A novel is a book of long narrative in literary prose. The genre has historical roots both in the fields of the medieval and early modern romance and in the tradition of the novella. The latter supplied the present generic term in the late 18th century.

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Novel (or maybe series) About a Hidden Urban Underground Civilization

When I was in middle school, I remember reading a novel (or possibly a series of novels, I don't remember) about a young boy (or possibly teenager) who goes through a hole in the wall of a building. ...
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“Chosen girl in a new and strange world” novel

I remember the cover was green. Most likely published in the late 1990s to early 2000s. I remember that it was one of those “chosen girl in a new and strange world” books. I remember it being fairly ...
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What are the “must-read” Science Fiction novels / series? [on hold]

I'm making my way through the basics of Sci Fi, plus the ones that have made it to Hollywood. What would be considered the must-read set of books? So far I have read (in no particular order): ...
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Novel about dreaming/awake worlds [duplicate]

I'm trying to identify a novel from the mid 1990s that was based around the idea that a certain subset of the population lived a double life. When they slept they existed in a medieval world and when ...
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Island paradise where people advanced through the stages of reincarnation

Trying to identify the name of a book I read in the 1970s. The book was based on an island paradise where people advanced through the stages of reincarnation to achieve nirvana. The main character ...
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Short novel about people who live in a cave and boy manages to escape

I read this book about 10-13 years ago and since then I haven't been able to find the title and I would really like to read it again. This was in middle school (grades 6 - 8) so the book would have to ...
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Civilizations in SCI-FI stories [closed]

Did exist a sci-fi novels or comics where the civilizations from an alien planets are not group in a single culture but in many?, (like us with countries, states, races and languages). I seems that ...
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Did Tolkien popularize the generic description of a wizard?

Nowadays when we think of a wizard, the most common image we conjure up is: A wise old man with a long white beard Dressed in a long cloak and pointy hat (usually same colour as even old men have ...
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Identify a book featuring overpopulated world with limited living space assigned to individuals

When I was wee I would read books by pile and a specific story came to mind and I wish to identify it. I have lots of the premise in mind but weak google-fu. A man awakens from cryogenic sleep in a ...
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Looking for a really old novel where the people are geometric figures

A while ago I read about a really old science fiction novel/novella (could have been more than a century old) where there weren't exactly people, but geometric figures in a 2-D world. I think the ...
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Yet another Plant People Invasion book title

I read a novella many years ago that I think was written in the '50s or '60s. The story centers around a couple of teenagers who live in a small desert town. They notice that adults in their town are ...
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Science fiction book with low-tech humans eating other sentient species

I read this book as a teenager, and I've been trying to find it for a while. When the story begins, it seems like a fantasy book, since there are Stone-Age era humans hunting fantastic animals. It's ...
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Book where aliens destroy the moon to deny humans access to space?

For the life of me I can't remember this series of books. Humanity sends an expedition to negotiate with an alien race, and they discover that humanity's been building a fleet in secret so they turn ...
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Steven King's Cell Novel

I made it about half way through Steven King's Cell novel and I ended up losing my copy and never finishing it. I understand that the film will be released this year. Does the book ever reveal the ...
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Telekinesis on a primitive planet

This was a book I read a few years ago as an eighth grader. I remember the book being fairly old, maybe written in the 80's? It was a book about humans who were very advanced and went undercover to ...
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Sci-fi novel about man with the ability to physically modify his body to adapt to any environment

Trying to remember a Sci-Fi novel I read close to 20 years ago. The main character was a specially selected man who's lineage may have been tinkered with through the generations. He is made aware that ...
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Sci-fi book identification-Feral Child to Superhuman

I read a sci-fi/thriller novel many years ago, probably published between 1980-1990 in the USA in English that had the following elements: A feral child/teen is found in the wilderness, but his ...
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What Does the Title of Bag of Bones Mean?

I have recently watched the TV miniseries Bag of Bones (based on the Stephen King novel of the same name), and I am confused about the significance of its title to the story. I will refer to it as a ...
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What novel trilogy has a mostly-grayscale picture of a hooded person on each cover? [closed]

I saw a picture of a novel trilogy on 9gag, and each book’s cover had a person in a hooded top pictured from the back. His face was partially visible as he was looking back. All 3 books had similar ...
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Book of three short stories with gay themes

I read this book at least 8 years ago. It had a red cover with an angel?(I'm not sure) on it. If I'm not wrong it had three short stories, all with gay themes. One had something to do with an angel ...
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Trying to find name of fantasy book, possibly Jack Vance

I read this one a few years ago and it's just annoying me that I can't find any trace of it anywhere. I don't believe I've misremembered the details, but if someone can enlighten me: The main ...
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Looking for a novel (or author of it) where the world is a seemlingly endless vertical cliff [duplicate]

This is a long shot, but wondering if anyone can help. Trying to recall a sci-fi author. One of his books was about a world that was all vertical, people lived on this eternal cliff (I think they ...
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Book about a girl whose hair changes with the seasons

I read this book probably early 2000's but it would of been published in the 90s. (I think) In the story it's a girl who has to go journey somewhere (I don't really remember the main bits of the ...
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Which DS9 relaunch novels continue the plot from “What You Leave Behind”?

I've been interested in reading the DS9 relaunch novels, but on lists such as the one on Wikipedia, I see a lot of crossovers, short stories, and tie ins to other things in the Pocket Novels universe, ...
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Looking for a time travel fantasy/scifi novel from the late 80s/Early 90s

Ok, I remember borrowing this book from a friend back in 1993. I seem to recall the name being The Inept Adept, but I can't find anything related to this name except a piece from the 2000s that ...
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Looking for a story about a new Ice Age. Explorers crossing the glaciers between New York and some other city

Along about ten or fifteen years ago I read an intriguing young adult novel with the premise that a second Ice Age had come, and buried the various cities of North America beneath a mile or so of ice. ...
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Was Arroway dreaming or did she travel to Vega (in the movie Contact)?

In the film Contact, after building the giant machine on Hokkaido, Arroway 'travels' to Vega, landing at the beach where her father is. However, the capsule never left earth. It's not clear if ...
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I'm looking for a book or short story about mining time from before the mid 1980s

In the book, it is discovered that people can "mine for time" that then can be used to extend their own lives. However, it is discovered that the time you mine is someone else's, and you are actually ...
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Social worker from Earth drawn into galactic war between two planets, one of which is female dominated

I have been looking for a novel that I read in the 90s that I can't remember the name of it or the author! It's about a social worker from Earth who accidentally gets drawn into a galactic war between ...
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Story ID: What novel had a time travel car and dinosaurs?

I am trying to remember the title of a science fiction novel about a man who has a car that can travel back in time, and he can park it about 10 seconds ahead, so no one but him can see it. He ...
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Help Identify Youth novel about higher dimensions

I read this book about 10 years ago I think. It was probably published in the 90s but quite possibly the 80s. The main plot as I remember involved a high school girl who falls for the new student. He ...
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Novel Identification Help--Aliens Eating The Locals

I read the first book of a series years ago involving an alien fleet tearing through human worlds, conquering them and eating the population. Humanity puts together a large fleet and jumps through ...
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Novel with teleportation and a progress-delaying bureaucrat?

A decade or more ago, I read a novel in which a bureaucrat (sorta), whose main responsibility was to prevent change from happening too rapidly, ends up trying to prevent all teleportation from ...
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Searching for a Russian SF novel or short story [duplicate]

Can anybody help me to find an older Sci-Fi novel from Russia from the 70's or 80's? It's about a group of astronauts exploring the galaxy (or even the whole universe) for new planets and life forms. ...
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Novel identification about a near future war between the west and Japan

I read this book back in the 1990s, and its plot revolved around Japan (pretty sure) going to war with (primarily) the west (although Im sure Russia got involved at some point against Japan). The ...
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novel about underground society, Gaia

Future fiction read in an early to mid '60s paperback -- The cover was red and black. Humans live, work and in fact spend all their time underground due to previous generations misuse of the earth. ...
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Future, Yeasts, Witchcraft, Subterranean Journey

OK, Stackers, here's another nugget from my imperfect memory of forgotten future and sci-fi paperbacks. Read, in paperback, somewhere between 1963 and 1966. Humanity seems to be in a subterranean ...
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Science Fiction Novel with two Androids on a “New Earth” planet; named The Admiral and The Sergeant

I am looking for the name and author of a book series I read in the 1980's about several earth like federations (including a south american federation that was Brazilian) having to leave a dying ...
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Story ident : Books series where aliens are associated with classical elements

I remember reading these books a long time ago. In each book a new alien race is discovered. Each alien race is associated with a classical element: fire, water, etc. They fight each other while ...
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Spaceship outruns the end of the universe - influences evolution on another planet

There is a book I read in the 1980s or 1990s from a Ca. library. It was a hard copy not a paperback. It is not "To Outlive Eternity/Tau Zero" by Poul Anderson (I have that one). It may have been ...
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Name of a book about a spacecraft with two captains

What is the name of the book in which there is a generation ship with two captains: one of them was programmed to explore while the other was programmed to return them to earth, and That's all I ...
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Book ID: summary execution for cancer

I've been trying to recall the name of a book for years, here and there and not very seriously, but now it's driving me crazy. When i was a freshmen in highschool i read a fairly short science fiction ...
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Consciousness/body hopping

I am looking for a sci-fi novel about people moving their consciousness into other persons, 'swapping' so you can experience others lives, then getting trapped into anothers body, and trying to get ...
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SF novel identification please

Was lent a book a few years ago. May have been part 1 of 2 or 3. Humans identify a star system which is quarantined; surrounded by some sort of shield or force field. Within the shield boron ...
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Story Identification about a world with no privacy after camera/network motes are released

I read this story/novel and remember liking it. Someone develops and releases nanoscopic motes that propagate and cover the whole planet allowing people to see everything all people are doing. It ...
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Trying to recall title of a science fiction novel about a space elf with a tail investigating a shapeshifting serial killer

I remember reading this novel years ago, but I cannot recall the title or the author. The basic plot is that spacefaring humans have established relations with a race that look like elves with tails. ...
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Story Ident : Telepathic boy makes janitor feel younger, 1980s

So randomly over the years I've tried to find this book using all sorts of keywords, reading release lists by decade, and nothing seems to click. I hope you can help! I'm pretty sure I read it in ...
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Fantasy series about a disabled protagonist

I've spent years trying to find this book series. I can't remember the name of the book I read, the author, or the characters, but I remember some key parts about the protagonist. I think he was an ...
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Looking for sci-fi book about female bipedal feline spaceship captain earns earrings after successful missions

This series of books is based on a matrilineal space-traveling bipedal feline race. Every time they use super-speed space travel their perception is distorted and, when they slow back down to normal ...
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Need help with a book title - something like “Sting”

My son was telling me about a book that he read last year in class that had a picture of a bee on the cover, but where it's abdomen is a syringe (with the needle in place of a stinger). It was kind of ...