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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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In Old Man's War why do they hold back technology from Earth?

In Old Man's War, why do they hold back technology from Earth? Does the CDF want to withhold technologies related to cloning and consciousness transfer to preserve their recruiting base for ...
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What is the 'tribe' referred to early in Sheepfarmer's Daughter by Elizabeth Moon?

I am rereading one of my ATF trilogies - The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon. I haven't read in a while since my paperback is getting fragile and I can't find an ecopy for my nook (which really ...
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Near future book with black holes, enviromental problems, and privacy issues

I read a book approx 15 years ago, set in the near future. The older people were into electronics and wore recording glasses called 'peepers'. The book also got into environmental issues, a black hole ...
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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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Boy from future comes to the past to take very intelligent young people to the future

I'm looking for a novel I read in the 1990's, probably the mid-90s. In it, a boy comes from the future to take intelligent young people who will be beneficial in their time. Due to misinformation, a ...
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What is the meaning of the Latin inscription on Anarch Peak's tomb?

In Philip K. Dick's novel Counter-Clock World, the following inscription is said to be written on the Anarch's tomb: Sic igitur magni quoque circum moenia mundi expugnata dabunt labem putresque ...
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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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Is there a sci fi novel, where humans were segregated by their access to artificial genetic improvements? [closed]

I am curious how segregation is criticized among science fiction novelists. Nowadays there are already stigmas and limits in regard to race and culture. Could the inclusion of genetic improvements ...
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Book about a society in a sunken ship

I remember reading a book about a ship that sinks and they manage to make it airtight and create oxygen/food with hydroponics and they end up living at least one generation in there... anyone know the ...
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Have any Doctor Who books been referenced explicitly in the series?

In all the years of Doctor Who being on the air, has any story, character, plot arc, or reference been made that originated in one of the Doctor Who novels?
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In Greg Bear's novel Moving Mars, what is the name of the Turing-test-like test they used to validate artificial intelligences?

It's a test developed by some fictional psychologist and named after the same (like the Turing Test). In the same vein as Voigt-Kampf I suppose, but AIs eventually managed to pass even this test too.
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Parallels between Magic and Programming than the “shoot self in foot with unsafe magical code” as in Wizard's Bane by Rick Cook? [closed]

In The Wizard's Bane and the Wizardy Compiled and other books in the series by Rick Cook, a key theme is that Magic is a form of programming, and the hero of the books learns to use magic much like a ...
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Has anyone else written about Terry Pratchett's other worlds?

Prior to writing about the Discworld, Terry Pratchett wrote about the worlds of Strata, and Carpet People and later the Bromeliad Trilogy (Truckers, Diggers, Wings). These settings have not seen as ...
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In Fire Sea (part 3 of The Death Gate Cycle), why doesn't Haplo hear through the dogs ears?

In the third part of the Death Gate Cycle; Fire Sea, at some point the dog is thrown into a boiling puddle of mud, presumed dead. A while later the dog reappears to Alfred. The dog is witness to a lot ...
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Has setting as a narrator or POV character ever been done? [closed]

I am in the process of writing a science fiction novel and am considering casting an entire city as a POV character. I do believe that I've read a novel with something like this before, but I cannot ...
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I am looking for a sci-fi novel that I read back in the 80's, similiar to the current tv series Alphas [duplicate]

The story was about a young girl who ends up alone after some major disaster - a disease I believe. She thinks she is alone but eventualy discovers that there are others like her, other Alphas. She ...
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How many years did Lister survive after coming out of stasis?

According to the Grant Naylor Red Dwarf books Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers and Better than life, how long did Dave Lister survive once Holly brought him out of stasis? I'm looking for a novel ...
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Book about people visiting Venus

Looking for a novel that I read in the eighties (I think, or maybe the late 70s), about humans colonising Venus. Much of the book is about the communication problems between the humans and the ...
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Why was Ulysse the first human to speak?

In Pierre Boulle's novel Planet of the Apes (aka Monkey Planet), Humans had been used as Ape slaves and exposed to their speech for generations, possibly since the long distant Ape apocalypse. Speech ...
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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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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 genetically engineered children who don't need to sleep

A couple of years ago I read a review of an interesting novel, but I lost the details and have never read the book. The background premise was that genetic engineering had progressed to the point ...
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Are there any SciFi/Fantasy novels with a Whale Civilization at the core? [closed]

I was reading something with my kids about how humpback whales could probably communicate across an entire ocean before human noise pollution was introduced. This plus the theorized intelligence of ...
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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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Been trying to find graphic novel for decades - at least I think it's a graphic novel

When I was a kid I had a book that I loved, as I think about it I'm pretty sure it would be characterized as a graphic novel although I was unfamiliar with that term at the time. It was a large ...
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Which A.I. has the highest I.Q. on the Red Dwarf, Kryten, or the Talkie Toaster?

Holly is no longer the sharpest knife in the drawer, having lost his I.Q. of 6,000. Which of the remaining artificial intelligence units on board the Red Dwarf has the highest I.Q, Kryten, or the ...
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What book is about solo exploration and a return to earth after centuries have passed

Can anyone help? I am trying to find a book I read twenty plus years ago. The story was about a man who stowed away on an automatic exploration star ship that was crewed by robots. Due to the time ...
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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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What novel by John Brunner features a rock band called “Girdano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition”?

I'm looking for a novel by John Brunner featuring a rock band named "Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition." There is a book called "Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition" which probably ...
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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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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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Story with creatures who able to jump backward in time for several minutes

I read it about 1995-96 - though it was a translation and the original book could have been published earlier. So, some facts I remember so far: There were creatures able to go back in time several ...
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Old fantasy book about two warring nations and an airship destroyed by a dragon

I'm looking for a book that was written by two authors about two warring nations of elves and hobbit-like people. The book cover has a small hobbit-like person in a shallow cave with a dragon looming ...
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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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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 a trilogy about Earth and its colonies in a civil war

I'm trying to find this book trilogy. It is set in the future when earth and its colonies are engaged in a civil war. It deals with battles and strategies of the war, but also the politics involved ...
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YA book involving a planet with dragons and double-K in people's names [duplicate]

I remember reading, in the 80s, an English-language teen-SF novel involving two teen protagonists (1 male, 1 female) on a planet (not Earth) that might have had some history of slavery (or inter-caste ...
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Identify this book: boy who was raised by white tiger

I remember reading this book in the early 60s as a teenager. At the time I thought it was very provocative for a book aimed at a teenager. I thought that the name was "Tam son of the white tigress", ...
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Fantasy novel where the forces of good have prevailed and the “heroes” are assassins, thieves, etc

I'm looking for the name of a fantasy novel I read once where the forces of good have prevailed and now everything is out of balance. I remember that the band of "heroes" consist of and assassin and ...
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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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What book has a space station orbiting a sun

I remember a few details of the book I'm looking for. It is a space station in close orbit to the/a sun. Only children on board who are the children of the adults. But the adults were criminals and ...
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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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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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Name of Steampunk novel with walking cities

I'm trying to recall the name of a steampunk novel. Some time in the future, most cities are gone, with remaining cities being giant platforms on legs. these cities survive by chasing down smaller ...