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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A perfect backscratch as evidence of telepathy

A man and his son swim at the beach. Afterward, the man lies down to dry in the sun, and the boy obligingly scratches his back. The salt is making the man's back itch as the seawater dries, and the ...
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SF novel where body swapping/modification is widespread

I read this in the early 1990s when I was a teenager and I have no idea whether it was old or new at the time. Changing your body involves going in to a tank of liquid. People wear bodies of many and ...
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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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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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Looking for a novel about a mysterious sphere/cube shaped object

I read a story years ago that revolved around a mysterious ‘ship’ (it was a basic shape - I believe the name of the book was also around this shape) found in the universe. It had some species worried ...
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A forest of unreal inhabitants

Book written before 2000. My recollection is exceedingly vague, but what I recall is an individual, or a group of individuals, moving to a house that is either next to or in the outskirts of a large ...
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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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Novel about utopian society vs. authoritarian society

This was a book I read in the UK in the early nineties (question inspired by this one:- Apocalyptic fantasy novel set in San Francisco) There is a community of artists, sculptors and suchlike. The ...
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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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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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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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Society with standardized English language

This is a question based on the thinnest of clues: In the future, an Earth man visits a society that has standardized its English so that there are no irregular forms. The characters say "bes" (or "...
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Seeking a novel in which the hero recognizes the spice smell of oncoming enemies

I remember a scene from what was probably an otherwise un-memorable novel, which I would like to locate again. This was read at least fifteen years ago in English, but I don't remember much else. ...
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80's sci-fi novel, young girl is seemingly the sole survivor of a major disaster (disease?), meets other “Alphas” (next stage of evolution) like her [duplicate]

I read this sci-fi novel in the 80's. It is similar to the current TV series Alphas. The story was about a young girl who ends up alone after some major disaster - a disease I believe. She thinks she ...
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Sci fi novel with a female ship captain who marries an alien and where sugar was a narcotic for some species of alien

I read this novel years ago as a kid, and have been looking for it again. I read it in the mid-90's, but it may have been published earlier (80's?). Sugar was very valuable because it was a narcotic ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Novel with a female protagonist who can see ultraviolets, other world, symbiotic relationship with single-cell organisms

I read this novel between 2001-2004 so published sometime before then. I seem to remember that it was by a female author but I’m not certain of that. A female protagonist who can see in ultraviolet ...
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Post apocalyptic novel, one character a centaur with a mouth in the middle of its chest

I read this when I was a kid, so some time in the 80's, may have come out earlier, though. I don't remember that much about it, other than that it was set in a post apocalyptic earth (I think United ...
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Science Fiction Novel from the 70's (I think) about a cryogenically suspended man who awakes in the far future

I remember a novel I read ages ago and am looking for its name. The story starts with the death of our characters wife and he cannot get over it. So he sells everything and buys some land and builds ...
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Book about a set of sons (and maybe a daughter?) on a quest to find the treasure their father found in the jungle

I believe I read this in the early 2000s in either Kentucky or Ohio as a paperback book, published in English. I want to say that the book was green primarily in color. As I recall it, the book opens ...
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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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Book: boy with telekinesis, joins an organization, learns to control his powers while watching a football game

I've been searching for a while and I can't seem to find anything online about it. The boy gets telekinetic powers and joins some sort of small organisation with a girl in it who helps him. He goes ...
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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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Looking for a book set on a generationship [duplicate]

The book I'm looking for is not Ender's Game or Ready Player One. This book is based on a generationship that has been travelling for several years. At least 2 generations were born on the ship. The ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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70s YA novel about two boys travelling millions of years into the past, meeting a “cynogasaurus” and rival animal-themed caveman tribes

I read this in English in the late 70s in primary school. What I remember: Two boys are somehow caught up in a time travel scenario. I think their father may have been the inventor of the time ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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(70s, or 80s Novel) Man with intelligent robotic legs (from the waist down) [duplicate]

In the future a Man was involved in an accident and lost the lower half of his body. He gets a Prosthetic that replaces everything from his waist down. The prosthetic is also cybernetic, (an AI of ...
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Children's Novel about a group of children finding plates with owl patterns on them, and building paper versions, both of which disappear

First off, I solved this halfway through asking, but it took me some looking, so I figure I'll post the question, if for no other reason than that it will spread news of the book. I read an excerpt ...
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Trying to identify name of 1970s(?) space-opera novel, powered armor

Forgive me, my memories of this book are pretty hazy and may not be enough to go on. It was a novel I read as a kid sometime in the 1980s; I'm guessing it was published in the 1970s as I vaguely ...
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Young adult novel about a girl with a robot housekeeper on an Alien Planet

I read this book roughly 4 years ago, and got it from a library. The sequel was actually about to come out when I had finished the book, but I never got to read it. I don't think it was old enough to ...
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Identify a YA science fiction novel from the 70s [duplicate]

All I remember is that it had 3 parts, and the first part was entitled "A Perfect Warrior". The bad guy was named Odal. The hero was a recent graduate of a sort of police academy for outer space. ...
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Novel with aquatic aliens that block humans from seeing them

I am trying to remember a novel I read in the 1990s, although the book was probably much older. I don't really recall the main plot, but there was one incident that really stuck in my mind. The ...

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