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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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Science fiction novel hacking passwords through key sounds

Read in the late 80s or early 90s, this was a science fiction novel that involved a young female prisoner being held in some sort of military RV. She had super sensitive hearing and hacked the guard's ...
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Near-Future SF novel, All Mental Illness Cured

I've been trying to remember this novel, probably from the 1990's or early 2000's. The main character and the antagonist are both women (they may have had some relationship in the past; possibly they'...
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YA novel about dragons, melting gold, and werewolves

I'm looking for something I read in High School about six years ago. It was about a teenage girl who could communicate with dragons in some fashion or was otherwise just connected to dragons in some ...
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Printed or digital story featuring nuke alien trapped in crashing ISS

I remember participating in a newsgroup thread in late 90s. The thread was created by a sci-fi writer (or, a lunatic who claimed he was a writer). In the end, he said he was going to publish these ...
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A kind of 1984 remake, in an Internet based society

I am looking for the title and author of a specific novel, a social dystopia that sort of takes after 1984, but takes place on the Internet where some Big Brother, controlled by corporations, watches ...
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Were there any novels ever written in the Terra Nova TV series setting?

Was interested in reading any books written in the 2011 Terra Nova TV Series. But in doing a few google searches, I could not find anything. Not even a Novelization of the series I was surprised that ...
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Christian science fiction novel with Han Solo type character

I'm trying to track down a science fiction novel that features a Christian protagonist, perhaps similar to Han Solo, who pilots a ship on the space lanes while reading the Gospel. I'm sure I came ...
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Spaceships get lost, officers missing

I search for a novel I flipped through, ca. four years ago. There is a space ship officer (lieutenant? captain? navigator?) who accepts to fly a ship for a company. Some time after the start, she (he?)...
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Fantasy novel with villainous raiders wearing magical animal masks/helmets; one man wipes out an evil patrol by going berserk

There's a book from when I was younger I can barely remember. I would have read it about 15 years ago (2002/3). I think the front cover was green with a horse and rider on it. Fantasy, bad guys had ...
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Sci fi novel where space miners free an alien trapped in an asteroid who then attacks them

A novel about an alien trapped in an asteroid. Space miners set it free and it takes over the crew; they fight with the aliens who can control energy of all kinds. It seems like the aliens might be ...
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Novel about two sisters who died in car accidents; one of the sisters dreamt it would happen

I have read a novel about two sisters who died in a car accident, one sister died three and a half hours after the accident while the other sister died three and a half days after the accident. Before ...
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How does constraining a jumper actually work?

In the first two novels, Davy can't teleport when he's restrained. The impression I got from that first book is that when he jumps he creates a wormhole that quickly opens up, passes over him, and ...
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Early 2000s novel where girl wakes up to find (almost) everyone gone. Turns out to be an experiment

This girl wakes up in her house in the morning, everything is the same but so very silent. She gets up and goes around, surprised to find the door unlocked and her parents gone. In fact, nobody seems ...
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Book ID: 1970s YA fantasy novel, body swap w/ portrait character for revenge against evil stepfather

The teenage girl protagonist doesn't like her stepfather, but has to live in his house. She finds out through visions caused by portraits and/or mirrors that he's a murderer. Eventually a person (the ...
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SciFi novel I can't remember the name from

It's about these two sisters whose colony are forced to mine some like psi-ore or something because it messes with robots AI. The younger sister is a genius though (as happens to many of the children ...
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Trading places SF novel

Over on rec.arts.sf.written, this YASID has been asked twice, with no answer. Anyone? Do you know this book? It's a paperback book I had in the mid-60s...about two (eventually) physically similar ...
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I'm looking for a sci fi novel from the 70's; 10th planet, kidnapped F geneticist

The book was about 2 species of aliens were working together, the Ell or El who lived on a warm wet planet with many types of moss and fungus and the females laid eggs, and the Vorn or Varn who used ...
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Looking for a fantasy book I started reading but never finished

I don't remember much about it I just remember that it started with the place where a kid lived is destroyed. The main detail I remember is that the portal to the other land is an imperfect street ...
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Name of a fantasy book a red-haired male protagonist who accomplishes impossible tasks

When I was a kid I read a book as described above. From what I recall one of the tasks was cutting through a thorn forest in order to build an unassailable castle. It turned out he was an orphan of a ...
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Looking for older YA fantasy book with young boy magician + familiars + orbs

I'm not sure I have enough information to truly make finding this book possible, but I thought I'd try! I read this fantasy novel when I was probably 12 years old or so - so 1995 ish. So I'm sure it ...
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Male and female astronaut fall in love on a mission and fall into the sun

I am looking for the title of a SF book about a male and female astronaut that are to go to the sun and back. They fall in love, missing the key moment to brake, which causes them to fall into the sun ...
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Searching for a book with a telepathic female

I read a novel in the 1980s in which the main character was a telepathic female. I believe the title included the word "Prime". I remember that it was part of a series. After she was done with an ...
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Novel about small dragons which have power over fire or water; they become your friend if they hatch for you

Small dragons, each have different powers, over fire, or water, if I remember correctly. You don't own them, but when they hatch for you, they are your friend and tend to stick with you. It was a full ...
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1960s YA novel set in ancient Rome

Do you remember a YA novel circa 1960s in which the protagonist goes to ancient Rome and when another character gives the "Friends, Romans, Countrymen" speech, he catapults a load of ass's ears into ...
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Book - A women sleeps with members of a starship crew to learn their skills

This was a Sci-fi book where a woman sleeps with men in order to learn their craft on a spaceship. One example is her sleeping with the crew's sniper to learn everything about sniping from him. After ...
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Book following a royal descendant with strong hybrid magic

The book I'm looking for opens with a prince and princess that are married and from different kingdoms; people don't like that. They are at a party (not sure what they were celebrating). The princess ...
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Novel about climate change

I read a book in the 80's that was about climate change. Politicians had denied it, but last minute were trying to evacuate earth. I can't remember any other details.
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Paperback novel about a sea or lake monster (I think)

For the past couple of days I've had random urges to read old books I can't remember the names of. One in particular I read maybe 10 or so years ago. It was a kid/teen book and I'm really fuzzy on ...
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Sci-Fi/Romance novel from 1990s (?) with girl who moves in with her bachelor uncle

I read a novel when I was a teenager, and my sister and I can't remember the title or author. The only things I remember about the book are that I believe it was a fantasy/sci-fi/paranormal romance ...
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Looking for a book in which one of the main characters has powers and it is post apocalyptic

From what I remember, there's a big scene in the book where two teenagers are fighting. The two main characters were away from people, hiding in the woods in a tent. They have a car with a broken ...