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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Identify Short Story/Novel about a boy speeding time

A colleague just gave me a brief description of story/novel but doesn't remember its title but said the author's name sounded french(ish). I am trying to find it: The story opens with a boy who can ...
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Novel about an immortal man exposed by world government relates his life through history

I read the book from my local library in the early- to mid- seventies. It was hardcover (library bound) and the dust jacket had a printed burlap or canvas background. The back flap mentioned that the ...
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What novel has people exploring a spaceship with cubbies that duplicated anything, including a hand?

A group of people are exploring a huge spaceship. They are worried about supplies until they find cubbies that duplicate anything put into them. They discover this by someone placing their hand inside ...
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Epic Fantasy novel with assassin and orphans [duplicate]

I am reposting this question because i cant access my account to edit. I read this book back in the late 90s. It was a fantasy novel that took place mostly within a city. I remember a particular ...
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A novel about people that can affect others through reading

I read a book a few years ago, that can't be more than 10 years old now. The story of the book was that there were some people that had the power to affect anyone (I think) via book reading, as well ...
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Story ID. Man gets turned invisible along with a cat

Please identify the novel in which a man goes to a science conference with a woman he wants to sleep with and gets turned invisible (along with a cat) when activists sabotage the project inside the ...
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What is the earliest case of modern published speculative fiction where evil wins?

What is the earliest case of modern (1840+) published speculative fiction where evil wins? I mean, not just that the hero dies or some tragedy takes place. I really mean a story in which the evil guy ...
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Identify a YA science fiction novel from the 70s

All I remember is that it had 3 parts, and the first part was entitled "A Perfect Warrior". The bad guy was named Odal. The hero was a recent graduate of a sort of police academy for outer space. ...
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Help to identify fantasy series

I'm trying to remember a series I read in the early 90s, which I think was written in the 80s. The main character was a female who was raised Rapunzel like (separate in tower) and ransomed/ hostage ...
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Title of Fantasy Novel Series including Magic and Familiars

There is a fantasy novel series that I'm trying to remember the title and/or author of. The land included a circular plain surrounded by a sheer cliff wall that was created by a cataclysmic magical ...
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YA Novel with a Teenage Girl and a Child Changeling

I read this book maybe fifteen years ago. It may have been contemporary for the time or a bit older. I remember it referenced a number of old fairy stories, although I wasn't familiar with them at the ...
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Extendible claws and augmented vision - Looking for a book?

I seem to recall a pair of books about someone who had had extensive genetic engineering, where he could make his nails grow into claws. I also remember something about touching his incisor teeth to ...
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A gateway to a new world/future where things can be improved with use

This book is about an explorer (with robot companion) who walks through a "gateway" into the future/parallel world. In this world, things that are created do not fall into disrepair, instead things ...
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Fantasy novel with assassins and orphans

I read this book back in the 90s, I believe. It was a fantasy novel took place mostly within a city. All I can remember is that there was an assassin that was going to kill a king and there were ...
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A Book About a Maid murdered in the attic

Back when I was in middle school, I remember reading a lot of Christopher Pike novels and I remember reading a book by its cover. It had a sword and some weird creature hidden in the darkness that ...
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Book about a teenager programmed to be an assassin and trying to get back at the people responsible

I read this book a few years back (around 5?). It was part of a multibook series but I have only read one book. It's about this teenager who I think had been programmed to be an assassin but then ...
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Novel/Story with wireheads?

I remember reading a long time ago a novel where some people who, through a surgical operation had a wire connected to the pleasure center of their brains. They could just plug themselves in, it ...
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Help me identify a fantasy book please

Fantasy novel that I once found at a library but for the life of me can't remember the name of the book or the author. It centers around a boy named Cain or CAne or KAin I believe and his two friends. ...
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I'm looking for a fiction novel series about a submarine, being the USS Seawolf, finding the world in flames after a nuclear war.

The first book in the series has the submarine returning to San Francisco, battling some white clothed people, and then taking off at the end of the novel to look for survivors. There is the added ...
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Looking for two 1980s sci-fi children's books [closed]

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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Alien abductee joins a galactic patrol where he is instructed by a bird-like alien

I remember a book in which the main protagonist is a human male and after witnessing alien activities he was forcibly whisked away. After being taken away he joins a type of galactic patrol type ...
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Book identification - yin-yang tattoo on arm

It is a "people from normal world journey to fantasy world" plot. One of the protagonists, a young or teenage girl, has a yin-yang symbol on her arm. At one point in the book, one of the antagonists ...
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Fiction novel involving time traveling dinosaurs that then destroy humanity

I am trying to recall the title a fiction novel that involves a race of sentient dinosaurs that travel from the past into the future to when humanity is living underground, possibly due to apocalyptic ...
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What book has a war between kingdoms named after colours, including Green?

I read a book about 15 years ago that I’ve been trying to find recently but can’t remember the title for the life of me. I remember that it involved a war between at least two kingdoms, one called ...
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Identify time travel story. Modern soldier goes back to days of mounted Knights with scientists

Read this sometime in the 80's(actually read it after 1999). A mission from an intricate lab (in the present(?)) back to Medieval times went awry when a soldier took back live munitions, specifically ...
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Looking for a sci-fi novel about first contact

Male author who did not typically write science fiction. Novel came out in the 1990's I think. It seemed initially to be a story about a serial killer but it turns out the protagonist was merely ...
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world in a dewdrop

Novel where final paragraphs zoom out to reveal that entire world of story has taken place in a universe contained in a drop of dew on a leaf or blade of grass in the garden of an older couple, who I ...
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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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Novel with humans travelling to a distant planet becoming super-intelligent [duplicate]

I'm trying to find the name of a novel (or was it a short story) where a group of humans travel to a distant planet and along the way (through genetics?) become more and more intelligent. I seem to ...
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Novel with robot-made human starfish

I'm trying to remember a novel I read in the late 1980s or early 1990s. Earth has been taken over by a robotic culture that has destroyed almost everything animal, vegetable, or human. A small number ...
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Looking for a novel involving an agent/assassin who might be a chimpanzee

The worst part about this is that I found the title of this book several years ago, even tracked down a copy and read it, but it's slipped my mind and my prior queries don't seem to exist anymore. I ...
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ID novel (Ace pulp paperback?) - interplanetary passenger cruise, engine failure, lifeboats

Viewpoint character is a junior flight officer / medic? on a routine passenger liner from Earth to somewhere (Mars?). Something goes horribly wrong with the engine (which is powered by an atomic pile ...
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The effect of the Hobbits holding the One Ring?

There were three rings for the Elves, seven for the Dwarves and nine for Men. One ring to rule the other Nineteen. Smeagol was a Hobbit, IIRC (never seen the movies and read the books many many years ...
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Has Wyatt Earp ever been a character basis for science fiction? [closed]

Not looking for the archatype "Old West Lawman" Im looking for specific instances where Wyatt Earp was the Prime character influence.
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SF book where plane captured in Bermuda Triangle

I am searching for book from the late 70s (or thereabouts). The details which I remember are: A passenger jet is snared while flying through the Bermuda Triangle and the passengers are enslaved by ...
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1970s scifi book about a worldwide endless war

I read this in the mid 70s from my local library. The book was set on a militarized world with two factions in an endless war. It may have been a future earth but I think it was set on an alien ...
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Trying to identify sawmill pond monster novel

What I can remember is there was some sort of grotesque man killing monster that evolved(mutated) in the toxic sludge of a sawmill pond or the polluted area adjacent to the pond. The mill was closed ...
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Identify story: Earth's moon shortens human lifespan

I checked out this novel, probably young adult, from my hometown library sometime in the late 80s or early 90s. The plot follows a human looking race of aliens that come to earth to investigate why ...
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YA book with a child going back in time; the title contains a date

I'm looking for a Young Adult science fiction book from in the 80's. It had a month and date in title, something like “Thursday the 5th of October”. A kid somehow goes back in time. He winds up with ...
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SF / Fantasy crossover, 90's

I only remember a few bits and pieces, such as: Magic returned years ago, and destroyed technological society. But now it's going away again. There's a death-figure known as john walker (maybe ...
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Sci-Fi novel where Earth is taken over by a race called the Cateni(?)

Does anyone know the name of a novel (part of a series, I think) about Earth being taken over by a race of aliens called the Cateni or Cat-something. Some human people and a renegade from the alien ...
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Novel search: man and woman alone in a town, revealed to be a simulated reality

I'm searching for a sci-fi novel I read about 20 years ago; might be important to mention that I read it in french. As far as I remember, the story is about a man, who doesn't really know where he is ...
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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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Novel about teleportation and a child assumed to be the savior of the galaxy

I could swear that I got this answered once via the TVTropes YKTS forum, but all I can find is my failed query. It's a Sci-fi novel, involves the last member of an alien race saying that a ...
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Early chapter epigram: “Your buffalo may lie down in my wallow.” From what S-F novel?

Long, long ago I possessed for a short time, and then lost before reading, a science-fiction paperback whose story concerned linguistics. One of its early chapters, perhaps the first, had for its ...
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Identify novel: special caste of humans speaks with a supercomputer

I have some fragmentary memories of a sci-fi library my father had, and I would really like to find some of those books. Having just bits and scraps of memories doesn't help with search, but a few of ...
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Looking for pre-1984 novel about two students that invent a virtual reality civilization building game

One student builds his civilization through military power, the other through advances in technology (no this isn't the Stargate Atlantis episode). At a certain point, everyone disappears. They play ...
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Novels set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

I've recently started reading some of the Star Wars extended universe novels, and have really started to enjoy them. I'm also a big fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the storylines and ...
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Story Identification - post-apocalyptic novel solar incident, new time and old time

I'm trying to identify and find a story set in a post-apocalyptic world (probably based in USA/California but not 100%) where something has happened to the Sun, and as a result probably changed human ...
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Novel about people living in a virtual reality on a spaceship, only discovering this over time

I'm looking for a novel, of which I'm remembering mostly the end. It might be important that I've read the story in German. Most of the story takes part in a strange, surreal world. Towards the end ...