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This is the 1962 Ace paperback edition of a 1957 hardcover anthology, The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction, Sixth Series, edited by Anthony Boucher. The cover by Ed Valigursky is inspired by Poul Anderson's story "The Man Who Came Early". Note the letters MP on the soldier's helmet.


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Eric Frank Russell - Next of Kin, 1959 (Expanded from an earlier novel called The Space Willies, which was an expansion of a novella called "Plus X".) A summary is available on Wikipedia. The Hero (a typical Eric Frank Russell character: an individualist with a fine combat record but a disciplinary one that reads like a crime sheet) claims that all humans ...


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This is the Conqueror's Saga by Timothy Zahn. The first book, Conqueror's Pride has a battle as you describe, where after defeating the human ships, the Zhirrzh begin systematically eliminating the escape pods. We learn from the Zhirrzh point of view that radio broadcasts are called "elder death weapons" and it was the elders on the first ships who called ...


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Wings of Song by Lloyd Biggle Jr. This seems to be an obscure story. Apart from its magazine publication it has only appeared in a few obscure anthologies none of which I have. I found this almost by accident in a PDF of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction November 1963 that I'm reluctant to link as I suspect it isn't a legal upload. However ...


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It's a play; my college put it on back in the 1960s, and I remember it well from that: Dark of the Moon. Dark of the Moon is a dramatic stage play by Howard Richardson and William Berney. The play was produced on Broadway in 1945 This perennial favorite is based on the haunting folk ballad of "Barbara Allen." Employing a large cast and imaginative ...


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Possibly Heinlein's If This Goes On—. The hero isn't exactly a monk, but lives a rather monkish life as part of a military order who provide guards for the Prophet Incarnate, a religious dictator. At one point,a more experienced and cynical character slips an incriminating note to the hero, but fears he may have let the eye (read CCTV) see it. He ...


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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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I'd suggest this is the Jon and Lobo series by Mark L. van Name Jon Moore: A nanotech-enhanced warrior who wants nothing more than a quiet life and a way back to his strange home world. Lobo: An AI-enhanced Predator-Class Assault Vehicle, a mobile fortress equipped for any environment from the seabed to interstellar space. Goodreads The ...


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"In Value Deceived" by H. B. Fyfe (1950) may be your answer as per Short story about aliens trading for hydroponics The alien home world had all its food crops destroyed by a blight. They are surviving on terrible tasting synthetic food which is in short supply. Alien explorers are frantically trying to find an alternate source of food. They ...


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This is the Coldfire Trilogy by C.S. Friedman The main events of the Trilogy take place on the fictional planet of Erna, colonized 1200 years before the start of the books by a group of humans from a future Earth. Erna is a primarily hospitable environment; although a planet with severe and intense seismic activity, the planet is similar enough to ...


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This is The Wizard (1986). The title character, Simon McKay is a little person described as a "philanthropist and innovative toymaker". He's assigned an (average-sized) CIA handler, Alex Jagger. Together they fight crime and solve mysteries, as you do.


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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 sounds like the Coldfire Trilogy by C.S. Friedman. The first book is Black Sun Rising. Earth colonists landed on Erna about 1200 years before the setting of the stories. The planet's innate energy field, called "the Fae" reacts to thought, and can cause people's fears to manifest; it cost the first colonists all of their technology and most of ...


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This was "Rewind" from 2013. From Wikipedia: The film opens with an apparent terrorist attack involving a nuclear device which destroys New York City killing 9 million people. The perpetrator, Benjamin Rourke, a Nobel prize winning physicist, had become embittered by the death of his wife, and having learned that there is a potential time travel ...


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Could this be The Cry of the Icemark? The Icemark is a kingdom in grave danger. Its king has been killed in battle, its enemy lies in wait, and its fate rests on the shoulders of one girl. Thirrin Freer Strong-in-the-Arm Lindenshield, a beautiful princess and an intrepid warrior, must find a way to protect her land from a terrible invasion. She will forge ...


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Your very last instinct was the right one. ;) This was an episode of a mystery show. It's a segment from the first episode of Night Visions from 2001 called 'The Passenger List' with Aidan Quinn as the investigator. Aviation investigator Jeremy Bell investigates the crash of a plane he himself saw go down. He comes to believe that his daughter may have ...


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"Fallen Star" by John Collier. This devil gets the "talking cure" from a 20th century psychoanalyst; however, he does not exactly turn into an angel. "And what does this devilishness amount to? I think we shall find it is a protest, arising out of a sense of rejection which may very well date to the actual moment of your becoming a devil. Even human birth ...


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This seems to be the very obscure sci-fi thriller Hyper Space (AKA The Black Forest: Rage in Space, AKA Space Rangers) from 1989. From Encyclopedia.com: Six people awaken from cryogenic sleep to discover that their spaceship has become marooned lightyears from earth and only a single passenger shuttle is available to get someone home. Naturally, everyone ...


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Blind Alley by Isaac Asimov Its printed in the complete collection volume 2 amongsed other places. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blind_Alley


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I'm relatively sure this is The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008). From IMDb: Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures. More precisely... (All ...


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This is Rusty's Space Ship by Evelyn Lampman. The dog-like creature actually looks somewhat like a kangaroo; it's an extraterrestrial named "Tiphia". And the boy and girl who go along with the ride, also take an actual dog with them. P.S. The spaceship is made of scraps of wood. The boy finds a thin disk of metal in a junkyard and hammers it on the nose of ...


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This is My Favorite Martian (1999). At the lab, Tim tricks one of the scientists into growing Martin's ship to normal size, breaching security, and allowing Lizzie and Zoot to escape. However, the trio's escape is blocked by two security guards, one of whom shoots Zoot. With the help of a "nerplex", a piece of alien gum that can transform anyone ...


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"Into the Darkness", a novelette by Ross Rocklynne, also the answer to this old question; first published in Astonishing Stories, June 1940, available at the Internet Archive. Does any of these covers ring a bell? As far as the ISFDB knows, the earliest reprint you could have read was in the 1969 paperback anthology Futures Unlimited edited by Alden Norton. ...


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Tunnel Through Time by Lester Del Rey http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?1336457 Two scientists create a time machine, looks like a metal ring standing on edge like a Stargate. In operation it looks like it is a circular rainbow. One scientist tries it, but fails to return. Each scientist has a son who is a teenager, both beg the remaining scientist to ...


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Skinner by Richard S. McEnroe From Goodreads: Hunting dragonhides on Trollshulm is a losing game. The odds of surviving to buy back your freedom range from slim to nil. Most skinners end up burned out, broken, or dead. Chavez Blackstone was different. The spark that burned in him was so strong, nothing could snuff it out - not even Eli Santer, ...


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On the off chance Adamant did a hit and run answer comment: Graceling by Kristin Cashiore, first book of the Graceling Realm series. Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of ...


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This is the plot of Deepa & Rupa: A Fairy Tale from India, a 30 minute short from 1990. From Wikipedia: Two stepsisters, Deepa and Rupa, have different personalities. Deepa is selfish, Rupa is kind. The personified 'wind' steals their cotton, forcing the sisters to go to the old woman in the moon. Along the way they encounter a number of magical ...


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This might be the second book of the Sun-Cross series by Barbara Hambly, The Magicians of Night The two wizards, Jaldis and Rhion, had dared the dread Dark Well to answer the desperate call of a world without magic. Jaldis had not survived the dreadful Void. Now Rhion was alone in a world he could not imagine -- the world of Germany in 1940. The four ...


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You're describing the plot of Still Breathing from 1998. From Rotten Tomatoes: This romantic fantasy [...] stars Brendan Fraser as Fletcher McBracken, a starry-eyed San Antonio puppeteer who, like his father and grandfather before him, has a mystical vision of the woman he's fated to marry. Believing that she'll be found in "Formosa" (the one-time name of ...


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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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