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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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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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 ...
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Semper Fi — Trying to locate a book

I can't remember the name of it but the premise is this: Two portals open on a typical fantasy world. A large stockpile of modern military weaponry and instructions to use it fall into the evil ...
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looking for this sf novel about an ex soldier who during a pandemic is charging rich parents space for their kids in a secure monastery to survive

I'm a librarian and sf lover who's been asked to help locate a book which sounds very familiar to me, but which I never read myself. I haven't had any luck searching our catalogue or various sf ...
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Science Fiction Novel depicting a society where people are paid to shop and pay to work [duplicate]

I am looking for the author and title for a Science Fiction novel depicting a society where people are paid to obtain necessities and pay to work. It may be a Heinlein, Asimov, or Clark title. Does ...
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Mentally-linked clones soldier pairs fight wars and nearly destroy the Earth

This was a trilogy about a future earth where double clones were made to fight wars and they nearly destroyed the earth. They were good fighters because they were mentally linked. All were supposedly ...
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SF story with female chromed android from future temporally follows nemesis robot back into present

A book I once owned and read back in late-80's or early-90's that I have not been able to identify title & author for: It was a SF story concerning two opposing androids/cyborgs/robots from ...
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Tiny lifeforms on planetoid that live at accelerated time rate [duplicate]

A book I once owned and read back in late-80's or early-90's that I have not been able to identify title & author for: It was a SF story concerning tiny native lifeforms, living on either a ...
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Story Identification: Novel in which aliens drain sun's energy

I read this book in my school's library and that was a long time ago. I will give my best to reproduce the important parts of it. Few scientists, while working on something in Antarctica observe that ...
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Fantasy book about supernatural beings that can take drugs to get into a different world

I am looking for the title and author of a book I have once read in the fantasy genre. The novel is probably published after 2000. I remember two specific elements: the first is that the protagonist, ...
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What inspired Mary Shelly's “Frankenstein ”?

This is a question concerning details. I read in an encyclopedia concerning "monsters " that Mary Shelly was inspired by a real life scientific experiment. They ran massive amounts of electricity into ...
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Short-story about moving “cathedral” cities on a Mercury-like planet

Looking for a particular short-story in an anthology (I don't think it was an entire novel). Set in the future, a planet was colonized by accident that is essentially like Mercury ... too close to a ...
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Story Identification: Fantasy, magic system involves holding contradictory thoughts

I have vague recollections of a fantasy novel (or series) where the training for the magic system requires holding as many contradictory thoughts as possible at once. If I remember correctly, this ...
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Explain Big Bad in Flux and Anchor series

In the Flux and Anchor book series, what exactly where the aliens waiting on the other side of the gate. The series is SciFi/fantasy.
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Series set in space with children and teleportation belts

There is a series of four science fiction books about a kid that learns how to teleport. The story begins with the main character (call him Jim for easier reference) and about 100 other children aged ...
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Science fiction novel/novellete I read in late 70s: power struggle in a society of immortals

The plot involves a power struggle in a society of immortals. The only things I remember for sure are they would shower in flames to burn off any wear and tear and would heal immediately and look ...
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Series of sci-fi novels: sisters turned into cow like aliens, mother ship full of humans

I'm looking for a series of books that deals with humans escaping Earth and having a mother ship full of humans who are being sent throughout the universe to different planets. The ship can transform ...
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Human agent trapped by aliens and trying to escape

What is the name of the book or author in a science fiction novel in which: Prior to the events in the book: humanity discovered a means of teleporting between worlds and has established a number of ...
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Novel (or maybe series) About a Hidden Urban Underground Civilization

When I was in middle school, I remember reading a novel (or possibly a series of novels, I don't remember) about a young boy (or possibly teenager) who goes through a hole in the wall of a building. ...
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“Chosen girl in a new and strange world” novel

I remember the cover was green. Most likely published in the late 1990s to early 2000s. I remember that it was one of those “chosen girl in a new and strange world” books. I remember it being fairly ...
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Novel about dreaming/awake worlds [duplicate]

I'm trying to identify a novel from the mid 1990s that was based around the idea that a certain subset of the population lived a double life. When they slept they existed in a medieval world and when ...
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Island paradise where people advanced through the stages of reincarnation

Trying to identify the name of a book I read in the 1970s. The book was based on an island paradise where people advanced through the stages of reincarnation to achieve nirvana. The main character ...
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Short novel about people who live in a cave and boy manages to escape

I read this book about 10-13 years ago and since then I haven't been able to find the title and I would really like to read it again. This was in middle school (grades 6 - 8) so the book would have to ...
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Civilizations in SCI-FI stories [closed]

Did exist a sci-fi novels or comics where the civilizations from an alien planets are not group in a single culture but in many?, (like us with countries, states, races and languages). I seems that ...
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Did Tolkien popularize the generic description of a wizard?

Nowadays when we think of a wizard, the most common image we conjure up is: A wise old man with a long white beard Dressed in a long cloak and pointy hat (usually same colour as even old men have ...
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Identify a book featuring overpopulated world with limited living space assigned to individuals

When I was wee I would read books by pile and a specific story came to mind and I wish to identify it. I have lots of the premise in mind but weak google-fu. A man awakens from cryogenic sleep in a ...
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Looking for a really old novel where the people are geometric figures

A while ago I read about a really old science fiction novel/novella (could have been more than a century old) where there weren't exactly people, but geometric figures in a 2-D world. I think the ...
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Yet another Plant People Invasion book title

I read a novella many years ago that I think was written in the '50s or '60s. The story centers around a couple of teenagers who live in a small desert town. They notice that adults in their town are ...
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Science fiction book with low-tech humans eating other sentient species

I read this book as a teenager, and I've been trying to find it for a while. When the story begins, it seems like a fantasy book, since there are Stone-Age era humans hunting fantastic animals. It's ...
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Book where aliens destroy the moon to deny humans access to space?

For the life of me I can't remember this series of books. Humanity sends an expedition to negotiate with an alien race, and they discover that humanity's been building a fleet in secret so they turn ...
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Steven King's Cell Novel

I made it about half way through Steven King's Cell novel and I ended up losing my copy and never finishing it. I understand that the film will be released this year. Does the book ever reveal the ...
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Telekinesis on a primitive planet

This was a book I read a few years ago as an eighth grader. I remember the book being fairly old, maybe written in the 80's? It was a book about humans who were very advanced and went undercover to ...
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Sci-fi novel about man with the ability to physically modify his body to adapt to any environment

Trying to remember a Sci-Fi novel I read close to 20 years ago. The main character was a specially selected man who's lineage may have been tinkered with through the generations. He is made aware that ...
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Sci-fi book identification-Feral Child to Superhuman

I read a sci-fi/thriller novel many years ago, probably published between 1980-1990 in the USA in English that had the following elements: A feral child/teen is found in the wilderness, but his ...
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What Does the Title of Bag of Bones Mean?

I have recently watched the TV miniseries Bag of Bones (based on the Stephen King novel of the same name), and I am confused about the significance of its title to the story. I will refer to it as a ...
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What novel trilogy has a mostly-grayscale picture of a hooded person on each cover? [closed]

I saw a picture of a novel trilogy on 9gag, and each book’s cover had a person in a hooded top pictured from the back. His face was partially visible as he was looking back. All 3 books had similar ...