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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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90’s or older story about photographs that show the future

I read this in the 90’s in a collection but it might be much older, I don’t remember what the book looked like. Not a novel, but not a short-short either, novella or novelette, or technically a ...
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Sci Fi novel possibly from the 70s on high gravity world

I am looking for a science fiction novel I have read more than 20 years ago and which is possibly part of a series. I cannot remember the exact story line but it involved a guy from earth who came to ...
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PC Game: Flaming skull skeletons as enemies

I played this game at least 16 years ago... It has to be either from the late 90s or early 2000s. It has third-person gameplay. I don't remember what the story was actually about (it had a fantasy ...
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Steampunk book about a bounty hunter teen girl in London

I picked up a book a few weeks ago and read a few pages but then forgot the title. Here's what I remeber: Scene 1, London slums, night: The protagonist is a girl, dressed as a boy and wearing some ...
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The mystery of the digitally disadvantaged ancestors

I read this short story in 197x. It consists mostly, perhaps entirely, of a conversation, part of which I can summarize/paraphrase: “Do you ever wonder why we use base twelve?” “The advantages ...
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60's or earlier probably “young adult” story about a community sent into the future by a nuclear accident [duplicate]

I know exactly when I read this story, in the spring of 1968, when I was in Germany to improve my german. Of course it could have been written any time before. I actually read it in german. But I was ...
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1930s version of the novel ‘The Power’?

I recently read The Power by Frank M Robinson. It reminded me of a novel that I think was published in the 1930s. In that novel the superman has powers similar to the one in Robinson’s book but has ...
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80's movie involving replacing actors with CGI [duplicate]

This was a movie I saw a few times on British TV during the 80's, but I don't think it was much older than that. English language, almost certainly American-produced. I think it was an action movie, ...
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Looking for thrillers about mathematics and science [on hold]

Newbie question. I am looking for thrillers to read about any of the following subjects: scientific research phd students professors and labs mathematics contemporary, or in the near future ( this ...
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Book based on an alien planet that can be controlled by thoughts and beliefs [on hold]

What is the book based on an alien planet that is controlled and mutated by thoughts and beliefs? The more people believe something, the more the planet changes. There is a religion based on ...
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Hansel and Gretel as told from the (good) witch's perspective

I've been trying to find this book for some time now, I read it some 10-15 years ago in a library so it could be a bit older.. It's more so a fairy tale than actual fantasy but still. It's the well ...
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lighter lighting from a pool, coffee that tastes just like it smells

It's a British 50/60s scifi short story where this rich marketing guy meets this rich gal who gets much richer with inheritance $$$, then dumps him when she gets access to futuristic tech. What's the ...
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Story where a character would properly close their eyes after closing their eyelids

Today I suddenly remembered a moment from a story that I read probably around 2007 where a character described that people only close their eyelids but not their eyes and thus see only absence of ...
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Short story about aliens with pneumatic brains

I'm trying to identify a story I read in the last 5 years. The central character was an alien who develops a microscope and remotely operated limbs so they can examine their own brain. They discover ...
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Adult-sized alien child and child-sized alien adult

In an episode from a late 1970s to mid 1980s sci-fi series, the story revolved around an odd couple: a child-sized adult alien and an adult-sized child alien. What else I recall of the story is that ...
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Alien dwarves that can conduct electricity

In a sci-fi series from the late 1970s to mid 1980s I recall an episode in which two alien dwarves could allow high current electricity to pass through their body without harm. There may have been ...
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Book about a genius test tube baby born to a scientist [duplicate]

I'm looking for the name of an author and an old sci-fi book about a genius test tube baby born to a scientist. He that becomes so smart but lacks empathy and is a killer. He also starts making ...
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Science Fiction Novel Search: Plot Includes Socialist Mass Entertainment Media Premise

A few decades ago I read a story, I think possibly about first contact or solar system colonization conflict, which included an interesting sociological setting. The premise was that, as automation ...
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TV Pilot or Movie, 80s, misfit team with powers

I'm trying to identify a show I saw on TV in the 80s (in the US). It was a single viewing, and felt like a television pilot rather than a standalone movie; ISTR the final scene dangled the ...
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TV series/movie with a guy that can create electricity between his hands [duplicate]

Like the title says I'm trying to find a series or movie that involved a team of people from which I can only remember this one guy always doing some hand motions and getting electricity to spark ...
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Short story about transport ship stranded in interstellar space

This is a short story about a AI controlled transport starship that suffered from an accident and becomes lost in interstellar (intergalactic?) space in such a way that it would take a prohibitively ...
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70's or older story about a very dangerous planet [duplicate]

People from Earth (I believe) settled for some reason I forgot on a planet where they were in constant danger. Everything was carnivorous, including plants, even trees. In fact, the only way to ...
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Help identifying the original publication of a science fiction short story [duplicate]

Back in 2002, my English teacher in high school handed us a 1- or 2-page short story (definitely not current at the time) and I can't remember the title/author. The story is about humans crash ...
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YA novel about a dystopian city divided into class sections with their own colours [duplicate]

Roughly 10 years ago, I started reading a YA novel from my school library that I believe was some kind of low fantasy/dystopian story. I remember almost nothing about it, except that the main ...
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90's (or older) funny short story about cloning Santa from fossil remains. Mentions the word “borealopithecus”(?)

This is short fiction (most probably a short story, or just possibly barely making it to novelette) I read more than 20 years ago. They find in the Arctic frozen remains of a primate that seems to ...
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Late 90s/Early 00's turn based PC game where a party would travel through the map fighting monsters [on hold]

I distinctly remember playing a PC game as a child but cannot find it after countless hours of googling. The game was turn based and you would assemble a party (I distinctly remember an elf, human, ...
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Pre-70s history of the future citing science-fiction authors as historical sources

I am looking for a novel that was written as a history, but from the perspective of centuries in our future. The genius of this particular work was to take future events written by other authors and ...
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Story ID: post-apocalypse tribe, eats cryo-preserved humans

This story has stayed with me for a long time. Published in a 1970s (possibly '60s) issue of F&SF. Post-apocalypse setting -- no devastation described, but people live in low-tech hunter-...
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Short story in which three child siblings with superpowers kill all of humanity but are afraid of being destroyed in turn by their descendants

The story begins with the three children (two females, one male), about ten years old, carrying the corpses of their parents to the back yard. Later you discover that they have exterminated all of ...
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Guy and fox girl tries to stop this girl who seduces guys and has them ejaculate before taking their souls

So basically this guy was with his friends and they were watching a girl get undressed from another building across the street through the window and when the main character looked through the ...
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Book SciFi/Romance: Female author travels back in time to WW2 and flies in a B-17 bomber

I'm looking for a SciFi/Romance book, where a female author - living with her (great-) grandmother(?) - is writing a biography about the crew of a B-17 bomber a relative (grandfather?) flew in during ...
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A novel about “helpful” woodlice aliens who eventually end up destroying every civilization they try to help

I had this book but lost it after moving house. After the nuclear war the former USA are dominated by Han Chinese. An alien signal comes demanding that the President of the US arrives at their ...
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90s/early 2000s sci-fi horror movie scene [closed]

There was this movie I watched as a child with my parents, and I can remember one specific scene that scared the daylights out of me. The scene was referring this woman who I think died early on in ...
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90s space-based shoot-em-up vertical scroller PC game

I'm looking for a space-based vertical scroller PC game that uses 2.5d sprites and was released in the mid-to-late 90s (though I'm still unsure about this) The features of this game include: You are ...
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Old book series about teenagers with dragon blood

I had this memory about these old books I used to read in elementary school, but I can’t think of the title. It’s a book series about these teenagers who all have dragon blood or DNA or something. ...
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Classic sci-fi anime, where mechs are launched by space shuttle like booster system to hotspots on earth

I am looking to find the name of a series for which I had seen a few episodes quite a while back - say about 15 or so years back - on either Animax India or AXN (AXN India used to show some anime ...
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Funky Alien Band in 80s Sci-fi Series: Identify Show & Episode

I have vague recollections of an alien band playing their futuristic funky music in a late 70s to mid 80s sci-fi series. Their instruments of course were not traditional and were of the futuristic ...
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Did a SciFi magazine really feature a story by L Ron Hubbard about founding Scientology?

On another Q&A site, I read a couple posts from someone. The posts claimed that a certain SciFi magazine (Some others in the comments speculate that it might be either Astounding or Analog, BUT IT ...
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Manga about a boy who comes back as a ghost to make up with his girlfriend

In this manga, there is one boy who dies in an accident and comes back as ghost to "haunt" the other boy he met. The boy who died then makes him go and make up with his girlfriend in his place. He ...
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Cartoon in which a train conductor and a boy travel together to save a princess

I remember the princess being kidnapped by an evil witch or queen who didn't like to smile. The boy and conductor went on a journey on the conductor's train to find out where she is and rescue her. ...
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Novel about two princesses in a fantasy world, one falls sick and the other travels to find a cure

I'm looking for a story that I read back when I was a child. Around 2005, maybe? I recall the book seeming pretty old, but it was from a public library, so it could be simply deteriorated by usage. ...
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Novel about 'magic' on the moon where a woman loses her memory when a silver needle is inserted into her head

This is a story I read as a teenager, if I remember correctly, more than 40 years ago and I only remember vague glimpses that I find hard to put into words, so I do realise it may be a very tall order....
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PI with red jacket in a parallel dimension

Around the year 2000, there was an animated series about a private investigator / detective being sucked into a parallel dimension. Of what I remember, he went there through a portal and the world he ...
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Retelling of Adam and Eve story

My dad is trying to find a short story he read in the '80s, possibly in OMNI magazine, which was a retelling of the Adam and Eve story. The story is mostly the same as it appears in the Bible, except ...
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Old Power Ranger like anime with transforming vehicles

At least 8 years ago, finding old Power Ranger like character where their vehicles transform while still riding ON their vehicle, red bike turns into a T-rex, yellow car turns into a rhino look alike, ...
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Can't figure out the show, it is definitely NOT seaQuest, either one of them

I was hospitalized recently and a show would come on very late at night about a world where everyone lived in underwater ships, I guess land was no longer livable or available? I've searched and ...
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Late 90s movie about people disappearing (down drains, I believe)

I only remember the trailer and vaguely at that. It began with a statistic about how many people go missing every year and are not found. There was an "at first they thought people were being abducted ...
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90's or earlier book with a ship called Heinlein

I read this at least 20 years ago, maybe more. It may be a short novel, in a book by itself, or a rather long novella in a collection, I can't remember. It was a pretty intricate story, involving ...
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90s(?) cartoon movie: female servant enters the castle's forbidden room when the Lord is away, he tries to kill her for it

There was a dark castle I think, that is no one should come in! And there was a servant or someone like this in it, who served a lord vampire (or maybe not a vampire!). There was a big room in this ...
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An old novel based on Lewis Carroll's “The Hunting of the Snark”

I heard of this novel but never read it. It is based on the Bellman's line "What I tell you three times is true", in Lewis Carroll's "The Hunting of the Snark". The entire plot is about convincing ...