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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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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Two sci-fi or fantasy books that tell the same story two different ways [on hold]

I came across a book that I think is part of a series. One of them is gold color and I think the other is blue. I came across this novel when searching for scifi and fantasy books to read but I ...
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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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Apotheosis/Transcendence/Attaining Godhood in sci fi novels and movies [on hold]

Anyone knows sci fi novel and movie plots where the main character goes through apotheosis/transcendence or attains some sort of godhood? I've recently seen Lucy and Transcendence, but I'm also ...
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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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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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ID series of novels science fiction…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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Book Identification - 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 ...
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Book of three short stories with gay themes

I read this book at least 8 years ago. It had a red cover with an angel?(I'm not sure) on it. If I'm not wrong it had three short stories, all with gay themes. One had something to do with an angel ...
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Trying to find name of fantasy book, possibly Jack Vance

I read this one a few years ago and it's just annoying me that I can't find any trace of it anywhere. I don't believe I've misremembered the details, but if someone can enlighten me: The main ...
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Looking for a story about a Sun that becomes self-aware

Trying to find this book. In it, over eons of time, a sun actually begins to think. He becomes self-aware, and then, one day MOVES itself, and its system. I read this approximately 10-15 years ago, ...
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Looking for a novel (or author of it) where the world is a seemlingly endless vertical cliff [duplicate]

This is a long shot, but wondering if anyone can help. Trying to recall a sci-fi author. One of his books was about a world that was all vertical, people lived on this eternal cliff (I think they ...
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Book about a girl whose hair changes with the seasons

I read this book probably early 2000's but it would of been published in the 90s. (I think) In the story it's a girl who has to go journey somewhere (I don't really remember the main bits of the ...
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Which DS9 relaunch novels continue the plot from “What You Leave Behind”?

I've been interested in reading the DS9 relaunch novels, but on lists such as the one on Wikipedia, I see a lot of crossovers, short stories, and tie ins to other things in the Pocket Novels universe, ...
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Looking for a time travel fantasy/scifi novel from the late 80s/Early 90s

Ok, I remember borrowing this book from a friend back in 1993. I seem to recall the name being The Inept Adept, but I can't find anything related to this name except a piece from the 2000s that ...
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Looking for a story about a new Ice Age. Explorers crossing the glaciers between New York and some other city

Along about ten or fifteen years ago I read an intriguing young adult novel with the premise that a second Ice Age had come, and buried the various cities of North America beneath a mile or so of ice. ...
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Was Arroway dreaming or did she travel to Vega (in the movie Contact)?

In the film Contact, after building the giant machine on Hokkaido, Arroway 'travels' to Vega, landing at the beach where her father is. However, the capsule never left earth. It's not clear if ...
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I'm looking for a book or short story about mining time from before the mid 1980s

In the book, it is discovered that people can "mine for time" that then can be used to extend their own lives. However, it is discovered that the time you mine is someone else's, and you are actually ...
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Social worker from Earth drawn into galactic war between two planets, one of which is female dominated

I have been looking for a novel that I read in the 90s that I can't remember the name of it or the author! It's about a social worker from Earth who accidentally gets drawn into a galactic war between ...
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Story ID: What novel had a time travel car and dinosaurs?

I am trying to remember the title of a science fiction novel about a man who has a car that can travel back in time, and he can park it about 10 seconds ahead, so no one but him can see it. He ...
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Help Identify Youth novel about higher dimensions

I read this book about 10 years ago I think. It was probably published in the 90s but quite possibly the 80s. The main plot as I remember involved a high school girl who falls for the new student. He ...
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Novel Identification Help--Aliens Eating The Locals

I read the first book of a series years ago involving an alien fleet tearing through human worlds, conquering them and eating the population. Humanity puts together a large fleet and jumps through ...
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Novel with teleportation and a progress-delaying bureaucrat?

A decade or more ago, I read a novel in which a bureaucrat (sorta), whose main responsibility was to prevent change from happening too rapidly, ends up trying to prevent all teleportation from ...