Questions tagged [novel]

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Book series where women gain superpowers based on menopause symptoms due to Chinese medicine

Tip of my tongue, but about 5-6 years ago, I read a series of books following women (I think at least three) who'd gained superpowers based on menopause symptoms after their "Alternative Medicine&...
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What is Artificial Nipple Dilation?

In Phillip K. Dick’s Clans of an Alphane Moon, the procedure is named while introducing Mary: “Let off on the roof field Mary descended by in-ramp to floor ninety, came to the glass door, hesitated, ...
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American astronaut abducted from moon, placed in alien zoo, must work with time-traveling Roman soldier

I found this novel in English at my local library in the mid-1990's, but the book itself looked like it was from the 1950's or 60's. If I remember correctly, it had a picture of an astronaut in a ...
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Book series about a planet partitioned into different habitats; people/aliens were transported into habitats in new bodies [duplicate]

I remember reading (some) of a series of novels in the 1980s (or earlier, I read old books then), where the protagonists were transported to a world that was divided into different habitats suitable ...
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Book about an alien disguised as a boy

Some time in the early 1970's I read a science fiction book about a boy who befriends an alien disguised as a human boy. I think it was set in a big city -- London or possibly New York. I don't ...
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1990s or early 2000s dystopian young adult novel, main character is teenage girl with a number as her last name

I read a novel in my early teens (around 2000) in which the main character is a teenage girl who lives in a dystopian world where she lives with other girls of teen or younger age in somewhat boarding/...
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Time travel pursuit book from about 2005

This was a book I read approx 10 years ago, however it could have been a few years older (battered hard cover library book) but I’m no longer a member of that library. I don’t remember the full story, ...
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Novel about organic and inorganic magic on flying islands

I am trying to find a novel I read as a teenager around 2008. There were two books if I recall correctly. I think I read it in French but it was probably a translation. The untranslated version might ...
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Series involving someone who looked young, but was actually old, a magical barrier to the north, and a sarcophagus

I'm trying to find the name of a series. I read the first two books but the third wasn't finished at that time — it probably is by now — but I can't remember the name of the series, the author, or the ...
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Fantasy Novel with Alternate Arthurian Mythos, Knights Magic Sentient Swords, set in Alternate Late Middle Ages

I'm hoping to finish a book I borrowed from a library in college half a decade ago, but can't remember its name. Alas, I only got halfway through it before I had to return it, and then I couldn't ...
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Novel with a hand-held kinetic gas weapon

This is a toughie I'm afraid. I read it probably in the late 80s. It was a pulp sci-fi of the classic "tough guy agent bloke does tough guy agent things in space" genre. The only thing I can ...
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Identify a science-fiction novel… key points: space travel, immortality drug, main characters stranded on distant planet, they eventually escape

I’m looking for the name of a science-fiction novel I read perhaps a decade ago. I’ve extensively searched several common search engines and come up with nothing, so I’m turning to this community to ...
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Young boy with talking computer that turns evil, estranged father saves him in the end

This is a horror novel I read about 15 years ago. I’d say it probably was published in the 80’s or 90’s. The plot was about a bright boy who had a talking computer friend (had some sort of clever ...
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Looking for novel about unbelievable alien abductions hiding real ones

The book I'm trying to find involved unbelievable alien abductions; the kind that you'd mock them if their story appeared on TV or in a magazine. The main character (most likely a teenaged guy, ...
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Late 90's novel about conflict around replicator machines

This book had a strange title, I think it was one of those made up all capital letters titles. Unfortunately I remember none of the plot! Only vaguely that the theme was around conflict about ...
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Title of 1980s novel involving alien messiah, nuclear war, cyborgs and mutations

So this novel I read - It concerned a messianic figure who was constructed here on earth from instructions received via radio from space. Among the details I remember are a police chief who over the ...
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Fantasy novel in which people develop a tattoo-like design that signifies their power

About five or so years ago I read a book that was fantasy and whose title I can't remember for the life of me. It was set in a world where by the age of 16 or 18, a tattoo-type thing appeared on the ...
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Science fiction novel titled "Brain One" involving generalised mind-reading abilities and their effects on society

The novel is titled "Brain One" and is about the evolution of people's ability to read minds and the effect it has on society, especially on politics where the deceit and secret despising of ...
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Paperback about an Aboriginal Australian who travels through space via hand signs painted on rock walls

A young Australian Aborigine woman can travel through space via the hand signs painted on rock walls in the outback. A young Welsh [from Wales] woman is jealous of this power and tries to steal it. It ...
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Sun turns into red giant, Earth installs a time dilation field and heroes are stranded on Mars

I read this story in French around 1998 (no later than 2003) as a kid (I remember a big book.) The sun becomes a red giant (something to do with nuclear waste/bomb I think) and no way is found to stop ...
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Opening scene arrival on Mars to discover they've been beaten to it

I'm trying to place a brilliant opening scene. Humans arrive by spaceship on Mars to great joy and celebration, only to discover on arrival that mission-leader's long-standing rival has — using ...
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Hero detonates a weapon in a giant ship's armoury, reaction is to be asked to stop

26 mile long Sector Patrol craft, hero detonates an atomic/nuclear device in ship's armoury, ship hiccups and requests "Please don't do that again." The hero works for a shadow government ...
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Fantasy novel series; one of the books has a general with eagle-like features on the cover

I'm looking for a series of fantasy novels I read in the '90s. One of them had the following cover featuring a general with eagle-like features, who was one of the main characters. Note that the image ...
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Looking for a sci fi novel with sentient cats

In my twenties (in the 90's,) I bought a lot of books at a used book store and would frequently donate them to local libraries or sell them back. There was one paperback that has come to mind recently ...
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In which Honorverse novel did Honor Harrington first attend the naval academy?

In which Honorverse novel did Honor Harrington first attend the naval academy and meet Michelle Henke? I am unable to find that novel.
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Sci-Fi book featuring laser strikes on helicopters, and torturing suitcase sized AIs

I'm trying to identify a novel that I read (in English) in the mid to late 70's, or possibly early 80's at the very latest. The book would have been new during that time and I would have purchased it ...
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Christian novel about astronauts returning from Mars to the rapture

This was a novel I read around 2011 in spurts while visiting my girlfriend who worked in a bookstore. It was in the "Christian novel" section and had the following plot: Astronauts return ...
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Book about "new man" or "new men" antagonist

Started a book long time ago about "new man" or "new men" attacking regular human settlements far from Earth but can't remember the title and didn't finish the book. The main ...
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Tech noir/cyber noir detective novel from 80s/90s

I remember that the detective had an apartment that could change interior colors. I also remember one character, who was a boss of some sort that had bodyguards that were, maybe, genetically modified ...
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Graphic novel about a spaceship crash landing on a planet, and the stranded inhabitants of the ship forming a colony and a new society there

I have been looking for this book for quite some time. I recall starting to read it in the late '70s. It was a color graphic novel. At the beginning of the novel, there was a crash landing of a ...
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Polar-dwelling youth finds an offplanet bride, but she dies, but he adopts exiles as his tribe

I have this book somewhere in my basement. I first read it probably between 1980 and 1995. It seems to me like it was written sometime between 1960 and 1980. Due to its structure, it could possibly be ...
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Novel where one of the protagonist's informants is an intelligent zombie who lives in a movie theatre

This is on the tip of my tongue, but it was a book that I red somewhere between 2015 and 2020, in English, either as a paperback or an electronic book (I don't think I listened to it as an audiobook), ...
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Novel about a group of scientists crossing the Atlantic on a frozen Earth [duplicate]

I'm trying to identify a novel I have read in the 90s, but possibly date back to the 70s, 60s, or even earlier. The Earth is entirely covered with ice and snow, and people live in an underground city ...
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Reptilian world about to be destroyed

I'm searching for a sci-Fi novel, where a young reptile scientist finds out the world is slowly being destroyed by the gravitational pull of the planet their world revolves around. It is causing ...
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Webnovel where the main character goes to India and protects a girl who gives him power

In this particular story, the main character goes to India. While he is there he protects an Indian girl who has powers of Shiva/Rudra, but the girl ultimately dies and she gives some of her power to ...
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1970's Novel where the protagonist uses ATM-like card in fully automated store in a cashless society

I read this novel in the late 70's where the protagonist is fleeing from the authorities and goes into a completely automated store. He needs to use an id card like an ATM card to make his purchases. ...
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Does Stephen Baxter's Silverhair (Mammoth trilogy book #1) contain maps in any edition?

I cannot locate my print copy, it's probably in a box in the "closet of doom". But it's the mass market US, and might not be exactly the same typesetting as others. Archive.org lists several ...
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A novel with an intro scene mentioning "non-shivering thermogenesis"

Around 2000 I read in English the first couple of pages of a novel and never had the chance to find it again. I don't think it was very new by then; I'd guess 90's. I think someone was in bed, ...
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The Mc gets abandoned by the goddess and gets a black system for himself

I'm looking for the name of novel/manga where entire class is summoned by goddess but the main character gets abandoned in a dungeon but founds ways to survive and gets a black system and he becomes a ...
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Book where a spelunker winds up in a world where raccoons are the dominant species

This is a book I probably read in mid 1990s while living in Ashland, KY. It was a paperback, in English, probably around 200-300 pages. I believe the book opened with the main character discussing how ...
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Sci-fi novel (c2000±10) of time differential universes

Trans-solar human society, consciousness download to mini-bots fighting bugs, a scientist & an autist in an asteroid (Ceres?), and alien invasion foiled by travel to a time differential universe.  ...
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Novel with girl who meets blind aliens that use sonar, travels through wormhole

I read a novel about 10 years ago about a girl who somehow finds herself on the homeworld of aliens. I don't remember how or why she got there. The aliens used I think sonar since they were blind, and ...
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Cli-fi with vignette of men prying up concrete parking lot to reverse damage to the soil

It's a piece of cli-fi, climate fiction, set after nearly everyone has died. The Earth's climate has stabilized again but it's not hospitable. The very few survivors have satellite views and old ...
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Novel about a plague that is released in modern times when an early Christian relic is removed from its receptacle

I read this sometime in 2003 or 2004. It was a modern novel, certainly younger than 20 years old at the time. One of the main characters is a paralyzed scientist (palsy, I think) who invents "...
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Sci-fi novel involving an animal that could be ridden like a horse and used to travel through time

I'm looking for a sci-fi novel I read in the late '80s, maybe '87 or '88. It was an old book even at the time, and had a plain cover (red, If I remember correctly) with no graphics, just the text. The ...
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Story/author/book Identification. Large space station psychiatrist

A couple of stories popped into my head but I can't remember the author. It was about a space station and 2 had the same character, a large bright guy. The first one had him as a worker on the station ...
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What are the part/section titles to Greg Keyes' Dark Genesis (Babylon 5) novel?

This is the first book in his Psi Corps trilogy, and Keyes likes to break his books up into "parts" each of which are comprised of half a dozen chapters or so. There are 4 such parts. ...
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Book Identification: Gas Giant with breathable atmosphere and burning core

I am trying to remember the name of a science fiction book I borrowed from a library in Ohio sometime between the years 2001–2009, though it was probably closer to the end of that period than the ...
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Slow destruction of earth because of a robot pulling a lever

The novel/short story is based on a murder mystery whereby the protagonists (robots, I believe) end up on a space ship or planet off of Earth whereby they can save the overpopulated Earth and its 8 ...
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Mid/late '80s paperback about a boy on a space station who steals a shuttle to visit a devastated Earth

Humans are living on a space station orbiting Earth (or possibly a colony on the Moon). They are forbidden to go down to the planet because there had been some kind of cataclysm (war, plague, or what ...

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