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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Old anime movie involving a boy raised by a robot and a ship called 'Siegfried'

A boy was raised by a robot guy and I remember there was a ship called 'Siegfried,' I think, and it was powered by the bad sister. I also remember that the robot died protecting the boy, now a teen.
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Looking for a SF short story told from a kitten's point of view

The kitten regards older cats with disdain looking on them as a different species because they are dull and don’t play like the youngster. It thinks it’s going to grow up to be like the children of ...
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Looking for a book about humans fighting aliens with insect mechas

So what I remember from the book is. The Aliens specifically didn't use weapons to attack earth, they used some kind of mind control weapon that only affected people who had passed through puberty. ...
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Old chinese movie in english (Set in a chinese kingdom but they all spoke english) [closed]

Saw this movie about a princess with 3 suitors (all foreigners) but set in china. She said if one person picks a rose from the garden and present it to her, he will be a strong contender. They all ...
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Looking for a story with "The Cutting Edge", a cutting instrument which that can cut anything and might be Death's Scythe

It's set in the modern world. It has a female protagonist, and I think she inherits "The Cutting Edge" from its former owner. I'm pretty sure that the cutting implement was "The ...
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Manga where the main character is living their fourth life

I've been searching for this manga for a while, but can't remember the name. All I remember is that in the first chapter, the main character dies and is reincarnated as a warrior, then works his way ...
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Anime that takes place on a floating island powered by a sleeping girl

So this anime takes place on a floating island powered by a sleeping girl. The main character went there, I think, and his grandma/mom is sick. There the kids get special powers and they learn how to ...
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Fanfic where Hermione leaves the Wizarding World, pregnant with Harry's baby, and comes back when their son starts his first year

I think it's about 18 chapters long. I could be wrong, but the gist was that Hermione got pregnant during the war and was waiting to tell Harry after they'd defeated Voldemort, because she didn't want ...
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Searching a book with people who have several mouths

I've been searching for a book series I read roughly 3 years ago. The first book followed a group expedition through a dangerous wasteland with monsters. They are saved by people riding giant lion ...
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Book set in Victorian-era London involving a society of unmarried women who kill people [closed]

Admittedly, I don't remember much. I read maybe the first chapter of the book, years ago. I'm not even sure if it's part of a series or a standalone, but if someone can find it, it's you people. It's ...
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Looking for a manwha of a saintess that is reborn in another body

i forgot the name of a manwha i was reading. Basically, the MC is a saintess really powerful and loved by some followers, but she eventually dies after healing a guy and her soul gets reborn as a ...
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Novel similar to Rendezvous with Rama but I do not think it's this one

I remember reading it in the 90s. The main story happens on an alien spaceship where human explorers find a relic. I can't remember exactly what it was but what I do remember is that it offered great ...
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Cartoon about the son of a blacksmith who made friends with a warrior and an archer, and fought monsters

When I was younger, around 2015-2016, I used to watch a cartoon. It was about a boy who had an old father who was a blacksmith. That boy I think had a blue jacket on and he could teleport. He made a ...
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Cartoon where main character merges with alien

All I remember that the alien had three forms: one shoots fire, another is strong and I think the last one was fast. There was an episode where the alien friend of the main character reads superhero ...
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Book that involves a young girl (and her sister?) who keeps her mother mewed up in the basement and feeds her stray animals. Another girl loves trees

I was recently reminded of this when reading a story about a zombie apocalypse and the trope of keeping a zombified loved one locked away in hopes of a cure. In this case, I don't think there was an ...
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Telepathic alien uses mind control at close range

I read this in a second-hand book in the 90s, it was either a short story or a novella. A lone alien landed on Earth. It could easily understand and control nearby people's thoughts, and was not ...
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Trying to find the name of manwha/manhua [closed]

I remember that the fl has either white/black hair she is an orphan and gets adopted. her adopted family includes two brothers a mother and father (i think the father? im not sure) the girl who gets ...
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Isekai manhwa where the white-haired second male lead attempts suicide after the ending

I'm trying to remember the name of a manhwa I started reading; I think it's fairly new, within the last 3-4 years at least. I can't remember what the female lead (fl) looks like, but she let the story ...
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Old obscure 90s cartoon

There was a cartoon I used to watch as a kid in the 90s that had a featured two boys and I'm pretty sure a girl. They played a VR video game where an UFO would land and they'd go through waves of them....
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Short story - US and USSR "trade" cities after accidental bombing

This is a short story I read in the 1980s in an anthology. It's a satirical story inspired by "Fail Safe", I think. In the story, US bombers accidentally destroy a Soviet city (Leningrad, I ...
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Sci Fi short story collection: One about immortals that live in the mountains and another about a drug to perfect genetics that also swaps sex

Some years ago, never mind how many, (Early 2000-2010) my mother gifted me a thick volume of sci-fi short stories. I vaguely remember the dust jacket being covered in greenery. I feel like the title ...
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1950s story about faster than light ships that disappear

I am looking for a 1950s story about faster than light ships that disappear due to acceleration of the aging process? This was a library book. The plot involved space travel, and the development of a ...
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Manga where man is followed by spirits that are gods

I read this manga a couple of months ago. In this manga we follow our main character who is in a fantasy world (I do not believe he has reincarnated or transferred, he was born in this world I think). ...
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Manga with a cultivator who trains in his mind to get stronger

I'm looking for a manhwau where the main character gets a system in a modern world where cultivation is a thing to the entire world. He gets a system to learn cultivation techniques and he learns them ...
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Movie about a spaceship capable of absorbing other spaceships

I vaguely remember a movie about a rocket ship that could open its hull front to absorb other rockets. The tip of the rocket was a mechanised cone split into 4 separate door shutters, similarly to the ...
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Looking for a children's story, bird with backwards feet

This was a story I read in a school book of multiple stories, in 1979 (2nd grade). Details I remember was that the main character collected "odd animals", including a bird that had ...
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English Teenage / Children's Sci-fi series about girl clones, available from the 2000s at most?

It had at least two books, and three clones, the (third?) of which was "The Evil Twin" of the eponymous book / sequel. Could've been "The Evil Clone". The mother of the first-seen ...
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Ray Bradbury story from the 1950s, effect of nuclear war on Americans in Mexico

This story is neither Bradbury's "The Highway" (though I think it likely that was an earlier, and much weaker, attempt to deal with this story's theme); nor is it Thomas Disch's "...
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Author and Title of a SF story from 60s, most probably read it in Fantasy and Science Fiction, possibly Analog or If

3 male astronaut-explorers land on a new planet about a mile away from an obviously artificial construct, a massive cube. Each starts setting up his equipment for the surveys they need to make. The ...
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Short story told in second person - nuclear metaphor

I'm looking for a story that's told in the second-person - "You are doing this" etc. At first it seems mundane, but then it us revealed that all the characters, including you, are wearing ...
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Polar explorers find failed alien colony

This is a story I read in the 90s. Probably a short story in an anthology, though I have an idea it was more detailed than most so it might have been a novella. A father and son team were exploring ...
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Contacting aliens - "we must love each other or die"

I'm looking for a short story written before 1998. Telepathy had been discovered and early experiments picked up thoughts from distant alien civilisations, which were vast and highly advanced. The ...
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Old sci-fi movie where aliens dropped from trees and chased people

When I was very young (1963-9) I saw this movie where aliens dropped from trees & chased people. Looking back aliens looked like canister type vacuums with long "necks". I'm thinking it ...
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Show about a kid who is transported to a world where people fight monsters. One monster was a big, floating, electric jellyfish

The show followed a kid who somehow got transported to another world where you fight with monsters. And he got to make friends with two other people; one of them a guy who had a sister who was better ...
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80's/90's novel about a post-apocalyptic gunman, NOT GUNSLINGER, ending with the first atomic bomb test?

First up, this is NOT Gunslinger by Stephen King. I read this in the 90's, but it could have been from the 80's. It was about a cowboy type guy in a post-apocalyptic future who made his own bullets ...
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2 questions sci-fi stories from the 1950s [closed]

The first is a Ray Bradbury story about rich American tourists in Mexico doing the "ugly american" thing. But then nuclear war destroys their homeland, while the story chronicles their ...
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Sci-fi book about a guy who hears tell of a planet with no crime, taxes, or divorces, and decides to check it out for himself [duplicate]

I cannot remember name of the book. A stranger tells the guy in the pub about planet he visited that is a paradise with no crime, taxes, divorces, etc. The guy travels to the planet and gets robbed in ...
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Underground vehicle case

I'm trying to remember the title of a young adult science fiction adventure novel or novella, probably from the late 50s up to early 70s, set in (then) present or not too distant future. It starts ...
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'70s movie about a night flight during the Night of the Witches

This was a horror/supernatural American movie from the '70, or not later than early '80s, that I saw as a child. Most likely, it was a TV movie. During a nocturnal commercial flight, strange and scary ...
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TV pseudo-documentary featuring humans defending the Earth from a huge alien ship using manhole covers

What is the name of this TV pseudo-documentary? The only way to attack a huge alien ship hovering over the Earth is to set off nuclear weapons underground with manhole covers on top. These are ...
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Manga where main character wakes up in a forest and encounters two students

The manga is black and white. The main character woke up in a forest and killed some monsters (I can't remember what the monsters are). I also think they were trying to understand magic in that world, ...
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Book series about teens who work for a time travel agency and meet a Roman soldier

I read this book series about 8 years ago now; it was kinda your usual young adult fare, as far as I can remember. I think there were two teens (maybe more?) that somehow became a part of this time ...
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Sci-fi novel about a group of astronauts who discover a cylindrical world

In primary school there was a sci fi novel that scared me into remembering it, I'm now looking to revisit it. This was about 19 years ago, and I will estimate it to be written in the 80s or very late ...
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Live-Action Dystopian Cyberpunk(?) Sci-fi movie/show

There's really only one scene I remember clearly, but I have no idea where or when I watched it. It might have been several years ago. Many people seem to have bionic parts of some kind. One woman is ...
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Fantasy novel about shape shifting magic users [duplicate]

I'm trying to identity a book series (I think it was 3 or 4 books) that I read in the late 90s or early 00s. I'm not sure if it was a newer series or not. It had a distinct "coming of age" ...
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Movie about a boy who visits a old mansion and while there he is visited by a ghost. He flips between past and present as he solves a unsolved case

The story is the boy as the main character. There is a blind girl as well. It flips between present and past at the mansion. There's also a fire where some guys hide money in a chimney.
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Anime from 1987 about a boy leaving Earth

I remember watching an anime TV show around 1987. A boy and a woman (a android?) were on a ship leaving Earth and she said "Look at it one last time, because it will be the last time you look at ...
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Story about Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun traveling in the USA

In a short story I read about 40 years ago about a man in the 1950s USA who met a confused old man and a younger woman, the whole plot twist was that the couple were Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun. I also ...
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Two-book scifi series about a war between Earth and humans called The Guardians

In the early 80s I read a two-book science fiction series and I cannot remember the names of either book. The first book was written in the first person and was about a war between a group of planets ...
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Story or movie where an AI tries to reassure a user, but gets stuck repeating the same line over and over

I read this in the last few years, but think it could be from an older story or maybe a movie. At the end of work, an AI is trying to reassure the user that everything will be okay, but end up ...

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