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This sounds very much as though it could be The Zero Stone by Andre Norton (which also has a sequel - "Uncharted Stars"), first published in 1968. The young man's name is Murdoc Jern and he has an alien companion, kind of like a cat, called Eet. One of the most familiar covers (at least to me) is: There's a reasonably complete write-up by Judith Tarr on the ...


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Could this be "The Lotus Eaters" by Stanley G. Weinbaum? A month after the events in "Parasite Planet", Hamilton "Ham" Hammond and Patricia Burlingame are married, and thanks to Burlingame's connections, the two have been commissioned by the Royal Society and the Smithsonian Institution to explore the night side of Venus. There they find a species of warm-...


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This is a bit of a two-fer. Martin is right that Piers Anthony's OX features Conway's Game of Life. She looked at him suspiciously. "You mean this has been done before?" "This is a once-popular game invented by a mathematician, John Conway, back in 1970. He called it 'Life.' I have often whiled away dull hours working out atypical configurations." ...


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The Life game you describe was used in Piers Anthony's novel Ox, and as you mention various patterns appear in chapter headings


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Found it with your help, Valorum, thank you! It was Strange Attractors by William Sleator. Apparently the device was a modified calculator, and it was used for time travel (which leads to a split timeline and antagonist versions of two of the main characters).


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Your patron might be thinking of In a Blue Velvet Dress, ostensibly by a lady named "Catherine Sefton," although that was actually a pen name of Martin Waddell. Here's a cover-scan of the first edition. Looking at it might ring a bell in your patron's head. (Or not, as the case may be.) And here's a summary from Kirkus Review: The bookless house at 3 ...


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This is probably Mercedes Lackey's Tarma and Kethry stories. The Oathbound: Introduces Tarma–swordswoman trained by elite warriors in all forms of deadly combat–and Kethry, former noblewoman whose magical skills were shaped by a powerful school of sorcery. United by the Goddess and armed with a magical sword drawing them to those in need, Tarma and Kethry ...


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The Demonata by Darren Shan? Started in 2005, ten books total. The cover of the first book (Lord Loss, 2005) has a werewolf: TVTropes has a character matching your recollection of a guy making portals out of coloured shapes only he can see: Blessed with Suck: Kernel has always been able to see patches of light floating around, and can use them to create ...


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I would lay odds you're looking for Josh Kirby... Time Warrior! The series concerns a device, found by humans in the 25th century, called the Nullifier. This device is said to be capable of destroying the universe. Realizing the danger, a man called Irwin 1138 splits the Nullifier into six pieces, which are then dispersed through time. However, a ...


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Alright guys, looks like I found it. For some stupid reason it came to me after I woke up. I wasn't even thinking about the answer to this question, at all, for several days, which really annoys the heck out of me. Alter Echo Alter Echo tells the story of a futuristic world where psychics, known as shapers, can use a special substance called Plast to ...


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I would expect this to be Space Battleship Yamato in particular the 1977 film adaptation. The warship definitely fits, and the beach scene rings a bell too. But I would have expected to remember the firing range scene you describe and I can't say that I do.


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I have a feeling this could be one of the books in the Serpentwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist. It is possibly the first book 'Shadow of a Dark Queen' Erik saw they were out on the tip of the southern harbor breakwater, a long finger of rocks built up to prevent tidal flow interfering with shipping in the harbor. Calis motioned and each man fell into line. ...


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Mission of Gravity (1953), by Hal Clement Mission of Gravity takes place on Mesklin, a planet with a mass 16 times that of Jupiter. Mesklin's rapid rotation of once every 17 minutes 45 seconds gives it the shape of an oblate spheroid; its equatorial diameter is substantially greater than its polar diameter. Mesklin has a solid surface partly covered by ...


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This may be the mini-series, The Fire Next Time. The Fire Next Time is a 1993 American television disaster miniseries directed by Tom McLoughlin and written and produced by James S. Henerson which stars Craig T. Nelson, Bonnie Bedelia, Richard Farnsworth and Justin Whalin. Set in 2017, the plot focuses on a family who, after a series of fires begins to ...


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If you had not mentioned the meeting another time traveler and the recency of the story, I would have sworn it is "Last Rites" by Ray Bradbury. But it is not only indeed "about a time traveler (possibly rogue(?)) who meets important historical figures just before their death and informs them of the importance and influence that they have on the future" ...


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Probably King of Thorn (2005), adaptation of the 2002 manga Ibara no Ou. Summary of the manga, from MyAnimeList: Two twins, separated by fatal illness and a selective cure. Kasumi and her sister, Shizuku, were infected with the Medusa virus, which slowly turns the victim to stone. There is no cure, but of the two only Kasumi is selected to go into a sort ...


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Unremembered (2013) by Jessica Brody? The girl is named Seraphina, not Sarah, though the names are close. A couple reviews mention her as "Sera", hence the recollection, I guess. From Amazon: When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the 16-year-old girl discovered floating ...


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This is probably Unremembered by Jessica Brody. When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe. Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no ...


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Just in case the existing answer isn't right - it's not clear if it got a TV broadcast in the US - there were at least 2 previous US productions of "Zero Hour" for TV. (I have no way to tell if they may have been rebroadcast in subsequent years.) The NBC series "Lights Out" aired "Zero Hour" (Season 3, Ep. 48) in 1951. The episode summary describes it as: ...


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This sounds like the second Rebuild of Evangelion movie Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance. It's a 2009 movie, so it's close to the time frame you mention I think I remember it being mecha where humans in what I think is a military unit are fighting these monsters or creatures. That's Evangelion to a T. there was a scene where some person maybe a ...


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It's not a short story but rather a novel, however, Mindblast (1991) by Diane Duane and Peter Morwood, the first book in the Space Cops series seems to match quite well. I can't find a version of the story online and there isn't too much out there on it but the below descriptions give a bit of detail on it. Officer Lon Salonikis discovered the dark secret ...


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The Gruesome Gray Monster (Finding Colors) (1974) The Gruesome Gray Monster takes all the colors from the world and nobody notices except Kathy. Luckily, the Red escapes and goes with Kathy to the Monster’s gruesome gray castle to get back all the colors. A Coronet release. I found this by Googling educational film colours kidnapped by gray monster which ...


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RollBots (2009) Flip (voiced by Sam Vincent) is the newest member of the Spin City Police Department -- and the fastest of all the ROLLBOTS in town. These rolling robotic spheres zip and flip down the city’s track-like streets, sprouting arms, legs, and heads when they're at rest. Excited, eager, and energetic, Flip makes up for his lack of experience ...


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As noted in a comment by Martin May (but never followed up on), this is the comic story "Good Lord!" with script by Marv Wolfman and art by Dave Cockrum. The story is an homage to earlier pulp-style science fiction and adventure stories. It was first published in Marvel Preview no. 1 (1975) and reprinted in no. 20 (in 1980) On the last two pages of the ...


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The piece is an extract from Arthur C. Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey. It was not a standalone piece of literature. The passage I was trying to remember is as follows: "There were other thinkers, Bowman also found, who held even more exotic views. They did not believe that really advanced beings would possess organic bodies at all. Sooner or later, as ...


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Sounds like the dystopia The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth (1953), where a chicken heart of monstrous size, nicknamed Chicken Little, was cultivated for meat that was periodically trimmed off. The novel was originally serialized in Galaxy.


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The BBC's Torchwood (a pseudo-apin-off of Doxtor Who) had an episode like this in season 2, episode 4, 'Meat'. The team investigates a meat company whose product seems to be extraterrestrial in origin. Jack makes the requisite bad innuendo puns about "eating alien meat". By complete coincidence, the meat is transported by... Rhys' company. Gwen doesn't ...


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This sounds like the movie Transcendence (2014) starring Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall. Depp's character is working to create an artificial intelligence, but after he is poisoned by terrorists, Hall's character (his wife) uploads his consciousness into the computer he was developing. Joseph Tagger: Can you prove you're self-aware? Will Caster: That'...


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Although Jorge has indicated they have found their answer, I feel obliged to elaborate on my comment above. The Roar by Emma Clayton checks off most to all the boxes. It has a male protagonist, Mika, living in a fairly dystopic multi-leveled city with food grown from chemicals and mold, insulated from a biological plague by a huge wall. Mika begins playing ...


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"A Planet Named Shayol" by Cordwainer Smith? I remember something about screams from the prison planet being transmitted to Earth. Mercer has been convicted of a crime that has no name. He is condemned to the planet Shayol, from where they broadcast the screams of the damned on the occasion of the Emperor's birthday. He is conducted to a satellite ...


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That's Godzilla (2014) and the other creature is a MUTO. This review has other images similar to the ones above:


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This might be Emma Clayton's The Roar. When the animal plague began, the entire population came together and built a solid concrete wall 50 feet high and 30 feet thick. This kept every single animal out of the human world. On the top of the entire wall, there is an electrified fence and invincible, laser hurling Genghis Borgs mounted every 90 yards. ...


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This sounds a lot like Digimon, specifically Digimon Fusion, which ran from 2010-2012. I couldn't find too many clips of it online but from what I remember it lines up with your description fairly well. The three main characters control their own Digimon and fight against the evil Digimon (generalization of the plot, but you get the point). I couldn't ...


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This is Lavender Castle, produced by Gerry Anderson, who also did Thunderbirds. Lavender Castle is a place of mystery and legend, fabled throughout the universe, a floating city of light, a place of peace, harmony and all the things that have ever been dreamt of. It is the centre of the universe and the greatest source of power - should it be destroyed, ...


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This is probably the 1978 Korean cartoon Goldwing as per Sci-fi anime about guy who finds dying alien and gets transformation power through somersault Young shy orphan Hyun lives with Professor Lee, who is designing a giant flying robot to help mankind. One day, Hyun comes across a badly wounded alien who crashed in a ravine, and he helps the humanoid ...


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WorldCat shows two video productions (or maybe it's just one production cataloged two different ways) that would better fit the dating. It's not clear that it/they were also shown on televsion, but I'd imagine that was quite possible. Title: Zero hour. Author(s): Bradbury, Ray,; 1920-2012. Chaffee, Darlene. Publication: Santa Monica, Calif. : BFA ...


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As pointed out by @Adamant in the comments, this is most likely the Tunnels series by Roderick Gordon (started in 2007, six books total). Summary of the first one, from Goodreads: 14-year-old Will Burrows has little in common with his strange, dysfunctional family. In fact, the only bond he shares with his eccentric father is a passion for archaeological ...


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I think that’s probably City of Diamond by Doris Egan (who went on to be a TV producer on House rather then continuing her writing career). It was first published in 1996 under the pseudonym Jane Emerson. Adrian Mercati is thrown into the role of Protector of the City of Diamond, one of the Three Cities vast interstellar spaceships with whole ...


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This sounds a bit like The Hounds of the Morrigan by Pat O'Shea. There is a Wikipedia article on the book here. This was published in 1985 so it fits your time frame, but it's a lot longer than 60,000 words. The bit I remembered was the handcuffs, but they were made from daisy chains not dandelions. Brigit puts the handcuffs on the witches Melodie Moonlight ...


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It's a bit of a stretch, but you could be thinking of The Space Trilogy by C S Lewis. The Space Trilogy or Cosmic Trilogy is a series of science fiction novels by C. S. Lewis, famous for his later series The Chronicles of Narnia. A philologist named Elwin Ransom is the hero of the first two novels and an important character in the third. Sources ...


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I suspect you're thinking of Bakugan Battle Brawlers, which ran on Cartoon Network around 2007-2008. Dan Kuso's life changed one day when cards fell out of the sky and grabbed one, which he and his friend Shun used to invent a game called Bakugan. With other friends, they form a group called the Bakugan Battle Brawlers, and then are accidentally dragged ...


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This is Override by George R.R. Martin Science fiction short story about a corpse-handler who's double-crossed while collecting swirlstones in a beautiful off-world grotto. "Override" is the term for the box that his opponent uses to turn the corpses against him.


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Might be worth checking out The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper. Time period is a match (1973-1977 release dates), and the main protagonist (well, in the titular book of the series, anyway) is an 11-year-old boy who discovers he has a major role to play in the ongoing battle between Light and Dark. Set in modern times. The Wikipedia entry contains some pretty ...


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"The Man Who Tasted Ashes", a short story by Algis Budrys, first published in If, February 1959, available at the Internet Archive. Does any of these covers ring a bell? Short story about an unpleasant character He gestured toward the bureau top. "Pour me some more of that." Alcohol affected him swiftly but not deeply. Once it had stripped him of the ...


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The Lost Kingdom of Karnica by Richard Kennedy. Illustrated by Uri Shulevitz. There is a Kirkus review of the book here. The summary they give is: A parable of greed, a conservationist allegory, but also a forceful, beautifully told story. In the Kingdom of Karnica, an enormous red gemstone is found at the bottom of a well; and life, "not especially ...


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The story might be "Obsolete Skill" by Charles Sheffield. It was published in 1987 and therefore meets your timeframe. The writer, who is not named, is suspended for almost 200 years. It is mentioned that he has been the subject of ten biographies. The "internet structure" involves some kind of direct neural interface that the writer, at his age, would ...


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Gordon R. Dickson Call Him Lord. The visit to Earth is a kind of "manhood test" to reveal the Prince's suitability (or not) to be the next Emperor. When the escort meets the Emperor, the latter demands to know how his son failed the test. After going over a few lesser problems, the escort gets to the heart of the matter, saying "Lord. He was a coward," and ...


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Ah. I found it. Andrew Seiple's Bunker Core. I've read others of the author's works, including his Dire Saga, which started off as a crossover with Worm, which might account for my thought of him as a fanfic writer. Wynne might have been human once. It's hard to say. Now he's a bunker core, a nanomachine controller responsible for an entire complex. ...


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This is The Language of Stones (1999) by Robert Carter. The Realm is an England that is still-magical. Legendary beasts still populate its by-ways. It is a land criss-crossed by lines of power upon which standing stones have been set as a secret protection against invasion. But the power of the array was broken by the Slavers who laid straight roads ...


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"...And All the Stars a Stage" by James Blish. 1086 A.D.: A sudden glare of light in the constellation later called Taurus. The Chinese astronomer T'ang Yaou-Shun marks it down: A new and marvelous star, portending miracles. But the miracle has already happened. It sleeps inside Yaou-Shun, in twelve of his genes. At one point, the serial was ...


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