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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Novel about rescuing the people of a dying planet

Trying to find a book I've read about ten years ago. It was translated into Russian, the original was (probably) written in English. It was about a planet in a solar system with a single red giant ...
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Looking for a scifi novel with advanced pheromone technology

I remember a lot of things about the book, but none of them have brought up a name and nobody I've asked remembers it Pheromone technology plays a big role in the world- airborne pheromones serve as ...
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Echo Death, obscure novel from 1972?

Can anyone help to find the exact title and author of a novel I read in 1972? It was checked out of a library, and I believe it was a new release at the time, though I may be wrong about that. I ...
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Old novel about earth overpopulation

I believe the novel is set in future Chicago. People live in one room cubes and are given daily medications. A man is taken to a "treatment facility" only to find out he has been used to fertilize ...
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Book about a single human growing up on a space station devoted to trade?

I've been flailing around trying to find this book I read decades ago. I'm pretty sure it was from the 60s or 70s. It's about a single human growing up on a space station full of alien races, ...
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Name of a book where human thoughts are affecting the universe?

Basically our thoughts are ruining everything. Like when humans are taught stars are giant balls of gas. To the rest of the universe they aren't but humans think it and destroy alien planets. I think ...
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Pre 1985ish science fiction paperback with a metal-armed man on the cover and time-travel combat

I'm trying to identify a science fiction novel I remember reading as a young kid from my school's library. I only remember two things about it (apart from having a generally positive impression of it):...
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Book (possibly YA) 80s/90s princess goes to “barbaric” desert to be married, fantasy

This is my first time posting, so hopefully I won't leave out any details. I read this YA book about ~15 years ago. It was about a princess/daughter of a king who was sent to the desert/uncivilized ...
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Store clerk with magic boots novel

I'm trying to find a fantasy novel that I read like 20 years ago. From what I remember, it was a more comical fantasy novel than a serious one. I want to say that it was in the style of Piers Anthony ...
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Looking for recent fantasy novel set in New Orleans alternate history involving faerie incursion and curtain protecting earth

I read the first in what will become a series involving a female human protaganist who lives in New Orleans after an invasion of earth by Faerie. The invasion was pushed back and earth is protected ...
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Novel about a computer game with secrecy

This is a young adult novel I read within the last 5 years, but I can't say it was new at the time. (what I remember) Near future. The main character is a high-school boy. There is a new computer ...
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Name of the author who wrote “Killer”

I read this book years ago and am unable to find a copy as I can't remember the author's name. It's about a navy trained killer whale and a plane crash in the arctic.
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Identify Sci-fi Novel with Giant, Genetically Engineered Hands as Beasts of Burden

This novel dates from early 90s and has the following elements. The USA is surrounded by an energy field that cannot be penetrated or turned off. The world is hi-tech, but post-apocalyptic The hero ...
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Novel with powdered sugar explosion

Looking for a novel published in the '80s or '90s. Contains the following elements: Most memorable scene - people are eating beignets in a cafe. They blow powdered sugar off the tops of the beignets ...
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Tracking down a very obscure novel about dystopian USA

The novel is set in 1984 or 1986, something like that, and it was written in the 1970s I think, maybe a touch earlier. I read it in 1981 or so. The book seems geared to what would now be YA, though ...
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Near-Future SF novel, All Mental Illness Cured

I've been trying to remember this novel, probably from the 1990's or early 2000's. The main character and the antagonist are both women (they may have had some relationship in the past; possibly they'...
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Please help identify a novel after a terrible future war, the world is falling apart (molecularly) and being held together by machines

There has been a terrible war. The world is falling apart in places, literally dissasociating molecularly and there is just a gray mist where the world is gone. There is a hint that machines are ...
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Help finding a passage from one of the Ender Wiggin books

In one of the books in the Ender Wiggin series, a character is using a computer that is dynamically changing to accommodate his physical disabilities. The passage describes in some detail how the ...
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Story about knight who had super-powered vision and right arm

I wonder what is the name of the story I read years ago. Setting is medieval-like. Story starts with torture of the main character where he loses arm and eye. Another detail I remember is that he ...
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A novel revolving around a Fictional Genius character

I have been searching for a Novel that revolves around a fictional genius, unfortunately google search is not helping. Clearly mentioning I don't want biographies. I had marked a book to be read which ...
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Hoping for author and name of a particular novel/ like a submarine but in a superspace

Science fiction novel from 1980s or 1990s or 2000s. People can go into a particular different space, said to be "above" our space, where distances are shorter. Particular ships can go "up" into this ...
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ST:Titan Sword of Damocles ending

At the end of the (non-canon) novel Star Trek Titan: Sword of Damocles there feels like there is something missing or forgotten. The problem here is that: Am I missing something here? Did I ...
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Is Flatland unique?

Is the depiction of life in two dimensions unique to Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, or has another author written on this topic?
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Why did the Halverics attack Dwarfwatch in Sheepfarmer's Daughter by Elizabeth Moon

In the first part of The Deed of Paksenarrion (Sheepfarmer's Daughter) by Elizabeth Moon, the main character is part of a force garrisoning a fort at a place called Dwarfwatch. This fort is then ...
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Piers Anthony character “Subtle”

In the late 1960s, I recall reading a Piers Anthony novel with character "Subtle". "Subtle" was a special agent with his mind adjusted so his memory could be downloaded and given to his fellow agents. ...
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Young adult horror novel from the 90s

I'm trying to remember the name of a book I read as a kid. The story was about a bunch of kids who get invited to a party (I think at some rich girl's house) and dying one by one. The only specific ...
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Book about a cube prison that turns out to be a spaceship

I don't remember much about this book. The main character is a girl, who trying to escape from this giant cube that she grew up in and that a bunch of people live in. I think she is following a ...
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Novel where a predator comes into being

Novel where alien enters room through wall and invites author to publish all through galaxy and predator chases him to satisfy a universal law
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Fantasy novel includes Amelia Earhart, pirates, desert island, captivating seashells

It starts out in an apartment building. The protagonist’s father is called into adjust the heating. When the protagonist enters the room, she assumes it’s because it’s too hot, but actually residents ...
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Author+title of story of planet inhabited by intelligence which makes mouse and man evolve on ship

In my youth, I’ve read countless science fiction and fantasy books. One of these, when I finished it, I felt like a part of my life ended with the end of the book, and surely there must be a sequel… ...
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I'm looking for a Sci-Fi book with a female protagonist who doesn't wear logos

I'm looking for a near future (I'm pretty sure) Sci Fi book that may have more than one protagonist, but has at least this one female lead. I heard a passage from the book somewhere (possibly a ...
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Book with a single agent destabilizing an Earth-centric galactic government

I'm trying to find a title for a book that I misplaced years ago. It's a SciFi book set in a future with a galactic empire and an Earth-based central government. There is a single planet that is not ...
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Book about 2 Brothers, 1 Master of Magic, the other Master of Machines

I read it in 1979 or thereabouts. Possibly as late as 1983. In it, the two brothers eventually wind up battling each other. My sister and I both read it but neither of us can find it in print or ...
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Identification: Fantasy novel of a young boy on a journey to stones along ley lines

I read this book in Highschool and all I can remember about it is the boy is taken from his village to go on a quest. There is something about ley lines and standing stones on the lines. The title has ...
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Book series, Reincarnation, Different Gods and Goddess?

I remember reading this novel in high school (around 2010-2014). Chosen kids are transported through time into a post-apocalypse world where humans cannot have babies anymore. Each kid represents a ...
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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 something like an amoeba. the person is hunted by others ...
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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 ...