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Questions tagged [books]

Use this tag on [story-identification] questions when the work is a book series or when the written media is unclear but use a more specific tag where appropriate e.g. [novel], [novella], [short-stories], [anthology-book], etc. Use this tag to indicate the question is about the book version or adaptation of a work. For differences between the book and other versions, such as a movie, use [adaptation-comparison].

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Science fiction book about tree people

It had something to do with humans that had evolved into bird/lizard-like people that were taller and lived in the trees. Also standard humans that were considered short and strong by the bird people, ...
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90s (or earlier) Arthurian book: women training to be witches, evil Merlin and Excalibur called Caliborne

I'm looking for a book that I read in the mid 90s. It was about 3 sisters meeting Morgan le Fey in modern times and training to be witches. The overall plot assumes the legend if King Arthur was ...
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YA books about clones escaping from a facility and on the run

YA trilogy. Read it around 2004-05. Random find at the library, don't know the publishing yr. The first book has 2 clones (male, dunno age but between 10-16) living in a very controlled environment ...
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1980s sci-fi book with space beetle and someone who thought he was a vampire but wasn't

I don’t remember the title or author or much about the plot. I would have read it sometime in the early 1980s and before 1983. It had a really weird space beetle (genetically engineered) and some guy ...
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90s (or earlier) sci fi book about demons being an ancient alien race

I'm trying to remember this book I read back in the 90's but I suspect may be older. Humanity gets discovered by three alien superpowers and they split humanity into three groups and take over/...
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Book bout a race of giant lizards (possibly aliens) that shape shift into humans they bred with humans

I'm desperately trying to find the title of a book I read years ago. I believe it was written in the 80s(?) I picked it up from a 2nd hand shop about 20 years ago. It was about a race of giant ...
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Looking for two stories about a telekinetic boy

I have been trying to find a book I read quite a few years ago. Well, there are 2, one being the sequel. Now I'm sure my memory has been kind enough to mix parts of the 2 books, but I will do my best ...
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Why the “gambler” from dostoevsky is so popular? [on hold]

I think there is a reason for every popular romance to be popular. But when I read the Gambler I didn't find any interesting reason. Such an interesting reason which makes this romance such popular.
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1950s or earlier book with electrical currents living on Pluto

My first sci-fi book I ever read was in the early 1950's in Europe (probably 1952) and it had 10 stories about a different form of life on every planet, including the sun. All I can really remember is ...
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SciFi series, one book about some criminal with his extra fat cells in suitcases

It was a series, something like Spaceways Patrol or something. Kind of pulpy, maybe, around the 80s. Small books, maybe around 150 pages. One of the books had some guy who was storing his fat ...
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Full body VR sim where characters are trapped in a fantasy world

I read this sometime in the late 90s, borrowed from the local library. The basic plot was that people couldn't exit the VR sim(s), so the authorities brought in one of the original designers of the ...
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Book where a group of teenagers travel to a fantasy world

15 to 20 years ago I read a book (a trilogy I think) about a group on teenagers from a world similar to ours, who traveled to a fantasy world. I don't remember much about these books, just some ...
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“Do you have a lock for my key?”

I remember, back when I was in middle school, reading a story that opened with a meeting of two shadowy figures. One asked the other, "do you have a lock for my key?" And the other brought out some ...
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Book where an ancient space ship run by an AI was discovered

I read a book once where humans discovered an ancient space ship. The spaceship was run by a very advanced AI. To travel to distant places, it froze all the humans in place and disconnected itself ...
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Sci-fi book series: escape from Earth , brain implants, engineer with stored fixes in his head

I'm looking for a series that I read years ago (around 10 years ago, but it's really hard to recall, so many books, so many years) and all I remember is that at the conclusion of the series, humanity ...
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Space opera book with telepathic female main character

I read this book sometime in the mid-late 90s. It's set on other worlds and in space, mostly human characters. What I remember: the female main character (FMC) has telepathic and telekinetic powers ...
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Hardcover YA Series from the 1980's: starship pilots keep colonists in sleep; planet where everything is disassembled

The stories I read were in my grade school library in the mid 1980's. The series was like an anthology with each story published in its own hardcover. (Rather than being a single novel split up into ...
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Book: colonized planet and growing plants to sustain more births, wall around colony in poisonous atmosphere

I should probably mention that it was a Kindle book, presumably fairly recently written. Details: A bunch of people (a few generations ago?) colonized a planet but limit births due to lack of oxygen ...
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Book about a girl who learns about her psychic powers from an old lady neighbor

I read it several years ago then lost it. Had a purple cover and was pretty old (I think published in the 60s or 70s but not sure). It was about a girl who went to stay in a remote cabin for a summer ...
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Book where only women were left on Earth

Book where there were only women left on the Earth. Someone found male DNA and there was a battle over whether they wanted to produce a male child. I don't remember much, but I remember someone left ...
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60s book involving Occam's Razor, and part of Ireland being closed off from the world under alien influence

The plot involves the investigation of an area of southwest Ireland closed off by an unusual and secretive company that has negotiated a tax arrangement with the Irish Government. Anyone who goes into ...
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Fantasy book trilogy about painting

I'm looking for a a book series (trilogy?) set in a fantasy academy about a teenage boy who is an artist’s apprentice who works with special pigmented magic paints, so that we can walk into the world ...
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Fantasy book series with a wizards who frequently change into wolves

This was a fantasy book series I read many years ago: It has a grandfather wizard who lives in a tower. His grandson who is also a wizard who becomes a king and his sister who is also magic. These ...
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Book about a prince on an ice planet

I read a book back in the 90's most likely from a school library. The main character was some lost prince who travels to an ice planet for some reason. The cover had him on the ice planet with some ...
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Looking for sci-fi book based on Hinduism/Buddhism

Setting: The remnants of Earth (they called it something that started with a "U") Opening: I recall the book opening with someone with a long name who preferred to only keep the middle part of his ...
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Flower Forest on an Earth locked with one side facing the Sun

Long before this story begins, aliens swept through the Solar System and wept as they slammed the Moon into the Pacific Ocean and extremely slowed the Earth's rotation, making a day as long as a year. ...
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Looking for this dystopian book involving a brother and sister that have powers similar to an angel?

I’m looking for this book centered around a group of teens that get trapped inside an amusement park. The rest of the world including the parents of the main characters parents have been turned into ...
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Sci-fi book featuring insectoid aliens that had biological ships

I only remember one scene from the book, possibly two. What I remember of it is that the main bad guys were these insectoid aliens that had biological ships and other such things. The scene that I ...
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SciFi novel concerning future (this year) and music broadcast from star system [duplicate]

Publication: I would wager a guess at around 1970. Plot Points: It is set in the year 2019 and a program to detect extra-terrestrial life hears music broadcasts from a star system. They go to the ...
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Books of scary stories with two or three plots each

I was in 4th or 5th grade and I remember reading these books, they were like scary stories and each book had two or three plots. One was about this boy that stole an apple from his neighbors ...
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Female cats taking over worlds and fighting humans

This was a book series I read years ago. It was about a female warrior cat species traveling through space and taking over worlds and humans trying to fight back. The males were a sub-species only ...
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Sci-fi/fantasy book - ships on steel runners skating across ice sheets

I must have read this one about twenty years ago in my early/pre-teens, and can now remember little more than that it involved wooden sailing ships set on steel runners to skate across huge ice sheets....
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Middle school science/fantasy book about global scientists who regress to gorillas in order to more easily live off the grid

I read this book and another by the same author about a teenager with telekinesis and they were amazing. I'd like to find them so I can share with my kids. I thought the author was named Dale, but ...
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Children's Fiction: Trilogy, pre 1975

This was a series of books published prior to the mid-seventies: Trilogy; Full colour illustrations; Adult central character, not a child; Aliens schooled in water, but were, individually, very small;...
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Book about an organic space elevator

I am trying to find a book about humans going to Mars and finding a giant 'tree' that works as a space elevator. They transfer the tree to Earth (can't remember if they used seeds and grew a new one ...
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Trilogy by a British author; military space-operatic with federation officers infiltrating an alien society?

I remember getting one or two of this trilogy from my local library when I was young, around the early 1990s. The plot somehow involves humans from some sort of human navy or fleet infiltrating an ...
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Aliens abduct humans to crew a ship and represent Earth in an ongoing war. Humanity doesn't have space faring capabilities

The story begins with some mysterious glowing objects falling from the sky, and intrepid humans taking a closer look at said objects. As they approach the object like rock pinch them, some dying and ...
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Horror book about a man being tormented by ghost

Is there a book about a man being tormented by ghosts that haunt his home, only to find out at the end that HE was the ghost all along? It turns out, he was the one doing the haunting, but I guess he ...
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Coming of age fantasy book- main character trains by dying fighting demons

In this world there are two distinct classes, the upper class being generally bigger and faster than the lower and magicians belong to the upper class regardless of their race. Magicians can access an ...
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Which story is the movie Wandering Earth based upon?

I just saw yesterday The Wandering Earth Project . While it is a Chinese movie, pretty well-made, this is perhaps the first time I came across the concept of using propellers, earth-engines to push ...
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Book series about vampires, shape shifters

I remember reading a book series where the books were set in the same universe. There was some kind of threat coming and there were some people with special powers who would be able to stop it. They ...
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Book about uploaded humans in dystopian future, digital world starts getting shut down

I think this book is of fairly recent vintage (2009+). It involves a dystopian real world burdened by overpopulation. Science has developed a Matrix-like digital world where human consciousnesses are ...
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80s-90s Sci Fi book about a transformed Earth invaded by aliens

Looking for a book from the 80-90s. Earth has been infected by alien life forms, sort of seeded. The planet has been transformed, and a group of humans are fighting it, I believe they were a military ...
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What young adult SF book is about a boy saved by aliens and domed colonies?

When I was younger (lets go with probably about 20 years ago), I read a f/sf book that I've been looking for ever since, but I can't for the life of me rediscover it. It centers around a boy who is ...
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Book about a kid who gets pulled out of his reality right as a car accident happens [duplicate]

I have been trying to find this book for years to share with my kids, it would have been from the 90s. It was young adult sci-fi. The cover had a boy falling and a silver orb floating next to him. ...
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Book: girl with a prototype computer in her head that allows her brain to be broken into multiple personalities

I'm trying to find the name of a book I read about 15 years ago. The cover had a picture of a girl standing in front of a bunch of rockets. The story was about a girl who finds out that a computer ...
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Historical interracial fictional romance. A black girl with red hair travels in time and falls in love with a viking

I'm looking for a book about a black girl with red hair who is whisked into the past and falls in love with a Viking. I've tried google and goodreads but to no avail.
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Sci-fi book: portals appear in London and send a failed artist towards a designated path where he operate a giant superweapon

A few years ago I bought a book on my way to another country. I bought the book before the flight at an airport kiosk. It was a sci-fi book about a failed London artist having a row with his brother ...
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80s/90s sci fi book/story: bored protagonist is mind-wiped and sent by interstellar government on an unhabited planet to form a new society

I am looking for an old sci fi book which I read over a decade ago. I don’t know the publication date but I guess somewhere in the 1980s or 90s. It was quite a short story. It was about a person in ...
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