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Can someone identify the story that starts out “First, I killed the dwarf…”

...or something like that. He's on a prison planet in a mining camp, and they don't feed them enough to have the energy to escape. So he kills the dwarf because it takes the least amount of energy. ...
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Novel featuring strange attractor and quest to find his father's spaceship

Its a science fiction novel from the 90s. A man, down on his luck, trying to find the great spaceship his father captained. He has his father's pistol, which had something special about it - maybe the ...
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Need to know some titles involving aliens and gender [on hold]

Hi all I'm attempting to write an essay about gender, androgyny, hermaphrodite, etc and how the alien is a metaphor I suppose for the otherness in human society and I am required to use two sources. I ...
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Lizard Alien and Cadet Boy

I'm trying to find the book that is about a boy and a lizard-alien. The lizard-alien can only survive if it lives on the skin of its host as a tattoo and can only be away from its host for a set ...
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I'm looking for a summary (chronological events) of the first two books of the paratwa saga

I am about to read the third book of the Paratwa saga, written by C. Hinz. The problem is that I've read the first two books loooong ago, and I do not remember the whole story. Anyone knows where I ...
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What book had a robot going around the galaxy, making other robots?

I remember getting recommended a book about a robot travelling around the galaxy making other robots. However, I never had a chance to read and have now forgotten its title. My recollection is ...
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Kids' book about what life will be like for a kid in the year 3000

So in this book it talks about what life will be like in the year 3000. They talk about how animals will be able to talk using special collars and hoverboard parks, they also talked about how ...
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Earth occupation/invasion book I read in the 90s

I remember a TON of details, but I can't for the life of me find the title of this book. The story takes place during Earth's occupation by a race of red-skinned, black-eyed, three-fingered aliens, ...
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Story identification: late 80s book where protagonist earns living from what nowadays we'd call microtransactions on articles he's written online

I know this seems way ahead of its time but I definitely read this in the late 80s/ early 90s. He rarely left his apartment and something he wrote went viral & earned him loads.
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Fantasy novel series with male protagonist, alternate world, winning hand in marriage, starting a magic school

I probably read this series through Kindle Unlimited. A young man wakes up and discovers that he is in an alternative world with magic. He also has magic powers himself. Fairly soon, he arrives at a ...
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A book I read about a girl whose paintings could make the future happen

About six years ago (but probably the book itself is older) I read a book for children (probably but not surely), fantasy genre. I read it in Italian, but think the original language was Spanish since ...
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Looking for 90s/2000s teen fantasy book about kids pulled into an RPG

The book was about kids who did a role playing game every summer. They are separated for a summer and somehow fall into the game/world they created. The first one falls into the world through a bush ...
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In what order should I read the Dragonlance trilogies? [duplicate]

Recently I have finished the Chronicles trilogy by Margaret Wise and Tracy Hickman. I tried to find the Trilogy that comes after Chronicles, but the library didn't know. What is the correct reading ...
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Short stories I read between 1979 and 1983: wandering warrior in a desert

I am looking for a science fiction and fantasy book that I read between 1979 and 1983 that featured short stories set in a desert that featured a wandering warrior, whose name begins with an "A", I ...
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1970's book about a flooded Earth by aliens, floating cities and pirates that patrol the waters

I read a book back probably in the 1970's that had to do with Earth having been flooded by alien off-worlders who then subsequently left...to return at a later date. The story starts off with a young ...
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Looking for a book of short stories - man can understand animals talking

Back in the 80's I had a book of short stories that I loved, but now I can't remember the title. I got the book when I lived in England, so it's possibly a British publication. One of the stories ...
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How do the Hogwarts staircases move in the books?

When I read the Harry Potter books, I imagined the whole "the staircases change" thing to be more like the weeping angels from Doctor Who in that they change when you're not looking or without you ...
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What happens after War of the Werelords in the Werelords series?

The final book in the Wereworld series is War of the Werelords. Does anyone know what happens after this? Canon answers are preferred, but if there are no sources than a reasonable argument is ...
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Olaf Stapledon stories screen treatments

While researching an answer for an unrelated matter I came across some references to Olaf Stapledon. Arthur C Clarke, James Blish, Brian Aldiss, and Freeman Dyson among others all credit him with ...
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1970s to 1980s book about a man who wakes up in an otherworldly gazebo

If I remember correctly, this was not written by a mainstream author. The cover was mostly black-and-white, showing an Asian-style drawing of a garden with the gazebo, some mountains in the distance, ...
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1970s to 1980s book about man who wakes up in otherworldly gazebo [duplicate]

If I remember correctly, this was not written by a mainstream author. The cover was mostly black-and-white, showing an Asian-style drawing of a garden with the gazebo, some mountains in the distance, ...
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Imprisoned in Rock

I remember reading a book where one of the character woke to find they were imprisoned, inside a room in a rock, with only a computer arm, controlled by a computer mind, to monitor / punish them. The ...
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Series Whose Protagonist Is a Leper

I am trying to remember a series I read some time ago (probably in the early aughts) about a leper who is transported to another world where he leads an army. In the real world, he cannot feel most of ...
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A book about the Roman Empire surviving to modern times

I am looking for a book where the Roman Empire never fell, but survived and prospered into modern times to develop space travel by the end of the book. Not sure how long ago, at least after the ...
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Can't remember fantasy novel with magic and technology mixed, search for elemental shards/crystals

I read this book about 15 years ago. The main character is trying to collect elemental shards in order to defeat the evil empire. Pretty sure the cover was mostly brown and red tones with natural ...
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Book about hybrids, Explorers in search of genetic material for humans

There's this book I read about eight years ago. It a paperback, in English, and didn't seem very old at the time. It's about two hybrids, both humanoid but combined with animals. The guy only has an ...
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Book Identification, Alien invasion with mythological undertones

I'm looking for a book I read a few years ago, because I was wanting to reread it. Only I can't remember the title or author. Cover had a lady with a sword? I honestly couldn't tell you how old it was ...
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What was the first urban fantasy book? [closed]

What was the first book that was classified as urban fantasy? Who was the author and when was it published?
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What Sci-Fi book around 2010s about aliens on earth?

The story is about a girl who was able to see ghosts(?) (not sure which term was used) and had been captured by government and was given to aliens lived in an underground city near London(?) (also not ...
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Fantasy book with main character who has a scarred hand and powerful blood granting him longer life

Main character has a scarred hand, may be the angel of death (keeps seeing his face in a painting of the end of the world). He also has a sword that saves him in times of need.The last detail I can ...
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Fantasy book from the 1980s or 1990s about the rise and fall of empires

I'm trying to remember the name of a series of books I read during the late 90s. I believed the details of the story were that it spanned hundreds of years and followed the rise and fall of empires ...
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Why did Merlin lose his powers and not Nimue?

In Mary Stewart’s The Crystal Cave series, Merlin always professes a deep fear of having intimate relations lest he lose his powers. In the third book,however, he eventually loses his virginity to ...
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Book about a world of elfin-like creatures with bumps on their foreheads

It was a children's book my aunt once got me. Its a book about a world of elfin like creatures with bumps on their foreheads who are very akin to druids and kindly villagers and grotesque goblin like ...
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Sci-Fi story where a weapon is named the “Fuerstenberg” rifle towards near the end

I read this sci-fi novel in the late 80's, early 90's. It was somewhat comical, and may have dealt with one or more squadrons of troops retaliating against an alien invasion. The only thing I can ...
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Fantasy novel - Male protagonist, written in third person, set in Celtic-flavored world

It's a fantasy novel which I picked up second-hand (and thus don't have a precise publication date) somewhere between 1992 and 1995. Based on the condition and cover style, I'd say it was published ...
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Book Identification with virtual reality plot? (Not sure if it exists or if I'm imagining it)

So I remember reading this book that was very interesting but never really got to finish it. All I can remember is that there was a boy who snuck out to this casino like place and played a sort of ...
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Fantasy Book - Unrequited Love, Female Protagonist Not Human?

I read this book at least ten years ago, and I remember very little. It was in the young adult/teen section of library, but it could have been mis-shelved. Setting is medieval-ish, probably ...
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What titles does Littlefinger currently hold?

Just to keep it simple these are the titles I remembering him having as of the close of A Dance with Dragons. Lord of Harrenhal (given to him by Joffrey after the Battle of Blackwater for ...
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Is Sansa or Rickon the heir of Winterfell?

Ned Stark has five legitimate children (in order of age) Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran, and Rickon. Up through the events of A Dance With Dragons we end up with the following: Robb - dead Sansa - Alive, ...
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Im trying to identify a science fiction book based on a Jupiter-sized wandering/rogue planet!

I read a book about 8-10 years ago (and at least one sequel) which was set on a wandering planet the size of Jupiter. Those who lived there lived under the surface in vast caverns and these ...
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Title and Author of a novel regarding 'A Common Enemy'

I'm looking for a novel I once read with a plot that involved the Americans and the Russians scientists developing a biological weapon to be used against a limited number of the earth's population to ...
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What book is about a planet of feline humans?

Does anyone know the title of a book about a planet with cat-like people who call themselves humans, and they keep humans as slaves/pets? They live in the shadow of a planetary ring and eventually ...
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Haunted television set summons zombies from nearby graves

I watched the Goosebumps movie tonight with my son and I started feeling nostalgic about other books (not in the Goosebumps series) that I read when I was a kid. I've been scouring Google looking for ...
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Looking for a sci-fi book title about subterranean travel into the earth with a rocket

I'm trying to find the title of a youth sci-fi book about subterranean travel into the earth with a one-man rocket. Perhaps published in the 60's or 50's. The story follows one man traveling through ...
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Is there a movie that is based on or very similar to Robert Heinlein's “Tunnel in the Sky”? [closed]

One book that I've always wished there was a good movie for, was Robert Heinlein's "Tunnel in the Sky". I really loved that book when I read it as a teen. I was just wondering if there was ever a ...
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Book Series for MG/Children - About Kind/Gentle Alien Professor/Engineer Working in Basement Laboratory

A Series of Books for Children / MG Read in 1977 / 5th grade Main character is a kind/gentle/smart alien professor/engineer doing experiments in his basement laboratory… solving mysteries, I think ...
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Help identifying a story about a modern soldier serving reborn egyptian gods

I remember reading a novel when I was a child about a present day soldier, who I believe was a member of the SAS serving reborn egyptian gods who through guile overthrew all major religions. There ...
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I'm looking for a fantasy book about a princess with silver skin.

Her family is murdered and she has to hide. One of the big plot points of the book was about how the kingdom had no birds due to a curse being placed on it by one of her ancestors. I can't remember ...
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What's the “great catastrophe” in Asimov's books?

What is the great catastrophe in Asimov's books? I'd also like to know where you found out what it is. I've read his collection of short stories, and it's not mentioned what this catastrophe was. Or ...
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Looking for fantasy book series from last 10-15 years

I'm looking for a book series that I read at least 10-15 years ago. It was definitely a series as I finished one book but lost track of it whilst waiting for the next book to come out. I'm sorry, I ...