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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Short story about an author who writes a story about an unfaithful wife being murdered, and is then arrested for the murder of his own wife

A story of psychological horror from a '50s pulp magazine. The protagonist is a writer, he has already published 12 parts of his story about the unfaithful wife. Suddenly the main character of his ...
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Story about a female space traveler

Anyone know the name of this movie? It is about a female space traveler with narcissistic personality disorder who scams her way into a captain position. However, her ruthless ways end up catching up ...
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pre 2000 space mecha anime/cartoon very similar to gundam shows

Need help finding a title of an anime I watched many years ago. It must have been pre 2000. I remember parts of the story. Started with a few pilots (maybe 4-5), cockpit looked very similar to Star ...
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c.1980 space-themed puzzle/game book with a defense of Earth framing story

This was a large-format (approximately A4) softcover book; I don't recall the cover art. It was given to me as a gift by my aunt, so it may have been picked up remaindered and actually date from ...
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Book about a girl with spirit-like powers who is being chased by dark shadow spirits

I read this book like 5 or more years ago about this girl and she had some kind of powers that had something to do with spirits and an Ouija Board. The cover was of the girl and said board. It had ...
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Live-action sci-fi children's / young adult show about a kid who travels through the galaxy with a fast, blue alien

There was a live-action kids show in the 2000's about a male child who travels with aliens through the galaxy? One of the aliens was short, blue, and extremely fast. They wore goggles, carried a staff ...
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Manga where the MC was the leader of the strongest sect, and then wakes up in a tomb or coffin with a maxed out game system

I remember at the beginning that he woke up in a tomb or coffin. He was said to have been the strongest sage cultivator back in the ancient times. The mc transmigrated or got reincarnated to the body ...
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SF story about a time machine, which is a movie camera

I’ve been trying to find the title of a science fiction story I read more than fifty years ago when I was around fifteen. It’s about a unique time machine. This is what I remember. The main ...
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Sci-fi movie with “good Samaritan” protagonist moving to a desert planet

I recall seeing this scene on TV a while ago, but never managed to find the movie: The protagonist is moving to a desert planet where water is extremely precious, however he is in a position of power ...
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Isekai manga where the king killed the demon king, but kept his head as a friend

I remember this isekai manga that had a short side story where the king just went out and killed the demon king but kept his head to keep as a friend. If possible what is it?
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Trying to remember a YA race-type thing book

The main character is female, and she has to take part in a race to get some cure for her mom (I think). At the beginning, she gets some kind of message, letters I think, and leaves her house without ...
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Collection about short stories including very short ones

I first apologize for the lack of details: I read this collection nearly 30 years ago. I remember only a very few details about it: Stories were of various size but at least include a few very short ...
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Short Story of a robot walking endlessly as the ages go by …Maybe it is a huge ship or a giant earth , don't remember that part

There is reference to this age being in millions of years but the robot doesn't know. It is in english . I think the robot is internally powered by a black hole or something . It goes mostly unnoticed ...
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Harry Potter fanfic where Harry's girlfriend is Sirius Black's daughter

I read a fan fiction on fan fiction.com where Harry meets a girl I think at the start of the story, her last name was Silvers or something but her last name is in reality Black. Her first name is ...
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70s(?) film with rich folks using guns to burn trees for fun?

Trying to find 70s, perhaps 80s, movie with a scene in which rich folks get drunk and shoot trees with futuristic guns setting them on fire. Not a great movie, as I recall, but a memorable scene.
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Old short story featuring a glacier in Oxford Street?

Set during a future ice age. A glacier in Oxford Street. Written in 50s or 60s. It left a strong impression on me as a 13 year old.
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Story about a young mage attending a school who is probably an arch mage

This was the first book in a series but I only read the one book. At the start of the story the main character is living in a village or small town. He travels to a city for training and gets tested (...
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Looking for a short story about hunting aliens

I read this story a few years ago while looking at various TVTropes pages. It’s about a group of four, two siblings, their personal assistant and the man who’s flying them to this alien hunting world. ...
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Three teenagers from the 80s unwillingly travel back in time to London during the Black Death

I read part of this book in high school, when I was about 14, during the mid-to-late 80s. I expect it was first published in late 70s or early 80s. I got it from my school library. I read it in ...
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Book series about a kid who lives in Chicago and goes to a school for “special” children, where they can have pets (one is a talking rabbit)

My friend is trying to find this book series that is kind of like Harry Potter, and involves a kid who lives in Chicago and goes to a school for “special” children. He goes by train. At the school ...
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Post Apocalyptic movie, beginning has a guy playing a trumpet overlooking a city

Cannot remember any details other than a post apocalyptic style, a dilapidated city, and a guy playing a trumpet. Live action movie, possibly has some kids living in the city the protagonist helps... ...
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Werewolf paperback novel (70s/80s?) centering on twins boys from a small town in the Appalachians

Looking for the title of a paperback novel that begins in New York City, culminates in a small town in the Appalachians. Flashback is the Appalachian family has twin boys, one appearing normal, the ...
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Collection of dystopian short stories: people eat a dog, detective hunts and kills kids, world where everyone is dumb

It’s a compilation of short stories that all take place in the future. I read it in 2016 & I can’t for the life of me remember it. It’s written in English. One of the stories was about these kids ...
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Story Identification: human to animal transmutation

Lately I have a persistent and vague memory of a scene, maybe from an anime, which I cannot even contextualize, which I watched not so long ago. It is very probably about revenge and human-to-animal ...
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1980s sci-fi anime where a guy with longish brown hair (and possibly wearing a cape) is fatally injured by a robot which looks similar to a Dalek

The only thing I remember about this anime I watched on a VHS player during the 1980s (unfortunately can't remember the exact year), is a scene which involves a robot which looked similar to a Dalek (...
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Short story or book in which a man turns into a giant and is climbed by another man

Looking for a short story or book in which a man turns into a giant and is climbed by another man, who runs into interesting flora and fauna on the giant, and even resorts to eating a mite on the ...
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Sci-fi kids' book about a pilot's flight through space, and the ships he encounters along the way

The book is probably from the 70's or 80's, and is small, short, and written for a juvenile reader. It's illustrated in color. The book presents you as the pilot of a small spacecraft, and as you ...
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Trilogy about anti-magic technology [duplicate]

I remember reading a while ago a series (I think it was a trilogy) about someone born without magic in a world where magic is the norm. I think there was a prophesy that the one without magic would ...
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Anime on Netflix with an Earth Defender from ancient times fighting aliens

I used to watch an anime in Netflix in which the main character slept for hundreds of years and wakes up in a modern world.. (the main character was an Earth defender and he defended the earth from ...
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Animation about three kids who turn into monsters and fight a giant bird at the end

It is the generic trio (the protagonist, the other boy and the girl). They meet little creatures who can merge with them, turning them into monsters (the protagonist is an insect, the other one is a ...
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Princess without magic goes to a magical girls' school

A princess is assigned a body guard to go to an all girl magical school with her. He then finds out that she doesn't have any so he shares some of his with her. There's a school competition that her ...
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What movies does this ad for the Action Movie Kid book reference?

Action Movie Kid is a Youtube channel of visual effects artist Daniel Hashimoto aka Action Movie Dad, where he publishes short video skits of his two superhero children, James and Sophia. In 2015, ...
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Lab demonstration summons alien stripper

This may sound a strange premise for a science fiction story, but maybe it has a resonance for some of the physics educators who contribute to this site. At a meeting this morning, one of my ...
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SF story with reversed chronology

I cannot remember name of the story with a plot like this. First of all, chronology is reversed, story is started from the end (it's a pretty short part I), then follows a big middle (part II), and ...
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Movie with kid crawling on the ceiling

It was a movie I saw as a kid and like the kid I think was crawling on the ceiling and it was horror. I asked my dad and he said it involved crows, but nothing is pulling up.
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Novel with a scene where a mother is compelled to pile blankets on her newborn

I have a newborn son who's having a harder time with thermoregulation, and it made me flash back to a book, a fantasy novel I think, where a character finds his wife sleepwalking and piling more and ...
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Human on an interstellar hibernation ship wakes up to deal with dangers caused by star-dwelling entities [duplicate]

A few colonization ships have left the Earth on different paths, with the inhabitants in hibernation. The main character of the story (I do forget what his 'title' or role is, however) is awakened ...
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Movie/Show Identification - Potentially Early 90s Vampire

I saw a vampire movie when I was a young kid in the early 90s. I thought the movie was contemporary but it could be older. All I remember is that it had vampires, kids, dreamy window curtains, and a ...
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Old sci-fi book where a man is transported to another world, and meets woman with green skin. Involves black floating transport?

Not much to go on but I've kept looking for years, hope someone can help. About 25 years ago I bought a second-hand book from a camp site shop in the UK. It was about a man transported to an alien ...
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Looking for book about futuristic technologies sold at school book fairs around 2003

Description for the book about future technologies: Sold in (some) USA school book fairs around the year 2003 I thought the title was something like 'Technologies of the future' but again even if ...
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Sci-fi serial - English language

All I remember watching English serial dubbed in my mother tongue in my childhood. A father, who is a scientist, invents a new gadget every time. One episode that I remember - Father (Scientist) does ...
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Looking for title of a sci-fi book about dystopian future with implantable devices

I have been looking for this book on and off for a pretty long time now. Description for the novel: About +-10 years old, I think Green and black cover, I think written in matrix/dot font Hardcover, ...
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Does anyone know the name of this 3D CGI animated sci-fi superhero show set in space? [duplicate]

Okay, this is an animated show I watched years ago when I was a child, I have forgotten its name long ago and now I would like to see it again. I don't know whether the show was a TV series or a movie,...
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Looking for a book; YA novel about twins separated [duplicate]

YA novel about a world where art, music, etc is totally forbidden. The story follows a pair of twins who are separated in their youth because one draws a picture in the dirt, I think the other twin ...
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70's - 90's movie ending with truck going off a cliff into ocean (main actor has healing powers from the sun) [duplicate]

I'm looking for the name of a movie from the 70's - 90's time frame where the protagonist discovers he has amazing healing powers after surviving a bad airplane crash. There is some antagonist who is ...
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A 50s - 60s short story with future children & an ancient shaman

I am trying to find a short story that was in a hardback short story collection which I recall reading in the late 50s to early 60s. It involves a group of children -- boys, as I recall -- on a sort ...
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Book series about two men training to be wizards, whose powers come from lost tech from a crashed spacecraft [duplicate]

Trying to remember a series I read years ago. I believe there were three books. It was about two men who were training to be wizards and fighting other races. Later in the story, we find that their ...
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A military man loses his younger brother, but learns he’s in another world after finding clues from the watch he received as inheritance

A military man loses his younger brother but finds out he’s in another world after finding clues from the watch he received as inheritance. He goes to find his brother but has to level up and beat ...
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What is the genre of fantasy novels that don't feature any major conflict? [closed]

When reading a fantasy novel I enjoy the chapters focusing on "normal" life in the fantastical world much more than chapters focusing on a quest to defeat some existential threat. For ...
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Anime where half American half Japanese guy comes to Japan to fight

First episode has a group of school girls in mechas fighting massive bugs/aliens, and all but one are slaughtered. Then it transitions to a young half-American and half-Japanese boy, who’s an ace ...

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