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Story Ident - Illustrated Children's Fantasy Book

As a child in the 80s, my aunt gave me an illustrated fantasy book full of short stories. It was an 8-1/2 by 11 book, IIRC, and the illustrations were in full color, taking up half of the page space. ...
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Looking for two 1980s sci-fi children's books [on hold]

This will be vague, but I'm hoping somebody out there will know of these two 1970s-1980s sci-fi children's books. Sadly, all I can recall of the first is that it starred two space heroes who patrolled ...
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Seeking book title where disembodied brains are kept in drawers [closed]

I read this book in the 1960s or early 1970s. It is not "The Cybernetic Brain." Any thoughts?
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Star Trek book with a battle (ongoing in the story) that is so large it looks like a sun

I am trying to find a Star Trek book where a battle is occurring. The battle is so big that it looks like the sun. The battle occurs at the end of the book
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Books from the 80s or 90s involving a dystopian future earth with orbiting space stations

I remember reading a series of books in the early 90s (at least 4, maybe as many as 6) that were set on and around a future earth where vast cities covered the planet, there was a grimy underground ...
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Trying to find the title of a SF Short story about a pregnant astronaut in the 80's [closed]

This short story is from a collection I read in the early 80's about a pregnant astronaut with an alien life form that would change humans. I vaguely remember something about fuzzy eyes.
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Story about aliens capturing human soldiers, medically altering and interrogating them [closed]

This book features graphic and grisly descriptions of aliens capturing human soldiers in battle, removing their eyes and limbs, keeping them alive and probing their brains for information. I can't ...
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Fantasy series where each book takes place on a different world that overly expressed a certain element?

From what I remember their was a war between two different groups of people. The winners put the losers in a labyrinth that was constantly trying to kill them (although I think that was a mistake). ...
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Book in which children traveled between worlds with colored rings?

I read a book at some point in school in which children travelled between worlds with colored rings, I don't know why, but I have always remembered this and am very curious as to the name of her book, ...
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Book where all electricity stopped working

I read this book in 1993 or thereabouts but could have been decades old for all I know. It was in Greek but was definitely translated from another language (I have no idea which one). What I remember ...
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Series of books set in space behind enemy lines

There were a series of books (I think there were 5 when I started reading them) primarily set around a captain whose ship is destroyed at the beginning of a war and escapes in a evacuation pod. He is ...
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Does anyone know if either of these short stories have sequels?

I have just finished reading two short stories/ebooks from The Black Library, "The Second Sun" by Ben Counter "The City is Theirs" by Philip Athans. Both stories, while completely unrelated are ...
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Were Michael Ende’s books translated into English?

As a child/teen I read The Neverending Story as well as several other books by the same author. I know that the former was adapted into a film (possibly two films), and I presume that the novel was ...
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Real-World Origin of Avrupa(n) and Hijer(o) in Patricia C. Wrede's 'Frontier Magic' Series?

In this alternate history/reality fantasy series, set in a Frontier North America with magic, there are 3 main magical theory systems mentioned - Aphrikan, Avrupan and Hijero-Cathayan. Aphrican magic ...
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Looking for a YA Book series 70's or 80's

I'm looking for the name of a Book series. The details of the books are as follows: It was about a young man who was the son of the emperor by a concubine. He was like 250th in line to the throne. ...
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Looking for a book: title contained a number (maybe), story was about a female humanoid operative

The book documented the adventures of a female humanoid being whose body was altered to enable her to be a message/document carrier as well as a highly trained military-esq operative when needed for ...
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What to read after The Culture series? [closed]

Hi and first a formal: "Hello to your all, I am new here". I have read the most of the Culture series by Iain M. Banks. And it's with sadness I need to move on and find some new enjoyment. So I hope ...
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Looking for a book where a boy is at school and is confronted by a guidance counselor who is a monster

I read a book quite a few years ago about a boy who is at school and is confronted by a guidance counselor who is a monster trying to kill him. He is saved by a girl who has been watching him and ...
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What book has tall transparent cylindrical column-shaped aliens defending massive mega-structures?

I registered to ask for some help identifying a book. It was likely the very first space opera / science fiction novel I read, but I was a pre-teen/early teen exploring my older siblings' bookshelves ...
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Fantasy/Sci-Fi kids book: boy and telepathic owl/bird - in space/other planets setting

I'm on the endless hunt for a book/series of books (can't remember) I read as a kid. I would have been in elementary/middle school - so I would have read it between 1983-1993. All I remember is ...
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Book centered around a labyrinth/maze

I'm not really sure when I read this book (or series of books), but it was definitely when I was a kid, so I'd say at least 10 years ago. It's about a maze which when successfully navigated, gives ...
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Forgotten Sci-fi novel title - class system and motorbike racing

I remember reading a sci-fi book in the late 90s/early 2000s which I really enjoyed, but can't remember the title. It was set in an alternate future where people are tested at the end of school and ...
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Identify a book (probably Children's Book) by cover art

I have the cover art for a book, probably a children's book, but no idea what the title of the book is. If someone could help me identify this book, or even offer details that they might remember ...
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Aliens from different races hunt a weapon-lifeform that has gone rogue

I am looking for a SF book based in the far future. All planets with life forms have formed a formation (like the European Union but universal) A weapon-life-form has gone berserk and is killing ...
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fantasy - sci fi novel about a cripple

Details I remember: There is a video game where he is a powerful thief or warrior He wasn't always a cripple There is some sort of Corporation he is fighting against as well
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Science fiction story where earth is unbreathable

I once read a short passage in school (between 2001 & 2003) from a book in a dutch teaching book. Probably a book translated from English. I always wondered what book that was. A family at home ...
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Looking for a book involving solar sail yacht races and an alien invasion

I'm trying to remember a book I read a few years ago (although it is most likely much older), whereby a young woman is taking part in a yacht race around the Earth (or maybe the moon) using solar ...
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Science fiction story where a boy chooses a knife instead of other weapons

What is the name of the book/story where a boy goes to a planet and is offered the choice of many weapons but chooses a knife. I read it when I was in secondary school in the seventies.
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Does a giver of a Sacrificial Protection need to be given a chance to save themselves? [duplicate]

So, often, when it's asked why Lily seems to be the only known case of Love/sacrifice protection, the answer is that in addition of giving their lives willingly, the one sacrificing themselves must be ...
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Book about “War Birds”

I remember reading a book about 15 years ago and would love to read it again. I will try to detail the book as best I can. The book was based off a (Russian?) satellite that was sent to space during ...
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Human Mind in machine without Sensation

In "The Stars my Destination" some humans permanently transfer their mind into a machine without any external sensation. They hope to achieve a higher level of enlightment through undisturbed ...
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Looking for YA fantasy novel involving Medieval Princess who time travels through a Lake

I think it is a YA novel, I remember reading it in middle school. I'm a bit fuzzy on the plot, but I remember a Princess jumping into a lake and time traveling to modern times. She goes to a high ...
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Book from the golden age about insect-like aliens pretending to be humans

I read a sci-fi book a long time ago and really enjoyed it, but for for the life of me, I can't remember its title or author and only remember a few details (really few). I'm almost certain it was ...
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Story about a boy who could control the weather and droughts

I read a fantasy book a very long time ago about a boy who could control the weather. I believe he was poor and/or an outcast. The enemy of the book was I believe a traveling salesman. At the end I ...
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which “The Fly” movie is more accurate to the short story?

I have seen both the '58 and '86 movies of The Fly. I have yet to read the short story and am curious as to which is more accurate. How do the two movies diverge from the short story? Which one is the ...
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Which fictional character has the greatest volume of content created about him/her? [closed]

Perhaps there is a better place to put this, as it transcends sci-fi and fantasy, but my proposed answer fits in with sci-fi and fantasy, and there is no "literature" or "narrative" SE that I could ...
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Dream Train? Looking for a Book

I am looking for a book about a man on a train. I read it around 2001. This man finds himself on a train....but the train is not in the "real" universe. It travels to all sorts of made up location ...
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I can't find a book and all I remember is the cover!

Alright, so this is a fantasy book (I am eighty-five percent positive). Honestly I wish I remember something from the book, but all I remember is the cover. I read it in 2007. The cover has a young ...
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I am trying to find a book (young adult) where the devil is the protaganist, and other gods appear as characters

I believe it was written by a teenager, and might have a sequel. It has been many years since I read it, but I believe it had the devil acting like a regular human. He wasn't evil. I think it ...
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Why doesn't the duke marry Jessica?

I remember in the book of Dune, the duke won't marry Jessica. Why doesn't Duke Leto marry Lady Jessica?
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What are the titles of the K-PAX books?

I recently read a post about K-PAX and about Prot being an alien or not and I noticed most people were quoting a book (three books to be exact). I was wondering what the names of these three books ...
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Order of the Phoenix : Why did it hurt Voldemort to possesses Harry at the end of the book?

At the end of Order of the Phoenix Voldemort possesses Harry and is hurting from the possession. I feel like the book suggested that it was his mother's love that protected Harry, but Voldemort by ...
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Searching for a Fantasy title - Book 1 of the Painter Trilogy?

I read a good book ages ago and it had to do with some sort of color/painting magic and revolved around this boy's apprenticeship in the art. I remember the author's name was female and the cover had ...
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Looking for a book series written for youth or young readers

The word 'Galaxy' is on the back cover. They are hardback books but fairly thin; Possibly short stories. One has 'Emergency' something in the title, maybe 'Emergency Medical' or something like that. ...
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What book has the collapse caused by people creating nanotech that eats metal and other tech with Chinese on the moon chucking rocks or missiles?

There was some nihilist creed that convinced people to destroy technological society and attempt to kill off the few survivors who were not affected. The story line centers on their survival and ...
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Water planet where people live on organic rafts on the surface while the elites live in a city under the sea

I checked this book out of a school library in the early 80's and it was really big and dusty then...it was about a people that lived on the surface of a water planet on living organic rafts. The ...
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Story about a boy who encounters an alien “boy” who is stranded & also with an enemy alien who can shape-shift

I remember reading this book as a young adult, in the early to mid-80's and there was a particular scene that stands out in my mind where the Earth boy is stabbed in the leg by the enemy alien and the ...
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Sci-fi dystopian book about a boy who rides a motorcycle

I have vague memories of reading this book in the mid 1990's. It centers about a boy selected to work with a super computer overlord kinda thing. I think there are aircraft that monitor thought. And I ...
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Trying to find a sci-fi novel I read when I was a teenager (early 2000s)

First of all the book looked fairly new so I don't think it was more than a few years old at the time and I'm 80% certain I picked it up in the young adult section at my public library. The story ...
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What's the book title: woman fleeing from earth, war between liberal colony and earth

i'm trying to remember the title of a book i've read a few years back. It was about a young woman serving in the military on earth, who saw something she shouldn't have and had to flee to another ...