I'm looking for a sci-fi book about young people who traveled to an alternative universe on multiple occasions. There was something about a power station and the story may also have mentioned a triangular symbol. It turns out that their switching between universes was limited for some reason. [more inside]
Halloween Filter: Help me with a name and tagline(s) for my 'business' of getting people to sign over their soul to eternal damnation. Tech startup parodies most welcome. [more inside]
[book-filter] Need help tracking down a sci-fi novel(s) read in the late 80's or 90's containing special abilities provided by nanochips. [more inside]
I'm a huge fan of science fiction book cover art (especially the 50s through the 80s) and I like to use ideas from them to make posters for my band. If you need examples: this should explain what I'm looking for. I'm wondering if there are existing resources for science fiction cover art or general science fiction art that mirrors this sort of style and substance? I especially need resources that are fair use, free to modify etc. etc. We use these posters to advertise our shows at places which usually have a cover charge -- so I will need content that I can modify to use "commercially". [more inside]
Looking for instances, whether fictional, religious or otherwise, of the idea of the "double". [more inside]
Looking for stories featuring/about bards/musicians/historians. [more inside]
I just finished Gone Girl the other day and am looking for similar reads. Without spoiling anything this book features intelligent and unpredictable characters with twisty plotting, including a significant script flip halfway through. Would love similar page turners that keep you guessing without being too formulaic or lowest common denominator!
I need suggestions of fictional or non-fictional books or films that deal with illness or dying in relation to humor/the absurd. [more inside]
Speculative fiction about historical gradualism: I'm looking for SF stories which begin in the real historical world (past or present) and then gradually diverge from it, without any single decisive turning point. [more inside]
You helped me feel depressed through novels. Can you now help me feel good about being alive and connected to humanity through books? [more inside]
Looking for novels about or by authors from the Central Valley of California. [more inside]
Blurb for my new (upcoming) novel: how well does it work? [more inside]
William Faulkner famously said, "The best fiction is far more true than any journalism." But where the heck did he actually say this? Does anyone know the book or article or interview where this quote originated?
What makes an original work particularly suited to being followed by fanfiction? [more inside]
Looking for recommendations for novels, short stories, or character-heavy nonfiction about life as an American adolescent boy or young man during the first half of the 20th century. [more inside]
Can you help me expand my “popular epidemiology” book collection by recommending books that are similar to The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett and the following titles? [more inside]
I'm looking for novels where the protagonist loses weight / gets fit. This doesn't need to be the central thing in the book, but while the protagonist saves the world from the zombie apocalypse, finds true love or destroys the ring in the fires of Mordor, can s/he also get in shape? [more inside]
I want to make a fake dating profile to do research. Is this unethical? [more inside]
Help, mefites! Y'all're amazingly great at tracking down obscure music and books with little info, so I hope you can help me. Two YA books, both read in the late 1970s: 1 - urban kid gets involved with a gang called the Scorpions. Also, his family was so poor he had to eat cereal with water. 2 - fantasy novel - there were goblins who were destroyed/harmed by butter. Any ideas?
Book People: what are the best resources to hear about new books? [more inside]
Please help me remember the name of a supernatural short story about a boy who buys a ship's figurehead at an auction. Plot summary inside. [more inside]
Is there a good database for YA fiction of the 90's? [more inside]
What are the realistic odds of a movie studio buying rights to fiction? What steps could one take to even attempt this? [more inside]
I'm intrigued by the notion that our civilization is not the first technological civilization to arise on Earth. After all, our ancestors several tens of thousands of years ago were as clever as we are. I'm looking for SF treatments of this notion. Recommendations? Non-fiction claiming to evaluate actual evidence of such a civilization is welcome, too.
Please help me find contemporary literary/fictional characters that make you want to love them, hate them, or -- even better -- both. [more inside]
I'm trying to remember the name and author of a science fiction short-story. Description inside. [more inside]
After enjoying a 1920 screenwriting book by the flapper humorist Anita Loos, I am wondering what other pre-WW2 writing advice books might be fun and interesting to read. Any suggestions?
I need some historical fiction book recommendations. [more inside]
Looking for alternate science and/or space fiction. [more inside]
Help me find this bookfilter: An writer's guide 'interview' with your own fiction character to help uncover their traits and depths. Or, a similar list of interview questions to learn a lot about someone in a short time. [more inside]
I'm looking for a fiction novel I read in the early 90's. I think it was called something like 'Wire World'. Set in London, present day, about two opposing groups who got around via secret zip-lines attached to the buildings. It was written by an ex-screenplay writer. I remember it being a fun read and would like to find it again. No such luck with the Google, you're all I've got to turn to, askMeFi'ers!
Looking for Author/Titles of a trilogy about genetically engineered twinned psychopathic warriors? It wasn't new in 2005 when I read it; I think it was published mid 90s or earlier. It's essentially a Frankenstein story with genetic engineering. [more inside]
Can you recommend a novel that features art theft, forgery or other fine art-related crimes? [more inside]
Open courses that teach writing skills: where are they? [more inside]
I am looking for a book. It's apparently about a boy who falls through a door / portal and travels through time - maybe forwards, maybe backwards - to Wales. It probably has a female author. Any help appreciated. [more inside]
I have a week at my parent's cottage coming up, and I'd like to get some recommendations on some comprehensive introductions to the classics, mythology, psychology and a few other subjects. [more inside]
My wife is just entering the second trimester and is having a new fiction craving. The last time she was pregnant, she relaxed and read constantly. I'm looking for book recommendations that are enjoyable page turners about nice things happening to positive happy people. [more inside]
Your recommendations for online short fiction? [more inside]
Merlin amazed by a digital watch! Help me remember a book I read as a kid! Normal guy gets zapped to fantasy other world/past. [more inside]
What are the best ending lines of poems/short stories/novels/movies? [more inside]
I need a scientific reason why dragons might be able to fly, given their unsatisfactory mass-to-wingspan ratio.
In the context of this fictional world, magic exists, but it abides by very strict scientific laws, similar to Equivalent Exchange. I need some rational-sounding explanation for why a dragon might be able to fly. [more inside]
Recommend mystery fiction, especially mystery fiction by authors whose works were adapted into Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes
Recommend mystery fiction, especially mystery fiction by authors whose works were adapted into Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes [more inside]
Help me diversify my summer fiction reading list. [more inside]
Seeking novels about scientists! All genres welcome; women protagonists, protagonists of color and non-Western protagonists preferred; weirdos also acceptable. [more inside]
In which Aubrey-Maturin Novel did the Transit of Venus appear? [more inside]
Are the books that Suzy reads in Moonrise Kingdom real and are they available at my local library? [more inside]
There is no shortage of fantasy novels set in a fantasy world based on Europe. But what about fantasy worlds based on other cultures? [more inside]
Where should I try and publish a literary translation? [more inside]
Help me find historical fiction starring the kinds of people described in this awesome comment. [more inside]
MeFi bookworms, do you know either of these books? [more inside]