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The book where someone can serve a sentence in advance

William Tenn's "Time In Advance". First published 1958 in an eponymous collection with three other stories. This story was published in the August 1956 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction. The ...
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Old book about a man who finds an abandoned house with a portal to another world

I suggest The House on the Borderland (1908) by William Hope Hodgson. From the Wikipedia description (my bold indicates things that match the question): Two men on a two-week fishing vacation in ...
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Book that I read around 1975, where the main character is a retired space pilot hired to steal an object from a lab called Menlo Park

Rogue in Space by Fredric Brown. It is a fixup of two short stories, and was published in 1957. You have mis-remembered it slightly. The protagonist Crag is not a retired pilot, though he was a pilot ...
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Fantasy novel with a girl, a satyr, and a gorgon escaping a circus

Perhaps the Corydon Trilogy, starting with Corydon and the Island of Monsters, by Tobias Druitt. Corydon and the Island of Monsters was published in 2005, so it fits within your time frame. Corydon, ...
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Transhumans, posthumans, and AI attacked by baseline humans

This is The Cruel Stars by John Birmingham. The galaxy was once terrorized by the Sturm, a group of “species purists” intent on destroying any human with genetic or cybernetic enhancements. ...
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Book read in the 80/90s about an alien microbe taking over creatures

Needle, by Hal Clement (1949). Text from a review on Goodreads: During a high-speed (faster than light) chase a detective and the criminal he's chasing crash land on Earth. Both are stranded. These ...
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Space Invasion story. People get a blister, or pimple on their arm. Treated, they are fine, untreated they die

This is a sub-plot (the overall disease suite is called Johannsen's Syndrome) found in the Troy Rising series by John Ringo. (2010 - 2011) The series is set in the early days of human-alien contact, ...
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A novel about a whole planeload of Doppelgänger

The Anomaly by Hervé Le Tellier. From this review: Le Tellier investigates how people cope (or don't cope) when their idea of reality gets defeated: A flight from Paris to New York is caught in a ...
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Book about a spaceship that crashed under the surface of a planet

Eden by Stanisław Lem? A six-man crew crash-lands on Eden, fourth planet from another sun. The men find a strange world that grows ever stranger, and everywhere there are images of death. The crew's ...
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A book about the Second Coming of Jesus, but the supposed Messiah is actually Satan

This matches in some aspects to the Christ Clone Trilogy by James BeauSeigneur. The trilogy starts with In His Image, where living human cells discovered on the Turin shroud are used to clone a child,...
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Science fiction book involving a female alien with biological augmentations who comes to Earth to conquer it for her species

Drakon by S. M. Stirling, from 1996. The female character is from an Earth where "The Domination of the Draka" had genetically engineered themselves into a post-human form, and engineered ...
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Book in which a female and male character are on a quest to find a third partner they need in order to procreate

The description seems to match the description of this previous question. Their answer was Delta, by Christine Renard and Claude-Francois Cheinnisse. After reading through the story: it's mainly about ...
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An SF novel with many characters among whom a "good one" and a "bad one"

This is Snowcrash by Neil Stephenson. One of the main characters uses glass knives to kill people. In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo's CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in the ...
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Sci-fi book about man recruited to alt universe to work for secret employer, travels to alt universes, learns another version of himself was murdered

This is Extinction Game (2014) by Gary Gibson. It's the first book in the Apocalypse trilogy, and was followed by Survival Game (2016) and Doomsday Game (2019). The Goodreads blurb notes that the ...
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Fantasy book about a woman without magic who is summoned to royal court when her sister dies

It's not an exact match, but perhaps it's A Crown of Ivy and Glass by Claire LeGrand? Lady Gemma Ashbourne seemingly has it all. She's young, gorgeous, and rich. Her family was Anointed by the gods, ...
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A post-apocalyptic novel with a mutant girl covered with fur

Amnesia Moon (1995) by Jonathan Lethem. Summary from nooSFere, which contains more matches than Wikipedia's summary (most of the translation courtesy of DeepL): Does anyone remember? There's general ...
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Book involving a boy who was playing Dungeons & Dragons style game and a parallel universe

Possibly Spirits and Spells by Bruce Coville as per Story Identification: Young adult novel, horror, teens play a D&D variant, but things start to turn real Trying out their new haunted house ...
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Old book about a man who finds an abandoned house with a portal to another world

I agree with @nebogipfel However, the other that comes to mind is The Edge of Running Water by William Sloane. There's a new version (introduction by Stephen King)available.
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Post-apocalyptic sci-fi book about intelligent war machines

The story is interspaced in the article "Robots Go To War" by Franc Gavin (International Combat Arms July 1985, pages 14-23). It's supposedly an upcoming novel by "Corydon Throsp" (...
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Webnovel in which the main character is transferred to another world as the daughter of a Duke with two sons and magical powers

This is Lord Baby Runs a Romance Fantasy With Cash. Romance fantasies were my happy little refuge. I’ve read countless novels and left tons of top comments in RF forums, and where did that lead me? ...
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Fantasy novel/series—female protagonist wielding a sword and magic frees her bird companion's cursed bloodline, resulting in a tragic scene on a ship

As noted by Peter in the comments, The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon is at least a partial match. Swallow, Daughter, pull them in, those words that sit upon your lips. Lock them deep inside your ...
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Transmigration novel where a girl enters a novel she's been reading and becomes friends with the male lead

I Was the Unrequited Love of the Male Lead. “You can’t go anywhere. Not a single step away from me.” She decided to lay a flower path in front of her favorite book. However, the situation cannot be ...
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