New answers tagged

9

This is surely "Planet Story" by Harry Harrison. Published in 1979, it is a short novel with wonderful illustrations by Jim Burns. It deals with an unlikely hero named "Private Parrts" stationed on a remote outpost on the desolate planet Strabismus. A planetary survey discovers a rich deposit of mcguffinite, and to access it a railroad-...


4

This could be Wilson Tucker's tongue-in-cheek novel Resurrection Days from 1981. I can't remember much about it & I have been unable to find a detailed description, but it does involve a man who dies in the 20th century and is revived thousands of years later in a society dominated by women. Most revived men are drones, but he is a 'variant', one who has ...


3

bowles: I don't know if you are on-site any more, but this sounds like Walter M. Miller's short story It Takes A Thief aka Big Joe And The Nth Generation, 1952. The MC is a barbaric Martian thief who is paid to enter the Cavern of the Ancients & steal the secret information hidden there; in order to reach his goal he must pass the monster Big Joe (which ...


4

Harbinger (2012) by Shae Ford, first book of the Fate's Forsaken quadrilogy. From Goodreads: Seventeen years ago, a long and bloody rebellion wracked the six united regions of the Kingdom. Now the new King wields the vast and unvanquished army of Midlan with his right hand, and with his left has granted a small group of thugs — the nobles he calls his ...


5

This is Helix (2007) by Eric Brown. The ship has crashed on part of the 'Helix', a series of inhabited planets arranged in a helical pattern, four turns 'below' and four turns 'above' the star. from the book's description: they crashland on what they think is a desolate, ice-bound planet. Daylight brings the discovery that the planet is one of thousands ...


4

Might this be The Gathering by Dan Poblocki? It was published in 2016, and is the first book in the Shadow House Series. According to this review from jenniferdenney.wixsite.com, the story involves a group of five kids visiting Larkspur house, where they're attacked by other kids wearing animal masks (these other kids are apparently ghosts): When orphan ...


0

This seems like The Man of Two Worlds. Published on - 1986 Written by - Brian and Frank Herbert From what I found on Wiki:- "One young alien escapes or runs away from his home universe and collides with a human space ship either in an attack or accident. The alien and one human survive but both are too damaged to survive long. The alien convinces the ...


5

Prelude to Chaos by Edward LLewellyn. Your plot summary is pretty much spot on just a little jumbled. As a result of global infertility the USG moves in to take control of those remaining women who are still able to bear children. The primary hero is a bible-quoting SF guy who keeps a weapons cache by the gravestone of his dad/grandfather. Loved that book ...


7

I think this is probably The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann. It was published in 2011, and is the first book in the Unwanteds Series. According to this summary from bookpage.com, the main characters are Alex Stowe, a boy who is labelled Unwanted and condemned to death for being too creative, and his twin brother Aaron, who is labelled Wanted and offered a much ...


1

I wouldn't read it literally. He means "I won't quit the fight until the final battle is over (even if it looks like we're losing)". Tolkien's wording is more poetic than this one.


6

Might this be The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams? It was published in 2012, and is the first book in the Incarnation Series. According to this review from booksbypamelathompson.blogspot.com, the plot is very similar to what you described: The main character is named Seraphina (Sera for short), and was born in the 1300s. As a teenager, she meets a ...


14

This sounds alot like Being by Kevin Brooks, published in 2007. The Goodreads synopsis mentions the hospital check-up, where the main character, Robert, is found to have moving metal parts in his innards: "The Fugitive" meets "Blade Runner" with a Kevin Brooks kick in this heart-stopper about a boy who discovers he's not one hundred ...


12

The Smoky Corridor by Chris Grabenstein. It is book 3 of his Haunted Mystery series. The main character is Zack, and as you say he can talk to ghosts: Zack is about to start at his new school, and his dad, who went there years before, tells Zack the stories of the haunted janitor’s closet, the spectre of a dead crossing guard, and the Donnelly brothers, ...


9

Arghh, I just came across your question, and I have trying to find the name of this book for 15 years, you described it absolutely perfectly. I read it in 1999, so it was definitely written before then. All of the answers people have given to your question this far are wrong, it's none of those books. I remember the hardback cover having a picture of a child ...


4

I wonder if this might be Spear of Heaven (1994) by Judith Tarr. Daruya, having produced Kimeri, heir to the line, wishes to leave the palace of the emperor, her grandfather Estarion, despite the potential for calamity that the unexplained collapse of a Worldgate suggests. "Daruya," he said a little wearily, "no one ever forgets that you ...


5

This is The Nine Emperors by David Logan. Junk has jumped through space and time to find his sister Ambeline. She has been taken to a country ruled by the nine emperors. Junk and his friends Garvan and Lasel set off to find her. On his quest, Junk will fight off lions, morph into a cyborg, discover the secret of the universe, and play with time itself. Join ...


0

Darkship Thieves by Sara A. Hoyt. Athena Hera Sinistra never wanted to go to space. Never wanted see the eerie glow of the Powerpods. Never wanted to visit Circum Terra. Never had any interest in finding out the truth about the DarkShips. You always get what you don't ask for. Which must have been why she woke up in the dark of shipnight, within the greater ...


6

This sounds exactly like The Power of Un by Nancy Etchemendy. Description from Goodreads: Until a week ago, Gib Finney was just a regular guy, shooting spitballs and messing up his science experiments. But when he finds a mysterious device called the Unner, everything changes. Gib discovers that the Unner has the power to erase any and all mistakes. At ...


1

For novels and other non TV or movie materials that give information about the Enterprise-C, see https://memory-beta.fandom.com/wiki/USS_Enterprise_(NCC-1701-C) (not sure if the page is complete though)


10

This sounds like Daughter of Nothing by Eric Kent Edstrom, published in 2013. It's the first book in The Scion Chronicles Series. The cover matches your description. Published in 2013, close to the time you say you read the book. It's a young adult book, as you suggested it might be. The story is set in and around a school on a private Carribean island. The ...


17

The first story sounds like "Alas, All Thinking" (1935) by Harry Bates. The plot is as you describe. The story takes the form of a report, and the main character makes his announcement a few pages in: He answered cryptically, bubblingly, enjoying our puzzlement with every word. "Because Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. Because thought is ...


2

The second story is The Jaunt, by Stephen King. https://scifi.stackexchange.com/a/37420/107871


12

This sounds like possibly Jeff and Jean Sutton. They collaborated on a number of YA books including: Lord of the Stars and The Beyond. The first book you are seeking I believe is the Lord of the Stars. "Danny grew up alone on an alien planet guided by the telepathic thoughts of unseen Zandro. Finally he makes mental contact with humans on another world ...


7

This may be Mysterium by Robert Charles Wilson Awakening in a strange world of repression, rationing, and fear, the citizens of small Michigan town Two Rivers, victims of a mysterious government plot, band together in a dangerous quest to discover what has gone wrong. This review provides a bit more detail: An odd radioactive artifact had been found in an ...


1

In any question about SF publications, your first stop should be the Internet Science Fiction Database. It includes publication details, and much else, for the vast majority of published SF for the past century. The page for Gilden-Fire lists the first U.S. publication, in a limited 1000-copy (plus 275 signed copies) hardcover printing by Underwood-Miller, ...


20

That's Christopher Stasheff's 'Starship Troupers' series. The main character (the young man you mention, an engineering student with a background in martial arts, fleeing a potential shotgun-wedding) is Ramou Lazarian, although the perspective alternates between him (the neophyte) and Horace Burbage (the experienced actor who Ramou rescues from a mugging), ...


18

Might this be The Scarecrow and His Servant by Philip Pullman, published in 2004? According to this review from The Guardian, a boy and a scarecrow go on a journey together, seeking the scarecrow's fortune and place of birth: This is story about a gullible and fun-loving scarecrow, known as Lord Scarecrow, who employs the services of a poor, quick-witted ...


3

A quick Google search about the publishing dates for the first editions of the UK Version and the US Version reveals the US edition as the true first edition. The date for the US Version was found by the Google Query - 'when was gilden fire US first edition released?' and the UK Version by - 'when was gilden fire UK first edition released?'


2

Could be Levels: The Host by Peter R Emshwiller, first published in 1991. Synopsis from fantasticfiction.com: In the near-future country of Manhattan the poor First-Levelers barely survive on the old streets, sealed beneath a fifth-story ceiling. Far above in the sunlight, rich Second-Levelers thrive in boring opulence. They get their kicks by projecting ...


11

Sounds like this might be The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov. Excerpt from a review at SF Site: The End of Eternity concerns Andrew Harlan, a Technician for the organization called Eternity. As a Technician, Harlan is an expert at determining and executing the Minimum Necessary Change in a timeline to attain a desired Change in history. For the Eternals, ...


6

Replay by Ken Grimwood, published in 1986. At forty-three Jeff Winston is tired of his low-paid, unrewarding job, tired of the long silences at the breakfast table with his wife, saddened by the thought of no children to comfort his old age. But he hopes for better things, for happiness, maybe tomorrow … But a sudden, fatal heart attack puts paid to that. ...


11

Among this fairly common trope, a partial match is The Sin Eater's Daughter (2015) by Melinda Salisbury. From Goodreads: Sixteen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she's engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn't a member of the court. She's the executioner. As the goddess-embodied, Twylla ...


7

This sounds like it might be a slightly twisted memory of "Robot Girl" (2015) by Malorie Blackman. I can't quite find all the information available on the book but from reading various reviews I have found the following: Her father invents the robot which is based on Claire, the main character. Claire is horrified about this creation and wants to ...


3

This was a challenge to find, but I think you might be thinking of the The Phrophecized series, by Kaitlyn Hoyt. From the description of the first book, Blackmoon Beginnings: Ryanne Arden was on track to being Stormfield High School’s Valedictorian. Being the shy, quiet studious type, she’s always done her own thing. That all changed when a drunk man ...


24

Almost certainly Allen Steele's Labyrinth of Night. The Goodreads summary: In 2029, an American research team ventures to Mars to investigate an astounding find: a labyrinth older than humanity itself, whose maze of rooms conceals the deepest secrets of the red planet. In the final chamber, strange music plays, as chilling as it is beautiful. It will be the ...


Top 50 recent answers are included