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Well, since others are answering with stories instead of anthologies, I will stop withholding the story that kept intruding on my thoughts - mainly because the good SF story is a tad disgusting. It is "Spectator Sport by John D. MacDonald. It was also answered with some story details a few years ago here. I searched to see if it were part of an anthology ...


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Any chance that story is the novella "The Calvin Coolidge Home for Dead Comedians" by Bradley Denton, republished in both his collection of that name and his collection One Day Closer to Death? There's no quest for God in that story, but, quoting Wikipedia's summary, In the afterlife, Leonard finds himself confined to the Calvin Coolidge Home for Dead ...


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The short story is Mobius Trip by Janny Wurtz. Featuring an aging mirror-maker who is asked to create a mirror which acts like a moebius strip and shows a reflection of the past and the future. Review comment This story appeared in Elemental: The Tsunami Relief Anthology: Stories of Science Fiction and Fantasy and was donated to fund that relief effort.


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Malka Older's Tear Tracks, published in 2015. The story is online here in full, and the details you mentioned all match. Thank you for bringing this moving story to my attention. A brief sample: “It is in her honor,” Irnv continues, “that we now make the tear tracks on our faces, to represent her learning, sacrifice, and wisdom.” She runs her fingers ...


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Wild Seed (1980), by Octavia E. Butler Wild Seed (1980), a novel by Octavia E. Butler, is part of the Patternist series. The fourth book by publication date, it is set the earliest in the series' internal timeline. Doro, the primary antagonist of the novel, has spent centuries refining human bloodlines for advanced abilities. One such product of this ...


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Another possibility may be VR Troopers. The years are a bit off [1995-97] but it has the same tokasatsu feel, a girl and 2 guys fighting. It was even made by Saban, the company responsible for Power Rangers. Here's what they look like:


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This would be the Elfhome (Tinker) series by Wen Spencer. See her website. It appears to be a match for all of your details. Inventor, girl genius Tinker lives in a near-future Pittsburgh which now exists mostly in the land of the elves. She runs her salvage business, pays her taxes, and tries to keep the local ambient level of magic down with gadgets ...


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Jerry Pournelle, King David's Spaceship. This story is distantly connected to the more famous Mote in God's Eye by Niven and Pournelle. In a different edge of the Empire, a planet is trying to avoid getting taken over by Imperial traders. Their two-prong approach involves a spaceship on their own, and traveling on Imperial trade ships to an even less ...


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This is a very long shot, but in the absence of any other answers I'll give it a try. In either The Many Colored Land (1981) or The Golden Torc (1982) by Julian May, there's a scene where a group of humans, rebelling against the 'elf-like' psychic overlords called the Tanu, travel down a river in ancient Europe. The human captain of the boat is ...


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Gaultheria posted a comment suggesting Vernor Vinge's A Fire Upon the Deep, which got an answer comment (maybe from the original querent), stating that that was it, so I'm posting it. This is a quote from Chapter 4 by the Tines, dog-like telepathic aliens: .... they got their first view of the visitor from heaven, or part of him anyway. There were four ...


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It is the book "Mind Transfer" (1988) by the author Janet Asimov. From this review: Using the background of husband Isaac's classic robot stories of the '40s and '50s, Janet Asimov considers the possibilities and problems of the title technique: imprinting human minds on robot brains to give the aging and ill a second life. Naturally, there is a backlash,...


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Possibly The Asses of Balaam by Randall Garrett. This was published in 1961 so you could have read it 25 years ago. It is available on Project Gutenberg here. The tag line is: A twenty-four legged ecologist is alarmed by a subordinate's report of bipedal animals suddenly appearing and despoiling the surface of the planet. It must be a hoax. The ...


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With the hint that the story appeared in Hurricane, it was possible to track it down. It's "Danny Jones - Time Traveller"; the story you remember ran in the 1965/04/24 and 1965/05/01 issues. Danny Jones has a magic clock that he can set to a time in order to go there. According to a page I found, he found the clock in a lake, but that was not in the first ...


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This may be "The Secret Country" by Pamela Dean, the first book of a trilogy. The summary on Goodreads is: Each vacation for the past nine years, cousins Patrick, Ruth, Ellen, Ted, and Laura have played a game they call the “Secret”—and invented, scripted world full of witches, unicorns, a magic ring, court intrigue, and the Dragon King. In the Secret, ...


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I think you're thinking of The Integrated Man by Michael Berlyn published December 1980 by Bantam Doubleday Dell. The hero is, essentially trying to organize a rebellion and is on the run, using his supply of chips to stay off the books and ahead of the authorities. The cover certainly is good match: More details in a review: The workers are given ...


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Okay, if it was definitely in Hurricane, then it's almost certainly "Danny Jones - Time Traveller" which only ever appeared in Hurricane and Tiger. Danny is a schoolboy who discovers a buried 17th century clock (made by a wizard / alchemist, I think) that allows him to travel in time. Although I don't remember "the Masters" or the Easter Island statues, ...


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This could be John Scalzi's The Ghost Brigades, second book of his Old Man's War series. But now the differences emerge, thought Cainen, as the creature barked at him again: A broader torso and abdominal plain, and a generally awkward skeletal structure and musculature. Stump-like feet; clublike hands. Outwardly obvious sexual differentiation (this one ...


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To Honor You Call Us by H. Paul Honsinger


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This is tricky, because unlike US comics there doesn't seem to be as much obsessive documentation of British comics... I'm going to suggest that the most likely candidate is "Kelly's Eye" which ran in Valiant from 1963 to 1971. Unlike the other candidates for time travel stories in that era (I also considered "Adam Eterno," "Legend Testers" and "Jimmy and ...


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Dunno about a wormhole in the garden, but The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is definitely set in Britain (on this side of the wormhole, at least), features a bunch of kids / teenagers (two brothers and two sisters) and is definitely quite dark (Edmund selling out his older brother and his sisters is pretty dark, as well as the evil witch blanketing Narnia ...


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This is MST3K Episode 820 Space Mutiny. The floor buffer vehicles were referred to in the movie as "Enforcers". Here is a link to the episode on YouTube. The 'enforcer' 'chase' 'scene' starts around 1:16:53. RiffTrax also covered the movie in a live show recently.


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You most likely read the omnibus Peace and War, which collects Joe Haldeman's three "Forever" novels, Forever War, Forever Free, and Forever Peace. The latter is only thematically linked to the two first. The summary from Goodreads of the three novels is: WAR: William Mandella is a reluctant hero, drafted to fight in a distant interstellar war against ...


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The first segment sounds very much like the Forever War, by Joe Haldeman. It is the first book in a series, thought the two follow ups were published decades late. The Forever war is from 1974, the follow ups, the late 90s. The Earth's leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sand—despite the fact that the fierce alien enemy that they would oppose is ...


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This sounds a lot like the Forever War by Joe Haldeman and the sequels Forever Peace and Forever Free. The main protagonist is in the military fighting a war across distances in space that make relativistic time dilation effects significant and so long periods of real time are experienced as short missions by the fighters. At the end of the first book the ...


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I think this is probably the novel Collision Course by Barrington J. Bayley, that was identified by Handsome Jim in a comment. This is a novel not a short story, but scenario that you describe appears as part of the novel. It's a description of the society on a space station called Retort City. The city has mastered the manipulation of time. For example ...


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There was an episode of X- Files that was similar. It wasn’t a movie, but it was from the mid to late 90’s. A pregnant woman is in a hospital and the ultra sound reveals strange abnormalities. The woman is scared and claims she was raped by some kind of creature or demon. Mulder and Scully investigate and find a demon posing as a human to impregnate ...


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As mentioned in the comments, I believe you are looking for I Became the Strongest With The Failure Frame also known as Hazure Waku no Joutai Ijou Skill de Saikyou ni Natta Ore ga Subete wo Juurin Suru made The manga starts out with a goddess addressing the class she just summoned and informs them that the main character is to be disposed of because he has ...


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Is this Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters? The main character, Ray, lives with his grandfather and mother. While it is not the first episode, here is a short clip from Hasbro entitled "Don't Say Bob and Weave!" where Ray's monster is fighting another monster in what looks like an underground library:


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It sounds like it could be The Silver Nutmeg: The Story of Anna Lavinia and Toby (1956) by Palmer Brown. This is from NY Times Book Review: Anna Lavinia’s father wanted her to have another point of view, so what did he do? He made a peephole in the garden wall. But he couldn’t have known that this new view would lead Anna Lavinia all the way to the ...


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As per Lone wolf or beserker behaviour of young men in an a very authoritarian society, this sounds like Disappearing Act (1953) by Alfred Bester. From ISFDb: During the War for the American Dream in the near future, a group of hospitalized veterans exhibit a novel way to escape from their traumatic reality. The answer on the above question provides the ...


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Could this be Huntik: Secrets & Seekers? The series follows Lok Lambert as he uncovers the secret legacy of his missing father. His father, Eathon, was a member of the Huntik Foundation and a part of a secret world of magic users known as Seekers and creatures known as Titans. On his mission to uncover what happened to his father, Lok is ...


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I suspect this might be BloodRedDemon's "Feral" Neglected in favour of his younger brother, Harry Potter always was dissatisfied. His Parents and their friends fawned over Thomas, no matter what the older brother did. Harry upped and left; why would he have stayed? 6 years later, Harry Potter found a new home. The boy is in the middle of it all, though. ...


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Stardust (2007) The passage from this world to the fantasy kingdom of Stormhold is through a breach in a wall beside an English village. In the 1800s, a boy becomes a man when he ventures through the breach in pursuit of a fallen star, to prove his love for the village beauty. The star is no lump of rock, it's a maiden, Yvaine. Tristan, the youth, is not ...


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I think you're talking about Le Grand Secret by René Barjavel (originally published in the early 70s). The English translation is called The Immortals. An Indian character discovers a virus that causes immortality. He tells Indian Prime Minister Nehru, who then alerts other world leaders. It was adapted into a (French language) TV miniseries in 1989.


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That sounds very much like "Someday" by Isaac Asimov. It is a story about two boys, and the story telling machine ("bard") that belongs to the poorer (less priveleged) boy. "Bards" make up stories to tell based on plot lines and general information programmed into them. Much of the story revolves around the two boys "rediscovering" written text and how to ...


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This is "Someday" by Isaac Asimov. From Wikipedia:- "Someday" is a science fiction short story by American writer Isaac Asimov. It was first published in the August 1956 issue of Infinity Science Fiction and reprinted in the collections Earth Is Room Enough (1957), The Complete Robot (1982), Robot Visions (1990), and The Complete Stories, Volume 1 (1990)....


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I believe you are looking for Hiraheishi wa Kako wo Yumemiru. The first chapter is showing the dark future where they get to the fight with the demon lord, then the moment the demon lord is defeated, the main character, John, gets stabbed through the back and dies. Then he is back as a baby in his crib confused as to what just happened. In the third ...


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Singularity 7 (2004) by Ben Templesmith? From Wikipedia: The comic tells the story of how Earth was forever changed after alien nanites arrived in a meteor shower. The nanites, able to shift the molecular structure of any material, bond with the mind of Bobby Hennigan who initially uses the nanites power to improve life on Earth by building complex ...


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Is it possible you're thinking of "According to His Abilities," by Harry Harrison as per Old short story where humans deliberately pick an insane man to lead a contact mission with an alien species? It has a similar theme of humans winning the negotiation due to a paranoiac. “Mentally sick -- and on the way to being cured until this happened. I hate to ...


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This is a huge coincidence. I thought about this movie today and it felt like a fever dream from when i was young lol. Found your question, hoping someone answered it, but then i went searching and found the one i was looking for! Any chance it's Los Pintín Al Rescate? The Pintíns are relaxing at “the beach” with the other penguins, at the edge of the ...


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This looks to be the book series Play To Live, which is currently at 7 books, and has many of the elements described across the series. The first book, AlterWorld: Play to Live has the following synopsis which mentions the evasion of death, as well as the military escapism: A new pandemic - the perma effect - has taken over Earth of the near future. ...


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This might be Into the Labyrinth (2002) by Roderick Townley. The Amazon summary of the book mentions the story being changed around: What a relief when the old storybook is republished and the characters who live inside it suddenly discover they have Readers again - lots of Readers - especially when the book is loaded on to the Web. The endless reading ...


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This would seem to be Robota, a 2003 illustrated novel by Orson Scott Card with illustrations by Doug Chaing. There is a picture of the cover that matches the OP's recollection very closely. Robota cover The summary from Amazon also fits the information supplied by the OP in the question. Academy award winning artist Doug Chiang and best-selling sci-fi ...


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This is Mandalay by John M. Ford - if you read it the late '80s, you may have read it in the anthology Isaac Asimov's Worlds of Science Fiction. Some other plot details that may jog your memory: The curvature of the tube appeared to be circular, but if the walkers travelled through what appeared to be a full 360 degrees, they weren't back where they were ...


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Perhaps Tsuyokute New Saga: The Demon King led his army of demons to wipe out the human race. The Hero, Kail, and his allies attacked the Demon King's castle to defeat the Demon King. The Demon King is slain, but at what cost? Kail lost all of his allies throughout the war. Friends, family, lovers, comrades. All dead, and he is dying. As Kail's life ...


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Process by A. E. Van Vogt (1950). In an online review, MPorcius wrote: "Process" (1950) This is an odd story, and seems to have caught people's attention when it first appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. It later appeared in some "Best of" anthologies and was the basis of a cover story in Andromeda, a Canadian comic book. ...


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STRIKEBREAKER by Isaac Asimov (1957) On the asteroid colony of Lamorak, the family who deals with sewage are outcasts. One fine day they go on strike, and the colony faces destruction. A visiting galactic anthropologists cannot just stand by and watch the colony die. So he becomes a strikebreaker and operates the sewage treatment plant.


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Found it! Phantoms (1998) Dr. Jennifer Pailey brings her sister Lisa to the resort town of Snowfield, Colorado, a small ski resort village nestled in the Rocky Mountains where Jenny works as a doctor. Once in town, the sisters find no one around but a few corpses. At first their suspicions are that of a serial killer on the loose in town. The sisters ...


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Not Bram, but (Brion) Brandd. What you describe is most certainly Harry Harrison's Planet of the Damned (etext available from Project Gutenberg). While your description misses completely the main plot of the book, it pretty much describes the setup (Brandd's upbringing on the inhospitable planet of Anvhar, which has an eccentric orbit with very long winters ...


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This is Princes Mononoke In Muromachi Japan, an Emishi village is attacked by a demon. The last Emishi prince, Ashitaka, kills it before it reaches the village, but its corruption curses his right arm. The curse gives him superhuman strength, but will eventually spread through his body and kill him. The villagers discover that the demon was a boar god, ...


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