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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80s Fantasy novel evil twin and swordplay

I once picked up a book in a bargain bin in the mid to late eighties, which I'd like to find again. The story starts with a twin baby being stolen by evil creatures. A particular detail that sticks ...
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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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Short story where non automated cars are outlawed, and the protagonist sees classic cars being raced illegally.

I believe this was part of a short story, or a novella. Automated transportation is the current technology. Vehicles must be automated and human control has been outlawed for safeties sake. The ...
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Telekinesis on a primitive planet

This was a book I read a few years ago as an eighth grader. I remember the book being fairly old, maybe written in the 80's? It was a book about humans who were very advanced and went undercover to ...
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Novel(s) about a young women that survives an apocalypse and turns into a dragon? [duplicate]

I have vague memories about a novel or series of novels I borrowed from the library as a teenager (1990s). The protagonist was a young woman (pretty sure) who was exceptional. Civilization basically ...
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Fantasy novel about a boy with a streak of white in his hair, as the book progresses his hair gets more white

I need to know the title of a novel I read a few years ago (90s). It's about an orphan boy that has a little white in his hair, meaning that he has magic powers, and as the book progresses his hair ...
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Man and woman travelling through parallel universe?

The only things about this book I can remember is there is male and female main characters journeying through an alternate/parallel universe. Along the way they meet various people, though the only ...
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What's a book series, where they use precise time travel as a method of combat? [duplicate]

I've heard of one before and I think the style of time travel fighting in it was called Temporal Flux but I'm not sure. So could anyone help me?
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Everyone on earth can suddenly read each other's minds

Trying to identify a story about the population of the earth suddenly developing telepathy. I don't remember much about this story. Suddenly everyone on earth wakes up one morning and can read each ...
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Fantasy novel with boy who can shapeshift into a jaguar

I read a young adult novel back in high school (so it must have been written before 2009-10) about a guy who was a shapeshifter - and I swore he shapeshifted into some type of jaguar. There was a ...
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Brains in combat chassis

I cannot for the life of me remember the name of this book. One main part was the earth had been invaded and people were volunteering for their brains to be wired into large robots/ combat chassis and ...
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80s (or earlier) novel: underground society, two kids find a way to the upper dome society

Can't remember the name but it's a novel I read in the 80s, in which two kids from an underground society go through a old mechanism that transfers them to the above ground domed society.
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Story with a woman trader who speaks all known languages and is seeking interstellar trading rights

I am looking for a story with a woman trader who speaks all known languages, and she travels in a ship with a computer that has developed sentience. She travels to a newly discovered planet inhabited ...
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What's that sci-fi book where phones are dropped from orbit?

What's that sci-fi book where phones are dropped from orbit? People are able to ask for things which are then manufactured and delivered to them. I think the scheme is used to bring down an ...
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Story with student test to find a new world and bring back navigation data, teacher tried to persuade students to go native

I read this novel at least ten years ago, and likely more. It is a young adult book (labelled as such, I think), and I recall I read it at the exact same time as "Star Hatchling" (published in 1997, ...
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Identification: a story about an entire spaceship converted to anti-matter

A novel of Russian author. Presumably, published in 1980s. An expedition to a remote galaxy on its way back to the Earth encounters a strange phenomena. During the passage through a "cloud" of some ...
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60s/70s science fiction novel where a man (after years of trying) finally succeeds to make a coin levitate by sheer concentration

I am looking for an old (about sixties or seventies I believe) science fiction novel beginning with a man that after a lot of time trying finally succeeds in levitating a coin or some other small ...
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Name the SciFi book where a person finds a crash-landed alien mech/ship [duplicate]

I remember when I was young really enjoying a SciFi book that I found in a closet of a house that we moved into in the late 80s - early 90s. What I remember is it being about a kid or person who ...
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Book/series describing the evolution of religious practices - Christian/Muslim to Sun Worship [duplicate]

This question reminded me of a Sci-Fi book series I read in the early 80's. I do not remember much about it, but I do recall a particular scene where one of the characters was describing the ...
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Sci fi novel about a modern warship that goes back in time [duplicate]

This is one I read at least 30 years ago.It was a UK paperback. A similar premise to John Birminghams Axis of Time series... What I remember is a USA navy ship somehow ended up back in Roman times ...
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Novel about a scientist dad with the ability to edit published books

The following question was just sent out to a private mailing list I'm on: OK, this is driving me nuts. About 20 years ago I remember reading a scifi novel where the kids got in an argument with ...
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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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Post-apocalyptic novel with four female protagonists, one a marksman

I spotted a book in Walmart a few days ago but forgot to note its name. It was either post-apocalyptic or set during the apocalypse. It has four female leads, one of whom was (I think) mentioned as ...
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Urban fantasy. A chase that lasts a hundred years. Printing machine [duplicate]

I read this in the 1980's in the UK but the story was set in USA. (Think it was a hardback) IIRC the protagonist worked at a printers in the 19th century but got on the wrong side of some "hidden ...
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Book about impending revolution in US that was thwarted with fake alien craft crash

I read this book in the late 70s. The book starts with the US undergoing a lot of strife and discontent, government was beleaguered and revolution seemed imminent. Some military and government ...
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Identify an SF novel with references to trillium, telekinesis

I read a book, probably in the late 80s or early 90s, that had several elements. I remember enjoying the book then (it wasn't great art, but it was entertaining), but can't identify it now. The ...
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The journey Ijon Tichy

In what journey does Ijon Tichy get to the planet where after the destruction everything is restored quickly, it looks like a 3d printer?
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What is the novel with a John Carter like hero from the pulp era?

In the early 70s I read what I'm sure was an Ace paper back. Loosely SF in the same way that the Barsoomian tales might be considered SF. A typical "mighty-thewed" hero is magically transported to ...
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Story identification - Fabled spaceship wreck discovery leads to planet full of descendants [duplicate]

This is a book I've read a few (4-5) years ago and I do not believe it's from the Golden Age of SciFi. A guy working for the Space Survey Service (?) in charge of exploring new stellar systems ...
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Story about a colonized planet of butterflies that are telepathic plant life

All I remember about this story (possibly a novel or novella, possibly by Poul Anderson) is that the butterflies on this planet are plants. The author uses a clever latinate word based on “phyto” to ...
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Man on another world, kicked out of colony, tries to survive in jungle

Paperback book, probably from the 1950s or 60s. Premise, a colony has been established on a mountain plateau of a jungle planet. (pop maybe 200-500 people) There are ape like creatures living in ...
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Looking for fantasy fiction novel series with a male witch and dragon

They referred to the main character repeatedly as a male witch, not a warlock. I think the dragon was gold, and a pet. I think each book had a different dragon's name as the title. Each cover was a ...
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Help me identify a 1980s trilogy of books about a space faring rock band

As a child in the 80s I had a book about a space faring rock band that I really loved the cover artwork for, and would love to see again. They travelled in a ship that had sails, which I think were ...
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Near early '80s sci-fi novel with a Middle aged woman set adrift/banished from Earth in a space ship and transplanted to a younger body

the plot as best I can remember: Middle aged woman (spy?) was set adrift/banished from earth in a space ship. Saved by near-human aliens she ends up undergoing a special surgery/process to take the ...
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Novel about signals from aliens that turns out to be from dolphins

I read this sci-fI novel as a youngster. The story concerned a signal being detected, presumably from outer-space - from a race of intelligent aliens. The main human protagonist - a young man, or ...
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Book about axe-wielding protagonist who goes berserk in battle and blinds a woman

I have been searching for this book for at least 6 years now. I don't remember much at all about it, but maybe you guys can help me. I have no idea the plot, but I remember the protagonist being male ...
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Book with a self-improving neuronal computer [duplicate]

In my youth (I'd guess about early 90's) I read a book written from the point of view of a young female psychologist who gets an employment offer from an ultra-rich wunderkind. When she arrives at her ...
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looking for novel from 50's or 60's

I am looking for novel from 50's or 60's.The book is about a "dream" which he is shown how to wind a coil. He winds it and almost goes through the wall. He later builds a spaceship out of concrete and ...
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Sci-Fi novel where Earth is taken over by a race called the Cateni(?) [duplicate]

Does anyone know the name of a novel (part of a series, I think) about Earth being taken over by a race of aliens called the Cateni or Cat-something. Some human people and a renegade from the alien ...
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Fantasy novel about a girl, featuring bottled alchemy, trolls, etc

I'm so sorry that this is so little to go off of, but my memory's drawing a complete blank. It's fantasy novel set in a different world than ours, featuring a young girl as protagonist, if I'm ...
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Title/Author search: read late 70's, last human revived from stasis, intelligent forest

Looking for title and author. This is a novel I read back in high school. Ended on what appeared to be a cliff-hanging transition to a follow on novel. I wasn't crazy about the story, but did wonder ...
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80's Post apocalyptic novel with psychic centaurs and organic airships

Does this ring any bells? The airships were plant forms that floated and could be used for transportation. There was a diverse cast of characters on some quest, including some sort of psychic centaur-...
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Young Adult novel - Aliens with triangular cinnabar eyes rule the Earth

I'm almost certain I read this in the summer of 1980, though it may have been the summer before that. It was a paperback, probably young adult but could be adult, and I think most of the artwork on ...
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Novel in which an alien ship crashes & the teen survivor helps thwart an alien invasion

I'm looking for a teen paperback novel that's at least 20 years old. An alien ship crashes & the only survivor was a teenage boy. I think the captain of the ship was his uncle or father, & had ...
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Fantasy novel about coping with a plague

About ten years ago I picked up a fantasy novel at the library. It was really good, but now I have completely forgotten both title and author. What I remember: I read it in Danish, and I guess it ...
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YA Book (series?) - Trying to find a SF story about a young girl raised by a robot on an alien world? [duplicate]

I was at a Science Fiction Convention in February and at a panel a writer was talking about Young Adult Genre crossing over into SF Genre with the focus on identity. Since that is a common theme in ...
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Fantasy trilogy about a young man who travels into a fantasy world (doorway in a closet?) to save parents, who are royalty there [duplicate]

I may be able to get my answer to this the next time I'm home, but it's nagging me currently. It was a trilogy in paperback, released by 1998 because I remember seeing them up on my brother's shelf ...
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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 Identification Help--Aliens Eating The Locals

I read the first book of a series years ago involving an alien fleet tearing through human worlds, conquering them and eating the population. Humanity puts together a large fleet and jumps through ...
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Hoping for author and name of a particular novel/ like a submarine but in a superspace

Science fiction novel from 1980s or 1990s or 2000s. People can go into a particular different space, said to be "above" our space, where distances are shorter. Particular ships can go "up" into this ...