Questions tagged [novel]

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Colony living on a sunken aircraft

Can anyone recall a novel about a small colony living on an old aircraft suspended underwater? I remember seeing the book in the late 80s early 90s in a second hand shop. Had a picture of and old sea ...
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A scifi book containing an artificially-made world with weird centaurs

hope I'm doing this right – I did try a search first but couldn't find anything that seemed relevant. Back when I was in middle/high school in the 90s, I would sometimes pick books off the SF/F ...
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Sci-fi / dystopian novel about a community where misbehavers’ brains are removed

It was a novel classified as young adult. I don't remember the character names. First off, it was a full-length novel (around 300-400 pages, but I might be off by a lot). The cover is a sunflower-...
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Fantasy novella about a protagonist who's transported to Nazi Germany; involves magic tied to the Equinox

Novella where the protagonist is not powerful in their home universe, but is transported to Nazi Germany. Very sensitive to the eyeglasses taken from concentration camp. Power truly blooms when he ...
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Novel about incompetent space pirates

I remembered only some bizarre details about this novel. Space pirates that are really incompetent, they try to steal some stuff from an enormous ship on an enormous space habitat... This ship is ...
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Man rescued from a post-apocalyptic Earth by people from a parallel Earth

A man is rescued from a post-apocalyptic Earth by humans from a parallel Earth. The organisation he's recruited into search alternate post-apocalyptic Earths.
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Sci Fi involving portals to distant worlds that leave people stranded far from earth

Probably 1970-1990 timeframe. The book involves a group of youth being sent to a distant planet by a doorway/portal for a short survival course. The doorway fails to reopen and the youth are forced ...
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Detective story novel involving Victorian technology level space travel

Enjoyed this book, but can't recall title. Collection of planets connected by ways. Travel on ways need elephant-like animals that are hitched to train cars with basic vacuum engineering. Plot was ...
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Late '80s or early '90s graphic novel about the Trojan War fought in a distant galaxy, using advanced tech

I've been trying to find this for the last 20 years. It was basically the Trojan War fought in a distant galaxy, using advanced tech. I think it was called something like 'the Battle of Trajian'.
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Novel where a group of explorers (on a spacecraft) discover they have been uploaded into a computer

Adult book from the 1960s or 1970s, in English. A group is sent out on a mission to something in space (don’t remember what), but at some point one of their colleagues can’t see them and appears to be ...
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Novel where the protagonist (and other space-going agents) wear a clear amorphous “skin” or “hide"

May have been published by TSR, definitely a smaller (US — maybe game-related) publisher trying to establish itself. I think the novel even opens with the scene where the protagonist gets his “suit,” ...
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Novel where humans are retreating from Colony worlds with sentient symbiotic group intelligence

Humans are colonizing planets, and at some point discover that the fungal-like infection that permeates several worlds each form a groupmind. IIRC, one of the initial encounters with one of these ...
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Action Man book for children that had very adult death scenes

I read this book in the mid 1990's. It was sold as part of a children's gift bag (a bag that contained a book, some sweets, some stickers and some toys). The book was probably only around 150 to 200 ...
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Possessed Cinema that kills its teenage customers in various ways

I remember reading a book in the mid to late 1990's that had a possessed Cinema that killed its customers in a number of different ways. One girl dropped something on the floor, and when she bent down ...
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Apocalypse novel in London with two girls travelling home

I read this story in my teens, either as part of secondary school (UK), or from the local library in the late 1990s or early 2000s. There has been some sort of apocalypse caused by I think a flu like ...
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Novel about a computer virus that kills people by turning them to powder

This thread reminded me of a novel I saw in the grocery store checkout line in the 1990s - it was a computer virus that made the screen show a symbol that led to people who saw it turning to powder or ...
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Manhwa: female main character with the power to grow plants becomes her family's heir

I believe it is a Korean novel/manhwa. The main character is female and lives in "medieval" world. She is the daughter of nobles and learns magic from a famous magician along with 2 boys, ...
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A novel with a dream world and possibly time travel

I read this adult fantasy/horror novel as a kid in the mid-90s in Bulgarian, but I'm 90% sure it was translated from the English language. I don't think it was written by an author I've heard since ...
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Story Identification for alien abduction novel, pre 1993

This was a novel that my father read in junior english, which for him would have been 1993. He describes the intro of the book to be a middle aged man, who's appearance was pudgy and not particularly ...
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Sci-fi novel about the first voyage to a planet around another star, along the way it is found that planet doesn't really exist

I've been looking for this book I read as a teenager and can't find any reference to it. It was written probably late 70's to early 80's. A mission to the first planet around another star is formed ...
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Fantasy Novel on woman needing to have a child?

Trying to remember a book about a woman who I think was a princess or at least nobility. She was supposed to have a kid because she was the only one capable of having kids since she was born, and ...
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Looking for a novel about genetically modified creatures used as spaceships [duplicate]

I read a novel some time back in the 1980s about a planet whose sun begins emitting more radiation than it had been (ionizing stuff, not merely light.) Pre-nova or something. The higher radiation ...
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Science fiction novel where the scientists discover a cosmic square wave signal

Here's what I remember for sure: A group of scientists discovered some cosmic phenomenon signal, that after some more research was described as a square wave. When the cosmic wave was positive, good ...
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Constable of the river book

This is yet another by me where I only recall a snippet of the main story, but hopefully it'll jog someone's memory. In the 1990s I read a space opera story, I don't recall very much of the story, I ...
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Series where a tabletop gamer teen is transported from our world to one with magic

This was a coming-of-age story. It starts with the protagonist, a teenaged boy whose interests include TTRPGs like Dungeons and Dragons, going to an interview for a job. There he meets what turns out ...
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Do you remember this book about living in a tube-like meteor?

I am searching for a book that I loved when I was a young teenager. In the book as I remember it, people live in a giant, tubelike meteor. There are intense, fascinating descriptions of how the ...
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Novel about a dying man able to travel through time in his ancestors' bodies during his near-death experience

I'm looking for a novel read before 1992, so probably written in the 80s. Here are the elements I remember : the main character is dying, and the plot follows him nearing death. Overall it may have ...
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Sci-fi book series about the development of a lost colony over generations and a war with Earth [duplicate]

When I was younger I remember reading a book series from the 70s or 80’s. The basic premise was that a colony ship crashed on an alien planet and lost contact with earth. The book series follows with ...
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YA Fantasy novel, early 90s, about a boy who releases evil from a cave

What I remember is that there's a young boy (I think his name is Garm?) who can talk with his horse (and maybe other animals). He accidentally releases ultimate evil from a cave (it was sealed by ...
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Book about five people who have magic powers, and at the start and end of each book there was a few pages of comics of stuff that happened in the book

This group of five people have powers, and at the start and end of each book, there were a few pages of comics of stuff that happened in the book. I know in the first book they are at a school dance ...
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Trying to identify a book where women ruled the country

Can anyone identify this book please. I read it in 1990 or 199 In the story the women were more powerful than men. I'm not sure if there were men in the land. It might be set in Scotland. The queen ...
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Tracking down a scifi book where planet wakes up and defends itself

A strong memory is that it features a planet (forest on planet?) that has ancient defenses which, at some point, are revived to defend the planet against a hostile force. It has humans and aliens in ...
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Series of children's or YA books about magical dust

I'm looking for a series of books I read back in maybe 2005 - 2010. I think there were three books, either in the children's category or YA. They featured magic users who I believe were hidden in ...
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Book called “The Inheritors” from 70s or 80s

I’m convinced I read a book called “The Inheritors” about two kids living in a post apocalyptic society. I don’t know the author and all searches on this title find other books that aren’t it… It's ...
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Book about a young brother and sister who get sucked into a story book, along with their house, after their parents were killed by a witch

Book about a family who move into a new house; next door lives a creepy woman. One night a witch comes into their house and kills the parents, and the two children, girl and boy, get sucked into a ...
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Young adult novel about a boy and girl who could see through each other's eyes

They were born at the same time. One lived in the USA and the other in Germany. Each would have "episodes" where one would pass out and then would see through the awake one's eyes. This is ...
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Book series about a Southern debutante teenage girl demon slayer

I think I read this about 5 years ago as an ebook from the library. Unfortunately, there's a lot of books in my history and I haven't noticed it on my list yet. The protagonist is a girl in high ...
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Novel about a crazy god who abducts children and teaches them skills [duplicate]

Looking for a novel, probably in the fantasy genre. From the point of view of a girl, who was abducted by some crazy and cruel supreme being, whom she calls 'father'. She, along with other kids, was ...
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A book about space traders travelling between stars. Captain was captured and then he managed to free himself using dust-sized maintenance robots [duplicate]

Should be easy to find. A novel. Read it in early '00s. More likely it is much older. It might be a series of novels. A fleet of traders traveling through space from star to star. They trade ...
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Novel with mind-trapping sculpture-like object

This is a paperback novel that I read in the 00s, but I am fairly certain that it was published earlier (probably circa 1970s). I believe that it was part of a series (the middle book of a trilogy?), ...
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Novel with a women editing 20/21st century movies to add interaction and 3D effects

Novel with a women editing 20/21st century movies to add interaction and 3D effects. She lived in a shack in the wilderness and if I remember correctly it was an additional source of income. I thought ...
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1960s novel about humanity spreading through the solar system thanks to the invention of inflatable DIY spaceships

I read this when I was a young teenager in the late 60s so my memories are faint, but I would love to read it again. What I do remember: Humanity is spreading through the solar system thanks to the ...
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Trying to identify a Eco-disaster/apocalyptic novel I read in the 80’s

Trying to find a eco-disaster novel I read in the mid-80’s. Believe it was a new release at the time. World was being consumed in a wave of disaster and mutated creatures due to pollution/waste ...
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Novel about a teenage female protagonist on a FTL spaceflight in a deterministic universe

Looking for some help, please, finding a novel I read in the '90s (I think mid-'90s). I have the vaguest memories of a hot pink border on the cover. The plot involved a teenage female protagonist ...
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Looking for a old novel about a telepath committing murders

I am looking for a novel that I read in the late 80's, involving a telepath committing murders. The book itself was fairly old even then, so was probably written in the 60s, 50s or earlier. Here is a ...
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Apocalyptic novel set in California, the female main character uses a bow and arrow

The main character lives in a town in California. She gathered medical supplies at beginning of a disaster and uses them for trade. She is a whiz with bow and arrow. A biker gang comes to town. ...
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Novel about an alternate dimension where human perception is warped

I'm looking for a novel series, probably for teens, published in 80's-90's, which has a spaceship traveling to an alternate dimension. One distinguishing feature is that human senses stop behaving ...
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Looking for YA novel where son is travelling between alternate worlds to find his father

Looking for young adult novel from the 1960s or 70s. It was told from the perspective of the son of a scientist who is experimenting with a machine that let you travel to parallel worlds. The ...
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Book from the '80s, first person prose, modern timeframe, something with dragons and Sammy Hagar music [duplicate]

There was a book I read in high school (the '80s) that I remember enjoying, but can't remember many details. The most prominent things I remember are that it was published because the author won an ...
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Book title where characters slow down perceived time in order to time travel

Looking for the title of a book where a small number of people (5-10) are passengers on a space ship that constitutes a time traveling MacGuffin. They travel in P-space (may have the wrong name, as I ...
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