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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Gene-modified man has a 2-week period heightened reflexes and constant wakefulness

There are just a few details I recall from a novel I read about 25 years ago. The setting is a fairly unmemorable future space-faring society. I don't recall any major character aliens, but that ...
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Star Trek books about the Federation outside of Starfleet?

Are there any Star Trek novels that depict the Federation primarily or entirely outside of Starfleet? There’s been a lot of fan speculation over the years on what civilian life in the Federation would ...
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Fantasy Series in a cold climate with corrupted animals and people being famed for taking them down, LGB people referred to as Followers of Artemis

There's this book series I started back in 2014 that I can't remember the name of and would like to finish it now that I have the time. The main details I can remember about the setting was it was in ...
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Book involving children traveling between alternate worlds via switches

I know I read this after 2012, I think as an ebook. The cover depicted a knife switch by itself, I think closed with the handle up. At the beginning of the story, the protagonist, a boy, is told by ...
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Sci fi book, Jesus returns in the 1950's and the 1980's [duplicate]

I'm saying this was sci fi because scientists in the 1980's managed to send a document to their 1950's counterparts. Jesus had appeared in the 1950's and it was covered up by USA government, he then ...
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Novel that had a plant based character waking up in the first few chapters

About 8-10 years ago I read the first few chapters of a novel I obtained from a fantasy writer's website. I think it was the author’s first published novel. The main character was a girl who saw her ...
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Dystopian novel about women and men being separated

This is essentially a third-hand search, sorry. As the title states, I'm looking for information on a novel (published in the '80s possibly) or short story about a dystopian future in which women are ...
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Novel with a mix of real world and gods

I'm searching for a story, I believe it was a novel, in which someone answers an ad, and meets up with a group of different people in some suburban strip mall basement (I may be completely ...
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90's (?) fantasy novel where character uses blue ley lines to transform into dragon

I remember at some time in the mid-90's getting a book from my local library where part of the story was a young person, (possibly teens, and I think male), being taught by an elder (maybe human, ...
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Novel set in the future, children cannot change the class they are born into, one class is made uneducated by associating books with pain

The world is a world where children are born into a class, and they cannot change it. For example, some children are radiated in the womb, so that they do not want to move to a cold climate, so that ...
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70s (or earlier) story on a planet where a local sentient species has seven distinct sexes

I read this story more than 40 years ago. Actually I read it in French, but it was almost certainly translated from english. I remember very little. It was possibly short fiction but maybe even a ...
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Novel from 90s/00s about faith/music and Jesus as a musician

Trying to track down a 80s/90s novel I read in high school, and my individual efforts have hit a wall. Main character is a guitarist/potential rock star, staunch atheist. Tension with love interest ...
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80s/90s Post-apocalyptic novel, medieval with a “great fire” and a “mystic / shaman” [duplicate]

I remember reading this novel back in High School in the late 90s, possible early 00s. The novel in paperback form was quite substantial, must have been at least 600 pages long. The main character ...
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Christian science fiction novel with Han Solo type character

I'm trying to track down a science fiction novel that features a Christian protagonist, perhaps similar to Han Solo, who pilots a ship on the space lanes while reading the Gospel. I'm sure I came ...
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Families escape from a dystopic Earth on a starship, but turn on each other during the trip

I read this novel about 20 years ago, and I'd like to identify it. In the not so distant future, Earth society is collapsing due to rampant violence, crime, sociopathy and so on (the problems are ...
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Novel about magnetic pole reversal and aliens?

I read this nearly 20 years ago in audio and only remember bits and pieces. In the forward, the author talks about recently breaking his hip. The book follows two sisters who go to some sort of ...
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YA Sci-fi - Teens with powers trapped in a house

I have a book in mind but I don't know the name. It was a series I think, maybe 3 books. I read them when I was at school 2000 - 2002 but they are possibly from the 80s or 90s. I thought it may have ...
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80s (or earlier) sci fi novel: blind tribe in giant caverns who hunt alien bats for immortality drugs

This library Sci Fi book I read in the early eighties, in the UK. I think it was hardback, but I am not sure. There is a planet with a massive, miles and miles high, mountain range. The range has a ...
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Book with a plant that released its seeds every couple of years that corrode everything they touch

Back when I was young, I recall a interesting sci-fi novel. I recall the book as lacking a title, perhaps due to damage. If I remember right, the book was an antique (cloth cover, stained pages, etc) ...
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Book called “Thunderbird” by an author named Katy about space or flight

I read a book called Thunderbird by Katy something I have forgotten her last name. I vaguely remember it being about either space or flying or flying in space.
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Sci fi novel about time traveling astronauts

A group of astronauts come back to Earth and have time traveled to a post apocalyptic France they initially think is the past. They eventually join a clan of people who are afraid of the time of Noel....
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YA sci-fi novel with teens given superpowers in order to defend Earth against an alien invasion

I'm looking for an English sci-fi novel aimed at a teen audience. I read it in print between 2018 and 2014 and it seemed fairly new at the time. I think the cover was pretty dark colored, but I don't ...
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Why wasn't the Moties planet overrun by Watchmakers?

In the book "The Mote in God's Eye", by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, the humans are forced to evacuate one starship due to it being overrun by the rapidly breeding Watchmaker caste of 'Moties'. ...
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Fantasy novel about a nobleman on a quest

Read the novel in the late eighties as a child. Short novel in a paperback format. About 150 pages. My memory is hazy so some details may be plain wrong. The evil wizard X, left the realm of (...
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Why is there a Force acting on the travellers who were at a higher speed during space travel in The Expanse series [closed]

Sorry guyz my question was not clear. In other movies like Star Wars, Star Trek and similar movies where they travel at light speed or more than that, those movies never showed any kind of force ...
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Space colony novel where space pirates attack a planet and take a boy hostage who fights his way back eventually

I think it was a 1970s novel and might have been simply titled "Colony". These days it would likely be classed as young-adult, but I don't think such a category existed back then. I probably read it ...
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80s(?) Sci-fi novel where humans are in a zoo - turns out to be Earth

Anyone know the novel where a young boy thinks he is in a small town in Earth but a few things are not quite right. Like, his dog can climb trees and his friends are a bit off. It turns out he's one ...
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Novel Set on Space Station - immortality, preset, career and spouse changes every ten years

I've searched far and wide, a few times a year apart now, for a novel I read in the late 90s or early 00's that I checked out from the new release section of my library(no they purged my records from ...
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Short story: Interstellar inspector senses “off” nature of planet hiding aggressive culture

This story was one of several published together that I read in paperback form sometime in the mid-1990s. It takes place in a period after the collapse of an interstellar human empire, and it follows ...
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Story or novel ID: African American rebellion in Chicago

In this English-language story or novel, probably from the 1960s or 70s, the African Americans of Chicago have rebelled against the government. It's part of a general rebellion of black urban ...
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Looking for a big fantasy novel about scholarly monks that sort of worship math?

Earlier this year, I read a huge (1000+ pg) novel about a cloistered group of monks that sort of worshiped math. The story involved alternate dimensions or time travel or something. A big thing in the ...
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Story where planets have a tradition of hoaxing new arrivals to them

I remember reading about a story in which an interstellar civilisation has a tradition where the citizens of each planet come up with elaborate and absurd hoaxes to trick new arrivals to their planet, ...
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Fantasy book about Grendel type character

Looking for a book written in the last 15 years (probably). Set in a medieval / Viking time but not necessarily our timeline. Main character is similar to Grendel in appearance: apelike, clawed hands,...
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Novel with 2 dimensions and to travel between you stared in a mirror and would cross over leaving a pool of quicksilver

There were 2 dimensions and the way to the alternate on was looking into a mirror and the person looking would go into the other world leaving a pool of quicksilver. I remember other things but at ...
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Novel revolving around genetic engineering

About 20 years ago I read a book that revolved around a future where genetic engineering is so commonplace that people visit genetic engineering parlors much like they do tattoo shops IRL now. At ...
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Audio book novel about a human-like alien who comes to Earth and loves gin

I'm looking for the name of a novel. I listened to it in audio book form on cassette tapes in the early 2000s. This will be tough because I'm lacking a lot of details. The basics are that an alien ...
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Sci fi book where a rich kid is sent to prison and trained as a commando

In the early 90's I remember reading the start of a book but cannot recall the title. The main character started out as a pudgy rich kid who got convicted for a crime after running with the wrong ...
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Book where main character is an alien but doesn’t know [duplicate]

I’m trying to find a book (teen SciFI I guess) I read probably in 1998ish. There was a girl living on a alien planet. Someone looked after her but not a parent. I think she had to wear a suit all the ...
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Book with the Latin quote 'nihil superbus' meaning 'nothing above us'

I know it's very little to go on, but I've had the Latin phrase nihil superbus, meaning 'nothing above us' knocking around my head for a while now but can't place it. It appears in some book within ...
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Novel (dystopian?) where some of the population have telepathy, that they call “lepping”

I read a book (dystopian, if memory serves) where a certain percentage of the population could communicate through mental telepathy. I think they kept the fact hidden. They referred to the ability as '...
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Novel where the main character pretends to be a princess

The story was about an urchin adopted by an acting troupe to pretend to be the lost princess of the city. These are the details I remember (some of the early events are a little crude; my apologies): ...
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Novel where child's “true name” is the same as his use name

I read this sometime during the mid-90s. I thought this was Wizard of Earthsea, but I've just reread the beginning and it's apparently not (Ged was originally Duny). The concept is very similiar to ...
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1980's sci fi book series, subspace is a sponge, young man in emergency suit can propel himself by sucking in the sponge stuff

I read a couple of sci fi books in the 1980's from UK library, they were from a series... I don't think I read them in the right order so I've a mish-mash of memories. From the context of romance and ...
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90s(?) book about a female protagonist, who was in an accident and is transplanted into a cyborg body

I read this book between 1999 and late 2004. I am pretty sure it had a blue cover and may have been published by Penguin. It was a paperback. The story goes, as far as I can remember, that after an ...
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Young adult horror novel series where a brainwashed girl turned out to be 100 years old and controlled by some ball lightning creatures

I would have probably read this in the mid/late 1990s or very early 00s, but I'm trying to hunt down a novel I remembered earlier. I'm pretty sure it was part of a series. I was living in Ireland at ...
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90s (or earlier) book/novel: daily memory loss and a device called the Memory

I've been trying to find the name of a book/novel that I read a few years back (although I think it was published in the 90s or earlier). The main points that I remember are: the story is set in a ...
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Time-travel novel with a timeship and a character who fights himself

I have a atrong memory of a scene in a time-travel book without remembering many other details. The main character is trying to accomplish something (I don't recall what, but call it X). In a wooded ...
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Fantasy quest novel where the music magic hero doesn't get the girl

I believe I would have read this in 1988, as a stand-alone paperback novel. (I was avoiding all, or at least most, series that summer, having gotten fed up with David Eddings.) I don't really recall ...
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Time travel story. 2 Researchers are stuck in primitive man times. (Neanderthal or Cromagnon) for MANY years

Paperback probably at least 20 years ago. in English The 2 researchers (1 male and 1 female) are just a side story to the main novel... (Their "story" is told in various interludes between chapters ...
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Novel about a violent televised Football game played in an area of the actual city. Very similar to Rollerball

Novel from 70s or 80s. Pretty sure it was a Hardback (checked out from library) in English. The setting was very similar to the Rollerball (1975) movie. The broadcast of the show is the "Bread and ...