Use for help identifying a story and/or its creator(s), including novels, movies, comic books, entire TV series, etc. Use with another tag to specify which type of media, eg. [short-stories]. For identifying a single episode of a known series, whether TV, film, book, or comic, use [episode-identification].
When to use this tag
- Use this tag if you are trying to identify a story when you cannot remember its name.
- Use this tag if you know or think you know the title of a work, but are trying to identify the name of the author or creator
- The story must be science fiction or fantasy, or else it is off-topic.
- If you are trying to identify an episode of a TV show, or a particular film, book or comic that is a part of a series, use the episode-identification tag instead.
- For other types of identification questions, see character-identification, object-identification, actor-identification, music-identification, and scene-identification.
This tag is not appropriate for asking for recommendations. There should be exactly one correct answer—when someone does suggest the correct answer, please accept it, so that everyone else knows that there is no point making any other suggestions.
How to ask good story-identification questions
Questions must have as much detail as possible, including:
- Media (short story collection, magazine, novel, TV, film, website)
- Original year of publication/airing, or at least when you have read/seen this work of fiction. "Read when I was a child" is not as useful as "Read when I was a child (early 1980s)"
- Major themes
- Plot (as much as you can remember)
- Characters (names, descriptions)
- The language you read or heard the story in
- Details about the cover, if applicable
- Target audience/age group
- Color or black & white, if applicable
- Ideas that you have already ruled out (for example, if you know the story was not written by Asimov, then tell us so that we can save time)
If the question is too vague (and so could match dozens or hundreds of stories), then it will probably be closed. If this happens to your question, please add more detail. Add the details relevant to the question by editing your question, rather than by commenting.
How to write a good story-identification answer
See the meta post, How to write a good Story-ID answer?