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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Novel with plane which is soundless and can't see while in sky

I read a novel during my childhood which is a science fiction novel. Villain uses a lot of complicated weapons. He has a plane which can fly without being noticed. It doesn't make any noise and while ...
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Looking for a scifi novel about a warrior that came to our time and people are sent to bring him back to protect them from some dangerous creatures

I read a book years ago about a future world in which the people were fat and lazy and had trouble with some type of dangerous creatures so they created a warrior class to fight the creatures. They ...
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In The Crucible how did the girls turn cold?

The Crucible is a play by Arthur Miller about the Salem Witch Trials. In the play the girls, led by Abigail, cry spirits and witch on the villagers. When they do so they go into a kind of trance and ...
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Novel from the 80's or 90's where the computer controlling the city starts to kill the inhabitants

I remember a novel where one of the early scenes is a traffic accident caused because the lights both ways were set to green - the computer controlling the entire city had been programmed to be "most ...
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Sci-fi book where everyone older than 12 was dead

I'm looking for a book I read as a teenager (a long time ago!) but I forgot the name. What I can remember is that for some reason everyone older than 12 was dead and those 12 and under were left on ...
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looking for novel from 50's or 60's

I am looking for novel from 50's or 60's.The book is about a "dream" which he is shown how to wind a coil. He winds it and almost goes through the wall. He later builds a spaceship out of concrete and ...
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1990's book featuring a Galactic Empire Without Faster-Than-Light Travel

The protagonist is an agent of a not-so-nice galactic empire run entirely by humans. The key technology is a sort of slow transporter, where an object (or human) is disassembled in one location, ...
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Old sci-fi novel about the last survivors of the human race working as mercenaries

I’m looking for and old science fiction title, probably from the 1970s. A small group of humans who are the last survivors of the human race are working in space as mercenaries and fighting for ...
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Looking for a sci-fi detective novel

Looking for a sci-fi detective novel. I think the cover had some sort of hindu gods on it, maybe Ganesh. The name played along the lines of Karma Detective, or Karma Drugs, or something like that. I ...
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Looking for a Book about the beginning of Genetic Engineering, near future

A book I read in the mid 2000's was set in the near future, and involved the beginning of human genetic manipulation. Two sides of the USA emerged: the non-mutated and the mutated. The mutated were ...
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What's going on with the ending of The Martian?

My library copy of The Martian by Andy Weir finishes with Mark's rescue by the rest of the Ares 3 crew. The last line is: This is the happiest day of my life. However, the LibraryThing page for ...
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What is the etymology of the term “shiggy” in _Stand on Zanzibar_?

In John Brunner's Stand on Zanzibar, there is a slang term "shiggy," which refers to a transient woman who becomes a man's temporary romantic partner as a means to obtain shelter: That would ...
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Did Beth forget about the sphere in ‘Sphere’?

It seems to me that in the novel Sphere by Michael Crichton, Beth (the woman that also had the power) didn't forget the whole thing at the end. They found a mummified woman in a hibernation chamber ...
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Looking for a Sci-fi Story about telepathic aliens

I'm looking for a sci-fi story that I read years ago, I can Barely remember. So the plot was that earth was invaded by these purple skin alien elf like creatures, who are telepaths, and have turned ...
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I'm looking for a sci fi book with a tribal woman, hermaphrodites, and implanting minds into new bodies

I read a sci fi book roughly 20 years ago (late nineties) but for the life of me I cannot remember the title nor locate the book on Amazon or elsewhere online. I don't know when the book was actually ...
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Opening a Wormhole inside a Wormhole

About twenty years ago I cut high school, and went to the mall with some friends. When I was in the bookstore I found a sci-fi novel, but I cannot remember the name or author at all. All I can ...
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What's that hard scifi novel I read about exploiting the discovery of a wormhole?

The book details the history of a man who discovers a pinpoint wormhole in space, and slowly he learns to harness its power to succeed in life. To jog your memory: It starts with a guy at an ...
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Heroic Federation-like organization gains the ability to predict entropy hijinks ensue

There is some sort of Federation-like organization, with agents who are "lone wolf" types. Some of the details I remember: Each agent has an invisible, small "god" on their shoulder. They are ...
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Need help identifying this 'space novel'

I remembered reading a novel that has the following plot points: The protagonist is a human male coming from a planet that provides mercenary services he is the sole survivor of the planet the rest ...
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When is Fahrenheit 451 set?

Is there an allocated time period in Ray Bradbury's novel? I'm not too sure if there is a timeline that led up to the events in the book, so the time in which it is set is unclear to me.
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old fantasy novel with ravens or crows and magic staff

I am trying to remember the title of an 'old' (pre 2000) fantasy novel. The parts of the story that I remember include (essential ingredients): 1) it involved a staff, with an iron symbol on the shoe ...
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What are the Hempstocks in “The Ocean at the end of the lane” by Neil Gaiman

We find out that Ursula Monkton is Skarthach of the Keep or fleas as the Hempstocks call them, but I can't recall finding out what the Hempstocks are. I thought they may have been witches, but this ...
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What novel series has a young boy travelling across space with librarians and a bat-like dog?

I am trying to dig up the name of a novel-series I read when I was a child (early 90's) but I simply cannot recall either the name of the writer nor the name of any of the books. The series has a ...
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Looking for mid 80's sci-fi augmented hacker book or book series

Looking for a book or series of books that I read mid 80's which featured: organic computers that had to be connected to a tap by the hacker so that the running water would cool them; main ...
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Teen novel about a boy challenging Death, including a bowling match

I'm trying to track down a novel I read in my junior high days, which would put it at mid-to-late 80s. I don't remember the overall plot of the novel, but I remember the protagonist ended up matching ...
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Name of book with a planet with one alien left alive?

What is the name of the short SF work in which there is one alien left alive on a planet which humans are working (mining maybe). The planet is described quite bleakly but when described as seen ...
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Looking for a scifi book about simulating colonizing another world

The book I am looking for was set in the future, overpopulation and poverty were everywhere. A group of homeless/poor kids (maybe young adults) went to a special building where they were placed into ...
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Dystopian future, an old novel where everyone only has a three day memory?

I'm trying to find the name and/or author of a story I read in the 1990s (I think) about a future where everyone takes 'memory loss' pills. It means you only remember three days of short term stuff, ...
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Novel where teens can communicate telepathically & explore space by leaving their physical bodies

I had to read this book as part of our English curriculum back in 2001-2002 (year 7/8). The story revolves around a female protagonist in her young teens, who meets this guy a few years older than ...
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Do I read all the books in “The Sundering”?

There are 6 books in "The Sundering" series, but only "the companions" is by R. A. Salvatore, and then there is a single book called "Night of the Hunter". Do I read the whole "Sundering" series and ...
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SF novel about a vicar meeting an alien machine

The book I’m looking for is a novelisation of an event that is said to have actually happened. I was reading a book that collected together strange facts. One was about a country vicar or parson who ...
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Virtual Reality Computer Game set in a Fantasy World

I need help remembering a paperback style book that had a fantasy adventure computer game being played by a young boy and then followed up I believe by his older sister whom I presume had to rescue ...
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Trying to identify a novel with dragons

Back in elementary school, about in 1999, I read a fantasy novel, I think it was called "land of gold" or something but I may be completely off in this. The plot was about a group people and a ...
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Science fiction novel about a blackbird selling their song

My Dad often tells me of a novel he read when he was younger which was about a princess who was either dying or ill - sounds very Snow White-esque! His favourite line of the book is where the ...
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What book has a boy meeting a girl on an alien planet where he crash-landed?

I read a book back in the 90s about a boy who meets a girl on an alien planet, and I think he crash landed there. The cover had green hills/mountains on it, and it was either the second or first book ...
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I read a paperback novel in/around 1970: protagonists were an underground/partisans in a war by telepathy

It made a great impression on me at the time. It was probably a few years old when I read it, if I remember the condition of the binding correctly. The scene/s that stick in my mind have the ...
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Trying to locate a sci-fi novel that I believe came out in the 1990s

This was a story about an astronaut that comes back to Earth to find all the people have gone. Left behind are cities (that had moved underground) and some technology (like liquid nitrogen powered ...
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What poetic old detective noir book has mutants smuggled out of a ghetto being blackmailed?

Years ago I read this old science fiction book that was written in a poetic noir style, and I remember bits of the plot, but not any names to google. Could you help me find it? It was from my Dad's ...
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Looking for a sci-fi/time-travel novel that I read years ago

This is driving me crazy. I read it in the early 2000s and vaguely remember it was a young adult novel. It's about a family who travel forward in time in ever-increasing intervals, and along the way ...
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YA novel about sister is alien with two hearts and assassins come

Plot of novel: sister is actually some alien planet's royalty but due to a coup d'etat she is surgically changed into a human and sent to live on earth in disguise. Unfortunately they get the wrong ...
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What's a book series, where they use precise time travel as a method of combat?

I've heard of one before and I think the style of time travel fighting in it was called Temporal Flux but I'm not sure. So could anyone help me?
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looking for the title of a book about an overpopulated Earth and a messianic saviour with an intense hatred of human beings

I am searching for the title of a distopic future/science fiction novel from the 80's (perhaps early 90's). Earth is overpopulated, resources are near exhausted, etc. One of the premises is that the ...
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Looking for title/author of young adult book like “Ender's Game” I read years back

I read a book about 10 years ago about a teenage boy that is in a government program for genetically enhanced children in a post-apocalyptic world. He is training for a holographic battle game against ...
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Title/Author search: read late 70's, last human revived from stasis, intelligent forest

Looking for title and author. This is a novel I read back in high school. Ended on what appeared to be a cliff-hanging transition to a follow on novel. I wasn't crazy about the story, but did wonder ...
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What novel/tv-show featured travel to another dimension through a TV?

I have this vague recollection of either a tv-show or novel where the protagonist travels to some other dimension where they become involved with some kind of game show (the closest thing I can think ...
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In Neal Stephenson's “Anathem,” is Cnoüs' statue a reference to Freemasonry?

In Part 2 ("Apert") of Anathem, Erasmas was guiding a tour and was explaining the story of a statue of Cnoüs: "The central sculpture was more than six thousand years old; it had been a ...
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Man dies in space but his head is preserved, later reanimated with a robotic body

I read this book about 10 years ago. It's about a guy that travels to space to build a space station (one of the first habitat colonies). An accident happens and his head is cut off but preserved by ...
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Within the Bartimaeus Trilogy are the magicians capable of doing supernatural feats without the help of the spirits they summon?

In a preface I guess you could call it. It was in Ring of Solomon and it was stated that magicians had no powers of their own except to call and restrain spirits. But numerous examples are given ...
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Protagonist in mist/fog in a featureless place

Looking for title / author. A thin book I read in the early '60s. Maybe 100-125 pages. Protagonist alone in fog/mist in a featureless place. As the book progresses more people show up and are as ...
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Teenage girl in life-sustaining valley on poisoned Earth visited by another survivor

I'm trying to identify a book I read in school, though I can't recall at what grade level; let's say it had to have been published before I graded high school in 2000. Despite being required reading, ...