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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In “The Difference Engine,” why did the completion of the Difference Engine lead to a balkanized USA?

In The Difference Engine, by Bruce Sterling and William Gibson, the point of departure is that Charles Babbage got the funding to make his proposed Victorian calculator, the Difference Engine. Now, in ...
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Trying to find the title of a science fiction novel where the monster is singing killer space fungus

Yep. Singing killer space fungus. I'm trying to find a science fiction novel that scared the bejesus out of me when I was a kid. This book was one of those paperback novels from the '60s or '70s. ...
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Title of a book about trying to control “the moment” [duplicate]

I read this book which I think is from the early 2000s. I don’t know what it is called, who wrote it, or who published it, so I’m hoping a kind soul can help me out. There’s this extra-dimensional ...
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Novel about elves who can be mortally wounded by iron

Looking for a book title about elves who can be mortally wounded by iron. The humans who interact with them in the fairy world...and then return to their own world, see the battle in the fairy world ...
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Novel that depicts a dystopian city trapped by fog

Things I believe I accurately remember: There was an airship/dirigible on the cover. The MC was a journalist. As stated in question there is a fog around the entire city (which is an island or ...
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100th Birthday Surprise turns tragedy - sex at funeral [migrated]

What i remember is,the movie starts with an old man on his 100th Birthday Surprise at top floor of sky scraper. He dies of a Heart attack as soon as he opens the door of the hall as it was a shocking ...
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Male and female astronaut fall in love on a mission and fall into the sun

I am looking for the title of a SF book about a male and female astronaut that are to go to the sun and back. They fall in love, missing the key moment to brake, which causes them to fall into the sun ...
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Looking for a book where the planet is a device to rebuild the universe

I'm looking for a scifi book with an old guy and a group of youngsters that find an anomaly on a planet that looks like a massive pit but ends up being a gate to another world created by this race of ...
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Is “Giftwish” this novel?

When I was younger (in the 80's) I greatly enjoyed a book that I believe was called Giftwish. There is a fantasy book by the same name referenced here, ...
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Young adult sci-fi novel about ennui and humanity's starship engines

I'm looking for help identifying a particular young-adult sci-fi novel I remember reading while in high school, more than a decade ago. I still remember the outline of the plot quite clearly, but my ...
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Story identification: wizard has to contact someone if a machine starts up

Some ten to fifteen years ago I started reading a book. It wasn't new then. All I can remember about it is that a man, possibly a wizard, with a lantern was rushing up some stairs as a machine he was ...
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Are there any D&D novels with Demogorgon or other popular demon lords as antagonist? [closed]

There have been hundreds of D&D novels published over the years but I am having trouble finding any that have Demogorgon or other popular demon lords as antagonists. Are there any? I do not care ...
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What are the various editions of The Forever War by Joe Haldeman?

The caption on my audio-book copy of The Forever War by Joe Haldeman states that it is... *The author's preferred edition of the seminal SF classic for all times* What are the other editions ...
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Paperback novel about a sea or lake monster (I think)

For the past couple of days I've had random urges to read old books I can't remember the names of. One in particular I read maybe 10 or so years ago. It was a kid/teen book and I'm really fuzzy on ...
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Novel about Immortals hiding from the world

I'm looking for a book I read as a kid in the 80's, I want to say it takes place in a resort in Mexico where a group of Immortals meet including Nefertiti and end up tracked/attacked by the government ...
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Book about a guy that gets sent to a magical place because of an experiment, becomes a wizard

I'm trying to remember the name of a book series where a guy was broke and signed up to be the guinea pig in an experiment that sent him to a magical land where he ended up being a wizard, an "aa" ...
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Book Identification about a giant spaceship

I read a comedic science fiction novel as a kid, sometime in the early 1970's, in which a man is alone on an enormous (thousands of miles, as I recall) abandoned spaceship. It was very funny (and I ...
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Boy discovers his life is a science experiment

Kids story about a boy who finds out his whole life is part of a science experiment. - near the beginning of the book there is a car accident where the father "dies" - boy discovers not only is his ...
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Book with an parasitic race like the flood [closed]

I was going through a list of science fiction horror stories and one was mentioned with a parasitic alien race similar to the Flood from Halo. I can't find the list again and don't know the author or ...
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story of gods/deities creating a world then assign a boy to name everything in that world

I am trying to identify a 'Creation myth' story I read from childhood that seems to stump Library of Congress librarians and local librarians. I've also used reddit, Abebooks booksleuth, Loganberry ...
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Three characters, one of them an older female archer, go on a quest

OK, so when I was 12 (around 1993 or 1994) I checked out a book from my school library. The book had 3 characters it was centered around with the boy being the main character (I think) of the story. ...
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Does Orciny actually exist?

In “The City & The City" by China Mieville, we seem to learn very little of this (possibly fictitious) third city. Is there any evidence that it really exists in the story or is it purely ...
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Man becomes flag-bearer to the King and falls in love with King's wife

I read a novel in 2003-2004 which is written in English and had multiple story lines in it. One was about a man that became the flag bearer to the king and and falls in love with the king's wife. ...
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Boy lives in a cave with aliens and later goes to war with them

I read a book where a boy befriends these nice aliens and lives in a cave with them while another alien invasion wages on earth. In any case, he eventually comes out of the cave, and yells or thinks ...
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Fantasy novel with wizarding academies and a quest for a powerful spell

I know this is going to be extremely vague but I'm looking for an old book series. I can't remember a whole pile about it other than there were a band of adventurers on some form of quest involving ...
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Reading order for the novels of R. A. Lafferty

I've listed below 13 of R. A. Lafferty's SF novels, omitting non-SF works such as Okla Hannali and The Fall of Rome, and limiting the list to works which are currently available at reasonable prices, ...
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Help remembering a story where partial stasis is taking place

I have forgotten most of the story plot, but I think it starts with a guy being taken from his home planet aboard a ship. It's not an FTL ship which has a stasis field, chemical injections or ...
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Sci-fi novel: giant horizontal statue of naked woman on alien planet

Read a sci-fi novel years ago, set on an alien planet that featured a giant statue of a naked human woman lying on the ground. If I remember, the statue was hundreds if not thousands of kilometers ...
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Fantasy novel with a boy who must cross the Steppes on a quest

I read this book a long time ago. It was the story of a young boy who leaves his village for a quest, must cross the steppes. He has a stone that does something to him, he is given or finds a ...
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Neuromancer: What is the “sprawl”?

In William Gibson's novel Neuromancer the word "sprawl" is often used, which is also reflected in the title "Sprawl Trilogy". My problem is that I am reading the German translation of the book, but ...
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Man who can walk between the raindrops

I bought a book that I loaned out to a friend a long time ago. I never got the book back and have lost touch with the friend. I can't remember the name, but I really want to reread the book. In the ...
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An alien lands on earth and hides in a tree

I read this book in paperback form in the 80s. So, this thing, with an incredible name (eg. XVASRASNMN) - would be very difficult to pronounce - is part of a swarm - Definitely part of some kind of ...
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Book Identification: a man and two women on a journey to fulfill some sort of prophecy about the end of the world

This is an older fantasy book I read 10-15 years ago-ish. My recollections of it are vague, but I recall it had a medieval-ish setting, and was told from the point of view of a man who is joined on a ...
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Book About An Otter set in medieval times?

Does anyone remember a book that featured an otter. It was set in medieval times and all the characters were animals and he had to save the kingdom. And I just can't remember the name. Please help!
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Looking for a fantasy trilogy from the early 2000s

Back in the early 2000s I read a fantasy trilogy and I remember neither the author's name nor the book titles. No series name either, I'm afraid. Here's everything I still remember: Author, books, ...
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A novel about a book with pages from another book?

I was shopping for books when I found one that intrigued me. The story: A man buys a book and reads it, only to find that the pages are misprinted. So he returns it to the store, and gets a new ...
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Book where a mysterious force transports most of the humans from Earth to various other planets and times

I forget the title and author, but he described the opening as such: a mysterious force, likely aliens, removes a large proportion of humans from Earth, and transports them to different planets, while ...
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YA Fantasy Novel with a girl who finds a forest inside her house or a book

In 2009 I read a Young Adult fantasy novel where a girl finds a forest in her home(or a book), and travels through it. It also had a personification of death involved. I think it was published ...
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Looking for a book about the moon being a spaceship with an AI

I read this in the late 90's if I recall correctly. Can't remember title or author. American astronaut is doing a survey of back side of the Moon. He is shot down and captured by the AI that controls ...
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Werewolf Novel about a secret agent werewolf Multilingual

I read a werewolf novel once about a "secret agent" werewolf. I remember he was multilingual and at some point in the novel he was masquerading as an Italian (Calabrese) and I remember he got snippy ...
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The devil is a discredited sociology professor in a simulated reality

The book starts out with the threat of an asteroid hitting Earth. The hero and heroine find themselves in a café (or was it a bar? - the cover has a devil with a whiskey on the rocks if I remember ...
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Planet with three sexes [closed]

I've been looking for a sci-fi book series that I read in the 1970's. There were several different planetary cultures mentioned. On one of them, there were three sexes; males, females and a third sex ...
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Story where radically different cultures live together and are defined by rulesets, some choose not to see each other, a house is used as a spaceship

I think this novel came out in the 2000s. There are many cultures that live close together but are very different, for example some pretend to be pre-industrial. One of the main characters is a ...
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Graphic novel with red - headed girl at a magic boarding school

I was just wondering do you guys know a graphic novel that was about two girls in a boarding school and the main girl had red hair and her mother died in childbirth and and I think she has a wolf ...
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In TNG novels, how did this key character leapfrog another for promotion?

Entire question is spoilers for TNG novels. I'm not into reading Star Trek novels, but I somehow stumbled upon the publisher's description for Takedown: Question:
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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 ...