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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short story, post-WW3, a girl, a lost letter

I've used the search function for phrases that, to me, should find results if a question about this story has been asked before. But sorry if this is a duplicate and I just didn't search well enough. ...
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Help ID a book about an incomplete/truncated sword, possibly due to dimensional or time-travel

I say incomplete, not broken sword, because when the main character draws it from its scabbard, the stub blade is described as ending in a shiny rounded shape, as if melted—not broken shards. There ...
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90s (or earlier) short story concerning two mathematicians and “dark numbers”

I think I read this short story 20, 30 years ago. The story concerns two mathematicians in a dark dystopian future. The one is struggling with some project, and can't figure out how to get the thing ...
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Biologist tries to clone dead wife

I remember a movie in which a biologist/scientist tries to bring his wife back to life after she dies in a tragic fire accident at her studio (she was an artist). He has a junior colleague who helps ...
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Book about a boy born on spaceship who befriends some alien bugs when they get to the destination planet

My apologies but details are a little fuzzy, I read it when I was in fourth or fifth grade and I'm 21 now, so around 2007 to 2009. The cover had an illustration of the boy. From what I remember, it ...
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Hilarious Juvenile Science Fiction space adventure from 1950s or 1960s

This was a laugh out loud funny space adventure novel for young adults with interconnected stories about a rather bumbling but lucky young space adventurer, possibly a cadet...Its opening chapter, as ...
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Looking for a fantasy novel from the late 80s or 90s

I have been searching high and low for this book based on what I remember about it. I remember reading it as a kid so that would have been around the late 90s but may have been published earlier ...
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Sci-fi novel - apprentice navigator on a winter planet [duplicate]

I started a book many years ago (probably about 30!) and I have never been able to remember the title. All I do remember is a student navigator on a winter (icy) planet who climbs into his spaceship ...
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Sunspots caused by intelligent life

Longish short story or short novella. I originally read it in an anthology compiled by Isaac Asimov. (I don't think the actual story was an Asimov) Story about intelligent beings native to stellar ...
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Anime where someone gets killed by a gelatinous blob onboard a spacecraft and the crew jettisons their corpse into outer space

This was a VHS my sister and her friends had rented at a local movie rental store, whoever was in charge had great taste in anime and always carried a decent selection, the anime in question ...
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Animated series where people live in the sky

This was drawn in the anime style but I don't know for sure if it was true anime or a western imitation—it appeared to be CGI rather than hand-drawn. It appeared on Teletoon at least in the 2000's, ...
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Book where alien monkeys cause stars to twinkle

My wife read a book several years ago, but lost it. A boy and a girl (teenagers) travel into space and discover that alien monkeys are what cause the stars to twinkle. At one point they are climbing ...
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Identify a movie from the '80s: castle, trap-door, portal

I'm looking for a movie that I saw as a kid in the '80s. I think the movie is also from this era. A bunch of people visited an abandoned, medieval, ruined castle. I remember that there were trapdoors ...
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Isekai manga where people draw magic from fairies

I remember it was about a girl who back in her world could summon spirits and make contracts with them. Then, in the world she went to, there are only fairies that people draw their magic from. And ...
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Post Apocalyptic book about “clones”

I read this book (might have also been more than one) as a teenager around 2010, borrowed from a local German library. I only very vaguely remember it. It was in German obviously but most likely ...
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Trying to remember TV show sci fi episode from 60's or early 70's. Astronaut returns and morphs into alien with hard “crust”

I know I saw this episode. I have checked every episode of The Twilight Zone and Outer Limits. Can't find it. The episode is black and white. The astronaut returns to his home and there is a lot of ...
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Short story about a Martian invasion that starts with a mysterious set of stores in major cities

The story is about these mysterious stores that sell products that do not break and make life easier. The population becomes dependent on these products. It was part of a collection, I want to say ...
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A story about a doctor who travels to a parallel universe to seek a cure for bubonic plague

Recent news has been reminding me of various things I've read about the Black Death, including a story I believe I only saw once, and never stumbled across again. I encountered it over 30 years ago, ...
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50s/60s short story, scientist invents a device linking the minds of asylum patients, therapy seems successful but several characters jump out windows

Search for the title of a short (possibly 'short short') story from the 1950s or 1960s. I cannot remember the author. A scientist/psychiatrist invents a device that allows him to link to the mind of ...
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TV series involving some kind of global phenomenon affecting people, in which there are also mass deaths of birds

I have been for some years trying to recall the name of this TV series. I saw only a few episodes, but am now curious to see if it's still available (streaming, DVD, reruns on SciFi, etc.) ...
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1980s novel about portal to alternate dimension with energy beings, sacrifice of sentient natives, computer leech

An english-language sci-fi novel that I owned in the early 1980s, probably written no later than the late 1970s. I have plenty of details, I'm just not finding the result: Starts with the protagonist ...
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Fantasy novel involving a mall security officer who prevents a man from blowing up the mall with a dead man's switch

You would think that a fantasy novel with a main character who is a mall security guard would be easier for me to find. Due to another question I answered recently, I wound up on the TV Tropes page ...
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80s sci-fi book about a space spy with amnesia and a sentient watch

In late 80s as a 10/11 year old boy I got a book, the title of which I am now searching. It may have been a young adult/youth book or adult novel. Here it goes: An astronaut/space soldier/spy wakes ...
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80s/90s YA novel: Child named Gen finds “dragons” which are actually ICBMs

When I was young, in the late 80s/early 90s, I read a novel in school in Canada. I believe it was specifically a YA novel, and may have been available though Scholastic, though I can't be sure of that....
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90s biopunk novel about near future genetic engineering

The novel is set against the backdrop of an economic collapse in the near future US. At one point a demonstration for a bailout is used as cover for a terrorist attack. There's a character who's a ...
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Short story with a cult built around dolls for people living in bunkers

This was a short story with a Ray Bradbury vibe, centering around a boy and girl hunting rabbits and walking away from the adults. It also featured information about adults living in bunkers and ...
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Vampire film about a college guy turning into a vampire

I watched that film about 15-20 years ago. From what I remember it seemed also to have strong comedy elements. It started with a college (or late high school?) guy who delivers something to a house. ...
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Book series about an Australian adventurer with a metal arm

About 10 years back, I read a series of books about an Australian adventurer (ex-military Special Forces type of guy). The protagonist has a metal arm (he loses the arm in the first book I think). ...
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looking for science fiction short story about boy and friends who jump through planet gates to watch star explosions

This story is relatively new. It's short probably from one of the most known sci/fi magazines (Asimov, Analog, The magazine of fantasy and science fiction, Clarkesworld) I just read it earlier this ...
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Western film with anachronistic weapons in a secret cave

This is a war movie about a group of men being chasing by an Apache group that is using spears and arrows with horses. They end up running to the secret cave... then they decide to go in the cave and ...
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Sci-Fi book implant tech allows virtual experience of computers

I'll preface this description by saying I don't remember much about this book, so its possible that this detail is merely an annecdote used in the introduction and I'm not capturing the theme or plot ...
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Short story; invasion by timelike aliens averted by a handy native fixing their ship

Trying to find a short science fiction story where an alien race arrives from a parallel time world which is not spacelike but timelike. They are stuck in a valley and need someone from a near ...
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Magical enhancements that work by taking attributes from other people [duplicate]

I recall reading a book a long time ago which had an interesting concept of magic. Essentially, magic created superhumans by taking the attributes of one person and giving them to another. So, for ...
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Mech fighting anime where the good guys deliberately lose

I watched this a few years ago. The storyline followed a young man who had a mech (built it himself?) and joined in an arena fight, where there were two sides: One side were the rulers of the city/...
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Trying to remember a Movie 1950'/1960's Fantasy Adventure with a Flying Machine and Cloud City

I have not watched this film in at least over a decade and I can only remember small details such as The Film is in Colour Live-Action and most likely filmed on stage Plot Points The party of ...
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A webcomic set in a venice-like city with seemingly Middle Eastern/North African inspired architecture

The comic hadn't gotten very far when I first encountered it 5-ish years ago here's what I can remember: general features: The story followed an ambassador and his assistant They were visiting a ...
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PC game where you play a blind creature who perceives via echolocation

I was watching a video that commented on the use of sound in horror games, including Perception, a game where you play a blind woman who has to navigate her way around a house using echolocation to ...
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Book(s): Space Opera - Young Man becomes Captain, Homemade AI becomes Real Girl

I believe I read this either in the late 1990's or early 2000's. I may have stumbled across it as an online story (similar to how "John Dies at the End" was originally posted online), but I remember ...
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Story about an ecological dystopia where the world has no more birds

I am trying to find a story I read for 9th grade English back in 1984. It's an ecological dystopia that tells of a world with no more birds. A boy thinks he sees a real bird. He wades in the water and ...
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Help identifying a Scifi series of Novels from the 80's with Robot Overlords [duplicate]

These were a series of novels that I read as a kid in the 80s or early 90s. Humanity was ruled by AI/robot overlords and the plot revolved around a group of humans trying to get two keys to a certain ...
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Trying to find book or series which includes an alien transportation system humans don't control but use

Remember reading this many years ago. One of the features of it was an alien transportation system where you would go to a certain place and would be protected by a forcefield and the transportation ...
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Story revolving around a sarcophagus which eats its inhabitants slowly while keeping them alive

I am looking for a short horror/fantasy story about a wizard (?) who owns a sarcophagus which eats its inhabitants slowly but keeps them alive. First your skin would be eaten, than the muscles and so ...
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SF novel in which the presidency of the world depends on your IQ score

A friend is trying to identify a science fiction novel (not a short story) which he read no later than 1980 — more likely in the '60s or '70s. The thing he remembers is that the presidency of the ...
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Fantasy book: king's fool bound to him by magic, captive girl is secretly the fool's sister

I read this book about 30 years ago. But I cannot remember the author, book title, nor even the characters' names. It is a mission to rescue a girl, I think of royal blood of a conquered kingdom. She ...
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Short story about “truth-seeker” mathematicians, probably about topology or Boolean algebra

I read this probably about 7? years ago but it was probably published earlier than that. It was in the back of a book of short stories. I don't remember anything about the title or the cover, just ...
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I'm trying to find a sound track quote from a British Scifi Comedy (Movie? TV?) [closed]

The specific spoken words are "This is an emergency broadcast. Nuclear missile inbound detected. Seek shelter, duck and cover, and brace for impact". I heard this on a recent tech ...
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2000s (or earlier) novel featuring a fantasy creature with an overwhelming obsession with chocolate

While eating a bowl of ice cream the other day, I had a sudden recollection of a scene from a story I'd read some time ago—however, I can't actually remember many details beyond the scene that ...
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Fantasy book about a group hunting down a dragon

This was a fantasy book I was reading in the fifth grade in the mid 2000’s Protagonist of the story was a young boy whose town was attack by a dragon. The boy joined a group of four or five other ...
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Short story about creating a fake alien to scare people into cleaning up Earth

Earth has a serious pollution problem. Story is about a small group (couple?) of humans who create a simulacrum of an alien disguised in the body of a human. Purpose is to have it discovered and ...
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Old book about a child who found a box containing aliens that could alter gravity and time [duplicate]

When I was about 12 (c. 2002), I read a fiction book, but today I can't remember its title or who wrote it. May have been a two part series, and I'm not sure how old the book was at the time. ...

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