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For questions about a book of long narrative in literary prose, in order to distinguish it from other types of story. Do NOT use this tag for every question which happens to be about a novel: it is normally used only on story-ID questions and in cases where it would otherwise be unclear whether the ...

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In Alfred Bester's The Demolished Man, why does the underworld exist?

In Alfred Bester's The Demolished Man, there is a minority of Espers (i.e. telepaths). So murder is unknown, because the telepaths will know any murderous intentions ahead of time. (Until Ben Reich ...
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Book about a space station computer keeping an engineer “alive”

I remember that I read a book some year ago, in which the main computer of a space station somehow became self-aware. For reasons I can't remember, it plucked the mind from a recently deceased ...
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80s Novel series about post apocalypse world where 4 soldiers try and bring order

Looking for a novel series I read in the 1980s about 4 soldiers (the leader was a US Marine Force Recon member). There was also a Navy Officer, Green Beret soldier and Air Force fighter pilot. They ...
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Novel that is about robots fighting humans and dinosaurs

This book I think came out between 2006-2008 and I remember that the whole book was illustrated. Sadly I have no idea who the author is. I remember the story fairly well. The story starts out with a ...
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YA steampunk novel about a boy stowing away on a ship, statues fall over restarting a volcano

I was recently reminded of a YA novel I read as a child in the 1970s, and I'm curious as to what book it is. I read it in Danish, but I'm pretty sure it was translated, probably from English. The ...
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Post-apocalyptic story in a world with no electric power

I read that story about 20 years ago, it was a French translation, so it may be even older. It was also a series, I'm quite sure that I read the first book of the series, but I never found the rest. ...
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Fantasy series with a warrior elf who had magic tattoos [duplicate]

I remember reading a series of fantasy novels around early 2000. I think the name was the Cartographers Map, the other title was Hunters Moon (Something Moon?) but I've searched of these titles and ...
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Fantasy book about a man with a magic box and something involving divine destiny

I read this as a paperback around the 90s in English, part of a collection of the shelves of our house (so it might be older). The cover has the protagonist considering the box, which I remember as ...
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Book about humans evacuated to two different planets, evil president kills off everyone left behind

I read this novel about 20+ years ago, I remember the story quite well but I'm having trouble finding the title. The novel is split into three threads; the first is people living in a society on an ...
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Fantasy series about powerful mages outside of space/time and King stranded on a water world

I read a series of books which I don't believe is the Castle Perilous series as those came out at the end of the 80's and I think I read this other series in the mid 80's. It involved a castle and it ...
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Book set on an alien planet with a symbiotic plantlife [duplicate]

I'm trying to find the name of a science-fiction book I read at least 20 years ago (late 1990s), though it was most likely a second hand book so I can't say how much older than that it might be. I can ...
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Late 90’s horror novel, misleading (biological themed) title and mature content

I’m looking to identify a novel I looked at around the years of 1995 to 1998. The book may have been written before that, but the mass-market paperback appeared to be brand new. I have the ...
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A story (novel?) about a man becoming trapped in a “fairy world”/Magonia after travelling down a Bermuda triangle type of road

Read this a kid well over 20 years ago and not in English, so bear with my recollections. I would like someone to identify this book and its author. The story basically is of some guy who is driving ...
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Novel about an alternate history of the Aztec empire from a modern day archaeologist time travelling back there

This is a posthumous novel(?) from the 70 or 80s(?) where a modern day archaeologist who is transported back to the Aztec empire on the brink of the conquest, but then changes the course of history à ...
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Kindle book, girl with blue and brown eyes living with mom and step-dad gets impregnated by artificial means

It's about a girl with blue and brown eyes. She lives with her mom and stepdad. It's a place where boys and girls shouldn't talk. Her boyfriend's name is also Joseph. I don't remember the book name ...
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Novel: Dream-inducing microchip causes young boy to accidentally leave his futuristic mega-city, he eventually destroys three towers

I remember: The boys classmates put a dream-inducing microchip into his cereals (I think) as a prank. He then dreams in the subway home, but oversleeps, and eventually somehow accidentally leaves his ...
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Scifi novel about two battling AI's, where one is trying to protect humanity and the second one is trying to destroy it

The main idea was about some intelligent missile system which gone out of control. It started the war against humanity and then was defeated (or not?) by another system of that kind. I know that ...
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A space opera novel about a spaceship race, no rules, and prizes going as high as solar system [closed]

I think the main characters are not racing to the end, they give up at some point. Does it ring a bell to someone? I don't know the name, author, language and I am trying to find the book. Edit : I ...
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90s young adult novel: young girl in a boarding school where some students are actually werewolves

I am looking for a series of young adult novels that I read in the early 90's. I read them in French but I believe they were originally written in English. The story revolved around a young girl's ...
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Young teen girl is immortal

I believe it was a Short Story but can't be sure (I just can't think of enough to have made it novel length). It was in English, probably read 30+ years ago (before 1990) Set in modern times. The ...
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Novel where a young boy who discovered a baby dragon on the corpse of its mother

I read this novel when I was young, so must have been published before the mid 90's. It was about a young boy who discovered a baby dragon on the corpse of its mother who had been hunted by (I think) ...
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Story begins with rich people preparing to leave their home planet and go to a ring that orbits it (which had lasers)?

Comments below this answer remind me of a book that I remember reading that began with wealthy families preparing to move from their homes on their Earth-like home planet up to a ring-type world that ...
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Science fiction book about a near miss with an asteroid or comet and the aftermath

Years ago I read a book about a near miss by an asteroid or comet. I don’t remember the name or author but I remember three things. Travelers go to Chicago and find it empty and Lake Michigan had ...
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Novel describing long-distance transport where only soul is transferred

My wife is looking for a story, most probably a novel, where a mode for long-distance transport for people is transferring only the "soul" into a new body. The original body is eliminated after the ...
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Science fiction novel involving a genetically engineered servant race uplifted from non-human primates

I belive I read this while I was living in Ohio between 2002 and 2006. It was a hardback novel with a dark cover. The basic story is set somewhere a few years into the future, with society not very ...
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Sci-fi novel from the 1970's that involves multiple Earths

This story involves a building that has portals to different Earths, all on the same timeline, with slightly different histories. The portals are difficult to find, and new ones are on occasion ...
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Young adult novel about a girl with a robot housekeeper on an Alien Planet

I read this book roughly 4 years ago, and got it from a library. The sequel was actually about to come out when I had finished the book, but I never got to read it. I don't think it was old enough to ...
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Steampunk-ish novel containing drug secreting insectoids and mechanical computers?

I remember reading a very peculiar novel that I really enjoyed about 10 years or so ago. The novel might have been significantly older than that. I remember the plot was about a scientist / ...
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Novel about interstellar war: Both sides win, both sides think they lost

I recall reading this novel in the ’90s; my recollection is that the author was better-known for bad fantasy than for SF (but the SF of his that I’d read was better than his fantasy). The ...
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Online novel: Magic as a branch of engineering

I read a few chapters of an "amateur's" novel that they had posted on their web site. I put quotes around that because while they're not a "proper" published author, the story is really, really good. ...
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Scifi book with male and female main characters. She has magic via colourful eyes and he's a warrior who collects magical stones

I read this book(s) over 30 years ago. It has two main heroes (one female, one male). They don't like each other at first but over the course of the books they begin to care for one another. She has ...
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Sci-Fi novel about immortal planet morphers [duplicate]

I remember reading this novel ten or more years ago. The prologue had the narrator reminiscing of Tokyo Bay and condoms floating onto the shore. The protagonist seems to be an immortal or incredibly ...
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Book where a woman was sent to a world of Tally, a prison

I read a book few years back, in which a woman was sent to a world of tally, a prison. The female protagonist had taken a large loan, which she could not return to the agency, and as a result the ...
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Young adult novel about a warlock studying in a magical school

It's the warlock's first time attending a magical school. In this school students are different magic users, but he is the only warlock. He has been repeatedly bullied throughout the school year; one ...
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Book about a boy who joins secret society that protects the timelines. They time travel through sleep [duplicate]

It has been some years (before 2009?) since I've read this book. The story starts off with this boy [teens] who can sleep anywhere, even with his eyes open, and can do this on cue! This secret company ...
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Fantasy novel where magic is granted by knowledge of words of power [duplicate]

Several years back, I was on a backpacking trip with a guy whose whole family were huge fans of classic SF/Fantasy. One of the fantasy books he brought for the long car rides piqued my interest, but ...
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Post-apocalyptic novel about a post apocalyptic world and people surviving in a bunker

I read this post-apocalyptic novel in the 60s or 70s. I remember the cover showed a man in a helicopter hovering over an American Indian on horseback who had just fired an arrow into the front bubble ...
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Old scifi novel: alien king resurrected by humans who must then defeat him

Trying to identify an old scifi paper back novel. Basically an alien king is resurrected by humans after being found in a ship. After resurrection he gains power. In an attempt to defeat him humans go ...
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Name of Sci-Fi Book - Mercenaries Abducted by Aliens [duplicate]

In the late '70s or early '80s, I was looking at books at Tower Books - remember them? There was a sci-fi novel about mercenaries in Southern Africa who were in a firefight. They were outnumbered and ...
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Looking for book - tattoo artist summons demon, saved by blind lady with sword

I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the book, i feel like something about a painted man, but I know it starts with a tattoo artist who unknowingly inks out a sigil that summons a demon, ...
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Novel with a class of “Lords” with external databank-type neural implants

I need an ID on a (probably young adult) sci-fi novel I don't remember finishing. I read it sometime in the late nineties or early noughties. The library book didn't show any obvious indications of ...
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SF novel — the only human on a space station full of aliens

Some things I remember: Pretty sure the author was female The novel had won some award or other The title was one word (I think) and it started with "I" (I think) It would have come out in the mid to ...
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Novel where a berserker involuntarily kills a female magician he may have loved

Reading this question: Book about axe-wielding protagonist who goes berserk in battle and blinds a woman brought to mind a similar scene that I must have read in some fantasy novel, but for some ...
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Fantasy or Romance novel including a girl with a tattoed shoulder and chest [closed]

I once read this novel with a girl having tattoos on her shoulder, chest etc. There also was a tattoo artist and one day a guy walks in romance starts, but I forgot if it included vampires or demons ...
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Novel about a man who helps alien fix his spaceship, is claimed as an artist on alien's world

Read an old science fiction story, can’t remember title or author. At least 40 years ago. A man helps an alien repair and launch his spaceship. Finds he is on one-way trip to alien world. This world ...
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Novel series with students at a magic university

I read two books in a series and have forgotten the author and the titles. The first book was about a young man who was a student in a magic university who became very powerful and was able to travel ...
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Looking for a book similar to “The Blob”., named “The Clone” or “Clone” I think?

It's an old book about an organism that is created in a sewer by chance mixing of chemicals. It grows and eventually starts attacking and dissolving people, the only thing that can stop it is Iodine ...
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Novel about Soviets winning the Cold War

I don’t remember the plot beyond a few salient points: It was an alternate history in which the Soviets won the Cold War. There was a description towards the beginning of new apartment buildings ...
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Young adult or juvenile book about a young kid who meets a group of aliens who turn into insects

I am a librarian helping a patron find a book she read in 1989 or 1990. This is the plot description she gave me. A teenage boy is on summer vacation at a beach, and some cool young adult neighbours ...
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Novel about a woman that could follow strings of flux to travel

I read a sci-fi novel in early 80’s about a woman on a planet that could follow strings of flux to get from one place to another. She was part of a train of slaves being transferred to another ...