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The Runaway Robot (1965), by Lester del Rey The cover on the left is an accurate portrayal of Rex the robot, the point-of-view character, according to Rex's description of himself: I have no nose or mouth, and only one eye, you might say -- the refractor bulb in the middle of my control box Early on, Rex muses about his sense of vision: [Paul] says ...


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The Human Division was initially released as a set of 13 chapbooks. I assume he's talking about the covers for each of those chapbooks, which you can see in this gallery; they are all credited to John Harris. Here are the first 2 chapbook covers as an example of the artwork: It appears that prints of some of these may be available from the website of his ...


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It sounds like Lempriere’s Dictionary, by Lawrence Norfolk, except that book is set in 18th Century London. The protagonist sets about writing a dictionary of mythology after his father is brutally killed by his neighbor’s hounds. In so doing he uncovers a conspiracy that cheated his family of wealth and leads to more deceit and murder. I hope that's the ...


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Posting a partially matching answer, "The Machine Stops" by E.M. Forster matches other than being too old (1909) and not mentioning "McCloo". The story describes a world in which most of the human population has lost the ability to live on the surface of the Earth. Each individual now lives in isolation below ground in a standard room, with all bodily and ...


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This might be The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. It's the novel on which the 2011 film Hugo was based. A boy, son of a clockmaker, has to live with his alcoholic uncle after his father dies in a fire at the museum where he works, and is forced to maintain the clocks in the huge train station. Eventually, he uses his father's journal to repair ...


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The Voyage of the Space Beagle by A. E. Van Vogt. Wikipedia has an article on the novel here. This is a fixup novel made from four of Van Vogt's novellas. The alien that looks like a cat appears in the first story. He is a Coeurl, the last of his race, and he lives by extracting potassium from the creatures that he kills. The crew initially believe him to ...


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This is Phoenix, by Richard Cowper. There's the suspended animation facility referred to in point 3, the Caves of Sleep. The bit at the end with the circle is what I remember most clearly, corresponding to point 13, and it's that which made me think it was the same book. Google Books doesn't have that scene, but the character names were familiar enough to ...


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Feet of Clay features: The Dragon King of Arms who is not a real dragon, but a vampire. He is also not a lawyer, but Ankh Morpork’s chief herald. However, he is as close as you can possibly get to the stereotypic evil lawyer without being a lawyer. He is the book’s antagonist. A sheep stampede and a Judas goat. They are partly used as an analogy to the ...


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Replace the dragon with a toad, and you get "The Wee Free Men", the first of Pratchett's Tiffany Aching cycle. The protagonist is Tiffany Aching, a 9 year old girl who lives on a sheep farm. The sheep are not a major plot point, but a lot of Tiffany's life revolves around them. Thinking about the rest of Pratchett's works, I don't recall any books with a ...


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Samantha Slade series by Susan Smith The blurb of the first book on Goodreads, Samantha Slade: Monster-Sitter is: Are those real fangs in Little Lupi's mouth? Samantha Slade isn't asking! For $6 an hour, she'd babysit for monsters! So what if Lupi's a little hairy and likes to growl at the full moon or if Drake consumes ketchup by the case and ...


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Sounds more like "Star Rangers" A ship of the Star Rangers of the collapsing Galactic Empire flees from the ships of one of the fleets forming out of the remains of the empire's fleet. The Star Rangers are still loyal to the Empire and Central Control, but hated and hunted by the troops of the new empires. The ship leaves the normal flight paths to escape,...


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Andre Norton's Galactic Derelict comes to mind: There's societal breakdown on the scale of a galactic civilisation. The protagonists arrive on an alien world covered by a vast, ruined, city in a somewhat stolen space craft. The main protagonists are human but the main other species they interact with are somewhat reptilian. It was first published in 1959. ...


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Something triggered my memory, and I am pretty sure this is 2081: A Hopeful View of the Human Future by Gerard K. O'Neill, published in (surprise!) 1981. Per Wikipedia: Part III: The World in 2081 This section was written as a series of dispatches home from "Eric C. Rawson", a native of a distant space colony called "Fox Cluster". By analogy with ...


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Book was A Double Shadow, by Frederick Turner, published 1978


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You're looking for Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge. In an alternative version of 18th-century England, Mandelion is ruled in name by a mad Duke, in reality by a group of competing Guilds, and in aspiration by a variety of royal pretenders. Since the Realm was shattered, the king deposed, and the parliamentarians and monarchists locked in struggle, with ...


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This is probably the Time Riders series by Alex Scarrow. There were three young people, and their headquarters, which kept cycling through a two-day period, was under a bridge in New York City. The second book was about dinosaurs, and the third did have a segment in Sherwood Forest. The 'bodyguard clone's name was Bob and the female version was called Becks. ...


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That is The Last Dragonlord by Joanne Bertin. Published in 1998 with the sequel in 1999, the trilogy wasn't completed until 2012. Like you, though, I feel it was clearly stated to be 3 books. Dragonlord Linden Rathan, last-born of a race of immortal weredragons, has spent six hundred years alone, searching for his soultwin while his fellow Dragonlords ...


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This is Heavy Weather (1994) by Bruce Sterling. The people in the bunker are a group of fixers employed by the rich, who find a zone of silence caused by massive damage to communications infrastructure in the wake of an "F6" tornado driven by the jet stream. They wear radio-controlled explosive collars to keep them under the thumb of their masters; once ...


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I wonder if this is Night Walk by Bob Shaw. It has the problems with hyperspace that you mention: In the first century of interstellar exploration Earth alone dispatched some forty million robot probes, of which less than two hundred chanced to make their way back. Of that number, exactly eight had found usable planetary systems. Not one of the handful ...


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I think this might be "Spawn of the Death Machine" by Ted White (1968). The Goodreads description is a partial match: "You are an artificially constructed human being, a mobile data-gathering device." That is what the computer's metallic voice tells Tanner when it releases him from his cell. Naked, unarmed, with no memory to guide him, he emerges into ...


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Could it be 'The Programmed Man' by Jeff & Jean Sutton? https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/The_Programmed_Man.html?id=36KySgAACAAJ&redir_esc=y The reported power of the N-bomb aboard a destroyer spaceship preserves peace for years in the federated solar systems until enemy teleports--agents with the mental power to transport themselves--...


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If you are slighly out with the date could it have been "Simple Simon" [1996] by Ryne Pearson that became the movie Mercury Rising [1998] ? My first thought was the novel Taronga by Victor Kelleher. But that probably wasn't it.


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This popped up again on the front page, and I remembered the answer. I was thinking of The [disappointing and often forgettable] Third Book of Swords by Fred Saberhagen, and specifically the the final battle fought by Sir Andrew, the Kind Knight. Sir Andrew faces off against his followers who have been possessed by the power of the Mindsword, including ...


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If I remember correctly it was a series of 4 books starting in Norse times but jumps around time in the second (I think I remember castles in the second). The main "Hero" was cursed by the God Woden and imbued with the rage of the bear. In battle he and other beserkers would go into a trance and kill anything within range (including there own) and kept ...


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The Trilogy of Two (2015) by Juman Malouf? From Goodreads: Identical twins Sonja and Charlotte are musical prodigies with extraordinary powers. Born on All-Hallows-Eve, the girls could play music before they could walk. They were found one night by Tatty, the Tattooed Lady of the circus, in a pail on her doorstep with only a note and a heart-shaped ...


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There are no concrete plans for book VI. It took the writer some considerable effort to get a contract for book V, and to actually write it once contracted. From his blog This was kind of a rough one, since there were delays getting the contract and approvals through, so I was late getting started and I had only three months to write the book. By his own ...


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This is a long shot but could it be Clive Barker's Rawhead Rex (1976)? Not a werewolf but a bestial god/monster. Rawhead it was called because its head was huge and raw like meat. It was the last of a line of kings dating from before civilization, before Christ, when England was forest all over... and the home of unspeakable horror. The most famous and ...


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Per the thread cited by Valorum above in a comment, this story was identified as Waters of Death (1967) by Irving A. Greenfield. An online review notes some of the same details as mentioned by the OP: There isn’t even any regret on Wilde’s part when his wife announces she’s to become a government whore of sorts at the local “sex center”... and ......


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I found it. The Ace Double that contained The Age of Ruin / Code Duello. The Age of Ruin was by John M. Faucette (that's the half you remembered), and the flip side had Code Duello by Mack Reynolds. The embarrassing thing is that I actually own a copy, but in my case I only remembered the plot of the other half of the book -- Code Duello. I had completely ...


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This is Dave Duncan's The Reluctant Swordsman. Wallie figured it was fever when he awoke, not in his hospital, but in the body of a brawny barbarian. A swordsman of the seventh rank, Wallie was now the master of a beautiful slave girl and a cunning blade. His mission: to serve a Goddess--even though he had never fought before! Original. It is a part of a ...


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This sounds like Sten by Chris Bunch and Allan Cole; it's the first book of an 8-book series called The Sten Chronicles. Sten is a young man on the factory world of Vulcan. After his parents (migrant workers doing manual labour and living in substandard slum-like housing) are killed by the Baron Thoresen, he ends up as an outlaw (a "Delinq"). He has a ...


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This is Prison Planet by William C. Dietz. The protagonist Jonathan Renn is sentenced to the prison planet, called Swamp, as you describe, but he is accompanied by an intelligent dog called Marla: Although she looked like a rather large German Shepherd, Marla was much, much more. She weighed about two hundred pounds, had durasteel teeth and claws, ...


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I found it! The series is "The Witch of Two Suns", by Diana Marcellas . The first is Mother Ocean, Daughter Sea, the second is The Sea Lark's Song. There is a third book Twilight Rising, Serpent's Dream, which I never read. A summary of the first book: The shari'a people are an ancient race-a proud and gentle people, ruled by witches who harnessed the ...


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This sounds like Inherit the Stars by James P. Hogan. There is indeed a bracelet found at the end of that novel, which apparently belongs to an alien refugee cast away on an ancient earth.


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This is the Pelmen the Powershaper trilogy by Robert Don Hughes. The two-headed dragon is in the first book, The Prophet of Lamath, and the sentient castle is in the second, The Wizard in Waiting. The third book is called The Power and the Prophet. Original covers by Darrel K. Sweet


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