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I've got a suspicion this might be one of the "Hawkeye and Amy" (or "Hawkeye Collins and Amy Adams") stories. Though if I'm correct, it'll have been a short story in a collection of Hawkeye and Amy mysteries. Hawkeye and Amy were two kid detectives (now there's a trope I like!) who were also members of the "Bytes of Data Computer ...


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The Human Chord by Algernon Blackwood: As a boy, Robert Spinrobin created vast worlds in his imagination, naming and bringing things to life. In later years this inner world of childhood fades, but he retains the mystical vision of the poet. Bored and disappointed by his humdrum adult existence, and seeking an adventure of the soul, he comes across a ...


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Could this be Third Aerial Girls Squad (Daisan Hikou Shoujyotai)? Four years ago, the enigmatic Builders appeared on Earth, creating mysterious structures known as Pillars, which now cover one-third of the world's surface, and copying technology for their own use before permanently disabling the real devices. The only aircraft that remain operational are ...


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The manga was Maou ni Natta node, Dungeon Tsukutte Jingai Musume to Honobono suru, aka * I Became the Demon Lord so I Created a Dungeon and Spend Heartwarming Time There with Non-Human Girls* Before I realized, I had become the guardian of a dungeon, a Demon Lord. I was suddenly in a dangerous world with giant monsters loitering around, fighting for their ...


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Laputa: Castle in the Sky has a floating island which is the home to some ancient rather large robots many of which are covered in moss. In one scene a robot presents the main character with a flower


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Could this be Laputa: Castle in the Sky? Floating islands, check. Robot giving someone a flower, check.


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This is Neal Stephenson's "Jipi and the paranoid chip", written 1997, available here: https://vanemden.com/books/neals/jipi.html "The chip" in question resembles the outcome of an Antagonistic Neural Network Training session and behaves like Alicebot paired to an Intrusion Detection System. It is supposed to give pause to would-be car ...


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Pretty sure this is Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale (2002) by Holly Black, the first book in the Modern Faerie Tales Series. Here's a summary which covers most of the main plot points. As with Triss, Kaye Fierch is unaware of her status as a changeling at the beginning of the novel, although she is aware that she can see fairies. Kaye is a pixie and her true ...


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Since several of us have independently thought of it, and other than the dates it's a good fit, I'm going to propose The Praxis, first book of the Dread Empire's Fall trilogy by Walter Jon Williams. The only problem with this identification is that it was not published until 2002. The last of the Shaa, Anticipation of Victory, has just decided that it is ...


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This is the (Hong Kong, not Japan) film I Love Maria (AKA Roboforce) from 1988. It wasn't a mini-series, but otherwise a solid match. The (extremely) titular Maria is a black-bodied cyborg/robot in her frequently uncovered state.


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Not applicable, but found it ironic the descriptive details also well describe Eragon by Christopher Paolini, even down to the details of the magic system. Of course, Eragon was published quite a bit later.


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I know the question specifies a novel, but the Henry Kuttner short story "Or Else" was published in 1953, and involves an alien who is called (by the protagonist) Quetzalcoatl. Readable at archive.org. The stranger's nostrils pinched together slightly, but he ignored the remark. "I come from another world," he said. "My name is —&...


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I think its called "The Max Level Hero Has Returned". The main character is "killed" by his step brother for political reasons. He then gets transported to the Mount Olympus where lot of heros are, like Hercules. He then trains there for 1000 years. When he gets back to his world he is very powerful. Plot description kept vague to avoid ...


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Tom Swift and His Electronic Retroscope by "Victor Appleton II" 1959. Set in the Yucatan, features a device to read ancient worn stone carvings, left by some aliens that Tom is in contact with. Ironically, this technology is now possible. It's got Mayans, and the usual sorts of bad guys. I just reread this a couple months ago. Can't really ...


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The Manhwa is called "Limit Breaker" The mc is working in a super market where he suddenly hear a BANG he goes outside to see what happened and sees monster outside of his world he then dies and get transported to the awakening zone where he gets to unlock his skill to beat the monster. He finishes the awakening but their was an ERROR where he ...


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The story is Concerning Corinna, which you can find on the Gutenberg web site here. "He had found in every country in the world traditions of a race who were human—yet more than human. That is the most exact fashion in which I can express his beginnings. On every side he found the notion of a race who can impinge on mortal life and partake of it—but ...


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It isn't set in the Yucatan, it's in the Mexico city area, but this could be Clash of the Star Kings by Avram Davidson. This was published in 1966 so you could have read it 55 years ago. It was nominated for a Nebula so it was quite a well known book at the time. The Aztec gods turn out to be aliens who arrived in the distant past. The book is set in ...


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Could be Eagle Eye. Made in 2008 which fits. The computer (ARIIA) is a black sphere, and can tap into any networked camera, phone, or other device to observe the protagonists or take action. The plot summary mentions it using a crane, although I don't recall the specific scene. The female FBI agent (Rrachel Monaghan) has a son - finding him is a plot point - ...


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You may be thinking of the 2008 film Eagle Eye. It has a man and a woman being manipulated by the AI, with the woman trying to save her son, but otherwise it matches. In January 2009, Stanford University dropout Jerry Shaw learns that his identical twin brother Ethan, an officer in the U.S. Air Force, has been killed. Following the funeral, Jerry is ...


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Might this be Find the Feathered Serpent by Evan Hunter (Ed McBain)...? It is a sci-fi novel, first published 1952. The story is based on the mythical Quetzalcoatl. And it is set mostly in the Yucatan. When the strange hourglass-shaped time machine crashed out of the twentieth century and into the Caribbean Sea of fourteen hundred years ago, Neil Falsen ...


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I don't know if it's a perfect match, but this sounds similar to Shoki Skill Ga Benri Sugite Isekai Seikatsu ga Tanoshisugiru!; ("The Initial Skill Is Too Convenient and Life in the Otherworld Is Too Fun!") from the description: High-schooler Shinomiya Raku was reincarnated due to a wicked god toying with his fate, which ended in his untimely ...


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Kizoku Tensei: Megumareta Umare kara Saikyou no Chikara ga Eru aka Noble Reincarnation Born as the Thirteenth Prince, Noah was originally in a position removed from the imperial succession, so he freely passed his time in the fief granted to him. However, the Crown Prince died before the Emperor. The imperial succession would be fairly contested among the ...


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While it has five books, maybe W.A. Harbinson's Projekt Saucer series? Here's the summary of the first book, Inception: The ultimate conspiracy begins... W.A. Harbinson started to uncover the nightmarish truth about Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) in the research for his bestseller GENESIS. Now, he has taken that groundbreaking work and expanded it, ...


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This might be G.I. Samurai (1979), also titled I Want To (original title, per IMDb is Sengoku jieitai). The plot description on Wikipedia says: During a defensing exercise, a wildly mixed group of Japanese SDF members with a tank, an APC, a patrol boat and a helicopter suddenly find themselves stranded 400 years in the past and under attack by samurai ...


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"Commencement Night" was written by Richard Ashby and originally published in Astounding Science Fiction in 1953. It was anthologized a few times, including in Giants Unleashed, edited by Groff Conklin (1965). The story is as you described; the aim is to discover how human beings act in the natural state. The island is officially named Arcadia as ...


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Could the one you are looking for is Yahalue(Aharoo) There is 2 season. The first slave he buy is a princess. She is indeed run away and fall from the cliff => don't remember her identity. His family is indeed killed near the end of season 2. Outside of red hair everything you describe is match with Yahalue(Aharoo). Could this image make you remember ...


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The Belgariad by David Eddings Garion is the young boy, who lives with his Aunt Pol (actually Polgara the sorceress) on Faldor's farm for the first part of his life. "Old Wolf" - later identified as Belgarath (and Pol's father) visits form time to time. Eventually Garion is targeted by the assassin Brill, resulting in Belgarath and Aunt Pol ...


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I think the book/series you are referring to is The Black Magician trilogy by Trudi Canavan. The synopsis from Wikipedia: The books follow a slum-dwelling girl named Sonea who, although born and raised in the slums of Imardin, discovers that she has natural magical abilities usually restricted to the upper classes. They describe her attempts to escape ...


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This is Mr. Right starring Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell. The knife juggling happens in her kitchen. The special ability they seem to have is the ability to read the flow of motion in the world around them, and go with it. Ex-CIA agent and ex-mercenary Francis Munch (Rockwell) kills those who try to hire him. On his way out from such a kill, a team ...


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Somewhat similar to the episode Rimmerworld from the TV series Red Dwarf. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rimmerworld While the ship is in danger, coward Rimmer takes the only escape pod and ejects. He lands on a barren planet and Teraforms it, creating a population cloned from his own DNA. The two creators of the show fell out, and dissolved their ...


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A Redditor found the book (or books). Seems I was either remembering pieces of Ann Pilling's Black Harvest from her Dark Powers series, or my memory was combining elements from different books from the series. The Dark Powers books are still in print.


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I think you’re talking about Shijou Saikyou no Mahou kenshi, F-Rank Boukensha ni Tensei suru. Starts with the last fight from his life as a swordsman and after getting transferred picks up some wood and kills some goblins just like you described.


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I believe this is Your Ancestor is Online An introvert who has played an online game 100 times is so close to beating it but never can! But what's this? Restricted mode unlocked? A cheat menu?! After creating his new character with max cheat stats and assuming it'll be an easy win, the main character gets isekai'd into the world of the game- as the ...


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Based on recognizing the cover art of the February 1987 issue of Analog, this is the cover story "In the Kingdom at Morning" by Stephen L. Burns. Many thanks to user14111 for tracking down this issue once I made the tentative identification. I have a few of the details wrong; the pilot's name was "Gemyn" and "Crazy Eddie's Kingdom&...


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I believe this is the 2002 Canadian/American TV series Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension. It aired on YTV in Canada and Fox Kids in the US. It follows a young boy and girl traveling the stars with a group of aliens. One of the aliens, named Nepol, is indeed small, blue, wearing goggles and holding a staff-like weapon. Wikipedia says his character &...


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The description nearly matches "E for Effort", by T. L. Sherred, first published in 1947 and often reprinted in anthologies. However, the action takes place in the United States. The inventor shows scenes live from his time viewer. The man who walks into the theater and is amazed by what he sees becomes the inventor's partner in filming the life of ...


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You're thinking of "Alone" a by Robert Reed. It is a short story in the Greatship series. There is a similar answer here: Sci-fi book about a shape shifting machine wandering the surface of a planet sized space ship


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Another possibility that involves a young brother and sister, with mystical aspects rather than a time travel machine, is Astercote by Penelope Lively, first published in 1970. From the author's website: Astercote village is dead, its ruins lie hidden in the murky wood. Mair and her brother, Peter, come upon the deserted village by accident and there meet a ...


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Could it be Connie Willis's Doomsday Book? It was published in 1992, so the protagonists could have been from the 1980s. It's got young people (but the main characters aren't as young as 15-16), time travel, Black Death... but other aspects are different. Young historian Kirvin gets sent back to 1320s Oxford, but there's a malfunction and she lands in 1348 ...


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Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott Synopsis: Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to the middle of nowhere for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying--and she's helpless to change anything. Until she receives ...


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This sounds like it could be Rollerball, a 1975 science fiction film starring James Caan. Although it is most famous for the violent sporting scenes, it did include a passage where after a party a group of drunken guests staggered outside and set trees on fire using some kind of futuristic gun. From the DVD commentary : "Here is a scene where I wanted ...


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Probably "The Forgotten Enemy" by Arthur C. Clarke, borrowable at the Internet Archive. It was first published in 1949 in the New Worlds magazine, then appeared in the 1956 collection Reach for Tomorrow. The Solar System has dived into a belt of cosmic dust; Britain's climate has changed from temperate to arctic. Professor Millward has stayed with ...


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This looks to me like a slightly distorted memory of A Wizard of Earthsea, the first Earthsea book by Ursula K. LeGuin. Duny grows up in a small village on the island of Gont; when the Kargads attack, he uses magic to defeat them (confusing them with a fog). This is very unusual for a child still short of his naming day, so when that day comes, he is sent ...


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Softly spoke the Gabbleduck by Neal Asher, contained in The gabble and other stories (2008). The siblings are Tholan and Tameera. Tholan's personal assitant is Anders. The story is told from the point of view of a local guide. Tameera shoots a sheq, also known as shit-eater. The other sheq kidnap her to replace the one she shot and her brother goes in ...


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This is The Tapestry series of books, by Henry H. Neff, starting with The Hound of Rowan. [A] twelve-year-old boy named Max McDaniels who comes across a strange Celtic tapestry one day in a secret room in a museum. Max finds a letter in his coat pocket afterwards that leads him to Rowan Academy, a secret school where other gifted students like him go. The ...


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The show could be Zixx, especially if the show had live-action sequences along with animated ones. Wikipedia: The show consists of a mixture of live action "real world" sequences interspersed with computer-generated scenes set inside a virtual realm. In Zixx Level One, Elliott Digital used game engine LithTech to create the animation, the first ...


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Sort of sounds like Dragons Blood? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pit_Dragon_Trilogy I remember a boy getting burned with dragons blood, and raising a dragon from an egg.


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Having looked a bit further, I think this is Paolo Bacigalupi's 2008 collection Pump Six and Other Stories. The first story you mention is almost undoubtedly "The People of Sand and Slag" wherein a trio of security guards who can live on any matter inexplicably find a dog one day, in an environment where no living thing should be. One of them ...


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Cry Wolf by Alan Chronister? Former yuppies Rudy Vardon and Evelyn Sangellis think their rustic home in Larksboro is wonderful, but they aren't prepared for the horror that peers from the shadows by day and into their windows at night. -- Google Books A little town out east is infested with werewolfs. A man and woman move in to write and illustrate ...


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I think it might be The Elsewhere Chronicles It's bad enough when Max, Rebecca, Noah, and Theo just think Grandpa Gabe's house is haunted. But then the old movie projector in the library opens a passageway to a world of monsters and creatures made of shadows - a place of secrets and dangers set loose when the sun sets. The only weapons to fight them lie in ...


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