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Novel: alien with human form with abilities of creation, destruction and transformation, has to kill a list of aliens

An alien with a human form, who has superpowers enabling him to create or destroy things. He can transform himself, and I think he could go back in time for a little (not sure of that last one). He's ...
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Sci fi novel about a ship in an asteroid with AI, human man and alien crew

A man ends up on a mining/research asteroid lab, his ship is in need of repair and the lab is going to self-destruct or lose all air. An alien female and her child were left there. They find a ship ...
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What is the novel written about a middle age woman finding/discovering magic

It was a Facebook post that said something like, "How come it is always kids and teens who find their way into magic, why not older women?" Well, there is a book with that plot -- an older ...
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How to download from Royalroad with android? [closed]

Don't have a desktop. Can't use webtoepub chrome extension. Is there another way?
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YA sci fi novel a group of kids find out they're alien royalty. One of the girls has blue skin and can read minds

I've been looking for this book for years! It's about a group of kids, and someone gathers them all up. They find out they have powers, and are alien princes and princesses. They each have a ...
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Pre-2011 sci fi adventure book (series?) starring a young female protagonist who visits an alien market with her younger sibling [duplicate]

I read it in junior high and I'm certain it was written for an 11-15 audience. I remember the cover being pinkish/violet and may have had characters on it. If so, the characters don't take up much ...
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Paperback near-future sci-fi novel in which there is an ice age coming

Paperback near-future novel in which there is an ice age coming, and rich people and politicians prepare an underground facility and go into cryogenic suspension for thousands of years. After they ...
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Novel where Earth has a caste system

Probably read in the 1970's. There are Watchers, scanning the area around Earth for aliens who would be coming for revenge because their ancestors were once kept in zoos on Earth. There are Defenders, ...
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Hard sci-fi novel where “snowfall” is made up of microscopic creature skeletons

I remember reading a hard sci-fi novel. somewhere along the way the protagonist is part of a group that finds itself trapped in a building by what they originally mistake as a heavy snowfall. The &...
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70s YA novel about two boys travelling millions of years into the past, meeting a “cynogasaurus” and rival animal-themed caveman tribes

I read this in English in the late 70s in primary school. What I remember: Two boys are somehow caught up in a time travel scenario. I think their father may have been the inventor of the time ...
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70s Sci Fi book with an alien on Earth with a light sword that could be used like a lasso

I read a book in the late 70s, when I was about 11 or 12 years old so my memory is foggy, about a man on Earth from another planet and his space ship was disabled. He had a weapon like a lightsaber ...
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Detective Story on the moon with a space yacht and an escaped prisoner

This is a story I remember picking up at the library and reading sometime in the last decade (probably around 2015, so unfortunately the timeframe won't help much). It was in the USA in English and it ...
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Book about dragons hiding in human society

looking for a book about dragons that could disguise themselves as humans. I read this around 2012-2014. It was a YA thing iirc, the story started with an orphan (?) who was adopted by a guy trying to ...
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Name of YA book involving hedge magic

I remember reading a young adult fiction book some time between 2000 and 2010, where one of the characters was some kind of witch who was hiding out somewhere. She couldn't do very strong magic but ...
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Asimov's novel with a world divided into floors [duplicate]

Each floor had different patterns, there was a kind of elevator. I remember a general ambience, but not quite what the plot was about. The protagonist was a kind-of apprentice (or not?) from another ...
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Pre-1990's sci-fi novel about a man who becomes a legionnaire in a Roman/Romanesque Empire

I remember reading it in the late 1980's or early 1990's. If I recall correctly, it was: set in the future based on the Roman model of civilization and empire about a guy who was training to become a ...
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Teenage book about a girl falling in love with a bad-boy ghost

I have a sneaking suspicion this is a Fear Street book, but I'm having no luck pinning it down from the lists online. The protagonist is a teenage girl, who starts seeing a ghost in her bedroom. ...
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Novel about a normal teenage girl (?African American) who suddenly shrinks and has to fight to survive

I read this book in the mid 80's in Australia. I'm pretty sure it was American in origin and about a teenage girl of colour. She was suddenly transported to another world, a desert world... and had to ...
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Novel where anti-gravity devices are attached to a submarine and it floats to the moon

I'm trying to remember a novel I read (probably in the early 70's) about an inventor that develops an anti-gravity device that looked rather like window blinds. These devices are attached to a small ...
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Young-adult novel about cursed wishes from the 1990's or earlier

I'm struggling to find a book that I read in the mid-1990's (published before 1995, probably, definitely before 1996). It would have been geared towards teens or pre-teens. It is set in a small, ...
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Absurdist/comedic novel about the behind-the-scenes of the universe

Sometime in the mid- to late-2000s, I remember reading a book that was about an organization of extradimensional beings who control the minutiae of the universe. I remember very little about it, but ...
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Science fiction novel that had an albino space crew

Seeking a book or story about an albino space crew that adopted, or kidnapped children. The book is from the late 70s or early 80s. The ship’s crew were albino due to radiation from space travel.
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SF book, early 1980's, Galactic gunfighter

I read this paperback book in the early 1980's but it wasn't in a new condition. There was a young gunfighter arrived on a frontier world and he goes to a bar and almost immediately is challenged to a ...
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Novel about a crime in VR. Protagonist starts in medieval fantasy and travels to different servers (bayou, etc) to solve a crime

I believe I read this novel in 2005 or so. It's about a guy that works and plays in VR. I remember that his office is on a virtual beach. It starts in a medieval world where everyone has to talk in ...
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Book about a man fired because his hyphenated last name was too long

I read a paperback book no later than the 1976 (I strongly believe that I read it before I graduated high school, possibly years before). I think I bought it from a garage sale, so it may have been ...
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Semaphore system used between communities [duplicate]

I was reading some posts earlier today on our sister site Worldbuilding. In particular this question which discussed how an empire could communicate between cities/communities remotely. The question ...
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Sci-fi novel with lizard people running the government

I think I read this sometime around 2008, but I'm not positive. I'm also not positive if the below components were from two separate books by the same author, or chapters/parallel stories in the same ...
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Novel about a bartender in world where human civilization is collapsing

Anyone know the name of this novel ? I read it a very long time back. Around 1996. Story is set in a future where humanity is in a decline. Humanity is dying out slowly. There are fewer and fewer ...
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1950s-1979 young adult novel about a boy traveling through world which turns out to be a spaceship

I remember reading this book as a kid. It was a hard-cover book with a picture of an alien jumping up and down or dancing in the bottom right-hand corner of the cover. It was definitely geared toward ...
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Book about a physicist who discovers how to create universes with different laws of physics

I'm looking for a book I read 10–20 years ago about a physicist who accidentally discovered how to create universes. I think she worked at a collider. (I don't remember if it was a real collider like ...
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Augmented Reality Novel from the 2010s where reality is blurred

I read this book in the early 2010s (maybe 2012?) in the UK. I believe I bought it new in hardback from a bookshop so it was newly released at the time. It opens and closes in a train station with a ...
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Ambassador to bird like race. She communicates via sign language

I'm looking for a book from the 90s or maybe the 80s. An Alien Academy graduate goes to a planet to be an ambassador to a bird-like race. She lives with them in a nest and learns their dances and ...
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Kindle EBook about a boy who finds a smartphone that lets him cast spells

I read this as a Kindle book, although I think as an Advance Reader Copy rather through the Amazon interface (there was a time when I had a surfeit of spare time and volunteered to help proofread in ...
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1950s pulp sci fi: hibernating alien traps fly fisherman in a mountain cave

Lone fly fisherman, above timberline, caught in a storm, seeks shelter in a cave, cave is occupied by an alien astronaut who crashed on Earth long ago, alien astronaut (humanoid but in a space suit) ...
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Identifying a YA novel about a chosen set of teenagers who are forced to serve a corrupt king

I'm hoping to identify a YA novel I read around when Hunger Games started to get popular (2012ish? I don't know if the novel was released then though). It's got quite a Hunger Games vibe to it. It ...
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Playing with mental blocks; one-armed protagonist discovers an engine that spins

SF novel which starts with a one-armed main character, who is very strong, out riding his horse and finds a donut shaped engine. He proceeds to dismount by grabbing the saddle horn with his one hand ...
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Trying to find a novel that pits an Ancient Greek scientist against a Chinese one

Trying to find the name of a novel I read over ten years ago (I think?) In it ancient Greek myths about science and magic were true as well as Chinese. The two were in a kind of space arms race to ...
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Society with standardized English language

This is a question based on the thinnest of clues: In the future, an Earth man visits a society that has standardized its English so that there are no irregular forms. The characters say "bes" (or "...
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Are There Any Star Wars Stories That Exclude The Force?

Are there any Star Wars novelizations, comics series/issues that exclude the Force (both Jedi and Sith, Dark Side and Light Side), and instead focuses purely on the Imperial vs Republic/Rebel Alliance ...
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Looking for sci fi paperback book 1970s about spaceship orbiting Earth with accelerated humans

The humans live in rapid motion, during periods of light and dark. They fall asleep wherever they are when it becomes dark, and wake up when light returns. Scientists from Earth go to study them, ...
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Hilarious Juvenile Science Fiction space adventure from 1950s or 1960s

This was a laugh out loud funny space adventure novel for young adults with interconnected stories about a rather bumbling but lucky young space adventurer, possibly a cadet...Its opening chapter, as ...
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Looking for a fantasy novel from the late 80s or 90s

I have been searching high and low for this book based on what I remember about it. I remember reading it as a kid so that would have been around the late 90s but may have been published earlier ...
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Sci-fi novel - apprentice navigator on a winter planet [duplicate]

I started a book many years ago (probably about 30!) and I have never been able to remember the title. All I do remember is a student navigator on a winter (icy) planet who climbs into his spaceship ...
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Fantasy novel involving a mall security officer who prevents a man from blowing up the mall with a dead man's switch

You would think that a fantasy novel with a main character who is a mall security guard would be easier for me to find. Due to another question I answered recently, I wound up on the TV Tropes page ...
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80s sci-fi book about a space spy with amnesia and a sentient watch

In late 80s as a 10/11 year old boy I got a book, the title of which I am now searching. It may have been a young adult/youth book or adult novel. Here it goes: An astronaut/space soldier/spy wakes ...
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80s/90s YA novel: Child named Gen finds “dragons” which are actually ICBMs

When I was young, in the late 80s/early 90s, I read a novel in school in Canada. I believe it was specifically a YA novel, and may have been available though Scholastic, though I can't be sure of that....
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Help identifying a Scifi series of Novels from the 80's with Robot Overlords [duplicate]

These were a series of novels that I read as a kid in the 80s or early 90s. Humanity was ruled by AI/robot overlords and the plot revolved around a group of humans trying to get two keys to a certain ...
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Trying to find book or series which includes an alien transportation system humans don't control but use

Remember reading this many years ago. One of the features of it was an alien transportation system where you would go to a certain place and would be protected by a forcefield and the transportation ...
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SF novel in which the presidency of the world depends on your IQ score

A friend is trying to identify a science fiction novel (not a short story) which he read no later than 1980 — more likely in the '60s or '70s. The thing he remembers is that the presidency of the ...
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2000s (or earlier) novel featuring a fantasy creature with an overwhelming obsession with chocolate

While eating a bowl of ice cream the other day, I had a sudden recollection of a scene from a story I'd read some time ago—however, I can't actually remember many details beyond the scene that ...

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