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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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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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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 ...
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House computer with AI takes over home, tries to procreate with woman

A malevolent computer with AI takes over a woman's house with the intent of hybrid computer/human procreation. The evil computer seals off the house with the woman in it and keeps her prisoner while ...
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Book/series with winged elven hybrids and a group bringing a child to the north to defeat a great evil

So, I began reading this series years ago and put it down, and now I've been thinking about it and want to see how it ended. It was a basic Epic. Group needed to destroy evil somewhere off in the ...
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Older science fiction book about time travel to retrieve things but they went sideways through the dimensions instead

So, as I vaguely remember it. It was set in the distant future were a dictator rules the Earth. By this point carbon dioxide was so high most life outside of humans was extinct. So the dictator built ...
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Novel about rich industrialist who is recruited by a woman who uses magic, takes him to her world were he crash lands

Looking for a book I read in the 90's (not sure if it was published in the 90's or not). The story as far as I can remember goes like this. Human-looking aliens evolve on a very hostile planet. They ...
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1970s scifi/horror novel where protagonist is used by a crablike creature to feed its larvae, goes mad, and is defeated by retraumatising him

I read this book once as a teenager, I think it might have been written in the 1970s but could be late 1960s or early 1980s. The protagonist is left to die hideously by enemies. He is paralysed and ...
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Novel about interstellar war: Both sides win, both sides think they lost

I recall reading this novel in the ’90s; my recollection is that the author was better-known for bad fantasy than for SF (but the SF of his that I’d read was better than his fantasy). The ...
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Spaceship outruns the end of the universe - influences evolution on another planet

There is a book I read in the 1980s or 1990s from a Ca. library. It was a hard copy not a paperback. It is not "To Outlive Eternity/Tau Zero" by Poul Anderson (I have that one). It may have been ...
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2000s fantasy book with a red-haired protagonist meeting companions from her previous life, including a troll

I read this book in the early-ish 2000s (in English) and all I can remember are some oddly specific details. The protagonist was a girl with red hair who somehow meets up with her companions from her ...
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What science fiction novels have well developed alien languages? [closed]

I've got Native Tongue on my shelf, which is notable for having a language embedded in the story that can be spoken. What else should I add to my reading list? I'm in particularly looking for books ...
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Old SF novel about a white-haired young woman, alien or half-alien, who tutors human kids

I'm trying to remember a science fiction novel I read sometime in the mid-1980s -- I'm sure it was no later than the year 1986. English language, published in paperback in the USA, with a cover ...
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Looking for a Harry Potter like story with female lead

The book's cover was black with dark red around the character. The plot was about a young woman who was living in a poor family when her mother told her she was going to have her go to a boarding ...
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What novel has people exploring a spaceship with cubbies that duplicated anything, including a hand?

A group of people are exploring a huge spaceship. They are worried about supplies until they find cubbies that duplicate anything put into them. They discover this by someone placing their hand inside ...
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Sci-Fi Novel - Humans are slaves to aliens who enjoy intoxication, circa 1985-ish [duplicate]

A book I never finished that I think of several times a year. I recall very little of this book, only that it has tormented me for nearly 30 years. What I do remember is that humans are slaves to an ...
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ID a novel in which the protagonist was sent back in time to pull forward individuals for training by the people of his time

Trying to ID a novel in which the protagonist (one of a number of Bourne-like trained agents) was repeatedly sent back in time to pull forward various individuals for training by the people of his ...
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Book ID: Boy plays a video game and has to to solve different tasks (the last being a maze that's an IQ test)

There is this boy who plays a video game where he has to solve a multitude of tasks. One was a tactical space battle and the last one was a maze. Later, it's revealed that it was some IQ test and he ...
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Out-of-control starship results in some crew members landing in a rebirthed universe?

I think this was a classic "golden oldie" hard sci-fi novel or novella published at least several decades ago. I recollect: An accident or crew mutiny causes the ship's ramjet or similar engine to ...
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Old Sci-Fi Novel where man uses horn to enter another world, learns he is a “god” of sorts?

I read this one in the very early 1980s, but I believe the story is much older – 50’s or 60’s. It’s very “pulp novel” in its themes and style – lots of action and adventure, little in the way of ...
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Which novel involves vampires, burning satellites, space travel, and body modification?

About a decade ago, I encountered a novel or a novella that I cannot locate. The setting was Earth, about one century into the future. I remember vampires and a mesh of satellites around the Earth ...
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Space Dragon Book?

I need help remembering a SciFi book with an economics theme to it, and it was sort of Dragon related. There was one SciFi story I read a long time ago that I can never remember the name of. It was ...
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Looking for a story about a new Ice Age. Explorers crossing the glaciers between New York and some other city

Along about ten or fifteen years ago I read an intriguing young adult novel with the premise that a second Ice Age had come, and buried the various cities of North America beneath a mile or so of ice. ...
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Old novel on an island with man-eating plants; eating the plants turns you into one of them

I cannot remember the title, neither the author, of a novel I read some time ago. Please help me, this thing is driving me crazy. The novel was about the crew of a ship that approach to a desert ...
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Alien abductee joins a galactic patrol where he is instructed by a bird-like alien [duplicate]

I remember a book in which the main protagonist is a human male and after witnessing alien activities he was forcibly whisked away. After being taken away he joins a type of galactic patrol type ...
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Need SciFi book title: kidnapped human (hitman), Neanderthal

Juvenile Sci-Fi novel, at least 30 years old, trying to resurrect based on a fond memory. An Earthman, hitman I believe, is captured by an alien. The hitman sneaks "tapes" for machine based learning (...
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Looking for a scifi novel with advanced pheromone technology

I remember a lot of things about the book, but none of them have brought up a name and nobody I've asked remembers it Pheromone technology plays a big role in the world- airborne pheromones serve as ...
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SF novel featuring children on a spaceship

I remember reading a story that included a group of children traveling on a spaceship that cared for them. The ship was made of regular and fake matter and could adapt to different situations. The ...
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Girl with magic confronts a demon and heals tree

This was a short novel that was probably written in the 80s or 90s. A young girl, maybe teen, lives in a small village area, and has magic powers. She can see some magical creatures that most people ...
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A book in which every species on earth was rendered intelligent

The 'blurb' on the back of the book was that something had boosted the intelligence of every creature on earth, to the point that at least some animals were on par with humans. I'm not sure if humans ...
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Aliens like giant grasshoppers invade earth, give black people power over whites

I'm looking for a novel that I think was published before 2006; it was a great read. From what I can remember there was an aggressor alien species that came to earth and put the human race into ...
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Fantasy novel about kid who controls magic through coin changer device

I read this book in high school, and I can't remember what it's called. Some kid learns he has magical ability, but only finds out later that he controls it through some kind of coin changer he's been ...
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Book about a town that is transported by an explosion into a freezing desert

It starts with a town that was hit by a mysterious explosion which transports that town into a desert. The weather is cold and people burn coal but they soon run out and send out an expedition to look ...
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Novel about teleportation and a child assumed to be the savior of the galaxy

I could swear that I got this answered once via the TVTropes YKTS forum, but all I can find is my failed query. It's a Sci-fi novel, involves the last member of an alien race saying that a ...
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Need help identifying this 'space novel' [duplicate]

I remembered reading a novel that has the following plot points: The protagonist is a human male coming from a planet that provides mercenary services he is the sole survivor of the planet the rest ...
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identifying sci-fi novel about color-coded highways of the future.

I remember reading a short novel in the mid nineties, though I think it was probably written a few years before. It was based in the near future and revolved around the crew of a police vehicle that ...
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YA novel from pre-1980 set on the moon in which a boy is rescued by space gypsies

This was the first science fiction novel I completed reading on my own some 36 years ago. Unfortunately the details are very sketchy indeed, but here's what I think I remember: It was a hard back ...
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Helicopter gun god? [duplicate]

I read a science fiction novel in which "the only food of man is man". This was because humans had settled a planet on which there was no compatible life to eat. It also featured the phrase "...
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Fantasy book series with dinosaurs and humans inhabiting a semi-magical world

I only read part of the second book in this series years ago, and am unsure of how many books were in it. It was about a teenage or young adult boy, who was part of the ruling class of this fantasy ...
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Fantasy book that turns out to be post-apocalypse, set several millennia after a nuclear war

I really want to reread a book I read years ago. I can't remember the title, but I remember that for most of the book it just appears to be a classic fantasy book, but part way through the main ...
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70s(?) science fiction novel: teenage boy builds his own spacecraft which pulls/pushes gravity, is stranded on Mars when a vacuum tube burns out

Probably in the late 1960s or early 1970s I read a book the general plotline of which was: a teenage boy builds his own spacecraft that operates by pulling and/or pushing gravity. He takes the home-...
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What is the title/author of this obscure SciFi book where aliens sell coffee?

For awhile now I've been trying to remember the title of a book I read when I was about 13 (around 2010). The book was definitely in the Science Fiction genre and was likely the second or third book ...
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Post Apocalyptic Series With Alien Species

I read this series when I was younger but cannot remember the name to save my life. I remember a species of Aliens saves humanity from the ashes of an apocalyptic nuclear fallout and in the resulting ...
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Identify story about girl on alien planet with western feel

Can you help me identify a novel I read in about 2000. A girl is taken with her family to an alien planet, I think to escape a polluted Earth, and find a simpler way of life. The planet has a "wild ...
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Name of a book about a spacecraft with two captains

What is the name of the book in which there is a generation ship with two captains: one of them was programmed to explore while the other was programmed to return them to earth, and That's all I ...
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Dystopian novel where the last city moves on a giant track [duplicate]

Probably published late 1970s or early 1980s. A large group of people are organized into a small city that is in a huge contraption that has to keep moving around the earth after some apocalyptic ...
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Identify book or long story in which a young Rudyard Kipling appears out of his time

In this book (or possibly long story) from maybe 20 years ago, time is fractured or jumbled. Characters from many different times mysteriously appear. The events may be set in the vicinity of ...
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Middle grade novel about two kids in an underwater city, one coming from the surface; they get involved with a gang

I read this novel in 2016 in school. The target audience was probably 8-12 years old. It was in hardcover and seemed new. The cover had a dark background with blue writing or drawings. I think the ...
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Book - tattoo artist summons demon, saved by blind lady with sword

I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the book. I feel it was like something about a painted man, but I know it starts with a tattoo artist who unknowingly inks out a sigil that summons a ...
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'80s book about kids stranded on a planet

A friend and I are trying to remember the title and author of a book we both read as kids in the 80s. It was about a group of students who go on a mission that's supposed to be some sort of survival ...
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Will there be a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them novelization?

Warner Bros is making a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film with a script from JK Rowling. Is there any official word from Rowling or any of the producers at Warner Bros if she or anyone ...