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This appears to be Clarinda (1944) by Frances Duncombe, but it seems to be a non-genre children's book. A contemporary New York Times article about it begins: NOT every little girl who is as strong-minded as Clarinda finds so convenient and fascinating an escape from the rigors of home discipline as did she. By the happy chance of meeting a strange duck in ...


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This could be a partial match to Space Prison/The Survivors by Tom Godwin. You can find at least some covers here In this story, which takes place over several generations of humans, the protagonists are marooned on a planet called Ragnarok. Ragnarok is a high gravity planet with a very harsh environment, having long very cold winters and very hot summers ...


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I wonder if you might have read an Italian translation of Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper? The book was first published in English in 1962, and translated into Italian as Il piccolo popolo that same year, so it fits your time frame. It is not set on Mars, and the gentle Fuzzies aren't cats, but the conflict and its resolution, the researcher (more like ...


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Like @mkennedy in the comments, I believe the book you are looking for is "Walkabout Woman", the first novel of Michaela Roessner, published in 1988. The details you give relate to part II of the book. The protagonist is an aboriginal woman named Raba ("kangaroo ears"), and in this part she has left her aboriginal life in the bush, and is ...


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The cover doesn't match, but since the plot matches I'll mention World of Ptavvs by Larry Niven. The alien, Kzanol, is found in the sea and initially appears to be a silver statue because it is in a statis field. When the field is turned off Kzanol revives and turns out to be a member of a telepathic alien race called Slavers who once enslaved all ...


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Possibly The Web of Easter Island (1948) by Donald Wandrei. It was certainly already around in 1977 (and already old, though one's mileage may vary) and features an Easter Island statue on the cover. From Goodreads: When Carter Graham uncovers a strange little image, unlike anything else on Earth, which responds to cosmic forces and laws beyond those ...


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I think this has to be Tunnel in the Sky; the bit about a pentagon of stars is so spot on: "I knew the Southern Cross before I could read. These aren't our stars, Rod; I know. There is a pentagon of bright stars above where the sun sets; there is nothing like that to be seen from Earth. And besides, anybody would recognise Luna, if it was there." ...


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In case Chris does not return, he found his answer to be Part 2 of Roger Zelazney's Today We Choose Faces. ... The narrator is a member of some secret cabal scattered throughout the House, a series of artificial environments where people live, never seeing the outdoors. It seems this cabal is in charge of the House, and someone is killing the members one by ...


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Sounds like Spellbound (2006) by Anna Dale. How far would you go to get rid of an annoying brother? Athene meets the Gloam, who cast a spell on everyone who knew her little brother so that they forget all about him. However, it is Athene who cannot forget her brother and so she sets out into a world of dark magic, underground kingdoms and twisted histories ...


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Is this Reasons to be Cheerful (1997) by Greg Egan...? A 12-year-old boy develops a deadly brain tumor that inadvertently floods his system with Leu-enkephalin, the neuropeptide that triggers happiness. Unwaveringly optimistic at his chance of survival, the risky surgery that saves his life also ends the euphoric bliss, leaving his brain with a cavernous ...


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I think this could well be "Century Rain", a novel by Alastair Reynolds published in 2004 (just after he completed the first books of the Revelation Space series). There are essentially two intertwined plots. The first deals with an alternate-history Paris in the 1950s, where a jazz musician named William Floyd is hired to investigate a murder. The ...


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After many futile hours searching, I stumbled across the books in a used book store! They are a little known series called Scott St. Andrew by Ben Weaver. It appears to be the only thing the author ever wrote. They do not show up when I search online for military sci-fi, or any other criteria related to it. The books are: Brothers in Arms (2001) Rebels in ...


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That sounds like a mash up of the first two books in the "Galactic Center" series by Gregory Benford. Book two is call "Across the Sea of Suns". The precis of book one is "2019: NASA astronaut Nigel Walmsley is sent on a mission to intercept a rogue asteroid on a collision course with Earth. Ordered to destroy the comet, he instead ...


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Epic (2004) by Conor Kostick. From Wikipedia: If a community wishes to redress a perceived injustice, they may challenge Central Allocations or C. A., which is a powerful, select group of nine individuals that controls all of the world's resources and funds the most powerful characters in the game world. All of the members of C. A. are wealthy and possess ...


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Daniel Rhodes wrote two novels featuring a French Knight Templar Guilhem de Courdeval/Guy-Luc Valcourt: Next, After Lucifer (1988) and Adversary (1989). "For centuries, a rural village in the south of France has been overshadowed by the ruined Templar fortress of Montsévrain—where the ferocious, one-eyed Guilhem de Courdeval was burned at the stake in ...


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Might this be The Monster Fly and Other Stories of the Unreal (1974) by Charles A. Piddock...? This article mentions a story matching the one you described. It also notes that it was a children's book with illustrations: THE SPIDER GOD Captain Billy Joe Smith is with some South Vietnamese soldiers checking out a village. A building is still standing and ...


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After World's End by Jack Williamson (1939) Protagonist Barry Horn is hired by an eccentric scientist to test the first manned rocket ship. He takes an experimental drug meant to protect him from cosmic rays. Alas, the drug puts him into suspended animation for a hundred thousand years. When he wakes, the galaxy has been settled by man and a galactic empire ...


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