A novel is a book of long narrative in literary prose. The genre has historical roots both in the fields of 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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Very old post-apocalyptic Science Fiction novel - suspended animation, 2nd moon, and a chasm

I'm trying to identify a very old science fiction novel, probably from the 1920s or 1930s. The plot involves a couple who go into suspended animation for some reason, and wake up several thousand ...
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A person contracts a biological pathogen that is collectively intelligent, forming a symbiosis

Trying to identify a story where: A person (man/woman?) somehow contracts a pathogen that leans to communicate with him. The pathogen is pathogen something like an amoeba. the person is hunted by ...
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Everyone on earth can suddenly read each other's minds

Trying to identify a story about the population of the earth suddenly developing telepathy. I don't remember much about this story. Suddenly everyone on earth wakes up one morning and can read each ...
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Distant aliens receive signal with instructions on how to construct humans, long after Earth is extinct

I'm looking for a specific scifi book that I read years ago, I only partially remember the story, and I don't remember the author or the title. What I remember of the story is: An alien race picks ...
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Looking for a novel involving space marines on a primitive alien world

I'm not sure when the book was written, but I read it in the early 2000s I remember that early in the book, the soldier protagonists were on earth in the future. They were in a skirmish near the ...
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Story ID - Sun ejects a new planet

One of my work mates was talking about this story, any ideas? "I read a sci fi book once about what happened after the sun ejected a new planet, but I can't remember its name now. The whole premise ...
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Milky Way cover that is (subliminally) a female image

This book was one I read in the 80s. It was printed about 1970. It was about a male slave who escapes with his female master, IIRC. Obviously it was science fiction. The front of the book had the ...
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Who throws the stone at Deckard in “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”

Near the end of "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?", someone throws a stone at Deckard the way they were throwing stones at Mercer as he was climbing up a hill. Is it ever explained or implied who ...
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What is a top-shaped ship in Battlestar Galactica?

Some years ago, I found an old copy of the novelization of Battlestar Galactica in a second-hand bookshop. The book featured a large, symmetrical, top-shaped spaceship either on the cover, or in ...
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Book with mentally controlled space mechas fighting

I read a book a few years ago, but can only remember specific bits and pieces of it now. The main character was the pilot of a warrior mentally controlled robot mecha thing, which could travel the ...
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Sci-Fi Novel Title involving Space Infantry

I read a paperback novel in 1999 when I was suffering from pneumonia. My mother had purchased it from a thrift store for me, so it could have been from the 70s or 80s. In this story, a squad of space ...
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What is the proper spelling of “Miranda Savage” from “Vision of the Future”?

I'm listening to the audiobook of Vision of the Future by Timothy Zahn (narrated by Marc Thompson, although that's not relevant to the question). There is a character working for Talon Karrde whose ...
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son of the leader is flushed out of the undergound city

This book was from the 80's. The protagonist was the son of the leader of an underground city (the father would always be awake before the alarm). The kids or maybe everyone had implants that talked ...
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Future according to a deceased programmer

A deceased computer software co. Owner causes special glasses to be made that allow the wearer to identify other insiders. Computer multiplayer gamers perform tasks as directed by the dead genius to ...
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(Robert Heinlein?) story about a corporation made rich by investing in unlikely research projects

In this story, a corporation or group becomes extremely rich by investing in long-shot research projects that, against all odds, keep succeeding. Almost like a science fiction version of Brewster's ...
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Fantasy Novel largely from the perspective of the cast of villains

This novel had the traditional hero's journey to take the item (special water) to the thing (evil gods sanctuary) and save the world(kill the evil god). It was written in such a way as to illustrate ...
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Novel in which an alien ship crashes & the teen survivor helps thwart an alien invasion

I'm looking for a teen paperback novel that's at least 20 years old. An alien ship crashes & the only survivor was a teenage boy. I think the captain of the ship was his uncle or father, & had ...
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Book about a water planet, part of a human empire

I read the book about 3–5 years ago, though that doesn't mean much as the book felt very old. The book had a blue cover with a silhouette of a boat floating in front of an orange sun right on 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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Anyone know this book with dragons and a pregnant girl?

So I remember reading a book about dragons about 10 years or more ago and I don't know who wrote it or what it's called. The only thing I can recall is that there was dragons, and a pregnant lady who ...
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Identify a story about plants mingling sexually with humans

Published back during the unbridled excesses of the late 60’s or early 70's (definitely before 1972) there was a book I read in which some kind of climatic change caused sentient plants to overrun ...
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Short story where non automated cars are outlawed, and the protagonist sees classic cars being raced illegally.

I believe this was part of a short story, or a novella. Automated transportation is the current technology. Vehicles must be automated and human control has been outlawed for safeties sake. The ...
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Novel with intelligent sperm whales and their legendary heroes

A novel with intelligent sperm whales which I PARTIALLY read in a supermarket book display back about the 1980s I guess. Obviously it counts as at least partially fantasy and science fiction. I ...
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Novel with reincarnation. In the distant future a time-traveler becomes a wedding gift

I read this quite a while ago and the book was old even when I first encountered it. I probably read it in the 1970s, and it likely dated from the late 1930s, the 1940s, or perhaps the early 1950s. ...
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1970s SF novel, story ID, eco war between insects & plants on one side, people on the other

I'm trying to recall a science fiction novel probably written in the 1970s. The United States was aggressively using pesticides, damaging the ecology of the planet. For some reasons, plant and insect ...
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Trying to identify a story about Sentient Trees

Trying to identify the title and author of a Science Fiction story about a human boy and girl who are on an alien world. Notable is the teleportation device that only allows non-living material or ...
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Man from interplanetary tourism ring goes native, fights own people

I wonder if anyone knows this book that I read about 30 (possibly more) years ago: A race of people who have generated large wealth on their planet by running tourist operations on other planets. They ...
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YA Novel published before 1994 where characters are all cockroaches living in suburbia

I remember reading this novel way back in high school in the early 1990s. All the characters are cockroaches and are living in a backyard in the suburbs. I don't know any of the names of the ...
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Daughter of noble and prostitute, elements in series titles

I read this book in 2009, when I randomly stumbled upon it on a shelf. The book started by talking about something along the lines of "gatekeepers", but the concept was completely irrelevant until the ...
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Reptilian alien invader starts caring for human boy, one of the last humans alive

I need help in recalling a short science fiction novel from the 1970s. At the end of a heated war between a reptilian alien species and humans almost all humans have been exterminated. Earth has ...
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Inspiration or antecedent for title of Heinlein's “The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress”?

I'm fairly certain that I know the answer to this question, but I want to appeal to the collective wisdom here before I definitively file this in my mind as solved. Is there an earlier source or a ...
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Looking for a short story about a rescue mission to Mercury

About 30 years ago, I read a really good short story in Analog about a crew sent to find a missing ship on Mercury. The rescue ship is floating over the molten surface with its sensors when it spots ...
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1960s SF novel with sub war, telepathy, dolphins, recreational drug that makes you sick, then cures you for fun

I've clarified the details and added a few things I've remembered since first asking the question. I hope that helps someone figure this out. I'm trying to recall a short novel probably from the ...
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A black girl married a vampire prince

I read a really good book about a poor black girl living in a village ruled by vampires. She ends up being his destined person in an accidental ceremony. They marry but have problems because he can't ...
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Mystery woman appears after flood, marries matriarch's son

I have been searching for so long for a certain series of novels. The only things I remember about the series is that the covers had an eye and a house partly submerged under water. It was a series ...
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Book: girl from family of witches, best friend named Gabriel, time travel

I read a book in middle school about a girl who came from a family of witches and they thought she had no powers. As the story progresses, she finds out she does. She also has a best friend named ...
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Old sci-fi novel: post alien invasion, girl called Steelfinder, aliens choked in too-dry air

The story is set on earth, post alien invasion war, humans mostly enslaved. The story centers around a group of humans struggling to avoid capture, having to be careful where they go because there's ...
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Traveller sees recurring card players whose faces are masks

I'm remembering a novel of someone travelling through some land, or, has wound up off somewhere and is trying to get back to where he started. The main part that is remembered is that after awhile ...
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Book that includes data in a cloud around shoppers at a mall in one scene

A science fiction book that I read in the last year (2015-2016), which had the protagonist lured to a shopping mall. The other person hit a button on his device and suddenly the protagonist could see ...
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Why did Teddy Sanders say Ares IV would launch in 5 years?

In both the movie and the novel, when Venkat (Vincent) Kapoor is trying to persuade Teddy Sanders to allow satellite imagery of the Ares 3 site, Sanders says that Ares 4 wouldn't launch for another ...
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Looking for a book about a girl on a seemingly endless city bridge

I never had the chance to finish the book and I immediately forgot the name and couldn't find it again when I went back to the store. In the book this girl lives on an island. Her father went away ...
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Four characters sent to explore space, and telepaths are gorgeous

I found this book on Project Gutenberg a long time ago, but can't find it now. It's a pretty old book. The premise was that there are these four people, two men and two women, who build a spaceship ...
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Military sci-fi novel identification: Man with no memory on trial, main story told as a long flashback; favorite weapon is a shotgun

The book starts with a man on trial, he has no idea why as he is missing a big chunk of his memory. He fires his attorney, and the court goes with some type of memory retrieval. We witness what ...
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One-way journey to another star boosted by mirrors

A book about a group of people travelling to another star on a one way trip. They are boosted out of the solar system by re-purposed military mirrors. They have a robotic helper that looks like a ...
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A book or short story with normal time and reverse time happening in the same space

The story has something to do about two times going opposite "directions" and intertwining. People in the normal time such as ours see the effects in their own time with strangeness such as having ...
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Girl with magic confronts a demon and heals tree

This was a short novel that was probably written in the 80s or 90s. A young girl, maybe teen, lives in a small village area, and has magic powers. She can see some magical creatures that most people ...
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Novel featuring black female protagonist

In the 1970s, I read a sci-fi novel in high school, where the main character was a black girl, a point purposely not made clear until late in the book. It takes place in a post-apocalyptic (is there ...
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Book series with a cover of a girl with unusual eyes, who receives a crystal ball

Don't really remember any of the books because I don't remember ever fully finishing the first book. All I remember is the cover was beautiful! There was a young girl on it with really pretty eyes. ...
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Novel about the rise of a man in a society where people were ranked from 100 to 1

All I can remember about the plot is the rise of a man in a society where people were ranked from 100 to 1. He starts off low, becomes a gangster, makes some money, goes legit, loses an arm and ...
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Trilogy about a girl who walks on water

I'm trying to identify a trilogy of (I think YA) novels. The main character was able to walk on water. A different boy also was. I think that the series might have been named after it's word for these ...