Book Genre: Science Fiction

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Gretchen McNeil
lcole
4

3:59 is the time it happens.  Every day at 3:59 a.m. and again at 3:59 p.m. Josie gets a glimpse into Jo’s world.  Josie and Jo live in parallel universes.  In many ways their lives are the same.  They look identical.  They live in the same town, go to the same school...

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Liesel Schwarz
L.F.
3

A Conspiracy of Alchemists, the debut novel for author Liesel Schwarz, won the British Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Best debut novel for 2013.  Set in the Belle Époque, the novel is a genre defying blend of steampunk, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy. 
Schwarz...

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Alaya Dawn Johnson
CarolE
5

Far in the future is a dystopian world that the women run, but a prince is allowed a few months to feel power. Elected in the spring, winter sees the queen slitting their throat.  Enki is elected in a surprising move from a class of residents of Palmeres Ter that is in the...

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Kevin J. Anderson
Manon
4

If you like H.G. Wells, you will enjoy Kevin J. Anderson's book The Martian War.  Real and fictional characters come together in the novel to create an enthralling, exciting adventure.  Percival Lowell, a man obsessed with Mars and the race he believes inhabits it,...

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Hisae Iwaoka
Hope H
1

One of the best things about stories set in space is the feeling of limitless possibility and discovery. Unfortunately Hisae Iwaoka's Saturn Apartments takes that sense of possibility and discovery and turns it on its head, making what should be interesting dull and what is...

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Warren Ellis
Charlissa
3

Orbiter is a short and fantastical story about the mysterious return of the shuttle Venture. After Venture and its crew disappeared ten years ago, the world favored safety over curiosity and abandoned the idea of manned space flight. Now, the seemingly underemployed veterans of the space program...

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Jean Johnson
Emily
3

I don't read much scifi so I'm not sure how this ranks in the canon but I thought overall it was a very good story. Well written, interesting "science", unique protagonist. I like that Ia was so hardcore,... but she was a bit too-too, what with all of her "abilities"... I wish there had been a...

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Ernest Cline
Ken
4

I really liked this book, it may not be for everyone just because of the sheer number of references to 1980's pop/geek culture. Wil Wheaton does a fairly fine job reading it. One complaint is that, especially with the audio version, some of the dialog is down right cringe worthy. As though a...

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Max Barry
Nikki
4

Science Fiction is not my genre, but this book was as close as it will get for me.  I really enjoyed it, but it is hard to explain.  It set in the world we know, but with special group of people called Poets who can use language to control and persuade.  I loved how the poets had...

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Douglas Adams
Jennifer B.
2

I never read science fiction but The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is so revered as a classic of the genre that I figured I couldn't go wrong with this pick.  For those who haven't read it yet, the premise of the book is that the Earth is destroyed by beings from another planet, and just...

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Frederik Pohl
Hope
1

This book had a really interesting concept- a gateway controlled by a corporation where ships remain from an ancient race- the Heechee. Prospectors pay extreme amounts of money for their chance to go out on a ship, destination unknown, to find new locations and artifacts that can be sold. I...

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Mira Grant
Becker
3

In a kickoff to a new series, Grant (author of the Newsflesh trilogy, which I loved) introduces us to a near future world where health care as we know it has been fundamentally changed by a company called Symbogen. They developed a genetically modified tapeworm (really) that folks take in pill...

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Daniel H. (Daniel Howard) Wilson
Ken
4

This book was spectacular. I went into it feeling a little iffy about it, but after a few pages I couldn't put it down. What it boils down to is World War Z (the novel) combined with Terminator, and Maximum Overdrive the Emilio Estevez film. So if you liked any of those I would highly recommend...

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Kate Atkinson
Adelina
3

1910, England on a snowy night Ursula Todd is born and dies before taking her first breath. Ursula is born on a snowy night in 1910 England and she lives. As Ursula grows up, she also dies repeatedly in a variety of ways. She lives again and again trying to apply vague memories of former lives...

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Orson Scott Card
Nancy
4

Like many others, I wanted to read this book before the movie came out.  While reading the book, I found I had to work to suspend disbelief that 6 to 10 year olds (boys, no less) could have the emotional/psychological wherewithal to handle the training and the "game".  I became engaged...

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Dean Motter
Manon
4

I have only lately become interested in comic books and especially graphic novels.  On the other hand, I have been an avid reader of science fiction novels since elementary school.  This interest brought me to read The Compleat Terminal City, written by Dean Motter and...

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Aldous Huxley
Adelina
3

This book may change the way you look at the world around you. 

Brave New World is a frequently challenged and ban book. I chose to read it because its content is challenging to the reader. It is considered a Classic written in 1931 because of its staying power to influence. I found...

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Octavia E Butler
Becker
4

Wow--I'm so glad this book was recommended to me--I'd heard of many of Butler's other novels, but not this one. The Earth has been mostly destroyed by nuclear war. Lilith Iyapo wakes up 250 years later to find that she, and other surviving humans, have been saved by an alien race called the...

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Patrick Ness
CJ
4

Rolling in the sea, muscles contracting with cold, drowning -- so begins our acquaintance with 16-year-old Seth.  Dying, he leaves one reality for an alternate, horrific one in the desolated, unpopulated English village of his birth ... a place Seth hasn't lived in years.  Why is he...

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Ernest Cline
Rebecca
4

If you were born into a more-or-less average American family after about 1976 or so, you probably grew up playing some video games and/or watching movies. If you're me, you still know how to get to all the secret worlds in Mario, you can beat Zelda in less than two hours, you can quote Monty...

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Richard Yancey
CarolE
4

The first book in a projected trilogy and soon to be a major motion picture this is the next big thing according to lots of reviewers. Aliens are threatening earth and apparently exterminating as many humans as they can, but years ago they implanted babies with their consciousness and so now no...

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Aldous Huxley
Rachel F
3

I read lots of dystopias, mostly teen fiction, but I'll read adult ones from time to time.  I rarely read older books, though.  This one was published in 1932!  

In Huxley's future, humans are reproduced artificially, personal attachment and intimacy are verboten,  ...

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Marcus Sakey
Becker
5

Gifteds. Brilliants. Abnorms. Twists. Whatever you call them, they've changed the world. True genius used to come once in a generation. Now, 1 in 100 children are born extraordinarily gifted in various ways--reading body language, tactics, medicine, numbers. Though a small minority of the...

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Timothy Zahn
seanamo
4

Heir to the Empire picks up not long after the events of Return of the Jedi - The Emperor and Vader are dead (along with most of the elite officers of the Empire), Luke is a full jedi knight, Han & Leia are married and expecting twins, and Lando is up to his old tricks (as a mining...

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Richard Yancey
Mary P
3

Young Adult Dystopian fiction has been my genre of choice for the past several months, and this title was recommended to me by one of my coworkers.  I requested the large print version because there were no holds on it, so I got it pretty quickly!

The beginning of the book was...