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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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Looking for sci-fi novel I read about humanity finding alien station on orbit of Earth

I am looking for a novel that I'd love to re-read it with my wife (my 13-year old self must be proud of me I guess). Key Plot points The plot was about humanity finding an alien station on an orbit ...
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Process management and high technology weapon. Novel name and author?

I am looking for help to point me out at a very old novel (likely from the '60s) about two empires at interstellar war. When it comes to starships, one is technologically very advanced, and the other ...
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Series of sci-fi novels: sisters turned into cow like aliens, mother ship full of humans

I'm looking for a series of books that deals with humans escaping Earth and having a mother ship full of humans who are being sent throughout the universe to different planets. The ship can transform ...
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VR arcade game teaches teenagers to live on another planet

I'm trying to recall the title of a young adult-targeted book. It was probably published by Scholastic, or at least sold through their take-home pamphlets, which means it was probably published before ...
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I'm looking for a sci-fi series: humans are immune to telepathy, and become the soldiers for an alien group fighting against invertebrate telepaths

I wasn't certain how much to put in the question bar. The series involves two groups of aliens who have been fighting an interstellar war for many years before the first book. The war is started by ...
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Tiny lifeforms on planetoid that live at accelerated time rate

A book I once owned and read back in late-80's or early-90's that I have not been able to identify title & author for: It was a SF story concerning tiny native lifeforms, living on either a ...
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Identify this YA book series about dragons, acid blood, and dangerously cold nights

I'm trying to remember the name of a series of books about a boy who works with dragons. Dragon's blood (or maybe it was slobber?) is acidic, and the children who wrangle these dragons often end up ...
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Story with multiple 'third planet' races

I'm looking for the name and author of a novel (or possibly novella). I first read this in the seventies, and might be older than that. It might have been written for teenagers. The story takes place ...
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Teenage girl in life-sustaining valley on poisoned Earth visited by another survivor

I'm trying to identify a book I read in school, though I can't recall at what grade level; let's say it had to have been published before I graduated high school in 2000. Despite being required ...
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Main character can “manipulate” his own time

I read a book while in the US for a few months back in the early 1990s. I remember liking the book, and only have loose bits and pieces in my head. The main character was a male. I believe it ...
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Novel about a dragon lord who has to wear gloves at all times

I read this novel when I was young. It is probably a children's or young adult novel. I think I read it in 1997 or earlier. I remember very much enjoying it, but the title and most of the details are ...
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What Sci-Fi book (1987 or older) had Aliens conquer earth and made Humans their slaves?

I have been trying to recall the title of a book I read about 25 years ago (1987), I have tried to find it again a couple of times over the years without any luck. The story takes place on earth, ...
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A novel where a woman from “future” of 1999 speaks leet-speak

I'm trying to remember the name of a novel/series I read back in the mid-eighties. I can't remember the author other than that it was a known older author. I initially thought maybe Saberhagen or ...
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Can someone identify this book, where children are bred for specific jobs?

Things I remember about this book: Every child was selected for a certain job/career; If twins were born, one was always killed; Seeing colors for the first time (describing the color of an apple); ...
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Distant aliens receive signal with instructions on how to construct humans, long after Earth is extinct

I'm looking for a specific scifi book that I read years ago, I only partially remember the story, and I don't remember the author or the title. What I remember of the story is: An alien race picks ...
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Trying to find a novel about a multigenerational ship crossing space

Looking for a story I read years ago about a multigenerational ship traveling across space and about to cross a huge expanse of emptiness, in a nutshell part of the crew takes over the ship and forces ...
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novel identification: alien scientists must save their civilization from future destruction

I'm looking for the title of a SF novel that follows an alien civilization through technological eras as it tries to find a way to prevent the destruction of its sun. I believe the novel was published ...
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Trying to remember a book that had people (I think they turned white?) segregated into a compound

I think the main character was a prince or high born person, who one day wakes up and looks in the mirror and his hair is turning white, I think his skin bleaches out too... His servants notice and ...
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ID a book about a mirror world and 4th dimension

I read a book about 10-15 years ago about a boy and a girl who find a mirror. What made the mirror special was, they were able to enter the reflection and be a part of the reverse image world. They ...
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A book where a man inhabits the body of a dying man and befriends a telepathic cat

Some time around 1998 I read a book (which is surely older) suggested by one of my friends. Since this is the first time posting for me I'll do my best to give all the details I can recall. The main ...
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Novel in which the protagonist fades out is forgotten by, and can't interact with, the rest of the world

Trying to identify a novel I read years ago (probably in the '80s) in which the protagonist (late teens, early 20s?) is gradually forgotten by and ceases to be able to interact with the rest of the ...
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Book about a magic blacksmith

I read a trilogy of books 5-10 years ago (it could have been an old story by then though) and went to recommend to a friend - but I can't for the life of my remember the author/titles. In this world, ...
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Looking for a book about the moon being a spaceship with an AI

I read this in the late 90's if I recall correctly. Can't remember title or author. American astronaut is doing a survey of back side of the Moon. He is shot down and captured by the AI that controls ...
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Story of lost tech but magic manifests

I'm looking for this novel (or maybe a series of books?). I remember that technology began failing all over the world. Some people began transforming into different types of mythical creatures, like ...
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Looking for a Pre-1975, young adult, sci-fi, colored circle dimension crossing

Looking for the title and or author of a long ago favorite; I have searched the web for it on and off for years. I read a paperback novel about 40 years ago; it was probably a used book at that time. ...
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Story (series) identification: Mind controlling satellite, a return to Earth, and two warring alien species

I'm trying to find a series of stories (a trilogy, I think) with a slew of distinctive features. I can't remember when the books were written (I read them about a year and a half ago), but I can ...
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A gateway to a new world/future where things can be improved with use

This book is about an explorer (with robot companion) who walks through a "gateway" into the future/parallel world. In this world, things that are created do not fall into disrepair, instead things ...
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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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Sci-fi series where humans are reduced to a mathematical pattern and sent to another planet

I am searching for a book series ... people were transfer from Earth by way of being reduced to a mathematical pattern and recreated on the other end. Some people appear as "wizards" on the receiving ...
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Late 90's or early 00's graphic novel with a girl and an airship

I'm trying to remember the name of a graphic novel from the late 90's or early 00's. I've done a bunch of searching online but can't find anything. I don't have much to go off of. It was beautifully ...
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Science Fiction novel or novels about starship that becomes a god, colonizes hostile planet

Plot Summary/Details The sharpest memory I have of this one is that it was unusually dense reading. Much more difficult going than most of the sci-fi stuff I'd read by that time (I was 10 or 11, I ...
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Manhattan, time traveling mist wall, a flying white horse and a bridge of light to heaven

I remember reading this book in the late 80's or early 90's. It was a - sort of - semi SciFi contemporary fairy tale. It was set in Manhattan in contemporary times, near future and (I think) late ...
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Magic leaves “smudges” and a sorceress becomes a book

I could use some help identifying a book I read some time in the last year or so. The book goes between two different stories: 1) A student of magic finds a book in a cave that turns out to be a ...
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Looking for book: contact with aliens, five different races, mismatched claws, biological imperative to breed

I read this book when I was a teenager, or in my early twenties, so that puts it no later than 1979. My favorite authors at the time were (of course) Asimov, Bradbury, Clarke, Heinlein, and a few ...
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Boy born in space needing to somersault and spin to counteract earth's rotation

What is the title of the book I read in the 1960s or 1970s about a boy that somersaulted and spun throughout the day? As he grew it became worse. The boy claimed he had a need to do this to feel ...
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Identify story: Overpopulation problem causes people to live one day a week

This story is about a man that is able to live every day of the week, while everybody else has a single day of wakefulness assigned to them. Due to overpopulation, each human spends 6 out of 7 days of ...
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Story where radically different cultures live together and are defined by rulesets, some choose not to see each other, a house is used as a spaceship

I think this novel came out in the 2000s. There are many cultures that live close together but are very different, for example some pretend to be pre-industrial. One of the main characters is a ...
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Name of a book where human thoughts are affecting the universe?

Basically our thoughts are ruining everything. Like when humans are taught stars are giant balls of gas. To the rest of the universe they aren't but humans think it and destroy alien planets. I think ...
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YA novel about sister is alien with two hearts and assassins come

Plot of novel: sister is actually some alien planet's royalty but due to a coup d'etat she is surgically changed into a human and sent to live on earth in disguise. Unfortunately they get the wrong ...
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Novel, group transported to a fantasy world, wild/chaos magic

I was reading this question and was strongly reminded of a series I remember reading in my teens. This would have been a series of novels (possibly just one), published in English, and likely before ...
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Novel about a teleportation device and a con artist alien

I read two (maybe three) books about a protagonist who communicates with an alien who provides the instructions on how to create a device to teleport. The device is flawed in that it purposefully uses ...
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Novel about benevolent aliens landing on Earth

I read this when I was a child (late 90's to early 00's) so my memory of the details is a bit hazy, but the story concerned an alien race making contact with humans. The main details I recall are ...
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Been trying to find graphic novel for decades - at least I think it's a graphic novel

When I was a kid I had a book that I loved, as I think about it I'm pretty sure it would be characterized as a graphic novel although I was unfamiliar with that term at the time. It was a large ...
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Novel from the 80s: Brain harvested and forced to fight in a war

For some reason I've been off and on trying to remember for this for some years now. In short: The protagonist wakes up to discover his body has been replaced by a tank and is being forced to fight ...
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SF novel that takes place on a planet called Ragnarok? [duplicate]

In my youth I read and enjoyed a SF novel that took place largely on a planet called Ragnarok. I'd like to rediscover it, if I could. Some details I remember: Humans are fighting a war with a ...
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Sci-fi novel about man picked up by aliens to represent earth in battle against galactic invaders

Plot points: I think the man was one-armed or had one damaged/withered arm. He is an artist when we meet him. He's picked up by aliens to represent earth in a galactic armada. Put in a ship with ...
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Humans orbiting exoplanet establish telepathic control of massive six-legged feline creature that has IR-sense plates instead of eyes

Humans in a spaceship orbiting an alien planet have a machine that they can hook their heads up to that lets them take telepathic control (and receive the senses of) of massive (I think at least ...
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I am looking for a sci-fi novel that I read back in the 80's, similiar to the current tv series Alphas [duplicate]

The story was about a young girl who ends up alone after some major disaster - a disease I believe. She thinks she is alone but eventualy discovers that there are others like her, other Alphas. She ...
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1970s or 80s kids' book series about friendly android doppelgangers

There was a series of books in my school library when I was a kid (1990s, US) about a future where human-like androids were common. The main character was a kid who got his own android double in the ...