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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Which novel involves vampires, burning satellites, space travel, and body modification?

About a decade ago, I encountered a novel or a novella that I cannot locate. The setting was Earth, about one century into the future. I remember vampires and a mesh of satellites around the Earth ...
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Mid 20th century post-apocalyptic novel which utilized the term “the Mysteries”?

"The Mysteries" were descriptions of past cultural traditions such as religion or ethnicity which became mangled when half-remembered by survivors of an apocalyptic war or pestilence. I especially ...
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Book about post-apocalyptic survivors and slug-like alien invaders

I read this ~1995-1997, and I think it was new. For whatever reason, my school library had a copy. The story was about the few survivors of post-apocalyptia. Alien slug-like creatures had managed to ...
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Sci-fi Story Cop riding flying giant genetically engineered birds

It is a Science fiction novel. Set in Earth's future where giant genetically engineered birds are used as flying vehicles. If I remember correctly, it is due to end of fossil fuels. The main ...
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Dystopian novel where the last city moves on a giant track [duplicate]

Probably published late 1970s or early 1980s. A large group of people are organized into a small city that is in a huge contraption that has to keep moving around the earth after some apocalyptic ...
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Novel where bands of humans roamed a world controlled by intelligent machines

I'm trying to figure out the name of a science fiction novel. In it there were bands of humans which roamed a world. The world was controlled by intelligent robots or mechanized creatures I think. ...
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Seeking title/author of novel where alien disk placed between Earth and sun causes ice age

I read it in the early 90s, might have been published late 80s in Canada. The story begins with a mysterious disk that appears between the sun and the Earth and starts an ice age which wipes out ...
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A fantasy book about a woman who can speak with animals and is taken by the prince?

I think I read this around 2009 and my dad got it for me from a used book store so it could be much older. What I remember from the story is that it follows a girl who lives in isolation in a ...
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How does Trip escape from Ehrehin and Valdore?

In the novel The Good That Men Do, while on the ship with Ehrehin one moment Trip is passing out/dying and Valdores forces are closing in and the next moment hes on earth and he doesnt mention ...
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Are there Paranoia (RPG) inspired books? [closed]

I am looking for fiction based on the Paranoia universe. Are there any books in that universe and if not, are there any good fan fiction? i tried a quick look but could only find official campaigns ...
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How do we reach Ultima?

When I was much younger, I was obsessed with a series of books that likely many of you are familiar with: Choose Your Own Adventure. In essence, each book was a self-contained role-playing game with ...
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Fantasy novel series where dragon fight alongside humans in wars

I am looking for a fantasy novel series where the male lead is a young boy who fights alongside a bipedal non-flying dragon in the army. The army has military units that are formed by these dragons ...
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Looking for a book about a genetically engineered person

This was a while ago and I can't remember very much, but I really loved this book but it was lost in a car crash :( Anyway, so the main character was grown and genetically engineered. At one stage he ...
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Book about apocalyptic event involving aliens

This book has one primary male protagonist who I think is a scientist of some type who the government decides needs to help defeat some alien (I'm pretty sure it's alien) apocalyptic event. In the ...
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Book about adults who were accidentally exposed to govt chemical testing as children and are now being killed.

There was a book, probably part of a series, that I read 10-15 years ago about a group of kids on a school trip who were accidentally exposed to chemical testing by the government. These kids grew ...
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Magic leaves “smudges” and a sorceress becomes a book

I could use some help identifying a book I read some time in the last year or so. The book goes between two different stories: 1) A student of magic finds a book in a cave that turns out to be a ...
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looking for book 1990s about good vs evil and point of view affecting those labels

I am searching for a book which I read in the early 90s about a man whose life has fallen apart. He gets swept up in a series of events which culminate in Ragnarok. The concept of the novel is the ...
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Young Adult Fantasy novel about some boarding school, classmates dying, and passing on?

This isn't science fiction, but it's kind of "fantasy" in a way. It's about some girl who gets sent to/starts to attend some sort of fancy boarding school or something like that. I know she falls for ...
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What is the tilte of Fantasy Genre Novel with 2 brothers (the sons of satan), female author?

The question is asking for the title of a novel, however this was also a series of novels. I remember many details of the plot, but am not certain if those details are from different books in the ...
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Story about a civilization which repeatedly rises and falls, because individuals can't stop reproducing

I'm looking for a story which has these elements: There is an alien species whose biology compels it to reproduce every couple of years, and they don't have a choice about it. As they develop ...
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Cloned scientists discover alien ship that travels backwards in time [duplicate]

In this series of books mankind has developed Virtual Copies of scientists to populate Probes sent out exploring space. One probe discovers a planet with an ancient Spire existing on the surface. An ...
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Help ID Australian novel. Sci Fi (soft) / Magical Realist / Slipstream. Published 1976 – circa late 1980s

Asking for a friend. Length; Novel (possibly novella or novelette) Publication Notes; Australian/Melbourne author (likely but not certain. It shows a lot of familiarity with Melbourne). Australian ...
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Blacksmith who is the namesake of a legendary hero

I remember reading a fantasy novel long ago in my late teens about twenty years ago. The protagonist is a humble blacksmith who is the namesake of a legendary hero in that (fictional) culture. He is ...
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Novel where light sail cuts throat and main character uses body of a ballpoint pen for tracheotomy

"Young adult" novel involving a light sail that cuts someone's throat and the protagonist uses a ballpoint pen as an air tube so he can breathe. Probably had the word "star" in the title. It might ...
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Searching for a book with a telepathic female

I read a novel in the 1980s in which the main character was a telepathic female. I believe the title included the word "Prime". I remember that it was part of a series. After she was done with an ...
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What's the name of book where copies of people are beamed to other planets?

Does anyone know the name of this book (might be a series)? Planets are colonized by people having copies of themselves beamed to the planet. A person walks into a booth on earth for a few minutes ...
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Future magicians summon genies that are really technology from our time

I am trying to remember the name of a science fiction novel in the eighties that developed over three stages. Magicians summoned djinn or genies that were really technology from the past like tanks, ...
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Are there any sci-fi novels with multiple human-colonized galaxies? [closed]

First of all, sorry for my English. It's not my native language. All space-themed sci-fi novels I've read deal with human civilizations on the scale from Solar system to whole Milky Way galaxy. Are ...
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What's the name of a book about the adventures of a group of orphans? [duplicate]

About ten years ago, I read a book that follows the adventures of a group of orphans. I've been looking for it for some number of years, but I can't really piece the story back together. I still ...
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What's the name of the book where a girl is built into a spacecraft?

There was a sci-fi book a book I saw about 10 years ago, that featured a society of people where (I think) some chose to become parts of spacecraft. I was very young at the time so i only remember ...
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Telepaths working as spies that die young

I read a thriller/sci-fi novel about 15 years ago involving a government program using telepaths as spies. This is during the Cold War, so the Russians have a competing program. The down side is the ...
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Science Fiction novel set in Britain, with a group called Ests or Ents

This has been driving me crazy for months! I hope someone remembers this. It was probably but not definitely a YA book, though probably not called that at the time. It was Science Fiction. It was AT ...
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Luke Skywalker (injured?) stranded aboard a large automated spaceship?

I remember reading a story probably about 18 years ago in which Luke is stuck aboard some kind of automated freighter. I say automated, but there is some kind of ghost piloting it (or at least inside ...
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Heroine named Shelby stranded on a planet of telepaths

In the late 70's I read a good scifi book about a woman named Shelby who is the pilot of a space freighter. It has a problem and she sets down on a planet to wait for help. The planet is peopled with ...
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In Slaughterhouse Five, are the science-fictional elements real?

Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five is generally classified as science fiction and contains some science-fictional elements: It has been years since I read the book. But my interpretation at the ...
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Once almost eradicated, godlike humans in miles-long spaceships watch over the galaxy

Looking for a book I read in the late 60s: humans were almost eradicated in the galaxy but discovered technology that made them almost godlike. They then lived in miles-long spaceships and watched ...
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book identification scifi/fantasy with talking human intelligence cat

id needed for a Sci-fi/Fantasy novel....mid to late 1980's. The only thing I can remember was the book was set in the future. There was a guy (main character) who was on a quest. He had several ...
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Star Trek: TNG novel identification assistance - plot uses Darmok-like communication

I have a memory of a Star Trek TNG novel that I read years ago, but having searched both my own personal shelves and the Memory Alpha website, I can't find any evidence of its existence. It's ...
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Help Identifying fantasy novel about magic red jewel

I borrowed this book from the library years ago in the early 2000s. I believe it was published sometime between 1970 and 1999. It was an adult fantasy novel and definitely not something you would ...
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Book with a self-improving neuronal computer

In my youth (I'd guess about early 90's) I read a book written from the point of view of a young female psychologist who gets an employment offer from an ultra-rich wunderkind. When she arrives at her ...
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What made old Planeswalkers so powerful?

In Magic: The Gathering, Planeswalkers used to be incredibly powerful immortal beings before the Mending. They were naturally extremely powerful after awakening, without needing to form numerous mana ...
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Looking for (less sci-fi or fantasy but certainly phantasmagoric) novel encountered many years ago [closed]

Now this is going to be really tough since I remember very little about the novel, but maybe... The novel is something between political satire and psychological/psychedelic/psychiatric thriller, ...
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Retired soldier saves female alien from aircraft crash

I have been trying to find a book I read a few years ago (5+). The plot involve a retired military person ( maybe a general ) solo sailing across the ocean when an aircraft crashes nearby and he saves ...
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Man is super soldier, regenerates from death; sent through small wormhole to new world

I read this decades ago and cannot remember the author, title, or detail enough to find it on Google. The protagonist is a super soldier, killed repeatedly in drills, regenerated constantly, and ...
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Identify a story in which two kids visit each others' minds while sleeping

They're both teenagers or so. He's the prince of an eastern European country, she's middle-American middle class. They were both born with a "disorder" that causes them to occasionally fall asleep for ...
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Two friends meet famous historical men

Okay I have been looking for this book for years now. It could be from 1999 to 2004. It is the story of two boys who are friends. They travel back in time as famous male friends such as President ...
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Kids with telekinetic powers in a quarantined city (written by female author)

I have been looking for this little sci-fi novel I read as a kid in the late 90's. By that time it already was pretty old. I don't remember the storyline, but it was set in a quarantined city (I ...
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Paperback novel about a man who kills a birdlike alien on his balcony with a watering can

I read it as a paperback book somewhere in the mid-90s, I think. The protagonist lived in an apartment building. He's out on the balcony when a birdlike (but humanoid) alien swooped down and attacked ...
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When kids reach a certain age they are shipped off to another planet [duplicate]

The kids are shipped to a different planet to survive for a certain period. I can remember there being a larger kid that had a gun and a dog for protection who ends up dead. In the end, the kids ...
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Trader on a frozen world during social upheaval

Please help me identify this book I remember very little about the plot of this book, however, I remember the beginning pretty vividly. The perspective moves between one or more humans and the ...