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Some homuncululi may have been injured in the production of this banana peel based construction material

Help me identify a dimly remembered short story... A scientist has created or evolved a race of tiny super intelligent creatures. By setting cruel puzzles for them (such as a descending weight that threatens to crush them) he gets them to invent things for him, one of which was a super strong material made out of banana peel. It most likely ends badly for the scientist.
posted by Artw on Aug 4, 2010 - 6 answers

Psych Me Up

Can you recommend a few strong lady stories? [more inside]
posted by *s on Aug 4, 2010 - 34 answers

So gross, and yet I wish to share.

Does anyone have any venue suggestions for trying to publish a really gross short story? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 30, 2010 - 7 answers

Help Tracking Down Poem

Poem/story filter: Help me track down a poem I heard a long time ago. [more inside]
posted by derivation on Jul 24, 2010 - 2 answers

No, please, Don ____. Don't get up. SF story ID

Please help me ID a short science fiction story. Space tragedy, Spanish names, and revenge. [more inside]
posted by wzcx on Jul 16, 2010 - 4 answers

Name that sci-fi short story

Inspired by a recent question, I'm looking for a sci-fi story I read many years ago - bits i remember : guy put in some form of hibernation after the-end-of-the-world, robot looking after him, re-seeding life on Earth from grass seeds in his clothes, probably from some kind of young adult collection, the robots colonise the galaxy.
posted by curious_yellow on Jul 5, 2010 - 2 answers

Help me find some texts to teach the children!

I'll shortly be teaching a unit of work to senior high school students titled "Navigating the Global". I'm after short stories, preferably available for free online, that deal with the themes of global vs local culture. [more inside]
posted by robotot on Jul 1, 2010 - 10 answers

What is the name of this really disturbing science fiction short story?

What is the name of this really disturbing science fiction short story? (potentially NSFW description) [more inside]
posted by brundlefly on Jun 25, 2010 - 14 answers

Ray Carver Filter: what was the name of that story?

Raymond Carver wrote a story in which a character writes a novel, or a story, about and/or titled "The beast that ate Cleveland," or something. [more inside]
posted by From Bklyn on Jun 25, 2010 - 6 answers

Short story about Tefillin as Bondage gear?

Short story about a man who brings Tefillin (phylacteries) on a date and ends up using them as bondage gear? [more inside]
posted by milestogo on Jun 17, 2010 - 6 answers

What is this time travel short story?

I need help finding this short story I read in 5th grade, around 1985. It was a sci-fi time travel story, possibly written for a middle grade/YA audience, and it was anthologized in a school textbook/reader. [more inside]
posted by suburbanbeatnik on Jun 11, 2010 - 2 answers

Out on a limb

Trying to track down a kid's sci-fi short story about a girl whose neighbour was an alien who could detach and 'fix' body parts. [more inside]
posted by Paragon on May 12, 2010 - 6 answers

Short story told through communications to Mission Control?

I'm looking for a short sci-fi story that has eluded me for some time. [more inside]
posted by divide_by_cucumber on May 7, 2010 - 5 answers

Suggest for me some SciFi short stories.

I'm looking for some Sci-fi to read, but I have some pretty specific requests: Short stories, bold endings. More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on May 7, 2010 - 31 answers

locked room mystery?

Short story help: Mystery where suspect flushes himself down the toilet? [more inside]
posted by chairmanroflmao on May 1, 2010 - 2 answers

Starting again: do I mention published work from a "previous" life?

I have published two short stories in my life, and that was twenty, and twenty-five years ago. Do I mention these in my cover letter to the fiction editor? I mean, yes, it is my publication history, and as it happens, both journals still exist, but this is still ancient history. To complicate matters, one of these stories was published under my married name, which I am no longer using. I have never mentioned the dates of publication in my cover letters so far, of course. I'm just wondering if editors check up on these things in some way that could easily leave me looking like a liar.
posted by uans on Mar 16, 2010 - 15 answers

Cool-headed drug-running young Irisher swims for shore to start over

I'd like to re-read this short story and other work by this author: I think this was collected in Best American Short Stories or O Henry short story collection, probably the past fifteen years. A great story, tight writing, great characters, fast pace: Cool-headed young man, Irish heritage, gutsy adventurer, stone-cold in face of danger, and danger abounds in this story, as he's running drugs on a sailboat in the Mediterranean. Drugs purchased with money he borrowed from his sister on some pretext or other. [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue on Mar 9, 2010 - 3 answers

To Write is to write is to write.

Charlotte, NC, transplant writer (involuntarily amateur) looking for a writing circle/critique group/community of writers. [more inside]
posted by Scattercat on Feb 28, 2010 - 1 answer

Forgotten Short Story - Utah War won by Mormons.

What was that short story about an alternate history of the Utah War? [more inside]
posted by Seamus on Jan 9, 2010 - 7 answers

Curiosity seeks remorseless inexorable robot for long walks in countryside.

Identify an old sci-fi short story - unstoppable robot slowly hunting a man across wilderness? [more inside]
posted by Leud on Jan 3, 2010 - 9 answers

A tale of mystery, intrigue and suspense

'New Yorker' short story posted in the last year, or the last few years, about a man who lives with the ghost of his parents. Link? [more inside]
posted by caveat on Dec 28, 2009 - 4 answers

Title of short story

Does anybody know the title of a short science fiction story about the male population going mad and killing all the females ? [more inside]
posted by Pendragon on Dec 27, 2009 - 8 answers

ID this short story

Sci-fiShortStoryFilter: A generation ship on a long-term voyage slowly forgets the purpose of its mission and begins to interpret the mission control manual and previous captain's logs as religious works, and cease working toward their target. Basically all other details I've forgotten, and I'm pretty sure it's not "Thirteen to Centaurus" by JG Ballard that I'm thinking of.
posted by palindromic on Dec 14, 2009 - 29 answers

I need some advice about publishing my story.

Hive authors: help me publish a sci-fi story! [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Dec 2, 2009 - 26 answers

I readed a story, but I forgetted it.

I'm trying to find a short sci-fi story I read over 10 years ago that I barely remember. It may have involved some or all of the following: bicycle repair, ripe banana smelling bacteria used as deodorant and anti-libido medication. [more inside]
posted by jrishel on Nov 19, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me identify this story.

Please help me remember the title and author of a short story I read maybe 15 years ago. A handicapped woman, living with her sister and her sister's family, sees a man in church she feels quite sure is the devil. In order to get away from him, she struggles to regain the physical independence she had given up. (She had gone into a wheelchair because walking was possible, but too painful.) She does manage to become self-sufficient enough to move out on her own--and then wonders if it was worth it, after all. I am almost sure the author was Italian. Can anyone help?
posted by uans on Nov 16, 2009 - 0 answers

So much for the light at the end of the tunnel

Help me find this short story that I read in 8th grade 20 years ago. It's about a prisoner who finds the entrance to a tunnel in his jail cell and crawls all the way down... [more inside]
posted by yawper on Nov 1, 2009 - 4 answers

Looking for the story "Bomb Run"

In the early 1980s, Starlog magazine ran a column called Quest that featured readers' artistic submissions. To this day, I still recall a story called "Bomb Run," which dealt with an Enola Gay-style bombing of an alien planet. Did anyone else read this story, and if so, do you know where can I find it online or at least learn the author's name?
posted by nightengine on Oct 14, 2009 - 2 answers

please help me identify this scifi short story...

please help identify this short story...I believe I would have read this in the 80's. There was a team of psychic investigators, and they are called to look into strange events (unexplained accidents?) on a section of highway. In the end it turns out that cumulative spiritual energy of roadkill animals is somehow striking back/rising up, and there is an exorcism of some sort. Then they hear about the bus full of dangerous inmates which has crashed...(implying that the aftereffects will be horrific) [more inside]
posted by maryrussell on Sep 20, 2009 - 3 answers

Name this short story!

Name this short story about an immigrant student working as a babysitter for an American professor. [more inside]
posted by Bizurke on Sep 9, 2009 - 3 answers

Help me write a professional short story cover letter.

Short story cover letters: How do I indicate I have actually read the journal I am submitting to , or do I do so, at all? I am a Canadian who wants to publish short fiction in the far larger market in the U.S. Every literary journal’s submission guidelines urge you to read at least one copy of their magazine before submitting. [more inside]
posted by uans on Sep 8, 2009 - 16 answers

short story for short film

What are some short stories/myths etc. with a sole female protagonist for film adaptation? [more inside]
posted by breadfruit on Aug 22, 2009 - 6 answers

Short Story: Journalist on Death Row?

Anyone recognize this short story about a journalist who wants to learn what it's like to be on Death Row? It's NOT by Roald Dahl. [more inside]
posted by web-goddess on Jul 19, 2009 - 6 answers

SF story about formerly-mortal woman

SFShortStoryFilter: Looking for a short(ish) story I must have read in one of the more popular SF anthologies about a human race of nigh-immortals spread out through several verses. [more inside]
posted by tigrrrlily on Jun 27, 2009 - 6 answers

Maybe you would like to purchase yours now, and then hate me forever.

Please explain what happened in Edna O'Brien's short story "Old Wounds", published in the June 8-15 issue of the New Yorker (link). [more inside]
posted by medusa on Jun 12, 2009 - 5 answers

A Visit to the Cream-Puff Factory

Help me remember the name of this short story I read in a humor anthology in the late 70's. I remember the title as "A Visit to the Cream-Puff Factory," but all my attempts to find it again have been unsuccessful. [more inside]
posted by oozy rat in a sanitary zoo on May 21, 2009 - 2 answers

Can you identify this short story about a kitten found during breakfast?

This question about eggs reminded me of a short story I read years and years ago. It features a kitten and breakfast. [more inside]
posted by maudlin on May 13, 2009 - 4 answers

Stalemated trying to find fantasy chess story

I'm trying to track down a fantasy short story based around a real life infamous chess game. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Apr 23, 2009 - 6 answers

Short Story Question

What is this short story about a diver falling from the sky? [more inside]
posted by nvly on Apr 6, 2009 - 5 answers

A Short Story About Toilet Paper and Poison

Help me remember a short story about a girls' detention center. [more inside]
posted by DWRoelands on Apr 3, 2009 - 1 answer

What is the name and who is the author of this science fiction short story about a Utopian Transparent Society

After looking everywhere and which a way, I am at a loss. I am looking for a short story with a near future high tech anarchy as background-- something that resembles David Brin's concept of The Transparent Society, Utopian Version, where every body knows everybody else's business--as opposed to, say, Police Surveillance State On Steroids Big Time where Big Brother knows your business and location as in 1984 meets The Minority Report. [more inside]
posted by y2karl on Mar 10, 2009 - 11 answers

SciFi Story Identification - Body Switching and Mindreading

"What science fiction short story is this?" filter. One story about body switching/different perceptions, and another about mindreading. [more inside]
posted by anthy on Feb 25, 2009 - 10 answers

I am the worst former English major/ Librarian-in-training

I'm looking for the title of a French short story, in which a father kills his son. [more inside]
posted by Isingthebodyelectric on Jan 29, 2009 - 5 answers

Once upon a time, there was an old storyteller toy...

"ID this short story" Filter: Story about a storyteller toy à la Teddy Ruxpin who is discarded by its owners after they receive a new model. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on Jan 10, 2009 - 6 answers

Short story read on NPR about white family helping black family in the 1930s at the holidays?

Can you help identify a short story read on NPR on or around x-mas day 2007, about a poor white family helping out a poor black family, probably out west, probably in the 1930s? [more inside]
posted by chr1sb0y on Dec 24, 2008 - 4 answers

Lost a Sci-Fi Short Story. Can You Help Me Find It?

I feel like I should know this one but Google has failed me. I recall reading a Sci-Fi-like story about a group of children who were only allowed to play outside in the sun for one day a year. I can't remember if the lived underground or if it rained all of the time. I just remember that there was only one day they could enjoy being outside. Does anyone know the name or author of the story?
posted by extraheavymarcellus on Dec 11, 2008 - 6 answers

Funeral song from Io

"ID this SF story" filter: I read this story in middle school out of a scifi anthology. It was about a human soldier who was launched into space in a capsule with an onboard computer, containing all the knowledge of the Earth, as well as enough supplies to last him indefinitely. [more inside]
posted by wayofthedodo on Dec 1, 2008 - 6 answers

What's this "aliens stole our metal" SF short?

Another "ID this SF story" question...a man wakes up in the night to discover (so he thinks) that all the metal in his house is gone. [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on Nov 21, 2008 - 3 answers

What is the name of this story about waiting? "Godot" isn't in the title.

ID That Story: novel (novella? short story?) in which a man is standing in line. Pretty much the entire story is his experience while waiting in line. It's a future/dystopia story. The man is waiting in line to make a complaint. He falls in love with the girl in front of him, though she's not allowed to turn and look at him. It's a parable about overpopulation. It was probably written in the 60s or 70s. That's all I remember.
posted by grumblebee on Nov 20, 2008 - 8 answers

Short story about hippies bringing it all down from the inside

I'm trying to find a short story I read awhile back. 1960s-era student radicals infiltrated the Establishment to bring it down from the inside. Decades later on the eve of their impending success they.... [more inside]
posted by codswallop on Nov 4, 2008 - 2 answers

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