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Gordon R. Dickson Call Him Lord. The visit to Earth is a kind of "manhood test" to reveal the Prince's suitability (or not) to be the next Emperor. When the escort meets the Emperor, the latter demands to know how his son failed the test. After going over a few lesser problems, the escort gets to the heart of the matter, saying "Lord. He was a coward," and ...


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"...And All the Stars a Stage" by James Blish. 1086 A.D.: A sudden glare of light in the constellation later called Taurus. The Chinese astronomer T'ang Yaou-Shun marks it down: A new and marvelous star, portending miracles. But the miracle has already happened. It sleeps inside Yaou-Shun, in twelve of his genes. At one point, the serial was ...


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This sounds a bit like The Hounds of the Morrigan by Pat O'Shea. There is a Wikipedia article on the book here. This was published in 1985 so it fits your time frame, but it's a lot longer than 60,000 words. The bit I remembered was the handcuffs, but they were made from daisy chains not dandelions. Brigit puts the handcuffs on the witches Melodie Moonlight ...


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Sounds like the dystopia The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth (1953), where a chicken heart of monstrous size, nicknamed Chicken Little, was cultivated for meat that was periodically trimmed off. The novel was originally serialized in Galaxy.


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"The Man Who Tasted Ashes", a short story by Algis Budrys, first published in If, February 1959, available at the Internet Archive. Does any of these covers ring a bell? Short story about an unpleasant character He gestured toward the bureau top. "Pour me some more of that." Alcohol affected him swiftly but not deeply. Once it had stripped him of the ...


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I think that’s probably City of Diamond by Doris Egan (who went on to be a TV producer on House rather then continuing her writing career). It was first published in 1996 under the pseudonym Jane Emerson. Adrian Mercati is thrown into the role of Protector of the City of Diamond, one of the Three Cities vast interstellar spaceships with whole ...


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This is Override by George R.R. Martin Science fiction short story about a corpse-handler who's double-crossed while collecting swirlstones in a beautiful off-world grotto. "Override" is the term for the box that his opponent uses to turn the corpses against him.


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This is The Language of Stones (1999) by Robert Carter. The Realm is an England that is still-magical. Legendary beasts still populate its by-ways. It is a land criss-crossed by lines of power upon which standing stones have been set as a secret protection against invasion. But the power of the array was broken by the Slavers who laid straight roads ...


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The Lost Kingdom of Karnica by Richard Kennedy. Illustrated by Uri Shulevitz. There is a Kirkus review of the book here. The summary they give is: A parable of greed, a conservationist allegory, but also a forceful, beautifully told story. In the Kingdom of Karnica, an enormous red gemstone is found at the bottom of a well; and life, "not especially ...


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I've read this—the story is "Black Colossus", and yes it was written by Howard. The country of Khoraja is threatened by an encroaching army of an evil sorcerer, a divine voice tells the Khorajan princess to save her nation she must put at the head of its army the first man she meets on the streets of her city—who happens to be the mercenary Conan. The wall ...


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This sounds like the movie Transcendence (2014) starring Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall. Depp's character is working to create an artificial intelligence, but after he is poisoned by terrorists, Hall's character (his wife) uploads his consciousness into the computer he was developing. Joseph Tagger: Can you prove you're self-aware? Will Caster: That'...


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The piece is an extract from Arthur C. Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey. It was not a standalone piece of literature. The passage I was trying to remember is as follows: "There were other thinkers, Bowman also found, who held even more exotic views. They did not believe that really advanced beings would possess organic bodies at all. Sooner or later, as ...


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WorldCat shows two video productions (or maybe it's just one production cataloged two different ways) that would better fit the dating. It's not clear that it/they were also shown on televsion, but I'd imagine that was quite possible. Title: Zero hour. Author(s): Bradbury, Ray,; 1920-2012. Chaffee, Darlene. Publication: Santa Monica, Calif. : BFA ...


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If you had not mentioned the meeting another time traveler and the recency of the story, I would have sworn it is "Last Rites" by Ray Bradbury. But it is not only indeed "about a time traveler (possibly rogue(?)) who meets important historical figures just before their death and informs them of the importance and influence that they have on the future" ...


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That's Godzilla (2014) and the other creature is a MUTO. This review has other images similar to the ones above:


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It's not a short story but rather a novel, however, Mindblast (1991) by Diane Duane and Peter Morwood, the first book in the Space Cops series seems to match quite well. I can't find a version of the story online and there isn't too much out there on it but the below descriptions give a bit of detail on it. Officer Lon Salonikis discovered the dark secret ...


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The Gruesome Gray Monster (Finding Colors) (1974) The Gruesome Gray Monster takes all the colors from the world and nobody notices except Kathy. Luckily, the Red escapes and goes with Kathy to the Monster’s gruesome gray castle to get back all the colors. A Coronet release. I found this by Googling educational film colours kidnapped by gray monster which ...


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The story might be "Obsolete Skill" by Charles Sheffield. It was published in 1987 and therefore meets your timeframe. The writer, who is not named, is suspended for almost 200 years. It is mentioned that he has been the subject of ten biographies. The "internet structure" involves some kind of direct neural interface that the writer, at his age, would ...


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Alright guys, looks like I found it. For some stupid reason it came to me after I woke up. I wasn't even thinking about the answer to this question, at all, for several days, which really annoys the heck out of me. Alter Echo Alter Echo tells the story of a futuristic world where psychics, known as shapers, can use a special substance called Plast to ...


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RollBots (2009) Flip (voiced by Sam Vincent) is the newest member of the Spin City Police Department -- and the fastest of all the ROLLBOTS in town. These rolling robotic spheres zip and flip down the city’s track-like streets, sprouting arms, legs, and heads when they're at rest. Excited, eager, and energetic, Flip makes up for his lack of experience ...


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This is a bit of a two-fer. Martin is right that Piers Anthony's OX features Conway's Game of Life. She looked at him suspiciously. "You mean this has been done before?" "This is a once-popular game invented by a mathematician, John Conway, back in 1970. He called it 'Life.' I have often whiled away dull hours working out atypical configurations." ...


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This is probably the 1978 Korean cartoon Goldwing as per Sci-fi anime about guy who finds dying alien and gets transformation power through somersault Young shy orphan Hyun lives with Professor Lee, who is designing a giant flying robot to help mankind. One day, Hyun comes across a badly wounded alien who crashed in a ravine, and he helps the humanoid ...


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"A Planet Named Shayol" by Cordwainer Smith? I remember something about screams from the prison planet being transmitted to Earth. Mercer has been convicted of a crime that has no name. He is condemned to the planet Shayol, from where they broadcast the screams of the damned on the occasion of the Emperor's birthday. He is conducted to a satellite ...


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I have a feeling this could be one of the books in the Serpentwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist. It is possibly the first book 'Shadow of a Dark Queen' Erik saw they were out on the tip of the southern harbor breakwater, a long finger of rocks built up to prevent tidal flow interfering with shipping in the harbor. Calis motioned and each man fell into line. ...


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Unremembered (2013) by Jessica Brody? The girl is named Seraphina, not Sarah, though the names are close. A couple reviews mention her as "Sera", hence the recollection, I guess. From Amazon: When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the 16-year-old girl discovered floating ...


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Probably King of Thorn (2005), adaptation of the 2002 manga Ibara no Ou. Summary of the manga, from MyAnimeList: Two twins, separated by fatal illness and a selective cure. Kasumi and her sister, Shizuku, were infected with the Medusa virus, which slowly turns the victim to stone. There is no cure, but of the two only Kasumi is selected to go into a sort ...


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Found it with your help, Valorum, thank you! It was Strange Attractors by William Sleator. Apparently the device was a modified calculator, and it was used for time travel (which leads to a split timeline and antagonist versions of two of the main characters).


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As noted in a comment by Martin May (but never followed up on), this is the comic story "Good Lord!" with script by Marv Wolfman and art by Dave Cockrum. The story is an homage to earlier pulp-style science fiction and adventure stories. It was first published in Marvel Preview no. 1 (1975) and reprinted in no. 20 (in 1980) On the last two pages of the ...


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I suspect you're thinking of Bakugan Battle Brawlers, which ran on Cartoon Network around 2007-2008. Dan Kuso's life changed one day when cards fell out of the sky and grabbed one, which he and his friend Shun used to invent a game called Bakugan. With other friends, they form a group called the Bakugan Battle Brawlers, and then are accidentally dragged ...


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The BBC's Torchwood (a pseudo-apin-off of Doxtor Who) had an episode like this in season 2, episode 4, 'Meat'. The team investigates a meat company whose product seems to be extraterrestrial in origin. Jack makes the requisite bad innuendo puns about "eating alien meat". By complete coincidence, the meat is transported by... Rhys' company. Gwen doesn't ...


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