Questions tagged [novel]

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Novel set on a planet colonised by humans being watched by aliens who are being watched by another set of aliens

There was a SF novel I read, probably 20 or 30 years ago, and I don't remember most of the details. The story centers around a colony planet recently settled by humans. There was an alien race ...
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Book where the main character gives a powerful sword to one of his friends which causes someone to betray him

Don't remember a whole lot about this book, but I recall it was very long. Like over 1000 pages. The main protagonist got a really powerful sword and gave it to one of his friends, which then caused ...
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Novel with a gravity gun which made the target collapse in on itself and disintegrate

Back in 2011-13, I read a short science fiction novel from the internet on aliens and our interaction with them. In that novel the main weapon of choice was a gravity gun which upon firing would cause ...
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Book about genderbending shapeshifters who feed off death energy?

I read this novel back in the early 90's. I seem to remember it had a very colorful cover with an image of faces rendered with fairly crude computer graphics. It was an oversized paperback collecting ...
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Science fiction novel where children grow up on a spaceship

I’m having trouble identifying a book I read sometime in the last 5-10 years. The details I remember are that humans were raised by the spaceship's AI, and that the children/young adults are not aware ...
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Sci Fi novel about underground Mars colony that gets attacked by AI

I read this novel about 3 years ago. Here's what I remember: The protagonist is an American woman living in an underground Mars colony populated by colonists from several nations. The protagonist's ...
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Is Star Wars: The High Republic character Lourna Dee a reference to novel/character Lorna Doone?

I have just recently finished reading the first Star Wars novel set in the new High Republic, Light of the Jedi. One of the villainous female characters is named Lourna Dee, which sounds a lot like ...
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YA (pre-1990) novel: Student writes simulation in which time travel drains prehistoric natural resources, needs to stop from occurring for real

I recall a novel in the mid-'80s about a (high school or college) student assigned to write simulation code. He develops a virtual world in which the inhabitants use time travel to bring natural ...
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Man (linguist/interested in languages) travels to another planet. Giant trees, and seal/otter-like creatures whose language he learns [duplicate]

This is a sci-fi novel, fairly short, and I think fairly old (50s/60s, but might be earlier). The author is well-known, but possibly for other genres as well as sci-fi, and definitely anglophone. I'm ...
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Mutant youth return to Earth

This was a novel from late 80s or early 90s. Type of story where space-faring humans return to explore damaged Earth. I don't remember if they were trying to revive the Earth, ran into hostile ...
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Sci-Fi book about female pilot in the distant future who is a linguist and has to decipher an alien language/code

This book I read in college, I think it was published between the 1970s to 1990s. It's about a female pilot (I think her first name began with an R) in the distant future who is famous and is also ...
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Sci-fi book series about time travel, taming dinosaurs, and alien psychics

This is a series of books that starts off with a bunch of humans being abducted and sent back in time roughly 65 million years. They start to build a civilization and take dinosaurs to help out. They ...
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Book that I read long ago. I believe that the word "chaos" is in the title [duplicate]

In the book, bombs that had traveled from another galaxy were causing great damage to human planets. Ultimately, the main character makes a journey to the other galaxy and finds the ruins of the ...
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searching for a space opera novel with a planet of monks who controlled a monopoly on functional immortality via plant-based biotech

A space opera novel with a planet whose inhabitants are a group of 'monks' with a quasi-religious monopoly on functional immortality. There's a parasitic/symbiotic plant organism (I don't remember if ...
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Fantasy novel featuring armies of demons and a rift

I recall in high school reading a fantasy novel published in the late '70s/early '80s. It featured a kingdom or citadel on one side of a rift, and on the other side burial sites haunted by demons that ...
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Mid ‘60’s SF book where a final human ship seeds the galaxy with colonies to survive an invincible enemy

A book I read in the mid-late 60’s, has humanity (except for one light cruiser) wiped out within minutes across space. The light cruiser, named Challenger, hides in a lunar crater, sends off small ...
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Sci-Fi Technocrats (cyborgs) vs People with mental powers

Earth is at the brink of an ecological catastrophe, polluted, ravaged by wars, and was abandoned by the majority of its population who left in space ships. For generations their society relied on ...
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Manga/Novel about an injured blacksmith playing a Virtual Reality MMORPG

I remember reading a book about an above 50ish blacksmith (with an English sounding name) who got injured so as a way to get through it he ends up playing a Virtual Reality MMORPG. One defining factor ...
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Old Sci-Fi book with skin crystalizing disease and characters with psi powers

I remember reading a Sci-Fi book as a kid. The protagonist caught a supposedly fatal alien skin disease that caused the body to "crystalize". A secret organization treated him with devices ...
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Book about wooden sailing ships with FTL

I read this book in the 1990s; I'm trying to remember the name. It seems like a the start of a series I'd like to read the rest of now. It's a space opera about humans traveling our galaxy with giant ...
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Scifi novel where aliens replicate humans from a signal from Earth [duplicate]

I am trying to identify a novel that I read several years ago and cannot recall the author or title. I recall that the book is the first of two novels. The plot was this: Plant-like aliens receive a ...
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What is the book about a teen girl and guy who are stuck in a game where they can die and she has to complete every level in order to survive?

I read this book about two or three years ago and I forgot the name. It was about a teen girl who didn't have much, she was poor, and she was in foster care, so she ran away and was living in the ...
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Looking for a fantasy series where magic was powered by light

I read it back in the early 1990s. The magic was drawn from sunlight and moonlight. Magic drawn from star light was forbidden. Until, of course, someone challenged that. That’s about all I remember. ...
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A novel from the 1950s or 1960s about a solar-system civilization in which law enforcement uses "tangle webs" [duplicate]

I read this novel in the early 1960s, I think. I was perhaps not even in my teens. I got it from the public library. There is a solar-system-wide planetary civilization, but it is limited to that. The ...
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Jack McDevitt book where a toy-like spaceship turns out to be real for a small butterfly-like spacefaring race [duplicate]

I am looking for a particular Jack McDevitt novel, I believe set in the Alex Benedict series. It may have been a subplot or the main plot, but they find a toy-like spaceship, only to uncover near the ...
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Novel: Sentient lifeform enslaves all life on planet — colonises other planets by making copies of itself?

I'm trying to find the name of this book I read in the past couple of years. The book was about a sentient lifeform (I can't recall what kind, something that normally isn't sentient — the planet ...
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Disk weapons in the original book, The Day of the Triffids

I read the 1951 novel by the English science fiction author John Wyndham many years ago. I no longer have a copy. My memory is that the first effective weapon that was used against the triffids was a ...
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YA Book in which the (human?) leader of goblins is imprisoned at the bottom of a well

I am trying to remember a book I read in elementary school, probably in the second half of the 1980s, about which I do not remember very much, probably just one chapter. What I do recall is that it ...
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Fantasy novel: dueling sorcerers and a damsel in distress

I'm trying to recall the title of a novel I once read. The publication date would probably be in the '80s or early '90s. I don't remember much that happened in it, which may be an accurate ...
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Book series involving a teenage girl whose mother doesn't let her leave the house, until the day her mother disappears and two men attack the house

I think I got this as a Kindle book, might have had more than one book in the series (and I'm pretty sure it was a series). The girl's mother never let her leave the house, and is constantly training ...
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Book series that follows a student of magic who is expelled after a teacher is killed [duplicate]

I am looking for a book series that I read between 1988 and 2000, but I can't recall the title or the name. The first book starts with the main character being chosen to learn magic. By the end of the ...
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Science Fiction / Fantasy book involving a young woman hired to read Tarot cards for a local lord, ends with her killing his brother for him

I read this somewhere in the later 1990s as a paperback book. The main character, at the start, does Tarot readings in the marketplace. I think there was an early scene where a fight to the death (...
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Looking for a book with car crash & temple cats

I'm trying to find a book that I read part of in the early 90s. I don't have much to go on, because I only read the first scene (I was a young child and it was too upsetting, definitely intended for ...
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Story about a extra-terrestial jewel/stone that heals anyone who touches it, lady has it implanted to stop her aging

I am trying to identify a story from novel that I once read, this was a paperback book. I read this story in the 1990s in a library that had slighter older books so its definitely pre-1990s on the ...
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Short scene in novel: implausibility of solar eclipses

I’m trying to identify a science fiction novel I read about five years ago. I do not remember the author, or the title, or even most of the plot(!), but one minor background scene was very vividly ...
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Far future SF novel with humans living in genetically engineered habitats in space

I'm looking for a novel I read in English around 1989 or 1990. I think it was written in the 80s. It was a rather thick (for the time) mass-market paperback and I think it had a picture of a guy ...
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Aliens selling household appliances?

I'm looking for a sci-fi book's title. It was a novel about aliens (Martians I think) who came to Earth not to conquer it militarily, but economically. They sold household appliances at lower prices. ...
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Novel from Star Wars universe where Leia fights Darth Vader and drops him off a cliff

I read this novel or novelisation one afternoon at the city library somewhere between late 1984 and early 1986. It was set in the Star Wars universe and the main story was that there was some sort of ...
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Novel 80s-90s? Mech Warrior tries to defeat 3 "enemy" training mechs during Final exam

Trying to recall a MechWarrior novel probably from the 80s or 90s. Young hotshot MechWarrior is in training to be come a Mech Pilot to fight with his Clan. (I think he was from a prestigious family ...
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Story with a 3-layered world [duplicate]

I read this story in the 1990s or early 2000s, I believe. It was about a world with three layers or zones, and in order to travel from one zone to the next, travellers could only do so naked, ...
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novel with psi slavery

Name the novel, 197x. Setting is a world of human(oid)s most of whom have the psi ability to enslave weaker others. (Maybe the word slave and its derivatives are not used.) Masters and slaves form ...
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Prison planet book where the protagonist is given a quota to commit one murder a week

Years ago, maybe as many as forty, I read about a space soldier - Marine, I think - who goes on shore leave to a bar, leaves the bar and discovers a body. He is arrested and convicted of murder, sent ...
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Novel ID: reincarnated in a fantasy world, becomes a merchant

The novel is about a guy who is reincarnated to another world of magic and swords maybe a game. He was born to a noble family or rich . This guy knows this world the hero, and he tries to make a plot ...
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Title of book about humanity seeing their lives X years in the future due to astronomical event

I have recently been recommended a book, but I don't remember its title, nor its author. It's about an astronomical event that makes all humanity experience/see their lives some exact number of years ...
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Help identifying a SF novel about an alien world where the people worship death

I am trying to locate this SF novel and about all I recall of it was that it is about an Earth ship that reaches some alien world (but it sounds like they are people like us), and this alien planet-...
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Book series about a magician's apprentice whose master is assassinated and has to be trained by another master, who can't use magic? [duplicate]

I read this series in 1998 or something, so details are a little blurry. First book was about this apprentice summoning a demon, turned out to be his master's friend, but during the summoning, an ...
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Stories set in Colonial Virginia / New World with magical secrets in the wilderness

I am trying to identify the author of a series of paperback SF books I read back in the 80's. The stories were written in the 80's or in the late 70's. (Or maybe I am remembering that wrongly). The ...
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Looking for a young adult novel, gemstones for eyes

I’m in search of a single young adult novel in which the main character is a young woman, she’s been training in an academy of girls, learning how to fight (and possibly use magic?) She comes of age ...
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Book about an AI neural network being trained to write a literary essay

I read this book for a college course about eight years ago. I think it was released before that, though. The main character is working with someone else who has accepted a bet that they can't produce ...
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Cyberpunk. Protagonist was cured from Alzheimer's(?) and is learning how to live in "the Future". Flu is used to modify people's behavior

The protagonist finds himself in the future cured from Alzheimer's disease. He lost memories of several decades and now learns how to live in the future (somewhat 2030-2080). Everyone uses wearable ...

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