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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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 ...
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Looking for a novel involving an agent/assassin who might be a chimpanzee

The worst part about this is that I found the title of this book several years ago, even tracked down a copy and read it, but it's slipped my mind and my prior queries don't seem to exist anymore. I ...
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ID novel (Ace pulp paperback?) - interplanetary passenger cruise, engine failure, lifeboats

Viewpoint character is a junior flight officer / medic? on a routine passenger liner from Earth to somewhere (Mars?). Something goes horribly wrong with the engine (which is powered by an atomic pile ...
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The effect of the Hobbits holding the One Ring?

There were three rings for the Elves, seven for the Dwarves and nine for Men. One ring to rule the other Nineteen. Smeagol was a Hobbit, IIRC (never seen the movies and read the books many many years ...
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Has Wyatt Earp ever been a character basis for science fiction? [closed]

Not looking for the archatype "Old West Lawman" Im looking for specific instances where Wyatt Earp was the Prime character influence.
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SF book where plane captured in Bermuda Triangle

I am searching for book from the late 70s (or thereabouts). The details which I remember are: A passenger jet is snared while flying through the Bermuda Triangle and the passengers are enslaved by ...
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1970s scifi book about a world wide endless war

I read this in the mid 70s from my local library. The book was set on a militarized world with two factions in an endless war. It may have been a future earth but I think it was set on an alien ...
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Trying to identify sawmill pond monster novel

What I can remember is there was some sort of grotesque man killing monster that evolved(mutated) in the toxic sludge of a sawmill pond or the polluted area adjacent to the pond. The mill was closed ...
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Identify story: Earth's moon shortens human lifespan

I checked out this novel, probably young adult, from my hometown library sometime in the late 80s or early 90s. The plot follows a human looking race of aliens that come to earth to investigate why ...
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YA book with a child going back in time; the title contains a date

I'm looking for a Young Adult science fiction book from in the 80's. It had a month and date in title, something like “Thursday the 5th of October”. A kid somehow goes back in time. He winds up with ...
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SF / Fantasy crossover, 90's

I only remember a few bits and pieces, such as: Magic returned years ago, and destroyed technological society. But now it's going away again. There's a death-figure known as john walker (maybe ...
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Sci-Fi novel where Earth is taken over by a race called the Cateni(?)

Does anyone know the name of a novel (part of a series, I think) about Earth being taken over by a race of aliens called the Cateni or Cat-something. Some human people and a renegade from the alien ...
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Novel search: man and woman alone in a town, revealed to be a simulated reality

I'm searching for a sci-fi novel I read about 20 years ago; might be important to mention that I read it in french. As far as I remember, the story is about a man, who doesn't really know where he is ...
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Book from the golden age about insect-like aliens pretending to be humans

I read a sci-fi book a long time ago and really enjoyed it, but for for the life of me, I can't remember its title or author and only remember a few details (really few). I'm almost certain it was ...
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Novel about teleportation and a child assumed to be the savior of the galaxy

I could swear that I got this answered once via the TVTropes YKTS forum, but all I can find is my failed query. It's a Sci-fi novel, involves the last member of an alien race saying that a ...
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Early chapter epigram: “Your buffalo may lie down in my wallow.” From what S-F novel?

Long, long ago I possessed for a short time, and then lost before reading, a science-fiction paperback whose story concerned linguistics. One of its early chapters, perhaps the first, had for its ...
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Identify novel: special caste of humans speaks with a supercomputer

I have some fragmentary memories of a sci-fi library my father had, and I would really like to find some of those books. Having just bits and scraps of memories doesn't help with search, but a few of ...
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Looking for pre-1984 novel about two students that invent a virtual reality civilization building game

One student builds his civilization through military power, the other through advances in technology (no this isn't the Stargate Atlantis episode). At a certain point, everyone disappears. They play ...
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Novels set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

I've recently started reading some of the Star Wars extended universe novels, and have really started to enjoy them. I'm also a big fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the storylines and ...
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Story Identification - post-apocalyptic novel solar incident, new time and old time

I'm trying to identify and find a story set in a post-apocalyptic world (probably based in USA/California but not 100%) where something has happened to the Sun, and as a result probably changed human ...
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Novel about people living in a virtual reality on a spaceship, only discovering this over time

I'm looking for a novel, of which I'm remembering mostly the end. It might be important that I've read the story in German. Most of the story takes part in a strange, surreal world. Towards the end ...
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YA Book (series?) - Trying to find a SF story about a young girl raised by a robot on an alien world?

I was at a Science Fiction Convention in February and at a panel a writer was talking about Young Adult Genre crossing over into SF Genre with the focus on identity. Since that is a common theme in ...
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Novel with the plague and a knight sent from the devil [closed]

I’ve been reading a novel, and I want to see if you know what novel I'm talking about. There are people that need to go to Nebraska to find an old woman, and they need to fight a knight sent from ...
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Fantasy novel about a warrior woman with a golden hand?

I need help identifying a fantasy novel i read in the late 90s, about a woman with a magic gold hand? In 98 or so I read a hardback fantasy novel that I can't remember the author or title for. It ...
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Space Dragon Book?

I need help remembering a SciFi book with an economics theme to it, and it was sort of Dragon related. There was one SciFi story I read a long time ago that I can never remember the name of. It was ...
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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 ...