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.

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2010s(?) cartoon: three teens have the power to control monsters to fight other monsters

I watched this a long time ago probably in 2010s either on Cartoon Network or Boomerang. It was about 3 teens having to fight other monsters, 2 guys and 1 girl. Now I don't remember much, but the ...
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A man on a high gravity planet becomes more alien with exposure to planet and starts to understand aliens

That's about all I remember. I was really impressed with the way the author portrayed the changes in the man and the alien communication. I think the man was on a science base which got damaged.
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Book series about a kid's journey to the center of the Earth where he finds the Earth is an alien ship or something

I remember reading this story when I was in middle school and can't seem the find what the series was called. The main character digs a hole and finds an underground city, from which he is banished ...
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A story where prisoners could be remotely controlled as laborers

I remember reading this story, maybe in the 1990s, where condemned prisoners were not killed, but their minds erased and their bodies put to work. Miners (or whoever needed) could rent such bodies to ...
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Short story, maybe by Budrys: unpleasant man makes himself conspicuous to attract aliens

Short story about an unpleasant character who claims that he acts the way he does to attract first contact with aliens. At the end of the story contact is made with the aliens and they are captured ...
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Children's picture book about a king destroying his kingdom trying to dig up a gigantic precious stone

I'm looking for the name of a book I read as a child. As I recall, it was in picture book format with illustrations of every page. The plot of the book involved someone digging down and finding an ...
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YA series of books about sentient dinosaurs in the Middle Ages

I'm looking for this series of books, teen to adult rating. It was about sentient dinosaurs that had evolved and changed, and lived in a medieval kingdom time. It was based around three protagonists,...
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Sci fi book about virtual reality where a race disappeared due to playing too much

I am trying to find the title of a book I read about all humans playing virtual reality games. My memory is a bit hazy on this one and I don't remember author or title. It was hard cover and more than ...
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Old short story where the future emperor of the galaxy is taken for a tour around Earth

This short story is about a future emperor of the galaxy who is brought to Earth for what he thinks is a tour. A guide takes him around Earth on horseback and keeps saying “your life is in my hands”. ...
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Anime where soldiers are fighting in a forest wearing futuristic armor

Back in the early 2000s I was given a VHS that had a compilation of different anime on it. This one I remember fondly is where these two soldiers were fighting in a forest wearing futuristic armor and ...
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Early 2000s anime VHS with a vampire and his apprentice fighting supernatural creatures

Back in the early 2000s I was given a VHS that had a compilation of anime. One particular I remember very fondly. A vampire and his apprentice fighting other supernatural creatures. At the end of ...
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Book or series about stones and a magician named Gwydion

I am looking for a book or series that I read about 15 years ago. I can't remember all that much about it: The man character was a boy or young man, picked up by a magician named Gwydion, and ...
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Crab Nebula short story from 1960s or '70s

An alien, though human like, race escapes from their dying world on a FTL ship and land on Earth in prehistory, settling peaceably and mating with the natives (possibly in Ancient Egypt). The story ...
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Book where kids had the powers of manifesting things with their minds

In the beginning of the novel she is attacked in a park on her way home and these people come and save her. Later on she finds out her mom was kidnapped I think. I specifically remember a part where ...
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Conan story with a wizard's wall of fire

I'm pretty sure at some point in the past I read a Conan story (could be from Howard or a later author) which features a scene something like the following: Conan leads an army against an opposing ...
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Story about two companies creating a program that adapts to the user's language

It was story about two companies that were trying to create a special microphone/program that would adapt to the users language. One of the key characters was a genius kid that wrote code in machine ...
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Lottery winner has brain uploaded, then travels in a starship [duplicate]

I am looking for the title of a book / series i read many years ago, i have tried google but i just cant seem to get the search right so any help would be great. The basis of the story is about a ...
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TV movie: people travel back in time to see disasters

This was maybe late 90's, early 2000's- A man is photographed in a subway train wreck (I think)- later he is found in pictures of multiple disasters that happened years or even decades earlier. Turns ...
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Pre-1968 YA science fiction novel: robot with black-and-white vision, later the robot could see in color

A science fiction novel, written before 1968, featured a robot with black-and-white vision. Perhaps halfway through the novel, the robot receives an upgrade, and could see in color for the first time. ...
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Lesbian fanfiction: Greek woman whose girlfriend is a Greek goddess, or an alien dressed as one

I read this story in 2011 on Fanfiction.net. It featured a Greek woman and her girlfriend. The girlfriend was either an alien dressed like a Greek goddess or an actual Greek goddess. It also featured ...
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Very old cartoon of a mermaid or sea maiden probably from Warner bros animation

I'm looking for this very old cartoon animation that was probably done by warner bros animation. My father got this vhs tape when I was like 2 or 4 years old and I watched the tape several times over ...
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TV Show where monsters are cast from runes to fight one another like pokemon

Watched this a while ago when I was a child. I think it was on Netflix at the time, but am not certain. I remember the main plot of the series was about a boy who draws a picture of a wolf/tiger mix, ...
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sci-fi animated series from 80s-90s identification [duplicate]

Can anyone help me identify an animated series I remember from the early 90s. Below are few highlights I remember about it: action took place in space and/or planets (for sure there was some shooting ...
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Story Where Everyone Takes Nootropic Drugs

I remember reading a story about where everyone used cognitive enhancement drugs to perform intellectually. The main character had a daughter that used them (in law school?) but they were earlier ...
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Isaac Asimov short story: circa 1976, male astronaut saves space station inhabitants during solar storm

I've read through several in-print lists of Isaac Asimov short stories, and have been unable to identify one short story. It may have been published in THE SATURDAY EVENING POST around 1976. In the ...
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Science fiction trilogy: endless corridors, humor, speeding vehicles, assertive woman

I used to own a paperback of a science fiction novel; the third and final story of a trilogy. On the cover, a young adult couple were in an futuristic open-cockpit long automobile, speeding down a mod,...
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Science fiction story or novel: humans do not leave apartments, communicate via two-way television, “McCloo” mentioned

I once read a concise, printed description of a science fiction short story or novel. I never read this short story or novel. The story's central idea: a future civilization in which humans lived in ...
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Science fiction radio drama: aliens find Earth deserted

Anyone know of a radio drama about an advanced alien civilization visiting Earth (we don't know it's Earth until the end). Everything is deserted. They send down teams to investigate and one team ...
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70s/80s Radio drama about a young man who can't remember his name, stranded on a planet run by robots

This radio drama was about a young man who can't remember his name and is stranded on a planet run by robots. I think it's a mining operation. Earlier, it is revealed he was injured when his ship ...
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Book where the stars go black due to aliens stopping human observation collapsing quantum possibilities [duplicate]

In this book the stars went black and the people on Earth took a while to figure out why. The solar system had been surrounded with a 'sheet' to stop human observation. It turns out human observation ...
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Older sci-fi, fantasy novel, 1800’s England, scientist discovers evil experiment and manages to foil it with help from his journals

A friend of mine read this novel “years and years ago,” probably before 2000. As he remembers it, the title may have journal or diary in it. The main character is named something like 'Luminiere', ...
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Novel where a group of scientists in a spaceship encounter various aliens

I read this novel long back, possibly 2 decades ago. The story is narrated from one scientist's (male) POV. The team is on an exploration mission, and come across threats like: an alien which looks ...
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Beer Commercial - Men Devolve into Salamanders - “Worth the wait”

I saw this commercial years ago. It starts out in a bar, with three guys having a beer, and suddenly this (kinda catchy) music starts playing and time seems to reverse, and everything around them ...
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1950s-60s B&W horror/sci-fi movie with news report of a “beast of seemingly gigantic proportions”

Classic Horror/Sci-Fi News Reporter Clip of Doom While in pursuit of information related to my long-term burning question of an old sci-fi movie involving ants or termites Looking for a late 1950s ...
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“Dungeon Keeper” story set in a future with hostile AIs and nanotechnology

There exists a genre involving the protagonist being a dungeon in the style of Dungeon Keeper. Dungeon Keeper Ami is the earliest case I can think of, with I Woke Up As A Dungeon, Now What as the one ...
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Animated series/movie 70s or 80s involving aliens impersonating humans and guy looking for missing girl/sister

I don’t remember much but the few things still in my memory are: There were aliens or some other kind of creatures that were looking like humans and when they die they turn into real form. Main ...
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Fan-made(?) comics about the next Avatar

A friend sent me a link to an online comics about 3 years ago. I am not sure if it was Fan-made or not, because the quality of the drawing was really good. I did not have time to read it at the time ...
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2000s(?) anime: a girl uncovers a government secret and can control a phoenix-like monster

All I remember about this anime is a girl and her brother go to a boarding school (I believe) and the girl ends up uncovering a secret. The government is secretly trying to either destroy or control ...
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Protagonist attempts to destroy global administration computer, but instead is invited to join programming team [duplicate]

I'm working from a half-remembered description, so there may be errors. I don't know if it's a short story or a novel, or when it was written, but I think I heard about it at least fifteen years ago. ...
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Terry Pratchett book with a lawyer dragon and sheep

I was talking to someone today who mentioned starting a Terry Pratchett book a few years before. They said that it was about a dragon who was a lawyer and involved sheep. They think that it is ...
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Short story where a snail-like alien creature preys upon the protagonist in the end [duplicate]

The description of the story may be a little bit wrong since I read this story many years ago. Also, the short story is not recent (thinking maybe written in the 50s or 60s) and it is science fiction/...
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Short story about Nobel Prize winning scientists that drop out when they realise they were incorrect

It's a short story that I read in an anthology a few years ago. The premise is several scientists are preparing to go to Geneva to accept the Nobel Prize for their work in astrophysics. But one of ...
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American and Russian computers start talking

As a Science Fiction Book Club member in the 60s I read a book about an American and Russian computer that started talking to one another and then... Can anyone share the title?
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searching for anime that aired somewhere 2004-2006 on Toonami [closed]

Im searching for anime that aired somewhere 2004-2006 on Toonami . It aired when DBZ started airing. Characters threw some kind of stones with powers that gave rise to monsters or something. It aired ...
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Intelligent Ants in the Amazon

What's the sf short story where an entomologist discovers a swarm of intelligent ants that collect butterfly and moth eggs for him? But then realizes they are extremely dangerous? (I think they might ...
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Kids Book series - Girl babysits a family of monsters

I think I read this somewhere in the late 1980s to the early 1990s. My grandmother bought me the first book in the series, which was a fairly thin paperback, and I bought a later one (maybe the second ...
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Short story where a man is stranded on an island on another planet and records messages for his future self

There's this one short story where some people or some guy gets stranded on an island on another planet. He starts recording messages for himself so when he's old and senile he's basically making fun ...
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80s kid's sci show set in NY brownstone where inventor has invented teleporting machine

In the '80s, as a child in school, I saw the first few episodes of a U.S. kids' TV series, set in a New-York-style brownstone building. A group of kids break into the building, which used to be where ...
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Story about descendants of space colonists becoming slaves of aliens? [duplicate]

I read this old short story in an anthology (about 25 years ago) but can't remember the title. The plot was that human colonists/astronauts arrive at a planet inhabited by rather primitive aliens. ...
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Dungeons and Dragons novel where girl accidentally wishes to be strong [duplicate]

Does any one know the name of the novel, written before 1995, from one of the Dungeons and Dragons series, where a girl accidentally wishes to become strong at the start of the novel? I remember that ...