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Book ID (Sci fi/fantasy) from at the earliest the late 80's. Read it around 1988. Keywords not on any relevant search engines

Here is the synopsis: A young man on the cusp of becoming an adult is to take a test mandated by the Empire (Emperor) called the Fortune Hunter Test or something. Basically it is a test that is ...
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Book about a man putting his consciousness into his ship

The book is about a war between humans and an alien species set in the future. In the book a pilot merges his mind with a ship. So he can fly the ship and leave his body behind.
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Looking for the name of a scifi comic/graphic novel

This one is difficult to explain as I never read it, but always intended to. It is either a graphic novel, or a comic. There were at least 2 books/comics. From what I can remember, there was an ...
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Young man hypnotized (willingly?) into thinking he was an alien

This is a story that I read in a sci-fi magazine in the mid-to-late 1980s, but it may have been published up to 15 years earlier, since I was going through several years' worth of issues at the time. ...
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Novel with powdered sugar explosion

Looking for a novel published in the '80s or '90s. Contains the following elements: Most memorable scene - people are eating beignets in a cafe. They blow powdered sugar off the tops of the beignets ...
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Name of a story about a man who is colonized by microscopic aliens

A man is injured in a explosion and later he realizes that he has become the host of a whole civilization of aliens. The aliens help him repair himself physically and provide him with help and advice....
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Looking for the name of a comic series about two wandering brothers

In my childhood I read a short series of comics about; Two young brothers, forced to wander around wartime Europe(?) because they had no papers/identification. Common themes were difficulties with ...
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YA Series about high-schooler fighting aliens that look like werewolves

I saw books from this series near the end of elementary school. I never actually read it but the aliens pictured on the front covers looked like wolfmen, and the little I remember from the blurbs on ...
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Name of a story about a Doctor's bag of surgical instruments transported back in time to the present day

A bag of surgical instruments is transported back in time where it is found in the present by a person with limited medical experience who begins to use the instruments to perform miraculous cures on ...
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Series of novels with immortal man and tribes with horses / telepathic cats in post-apocalyptic US

My memory of this is sketchy and I hope I don't jumble it too much. I read two or three books (possibly more exist) in a series in the late 1990s. The whole thing was mainly SF with a dose of ...
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Collection of Illustrated Horror Stories

I've been trying to find a collection horror stories that I used to have in the 90s when I was a small child. I don't think they had it at school. It was definitely not Scary Stories to Tell in the ...
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Name of book about colony cut off from earth/passage blocked?

I vaguely recall that the book or series of books was about a human colony that had been cut off from the rest of humanity. I believe the passageway was blocked off in the first book and in the second ...
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Medium-Old YA Sci-Fi TV Series

Having been thinking about some of my favorite Sci-Fi shows from long ago I managed to jog my memory about one I just barely remember. Hopefully, with the bit of detail I do remember someone might be ...
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Web comic comparing Star Wars with Foundation

A while ago I saw a cartoon depicting one person describing a famous un-filmed scifi story to someone else. The story sounded like Star Wars but was revealed to be Asimov's 'Foundation Trilogy'. My ...
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Short story about a space pilot trapped in a “Hab” by a robot

Dying to find this story I read in the lates 70s or 80s. A fighter pilot from a space battle crashes and takes refuge in a Hab or pod meant for emergencies. Unfortunately, every time he moves, the ...
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A horror story set onboard a ship about a man whose roomate is anything but human who proceeds to terrify him as he fears for his life and his sanity

Sailing to his destination,.he beds down for the night. He is awakened by his room mate running from the room and racing down the hall. He notices that the porthole hatch, or round window, is open ...
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Help me find this Fantasy book about a girl and her female mentor

So I read this book on Wattpad, but I remember it also being a published book. I remember it being about a girl who is a huntress in training and lives with other huntresses. It's custom for the ...
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Mercs/explorers find telepathic wolves, tigers, horses, eagles, buried UFO wreckage in remote valley

I dug this book out of Dad's box back in the late 60's or early 70's. A team of explorers or maybe mercenaries crashes in a remote valley (possibly China or Mongolia?) and discover people living there ...
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Children's SF book about moon folk going to live on another planet

I remember reading a book, probably aimed at about a fourth grade level, in which there were aliens native to the moon. They decided to leave because more and more astronauts from earth were turning ...
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OMNI Short story with unlimited formula racing, activist 'meme bomb'

Looking for an OMNI Magazine short story about unlimited class car racing - called "Formula Zero" or "Formula X" in the story. Main character is a cyborg, jacks into his vehicle when racing. He's in ...
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Looking for old short story about inter-dimensional flashlight

It ran in an 80's monthly sci-fi/Fantasy magazine, either Isaac Asimov's Fantasy and Science Fiction, or Analog. The main character was a guy who was rummaging through an old house he either bought ...
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Story: Earth has no space travel, but aliens only have gunpowder weapons and blimps? [duplicate]

My wife read a book decades ago where the most feared and vicious alien race in the galaxy is a race that looks kind of like a teddybear. They arrive, and start to descend upon earth to conquer it......
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mid 1960's deserted Earth valiant comics uk

The Valiant was a UK comic, published by IPC Magazines, which ran from 1962 to 1976. The story I am looking for details of followed the adventures of a group school kids and their teacher in an Earth ...
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short story about a man who picks up a girl hitchhiker who is a werewolf or vampire

I read this story back in the '70s in an anthology and it stayed with me because it creeped me out so much as a kid. The final line in the story is that he was going to look at her teeth after ...
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Short story where time runs backwards

Short story where humans experience time in reverse - they remember the future and cannot recall the past. Probably in a cyberpunk anthology published in the '90s It begins with the death of the ...
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Book about a clone of a dead son

I'm looking for a book that's almost certainly been written in the '90s and is about two people who lose their son in an accident on a boat (p. sure about the boat part) and decide to clone him. The ...
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Looking for a Book - With two main characters/stories the main guy has a diary he finds that talks to him

I read this book a while ago and I wanted to read the second one when it came out. But I can't remember the name. It starts off with main character who is on a school research project and he finds a ...
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Tracking down a VERY obscure novel about dystopian USA

OK, here's the premise. The novel is set in 1984 or 1986, something like that, and it was written in the 1970s I think, maybe a touch earlier. I read it in 1981 or so. The book seems geared to what ...
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story about an undercover agent investigating a super powerful games-playing human-like alien

I'm looking for this short story: A game-playing man is recruited to voyage to an alien species which humanity doesn't know much about. They are very similar to humans, except something about their ...
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Looking for name of book where main character is learning magic from very old wizard

Character is trying to learn magic from very old wizard. It turns out the wizard is hurting his students when they are ready to graduate. Main character defeats the wizard because he is his son and ...
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Trying to find old short story about mysterious picture drawing device

I am trying to find a story I read once, about a fellow who finds a strange device that draws pictures. He can't figure out how it works, or what the controls do, but, through trial and error, he ...
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Near-Future SF novel, All Mental Illness Cured

I've been trying to remember this novel, probably from the 1990's or early 2000's. The main character and the antagonist are both women (they may have had some relationship in the past; possibly they'...
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Book starting with one of the characters playing Doom 2

This is a long shot, I rented a german book from the library around 16 years ago but only remember some hazy details. I'm fairly sure the book began with the description of one of the characters ...
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Im looking for a book about parallel worlds

So there is this book I read a while ago on Kindle unlimited and forgot about, and now cant find the name because KU doesn't store books that you have already read :( It is about this guy who gets ...
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Identify sci-fi collection: (1) aliens sell fake artifacts (2) US-USSR rivalry, iguanas in space

I'm trying to track down a collection of SF short stories I read while in school in the mid-1980s. I remember that one dealt with the inhabitants of an alien world making fake artifacts to sell to ...
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Collection of ghost stories as mysteries - Includes a story about a “debunked” piano-playing ghost and a deserted house set for a meal

This was a young-adult book, paperback, I'm pretty sure. I read it somewhere between 1986 and 1990 in my elementary school, although it might have been older than that. There were a series of short ...
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Terrifying story about 2 friends who spend a night in a deserted mansion, where one of them is killed with an ax by a supernatural being

Upon having their car stuck in the swamp, the boys walk and find an old deserted mansion. As the hour is late, they make a bed by the fireplace and fall asleep. One of the boys is awakened by a ...
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YA novel about dragons, melting gold, and werewolves

I'm looking for something I read in High School about six years ago. It was about a teenage girl who could communicate with dragons in some fashion or was otherwise just connected to dragons in some ...
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Fantasy Book with color coded districts and underground school

I'm trying to find a book that a friend read when she was at school but can't remember the name. It has an underground school and they can travel to different worlds. There were different districts ...
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Animated series with secret inside planet stardrive [duplicate]

If I rememeber well, it must be an animated series frome the mid 90's, possibly the early 2000's. I'm mostly sure it was broadcasted on either France 3, canal J or cartoon network Part of the plot ...
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Please help identify a novel after a terrible future war, the world is falling apart (molecularly) and being held together by machines

There has been a terrible war. The world is falling apart in places, literally dissasociating molecularly and there is just a gray mist where the world is gone. There is a hint that machines are ...
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Need help identifying short story about retired military colonel who fought war at end of time

I read this story in an anthology in the eighties or early nineties. It was about an old man who lived outside a western-like town, though that might have just been how I imagined it. He goes to ...
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Looking for an early 60s timeframe young adult sci fi book?

I am looking for a book I read as a young boy. I thought it was "Journey to Jupiter" but having looked at a book by this name in Wiki the synopsis is not the same. I do not think there are two books ...
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TV series about human cops in alien city

Saw some of this in early 90's. Two of local police are human (patrolmen), very puppet-heavy (a lot, if not most aliens depicted were puppets rather than actors in costumes) and was advertised as a '...
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Looking for story of Erekose

I've read two stories featuring this character, but both from the perspective of other incarnations of the Eternal Champion- Elric's in the Vanishing Tower and the other from Prince Corum's (though my ...
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Looking for a Short Story about a Space Prison with simulated unending torture

A few years ago I read in a science fiction magazine from the 1990's a short story about a Jail put on a spaceship, where the worst scum of the universe was put to repent of their crimes. The story ...
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circa 60s story of a girl whose mother is a machine which runs their house, where people don't go outside

I need help finding this story. The girl lives in a giant house and the mother is on the top floor. Not sure if the mother ever appears as a human. I remember that a friend of hers has a party, and ...
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1950s or 1960s Science Fiction Episode - Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, of Spin-off

An old woman is washing dishes. She looks out the window and across the field to see her long lost son coming home. She and her old husband are thrilled to tears. The family goes to the county fair ...
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late 19th century story about 2 men canoeing down a European River, put their lives in peril by camping on an island with alien or inhuman beings

The two men enjoy their ride down the river, passing towns along the way. Getting supplies in a small village they are warned that no one goes into the area they are headed to, but they go anyway. ...
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Novel: person duplicated, triskadecimal (base 13) computer

Can't remember a whole lot about this. Probably read it directly from the library's science fiction shelf, in the late 80s. A person was somehow being duplicated, I think; each duplication was ...