Book Genre: Science Fiction

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Nick Harkaway
Becker
4

I listened to this one on the recommendation of a colleague, and it was the perfect cure for a gray winter day! Clockwork, rogue scientists, spies, mysterious trains, men who want to be gods and ancient alliances of thieves all come together for a fun mystery/road trip. At times I got a bit...

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Grant Morrison
Thane
5

Grant Morrison is a legendary writer in modern comic books. Along with his contemporaries, Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman, Morrison is credited as being one of the key creators responsible for causing American comic books to "grow up." His seminal work on Animal Man and Doom Patrol, pushed the...

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Jeffrey Brown
Angelita
4

I enjoyed the humor in this book. I am not an avid fan of Star Wars, but I am I do know enough references to understand some of the jokes in the books. I did find to be funnier than Darth Vader and Son. It's a quick read. It might even be entertaining for parents to share this with their...

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Octavia E Butler
Lauren
4

As someone with little to no experience reading science fiction, I find myself pretty blown away by Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. This novel is gripping, heart-wrenching, and terrifying.

Parable of the Sower is told from the diary entries of Lauren Olamina, a...

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Robert Kirkman
Kristen M
3

For those who are not aware of Robert Kirkman's Walking Dead series, it follows the standard zombie apocalypse storyline. Sheriff Rick Grimes awakes in the hospital after being shot on the job. Only he awakes to find the place trashed, scavenged, and empty of staff and other patients. His first...

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Cory Doctorow
Michael
2

Little Brother is the 2008 novel by Cory Doctorow (editor of BoingBoing.net). Little Brother won the 2009 Prometheus Award, Sunburst Award, and John W. Campbell Memorial Award.

In the wake of a terrorist attack in San Francisco, the Department of Homeland Security's...

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Drew Karpyshyn
Mandy M.
4

This book is a pretty good read, and great for anyone who has questions after playing the first mass effect game. I think they go great together. But it's definitely a good stand alone novel as well if you aren't the video game type.

Revelation has all the components of a solid science...

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Harlan Ellison
Lily
2

The highlights of this sci-fi graphic novel include some beautiful art as the characters experience travel through space-time and an alien population of lizard people who humorously call humans "sweat-drippers." There are creative moments in Seven Against Chaos, but the characters and storyline...

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Caragh M O'Brien
Shanna
3

Gaia is a sixteen-year-old midwife, unlucky enough to live outside The Wall, apart from the privileged, comfortable citizens of The Enclave.  It is her duty to hand over the first three babies she delivers each month-babies who are destined to be adopted by waiting parents in The Enclave....

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Octavia E Butler
Shanna
5

I'll have to admit it-for the staff reading challenge, I put off my science fiction selection until nearly the end! In fact, until this particular book, I was firmly convinced that science fiction wasn't for me.  Can you believe that?  What if I missed this fantastic book...

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Brian Wood
Becker
4

Mara is a volleyball superstar in a near future world where sports heroes revered even more than they are now. Everyone knows her name, her stats, her face (and her sponsors). When she starts to show more than human abilities, everyone turns on her--is she cheating, deceiving the world? Pulled...

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Ann Leckie
extra medium
5

Bren is not as she has always been. Once a sentient spaceship with many human bodies to inhabit, she is now in just one body, alone, angry, and in mourning. Told with flashbacks moving along in time with the current situation, you come to understand the politics and scope of a well imagined...

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Paolo Bacigalupi
mmcgowan
4

Nailer, a teenage boy, works on a ship breaking down parts on a boat which could be a dangerous job.His nickname is "lucky boy" because he survives an accident.  A few days later he meets a beautiful and wealthy girl in which he saves her life so she is known as "lucky girl."  A...

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Samantha Shannon
Beckyr
3

Bone Season brings to life a scary world in which gifted people are persecuted and the world is governed by a syndicate. This is the first of a projected series and got a lot of pre-publication publicity. I found it hard to follow. The premise sounds good and the main character, Paige, is...

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Bec McMaster
seanamo
3

In this second volume of McMaster's London Steampunk series, we follow the Beast, Will Carver, a dangerous and solitary werewolf, and Lena Todd, a master clockworker and the younger sister of Will's boss' wife (Blade and Honoria from Kiss of Steel).

Because the verwulfen curse is a virus...

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Marissa Meyer
DawnM
5

The second of the Lunar chronicles series, this is a futuristic story for teens and adults that are inspired by fairy tales (this one is Little Red Riding Hood) but with a Cyborg and Sci-fi twist that is sure to please. There is a hint of romance in the story line but the strong...

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Susan Waggoner
Hope
3

In the year 2218, Zee is a teenage empathy interning at a hospital in London.  Working alongside medical staff, she provides clear mental images and brings calm and peace to those in pain. While she prides herself in remaining detached from excess emotions (she can’t read books that may...

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Eoin Colfer
Hope
3

In a futuristic city, Cosmo Hill was abandoned at birth and spent his entire life at the Clarisa Fayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys. This orphanage is terrifying- children aren’t allowed to talk to one another and spend the vast majority of the day having products tested on them from...

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Marissa Meyer
Joan
4

Cinder is cyborg who is a skilled mechanic in New Beijing. She lives with her cruel stepmother and step sisters. This book loosely follows a Cinderella story. Of course there is a prince who by chance happens to become quite friendly with Cinder not knowing she is a cyborg. New Beijing and the...

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Alastair Reynolds
Brett
4

Just so you know where I stand as a reviewer: if you start off your book with a deadly "razor storm" bearing down on archaeologists at a dig site on an alien planet, I'll probably follow your story wherever it goes from there. I just can’t get enough of that stuff. Now that I've made this...

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Greg Rucka
Becker
4

I've been following Rucka's work (Gotham Central, Queen and Country, runs on Wonder Woman and Batwoman) for quite some time now, and was excited to see the start of a new series with what looked to be another strong, complex female lead. The first volume of Lazarus did not disappoint, with an...

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Ryan Winfield
lisab
3

The time is 900 years in a post-apocalyptic future and humanity lives underground. At 15 they are assigned their life jobs and at 35 they are retired to “Eden”.  Aubrey Van Houten, the main character, is assigned to work with the Foundation or Park Service.  A train crash strands him...

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Jeffrey Brown
DawnM
4

This fun book is more than your typical graphic novel.  It includes comics, journal entries, letters, doodles, and newspaper clippings depicting common events faced by any average middle-schooler but all this takes place in a galaxy far, far away..
Recommended to Star Wars...

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Clete Barrett Smith
April
3

David, otherwise known as “Scrub,” is understandably upset when his busy parents decide to send him to the “Middle of Nowhere” Washington to stay with his grandmother over the summer break.  Instead of staying in Florida and hanging out with his friends by the pool or shooting hoops, all...

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C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis
Bobby
3

Most people know C.S. Lewis for his Chronicles of Narnia series or his writings about Christianity and the human condition.  Out of the Silent Planet is the first book of his Space Trilogy and one of his earliest published works.  It tells the...