Questions tagged [novel]

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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 of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sci-fi series: humans are immune to telepathy, become soldiers for an alien group fighting against invertebrate telepaths

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 a race of jellyfish-like telepaths who have used their ...
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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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Book identification: technologically-enhanced man (1970s/80s YA)

I have very vague impressions of a book I must have read as a child/teenager in the 1980s (so probably published in the UK in the 1970s or early 1980s). It featured a man who had been technologically ...
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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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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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Novel about a replica of earth where history happened slightly differently after the ~1940s

I'm trying to find a novel I read a long time ago and it's driving me nuts - all Google searches result in failure..it's been 10-15 years since I've read it I think, here's some details I remember: ...
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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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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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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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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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Space Opera Novel Series ID - Probably Read in 2003-2010

I'm looking for the name of a series of space opera novels I read some time ago, probably between 2003 and 2010. It may have been published quite a few years before I read it, I don't think it was ...
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Pre-1972 sci-fi short story or novel: alien(?) tunnel where people try new moves and get destroyed if they're not the correct ones

It might be a short story or it might be a novel. It must be before 1972 because I read it in my youth and I am OLD. The following is very impressionistic. There is a multidimensional/not of this ...
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Novel where bands of humans roamed a world controlled by intelligent machines

I'm trying to figure out the name of a science fiction novel. In it there were bands of humans which roamed a world. The world was controlled by intelligent robots or mechanized creatures I think. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Series of sci-fi novels: sisters turned into cow like aliens, mother ship full of humans [duplicate]

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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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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Novel where a group of scientists in a spaceship encounter various aliens

I read this novel long back, possibly 2 decades ago. The story is narrated from one scientist's (male) POV. The team is on an exploration mission, and come across threats like: an alien which looks ...
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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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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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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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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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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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'80s sci-fi novel about about an astronaut returning to Earth to find it devoid of human life

I read this as hardcover from the library back in the 80's. The story involves an astronaut who returns to Earth from a long mission (50 years, 100?) and discovers everyone is missing. The only ...
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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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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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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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Series where the protagonist jumps through portals to stop someone messing up the timeline

My boyfriend is trying to remember a novel series he read in the early 2000s. He describes the book as jumping through several dimensions of Earth using a portal, and having different amounts of time ...
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Playing with mental blocks; one-armed protagonist discovers an engine that spins

SF novel which starts with a one-armed main character, who is very strong, out riding his horse and finds a donut shaped engine. He proceeds to dismount by grabbing the saddle horn with his one hand ...
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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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Looking for a novel I read about twenty years ago about a man who can change reality with his mind

This will probably be a long shot, but I read a novel about twenty years ago that I'm sure is from the late sixties. I can only really remember the main plot point: There's a man in it who can ...
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Looking for the title of a book about alien invasion, mining asteroids and using lasers to defend earth

What I remember of this novel/series is that the main character creates solar laser satellites and mines asteroids to create more satellites to defend Earth from aliens. Later on, he uses the hollowed ...
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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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