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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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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Novels/Movies of petite female character with fighting skills [closed]

I really like River Tam of Firefly. That's why I'm looking for good science fiction novels (or movies) with a similar character. The story should be about a petite female character with exceptional ...
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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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Can any one identify what novel this plot line is from

Long ago (15 years ?) I have partially read a novel which I really liked. How ever I don't remember the title or full plot of it. I would be grateful if some one can identify it from the limited plot ...
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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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Trying to remember the title of book I read as a kid around 1992

About a man who thought information should be free for everyone. He was a technician, but started disobeying his society's rules. He was captured and flogged in the town square. Those who head the ...
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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 ...
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80's Post apocalyptic novel with psychic centaurs and organic airships

Does this ring any bells? The airships were plant forms that floated and could be used for transportation. There was a diverse cast of characters on some quest, including some sort of psychic ...
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British or Australian novel where a Wizard resurrects Balthazar

Looking for fantasy novel that opens with a wizard performing a resurrection spell that doesn't go quite as he planned. It was either cut short or didn't work and he ends up botching the incantation, ...
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Science-fiction novel - Starship captain put on trial

I'm looking for an old novel published in, I think, the late 60s or early 70s. The protagonist is a starship captain. The novel begins with his trial for possibly the destruction of an interstellar ...
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Please help me find 90's teen fiction - UK town shouded in mist/fog causing violence

I hope someone can help track down this book from my teens. I remember borrowing it from a local library so some time in the mid-90's, although I can't be sure if it was new or old at the time. The ...
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Series identification: post apocalyptic, psychic monks, and psychic moose. Also, 11th comandment

Alright, I think I read these back in the 80s or early 90s. Every search I've tried keeps bringing up newer books that aren't even close to what I'm looking for, so I'm hoping crowd sourcing it here ...
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Book about an apartment building with a malevolent intelligence in the basement

An apartment building with a malevolent intelligence in the basement. It includes a rhyme - "I chased A bug around a tree, I'll have his blood, he knows I will" I had the book around about 1972, it ...
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I am looking for a book I read in the 80s underground society that two kids find a way to the upper dome society

Can't remember the name but two kids from an underground society go through a old mechanism that transfers them to the above ground domed society
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Looking for a novel about extreme climate variations

About twenty years ago I read a novel about a planet with extreme climate variations. Over the course of a year (more or less the length of an Earth year) the climate changed drastically from brutal ...
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I'm looking for a sci-fi series: humans are immune to telepathy, and become the soldiers for an alien group fighting against invertebrate telepaths

I wasn't certain how much to put in the question bar. The series involves two groups of aliens who have been fighting an interstellar war for many years before the first book. The war is started by ...
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A group of people willingly transform into various creatures using a serum of some sort in Novel read over 25 years ago

From what I can remember someone invents a process on earth, "present time" whereby a person can be transformed into their "true" selves. The first to undergo the process which takes about a month? ...
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Older novel - Boy can operate alien machines, saves the planet

I read this novel in the early 1970s, but it may have been written as early as the 50s. It was probably a hard-science, young-adult novel; the protagonist was a boy, and it showcased what we knew of ...
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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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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 ...