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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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Book about a cube prison that turns out to be a spaceship

I don't remember much about this book. The main character is a girl, who trying to escape from this giant cube that she grew up in and that a bunch of people live in. I think she is following a ...
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Story about space pirates whose ship has a scorpion tail

I am looking for a novel which is at least 17 years old. It had a picture of a pirate ship with a scorpion tail on the cover. I think the book is aimed at teenagers. There are three books in the ...
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1970s scifi book about a worldwide endless war

I read this in the mid 70s from my local library. The book was set on a militarized world with two factions in an endless war. It may have been a future earth but I think it was set on an alien ...
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Science fiction book about an alien boy with two hearts

I was reminded of this when reading the title of Is the Doctor's Second Heart artificial? of a book I read as a child, somewhere in the late 1980s to the early 1990s in Ashland, Kentucky. It was a ...
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Science fiction book about a near miss with an asteroid or comet and the aftermath

Years ago I read a book about a near miss by an asteroid or comet. I don’t remember the name or author but I remember three things. Travelers go to Chicago and find it empty and Lake Michigan had ...
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Sci-fi story where a pilot transfers his consciousness into his ship and explores the territory of an “enemy” alien race

I don't remember much about the details of the story, but basically a military pilot agrees to transfer his consciousness into his spaceship (this is proposed to him as a top-secret military project), ...
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“Your stupid friend is dead. We thought you were dead too” from Bridge To Terabithia?

I remember reading a book where a boy comes home to find his family crying. His sister (also crying) says "Your stupid friend is dead. We thought you were dead too." or something very similar. I'm ...
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YA novel series about kids with elemental powers [duplicate]

The following is a list of elements I remember about this book series: 1) The cover art was very anime inspired, but was clearly an American or Canadian series. 2) Wyverns were involved. Not ...
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Consciousness/body hopping

I am looking for a sci-fi novel about people moving their consciousness into other persons, 'swapping' so you can experience others lives, then getting trapped into anothers body, and trying to get ...
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Novel where a predator comes into being

Novel where alien enters room through wall and invites author to publish all through galaxy and predator chases him to satisfy a universal law
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How many times throughout the Dune novels is Duncan Idaho ghola'd?

Throughout the Dune novels I would like to know how many times Duncan Idaho is ghola'd (cloned) before he reaches Kwisatz Haderach status?
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Science-Fiction Novel - Female Mathematician - Late '90s?

I once read a paperback novel by an author that I can't seem to remember that revolved around a female mathematician. She ends up nearly be killed by her sister by being placed in a kind of learning ...
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Spy from Earth studies Galactic Empire nobility and prevents plot to depose Emperor

I'm have been trying to find this story/book for several years now without any success. I must have read this around 1990, give or take a few years. It may have been a (shortish) novel or a novella (...
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College professor builds a tesseract

This book has a female college professor that builds a tesseract in her office. Her daughter is brainwashed by her boyfriend and accuses her father, the college professor's husband, of molesting her. ...
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Trying to remember a story about a guy that goes back in time and brings mythical creatures to the future [duplicate]

I am trying to remember the title of a story where a man is sent back in time to collect extinct animals for his era's zoo. For some reason, he only locates and brings back mythical creatures. I read ...
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Novel with an alien rabbit invasion

I'm trying to identify a novel about an alien race coming to Earth. They are rabbit-like. I thought it was Niven or Pournell but I cannot remember the title. It was Quotzal or something like that.
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What 80s sci-fi novel has a volunteer take an injection that increases IQ?

I am trying to remember the name of a sci-fi novel I read in the nineties, when I was kid. It was a library book which, from what I can remember, was written maybe in the early 80's. I remember in ...
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Title/author of novel(s?) about society where children learn alien languages?

I read this probably in the 1980s. It was a novel, written in English, and I believe there may have been a sequel. I don't think this author wrote much else--I am almost positive it was not one of ...
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A book I read based in England [duplicate]

I read a book or series of books around 1992, and these are the things I can remember if it's a single book it is very long, otherwise could be a series; I'm pretty sure the protagonist was a young ...
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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 humans evacuated to two different planets, evil president kills off everyone left behind

I read this novel about 20+ years ago, I remember the story quite well but I'm having trouble finding the title. The novel is split into three threads; the first is people living in a society on an ...
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Young adult time travel novel where the hero is recruited by a good scientist and tempted by his evil doppelganger [duplicate]

A teenager meets a scientist and his daughter, and discovers that they can travel in time. In the book, time travel into the past can create overlapping branches, potentially leading towards chaos. ...
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Looking for a book with a humanoid alien group called the “Red Bar” (due to a scar across their butts) who fight against human marines in power suits

The story is about a tribal culture on another planet who worship something called "the light". Human marines in power suits conquer them. The story focuses on one group who fought against the ...
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Story identification: Doomed soldiers spirited away to guard crop against last seasons soldiers

I read this in the mid '80's or early 1990's. A group of heavily armed elite Earth soldiers is kidnapped just as they were about to be overrun and annihilated. Given the choice of being returned to ...
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Dystopian novel where telepathic humans live under a dome

I read this novel in the mid or late 1990s, I think. The protagonist is a young person (girl?) who lives in a dome/arc city. Everyone there is telepathic. There is a high degree of conformity ...
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Looking for an unknown (Young Adults) novel about a man raised (created) by an alien race

This book must have been published before 2001. I read it as a High School freshman (EvergreenPark HS, IL). I only have a vague memory of it. It involved a man raised (and probably created) by an ...
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Older novel - Boy can operate alien machines, saves the planet

I read this novel in the early 1970s, but it may have been written as early as the 50s. It was probably a hard-science, young-adult novel; the protagonist was a boy, and it showcased what we knew of ...
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A book using advanced science to act as magic [duplicate]

I'm trying to identify a book I read a long time ago. The premise was that far in the future humans had technology that could accomplish just about anything (teleportation, body manipulation creating ...
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Book about a water planet (not earth) with people living off slow moving air bubbles [duplicate]

It was about an all water world, where people were living under water. They'd manage by catching air bubbles that would float slowly under water by catching them in contraptions they'd wear on their ...
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a book I read about survival on another planet and waygates [duplicate]

I read a book about students who were graduating from some kind of academy where they trained to be the first people visiting a new planet and to scout it out or otherwise prepare it for colonisation. ...
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SF novel about crashed pilot

I would like to identify a SF book (possibly a part of a series) which I read in late 80s or in the 90s. What I remember from the story: it happened on a planet (probably Earth, but I'm not 100% sure)...
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Story about boy living in a city sheltered from post-nuclear fallout? [duplicate]

I remember reading a story (I think it was a single book, though it may have been a series) when I was younger that took place after a nuclear holocaust (it probably wasn't described as such, but that'...
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Old science fiction book about telepathy, telekinesis, pyrokinesis and mental control of insects

I'm looking for a novel that I read 30 years ago (1980-1990s?) about a group of people who worked in pairs of couples as telepath/telekinetics that watched out for humans. In the book, some humans had ...
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Searching for the title of an early novel with a superman like character who is in the Civil War or World War I

In the military, his powers manifest and there are episodes where he carries cannons, leaps into battle against the enemy with speed and super strength, and is brought to the notice of commanding ...
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Scene from a PK Dick novel: a subjective world with a huge God-eye in the sky

In the novel, which I thought was Ubik, a party of characters has an accident, and progress through the subjective worlds of each in turn. One of them is a bible-thumping believer, and the staring eye-...
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Fantasy series with a warrior elf who had magic tattoos [duplicate]

I remember reading a series of fantasy novels around early 2000. I think the name was the Cartographers Map, the other title was Hunters Moon (Something Moon?) but I've searched of these titles and ...
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Trying to find title of novel where Earth people are taken on board an alien ship

An alien ship arrives (Rama like) at earth and issues an invitation to take people on board. They must be standing within so many feet of water at a certain time in order to go. They're told it's a ...
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A novel about a superhuman government assassin clone who goes rogue and tries to kill his twin's family

Plot A super-secret government super-soldier hitman, grown in a lab with superhuman strength and regeneration powers and programmed from birth1 to be a mindless killer, goes rogue after watching some ...
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Trying to recall the title of a series of fantasy books about wizards with keys

I'm trying to remember the title of a series of books that I read in High School (in English) in the early 1990's. They were in my school library, so they were likely young adult, although I don't ...
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Story ID - ruthless criminal; legal/illegal citizen ranks

Novel written before 2000. The story begins on a planet which has been so environmentally damaged that the atmosphere is too toxic to breathe, forcing the population to live in air-tight domes or ...
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Novel with robot-made human starfish [duplicate]

I'm trying to remember a novel I read in the late 1980s or early 1990s. Earth has been taken over by a robotic culture that has destroyed almost everything animal, vegetable, or human. A small number ...
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Novel about energy beams from space giving people powers

Not sure when exactly I read this, may have been in the 90s or early 00s. The novel is set in north America I think. Some kind of energy beams or rays from space rain down on Earth. Where they ...
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Post-apocalyptic Men's Adventure Novel

I'm looking for a series of men's adventure novels. The series is set in a post-apocalyptic future. The good guys have gathered into a commune and have all taken different personas. One is a ...
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Novels set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

I've recently started reading some of the Star Wars extended universe novels, and have really started to enjoy them. I'm also a big fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the storylines and ...
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Story with man protesting at alien invasion by spray painting graffiti [duplicate]

Read in the late 1980s, this was a sci-fi novel about an alien invasion which quickly overpowered all opposition globally. The protagonist was a trusted go-between between humans and the invaders who ...
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Novel that is about robots fighting humans and dinosaurs

This book I think came out between 2006-2008 and I remember that the whole book was illustrated. Sadly I have no idea who the author is. I remember the story fairly well. The story starts out with a ...
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Help to identify fantasy series

I'm trying to remember a series I read in the early 90s, which I think was written in the 80s. The main character was a female who was raised Rapunzel like (separate in tower) and ransomed/ hostage ...
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A book about a boy searching for his missing father, the spaceship navigator

I read a scifi book back in the late 1970's or early 1980's but I think it was written much earlier, possibly in the 1950's or 1960's. It was the story of a (possibly teenage) boy (whose name may have ...
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SF / Fantasy crossover, 90's

I only remember a few bits and pieces, such as: Magic returned years ago, and destroyed technological society. But now it's going away again. There's a death-figure known as john walker (maybe walker ...
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3-part YA book about nuclear war in the UK - any ideas?

This book affected me so much I couldn't read the third story the first time I borrowed it from the library. Went back to it from curiosity when I was about 13. It's called something like 'The ...