Questions tagged [novel]

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Sci-fi book (no magic, hyperspace jumps, blind protagonist) [duplicate]

I'm trying to recover a book from my childhood: I believe I read it in 199x, maybe early 200x No magic. Space sci-fi with hyperspace jumps between stars. The plot is all about jumps. Hyperspace jump ...
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60s novel: bionic man exploring changed world post collapse for super computer

Paperback, written in English, from 1960s or 70s. Starts off with a man waking up in cave or buried chamber. He receives info and instructions from a A.I. super computer . (Its been xx years 30? 60? ...
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Young adult science fiction novel where a planet orbits a violet sun which gives the planet's inhabitants strange powers

I'm afraid I may remember too few details about a not-very-good book, but it's stuck in my mind all these years. Science fiction novel, English language, I read it from a U.S. public library, late '...
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2010s(?) book with identical twins who have musical powers

Summary: There are two identical twins who are amazing with music. They are part of a circus and when playing, odd things happen to their audience which starts attracting the wrong attention and they ...
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Will the Star Trek “Rise of the Federation” series continue?

As of June 2019, the Star Trek: Enterprise: Rise of the Federation series includes 5 books, the latest named Patterns of Interference. Has the author or publisher given any indications of another ...
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Werewolf horror novel where the werewolf attacks people in cars and eats a child

The story begins with a werewolf attacking a couple I think in car. In one particular scene the werewolf is attacking a family in their RV and eats the child.
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Novel: Woman lives her entire life, then finds out it was just practice

I read this book sometime between the late 1980s and the early 1990s. The story follows the life of a woman, which starts when she is a newborn in a kind of robotic creche that cares for her, teaches ...
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Title search: purple hair, throwing sword

This was published in the 1960's. The protagonist has purple hair and is on a quest of some sort that takes him into increasingly technologically advanced societies. He learns to ride dragons, and ...
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90s (or earlier) cross-world fantasy book with a circular river and character-class tattoos

I'm looking for a book I read in the early 1990s that is probably a bit older than that. I picked it up in paperback off a used-book rack in bad condition, and it had one of those extra-generic 1980s ...
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Sci fi novel where the hero has a knife sheath in his arm [duplicate]

Read some time in the early 2000s as a teen, so details may be a little hazy. Points I'm more confident about: Sci-fi novel following a male lead Starts with lead living daily life in a slum on some ...
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Framed and sent to a prison planet, learns to hunt large native creatures

This is a stand-alone novel I read in the early 90s, probably around 1994. More space adventure than serious extrapolation or idea SF. Despite the setting it didn't have the noir aspects that became ...
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Old SF novel about Earth as a prison planet; newly arrived convict has a secret agenda

I think I read this no later than the year 1986. English language, hardback, available in a public library in Indiana in the mid-1980s. I don't think it was by any of the Big Names of 20th Century ...
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Novel in which alien (Martian?) is trapped on Earth in prehistory [duplicate]

What I seem to remember is that the Martian is stranded by the destruction of his civilization. Also, there is an odd detail that sticks in my brain: the Martian drops a bracelet (or a watch?) in a ...
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80s or 90s Fantasy novel, part of series. Castle talks to wizard, 2 headed dragon fights itself

USA English paperbacks. Pretty sure it was a trilogy. The covers were quite colorful. One I remember had a man standing before a chained up 2 headed dragon. I remember little of the story. In Fact I ...
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Magician transported to our Earth and captured by Nazis, who learn magic from him

Hi all hoping someone may know of or have an idea of who wrote this book. The plot is that a wizard/magician who is named Gil from another world somehow ends up in our world during World War 2 and is ...
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Dystopian trilogy: dying Earth, wealthy people living in orbital stations, main character goes on the ground and is trapped there because of a war

I would like to reread a fantastic novel (actually a trilogy). The Earth is dying consumed by war and eco problems. Some people live wealthy in orbital stations. That's where the main character ...
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starship shaped like a manta ray encounters doomsday machine from Magellanic cloud piloted by a lady with cat’s eyes

It was published in the '70s, but I can’t remember the name of it. The manta ship docks with the doomsday ship, and the girl is in hibernation, she is extracted, then ... they try and stop the ...
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Sci-fi novel: ark ship from Earth is sent into space to another planet, one man woken early from cryosleep paints a giant mural

The crew are all in frozen sleep. One man is woken early, stays awake, eats a lot of the provisions and paints a giant mural (about the adventures of a prince) on the corridor walls, he eventually ...
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SF novel featuring a giant Terran warship

I'm trying to identify an SF novel that features a giant Terran warship that gets tricked into a space storm and when stressed to a danger point, breaks up into smaller individual self powered ships. ...
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Novel/story about traders on a planet with no metal [duplicate]

I read this story around 1975. The main character traveled with some traders to a planet that had no metal, and that was being prevented from having any metal (I don't recall why). The planet's ...
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YA novel: siblings from a walled city, whose DNA is spliced with animal DNA [duplicate]

I remember a scene where they fly over a wall and land in a forest. They find a huge home and realise that when the world was dying due to overpopulation, the poor were moved to the walled area while ...
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Sci-fi book about a man on the run due to uncovering some conspiracy to destroy the galaxy

I read this book in the 1990s, can't remember the title of it. Pretty much a man who is accused of some crime and is on the run due to uncovering some conspiracy to destroy the galaxy. The only ...
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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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Military sci-fi series about a human combat unit on their ship specially bred for their roles

Back in the 1980s or 90s, I read the first book in a military science fiction series that dealt with a human combat unit in the far future. The novel mostly took place on their ship, and the humans ...
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Older sci-fi novel about insectoid winged alien invaders and Christianity

I read this novel when I was young and dumb, and I would love to read it again as an adult to suss out some more meaning. Parts of the plot that I remember: Super advanced insectoid winged aliens ...
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Sci fi humor/adventure book I read forever ago [duplicate]

I read this sci-fi book quite some time ago, it was an old paperback, and I can only remember parts of it. Most of the story takes place on some sort of intergalactic cruise ship and for some reason ...
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Sci-Fi book with girl who spent 3 years in space

Major Plot Points A girl (the main character) has spent the last 3 years in space, I think because she had training of some sort. When she comes back to her planet (starts with "V," I think), she ...
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Flying wingpacks and floating, spherical houses

I have been trying to recall the title & author of a juvenile science fiction novel I borrowed from my public library in the early 80s. The protagonist had or wanted a backpack flying wings and ...
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Novel: Undercover good guys won't pay “protection money”

While there is nothing involving Sci-Fi or Fantasy in this scene, I am sure I read it in a Sci-Fi/Fantasy book. Probably written since 2000. Good Guys (very militarized bunch) set up in a cover ...
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Star Trek novel where Captain Kirk is bemoaning his biological urges interrupting a dramatic moment

Everybody knows that, in fiction, Nobody Poops unless it's being played for humor. I have a vivid memory of reading a Star Trek novel (I'm pretty sure not based off of a TV series episode or one of ...
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Novel about non modular aliens who die young [duplicate]

It's been years since I read it. So I'm not sure when the book was published but I read it sometime before 2006. It was a single novel. Not a series. I remember that the protagonists - humans are ...
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Man starts speaking in tongues and founds a cult because he's possessed by a super-being from the future

Read in the 1990s. I don't think it was by any of the famous SF authors. I think the cover had a black-and-white image on a black background. Some of the book was told in the form of documents and ...
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70s or 80s novel. Couple abducted from planet, man is killed and woman eventually takes over ship (Adult themes)

Paperback from the 70s or 80s. It might have been part of an Adult themed series. (much like the Longarm western series) But I am not sure. A Couple on an low tech farming type planet head out in a ...
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Hard sci-fi novel that begins with an entity cruising around space 'like a shark'?

In a bookstore in the 1980s, I read the first pages of a hard science fiction novel that began with the memorable description of some creature or ship or intelligence that was like a shark swimming ...
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Novel where a cube cooled below absolute zero makes a hole in reality

Many years ago I read an old sci-fi novel - when I say old, I suspect it was from about the 1950's or so. The elements I can remember are an experiment where a cube is cooled to below absolute zero ...
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Novel, Galaxy-wide teleportation society and Master Criminal

Read this in UK maybe 2010, but it was a library book heavily stamped, no doubt a few years older. A reasonable-sized book of maybe 400 pages. World building implied there were teleportation cabinets ...
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Novel: magnetic reversal reveals cyclops and giants in the US

Novel about a magnetic reversal. U.S. flash freezes and Antarctica rapidly thaws and reveals ancient Cyclops and other giants. Main character is a young lady. She meets up with other people and ...
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Sci-Fi novel series - Weapon that kills all universe/dimension versions of a person

I did a few searches and was not able to find something similar. I am looking for the name(s) of a sci-fi novel series described to me in passing. The time of discussion was around 2005/2006 in ...
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Sarcastic Star Wars droid mentioned in 80s (?) SF novel

I have a vague memory of a novel, or possibly a shorter work, probably written in the 1980s, with a passing reference to a sarcastic droid in a recent Star Wars movie. It sounds like K-2SO in "Rogue ...
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Two-part sci fi novel that has an almost sentient star

At the end of the first part, the hero merges with a sentient star to stop it from going nova. His friend (an alien) along with the assassin (that tries to kill him in the start) also get sucked into ...
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80s/90s horror/fantasy werewolf novel: curse on twins and Native American character named Wolf

I read this book when I was younger, definitely read it in the nineties but may have been published earlier than that. I remember several facets of the story, but can't recall the title. The novel ...
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Novel with solar sail technology and gorilla-like aliens

This book had solar sail technology and gorilla-like aliens with one strong muscular arm and one weak arm.
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Probably 70's era novel about a woman repeatedly murdered, restored as clone with only memories up to last backup

Science fiction novel from 70s or early 80's I think, about a woman repeatedly murdered and restored as a clone with only memories up to last backup. The novel is about her search for her murderer ...
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Man in space who can telepathically communicate with his unborn daughter [duplicate]

This was a sci-fi book. In it, there was a man that was in space, very far from his family (I think that his family are on Earth but I'm not sure). The man can telepathically communicate with his ...
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With parthenogenesis, who needs men?

A new drug allows women to achieve orgasm AND bear children parthenogenetically without men. It's not long before men start to disappear altogether in mysterious circumstances, e.g., men who visit ...
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Novel about a moving city ~ NOT MORTAL ENGINES [duplicate]

I remember reading a novel about a city that moved across the landscape by continually being disassembled at the rear and those materials used to build at the front. The inhabitants had to walk from ...
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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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90s novel. Star Wars ripoff where people of faith wear blue stones around their necks which glow when near other blue stones/other believers

This novel was bought in a Christian bookstore in the 90s. A paperback, in American English. Cover was light colors, mostly white. I think there was a spaceship on the cover. Found in my parents ...
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YA fiction about a teenage boy who's turning invisible, sees the seamy underside of his town as a result

I believe the first indication of him turning invisible is a group photo that he knows he was in, but in which he does not appear. He starts to turn invisible periodically, maybe not entirely under ...
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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 ...