Questions tagged [novel]

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-identification] questions and in cases where it would otherwise be unclear whether the question was about a novel or (e.g.) a film.

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Book called “Thunderbird” by an author named Katy about space or flight

I read a book called Thunderbird by Katy something I have forgotten her last name. I vaguely remember it being about either space or flying or flying in space.
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Sci fi novel about time traveling astronauts

A group of astronauts come back to Earth and have time traveled to a post apocalyptic France they initially think is the past. They eventually join a clan of people who are afraid of the time of Noel....
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YA sci-fi novel with teens given superpowers in order to defend Earth against an alien invasion

I'm looking for an English sci-fi novel aimed at a teen audience. I read it in print between 2018 and 2014 and it seemed fairly new at the time. I think the cover was pretty dark colored, but I don't ...
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Why wasn't the Moties planet overrun by Watchmakers?

In the book "The Mote in God's Eye", by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, the humans are forced to evacuate one starship due to it being overrun by the rapidly breeding Watchmaker caste of 'Moties'. ...
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Fantasy novel about a nobleman on a quest

Read the novel in the late eighties as a child. Short novel in a paperback format. About 150 pages. My memory is hazy so some details may be plain wrong. The evil wizard X, left the realm of (...
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Why is there a Force acting on the travellers who were at a higher speed during space travel in The Expanse series [closed]

Sorry guyz my question was not clear. In other movies like Star Wars, Star Trek and similar movies where they travel at light speed or more than that, those movies never showed any kind of force ...
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Space colony novel where space pirates attack a planet and take a boy hostage who fights his way back eventually

I think it was a 1970s novel and might have been simply titled "Colony". These days it would likely be classed as young-adult, but I don't think such a category existed back then. I probably read it ...
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80s(?) Sci-fi novel where humans are in a zoo - turns out to be Earth

Anyone know the novel where a young boy thinks he is in a small town in Earth but a few things are not quite right. Like, his dog can climb trees and his friends are a bit off. It turns out he's one ...
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Novel Set on Space Station - immortality, preset, career and spouse changes every ten years

I've searched far and wide, a few times a year apart now, for a novel I read in the late 90s or early 00's that I checked out from the new release section of my library(no they purged my records from ...
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Short story: Interstellar inspector senses “off” nature of planet hiding aggressive culture

This story was one of several published together that I read in paperback form sometime in the mid-1990s. It takes place in a period after the collapse of an interstellar human empire, and it follows ...
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Story or novel ID: African American rebellion in Chicago

In this English-language story or novel, probably from the 1960s or 70s, the African Americans of Chicago have rebelled against the government. It's part of a general rebellion of black urban ...
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Looking for a big fantasy novel about scholarly monks that sort of worship math?

Earlier this year, I read a huge (1000+ pg) novel about a cloistered group of monks that sort of worshiped math. The story involved alternate dimensions or time travel or something. A big thing in the ...
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Story where planets have a tradition of hoaxing new arrivals to them

I remember reading about a story in which an interstellar civilisation has a tradition where the citizens of each planet come up with elaborate and absurd hoaxes to trick new arrivals to their planet, ...
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Fantasy book about Grendel type character

Looking for a book written in the last 15 years (probably). Set in a medieval / Viking time but not necessarily our timeline. Main character is similar to Grendel in appearance: apelike, clawed hands,...
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Novel with 2 dimensions and to travel between you stared in a mirror and would cross over leaving a pool of quicksilver

There were 2 dimensions and the way to the alternate on was looking into a mirror and the person looking would go into the other world leaving a pool of quicksilver. I remember other things but at ...
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Novel revolving around genetic engineering

About 20 years ago I read a book that revolved around a future where genetic engineering is so commonplace that people visit genetic engineering parlors much like they do tattoo shops IRL now. At ...
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Audio book novel about a human-like alien who comes to Earth and loves gin

I'm looking for the name of a novel. I listened to it in audio book form on cassette tapes in the early 2000s. This will be tough because I'm lacking a lot of details. The basics are that an alien ...
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Sci fi book where a rich kid is sent to prison and trained as a commando

In the early 90's I remember reading the start of a book but cannot recall the title. The main character started out as a pudgy rich kid who got convicted for a crime after running with the wrong ...
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Book where main character is an alien but doesn’t know [duplicate]

I’m trying to find a book (teen SciFI I guess) I read probably in 1998ish. There was a girl living on a alien planet. Someone looked after her but not a parent. I think she had to wear a suit all the ...
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Book with the Latin quote 'nihil superbus' meaning 'nothing above us'

I know it's very little to go on, but I've had the Latin phrase nihil superbus, meaning 'nothing above us' knocking around my head for a while now but can't place it. It appears in some book within ...
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Novel (dystopian?) where some of the population have telepathy, that they call “lepping”

I read a book (dystopian, if memory serves) where a certain percentage of the population could communicate through mental telepathy. I think they kept the fact hidden. They referred to the ability as '...
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Novel where the main character pretends to be a princess

The story was about an urchin adopted by an acting troupe to pretend to be the lost princess of the city. These are the details I remember (some of the early events are a little crude; my apologies): ...
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Novel where child's “true name” is the same as his use name

I read this sometime during the mid-90s. I thought this was Wizard of Earthsea, but I've just reread the beginning and it's apparently not (Ged was originally Duny). The concept is very similiar to ...
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1980's sci fi book series, subspace is a sponge, young man in emergency suit can propel himself by sucking in the sponge stuff

I read a couple of sci fi books in the 1980's from UK library, they were from a series... I don't think I read them in the right order so I've a mish-mash of memories. From the context of romance and ...
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90s(?) book about a female protagonist, who was in an accident and is transplanted into a cyborg body

I read this book between 1999 and late 2004. I am pretty sure it had a blue cover and may have been published by Penguin. It was a paperback. The story goes, as far as I can remember, that after an ...
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Young adult horror novel series where a brainwashed girl turned out to be 100 years old and controlled by some ball lightning creatures

I would have probably read this in the mid/late 1990s or very early 00s, but I'm trying to hunt down a novel I remembered earlier. I'm pretty sure it was part of a series. I was living in Ireland at ...
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90s (or earlier) book/novel: daily memory loss and a device called the Memory

I've been trying to find the name of a book/novel that I read a few years back (although I think it was published in the 90s or earlier). The main points that I remember are: the story is set in a ...
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Time-travel novel with a timeship and a character who fights himself

I have a atrong memory of a scene in a time-travel book without remembering many other details. The main character is trying to accomplish something (I don't recall what, but call it X). In a wooded ...
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Fantasy quest novel where the music magic hero doesn't get the girl

I believe I would have read this in 1988, as a stand-alone paperback novel. (I was avoiding all, or at least most, series that summer, having gotten fed up with David Eddings.) I don't really recall ...
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Time travel story. 2 Researchers are stuck in primitive man times. (Neanderthal or Cromagnon) for MANY years

Paperback probably at least 20 years ago. in English The 2 researchers (1 male and 1 female) are just a side story to the main novel... (Their "story" is told in various interludes between chapters ...
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Novel about a violent televised Football game played in an area of the actual city. Very similar to Rollerball

Novel from 70s or 80s. Pretty sure it was a Hardback (checked out from library) in English. The setting was very similar to the Rollerball (1975) movie. The broadcast of the show is the "Bread and ...
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Star Trek novel in which the Enterprise-A is sold as surplus and refitted with Klingon technology

I'm trying to recall a licensed Star Trek novel that I encountered in the early 2000's decade. The gist of the story is that after the NCC-1701-A is decommissioned after the end of The Undiscovered ...
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Sci-Fi/Romance novel from 1990s (?) with girl who moves in with her bachelor uncle

I read a novel when I was a teenager, and my sister and I can't remember the title or author. The only things I remember about the book are that I believe it was a fantasy/sci-fi/paranormal romance ...
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Science Fiction Novel from the 70's (I think) about a cryogenically suspended man who awakes in the far future

I remember a novel I read ages ago and am looking for its name. The story starts with the death of our characters wife and he cannot get over it. So he sells everything and buys some land and builds ...
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Social experimentation with cryogenics fails to solve humanity's overpopulation problem [duplicate]

This may be a tough story to identify because of incomplete memory. A technique for cryogenic preservation and revival of the body has been developed and is applied to the overpopulated world in a ...
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Temporal Empire?

I recall this being a novel, from my father's collection, and the book was showing its age back in the mid-1980s or early 1990s when I read it. The overall theme involved a temporal war; reality was ...
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Novel - Accidental exploration ship, broadcasts a TV show to let people know what they find

Probably from the 70s or earlier. Paperback in English. Space craft with a new drive that should be able to travel to other planets in solar system almost instantly, is over budget and behind ...
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Pre-70s science fiction short story or novel: astronaut lands on planet or natural satellite, discovers it is a hemisphere

A colleague told me he read a pre-1970s science fiction short story or novel involving a male astronaut who approached a planet or small moon. When the space traveler landed, he discovered that the ...
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Scifi novel about a prison station in the sun that turns into an alien invasion

There was this scifi novel I got years ago second hand about a prison station that was in the sun. The inmates were all supposedly mass murderers and the like but could not remember their supposed ...
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Book where a teenager and his friend develop elemental powers to fight aliens with similar powers

Book where teenager discovers he has fire powers. A boy a little older than him has lightning powers. They train together and become best friends. They fight someone with metal powers. They discover ...
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Time travel novel: machine makes clones, clones battle to be the one to get back their life

Published within last ten years. Guy enters machine. Comes out; the world is slightly different. He goes home, finds another guy is living his life. "Oh my god," he realizes, "I'm in a different ...
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1970s (?) book where teacher flies in a balloon and crash-lands on mysterious island [duplicate]

Plot: The teacher finds an island with very sophisticated civilization. There is a volcano on the island which causes quakes every so often. I also do recall something about families being lettered by ...
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Paperback book, read in the 1990s, involving a man's son playing a too-good pirate video game with friends who disappear

As noted above, I read this as a paperback book in the 1990s or so, somewhere around 250 pages. I think the cover was dark with a crude but colorful line drawing of a child. The main character is a ...
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The youngest person on Earth in a society of immortals

The protagonist is the youngest person on Earth -- the only one to be born in many centuries. Terrestrial society is small but every individual is unique and multitalented, as they are all immortal ...
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Revolutionaries' fleet armed with kinetic weapons defeats government fleet armed with missiles

This came up in a discussion of reasonably-hard SF space combat. I probably read this book a bit more than 20 years ago; early-to-mid 1990s. Note that I was buying a lot of used books in that period,...
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Novel where a genius child secretly makes clones of himself

I'm trying to find the name of a novel that was (what I'll call) light horror sci-fi. It was probably published in the early 90s. As best as I can remember, the plot goes something like: a child is ...
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Sci-fi book about a genetically modified planet

I read only the beginning of this book, and it was decades ago, but I always wondered about it and wanted to read it. As I recall, the protagonist finds himself stranded on a strange world. I don't ...
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Book series with a boy that could create portals from coloured shapes

The first book has a black werewolf-like creature on the front cover and I believe the third book was about a boy who could see coloured shapes and manipulate them into creating portals to other ...
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Sci-fi novel where a mother and son are captured by another tribe

This was a sci-fi novel I read decades ago. Most of the story takes place after a mother and her son have been captured by another tribe and are being transported back to their encampment. I believe ...
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Science Fiction Novel with the Word Diamond in the Title

This is a book that is probably more than 20 years old. It would be pre-2000 (most likely). It has diamond in the title (I believe). I also think of the word satellite or space station. It has two ...