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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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Looking for a kid's book, might be really obscure

A long time ago, I read a book involving a small group of kids aboard a spaceship, and they encounter a sentient being in their ship's computer. The being turns out to (somehow) be a small boy from ...
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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 ...
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A children's picture book about an old man who sails across the sea in a teapot

I am looking for a picture book about an old man who sailed across a sea or lake in a teapot. I vaguely remember him being described as having leathery skin, and think the story may have been set in ...
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Name of sci fi book series

Anyone know the name/publisher of a series of sci fi novels that were composed of short stories around the main theme of man fighting a war against aggressive weasel like warriors. The story unfolded ...
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What's the book by Heinlein that contains all other books?

I remember a thread here in the SciFi Stack Exchange about the longest sci-fi series. Someone mention a standalone Heinlein book that seemed to somehow include all other books ever written in its ...
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Fractal Prince/Quantum Thief - Gevulot

Why was gevulot put in place? For that matter, why was it only in place on Mars, and not in other parts of that universe described by the author?
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Comic book that was released in the 80s

I am trying to find out the name of a couple of science fiction comic books that think were released in the 1980s. They were full colour and contained warfare between all kinds of aliens and humans. ...
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A full length story involving genetically engineered dolphins

I don't know the title but I have the plot, and it is DEFINITELY not Startide Rising. It is a really old book pre-90s for sure, maybe even older. The humans have created genetically engineered ...
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Story ID Underground particle detector finds alien signal

I read a review in New Scientist about 5-10 years ago of a new sci-fi novel published by an author with an academic background - he may have been an astronomer or physicist - about someone working ...
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Book ID: Fantasy tale of finding 5 keys for a mysterious door

I read a book as a kid about a mysterious/magical door with 5 locks. I believe the door is in the middle of nowhere. Two characters meet at the door, each with one key and knowing each other I ...
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Book about magician apprentice and stairway

Around 1998 I read a book about a young man. Something about wanting to rescue his father? The young man goes to study magic where his father lived, and studied all the things his father studied, ...
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Which book explains the story about how Boba Fett escapes his fate?

What is the title of the book within the documented Star Wars extended universe that contains the story about how Boba Fett escapes the Sarlacc pit?
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Why did early American publications of A Clockwork Orange omit the 21st chapter?

Most americans were unaware of the missing last chapter, the movie even follows the american novilization. Why in america was the 21st chapter removed when it first came to the US? In Europe the ...
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Book about attack by aliens that decimate entire human fleet and take a single prisoner

I remember reading it in mid-to-late 90s. It was a hardcover with a huge starship drawn on the cover. The plot was about humans making first contact with a new alien species, when aliens suddenly ...
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Book Identification with an Ice Planet

This may not be possible, because I really only remember the cover. I was in grade school, so early nineties I would think, and it was a sci-fi book. The cover was mostly blue to indicate ice, it was ...
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Book about a mathematician turned into a dragon

I have been searching for a book about a mathematician who figures out some math problem that ends up putting his soul into the body of a black dragon. I have never read this book, but the person who ...
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Books about Space-Colonization without a central main character [closed]

A short time ago I got "The Martian Chronicles" from Ray Bradbury and I read it in almost one day. The (short) stories about colonization without a main character were totally fascinating to me. So ...
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Woman falls in love with alien who helps her fight the invasion

There's this sci-fi book that I read more 10 years ago. Probably from the 80's or 90's. The author was female, I think. It was about Earth being invaded by these purple (possibly blue) aliens. The ...
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What led Cain to suspect impending doom after the events of Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, but before Diablo III?

I'm reading Diablo III: The Order right now, and the book begins post-D2, pre-D3, in The Borderlands as Cain is searching ruins for answers/clues to the coming darkness which would ultimately result ...
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Book about a lighthouse keeper sent to a remote island with mutant sea-people?

I can't remember the name of a book about a guy who's sent to a remote island to be a lighthouse keeper or something similar, to take over from another guy who'd gone crazy/degenerate because of this ...
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Book Ident.? About kids getting sucked into video game

The book starts with the main character (a boy) living, I think it's like a foster home or boarding school. He doesn't have much money, however he manages to get ahold of a video game. This video game ...
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Fantasy book series with dinosaurs and humans inhabiting a semi-magical world

I only read part of the second book in this series years ago, and am unsure of how many books were in it. It was about a teenage or young adult boy, who was part of the ruling class of this fantasy ...
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Identify book about girl who creates warmth with musical instrument

I'm looking for a book but I forgot the title. Its a fictional young adult book where a girl is kidnapped by a man. His people are freezing to death. The girl can create warmth and heat by playing a ...
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Book about a world of women where a man crash lands trying to find his way home?

I read this book in 1989 and got it from my high school library. It had an interesting cover of a ship on the waters with a man and a woman on the cover looking at the sun. It was called something ...
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A story about Earth in far future with a civilization centered around a huge tree

I'd like to ask you to help me identify a sci-fi/fantasy book that I read probably sometime in the 90s though I don't know when it was written. Here are the plot points that I remember: the story ...
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Book or Series name/author-the original book cover has a wizard standing before a door with runes on it

This was a series of books, the would have been around in mid 1985, and the artwork on the covers was much like Terry Patchetts book art... The male character was transported from the "modern" world ...
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Virtual Reality Computer Game set in a Fantasy World

I need help remembering a paperback style book that had a fantasy adventure computer game being played by a young boy and then followed up I believe by his older sister whom I presume had to rescue ...
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Looking for a particular book, and all I remember is the cover

I first read this book around 1983-1985 (no actual idea of when it was first printed), and, while I can't remember all that much from the book itself (other than enjoyable), I do remember the cover of ...
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At What Age is the Average Child Ready for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy? [closed]

My son is ten years old and I'm considering giving him THHGTTG to read. I have read the book in my late teens and was hooked but I have a difficult time putting myself in a 10 year old boys shoes ...
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Name of book about teenage boy from the future

The book is about a boy who is sent from the future by his parents to save to world. At first the boy doesn't know he is from the future until his fake parents are killed and he has to escape on a ...
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Are the Redwall creatures their natural real-world size?

One thing that always confused me about the books was the question of scale. You have everything from shrews to badgers living together, working together, fighting together. Are these animals the same ...
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Book Title ID request: Boy with horse companion and tele/pyrokineses - unknown author and date

I am looking for a book I found in the library about 6 years ago. It was in tatters then, and the librarians didn't know it existed so I'm assuming it was pretty old. It's high fantasy, and revolves ...
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Name of a Sci-Fi book about 'realist and vicarious life styles'

I'm struggling to remember the title of a science fiction book I read 40-50 years ago. The book featured people living realist and vicarious lifestyles, known as "Rees" and "Vikes".
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Old sci-fi book where a tunnel with varying values of pi leads to alien civilization

I'm looking for a book I read as a kid (somewhere around 1985-1990 and probably published before this since it was translated to my language). The title says pretty much all I remember about the book. ...
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What short story collection has a teleporting murderer and tiny purple beings who take over the planet?

It was an old book that had a series of short sci-fi stories in it. I read it in 2005 before it was removed from my high school library’s catalogue, so I think it was pretty old then. While I don't ...
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Looking for a YA horror anthology (90s?), All took place at The Something Academy

As a kid, I remember reading a series of Goosebumps-like books. They were all written by the same author, I think, and there were a half-dozen or so that I (vaguely) remember. The stories all ...
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Series of Sci fi books for kids in the 1980's

This series of books set in the nearish future focused of a star of an American football type of game, where the players were superhuman, and I think the ball itself may have been spiked? I think it ...
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A book for my niece [closed]

So I have decided to do the most noble thing possible and introduce my niece to the world of fantasy and SF literature. I have already read out a few Star Wars books to her and spent a fair share of ...
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What poetic old detective noir book has mutants smuggled out of a ghetto being blackmailed?

Years ago I read this old science fiction book that was written in a poetic noir style, and I remember bits of the plot, but not any names to google. Could you help me find it? It was from my Dad's ...
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Maximilian, The Scapula, and magic revealed to be science

I read a book once and would like to find it again. It was about a thief, Maximilian. And a wizard. And some other characters. They practice what they think is magic, that is eventually revealed ...
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In Death Note, how do shinigami and humans speak the same language?

Shinigami are totally different from humans, so how do they speak to each other? How can Ryusaki and Ryuk speak the same language?
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How should I read the Star Wars books?

I've been a fan of the Star Wars movies since I was a kid, but I've never read any of the books. Every time I've thought about reading them, I change my mind because there is so many books, I don't ...
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Seeking name of older SciFi book with people living in houses interconnected by tubes

Hello: we are looking to re-read a SciFi book we read around 1977 in the UK. We remember it was about a society where houses were connected by interconnecting tubes. Very much a pre-Internet ...