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A scientist tries to make a man more intelligent

This is certainly "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes. From Wikipedia: Charlie Gordon is a man with an IQ of 68 who works a menial job as a janitor at a factory, and is attending a ...
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A play in which the characters murder the author

Perhaps there is another play of Tieck's with which I'm not familiar, but the epilogue to Der gestiefelte Kater sounds similar. From Wikipedia: Im Widerspruch dazu, dass dem Publikum das Stück nicht ...
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Seeking title of an Avatar like book from the 1980s

The War for Eternity by Christopher Rowley Description from christopherrowley.net: Five hundred years after the days of the Founder. The pattern set by the EASU continues. Twenty million humans live ...
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Short story about a slow-moving stalker robot

This could be a slightly garbled recollection of "The Ruum", a short story by Arthur Porges, first published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, October 1953, available at the ...
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SF story, telepathic boy hunted as vampire (pre-1980)

This sounds very much like The Mindworm, a short story by C.M. Kornbluth. The protagonist is an orphan who feeds by draining mental activity from others, killing them in the process. He moves from ...
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Paine essay on how Englishmen lived with many monopoly products

The Age of Reason PDF This is the closest match I have to your question. The Age of Reason; Being an Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology is a work by English and American political activist ...
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Source of three Icelandic kennings quoted (in Russian) in poem of Martynov?

As noted by Rand al'Thor in the comments, skaldic.org has good information on the scaldic poetry that typically uses these long, complicated kennings, meaning many-part, complicated likenesses that ...
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Looking for a short story/graphic novel with ghosts and machines

Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel perhaps. Description from goodreads.com: A page-turning adventure of a boy's journey to the land of ghosts and back. Imagine Garth Hale's surprise when he's accidentally ...
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