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Could it be Philip K. Dick's "Our Friends from Frolix 8" (1970)? It was about telepaths ruling the normals, and the cover sort of fits, but I don't remember the details of the plot that well.


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Eye in the Sky, a 1957 novel by Philip K. Dick; also the (unaccepted) answer to this old question. Does any of these covers ring a bell? The inside-out cat is in section XIII. The cat-hater is a woman: Miss Reiss had never liked cats. She had been afraid of cats. Cats were her enemies. The thing on the floor was Ninny Numbcat. He had been turned inside ...


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Taking into consideration the title similar to "QB VII" my guess would be Ubik by Philip K. Dick. The novel starts with a group of organization employees goes on to a base for a meeting that appears to be an ambush. A bomb explodes putting one of the participants into coma, but rest of the trip seems unaffected. They rush back Earth to allow a better ...


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This seems to be Stepwater by L. Warren Douglas. According to goodreads: In a time when genengineered humans inhabit alien worlds, the bors, humans with bear genes, and the mantee, a human/otter mix, reach the brink of war when a man and a woman break the strongest taboo of their clans--and only the Arbiter has the answer. From the book: Tarbeks'...


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This is "The Custodians" (1975) by Richard Cowper. You've remembered the gist of it quite well - the abbey, the prophetic room, the young woman, the fact that it appeared in F&SF. The quote isn't quite as you recall, nor is it the last line, though it's near the end. It's not a spoken line but ruminations in the mind of the priest, Spindrift. It ...


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"When the Clock Strikes" (1980) by Tanith Lee It was first published in Weird Tales #1. The Duke had come to power by ridding himself of the members of a rival house. Yet one member of that house remained—a woman who attempted to use her sorcery to get her revenge. When the woman dies, her daughter, who calls herself Ashella, continues her fight against ...


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This is Lawrence Watt-Evans's The Unwilling Warlord. The Unwilling Warlord was the third novel in the Ethshar series -- though it's not third in internal chronology. It's the story of a young man who finds that he's the hereditary warlord of a small kingdom that's on the verge of war against two larger neighbors. He has a simple choice -- win the war, or ...


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This is Bad Blood by Peter Kennedy (1996). It is the fifth book in the "Fun Fax Horror" series. It is young adult, according to Goodreads. Summary (emphasis mine): Mike Campbell can't believe his luck: he's got two free Zombies tickets and the most popular girl in his class has agreed to go to the concert with him! What Mike doesn't realise is that he's ...


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Sounds like Philip Jose Farmer's Riverworld books. There have been, I believe, two movies (2003 and 2010) so perhaps it's the earlier one Riverworld (2003). The premise is interesting, in that any characters from history may show up to drive a subplot. The first book, To Your Scattered Bodies Go might be of interest, too.


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"'Nothing Happens on the Moon'" (sometimes printed with quotation marks in the title, sometimes without), a short story by Paul Ernst, first published in Astounding Science-Fiction, February 1939, available at the Internet Archive. Does any of these covers look familiar? If you read it in school, it might have been in the 1996 anthology Science Fiction, ...


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This sounds like "Disappearing Act" by Alfred Bester. As I recall the world isn't controlled by one of the patients, but aside from this matches. People are escaping from a seemingly perpetual war by going into a coma in which they inhabit a fantasy world. The people in the coma are kept in Ward T. However this is a short story not a full length novel. I ...


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Yes, it's "1-A" by Thomas M. Disch, 1968, originally published in New Worlds #181. I read it in the Disch collection Fun With Your New Head; it's also in another Disch anthology, Under Compulsion. The four things are "loyal, courageous, self-controlled, and dead." (Edited: here are the final pages of the story - abridged because the Captain does go on for ...


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This is Kaena: The Prophecy. The film begins with an alien ship crash landing on a desert planet. The alien survivors, known as Vecarians, are quickly killed by the planet's predatory native inhabitants, the Selenites. The ship's core, Vecanoi, survives, and from it sprouts Axis, a massive tree reaching up into space. 600 years later, a race of human-like ...


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This is Joker's Ayslum II - Clayface. And yes, Batman features prominently. The Joker tells a story about Clayface, involving an old film that he starred in called "The Terror", and a group of teens, the "Children of the Clay" that idolize him.


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Could it be you're thinking of "Good Taste" (readable here)? It's the closest match I can think of, except that it's kind of the reverse of what you're asking about. It involves a chef using real ingredients rather than the simulated forms from a computer. Chawker Minor returns from his 'Grand Tour', including a visit to Earth, to his home on Gammer, one ...


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InterWorld (2007) by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves? From Goodreads: InterWorld tells the story of Joey Harker, a very average kid who discovers that his world is only one of a trillion alternate earths. Some of these earths are ruled by magic. Some are ruled by science. All are at war.   Joey teams up with alternate versions of himself from an array ...


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This is The Venus of Azombeii by the incomparable Clark Ashton Smith. The story starts with the narrator visiting his friend the explorer Marsden. As you say he finds that Marsden is shrinking: It was obvious to me at a glance that he was very ill; his thinness and pallor had increased to a shocking degree in the few days since I had seen him last, and I ...


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Outside chance you could be thinking of "Ubik" by Philip K. Dick. Doesn't have a coma ward, but features a group of people who may or may not be in a coma-like state of "half-life" finding themselves facing reality shifts, possibly controlled by another individual in the same state. Aside from a slightly similar plot, primarily mentioning it since the ...


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Insignia by S.J. Kincaid Helpful Links This is not, in fact, a short story, but a book which I read several months previously. It matches your description perfectly! This is most certainly what you were looking for. Here is the link to it on Goodreads, on Wikipedia, and Common Sense Media.The name of the other fighter is Medusa and the protagonist is Tom ...


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"Terror from the Year 5000" (1958). I think this is the one. The plot involves a monstrous looking woman being brought from the future into our time by a scientist who is working in a laboratory in a wooded area. The full movie is available on YouTube and is posted below. You can see the scene where the man who attacked a man in a boat is revealed to have ...


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Sounds like the story in this other question. The name of the book is "Stranger from the Depths." It was first published in 1967, with a paperback edition in 1970. The author (Gerry Turner) is actually an American. I read this book also. Long ago. Like, 1970s. The character you are thinking of is named Saa. I forget how he was found, but he isn't ...


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This looks like The Promise by ZairaAlbereo. Here’s the part with the cooking wand: But Sirius knew immediately what it was, and had to stifle a laugh. It was a cooking wand! He had seen James mother using it often enough, but he'd never guessed his uncle would own such a thing. In his opinion, it had always been for old little ladies really. Or for ...


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You might be thinking of We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story. There are some time-traveling dinosaurs who manage to befriend a pair of children. These children, a boy and a girl, fall into the clutches of one Dr. Screweyes, who runs a creepy circus, and turns them into chimpanzees (y'know, for evil!). Does this image jog your memory at all?


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This is "Something Green" by Fredric Brown (1951)1. It is about an astronaut named McGarry who crashes on a planet with only red vegetation and has a "little five-limbed creature" named Dorothy who he talks to about wanting to see green (emphasis mine): He stopped ten paces short of the edge of the red jungle and aimed the sol-gun at the bushes behind ...


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The first story, as suggested in a comment by Mr Lister, is probably "Pawley's Peepholes" (aka "Operation Peep"), a short story by John Wyndham published in Science-Fantasy, Winter 1951, which is available at the Internet Archive. Set in the present (i.e. the middle of the 20th century, when it was written), it is about annoying time-tourists from the future....


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The plot elements you describe are highly reminiscent of Thunderbirds. There was a live action film in 2004 and I suggest that this is what you are recalling. Take a look at this website for the film which includes trailers and see if it jogs your memory. https://www.thunderbirdsmovie.com


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It might be the movie Animal Crackers (2017) It takes place at a circus and some of the performers are humans transformed to animals. They can leave the circus, but they need to eat a human biscuit from the box that transformed them or they remain animals forever. The magic is not performed with a magic eye but with magic animal-shaped biscuits. Otherwise ...


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I believe the story might be 'Huddling Place' by Clifford D. Simak, part of his 'City' series of short stories. Everyone lives in their own home out in the country; cities have been abandoned. All communication is done remotely; travel is by personal plane or 'copter, servants are robots. The main protagonist is a physician and author of a major work in ...


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This looks to be James White's "The Dream Millennium" as serialized in Galaxy magazine from October to December of 1973 (below excerpt from the December 1973 edition of Galazy magazine): JOHN DEVLIN is awakened from cold sleep by ship’s computerized system and told he’s seventy-five years into mission: man’s first attempt to colonize a star ...


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This is Episode 9 of Season 2 of Read All About It (1979-1981). The Book Destroyer traps Lynne and Alex in her mine and says they must help her erase all villains from books. Found with search terms of educational videos "book destroyer"


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