A few years ago I went into my school's SciFi library and I was given a book of short stories which I read several of sitting on the floor of the library. And then I put down the book and I don't remember what it was called.
One short story was about a world in which computation speeds get faster and faster until someone, eventually makes computers capable of running models on the order of complexity of a world's worth of physics very very quickly. I think the computers may have been the shape of small cubes. [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh
on Jun 25, 2014 -
I'm trying to ID a short story where the protagonist becomes unemployed in a world where once you lose your job you have no hope of getting another job and are therefor forced to accept marginal government assistance. Additional spoilerific details inside. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral
on Feb 7, 2014 -
When I was 12 or 13 my English teacher assigned a short story that is quite profound.
From what I remember, it was scifi. In this society there was a new company that sold delicious milkshakes. They became incredibly popular, and their stores were everywhere. Unfortunately the people in the story got obese.
So another company created a product that would help you lose weight. That became popular too.
The people bought lots of milkshakes, and the people paid to lose weight. Round and round...
Does anyone know the title of this short story?
posted by daniel.poynter
on Nov 11, 2013 -
I'm looking for the name of this classic SF story about a handful of astronauts stranded in space in radio contact but slowly drifting away from each other and running out of air. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight
on Sep 29, 2013 -
Are there any sci-fi stories that involve the future appearance of the Maitreya
Buddha? Looking for stories where the character is primarily identified as the Maitreya, rather than general "Second Coming" stories where the character could conceivably belong to a number of different soteriological interpretations.
posted by Greg Nog
on Jul 26, 2013 -
I remember reading a scifi short story about people finding a dead/frozen angel floating in space, where there was just enough brain activity in the being that it was able to play a board game. It sounded like something that Ted Chiang might have written, but I didn't see it in the post about him that was here a while ago. Does this ring a bell for anyone?
posted by ymgve
on Apr 18, 2013 -
Name that sci-fi book/story! This week's edition: man dies in a car crash, nobody can see him, sailors and baddies abound in this ghost-world. [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9
on Oct 22, 2012 -
Looking for old sci-fi short story about patent system gone amok. [more inside]
posted by tk
on Apr 27, 2012 -
I’m looking for the title of a Sci-Fi short story. It involves a species of near humans that live on Earth, but camouflage themselves by the fact that humans can’t remember them. [more inside]
posted by bongo_x
on Apr 4, 2012 -
Looking for a story identification about cybersex, strokes and intercontinental lag. [more inside]
posted by dragoon
on Feb 29, 2012 -
Yet another sci-fi short story identification... this one about a jungle planet inhabited by giant destructive protoplasms. But it's *not* "Parasite Planet". [more inside]
posted by j.edwards
on Aug 24, 2011 -
Help me identify this Sci-Fi short story: bio-nano-tech, Africa, refugee camp. [more inside]
posted by signal
on May 15, 2011 -
Help me remember a science fiction story: colonists beaten to objective by faster earth ship. [more inside]
posted by snarfois
on Aug 18, 2010 -
[StoryIdentificationFilter] It's mostly sci-fi and has to do with the disappearance of the Maya. And I can't remember what it is. [more inside]
posted by valkyryn
on Jan 11, 2010 -
Looking for a short sci-fi story that I read on the internet. It was about a police force who worked in the very risky highways of the future, where rocket cars zoomed around at hundreds of miles an hour. [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller
on Nov 1, 2009 -
"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 -
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 -
Looking for a short story I read online, where technological advances eliminate middle management and then junior employees, with a fast food restaurant used as an example... [more inside]
posted by so_necessary
on May 29, 2007 -
[StoryFilter] About a year ago, I read a piece of sci-fi on the internet. I can't remember the web address, author or title. [more inside]
posted by pollystark
on Mar 12, 2007 -
SciFiFilter: A while ago, I read a short story called (something along the lines of) New York vs. The World....and I can't find it again! [more inside]
posted by gnomicPerfect
on Jan 18, 2006 -
Sci-fi story identification filter. I'm trying to remember one about copyright and musicians in the future... I swear I didn't just make it up after reading Lessig
. [MI] [more inside]
posted by easyasy3k
on Jan 22, 2005 -