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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

Identify a David Foster Wallace short story

Please help me identify/find this David Foster Wallace (very) short story. [more inside]
posted by hugo on Oct 28, 2008 - 3 answers

I just can't go through another anthology...

Short Story Suggestions: I need a short story for a specific lesson. Criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by gursky on Oct 25, 2008 - 10 answers

Short story involving children seeing an alternate world in the holes of stones

Short Story Filter. I remember a short story that I read in a sci-fi story anthology back in the mid 90's that I haven't been able to find since. There are a group of three boys, one of them substantially younger, who play out in a big field. One of the older boys tells the younger boy, as a joke, that if you look through the hole in the middle of a stone, you can see into another world of some kind. Mysterious circumstances then occur. [more inside]
posted by lockle on Oct 23, 2008 - 2 answers

Sci-fi spitting in Mona Lisa's eye

Short Story Askme: I read a short dystopian story many years ago set in a run-down, post apocalyptic future. A queue of people line up on a street to spit at a painting. The painting represents all the problems of the past. It is implied that the painting is The Mona Lisa. What is the story?
posted by bollockovnikov on Sep 25, 2008 - 2 answers

Ineed some help here.

Another of the endless stream of "name this childhood book" questions that y'all are so good at answering. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Sep 6, 2008 - 8 answers

Rapidly-moving short stories?

What are some good short stories in which time passes extremely quickly? [more inside]
posted by whir on Sep 1, 2008 - 12 answers

not a goulash

Does this literary form exist? [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches on Jun 5, 2008 - 32 answers

What is the name of the short story about a Vietnam draft dodger?

Help me remember the name of this short story about a draft dodger in Vietnam. [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy on May 15, 2008 - 8 answers

Mein Sci-Fi Kampf

There was a post (I believe on Boing Boing) a few months ago about a sci-fi short story in the form of an internet message board. The message board was for a group of time travelers, and the new members were always being scolded for going back in time and killing Hitler (this was against the rules, as without Hitler we wouldn't have many technologies, etc etc). I have Google strings that I've tried inside... [more inside]
posted by pedmands on May 14, 2008 - 14 answers

We'll never tell. Don't ask again.

Looking for a science fiction short story I read years ago. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Feb 24, 2008 - 11 answers

What is the name or author of this SciFi short story?

Help me be awesome and find this sci fi short story for my room mate. I have only my account of his account of the plot to go by. [more inside]
posted by pedmands on Feb 23, 2008 - 15 answers

Help me identify these short horror stories?

Help me identify these four short horror stories, based on descriptions of their plots and endings. SPOILERS AHEAD! [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Jan 29, 2008 - 3 answers

Help me identify this short story!

Help me identify this short story! It is a story told from the perspective of an infant as he is free-falling through the garbage chute of a multi-level housing complex after being discarded by his teenage mother. The story is divided into nine parts, with each part signifying the baby's arrival at each floor until he finally reaches the trash compactor at the ground level. [more inside]
posted by sansgras on Jan 16, 2008 - 4 answers

Short story about a barber who learns how someone will die?

What is the short story where there is a barber who, upon touching a person's head or hair, is able to see how the person will die? That's all I can really recall about the story. I read it years ago when I was in high school in one of the literature books that some classes use for instruction.
posted by mulligan on Jan 10, 2008 - 9 answers

Who wrote this scifi story abount kids who couldn't grow up?

Help me figure out the title/author of this short science fiction story. It was about a world where everyone stopped growing. [more inside]
posted by hjo3 on Jan 10, 2008 - 6 answers

What is this short story?

What is the name of this short story that I am thinking of? [more inside]
posted by jModug on Jan 6, 2008 - 6 answers

Searching for Story; Need to Get "Unstuck"

Short Story Filter: I'm trying to track down a wonderful short story I read maybe 15 years ago. It focuses on a couple struggling with a dysfunctional marital and/or sexual relationship. The story is set somewhere in a snowy/icy climate, and the central conceit of the story is that the husband needs to free their car which is stuck in the snow. As the story unfolds, the author describes the back-and-forth rocking of the car as he slams it from "drive" into "reverse" and back again, and it becomes clear that the movement of the car is a powerful sexual metaphor. Finally the car rolls free and the dramatic release seems to provide hope for the relationship. Does this sound familiar to anybody? I thought the title of the story was "Unstuck," but Googling has led me nowhere.
posted by AngerBoy on Dec 11, 2007 - 5 answers

Help Me Identify a Story About A Pool Party Bomb

TeenAngstFilter: Can you help me identify a short story about a student who blows up a pool? [more inside]
posted by burnmp3s on Nov 29, 2007 - 2 answers

What type of story wins the Toronto Star's short story contest?

What type of stories win the Toronto Star's short story contest? I mean, beyond what's in the Star's rules and guidelines -- does history show a bias towards a certain subject matter or style, etc.? The judges are from the Humber College creative writing program -- does that mean there are any types of writing that are especially in/out of favour?
posted by winston on Nov 27, 2007 - 0 answers

Short short story.

I need an extremely short suspense story. [more inside]
posted by Hargrimm on Oct 25, 2007 - 17 answers

What is the best site to have people critique my fiction?

I've written some fiction. Now I want to see if it's any good. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Oct 14, 2007 - 7 answers

Need help finding an sci-fi story.

Seeking out a sci-fi short story I read some time ago and would like to find again. [more inside]
posted by killThisKid on Aug 23, 2007 - 6 answers

Please help me find this sci-fi story again.

Do you remember a sci-fi short story about the last man on earth and suspended animation and the evolution of algae? [more inside]
posted by Specklet on Jul 31, 2007 - 4 answers

Yet another sci-fi story ID request...

[ObscureSciFiFilter] Help me identify these science fiction stories please? [more inside]
posted by herichon on Jul 8, 2007 - 15 answers

Help Me Find A Story About The Ten Commandments

I am trying to find the title and author of a short science fiction story. The story centered around Moses returning from Mt. Sinai and finding the Israelites worshiping the golden calf. In the biblical version he breaks the tablets and later goes back to get another set. In this story, the Israelites realize the error of their ways and gather all the pieces. [more below] [more inside]
posted by mshellenberger on Jun 21, 2007 - 7 answers

MametFilter: 10000 Yen?

Do you recognize this short story, possibly written by David Mamet? A Japanese couple scrimps and saves so they can incrementally improve their lives, and they go to a shopping mall/set of stores for fun, where they purchase candies/cookies that look like 1000 or 10000 or 1000000 yen. (More inside.) [more inside]
posted by Slap Factory on Jun 20, 2007 - 5 answers

quite a tale indeed...

ScienceFictionfilter: Suggestions for gift subscriptions of science fiction magazines, journals printed in English and dead tree format [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Jun 18, 2007 - 10 answers

ShortStoryFilter: Lamp that you have to sell for half what you paid?

I read a short story once about ten years ago, it was in a compiliation of short stories but I don't remember the title or author. The part I remember from the plot is that there's a magic lamp that gives wishes but you have to sell it for half of what you paid for it. I believe the main characters keep trying to find lower currencies so they can continue reselling it.
posted by bertrandom on May 21, 2007 - 3 answers

What is this short story?

After an extensive Google search, I have yet another "name that short story" question, posed by a friend. [more inside]
posted by landedjentry on May 18, 2007 - 2 answers

Short story about a foul child?

Name That Short Story: a horror story-within-a-story about a foul child with a drunk father. [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast on May 11, 2007 - 3 answers

SF Short Story with Zombie Scientist?

StoryIdentificationFilter: A few years ago, I read a scifi short story in an anthology. It had zombie-ish elements, and a scientist-type who was afflicted who was able to work and study the zombie phenomenon by burning out the nerves on spots on his hand that impelled him to touch non-zombies. They kept growing back, so he continually had to burn them out. [more inside]
posted by adamwolf on May 10, 2007 - 5 answers

ShortStoryFilter: Looking for a short story where Americans go on vacation and get killed

ShortStoryFilter: Looking for a short story where Americans go on vacation and get killed. [more inside]
posted by mwang1028 on May 6, 2007 - 3 answers

name this sci-fi short story from the 80s

Trying to remember a sci-fi short story - I used to read Nebula Award collections when I was a kid and this one was in one years collection, but I am pretty sure it did not win. I've been trying to figure out what it was for years now. I'll tell you what I remember from it inside here... [more inside]
posted by darkpony on May 2, 2007 - 12 answers

Delicious dinos

Yet another Sci-Fi ID request: I once read a tongue-in-cheek short story involving a fidgety time travel portal, dinosaurs, and culinary adventures. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay on Apr 15, 2007 - 6 answers

What is this grotesque, possibly German short story?

Help me remember the name and author of this short story. The pathetic male main character is abused and humiliated by an abusive female character (his wife, I think). The culmination involves some sort of grotesque and humiliating performance by the main character at a party, arranged by the wife. [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Apr 9, 2007 - 12 answers

Flowers for Algernon Sci Fi alternate ending?

Short story filter: Help me identify a science fiction short story I read this year about a "Flowers for Algernon" type situation, where instead of the Algernon-ish character reverting back to his former state, his intelligence becomes unlimited and he goes on to (sort of) control the world. [more inside]
posted by np312 on Mar 21, 2007 - 6 answers

Short-Story Filter?

I read this short story in middle/jr high school, and I have no idea what the name of it is. It's going to bother me until I find out. [more inside]
posted by lisawin on Feb 24, 2007 - 17 answers

Sci-fi short story with microscopic humans

Name that sci-fi short story: In the prologue, a colonist ship has crashed on a water planet. The colonists can't survive there themselves, so they genetically engineer humans to be about the size of microbes and live in the water instead. Most of the story deals with the resulting aquatic society, their interactions with other species of microbes, and their search for their now-forgotten origins. And no, it was not "The Incredible Journey". Any ideas on what it might be?
posted by Johnny Assay on Jan 21, 2007 - 7 answers

Ich suche nach einem Kurzgeschichtschreiber

Help me find the (prolific, I think) short story writer I read in high school! Fuzzy, mixed up memories inside. [more inside]
posted by !Jim on Jan 5, 2007 - 9 answers

It was all good until the tutor needed a cigarette

I read a short story a few years ago and would really like to find it again. A boy doesn't understand the complexities of the world -- such as how cars work. Suddenly, cars stop working. [more inside]
posted by Terminal Verbosity on Nov 30, 2006 - 2 answers

Please help me identify a short story

I remember a friend of mine telling me about a short story/novel/novella about a baseball pitcher whose pitched balls disappeared after leaving his hand, only to reappear in a totally different place and kill someone. There's [more inside]
posted by reenum on Nov 22, 2006 - 9 answers

What's the name of this short story I read in high school?

The Postal Service song "We Will Become Silhouettes" reminds me of a short story (or maybe poem?) I read in high school, but I can't remember the name or author for the life of me. I believe the action centered around an automated house going through its daily routine after the inhabitants had been vaporized on its side. There was also something about birds singing... I think. Any ideas?
posted by pokermonk on Oct 12, 2006 - 12 answers

NameTheShortHorrorStoryFilter

NameTheShortHorrorStoryFilter: Guy's reflection tries to come out of the mirror and kill him [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer on Sep 28, 2006 - 3 answers

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