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Novel about time traveller amongst a group that go back in time to view historical events

I am searching for the name of a short novel, it was a bundle of novel inside one book, it must have been a famous sci fi author The story is about humans from the future taking pleasure to teleport ...
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Mid 60s short story/novella in which failed fusion reactor destroys London

Probably appeared in Analog, Galaxy or Fantasy and Science Fiction between 1964 and 1968. The protagonist has written a massive PhD thesis - over 250,000 pages long - that claims to be the design for ...
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Novella where a man bonds with an alien who lives inside of him

A book I read in the early 70s, novella-length. A man bonds with an alien who lives inside him and keeps him alive for centuries. Basically immortal.
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Fantasy/Horror novella about a young boy travelling on a ship and finding a giant eye in a volcano crater

I read the novella about 5-6 years ago, but I do not know how old it is. I am also not sure, if it was written in German or English. In any case, it was quite short, maybe 150 pages and I had to order ...
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Novella with psychic killing, southern family cult camp set on fire by a boy who escapes

I'm looking for the name of a novella I read in an anthology, I believe it was a collection of Nebula Award-winning science fiction but I'm not entirely sure. The story has a main protagonist, a ...
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Short story or novella about a guy who keeps getting infected but doesn't die from any of them

I’m going crazy trying to remember this science fiction story about a guy who is kinda like Typhoid Mary. He has been exposed to hundreds of deadly pests but didn’t die himself. He just gets more ...
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Novella (and follow up short story) in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine about the stars going out. Published ~20 years ago

I am trying to find a novella (and its follow up short story) that were published in "Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine" on the order of 20 years ago (+/- 5 years). Premise: for reasons unknown,...
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Teen girl named “Leaf” or “Twig” who grew up in wild of forest planet raised by “Grandfather”(forest's plant root nexus). Colonists out to destroy him

While reading the first chapter of the webcomic The Meek, I had a sense of déjà vu, because a number of elements reminded me of a SF novella or short story I had read, years back. (The similarities ...
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Short story/novella: Ship sling shots around a spinning black hole

Synopses: Ship is being chased by 'bad guys', to escape they use a sling shot maneuver around a spinning black hole. As a consequence the black hole's event horizon expands (due to the rotational ...
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Sci-fi story/novella which involves intelligent probe exchanging messages with a group of children, contact diminishes over time

There's an artificial intelligence/computer/spacecraft flying away from Earth on a long mission. In the beginning, it exchanges messages with a group of children (I think it was 100), whose parents ...
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A very biological story about a cynical scientist who gets the Nobel Peace Prize [duplicate]

I read this story about 10 years ago or so, but it was in a collection of SF stories that could have been much older. It was a rather longish novelette, or shortish novella, certainly not a novel and ...
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Short story/novella about old-school Biblical angels wrecking the world

I feel like this was a short story or novella, no timeframe really coming to mind. I don't think it is Angelfall by Susan Ee, as in my memory, the protagonist never meets an angel, or the angels never ...
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SciFi Short Story/Novella where Advanced Aliens are Choosing a Galactic Overseer

My memory on this is a little fuzzy since I thought the story was in one of the Golden Age of anthologies that I have but I can't find it there. I can provide a few more details than in the title. ...
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Star Trek books about the Federation outside of Starfleet?

Are there any Star Trek novels that depict the Federation primarily or entirely outside of Starfleet? There’s been a lot of fan speculation over the years on what civilian life in the Federation would ...
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Novella, possibly from 1960's, Bingo babies breeding goes out of control

I think I might have partially asked this already in the comments on somebody else's question. As far as I remember it was in an anthology of four or five novella's or "long" short stories....I read ...
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Short story/novella: alien stranded on Earth befriends girl, gives her a device protecting from rape, accidentally goes to the past and dies in Italy

I remember reading a short story (or novella?) that had a girl who was raised by some terrible relatives because her father went missing. She was befriended by an alien who was stranded on Earth and ...
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Short story (possibly a novella) about people living in caves; women start giving birth to worms

In eleventh grade, we read many a short story, sometimes novellas if our teacher liked them enough. I remember reading The Most Dangerous Game. This one short story I have been trying to find for ...
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Sci fi story: Clever pigs that help a galaxy lawman

This was read in the early 1980's in UK. I think it was a 'longish' short story (most likely a novella) in a book with 3 or 4 others. There is a Earth colony planet and a rough and ready spaceship ...
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The youngest person on Earth in a society of immortals

The protagonist is the youngest person on Earth -- the only one to be born in many centuries. Terrestrial society is small but every individual is unique and multitalented, as they are all immortal ...
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Novella/short book involving teleportation, ghosts and a magic tree

All I remember is it's some sort of cross between fantasy and sci-fi. I seem to remember there is a teleporter in it that has created some sort of monster. And there are some ghost like creatures that ...
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Linked novellas where humans are engineered to adapt to a variety of environments

As a child I remember having a book with a collection of novellas that revolved around a common theme that went like this: Survivors of an ill-fated expedition arrive on a distant planet and create, ...
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SF novella separating the dumb majority from the intelligent part of mankind

Some 20+ years ago, I’ve read a SF novella written by an American author, and I’d like to re-read this book. The story goes like this: a farmer unearthes, while plowing his field, a sarcophagus with ...
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1960s sci-fi novella with a character who is treated as invisible by being ignored

In the late 1960s I read a fascinating science fiction novella - part of a double header paperback series (Ace Doubles books?) - which I have been trying to identify. The lead male character ...
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Is “The Matter of the Seggri” a novelette or a novella?

I listened to Le Guin's story "The Matter of the Seggri" in the anthology The Found and the Lost, which purports to be a collection of all Le Guin's novellas. However, on Wikipedia and ISFDB award ...
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Old story about a creature laying pyramid shaped eggs on Mars [duplicate]

I remember a very old short story/novella about a man on Mars who finds a creature who lays pyramid shaped eggs, the eggs hatch and a new creature lays an egg and so on. Think the man is a stranded ...
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A man sent to a parallel Earth to save someone important

This is not a novel, but "longish" short fiction, novelette or novella. I read it around 1984, in an already used book containing half a dozen or so stories, in a cheap hotel in the US. There were ...
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Short story about a planet with two sentient species

It is short fiction, not a novel, but just how short (novella, novelette, short fiction) I am not sure. I read it maybe four decades ago. Humans have some (trading? scientific?) outpost, not a full ...
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“Lost his faith in humanity in the trenches of Verdun” — last line of an SF story

I read this long story (novella?) a couple of decades ago, I believe, and probably in one of the SF magazines. There's a good chance this was in F&SF of the time. It involves a priest who was an ...
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Science fiction story about an intelligent man put in suspended animation to solve future problems

I am asking this question for an older relative. This story sticks out to them over four decades after reading it, but they can't remember the title. The story is about an extremely intelligent man ...
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70-80s (?) book about a military man who is a new person every day

This was a novella length book I read maybe forty years ago. It might have been an Ace double but I'm not 100%, There was a Earth military intelligence officer based on another planet and (I don't ...
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60s, or earlier, story featuring the last living tree on Earth

I'm looking for the author and title of a short story or novelette that was probably published before 1960. It may even predate 1926. It was probably published in a SF pulp, though I do not know ...
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Trying to identify self-published story about fans of a children's book series

I'm trying to track down a self-published story or novella I read online roughly a decade ago, possibly on someone's Livejournal, written in the form of a series of emails or newsgroup posts exchanged ...
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Outbreak of deadly disease which turns out was accidentally triggered by a government experiment

It's a short novella, I think, something Scandinavian (i.e. Swedish, Danish, or something like that, but I'm not really sure) from 1980s (or maybe even 1970s) Russian translation. There's an ...
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Novella where two vast digital civilizations simulate each other

A couple of years ago, I came across an intriguing and fun novella about acorporeal civilizations (living as computer simulations) which I'd love to read again. Can any of you identify which story I'...
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Science fiction horror novella about yellow smoke that can control people's minds

It was a sci-fi and horror novella (the book contained 3 stories in total). The protagonist was a young kid with asthma. His parents were scientists and had to move to a new town in the middle of ...
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90s YA vampire romance short novel where a girl moves to a new town and invites a vampire into her house

I'm struggling to get the title of a young-adult vampire horror/romance short novel that was written in the 90s about a teenage girl named Christina (I believe) who moves to a new creepy town where ...
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Pre-1980 short story about solipsism

This could've be in an anthology; it was a novella or short story, published before 1980. The main character goes to the psychiatrist because he thinks he is being followed and watched - or is it ...
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Book series about a boy bonded to a phoenix

It was about a boy who is sort of bonded to a Phoenix. He can communicate telepathically with her. He goes on some sort of quest and meet some other kids who are bonded with these other magical ...
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Short story about a vast, telepathic, amoeba-like creature that covers an entire planet

This was a short story or novella I read in the 1980s when I was a teenager. I read this in the United States. I'm guessing the story was written in the 1970s. I think I read this as part of a ...
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Fantasy book where two magicians travel to many worlds while being chased?

I remember reading this book some years ago, probably like ten or twelve. In it, two magicians: I think it was a mind magician and maybe a necromancer, are on the run from some big bad (probably a ...
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SF novella title - stardrive with an unexpected side effect

In the mid ‘70s I read a story, probably novella length as I remember it being in an anthology, about a stardrive with an unexpected side effect. Plot details I remember: During construction, the ...
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Seeking title / author of a story about alien first contact with Earth

As title, seeking the title of a story I read in the mid 1970s. I'm fairly sure it was a novella in an anthology. Plot details I can remember - I think main character's family name was Monk. His ...
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Book about an astronaut who is tasked with investigating the disappearance of a shuttle in the vicinity of a small forest planet

I've been looking for a book for over ten years now on and off that I read and loved as a child but misplaced in a house move. I'm not 100% sure of the title, but I believe it's called The Wizard of ...
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Novella set in futuristic environmentally focussed portion of USA

An older story as it has been at least 15 or more years since I've seen it. I think it was novella length, and was part of a paperback that had several pieces of work by the same author. I think the ...
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Book about adventure on Jupiter

I read several of my, now ex-, brother-in-law's scifi books back in the early nineties without really paying too much attention to the titles or authors; just wanted something to read. One keeps ...
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Looking for short story/novella I read in the early 1980s about people hibernating in winter

A man finds himself in a farming society. The people run out of food every winter and hibernate. The man has a hard time the first couple of years and wakes starving in the middle of winter. ...
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Searching for sci-fi short story relating to space pilots and autism

I remember reading an amazing short story/novella (at least 15+ years ago) that focused on a universe where it has been discovered that the vastness of space drives the pilots of spaceships insane ...
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Short story search: reverting back to primitive language

I'm having a case of probable false memory... Has anyone else ever heard of a short story where the main character is a newscaster or perhaps he is just watching the news and he's very eloquent but ...
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Old sci-fi novella where a space flight (and its astronaut protagonist) are threatened by radical anti-technology activists?

Plot Summary/Details I fear I'm a bit light on details with this one. From what I can remember: NASA (or its fictional equivalent) has developed its first interplanetary space program. It ...
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Story where mental disabilities are used as an advantage

This was a fairly old story, probably 1950s at the latest (since I believe I listened to it on Librivox) It was fairly short, either a short story or novella. There was some kind of recurring ...