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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 brother and sister living in a futuristic world

It was 1981-1982 when I read it. My female English teacher told me to read it...not the class. Not sure when it was written? I remember it was written from the sister's perspective. There seemed ...
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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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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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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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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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Which book was this: it involved common genetic engineering, supermen, fourth dimensional mutants?

I've been wracking my mind to track down a book I read in 1981 or so. What I remember: It was set in the nearish future and genetic engineering was common. Some people had super or even godlike ...
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Fantasy story about Neanderthals having moon magic

I'm trying to remember the title of a fantasy novel I read about 15-20 years ago that featured both Neanderthals and Homo sapiens. The Neanderthals had a magical connection to the land and some form ...
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Fantasy novel about a boy with a streak of white in his hair, as the book progresses his hair gets more white

I need to know the title of a novel I read a few years ago (90s). It's about an orphan boy that has a little white in his hair, meaning that he has magic powers, and as the book progresses his hair ...
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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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Book about people who could walk between planets

I remember a book about some future universe where there were lots of planets, and people traveled between them by spaceship, but one character also mentioned that some people found paths or roads in ...
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Why was 2 not included in the 'incomposite' numbers in Threshold?

In Threshold, the titular pyramid claims the lives of people in a particular pattern. Tirzah asks Boaz about this: One day I heard two Magi briefly mention the numbers one, three, five, seven, ...
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Is Threshold an early Earth pyramid?

The final paragraph in Threshold is: "No. It has taken eight generations to build, and would take two or three to pull down. More would die in the process, and I do not think I could stand that. ...
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Who was the first author to rework another scifi/fantasy author's character?

Philip José Farmer is the first modern author that I know of to rework another author's scifi/fantasy character. He rewrote Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan character from a first person perspective in two ...
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Fantasy Novel - Female Protagonist

I'm trying to remember the title of a fantasy novel I read years ago. I remember reading it in paperback format in the early to mid 90's, so I'm guessing it was written in the 80's or 90's. The ...
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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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Book identification: Story about a vampire that awakens just as the Nukes hit

Vampire wakes up in a city where the bombs have dropped and the sun never rises. I think this book was written around 1980. I just can't remember the title. I want to say it's something akin to "...
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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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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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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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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 about sister being alien, discovering telekinetic powers in a car accident

I think there was a girl who discovered some telekinetic powers in some kind of car accident. An old neighbor lady turned out to be her helper or guardian and told her she was an alien. The girl's ...
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A book series about a Prehistoric Man versus Intelligent Reptilians [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Trying to Remember a Book that explored evolution of Dinosaurs to intelligence and then encountering humans In this series prehistoric man is constantly fighting a reptilian ...
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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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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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Identify book: controlling the weather as a weapon in silent global war

I remember a book that was about a secret war being carried out by Russia against America (and with retaliation) that used weather as a weapon. One of the main characters was a weatherman that started ...
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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 is the novel with a John Carter like hero from the pulp era?

In the early 70s I read what I'm sure was an Ace paper back. Loosely SF in the same way that the Barsoomian tales might be considered SF. A typical "mighty-thewed" hero is magically transported to ...
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Identify a story about the last dwarf warrior / berserker

A novel I read at least 15 years ago was about a dwarf who was visiting a human woman he had known for years. He referred to her as Sif, I think. At the time of the visit he was one of the last ...
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in Samuel Delany's Empire Star, is there an explanation for Ni Ty Lee's omniscience?

in Empire Star, the poet Ni Ty Lee has experienced everything that everyone else in the galaxy has experienced. Because of the time traveling aspect of the story, and the way that many characters turn ...
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How did Trent walk through the wall in The Long Run?

In The Long Run, at the end of a chase sequence, the main character, Trent, apparently evades his pursuers by walking through a wall and escaping. I knew someone who insisted that he figured out how ...
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In the book/movie Sphere, why was the space craft built with aerodynamics?

I don't remember if there was a reason given in the book, but I know the ship was discovered because one of the fins cut a cable that was being laid. If your ship is only traveling in space, why make ...
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A book about space travel using the power of the mind

Read a book a few years ago (though I think the book itself is more than tens years old) about a woman who captained her own starship and used some odd type of star travel that involved pretty much ...
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Novel about a scientist dad with the ability to edit published books

The following question was just sent out to a private mailing list I'm on: OK, this is driving me nuts. About 20 years ago I remember reading a scifi novel where the kids got in an argument with ...
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Which Star Wars book series takes place immediately after Episode 6?

Having read very little Star Wars fiction, yet being a fan of the series, I've decided after watching a Star Wars marathon of all of the movies that I'd start reading the novels to continue the story. ...
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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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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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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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Story about a mental, emotional, and physical energy absorbing girl, with a romance subplot

The novel in question is about an Asian girl who attracts all types of energy towards her, even emotional. This is not good for her, because when she is filled up, she releases it as a big blast. ...
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What novel had forced inter-racial marriages to prevent discrimination?

I think that the protagonist had fallen in love with someone of their own race, which is obviously forbidden love. This book may also have had in it a law that forbade casting a shadow on solar ...
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Book has spacegates that a person can walk across

I am trying to identify the name of a book that involved a civilization that utilized spacegates to instantly travel across space, literally stepping from one world to another. In the book, a family ...
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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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SF novel with “keepers of knowledge” who have to answer any question they're asked, but everyone else has to answer the questions they ask

A couple of years ago I read the first two novels in a series about a post-colonization world where there was a group of people whose job was to carry information from one town to another. The rule ...
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Differences between versions of “Nerves”, by Lester del Rey

In 1942, Lester del Rey published Nerves, a novella about an accident at an atomic plant; in 1956 he published a new version of it, expanded to a novel. I read those two. According to the ISFDb, ...
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In Contact: Why not send a second pod? [duplicate]

I've just finished watching the Contact movie and having had time to reflect a bit more on it, I still cannot understand why the government would not just send a second pod through the machine if they ...
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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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Why not two Blood Jars in The Last Apprentice?

At the end of book 6, "The Clash of the Demons" of The Last Apprentice (aka "The Spook's Sacrifice" of the Wardstone Chronicles), Thomas Ward was about to sell his soul to the Fiend when Alice came ...
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“Your stupid friend is dead. We thought you were dead too” from Bridge To Terabithia? [closed]

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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What Sci-Fi novel is about aliens who consider it simply convenient to exterminate the human race?

I don't remember the title/author of a Sci-Fi novel, where the author demonstrated that in case of an encounter with a more advanced alien life form, they would consider most convenient for them to ...