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Short story about a composer publishing a piece by another composer?

Please assist me in re-finding this short story I read last year about a composer publishing his friend's unpublished symphony as his own, because his friend faked his death to escape from a crime. [more inside]
posted by Iron Carbide on Oct 20, 2016 - 3 answers

"Trashy" sci-fi

I'm kicking around some ideas for a sci-fi story about trash. For inspiration, I'm looking for trash-related passages from sci-fi works (e.g. there have to be some in Neuromancer), fiction or non-fiction about electronic waste, articles about trash from different eras, and articles tracing the provenance of trash, analogous to the links within. [more inside]
posted by glass origami robot on Nov 1, 2015 - 42 answers

Can you help my husband find this sci fi story?

He's remembering a story about a couple who lives their whole relationship in a virtual world. His memories inside. [more inside]
posted by lauranesson on Jan 14, 2015 - 6 answers

ID scifi story about telepresence touch?

I'm looking to ID a scifi short story that was posted online, probably within the last 5 years, about a couple getting a black-market telepresence system implanted in their skin. When one of them touched their own skin, the other one would feel it. [more inside]
posted by savagerose on Dec 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me ID a Sci-Fi Story about computation and evolution

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 - 2 answers

ID a dystopian future short story with massive unemplyment and a utopia.

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 - 2 answers

Name of short story?

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 - 8 answers

What is the name of this classic Sci-Fi story?

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 - 10 answers

Sci-Fi stories involving the Maitreya Buddha

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 - 3 answers

Can you help me find a scifi short story?

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 - 3 answers

sci fi story - man dies in a car crash, nobody can see him

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 - 7 answers

Looking for old sci-fi short story about patent system gone amok.

Looking for old sci-fi short story about patent system gone amok. [more inside]
posted by tk on Apr 27, 2012 - 2 answers

Yet Another Sci-Fi story title quest

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 - 8 answers

ID Story about cybersex and overseas lag?

Looking for a story identification about cybersex, strokes and intercontinental lag. [more inside]
posted by dragoon on Feb 29, 2012 - 0 answers

Another lost-book-title title question. 80's Scifi Edition vol 237

Another lost-book-title question. 80's Scifi Edition vol 237 [more inside]
posted by Fiat124 on Nov 5, 2011 - 2 answers

Sci-fi short story with giant blobs on jungle planet?

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 - 7 answers

Short story ID: refugee from alien bionanotech in Africa

Help me identify this Sci-Fi short story: bio-nano-tech, Africa, refugee camp. [more inside]
posted by signal on May 15, 2011 - 11 answers

Would-be colonists beaten by faster ship

Help me remember a science fiction story: colonists beaten to objective by faster earth ship. [more inside]
posted by snarfois on Aug 18, 2010 - 19 answers

Help me find this story?

[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 - 7 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

Name this scifi story about highways of the future

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 - 5 answers

Help me find my moon story!

Please help me find this SciFi story I remember reading as a kid. [more inside]
posted by mahke on Sep 11, 2009 - 2 answers

Trying to chase down cheesy scifi story.

I'm looking for the title and author of a sci-fi short story about a man who dies creating a rogue black hole, which then falls in love with the man's wife. [more inside]
posted by pointless_incessant_barking on Mar 24, 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

Colonization: Lost in Space?

YAWWTPCGQ (yet another "what was that PC game?" question) [more inside]
posted by Iosephus on Nov 14, 2008 - 5 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

Know a short story where service-worker drones started being managed by constant messages in their earpieces?

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 - 8 answers

Forgotten title of amazing online sci-fi story

[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 - 11 answers

Help Find a Scifi Short

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 - 5 answers

Sci-Fi Story

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 - 4 answers

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