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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Poul Anderson novel about beaming humans to the stars with Dyson spheres, then returning after millennia [duplicate]

I'm trying to find a hard sci-fi novel; I think it's by Poul Anderson. The plot goes something like: Humanity expands to the stars and builds Dyson Spheres so they can broadcast themselves and their ...
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Movie I saw in 1990s With Tentacles & an Explosive Finale

I saw this when I was young, and I only caught the climactic ending. A man is running through some sort of industrial facility. Up on a cat walk, the background has a red lit hue to it. There is some ...
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Book about spacefaring humans that capture some form of alien/spirit (possibly named "angels") found in space

Trying to remember this book has been killing me for the better part of a decade, so hopefully someone can put me out of my self-inflicted misery. I read it in the late-90's or early-00's, borrowed ...
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Manwha about a woman who is reincarnated and tries to search for her father

Do you know the name of the manwha in which the female lead is reborn and went to look for her father with the help of a church father who regrets giving her custody to a bad man? After rebirth, the ...
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Fantasy book about a girl who goes through a portal to another world where her parents once ruled a kingdom

I read this book when I was in middle school, so 2015 or 2016. It started with the main character, a girl, in a computer lab, bored out of her mind. A portal to another world opened up and, very ...
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Book, maybe the third in the series, by an author like McFarlane

As a child I was big into reading, and very quickly sci-fi & fantasy became my go to genres. A family member bought me a paperback book, that was much larger in size than your average paperback, ...
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Main character has a strong soul which made him be sent to a bunch of worlds

Main character is reincarnated but seconds after he is sent to another world, and this happens like 7 times, each time gaining an ability related to that world.
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Looking for a fanfic where Harry Potter and his son are in hiding. Voldemort kills Harry's son in the end

I think Harry had run away with his son. The child was maybe about 4-6 years old. Voldemort finds them both and Avada Kedavra's Harry's son in front of the other Death Eaters. Harry's magic reacts ...
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Sci-fi dystopian novel where not being addicted to any substance is illegal

I'm looking to identify a sci-fi novel I read as a teenager I scarcely remember now: Dystopian setting. Not being addicted to any substance is illegal. Smart people choose to get away with being ...
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Manga where the MC is summoned to another world with two other people(?), but the one who summoned them is a selfish king who did so for his own gain

I am looking for a manga where the main character (MC) is summoned by a country. They seem like they are nice, but actually they summoned them for their own gain. I don't remember fully, but the MC ...
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Short fantasy with Merlin and Arthur's granddaughter in modern times

This is a short story from Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine in the 1980s, I think. Merlin finds Arthur's daughter in a modern American city, for purposes I don't remember. The key thing I remember is ...
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Asian time travel movie about kids who go into a cave and stop ageing

Last year, I saw an Asian movie on Tubi about three kids who go into a cave (actually, a large hole in the ground). When an earthquake-like event happens, one of the boys stays behind after the other ...
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Fanfic where Harry Potter is Merlin's heir

I'm looking for a fanfic where Harry is Merlin's heir, Snape is Ravenclaw's heir, and I believe Neville is Griffindor's heir. I can't remember who is Hufflepuff's heir. Harry and Lucius Malfoy are ...
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'80s/'90s post-apocalyptic book with people randomly going insane

I read a book from my dad when I was younger and have been trying to figure out what it was for years. He has no idea what it was. It was a post-apocalyptic book where, I believe, the apocalypse ...
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Movie about a family with an illegal 3rd child on a planet people are trying to escape [duplicate]

Movie was definitely released before 2016. it is about a family with 3 kids for some reason it is illegal to have more than 2 kids. I think the reason is that the planet is in very poor condition air ...
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Animated/3D show about a boy who travels to another dimension with two friends and meets a tiger or lion creature

I’m trying to find an animated/3D show made around 2009 to 2013 about a kid who is linked with a tiger or lion and that creature leads him to a another dimension, where he goes with his two friends, a ...
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Looking for manga about a boy who goes back in time to prevent tragedies

The manga starts off with the mc making a time machine he successfully builds it and goes back in time and meets his childhood friend (who died in the future) he goes into her house and I think they ...
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Looking for an anime with boy who wields a sword that can change size

Trying to look for an anime that was played on tv in the 1990s that features as its main character a boy who wields a sword that can change size (conceptually similar to Sun Wukong's staff weapon in ...
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Story ID: Corporate brands as massive invisible creatures attaching to human minds with creepy tendrils?

I saw this movie once, probably around 2013. I doubt it was made before 2005ish, given the level of CGI. Likely in English — maybe a UK production? — but my second guess is Russian with subtitles. ...
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Science fiction short story about a cashless society where they let a guy pay cash but his change is credit

I read this story in an anthology of science fiction short stories. I was in grade 6 and it was 1969. It was about a man that goes to buy something with money but the store was cashless. Finally they ...
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80s robot cartoon, I think Japanese, where a boy uses a medallion to call a robot

I'm looking for a show I saw in the 80s as a kid. It had a boy and a girl, I think they were brother and sister. The boy had a medallion that he used to call the robot, and then he hides it in his ...
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Manga where a girl becomes the villain in a novel she is reading, who is secretly female

The story from what I remember is that a girl is reading a cliché novel with the male lead protecting the female lead from the villain, and the villain dies in the end. Something happens and the girl ...
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Im looking for a HP fanfic where Sirius has a daughter

Sirius has a daughter and he used that card to not get arrested and raised her. They're close with the Malfoys. When she went to Hogwarts (I think she was in Slytherin) she was being bullied by ...
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Early-mid 2010s sci-fi graphic novel about a train you could get on to leave an underground world

I read this around 2014-15. It was a black and white(?) graphic novel, taking place in an underground steampunk-esque world. The main focus of the graphic novel was on a train that you could get a ...
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A reincarnation manhua in which the main character is a pervert wizard (magician) who reincarnated after dying

The main character (MC) is a perverted sage/wizard/magician, who once was part of the hero's party. After living a long life and inventing lot of artifacts, he wasn't able to surpass death. When he ...
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Manga where the main character was abandoned by a goddess and thrown in an unknown place

As far as I remember, the protagonist became overpowered and has a harem. Also, it was shown that the main character's (MC) future self had a relationship with the goddess and they had a daughter/son. ...
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Isekai manga where the main character meets a girl who has dressed as a boy but is a girl [duplicate]

The main character is transported into another world and he starts working as an adventurer to earn money. Some time later while he's doing a quest and saves a group of people from getting attacked ...
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Isekai where the Mc was a female spy/ assassin and transported into a different world

I’m looking for a manwha that has an originally white haired female mc who is either a spy or an assassin with a doctor as her brother. She dies on a mission I think and is isekai’d into a different ...
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Anime/cartoon with a man whose shirt rips off and eyes glow red when he activates two metal objects

I've been searching for this anime/cartoon for about 15 years. My local VHS library had this anime (I guess) movie. I can only remember this one scene. On a hill, near a dojo-like house with those ...
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Fantasy book where a female character travels through a tree and has become beautiful when she emerges from it

Read a fantasy book about 14 years ago. Don’t remember much, but in the beginning of the book, a woman is being attacked and frightens the assailant by saying the name of someone they fear or predicts ...
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Short story: aliens change world at housewife's accidental request

This is a mid-'80s story from Asimov's, I think. A woman is grocery shopping (or just finished) and in a bad mood — people are rude, her kids poorly behaved and U.S.-U.S.S.R. tensions very high. She ...
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Horror manga with umbrella woman

I've already asked to find a different manga a while ago so pardon if this may be excessive. I recall a manga where the main character is walking home to his apartment in a rainy day or night, and ...
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Short story about a man trying to invent force field, but fails and someone else builds a better one

Short story could be from 1960-1980s. In English. Scientists are frantically working in a lab trying to develop a impenetrable force field. They have created one that does not use much power, but it ...
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Isekai manga with a girl who travels to a world where there are only girls

I remember is that the main character is a girl who goes to school, new start I believe. She gets isekai'd into another world. It might have been seamless. The world has only girls and it's a romance ...
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Short film: Home robbery with reversed gender roles

I'm trying to find a short film again that I watched a while ago, probably on YouTube. The setting is in a society that has entirely reversed gender roles, but is otherwise very similar to ours. The ...
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Young adult series about a boy who travels to a planet of intelligent dogs

There was a series of YA/kids books I read in grade school (late 70s, early 80s) about a science curious boy who would get into a series of adventures with his friends. I think these adventure were ...
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Movie/TV show about people living in a fortress-like city, surrounded by a wasteland populated by violent, mutated humans

I am looking for what I'm pretty sure was a movie. I remember seeing it late at night in the '90s, because I had severe insomnia. People lived in this huge, fortress-like city, and outside it was a ...
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Book where a woman has seizures and is given a device like a garage door opener that sends her back in time

Not sure who the author is. The device is like the remote control. I can't remember the time period she goes back to but she goes several times. At one point she is in jail. A doctor gives her the ...
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Colored medical manhwa/manhua where the ghost of the youngest genius surgeon follows a lazy resident

I need help finding a manhua/manhua where the main character (MC), who has typical brown/dark-hair and brown eyes, is really lazy and barely studies and doesn't get good grades either. But one day, ...
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Manga about a girl who gets used for her power in some war

From what I remember, it's about a girl who gets used for her power in some war. She gets turned back to when she was a child but this time was rescued, she wakes up and is terrified of people, ...
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Anime about a ghost girl that is some kind of urban myth who shows up and helps people

I don't really remember much, but it is called something "bigaboo phantom". It is an older supernatural/horror anime from the 1990s and recently got a reboot or something in the end of the ...
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Film or TV movie involving an elderly lady who raises her cane into the air and transforms into an alien

I'm looking for a movie that I watched as a kid, but I can't remember what it's called. Here's some information that might help: The film or TV movie can be from the 1980s to the early '90s. I ...
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TV Episode (anthology?), sleeper ship with arguing old men

looking for short film about two old men arguing onboard a sleeper ship. I think it was an episode of a TV scifi anthology series, I'm struggling to remember when but guessing about ten years ago, ...
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Manga about a girl who went inside a book as a child with white hair

It's about a girl who went inside a book as a child with white hair. I believe she was working as a servant in a brothel or something where the female lead (FL) was (think she was blonde). BTW, they ...
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I am looking for a youtube video or short film about humans and immortality

The film starts off when a human found a way to escape death by using nano machines. A lot of humans were overjoyed by this and after about 100,000 years most humans look like cyborgs and were living ...
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Fantasy courtroom where the loser has to pay the winner's fees

I read this novel about 15 years ago, but I only remember one scene from it. I believe the setting was similar to that of the Bartimaeus Sequence: an alternate modern-day world where magic is common, ...
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TV series about aliens that hook up to an energy source called 'The White'

As far as I know this was around 2012. I thought the show was named THE WHITE, but haven't found anything on it. Also, I have only found one other person who remembers this show, which as far as I ...
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Story-id: “Lost in Space” novel (posted on USENET in 87-88) with an engineer and an AI trapped on a interstellar freighter and the other crew dead

This is an incredible long shot, because I read this in the late 80’s in a USENET newsgroup and I have no idea if it ever appeared in print. In schoolyear 87-88 I had newsgroup access via my ...
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A short story about a man who unexpectedly received in the post a machine which can draw pictures alone. found in an anthology audiobook

A short story about a man who unexpectedly received several packets in the post which finally result to build a somehow 'printer' which discover, surprisingly, that can draw fantastic pictures 'alone'...
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Fantasy drama/romance manga with a female lead whose mother and new stepfather die in a carriage accident

I’m looking for the manga I read before but can’t remember the name mostly in color. The female lead (FL) joins a aristocratic family with a son(step brother) and new stepfather (I think he had black ...
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