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Very old horror short story about a dead man waking up

"Pillar of Fire", a 1948 novelette by Ray Bradbury, available at Project Gutenberg. You may have read it in one of these compilations. It was also the answer to the old questions A short ...
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The human population on Earth reached its maximum with the end of the last zoo

2430 AD by Isaac Asimov. It's been published in a few collections and anthologies,but you probably saw it in Buy Jupiter and Other Stories, which has been published in English and French. From the ...
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Looking For story - Artist Forced to be a Miner

Okay, first of all threads are closed when the work has already been identified in an earlier thread. That's why the linked thread was closed. This thread will also be closed, probably. Don't ...
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Identify the story about an author whose work-in-progress is completed by a computer

Asimov's "Fault-Intolerant" has a robotic, smart-learning "word processor" do the author narrator's proofreading; then learn to type his preferred and deliberate misspellings and ...
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Identify the story about an author whose work-in-progress is completed by a computer

Given the OP suspects the writer is Asimov, then Copy by David Wailing is almost certainly too late to be the right answer. But given that it covers many of the same plot points here's a summary; ...
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Identify the story about an author whose work-in-progress is completed by a computer

It wasn't a database as such, or a machine providing the projection, but this is the key concept of Monkey's Finger by Isaac Asimov. A professor of "psychodynamics" had developed a technique ...
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Short story about a traveler who receives shelter, but after some dialogue, the traveler turns out to be a ghost or maybe Odin

This is probably "The Sorrow of Odin the Goth" by poul-anderson, part of his Time Patrol series. It was part of a fixup called Time Patrolman. This features Professor Carl Furness, who has ...
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Short story about a haunted hotel room with a stain on the wallpaper

I finally found the story in The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror: Eighteenth Annual Collection. It was titled Clownette by Terry Dowling. 516 is an overflow room, a room few want because of the “...
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Looking for the title of a short story for my students to read about a woman searching for the last man alive

Checkmate by Edward Wellen from Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, December 1980; it's on the Internet Archive here. Searching for the last man on Earth: She walked out onto the floor. The vast ...
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Old SF story about someone who detonated an atomic bomb, sacrificing self to save society from an evil government

This sounds like "Gulf" by Robert Heinlein. The crime lord matriarch tortures a girl in this way to extract information. The bomb that kills her after a long story also kills Joe Greene, ...
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Science fiction short story, possibly titled "Hop for Pop," about life ending at age 30

Turns out Logan's Run is not the only story about people being killed at age 30. There is no "hop for pop", but: "Half Life" by Rachel Cosgrove Payes is about someone turning 15 ...
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Looking for an old short story, furry alien traveller crash lands on Earth "The Star Beast". The traveller is cruelly treated

A quick web search turns up "The Star Beast" by Nicholas Stuart Gray, which has all the incidents listed and a couple more besides.
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Short story where at the end, Satan says "let there be light."

This is a long shot. Thousands of years in the future, it's suddenly "game over" for the universe, which vanishes into nothingness, except for one eternal being, who eventually says "...
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Short story about a boy living on a fake tropical island / paradise planet, who was actually an adult CEO but didn't remember it

This is likely to be the 1977 story "Good-bye, Robinson Crusoe" by John Varley. It contains the element of the boy living in a simulated tropical paradise (one of the small-d "...
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Short story, no later than early 60s, alien (unthahorst?) finishes/abandons project, children disappear after figuring out how to manipulate toy

"Mimsy Were the Borogoves", a novelette by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore, first published under the pseudonym Lewis Padgett in Astounding Science-Fiction, February 1943, available at the ...
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Short story where a little child lies that the family robot hit her and mother calls the company

Not limiting the search to Asimov, but Asimov's "Christmas Without Rodney comes closer, with some of the points matching. It's a sterotypically obnoxious little boy, rather than a girl, who ...
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Short story about soldiers who are fighting against an enemy which turns out to be themselves

This is "Traveller's Rest" (1965) by David I. Masson. H is a soldier fighting an unknown and unseen enemy. Nobody on his side has ever seen the enemy, but as much as they fire weapons at ...
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Tiny book about a planet full of man-eating sunflowers

I don't have access to my copy right now, but I believe the book you are looking for is "1. Auftrag im All", from the Pelikan Tramp series. Translation by Google Translate: 1st Mission in ...
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Asimov short (I think) - What story is told via letters, where a couple need a look-a-like robot when the couple (or the husband) goes away?

Not an epistolary form, alas, but it still resembles Asimov's "Satisfaction Guaranteed". The TN-3 model nicknamed "Tony" takes good (and apparently intimately good) care of the ...
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Short story: possibly titled "Snatch Me Another" from a Crave anthology

There is a story title "Snatch Me Another" (2008) by Mercurio D. Rivera, which seems to fit your description. You can read it online at the Abyss & Apex site. Using a corner of a plate ...
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Tiny book about a planet full of man-eating sunflowers

Could this be Space Chantey, by R.A. Lafferty? "The men who have died, mighty Roadstrum, how do you want them disposed of?" "Died? How many of our men died here?" "Only a ...
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Looking for a caveman-discovers-fire short story that is a pun on "nuclear" power

"Neander-Tale", a short story by James P. Hogan, first published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, December 1980, available at the Internet Archive. You may have read it in ...
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Looking for a caveman-discovers-fire short story that is a pun on "nuclear" power

Update: user14111's find Neander-Tale is obviously the correct answer and the story I found is just a coincidental match. I'll leave this answer here for interest's sake, but please upvote user14111's ...
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Short story about a group of astronauts/scientist that find a sentient planet that seems friendly but is not

"Here There Be Tygers", a short story by Ray Bradbury, which was also my (unaccepted) answer to the old questions A Loving Mother Earth and Short story about a paradise planet that grants ...
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Semi-humorous told-by-lawyer short story, set in the mid-1940s or in 1950s; desert town casino & a roulette "fix" with Psi "lucky charm"

Randall Garrett's "Or Your Money Back" Available on Gutenberg here Lawyer and roulette: When he was through, I said: "You understand, Mr. Howley that I'm not a patent lawyer; I ...
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Old science fiction short story about a lawyer attempting to patent a new kind of incredibly strong cloth

Leonard Lockhart is a pen name of Charles Harness. This lead me to his story "That Professional Look", originally published in Astounding in 1954. A scientist comes up with a material that ...
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Short story about a man born in a society of inductive reasoning, who steals a rocket to escape

"Kindness" by Lester del Rey (Astounding, October 1944) is the story, and it's available here. Last homo sapiens: Homo sapiens! In the dim, remote days when his ancestors had owned the ...
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A short story about an ancient anaerobic civilisation on Earth

It's a classic! The Green Marauder by Larry Niven. I read it in the anthology Tales from the Spaceport Bar. The alien is Chorrikst, and as the name of the anthology suggests it's a story related while ...
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Science fiction story about settling a planet with Adam and Eve

OP identified this in a comment as First Person Singular by Eric Frank Russell , which they read in the anthology Creations - the Quest for Origins in Story and Science, written/edited by Isaac Asimov....
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Short Story about a woman who loses her ring to a cleaning robot

This story is "Of Days Gone By", authored by Dian Girard, and appeared in the February 1980 issue of Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. The plot begins with a woman named Cheryl at ...
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Short story in which the main character buys a robot psychotherapist to get rid of the obsessive desire to kill

"Bad Medicine" by Robert Sheckley available at the link. ISFDB page here originally published in Galaxy 1956 Homicidal customer seeking therapy machine "That, sir, is the Rex ...
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Soldier travels via interplanetary portal-like booth/kiosk

the portal booth/kiosk sounds like Damon Knight's Ticket to Anywhere but probably isnt, have a look through these links : Galaxy SF StackExchange
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Story featuring an alien with an exotic sensorium (sonar?) that helps solve a murder

This is The Purblind People by Don Trotter. It has only ever been published in Galaxy magazine, making this a testing identification. The murder victim is Rodder and the discussion of the bond is: ...
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Story about a nuclear/biological war between the East and the West that forced everyone undergound

I am pretty sure the story is The Last Objective by Paul Carter , 1946, by Street & Smith Publications, Inc. Published in Astounding Science-Fiction. It was dramatized in by the radio show ...
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Story featuring an alien with an exotic sensorium (sonar?) that helps solve a murder

Almost certainly not the answer, but this plot resembles somewhat a short story of Larry Niven's, Grendel. In that story, a Kldatyno alien sculptor, Lloobee, that is blind to visible light and uses ...
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Cloning with stolen DNA

It is by Robert Reed. The story is If We Can Save Just One Child. According to ISFDB it was only ever published in Fantasy & Science Fiction, September 2007. As you say it's a series of vignettes ...
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Short story crashing landing on a planet and taking shelter in a building that had automated defenses

Could be Harlan Ellison's "Life Hutch" in New Worlds No75 (Sep 1958) and no doubt elsewhere. The shelter has a service robot to look after it, but this has developed a fault causing it to ...
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A short story about a woman who pretends to have dissociative identity disorder

This sounds very much like Multiples, a short story by Robert Silverberg, first published in 1983 and has appeared in many anthologies. The woman is called Cleo - at least that is her "singleton ...
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I'm looking for a short story I read 10-15 years ago about a man exploring post-apocalyptic Britain

It's a novel, not a short story, but otherwise this matches the book A Scientific Romance by Ronald Wright. From Goodreads: It is 1999, and David Lambert, jilted lover and museum curator, is about to ...
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