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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Looking for a 1980s movie I watched as a child about people being burned

All I can remember is humans being burned on a laboratory table, in the dark. They were rocking side to side, screaming in pain. Their entire outsides becoming dark, and their skin wrinkling. There ...
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Novel written in the 1960s or 1970s about pyramid exploration on Mars

A team of astronauts on Mars discover an inverted pyramid buried on Mars. They explore it. Towards the end I found someone had torn out the final pages. The copy I read was a plain yellow cover ...
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1970s short story where USA wants to terraform Mars, Communist China wants to settle Mars via pantropy, USSR is defunct

The story revolves around a U.S. diplomat. At this future date, the world has two superpowers, the USA and Communist China. There is a dispute about how best to colonize Mars. The United States ...
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Anime about dragon girls and time

I remember watching one episode of a anime few months ago but forgot the name because it was in Japanese it was about dragon girls and they were in a universe where there was many clocks and clock ...
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Sci-fi/fantasy horror movie with four or more man-eating monsters in a cave [closed]

I’m trying to figure out the name of this movie. All I remember is from when I was little. In the movie, there were four or more big hairy like monsters or beasts in a cave and they ate people. I just ...
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Sci-fi book about a boy in space who can use the elements and goes back in time when he dreams

They're in space in the future, but when he dreams he travels back in time. On the planet, everyone can use the elements, like in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Also, there's a magic sword or something.
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Manhwa in which the female lead is a witch who loses her limbs, then is sent back to the past

I'm desperate. I vaguely remember the beginning. The female lead (villainess?) kills or framed by her fiancé because she is a witch. I think there is war or power struggle happening with the kingdom? ...
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Book featuring digital Artificial Life, virtual reality using idle compute cycles

In the early to mid 90's I recall reading a book where a computer scientist is asked to create a virtual reality for life to exist after death, using the idle cycles of networked computers from around ...
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80s/90s alien movie with nuclear power plant

Trying to remember the name of this movie. There's actually 2. Can't remember the first one either. 1st movie: a team gets sent to what I think is Mexico to deal with an alien creature. They fail so ...
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Sci-fi short story about very low educated farmers with paranormal skills [duplicate]

I have read it sometime in the late 80s, but the story itself might have written any time before. Story is from the point of view of a farmer family, maybe (not sure) in the middle states of the USA. ...
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Name of a book about a spaceship after civilization falls

I remember a book series where humans had spread out in space but a disease that affected machines (and then somehow transitioned to biological infection through human implants) caused civilization to ...
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Anime About Robot Girls Fighting

Early 2010s anime about a girl with pink hair that looks like a doll and from my memory had a ponytail and a female love interest that was a maid or assistant. I cannot remember the name at all, ...
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Short sci-fi story about humans in a zoo in an alien spaceship

Around 30 years ago, I read a book in Czechoslovakia (translated into Slovak) which was a collection of short science fiction stories. I remember a particular story where an astronaut from Earth ...
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Help identifying a novel about repeated doomed expeditions to a deadly alien structure [duplicate]

Years ago, there was a sci-fi novel that I read about a series of ill-fated expeditions to explore an alien structure in space. It popped into my head for some reason, and it's been driving me crazy ...
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Manga where the main character's family were destroyed and their souls put into an artifact

I'm looking for a manga that was on the late mangatx.com site. In this manga, the main character's family was killed by a powerful cultivator and their souls, if I remember correctly, were used to ...
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What old science fiction story is Lafferty alluding to in Okla Hannali?

From Chapter 18 of R. A. Lafferty's historical novel Okla Hannali (emphasis added): There is an interesting question in the Summa of St. Thomas Aquinas and also in an old science fiction story, the ...
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Cartoon show in which a girl somehow went to another world where she fell from the sky but was caught by a horse or Pegasus

I remember watching this magical girls cartoon on YouTube. It was about a girl with a single dad. That girl had this necklace. One day, she somehow went to another world or an alternate universe. She ...
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Protagonist in cave found a lich and one girl with martial arts tries to help him, but she fails and the protagonist helps her [duplicate]

I'm looking for a manga where the protagonist goes into a cave and meets a lich, and a girl appears who knows martial arts (it takes place in an isekai). I don't remember exactly but she gets beaten ...
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Looking for short story concerning spirits of astronauts, now called "Angels", caring for stars

Some time ago I read an interesting story in which the spirits of volunteers/astronauts have been separated from their bodies and somehow converted into beings called "Angels", who work in ...
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Manga where pregnant women get bitten by giant mosquitoes that had drills for mouths

I read, maybe 9 or 10 years ago, a manga in which everyone was in a town that was cursed by spirals. Some of the scenes are as follows... There was one where pregnant women were getting "bitten&...
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80s 90s movie involving a futuristic society with no crime

I'm looking for a movie. From what I remember, all cars are white and unlocked, as in nobody commits any crime. If you commit a crime, the public chases you with baseball bats. There's something about ...
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1980s movie about a stilt-like Angel/Griffin creature

When I was a kid I saw this preview to an interesting looking movie, it might have been a horror movie, but I didn't get those vibes. I just remember it had long arms and legs, like those stilt ...
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Urban fantasy book series with female lead who has a dirty talking parrot that has lost its feathers

I am looking for a book I started reading fairly recently. I can only remember a few details. The female lead has a dirty-talking parrot that has lost its feathers. In the beginning of the book she is ...
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Crew of soldiers learn that robots have been faking the war in an effort to save humanity

I was making a post on the TV Tropes site, trying to figure out if there was a trope for a fake Polluted Wasteland, where society believes that the outside world is uninhabitable, but that turns out ...
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Novel about aliens putting teens through tasks to live on their planet

A few years ago I read a book about a teen girl going to their high school gym and completing these tests to see if they were eligible to get into this program/spaceship. Earth was gonna be destroyed ...
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Post-apocalyptic novel from the 80s about survivors travelling in a land train across America

I need help finding a book (I read in the 80s): Post-apocalyptic novel about a group of survivors in some kind of land train traveling across America. The leaders keep people inside all the time, due ...
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Scientists make AI machines to save the earth from attacking aliens

I’m looking for a short story I read a long time ago.. I think it was part of a collection of short stories maybe from the 50’s to 70’s. It goes something like this: Scientist detect aliens coming to ...
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Trying to find a short story about humans making first contact only to realize they evolved from alien trash

Decades ago I read a short story in an anthology where one of the first human exploration ships was out traveling to another star system when an extremely advanced alien space ship basically pulled ...
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Story identification: What's the name of this short story about a star-crossed human-alien romance and the robot that reunited them?

Over two decades ago, I read a haunting short story in school, and I can't seem to find any information about it. In summary: A young human astronaut on an alien planet falls in love with a young ...
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Resident Evil parody animation with Jill fighting Nemesis

In 2023, I ran into a cartoon animation involving Jill Valentine fighting Nemesis, I think on Facebook. It looked like it was in a hand-drawn style, with fairly fluid, if cartoonish, animation (it ...
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Short story about a self-aware machine that time travels; the title may have been an acronym

I need some help finding the name of a short story in an anthology I read. I think it may have been written in first person about a man-made machine intelligence that causes or survives through a ...
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2000s~ Picture book about 2 kids who build a spaceship and travel the solar system

Children’s book about two kids who make their own rocket and head to space. The book often had a hollowed out diagram of the rocket so you could see all the stuff the kids built, as well as the ...
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Mid 2010s anime with a pink-haired female protagonist who is a robot/cyborg that can turn into or use guns

Does anyone remember or know the name of this anime that has a pink-haired female protagonist that is a robot/cyborg that turns into or can use guns? From what I remember, the girl had a pony tail and ...
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Science fiction book in which the Earth was moved and humans are clustered in ghettos throughout the galaxy

My memories are quite vague, but the big central premise is that while humans comprise the majority of the population of the galaxy, they are clustered in ghettos and are not the dominant species. I ...
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Children's game about a hotel for fantasy creatures

I remember an old computer game that seemed to be geared towards children. It was about managing a hotel that would be visited by fantasy creatures. The goal is to ensure that all of the guests are ...
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80s novel, a time traveler rescues a dying classical composer and brings him to future to start composing on modern instruments

I am trying to recall the title of a novel. It is probably from the 80s (maybe as early as 70s,) in English, USA paperback. I am pretty sure the cover had a piano keyboard wrapped around a person so ...
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2010s-20s TV show where someone lands in the middle of nowhere but the person looking for them finds them

My partner admits that it sounds a bit like she's trying to describe a dream, but she would be thrilled if anyone has a lead on this TV show: People were excited about it when it was coming out. This ...
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Romance manhwa where the female lead regresses for the 3rd time to childhood and chooses a different husband

In it the female lead is regressed for the 3rd time to when she is a child where she chooses a different husband from the last time. She has tried to escape with a lover but both times hunted and kill ...
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Story about a spaceport gas station and a "Book of Mormon" type pioneer family on new planet

This was a longer story or novelette. It begins with the POV of a gas station worker watching families go to a space transit port. Each family will be transported to their own planet. The POV then ...
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2010's flash game, either on Discovery/History Channel website

This game was similar to a tower-defense game. The towers however, were in a fixed position and could be controlled by the player/computer/neutral depending on whose resources were occupying the area ...
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Comic with a chainsmoking priest fighting demons (no, it's not Constantine) [duplicate]

It's been nagging at me for ages: around 2000, I read a comic book about a badass priest fighting a world-spanning demonic invasion. I'm 99.5% sure it was not Constantine, even though the characters ...
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Which Shakespearean play is Data rehearsing for the opening scene of S03E010, "The Defector"?

If you can identify the act and scene as well, bonus! Also, it looks like Jonathan Frakes and Patrick Stewart might be playing the parts of the other two characters in the scene. Can anyone verify ...
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Episode from outer limits or tales from the crypt

This episode contained a scientist who was sick but then cured himself by improving his immune system. Unfortunately, his immune system continued improving to the point that his skin became electric ...
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Anime where an elf mother is being killed

I remember watching a short video at YouTube named villains aren't born they are made where a elf mother was being dragged by soldiers then killed the house elf was living in had no electricity or any ...
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1990s/2000s PC strategy game in which you build a village, discover new lands, and fight knights

I'm looking for a game that I used to play in the early 2000s. It was a strategy game like Medieval: Total War. I remember that I needed to build a village and start procreating. I remember also a ...
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Novel involving the destruction of Jupiter, two alien species, and a neat star drive

The novel, which I read in the 1980's or so, opens with the arrival in the Sol system of a huge starship that ignores Earth and starts to refuel using way too much of Jupiter's atmosphere. Expeditions ...
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Animated series with a family of monsters that eat garbage

If anyone can help me about a animated series with a family of monsters with different colors that eat garbage and it's a little boy too.
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Fantasy book series where a woman gains magic by having twins?

I'm looking for a book series where one of main characters gains magic by having twins. She was not born with magic but after an arranged marriage with a magician she gains part of the power of her ...
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SF story/novel about searching for the creator of a collage. I thought it was by William Gibson but can't find it, Perhaps another author

There was a story about a valuable and very stunning collage. I forgot exactly why it was so sought after but it falls into someone's hands and they are desperately trying to find out who created it. ...
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Cartoon about a boy who regularly goes into a library and gets transported to another world, where he fights monsters along with a boy and a girl

I remember seeing this show 4-5 years ago. It was about a boy, in the process of saving his grandfather or someone, who goes into a library regularly and gets transported to another world, where he ...
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