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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Story about man living in an apartment with the Sun going red giant

I read a book once that had a man living in an apartment in a mostly abandoned/empty apartment building, one of the last people alive in the world or so I believe, due to the sun going red giant early?...
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Humorous indie comic in the '90s about a group of down-on-their-luck investigators

I was collecting this series in the late 1990's / early 2000's but I'm not sure when it actually started. It was published in black and white and followed a private detective agency (possibly in small-...
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Underground post apocalypse children story

I remember a book possibly published in the '70s or '80s. In the story a boy grows up in a cavern. Life sounds pretty primitive. He gathers lichen for food (I think), and it's imperative that the home ...
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Movie about Koschei the Immortal

I remember watching what I think was a Soviet or some other Eastern European movie about the mythical Koschei the Immortal. It was in color and ended with the characters finding Koschei's soul inside ...
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Original version of Hansel and Gretel

I've read on the Internet that, supposedly, the original version of Hansel and Gretel had a part where Hansel dies and is cooked into a meal by Gretel. Is that true? If so, is there a PDF of it online ...
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In which Honorverse novel did Honor Harrington first attend the naval academy?

In which Honorverse novel did Honor Harrington first attend the naval academy and meet Michelle Henke? I am unable to find that novel.
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Comic about babies which turn into giant babies after feeding them with a baby formula

I am looking for a comic from the 90's, which I read when I was a kid where the babies are fed with a formula by a scientist which turns them into giants and they are made to work in sand mines. The ...
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Cultivation martial arts manwha where the kid is reborn in a demon sect and is trained in a cave as a child, eventually becomes leader of the sect

I am looking for a manga where the kid is reborn in a demon sect and is trained in a cave as a child. The child always wore shackles on his hands and legs, and after he grows up he becomes the leader ...
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Short film about a woman solo parenting a boy who move into a house with a witch

Back in the late 1970s I saw a short film in elementary school (classroom film projector) where a woman solo-parenting an only son (who is maybe about 8 or 10 years old) moves into a creepy old house ...
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Find short story (sci-fi): everyone has a letter saying when they will die

In this short story, everybody gets a letter which predicts the date when they will die. The date of death then becomes common knowledge, and knowing these dates helps society function. Some other ...
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Looking for a manga, about boy who strictly follows family rules

Looking for a manga about a boy who strictly follows their own family rules. He has a sister who can't walk. And his sister received a transplant for her legs but that made her into a monster? Does ...
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Sci-Fi book featuring laser strikes on helicopters, and torturing suitcase sized AIs

I'm trying to identify a novel that I read (in English) in the mid to late 70's, or possibly early 80's at the very latest. The book would have been new during that time and I would have purchased it ...
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Horror movie where a gang of kids plot to attack a boy

I saw this live action movie on tv in the USA about 1980 to 2000, I guess. It was made in English or else dubbed into English. As I remember, one of the main characters was a kid about 10 to 14 I ...
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British Kids TV show involving collecting pieces of a MacGuffin over a series

I watched this television show in around the 1989-1994 period in the UK. It would have been on Children's BBC or Children's ITV programming. I think there were several seasons/series. In each season, ...
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Cartoon version of The Snow Queen

I remember watching one cartoon that is a retelling of the fairy tale by HC Andersen called "The Snow Queen". IIRC, it has a scene where Kai gets shards from the mirror in his eye and heart. ...
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An old film where they idolize engineers

It's an old movie where they "idolize" engineers. There is a scene where they are chased by a giant rat or shrew. At the end one of the characters manages to escape from the city where they ...
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Brother and sister fighting elemental guardians for elixir of life to save their sick father/king and his dying realm

I watched this movie in the late '80s or early '90s but it might be older. Atmosphere and visuals were similar to Eastern European or French fantasy movies of the '70s or even '60s. It is a live-...
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Christian novel about astronauts returning from Mars to the rapture

This was a novel I read around 2011 in spurts while visiting my girlfriend who worked in a bookstore. It was in the "Christian novel" section and had the following plot: Astronauts return ...
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Short story about an AI space ship trying to escape another faster AI ship [duplicate]

It was all told from the perspective of the ship. It was traveling near the speed of light and was trying to escape another ship that was coming to reprogram it. It was much further ahead, but knew ...
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Sci-fi short story about a cloned Stradivarius violin

I remember when I was younger (around 2008-2012) I used to read a lot of "classic" science fiction. Isaac Asimov, Larry Niven, etc. This was either a short story perhaps published as part of ...
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Book about "new man" or "new men" antagonist

Started a book long time ago about "new man" or "new men" attacking regular human settlements far from Earth but can't remember the title and didn't finish the book. The main ...
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Eastern European cartoon with a talking raven

I watched part of this cartoon. Judging by the style and the voice acting, I would say that it was probably made in the Soviet Union or one of the Eastern European countries. Anyways, one of the ...
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Book where an important part of society is a game where there's a reward for defeating a gamemaster

I only read the Wikipedia summary of a book. In it, a video game of some kind plays an important role in society. I don't know if it's a computer, console, or VR game. Anyways, I think one of the ...
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Movie where a man has an alien growth on his arm [duplicate]

I only remember part of this horror movie. In it, a group of characters, including a man and a woman, are at what I think was a gas station at night? The man has some kind of alien infection on his ...
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Manga where the protagonist takes in orphan sisters

I don’t remember much. Main character takes in three orphan sisters (the youngest is cheerful, the middle is shy but serious and calm, and the oldest is caring). I don't recall if they're blood ...
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Book about AI that follows Bushido

I read this in the US in late 1980s, and I think it was written around then. It was set in the not-too-distant future. The main character was a woman, American I believe (or at least Western), ...
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Tech noir/cyber noir detective novel from 80s/90s

I remember that the detective had an apartment that could change interior colors. I also remember one character, who was a boss of some sort that had bodyguards that were, maybe, genetically modified ...
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Graphic novel about a spaceship crash landing on a planet, and the stranded inhabitants of the ship forming a colony and a new society there

I have been looking for this book for quite some time. I recall starting to read it in the late '70s. It was a color graphic novel. At the beginning of the novel, there was a crash landing of a ...
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Cartoon/anime I watched years ago about a teen who had a necklace that could let him control or influence animals/creatures

It was about a teen who had a necklace that could let him control or influence animals/creatures. I think he had a bird he used to scout. I could be wrong but he may have been part of a tribe and they ...
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Polar-dwelling youth finds an offplanet bride, but she dies, but he adopts exiles as his tribe

I have this book somewhere in my basement. I first read it probably between 1980 and 1995. It seems to me like it was written sometime between 1960 and 1980. Due to its structure, it could possibly be ...
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Story identification: a boy goes to a boarding school which is secretly a wizarding school [duplicate]

I remember reading a book from the library, probably between 2005 to 2015. I read the book in Hebrew but I think it was probably translated from some other language (I guess from English but this is a ...
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Novel where one of the protagonist's informants is an intelligent zombie who lives in a movie theatre

This is on the tip of my tongue, but it was a book that I red somewhere between 2015 and 2020, in English, either as a paperback or an electronic book (I don't think I listened to it as an audiobook), ...
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Children's creepy illustrated graphic book series from the late '70s - one story involves a man disrespecting the statue of a spider god

I have been searching for this series of illustrated (I think black & white) creepy children's comic/graphic books I used to get out of the library in the late '70s. Each little book had like four ...
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Novel about a group of scientists crossing the Atlantic on a frozen Earth [duplicate]

I'm trying to identify a novel I have read in the 90s, but possibly date back to the 70s, 60s, or even earlier. The Earth is entirely covered with ice and snow, and people live in an underground city ...
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TV show episode about a spirit ripping out organs

I remember watching an episode of what I think was a TV show. I think it may have been Supernatural, but I do not know for sure. The episode was about several people dying due to having had some vital ...
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Alien invasion book where the aliens first introduce an invasive species from another planet to weaken them

I'm trying to find a science fiction book from many years ago but I don't remember the name or author. I borrowed it from the library in the late '80s or early '90s. The plot was generally about an ...
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Manhua/webtoon where the main character runs a shop, has a healing power, and is called a zombie

There are beings with special powers that live among the humans, and fight and kill each other for their cores to grow stronger. The MC is a human that has a healing power, even though it's impossible ...
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Low budget movie about a worm-like parasitic alien, which attaches itself to the back of a man's neck and injects him with drugs

There was a movie, I believe in the '90s, where there appeared an ancient worm-like creature with eyes and a big mouth. It does some convincing chat with a guy on a back alley, and has the man put the ...
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Animated Ultraman/knockoff movie from the Early 80's

I have a very vivid memory of renting an animated Ultraman movie some time during the early/mid 80's. My memories however do not seem to match up with any of the animated Ultraman media of the time. ...
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Story on a sleeper ship in the form of a text-based game

More than 5 years ago I played an indie game set on a sleeper ship. I remember a lot about the game mechanics and the story, yet I can't recall the name and so I can't find it anywhere. I played it ...
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Sci Fi novel on another planet with an investigator modified to not be able to show emotions

So about 10 years ago I read a paperback novel that I cannot remember the name of. It was sci Fi, main character was a investigator, had been modified to not be able to show emotions except through ...
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Movie where people disappear when they're out of sight

I saw this sometime in the last five years and it felt like it was probably from around 2015. The era of mobile phones, at least. It begins with some friends meeting up for a weekend away in a cabin ...
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Space navy book, possibly a series, read between 2015 and 2020

Once again this is one of those queries where I only recall a scene from the book. I read it within the last six years, in the UK from a library, I can't think of the cover. It had a somewhat Honor ...
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Short story where a researcher pursues evidence that a small farm has a breeding stock of dodos

I read this about 3-4 years ago, I think, in the 2015-2018 timeframe, as the first story in a collection, in English. I don't remember what the other stories were about. I forget exactly how the ...
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Book With Wizard Who Disarms a Trapped Book

I am having trouble remembering a book I must have read about 5 years ago. The book was written within the last 20 years I think. The defining plot point I am looking for is: A young (young adult, or ...
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1980s movie about Spaceship that turned out to be a robot head

All I remember is a spaceship is found and taken in by a government type place and it turns out to be a head for a giant robot. It's 80s or maybe real early 90s, spaceship has one if not three lights ...
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Anime about two girls who have compact mirror-like things with little Tamagotchi-like creatures, and transform into cute outfits to battle monsters

So I think this show was from the 2000s: It was an anime about two girls around high school age, one with black hair and the other a redhead. They both had these little compact mirror-looking things ...
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Short Story about a Lovecraftian Cult, who secretly have a makeshift nuclear reactor

I remember reading a short story, possibly online, approximately 8-10 years ago. The protagonist is sent undercover, possibly by the police or secret service, to investigate a cult living on an island....
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'80s or '90s movie about a cop who travels back in time when he puts on a ring taken from a creature he was following

I'm looking for the name of a movie that released in the '80s or '90s. From what I remember of the plot, it involved a young man who is a cop who travelled back in time (I think to the 1800s) by ...
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Book with an alternate dimension that makes people go insane; scientists find girl with a mind flexible enough to endure it for short times [duplicate]

This is a book I read when I was growing up, so 80's timeframe, although I think it was older then. A group of scientists finds a way to access another dimension. It's described (I think) like ...

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