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 with planet-wide spaceship-digesting plant life

This would be from >30 years ago when I was probably going through a Harry Harrison, Robert Heinlein, etc. phase. My recollection is that a spaceship has landed on a planet with a huge (possibly ...
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French Time-Travel Novel

I read this English translation in the late-1970s/early 1980s. All I can remember is the opening: the Catholic Church decides to comb through its religious relics to determine which ones are genuine. ...
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Book about a technologically advanced society which reverts to a medieval style one when all energy is drained away by a God-Computer [duplicate]

I read this some 5 to 10 years ago (in German). It was a series of books, afaik not yet finished. In a future world, science had advanced to basically magic. At some point however, the key holders for ...
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Movie where a man is injected with alien DNA that heals his wounds

I remember watching this movie around 2008-2010. It's in English and perhaps a typical Hollywood movie. I only remember this part of the movie. A man and a woman trapped in a room (maybe a storage ...
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Sci-fi novel about teenagers at war

I am trying to track down a (might be sci-fi) novel I once read as a kid. While I don't remember the name, I remember a few scenes in and about the book: A father who is a king (also a psychic/...
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Sci-fi show where creature snatches up soldiers in the jungle?

I recall seeing this scene on tv from the early 2000's. It was not from the movie Predator but it is similar. The creature came down from the sky and snatched this soldier up into the air. Next scene ...
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Alternate history novel where an emerging society of “white” people meets an advanced society of “black” people

I've been looking for a years for a novel that I read in the mid-90s. We got it from the local library, but neither my sister nor me have any good clues on the details. It was in German, so it could ...
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Lovecraft mention of fate of pilots who flew too high

In the question Short story with monsters in the stratosphere who attack a biplane Aaron Decker asks: I'm trying to find the title of a short story I read a number of years ago. In the story, the ...
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Story about town where people are transformed into worms

I'm looking for a book that I read about ten years ago in German. Unfortunately, most of the detail escaped my memory, and the little I remember might be wrong, but it might help identify the story ...
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1970s or '80s animated movie about a boy who visits an island or city populated by androids [duplicate]

I'm trying to identify an animated movie I saw in the theater around 1980. It was a children's matinee, so it may be older. In the movie, a boy visits an island or city where the inhabitants are all ...
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Short story with monsters in the stratosphere who attack a biplane

I'm trying to find the title of a short story I read a number of years ago. In the story, the narrator reads off of pages of a diary that are found amid plane wreckage. The diary details how a pilot ...
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Post apocalyptic movie set in apartment building

I have not had luck in horror.com, reddit, quora, or yahoo, but will still try for this one and another movie There is only light outside, a blinding light, anyone that goes into the light never comes ...
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Anime scene where evil creature gets prison sentence, and is placed on a microchip card, then found in the future by a kid

This is going to be a long shot and super vague, but in the early to mid 2000s I remember seeing this scene on TV. This creature was getting sentenced in the courtroom for its crimes, and got I guess ...
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Short story where a travelling psychic dispels a toxic aura from manufactured goods [duplicate]

I'm not sure where or when I read this. Probably 1980s or 1990s, but it might have been a magazine or an anthology. The story is set on a post-technological (fallen) world where technological ...
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1980s movie or TV series about a sentient computer that controls people by implanting microchips in the backs of their heads [duplicate]

I remember seeing this movie, it could even have been a TV series, in the early 1980s but the movie, or TV series, was clearly older probably '70s. It seemed to be European. I can't remember the ...
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Sci-fi movie where a guy loses a girl, tries to hijack a train, finds the girl but she leaves him

I'm looking for a movie that I saw some years ago. The movie starts with a man and woman (both have dark hair) who are running in crowded area on their way to going through a border security passage. ...
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Arthurian novel with sci-fi tropes

I am looking for a book which was a variation of Arthurian legends. I have read it in Polish around 10 years ago, but I'm quite sure book was translated (probably from English). The story was set up ...
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A prison in the corona of a star holds society's only murderer

I'm trying to find this sci-fi book, I remember there was a prison, I think made of a hollow asteroid, orbiting inside the corona of a star. It was built by this advanced society to hold their only ...
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Old sci fi short story about parents with 2 dimensional children

Story was about parents with 2 dimensional child or children. Want to cure them but I think end up switching dimensions with children.
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Looking for a short story about a town that's disappearing

I believe there was a child, probably a boy, and he was on the phone talking to people but kept getting disconnected because the town was disappearing slowly street by street. I read this probably ...
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Early 1980s graphic novel about human spies undercover on an intergalactic cruise

In the early to mid '80s I read a graphic novel about space travel in the distant future. A human couple win a lottery for an intergalactic cruise line. In reality they are spies that have to get ...
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Fantasy book series about Gods of Order and Chaos

I remember reading a long time ago about a book series where the Gods of Chaos ruled the world, and the followers of the Gods of Order were heretics and secret. Over the course of the book, or books, ...
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1970s (?) young adult book about a race of noncorporeal aliens on Earth

A race of aliens from a planet so technologically advanced that they evolved beyond the use of bodies. They floated through space until they arrived on Earth. They enter a human's blood stream through ...
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Fantasy book - Female warrior blacks out & kills friends | Mage works spells like beads in mind | Shadow creature tormenting town

I remember reading this book about 15-20 years ago but for the life of my I cannot remember its name and only patches of what the book was about. I weirdly had a dream about it the other day and have ...
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Manga set in world full of mercenaries, with various ranks, but the main character is either unranked or low-ranked

This is what I remember of this manga: it starts out explaining that there are mercenaries in the world, and that their power level depends on their rank. The main character is in a school to become a ...
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Short Story - Amnesiac Criminal has his little fingers removed to regain memory of his crime [duplicate]

This American short story, from its content, probably dates from the late 1960s/early 1970s. I can't remember if is was in a magazine or an anthology, but it was probably in a magazine of the time. ...
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Movie about a worm hole that requires a lot of energy to open, but doesn't seem to work [duplicate]

I saw the ending of a movie with a lady about to sit in this massive machine in the shape of a loop/circle that looked to be discovered on earth. They had to draw massive amounts of energy to get it ...
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Looking for a dystopian sci-fi book in which the story is told through various characters' perspectives and people are hosts to some sort of infection [duplicate]

There are really only two characters I remember: a military man and a girl. The girl lived in a camp with other survivors or people who weren't hosts (or brainwashed- I can't exactly remember). A ...
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Short story about a mother choosing to save her robot son over her human son during a fire

I'm looking for a short story where a mother raises a robot son along with her human son. Her human son grows older and more distant from her, while her robot son remains a great child. A fire occurs ...
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Manga about a girl who went back in time to her wedding night

I'm looking for a manga that I stumbled upon on IG sometimes ago. I don't remember the title. All I know is that it's a manga about a woman who went back in time to her wedding night. Before she went ...
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Graphic manga about teenagers trained to fight in a war, using powers rather than guns

Basically, the story distinctly starts with a class of high school-age students getting deployed into a war taking place in a city against these unknown terrorists. The horrors of war are very quickly ...
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Short story where Star Trek: The Next Generation was real, actors on set have to adapt to the roles they take

There was a short story once where it started off with a behind-the-scenes story of the filming of a Star Trek episode, and actors are referred to by their actual names. During the shoot, something ...
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What story is the Trans-Temporal Sonic from?

I have been searching everywhere for the story that the trans-temporal sonic is from. I know it is from a comic, but which one? I also know that it is has a wood setting, which is unique to this sonic,...
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Looking for an article/short story about two astronauts returning from space and realizing they've peaked

It's about two astronauts who return from space and they realize that the they've already done the most important thing in their lives, they come to understand that their life is subpar besides their ...
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TV/Movie ID: Guy crashes on desolate planet with enemy

I'm trying to remember a movie or TV show that I saw as a kid. I think it was in the `80s but could have been later. I don't remember the beginning but a guy had crashed on a planet after a battle. ...
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Movie with pregnancy permission, unclothed FTL jumps

I would have watched this movie sometime between 1995-2005. It was almost certainly a North American VHS rental (English). The movie was set in the future on board a space ship. I only remember two ...
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TV show with high school kids and monsters

This show was around 2009-2010, at most 2012, and it's with real people. There are 4-5 friends in high school, who weren't friends before, but gather to save the world against various monsters ...
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Novel where pyramids “grow” and change Earth's magnetic field?

I read this in (most likely) the 1980s or 1990s. The protagonists found what they believed were alien spacecraft; over time, they "morphed" into Mesoamerican-style pyramids (stepped, not ...
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2000s movie where mysterious black alien spheres surround the Earth

Can you please help me find the title of this movie, from about 2010, in which hundreds of black alien spheres position themselves evenly around the planet. The humans are unsurprisingly curious, ...
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Sci-fi film set in 1960s USA with aliens; ends with John F. Kennedy's assassination

I saw this film about 20 years ago. It takes place in the USA during the Cuban crisis. A CIA agent investigates alien sightings. At one point in the film, the agent and his cohorts go take a look at ...
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Isolated on a Space Ship a Couple is trying to kill each other, both have blue blood [duplicate]

Remember seeing this on scifi as a kid. Maybe in the range of 2000-2010. A couple is aboard a spaceship travelling somewhere and it's their time to be awake to manage the ship and they catch a virus ...
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Childrens / YA book - Train travel across alien planet

I read a book (I remember vivid illustrations on each page) in the early / mid-80's. Plot line is along the lines of landed on a planet and a machine (I think was called RAAG or RAG?) then went and ...
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Cyber punk film (80-90's) where a girl escapes under a fence by removing a disc from her spine

When she tries to escape, someone is helping her, but finally if I remember correctly she is caught. I think she was in some kind of prison city or she was a slave to the system, and that spinal disc ...
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Manhwa/Manghwa where every time the main characters try to commit suicide they exchange bodies

I saw someone recommending it on TikTok but I never got to search it up and I can’t remember the title. The main female character was blonde, there was a black haired guy and also a blonde one dressed ...
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Movie where a group of kids competing in what looks like “robot wars” meet aliens who watch black&white looney tunes?

So I asked a similar question to this awhile ago and was told I was thinking of "Arena". I watched Arena yesterday and it brought me much joy but sadly it was not Arena that I was trying to ...
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Fantasy/sci-fi book about a boy who travels to space and learns to manipulate metal

Book is about a boy who travels to space and learns to manipulate metal. He gets a few friends one of them dies from an alien prisoner, I think her name was Kate. They go to a planet where barely any ...
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Novel about a virus that causes people to merge with electronics

I don't know when it was written, but my guess is somewhere between the early-2000s and the mid-2010s. I'm sure it falls into the science-fantasy genre somewhere based on what I remember about the ...
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'80s sci-fi novel about about an astronaut returning to Earth to find it devoid of human life

I read this as hardcover from the library back in the 80's. The story involves an astronaut who returns to Earth from a long mission (50 years, 100?) and discovers everyone is missing. The only ...
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A Short Story from 1978-1980 Read Magazine About 5 Items to Bring into a Survival Bunker

I am hoping to learn the title of a short story from Read Magazine regarding a select few members of society to enter survival bunkers and continue the human race. The candidates must choose five ...
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Old Science Fiction anthology: man with nightmares of a giant bee; post-apocalyptic underground world [duplicate]

I found this site today while searching for a book and hope someone can help. When I was a boy I read a hard-bound anthology of science fiction stories. This was circa 1986, but the book might have ...

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