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"Soft" by F. Paul Wilson Can be found in a number of horror fantasy anthologies, including Masques and Soft and Others. See the link above for a full list of places the story has been published. I was lying on the floor watching TV and exercising what was left of my legs when the newscaster’s jaw collapsed. He was right in the middle of the usual plea ...


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I believe this is The Shadow of What was Lost by James Islington; book 1 of The Licanius Trilogy. There was a magical war that happened in the past. Something to do with different sectors or something like that. 20 years before the events of the book, there was a war between the "Gifted" (magic users) and non-gifted. The Augurs (different magic users ...


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It looks like this book was The Dragon Tamer, by Cly Novak. This answer is largely based on a public forum post (NSFW, possible trigger warning too) that carries elements similar to what you describe. Female protaganist named S’re, orphan, works at an inn for food/shelter. Soldiers with black eyes and dragons. Mostly hostile, but one, Roscrow, starts ...


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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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The details roughly match The Original Series novel "The Vulcan Academy Murders" by Jean Lorrah, published November 1984 (Novel #20 in the TOS series). Kirk and the Enterprise travel to Vulcan to allow an injured crew member (Remington) to participate in an experimental procedure to repair nerve damage, only to find Spock's mother Amanda is also undergoing ...


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I think I've found a couple options for your mysterious collection. If this was Soft by F. Paul Wilson, it was in Masques: All New Works of Horror and the Supernatural. This was printed a little earlier, in 1984, and seems to be mostly horror. Another collection titled Soft and Others: 16 Stories of Wonder and Dread was also published, in 1990, and also ...


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Could it be Mark Henrikson's Origins series? Archeologists working in the Giza plateau make new discoveries about Egypt’s past. Recorded history of the Great Pyramid, Sphinx, even Moses and the slave exodus to the Promised Land are drawn into question as they unravel the mysteries they find and encounter elements intent on preserving those secrets. A ...


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Homegoing, by Frederik Pohl Sandy Washington was a pretty normal guy. The only unusual thing about him was that Sandy had been raised by aliens on their spaceship. The Hakh'hli had done everything they could to give Sandy an Earth-type boyhood. Now, finally, the Hakh'hli were bringing Sandy home to Earth. And while they were at it, they intended to give ...


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This sounds a great deal like Gordy Dickson's "Wolfling" which is also the answer to this question: Spy from Earth studies Galactic Empire nobility and prevents plot to depose Emperor. I will copy the answer mostly from that. See http://www.baen.com/wolfling.html Baen's blurb says: When the first expedition from Earth reaches Alpha Centurai III, it ...


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I want to thank all of the fellows that answered my question. The book I was looking for was Ice! by Arnold Federbush. It was published in 1978, and I can't find it in any electronic format, but I remember clearly that I read it in my first tablet, around 2010. It describes a return of the Ice Age in months, rather than centuries. It tells of the ...


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This also sounds like chapter 17 of Ron Goulart's "When The Waker Sleeps," but only vaguely. My apologies for not expanding on this yesterday morning, but I work second shift and it was already getting late. Otherwise, I would have kept on reading to chapter 21: "Hurray for the President!" shouted nearly a hundred voices. "Which President is this?" The ...


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If anyone is interested, another bit of extremely roundabout sleuthing (You can find anything on the internet if your search path is wild enough.) and I got it. It is Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. It might be argued whether it is science fiction, it seems. The critics might classify it as more of a "magical realism" kind of thing. But it looks ...


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I've come across the book I was thinking of: The Collapsium by Wil McCarthy.


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The story you describe is Hothouse by Brian Aldiss; it is also known as The Long Afternoon of Earth. It was first published as a short story then expanded into a full (fix-up) novel.


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In The Fate of the Phoenix by Marshak and Culbreath, the 1979 followup to The Price of the Phoenix, (a clone of) Kirk has entered a romantic relationship with the Romulan Commander from "The Enterprise Incident". After entering the 'flasher', she is struck by Kirk's vulnerability: She took another moment to shed her uniform and step into the flasher to ...


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[A Spell for Chameleon] by Piers Anthony. (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Spell_for_Chameleon) Similar theme (but generally a bad misogynistic book): “The book starts with the main character, Bink in his home town. He must discover his magical talent before he comes of age, or be exiled to Mundania. While on his way to see the Good Magician Humfrey ...


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This sounds a lot like Qualityland by Marc-Uwe Kling. It's really very close, but the English translation only comes out today... Quoting a review: Welcome to QualityLand, the best nation on Earth—because it was built for you. In QualityLand, everything is automated to make your life more convenient: digital personal assistants find everything from the ...


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Thanks to Jenayah prompting me to page through my past reviews, I found that I apparently read all four of the initial books in 2016, and there's only five published in the series. It's Percival Constantine's Vanguard Superhero series. After a mysterious phenomenon called The Event, superhumans—called specials—now walk among us. And the potential danger ...


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This is possibly Wild Card by Raymond Hawkey and Roger Bingham (1974). Extract from synopsis on Google Books: The United States is in factional anarchy - a Presidential aid comes up with a plan to unite the country by presenting it with an external threat - a group of super scientists are pulled together to realise the threat - the scientists aren't told ...


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