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Book about an evil carnival run by a woman named Cassandra

Full Tilt (2003) by Neal Shusterman...? From Goodreads: Sixteen-year-old Blake and his younger brother, Quinn, are exact opposites. Blake is the responsible member of the family. He constantly has to ...
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1990s science fiction book with alien-made biological metal-eating missiles used by a human empire against their enemy

Roger MacBride Allen's The Torch of Honour and Rogue Powers These were originally published as two separate books, but subsequently combined into Allies and Aliens. The Torch of Honour sees a married ...
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Book about a fantasy world with mage colleges/cities that battle with armies

Your description could easily be describing The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (Published 1990 – 2013). One detail from that series is that almost all magic is wielded by women, the Aes Sedai. ...
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Book about a fantasy world with mage colleges/cities that battle with armies

Colors of Chaos (1998) by L.E. Modesitt Jr....? It's the ninth book in the Saga of Recluce series. From Goodreads: Ceryl, now a full mage in The White Order, must prove himself indispensible to ...
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Children's book: family of explorers with a spaceship, use gas-filled seedpods to fly after a crash

As confirmed by the asker, the book is Brian Earnshaw's Dragonfall 5 and the Royal Beast, the second in a children's sci-fi book series originally published in the UK in 1972 (and in the US in 1975). ...
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Book about a space warrior pilot, augmented with his AI-based spaceship, who crash lands on Earth and meets a girl

This sounds vaguely like Catherine Asaro's "Catch the Lightning" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catch_the_Lightning Only vaguely, however. The main male character is linked to his spacecraft, ...
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Uneducated and simple-minded character creates device to draw gold from sea water and a force field that wards off enemy missiles

I suspect that this will be the Bud Gregory stories by William Fitzgerald (actual name William Fitzgerald Jenkins), with his usual pen name of Murray Leinster used when it was published as fix-up ...
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Book where a knight and lady swap bodies with dogs using magic collars

This is one of the short stories in 'Merlin's Dreams', by Peter Dickinson (1988). This is an unusual book, that deserves to be better known. The book opens with Merlin being imprisoned by Nimue (...
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Young adult book series about aliens or hybrids with silver blood

The Mindwarp series by Chris Archer. First book is Alien Terror As the legend goes, an alien landed in the cornfields of Metier, Wisconsin. After a short while most of the aliens left. But others ...
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1980s Sci Fi book trilogy with star gate like portals during a galactic interregnum

In the absence of additional details from the questioner, I'm going to propose Well of Shiuan (1978) by C.J. Cherryh as the book most directly identified. It is the middle book of the original ...
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A boy hit by lightning is sent to another universe

"Through the Lightning Gate" by Jim Eldridge could be possibility: Synopsis from the back cover: Meet Freddy A. Kennedy - alias Freak. He's seventeen and pretty cool with it - but nothing ...
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2010s young adult fantasy book about a teenager who goes to live in a mansion and a young relative who watches an evil TV show

As confirmed by the OP via this comment, this is Sorcerers of the Nightwing (2002) by Geoffrey Huntington. From a review: After his father’s death, fourteen year old Devon March is sent to his new ...
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Book where Patton or MacArthur teams up with Robert E.Lee in an apocalyptic world

It's a bit of a longshot, but Mars Needs Books! by Gary Lovisi mentions using those generals for mental templates. In the not-so-distant future, men have come to Mars to escape the oppressive Earth ...
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Origin of "nuke Mars now"

I vaguely remember this joke from 1999-2000 after the failure of the NASA Mars Polar Lander spacecraft (which was colloquially renamed the "Mars Polar Impactor"). Mars Polar lander was the ...
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Book with people who wake up in pods in the middle of the street

That sounds like Edmund Cooper's Sea-Horse in the Sky (1969). As summarized at goodreads.com: This little-known story begins when over a dozen people awake in coffins. They find themselves in an area ...
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Sci-fi book read in the early 2000s about a video game developer evading kidnappers, who want his in-game geology algorithm, I think

Based on the middle paragraph alone this is almost certainly Neal Stephenson's Reamde (2011). The protagonist, Richard Forthrast, spent the tail end of the Vietnam war as a draft dodger smuggling ...
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Book about an invented material that can raise the dead but is toxic to the living

Giants From Eternity (1959) by Manly Wade Wellman...? From a review: The story begins when a meteor touches down at sunset on the Shanklin family farm in western Kansas. The event hardly registers ...
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Series of books/novellas, involving a depopulated Earth, mass infertility, a religious cult, time travel, and Amazon warriors

The Douglas Convolution series by Edward Llewellyn...? The series is comprised of three books, The Douglas Convolution (1979), The Bright Companion (1980), and Prelude to Chaos (1983). The Goodreads ...
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Sci-fi book series about interstellar war between humans who mind meld with technology and aliens in ceramic ships

This is Timothy Zahn's Conquerors trilogy. The first novel is from the point of view of the humans, particularly Cavanaugh when they first encounter the aliens whose ceramic ships are nearly ...
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Looking for a book that is sci-fi/thriller maybe about a robot girl?

Origin (2012) by Jessica Khoury...? It's the first book in the Corpus series, and was followed up by Vitro (2015) and Kalahari (2015). From a review: In the heart of the Amazon rainforest, there is a ...
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What changes were made for the second edition of 'The Martian'?

Chapter 1: No major changes, but all the numericals have been made into words ("200" = "two hundred"), all L's have been changed to liters, all % signs changed to "percent&...
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Book about building a space elevator on the island of São Tomé; also sonic manufacturing and mind transference

This is probably the Fear Saga by David Moss. The order of some of the events is a little different to your recollection, but the specific events you mention all appear. Three books (Fear the Sky, ...
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Young adult book about a traveling snake oil salesman selling magic elixirs that worked, including a strength potion

Was it by any chance The Divide? (Also mentioned in this question.) From Goodreads: When Felix's parents take him to "The Divide"--a spot in Costa Rica where the waters that run down to ...
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A book about a girl who can hear thoughts and a boy who can read emotions

The book is Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis If you or anyone need to look up books and only have a vague sense of plot/potential key words for title and such, maybe try Goodreads (I searched the word '...
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Kids' book about a boy who is taken on an adventure in some kind of ancient, alien flying machine

The could well be Biff, Chip and Kipper: The Flying Machine and Other Stories, which is part of The Oxford Reading Tree (is that where you got "The O" from?). I have not read any of those ...
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What exactly did Galadriel fear/know/assume would happen if she had accepted the Ring?

The Ring corrupts according to the nature of the person wearing it. The greater the wearer is, the greater the corruption. And Galadriel is great indeed -- one of the greatest of all the Elves, ...
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Story (or series) with AI copies of people with 'alpha' or 'beta' quality, artifact searching

Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds Beta simulation characters can copy/replicate themselves (or at least their minds) and there are two 'grades' of the copies Beta-level simulations were ...
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Murder mystery book with tigers/big cats on a spaceship

If they are blue cats with psychic powers, then Katherine Kurtz' The Legacy of Lehr (1986). The cats have been captured and a luxury liner is commandeered to transport them to interplanetary ...
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Book about a guy who discovers he has super-hearing and then other powers

The New Heroes by Michael Carroll The story opens with a seemingly random battle among the many superhumans that inhabited the western world, set ten years ago at the foot of a gigantic tank that was ...
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Book about a girl with purple eyes whose father was a (prince?) alien from a different world

The Fallen Star by Jessica Sorensen! Summary from Goodreads: For eighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's ...
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Book about a man who repeatedly dies by fire and is reincarnated through the ages

Possibly Phoenix Rising: The Legend Begins by Ron Richardson. Though it was published in 2011, not the "30-odd years ago" you estimated. DISCLAIMER: I haven't read this one properly - I saw ...
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In one of Heinlein's lesser-known novels, he described an unusual ability to detect metal objects without looking at them. Which one?

This is really JRE's ID, but since he has handed the baton over, the book is Beyond This Horizon, which as you said is by Robert A. Heinlein. The section you remember is a throwaway comment in chapter ...
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Why has the Overlook Hotel not tried to claim Dick Hallorann?

I don't know if you will ever see this answer, since you posted this question four years ago. But here goes. I answered this on a comment thread on a video clip of Kubrick's Shining film on YouTube. ...
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Book(s) dragon turned into a human and cast into a low magic modern world

I found the book title after going back 3 years in my Kindle Unlimited history (It was Kindle Unlimited at the time I read it). The book is A Prison of Worlds (The Chained Worlds Chronicles Book 1) By ...
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