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Short story where the twin who stays behind becomes immortal, outlives the travelling twin

I think this is almost certainly Twin Paradox, a short story by Robert Forward, first published in Analog in August 1983 and later republished in Forward's collection of short stories and essays, ...
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Trying to find a Sci-fi short story about plant based alien in a spaceship that makes contact with humans

This is "Flowering Mandrake" (1994) by George Turner; I read it in Dozois' The Year's Best Science Fiction, Twelfth Annual Collection, which I do not have to hand right now. I did find the ...
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Identify a short story about a wall at the edge of the universe

Ado About Nothing by Robert K. Ottum. It was originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction March 1965 but I read it in The Year's Best SF 11th Annual Edition. It starts: Today ...
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Looking for a short story that was written about a future where most people live in perpetual adolescence except one person who reaches maturity

The Star Trek (TOS) episode of "Miri. Miri" is close to that. It has a planet where some biological experiment went awry and killed all the adults while slowing the aging of the kids. When ...
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Short horror story I read in the 70's where the protagonist witnesses a monster disguised as a human eat someone

I believe that this could be T.H. White's The Troll that can be found in The Maharajah and other Stories (1981). The narrator is repeating a story his father had told him, about his fishing trip to ...
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Sci-fi novel about a group of people stranded on a planet populated by automated war machines

This might be "Arsenal Port" the middle section of The Star Fox by Poul Anderson (1965). This section had separate magazine publication. In "Arsenal Port" a group of humans land on ...
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Looking for a short story that was written about a future where most people live in perpetual adolescence except one person who reaches maturity

This is a partial match for the 1957 story "The Dying Man" (also called "Dio"), by Damon Knight; you can read it on-line at Baen Books. Dio is the name of the character who ages ...
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SciFi story about "hive mind" babies that are born around the same time in a village

This is Philip K. Dick's "The Crawlers." Wikipedia description
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Looking for a short story about the highest flight ever

Prometheus Rebound by Daniel F. Galouye. The story is from 1970 and I read it in the anthology The Year 2000, which according to ISFDB is the only place it's been published in English. The ship is the ...
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Looking for a short story about the highest flight ever

Might this be Orbit by Thomas Block? “Orbit” is the story of the Star Streak Hypersonic airliner, which is the successor to the supersonic Concorde. During a routine flight, an unexplainable engine ...
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Identify Short Story Time Slip/Bubble

“The Hour After Westerly” by Robert M. Coates is the only story I have ever read that could match the description of someone “driving down a road, surrounded by farmland, maybe some trees and things. ...
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Sci-fi horror short story about alien that wants to be eaten

I'm pretty confident this is the classic Philip K. Dick short story "Beyond Lies the Wub." Quoting from the plot summary on Wikipedia: Captain Franco, paranoid after an earlier ...
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Science fiction short story in which Einstein is cloned but shows no interest in much except playing his violin

I remember a book just like this! I don't think it was about Albert Einstein though. It was called House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. It took place in Mexico, this guy there was making clones of ...
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Science fiction short story in which Einstein is cloned but shows no interest in much except playing his violin

Is it Out of Copyright by Charles Sheffield? That doesn’t mean [cloning] always works out well. The most famous case, of course, was Albert Einstein. When his copyright had expired in 2030, BP ...
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Short story where traveller is sent to future into body of future self but turns out he died in the time before he jumps into

I think this is The Last Paradox by Edward D. Hoch published in 1958. I read it in 100 Great Science Fiction Short Short Stories which was first published in 1978. In this story, a scientist has a ...
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Name of short story in which aliens install suicide buttons in their children to improve their race

This is "The Common Denominator" by John D. MacDonald (the crime/mystery writer), available on Project Gutenberg and previously discussed here Men and aliens are cooperating freely on some ...
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Most Dangerous Game with shapeshifting alien

A story with some strong matches and some strong mismatches is worth an answer, in case memory distorted or conflated some scenes. (It is a good story in its own right too.) Thinking that some details ...
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Short story about children, crows, and language learning

This is almost certainly "Hello, Hello" by Seanan McGuire. I read it in one of the big annual SF collections (Best New SF or similar) but a quick search led me to a copy in Lightsped ...
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Short sci-fi story about a prisoner and mind teleportation

If the prisoner was an alien, this sounds like the A.E. van Vogt short story "Dear Pen Pal" (1949). From the plot summary on Wikipedia: The one-sided dialog takes the form of correspondence ...
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Short story, probably from the '70s, where a new procedure would supposedly make people smarter

"Discontinuity", a novelette by Raymond F. Jones, first published in Astounding Science Fiction, October 1950, available at the Internet Archive. You may have read it in the paperback ...
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Looking for sci-fi short story about a time loop

I found it :) The story I was looking for is: "A Little Something for us Tempunauts" by Philip K. Dick. Thanks all!
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Story about automatic writing machine in a dispute between writer and editor

"The Monkey's Fingers", a short story by Isaac Asimov, first published in Startling Stories, February 1953, available at the Internet Archive. You may have read it in one of these ...
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Christian priest discovers aliens are God's new chosen

This is For I Am a Jealous People as described (in great detail) in user14111's answer to Story in which God is on the side of aliens invading earth. Also the subject of Short story from the 70s(?) ...
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Short story about a man who travels to another planet via astral projection, where he encounters an alien intelligence that exchanges minds with him

This is Clifford Simak's novel "Time is the Simplest Thing" (1961). Excerpt of plot synopsis from Wikipedia: Shep Blaine is an explorer working for Fishhook, an organization exploiting ...
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