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I think you’ve conflated two different series, both of which have fixed interstellar teleport portals. The river that runs between different planets through the teleport portals is from the Hyperion Cantos series by Dan Simmons — it’s called the River Tethys. But the inventor of the portals waving at the first astronauts on Mars is the opening scene of the ...


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The Universe Between, a 1965 novel by Alan E. Nourse, which was also the answer to this old question. It was based on the short story "High Threshold" in Astounding Science Fiction, March 1951 and the novelette "The Universe Between" in Astounding Science Fiction, September 1951, which are available at the Internet Archive here and here. ISFDB synopsis: ...


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It's not by concentration, but by attempting to copy this "magic trick" through means psychic, scientific, and frankly mental. When he finally succeeds – in the very first few pages of the novel – this mechanism gets developed further into some sort of anti-gravity drive, and the inhabitants of Earth scatter around the universe. That's where the short ...


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That is definitely The Ophiuchi Hotline by John Varley, which contains all the elements you mention.


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Possibly Oath of Fealty by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. There is a Wikipedia page on the book here. In the near future, Los Angeles is an all but uninhabitable war zone, racked by crime, violence, pollution and poverty. But above the blighted city, a Utopia has arisen: Todos Santos, a thousand-foot high single-structured city, designed to used state-...


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The Mote in God's Eye (1974), by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle After an encounter with an alien slower-than-light probe ends violently, a human interstellar empire sends an expedition to the aliens' solar system. The human name for the aliens' home star is "The Mote", so the aliens come to be known as "Moties". Early contact with civilization at the ...


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"Mote In God's Eye" by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. What do I win? :)


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If the "exploring youth" is a young medical doctor hiking in the Rockies, you could be describing The Winds of Time, a 1956 novel by Chad Oliver. Quoting from P. Schuyler Miller's review in Astounding Science Fiction, October 1957 (available at the Internet Archive): The book starts as an adventure. Wes Chase, vacationing M.D., is caught in a storm high ...


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I think this may be Time of the Hawklords, credited to Michael Moorcock and someone called Michael Butterworth, but apparently written mainly by the latter. The cover is indeed jumbled up, with a woman, a guitar, and a spaceship. I admit that I only ever read a few pages of it, so I don't have much detail on the plot, but I do know that whatever good is ...


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That's "The Mick of Time" by Spider Robinson, the last story in the collection Callahan's Secret. It was first published in the May 1986 issue of Analog, although it was by then edited by Stanley Schmidt, not John W Campbell. It's a short story not a novel, and it's not really hard SF, but it otherwise fits your description accurately. The paragraph in ...


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Joan Slonczewski Brain Plague After literally years of Google searches, searching once more for “science fiction books with female protagonists and symbiotic relationship” gave me my own question coming up as a search result AND sent me to this list: https://amp.reddit.com/r/printSF/comments/7m2us3/are_there_any_good_books_on_symbiotic_organism/ Most of ...


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Possibly the 1988 novel Fade? It's about invisibility and the title seems on par with your memory. The linked wikipedia article mentions incest and labels it as YA fiction. The page count is off though, it's over 300. This teenreads review mentions the uncle ...finds that he has inherited the ability from his Uncle Adelard... This Kirkus Review ...


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Sex and the High Command (1970) by John Boyd Back cover: Dr. Henrietta Carey, leader of the Fems, was the first woman candidate for president and the perfector of VITA-LERP, a biological skin cream designed to do away with superfluous men. It spelled WAR BETWEEN THE SEXES From a Goodreads review: It's contemporary 1970s America. Captain Ben ...


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The question contains what I think is the answer - Who Needs Men ? by Edmund Cooper Synopsis from Goodreads Rura Alexandra, Madam Exterminator, had recently graduated into a 25th century world where men had become biologically less important, where women could reproduce as they wished by cloning and parthenogenesis. Her task was simple - in theory, ...


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The book is indeed part of John Cleve's Spaceways series (John Cleve was a pen name of Andrew J. Offutt). It is Of Alien Bondage, which is the first book in the series. The book starts just after the protagonist Janja has been captured. Her husband has already been killed by this point: Janja wasn't the strangest piece of cargo he'd carried, but she was ...


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For anyone else seeking this book series in the future, it is called Finn's Quest and the first book is called Queen Seekers Link here: https://www.goodreads.com/series/242705-finn-s-quest


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This sounds a little like Brent Week's Night Angel series. The information given is a closest match for the opening of book 2 Shadow's Edge. Though the publication date is way off. As the Night Angel series was first published starting in 2008. Shadow's Edge opens in Cenaria, a medieval city state that has been invaded by the Godking of Khalidor a ...


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Inverted World (1974), by Christopher Priest The city must be continually moved to keep pace with a safe area of physics, beyond which geometry becomes too distorted for the inhabitants of the city to survive. Eventually, the city will reach the sea, at which point keeping pace with the distortion will become a much larger problem.


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This sounds very much like a Simon R. Green book, probably from the Secret History series. Eddie Drood has a Colt Repeater, a gun that teleports bullets directly from... somewhere, so it never runs out. He keeps it in a pocket dimension in his coat. In Property of a Lady Faire (2014), he is looking for an artifact, (the Eye, I believe) and it was in the ...


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Could this be The Resurrected Man by Sean Williams? The protagonist is a one-time private eye named Jonah whose former lover and colleague Marylin, now a cop, he must work with to track down a serial killer known as the Twinmaker. Since all of the victims resemble Marylin, he is maybe a suspect, but because he was found damaged, and was in suspension for 3 ...


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I found it. It's the Starstream series by Jeffrey A. Carver. Yay for me!!


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This isn't a perfect match, but you may be thinking of Anasazi by Dean Ing. In Anasazi, an alien spacecraft containing a species of parasites crashes in the prehistoric US southwest, in the region now known for the Anasazi, a.k.a. the Ancestral Pueblo culture. The aliens lack the means to fix their spacecraft or communicate offworld. They can't leave the ...


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Possibly 'Think Blue, count two' by Cordwainer Smith. Available here in Project Gutenberg https://gutenberg.ca/ebooks/smithcordwainer-thinkbluecounttwo/smithcordwainer-thinkbluecounttwo-00-h.html


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I'm going to suggest this might be Cestus Dei by John Maddox Roberts. The entire settled galaxy is divided among the various major religions, that meet as a body called the "Unified Faiths" to mediate disputes and resolve problems. The opening paragraph is: Archbishop Hilarion occupied his rightful seat in the Great Hall of United Faiths with the ...


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