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His followers called him Mahasamatman and said he was a god. He preferred to drop the Maha- and the -atman, however, and called himself Sam. He never claimed to be a god, but then he never claimed not to be a god. This is Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny. Lord of Light is the story of Sam, an original colonist ("First") of an initially hostile world and his ...


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A few years ago I picked up a paperback copy of Ice Prophet by William R. Forstchen. First published by Del Rey in 1983. It was Volume One of a trilogy. I haven't read the later installments, so I can't swear to the bit about the carbon nanotube. (If such a tube was explicitly mentioned in the first volume, I don't recall that much detail now. I do recall ...


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This is Manseed by Jack Williamson. The project was simple in design yet grandiose in its aim: a thousand tiny ships would crawl to the stars; each that landed on an Earth-type planet would produce several dozen colonists; each colonist would be a product of the genes derived from Megan and her experts. Every ship would manufacture cyborgs for repairs and ...


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That is Flight into Space edited by Don Wollheim and published in 1950 by Frederick Fell. It's subtitled "Great Science-Fiction Stories of Interplanetary Travel" and just as you describe, has a story for the Sun, all nine planets, the Moon and the asteroids. The Sun creatures (in Sunward by Stanton A. Coblentz) are as you said, but the Plutonians (The Rape ...


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Larry Niven, The Integral Trees (1984) and The Smoke Ring (1987) Humans have colonized a free-fall ("zero gravity") biosphere orbiting a neutron star. Some of the humans live in pseudogravity at the ends of enormous trees larger than skyscrapers, while others inhabit free-floating structures. In the absence of strong planetbound gravity, these colonists ...


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This is The Recollection by Gareth L. Powell. When his brother disappears into a bizarre gateway on a London Underground escalator, failed artist Ed Rico and his brother's wife Alice have to put aside their feelings for each other to go and find him. Their quest through the 'arches' will send them hurtling through time, to new and terrifying alien worlds.


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The first part of your question sounds like Icerigger by Alan Dean Foster - four humans are stranded on the planet TranKiKi after a botched kidnap attempt. To escape they have to travel halfway round the planet to a human settlement. Aided by the indigenous Tran, they travel on a large wooden iceship, running on skatelike runners. There are also two sequels -...


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These are from the Midnight Library series by Damien Graves. "One was about this boy that stole an apple from his neighbors backyard and turned into a tree." This is "An Apple a Day" from Voices (2007). A summary from a review (spelling/style corrected, emphasis mine): The last story, "An Apple a Day"...is about a young boy named Tim who is mad about ...


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That's Guy Gavriel Kay's Fionavar Tapestry From Wikipedia (with my emphasis): The Five [travellers]: Drawn by magic from our world and thus strangers to Fionavar, each of them finds a new role and a new destiny during their adventures in Fionavar. -Kevin Laine (Liadon) – Witty, bright, outgoing. Fair of hair and of spirit. The act of love has ...


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The film is based on a short story ("The Wandering Earth") by Liu Cixin. Liu Cixin, the Chinese science fiction writer who wrote the eponymous, responded to the CCTV (China Central Television) interview and answered some questions, many of whom wanted to know the answers. Many people cried when they saw this movie. Has this been your case? CL: ...


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The book is The Twilight Man by Michael Moorcock. This was originally serialised in New Worlds magazine, then published as a novel called The Shores of Death. I have the novel and while it matches some of the points in your description there are significant differences. It does have the Flower Forest and there is a search for the mad scientist, but there is ...


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Mirrorscape by Mike Wilks. Melkin Womper is thrilled to escape his dull future as a village weaver and develop his artistic talent when he’s apprenticed to Ambrosius Blenk, one of Vlam’s most famous masters. Mel is especially excited by the colors that he’ll be able to use, since color is a very expensive Pleasure, strictly controlled by the sinister ...


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I'm pretty sure you are thinking of The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russel. Publication is a little later than you suggested (1996), but the plot points you remember match pretty well. The story is told non-linearly, mostly from the perspective of Emilio Sanchez, linguist and Jesuit missionary, who is one of a small group dispatched to a distant planet after he ...


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The Demons at Rainbow Bridge (1989) by Jack L. Chalker? From this Goodreads review: In this series, the galaxy is split into three mutually antagonistic power blocs, the Exchange, the religious nutters of the Mizlaplanian Empire, and the evil dog-eat-dog empire of the Mycohlians. Humanity went out into the stars and found itself just another alien race ...


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Judas Unchained - Peter F. Hamilton From the back of the paperback: "To Mark Vernon, mechanic and general repairman extraordinare, it appears he's landed on his feet when he finds the perfect job on the most secure world in the Commonwealth."


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This goes back a ways (to 1969, in fact) but "The Ice Schooner" is what occurred to me immediately. To be honest, I don't remember the details of the book - just the arresting image of a frozen Earth with large ships sailing over the ice. By the way, the vessels in question are square-riggers, not schooners. Moorcock actually addresses this in the book. ...


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Rainbow Mars (1999), by Larry Niven The adventurers in this novel travel through time and into dimensions of myths and legends including that of Yggdrasil the World Tree. What they encounter and bring back causes problems including the environmental catastrophe you described. Time, space and a reader's patience become vertiginously distorted in this ...


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The book is called Rebel Fleet and is the the first in a series called Rebel Fleet by BV Larson. The protagonist is a soldier that dives off the coast to find a glowing rock that fell from the sky. Only a few survive this I believe, then aliens take them to fight in their navy. All the aliens are of humanoid descent, but from a different base animal than ...


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It's from the beginning of the point&click adventure game Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis by LucasArts. "Tell me, did you find a lock to match my key?"


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This is The War against the Chtorr series, by David Gerrold. The Earth has been seeded, by means unknown, and there are several Chtorran infestation all over it. Not enough to completely alienform the planet, but enough that the military saw the writing on the wall, while far from the "front lines", life goes on more or less as usual, while soldiers fight ...


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Could this be The Human Apes by (Ms.) Dale Carlson? Todd and his friends, Diana and Johnny, are part of an expedition to study the mountain gorillas in Africa. Todd is drawn to a group of gorillas, one of whom speaks to him. He has discovered the human apes, humans who have spent 6,000 years camouflaging themselves behind gorilla-like characteristics. In ...


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I'm not sure about the garage part (looking now), but this sounds like The Rowan (or another in that series) by Anne McCaffrey. The Rowan (1990) is a science fiction novel by American writer Anne McCaffrey, the first book in "The Tower and the Hive" series (also known as "The Rowan" series). It is set in the universe of the "Pegasus" trilogy, ...


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I believe this to be one of various books from L.J. Smith's "Night of the Solstice" series. If I'm correct, this actually involves three sisters and one brother. From the author's homepage (http://www.ljanesmith.net/author/booklist/197-the-night-of-the-solsticeheart-of-valor), note this blurb, in which the sisters are training (one of them under Morgana to ...


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The Gray Prince by Jack Vance It is actually a complete coincidence that I found this. I was searching through my local library's catalog for science fiction books in hopes of getting one during my next visit. There it was! The title seemed familiar and I thought the title was interesting so I went ahead and clicked on it! The main character's name is ...


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I'm not sure at all, but it kinda reminds me the novel Slan by A. E. van Vogt. Slans are evolved humans, named after their alleged creator, Samuel Lann. They have the psychic abilities to read minds and are super-intelligent. They possess near limitless stamina, "nerves of steel," and superior strength and speed. When Slans are ill or seriously injured, ...


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This is a bit of a long shot, but I'm going to suggest the Flandry series by Poul Anderson. The first book in particular, Ensign Flandry, has the titular character aiding a technologically less-advanced society of cat-like aliens (called "Tigeries" of all things). There is a scene I vaguely recall where Flandry is greeting one of the aliens, and they touch ...


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Journey to Terezor by Frank Asch Matt Hilton is kidnapped and taken to a galactic “reserve” for endangered species. There he encounters Ryan Morrison, a young but determined scientist, and Sara Hollings, who more than anything yearns to see Earth. Together they begin a perilous quest for freedom. Matt is forced to masquerade as an alien from the unique ...


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This might be Vonnegut's "The Sirens of Titan". The stranded alien does not actually create life, but aliens guide the developement of human civilization to a point where humans can produce spare part for the stranded ship. Salo, the Tralfamadorian explorer, is a robot built millennia earlier to carry a message to a distant galaxy. His spacecraft is ...


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"When It Changed" by Joanna Russ Is not on Earth; it is a planet colonized only by women. Is not a book, but it is a short story nominated for Hugo and Nebula awards. They do not find male DNA, but male DNA does come to them when the first male astronauts arrive. I don't know that there is a "battle", but there is immediate internal and external struggle:...


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The Viking Wants Forever (2015) by Koko Brown? It features an African-American girl (not in summary but in the Amazon comments) who is sent back in time by Loki and ends up with Eirik Sigurdsson, a Viking. Google Books has no eBook and I found no illicit PDFs to search, so I couldn't determine if she is a redhead. It seems to be porn.


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