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You might check out The Sparrow: A Novel by Mary Doria Russell. Here's the summary from Kirkus: Brilliant first novel about the discovery of extraterrestrial life and the voyage of a party of Jesuit missionaries to Alpha Centauri. Russell lays down two narratives: One begins in 2059, in the aftermath of the mission; the other in 2019, when a young ...


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The story you describe sounds like The House on Maple Street, by Stephen King. Here's a summary of the story from Wikipedia: After a summer spent abroad, the four Bradbury children return to their home on Maple Street and discover that something is growing upwards through the house's walls from below, replacing wood and plaster with metal and machinery, ...


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Found the book! It turned out to be Planetfall by Douglas Hill, Tamora Pierce and David Garnett. The section I most remembered was the "Could you survive on an Alien Planet?" portion. From Goodreads: Sentinel of Earth: Introduces a brand new 'alien' super hero, Rasl Ca'wrn and his sidekick Mizzo. Earth is a target for evil alien villains and only the ...


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I think I found it. Virtual War by Gloria Skurzynski From the reviews: He has been genetically engineered to have fast reflexes so he and his team can win the virtual war... His days and nights are spent in a box, with virtual walls... Three genetically-engineered young people have been raised and trained their entire life to fight the war: ...


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Finders-Seekers, by Gayle Greeno seems to match a number of elements that you remember. Their technological resources destroyed, a colonizing expedition from Earth has been stranded on the world of Methuen for over two hundred years. Their continued survival is largely due to the organization of healers known as the Eumedicos and to the Seekers Veritas, a ...


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You seem to be describing Lev Grossman's The Magicians, and at least one of the sequels (The Magician King, and The Magician's Land)    The main character, Quentin Coldwater, is a brilliant emo kid who is really good at (stage magic) card tricks, and who is obsessed with the magical land of Fillory (a kind of grimdark-ish version of Narnia). He ...


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Long shot: "The Sometimes Invisible Spaceship" by Charles Bowles (1988) Solely on title and date


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Could this be Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6504788-obernewtyn)? The story takes place in a post apocalyptic world (the world has been devastated by nuclear winter), the main character is a girl, Elspeth Gordie, capable of telepathic communication with her cat Maruman (and a variety of other psychic powers), and she is ...


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If "squid" could stand in for "octopus" in your memory, Stephen Baxter's novel Manifold: Time includes a genetically engineered squid named Sheena 5 which (who?) pilots a space ship. Baxter's story "Sheena 5" goes into more detail.


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One possibility is a series of young adult stories by Donald and Keith Monroe about a group of boy scouts who find a time machine and their subsequent adventures. These are known as the Time Machine stories and were collected into two anthologies Mutiny in the Time Machine and Time Machine to the Rescue. The stories were published between 1959 and 1989 in ...


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The Pagemaster: Who's in the Library With Richard? (1994) The reader must help Richard find his way through the Kingdom of Books by identifying six characters, the stories they come from, and the exit in the illustrations A colorful and detailed "look for" book follows the tradition of Where's Waldo? by compelling young readers to search for Richard, ...


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My first thought was Catalyst by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough. There was no apocalypse, though the world the book starts out on is pretty primitive, relatively speaking.


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Could this be On Basilisk Station by David Weber? Nimitz, the large treecat who befriends Honor Harrington, is a fixture in the Honorverse. Although Laughs Brightly initially had no desire to adopt a human, his encounter with Honor when he saved her from peak bears on the planet Sphinx—being injured in the melee—caused him to bond with her immediately. ...


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Partial match: The Universe Against Her by James H. Schmitz (1964). The girl and her telepathic cat are here, as well as some government experimenting. What wouldn't match is that the orange feline depicted on the cover is larger than your common housecat. From Goodreads: Telzey Amberdon, at age 15, had enormously developed psionic powers. She could ...


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You're looking for Bloodstorm by Mike Lee and Dan Abnett, second book of the Darkblade series, set in the Warhammer Fantasy universe. Possessed by the foul daemon Tz'arkan, the ruthless dark elf anti-hero Malus Darkblade is forced to seek a number of magic artefacts or his soul will be forfeit. He will have to call on all his cunning and dark wits to ...


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This is a total guess, but could it be the Refuge series by Doug Dandridge? The summary of the first book in the series, The Arrival, is: In the year 2025 a nuclear war breaks out in Central Europe, the Russians trying to secure their old empire. The dimensional gates open to another world, a world of magic, where our dreams of fantasy are real. The evil ...


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I believe you are looking for the book Discordia: The Eleventh Dimension by Dena Salmon. The main characters name is 'Lance', a level 19 zombie sorcerer within the video game. His online friend 'MrsKeller', a level 23 hobgoblin brigand within the game who turns out to be a "Mr", meets Lance as the zombie sorcerer post "getting sucked into the game". They go ...


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It's not a perfect match, but another possibility is that this might be Empty World by John Christopher. Unlike some other possibilities, the population does not disappear instantaneously; they suffer from a plague that causes rapid aging. However, the main character Neil is suffering from several post-traumatic stress disorder while it is happening, and ...


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Are you perhaps thinking of the Half-blood Chronicles by Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey, starting with The Elvenbane, published in 1991? This is the story of Shana, a halfbreed born of the forbidden union of an Elvenlord father and a human mother. Her exiled mother dead, she was rescued and raised by dragons, a proud, ancient race who existed ...


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