines that are delivered to him. To save time, he ...
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Tracking down a short story with the term “abnotechia” or “abtechnological”

Hi I am curious about the term "abnotechia" which I encountered in a short story that I am now trying to look up, but google searches are coming up empty. I am pretty sure the story appeared ...
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Manhua in which the female lead is the stepmother of the villain

In this story, the female lead is the stepmother of the villain of the novel into which she is reincarnated. She tries to change his fate or way, as well as becoming the duke's wife.
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Old sci-fi novel where people live in domes controlled by aliens and only traders can move between them

The setting is a small village that lives under a dome (can't remember why but it's a pastoral setting, no tech). Traders can move between domes as they have permission from aliens to do so. Aliens ...
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Story starting with the Siege Perilous

I believe I've read three stories that all started with characters from the modern world, or something much like it, sitting on the legendary Siege Perilous and being transported to another world. The ...
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Which book in Asimov's Foundation series describes a video communication system just like our “Zoom” [duplicate]

Long ago I read all the books in Asimov's Foundation series. In one of them, people are living alone or very few at a time on separate worlds that are far apart. They communicate via a video system ...
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Guitarist passing test to open alien doorway

I am trying to find the name of a book I read years ago. All I can remember is that the government(?) is trying to open the last door into a alien spaceship(?) or an alien portal of some kind. They ...
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Romance/Supernatural book about a girl who falls in love with a male ghost after moving into her grandmothers house

I remember that their grandmother had passed away, and the family, mom, son, and daughter, moved in. The father might have been there. The girl starts to notice that the house is not normal. Their ...
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Manga about miniature people piloting cloned women

There’s a really disturbing manga that I remember reading, but for the love of all things, I can’t remember the title. However, I remember the story. It’s about people that pilot these things that ...
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Who wrote a book about a libertarian moon colony?

I read a sci-fi book once about a libertarian colony on the moon. They rebelled against earth, I think. What is the name or title?
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70s–80s (?) novel about breathable liquids as shown in the movie “The Abyss”

Recently I saw a YouTube video about the breathable liquid used in the move The Abyss. And it reminded me of a novel I read in the 1970s (or maybe the 1980s). In the story, two soldiers use breathable ...
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1970s or 1980s live action/animation combo short about video game characters coming to life and fighting over a major city

When I was little I used to get these collections of obscure animated shorts on VHS at the library. All I remember about the tapes themselves is that they were put out by a company called "...
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1960s/70s PBS(?) Science Fiction Story - Youth Culture Quarantines Old People

I saw this TV drama in the late '60s/early 70s in Los Angeles on (I think) public television. It was a sort of prequel to Logan's Run in which youth culture dominates the world and older folks have ...
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Netflix horror film involving a gas-masked ghost powered by a Nazi artifact on a farm

I watched this probably about 3 years ago on Netflix. I don't know if it was a Netflix original, distributed by them, or just one they'd licensed. I think it was a roughly contemporary film, within ...
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Black and white webcomic about a merman and a human guy who’s a potential friend/love interest

I recently remembered a comic I saw on Tumblr a really long time ago, I don't know how to find it so I stumbled upon this site and maybe someone here remembers it. The comic was drawn in black and ...
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A '60s(?) era sci-fi episode/film about a jungle with robotic duplicates?

I know this is pretty vague, but I have been looking for this movie/tv show episode for my entire life. I first saw this when I was about 3 or 4. It gave me absolute nightmares and although I have ...
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Short story ID: Scientists (?) trying to prevent people from entering a cave (?) and never coming out again [duplicate]

I'm a bit concerned that I am forgetting some details, but here is what I know: I THINK it was part of a collection called something like "World's best Sci Fi", probably 1974, 1975, 1976, or ...
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Anime where characters use gems to enlarge their pets to fight

Looking for an anime that was aired in India in 2016. In it characters use gems to enlarge their pets like animals to fight. The main character has a god creature named Eit and at the climax the queen ...
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Anime where you become a wizard/witch if you survive being attacked by a monster

The main character lives with this older witch that trained him. He became one when he was little because you become a wizard if you live from an attack from a monster and then the older witch looked ...
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Sci-fi novel about a planet with a semi-intelligent tree-like species, and a golden insect-like species

I am trying to track down a sci-fi novel that I read many years ago. The story is about a world recently colonised by humans, but which has its own indigenous life forms. These comprise a semi-...
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Film where a man fights robots and protects a woman and her baby. A robot rips off his arm and he replaces it with a robot arm

This muscular guy who fights lots of robots. Then there's a scene where this robot is hanging from his arm, and cuts it off. The guy, not having an arm, puts on the ripped-off arm of the robot. There'...
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Story where space explorers find a planet that turns out to be Earth [duplicate]

I probably read it in the 80s or early 90s. I believe it was a short story, but almost definitely not more than a novella. Explorers come across a planet. I believe there may be some conversation ...
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Which sci-fi book is this quote from? [duplicate]

I vaguely recall a quote that I was sure was from Ender's Game -- but it's not, as I just finished reading it. It could be from one of the other books in the saga. It says something along the lines of:...
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Story about a robot creating a machine which violated the laws of Physics?

If I recall correctly, it was an Isaac Asimov story about a malfunctioning robot which created a machine which violated the laws of Physics, but I dont remember the name of the story and some details ...
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Manga with an expelled heir with no skills who gains a skill from the worm children of a bee monster

I once read a manga about a guy who I think was the heir to some Japanese sort of a clan on an island. He was expelled by his father for not being able to get any skills, so he came to the mainland ...
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Manga where multiple reincarnators compete to kill a demon king. MC has skill steal cheat, and main side character has super growth cheat

There's an isekai fantasy manga where the main character (mc) is reincarnated into a world where there are multiple reincarnators all trying to defeat/kill the demon king (dk), because a deity ...
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Manga about a boy who sacrifices himself to protect his parents from bandits, but is saved by a dragon

It's an isekai manga about a boy who is headed to another town with his family and their friends when they are attacked by bandits. While being attacked he has to help his dad protect his mom, who can'...
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Title of short story; competitive bobsleds, “it's possible” catchphrase

I had this one in an anthology which I think I passed on many moves ago. I remember reading it first in the 80s, but it is likely older, as my mother was a school librarian and allowed me to pick ...
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What 90's made-for-tv movie featured a time-traveling policeman who left his wife a note from the past?

I recall watching a made for TV movie in the 90's that takes place in the future about a man who works for a time-travel enforcement agency. At the beginning of the movie he got his wife an old copy ...
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Sad oneshot manga where a man helps a woman commit suicide again and again because she keeps coming back to life

I'm trying to find this manga about an immortal woman who has already lived a long life thus she tries to commit suicide on a daily basis. She has someone who assists her to commit suicide: a young ...
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Female protagonist is a mage, has a prophecy about her and dies, but is brought back by her soulmate

I remember it starts with the characters being in highschool, and the aunt owns a library — her name's Claire, I believe. They're called mages, and they can do magic. There's a character named Conner. ...
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Short story or novel section with the word “grimping”

I'm looking for a short story or novel section that I've read a few times that features a discussion of the word "grimping", in the context of the meanings that attach to words. If I'm ...
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Movie where a man's tongue gets longer and longer

I’m looking for a movie that I had seen in the early 2000’s and it looked like a modern time movie. Two men were sitting in chairs across from each other. It looked like night and they seemed to be in ...
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Classic SF short story: abductees realise they are alien child’s pets (not any previous answer to similar questions)

Can someone remind me of the title and author of the short tale from ‘golden age SF' in which a man (‘Man’, I recall) and a predictably nubile young woman (‘Woman’) find themselves in alien captivity. ...
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Sci-fi short story where the military build a computer in a space ship that becomes sentient

Around 1980 I read a short story about the military's attempt to build an intelligent computer. The author put in several diagrams of how the computer would be made. In the story, the army keeps ...
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Kindle book - Teen girl sneaks onto a spaceship that crashes, found by boy related to native royalty

A while ago I read this book as a free Kindle book, but forgot the name of it, and now I can’t find it. It’s not on my Kindle or Amazon either. The book begins with a teenage girl sneaking into a ...
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Classic SF short story: alien trap disguised as the astronaut's home town

What is the title and the author (Asimov or one of that pantheon) of the classic short ('one idea') tale in which a spaceship crew arrives at what appears to be their home town on Earth. The fatal ...
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Space opera books about a human ship captain, androids, aliens artefacts and a plot to destroy the Earth

Series of books (space opera) about a man who becomes a spaceship captain, because he is needed to conduct business on other planets (androids cannot be captains). Evil always plotting android try to ...
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TV series or movie about intern or new employee in a lab with monsters or mutants

I have a very vague recollection of a story involving a new female employee or intern in a lab setting. She seemed inexperienced and somewhat overwhelmed. The lab is performing experiments or possibly ...
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Comic about a young woman monster hunter

This is going to be a very vague question, but it's bugging me that I can't remember this comic that I liked when I was younger. I only ever read one like volume of it, not a single comic book. I ...

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