Questions must have as much detail as possible, including, but not limited to:
- Media (short story collection, magazine, novel, TV, film, animated, website) Was it part of a series?
- Original year of publication/airing, or at least when you read/saw this work of fiction. "Read when I was a child" is not as useful as "Read when I was a child (early 1980s)". Similarly, qualifications like 'a long time ago' are not very helpful. Many teenagers think five years is "a long time"; some of us find that laughable (no offense).
- Major themes
- Plot (as much as you can remember), including details of technology (e.g., people had a matter transmission capability, but they pretended that it was FTL travel. Were there robots or other artificial intelligences?)
- Tone (adventure, horror, serious / light-hearted / tongue-in-cheek)
- Characters (names, descriptions)
- If live action (TV or movie), do you remember any of the actors?
If animated, were any of the voices performed by celebrities?
- The language you read or heard the story in
- In what country?
- The language the story was originally written in (if different),
and any information you might have about translations into other languages
- Details about the cover, if applicable
- Target audience/age group
- Color or black & white, if applicable
- Gameplay mechanics, if applicable
- A sketch of a book cover, or a scene, or a character, could also help jog someone's memory
- Ideas that you have already ruled out (for example, if you know the story was not written by Asimov, then tell us so that we can save time)
If the question is too vague (and so could match dozens or hundreds of stories), then it will probably be closed. If this happens to your question, please add more detail and flag it for re-opening. Add the details relevant to the question by editing your question, rather than by commenting.