Book Genre: Science Fiction

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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...

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Andy Diggle
Ken
3

Silent Dragon takes place in a future Japanese police state. It focuses on Renjiro a Yakuza lieutenant who is betrayed by the head of the organization, and goes out for revenge. The story is cool, it moves quickly, and the artwork is interesting and dynamic. The only problem I have is the story...

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Veronica Roth
Dawn
4

Each year in Beatrice's dystopian society fifteen-year-olds are given tests to see which of five factions they are best suited for. Then they choose a faction on a given day. Beatrice's tests come in as inconclusive.  She must search her heart and pick a faction.  She enters a faction...

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Michael F. (Fiction writer) Smith
L.F.
5

What if the storms over the Mississippi Gulf Coast kept coming and coming and the rain was relentless for years with no sign of letting up.  This is the dystopia of Michael Farris Smith’s novel, Rivers.  Here is what New York Times bestselling author James Lee Burke had to say...

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Ray Bradbury
Janet Q
3

This 1953 novel is a classic with a great premise that doesn't seem so sci-fi any more: a future society that burns books and relies heavily on technology, especially mindless reality tv, to relieve the mind-numbing boredom that results from a world without books. One thing that really...

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Patrick Ness
Kristi
4

Seth is dead. He drowned off the coast of Washington and did he really try to save himself? Now he’s awakened alone in an abandoned world covered in dust. Stranger yet, he’s in his old house in London where he hasn’t lived in years.  His family immigrated to America after a bad man did bad...

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Ben H Winters
Michelle
4

Sequel to the pre-apocalyptic novel, The Last Policeman, this story continues to entice as the world prepares in strange ways to go out with a bang in 70-odd days. The protagonist, ex-cop Henry Palace, is marvelous - serious, heroic and just plain interesting. Recommended for all including...

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Geoffrey Girard
Becker
4

If you like government conspiracies, serial killer stories, science, and thrills, this is a book you might want to take a look at. The government has defense contractors cloning some of the most infamous serial killers in history--Son of Sam, Dahmer, Bundy and more. They say they're working on a...

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Jeffrey Brown
KristenA
4

This book cracked me up. Jedi Academy is the hand-written and -drawn journal of Roan Novachez, a boy from Luke and Anakin Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine. Roan desperately wanted to become a fighter pilot, but is rejected from the Pilot Academy. He has to settle for the Jedi Academy...

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Geoffrey Girard
Josh
4

     Author Geoffrey Girard's protagonist Shawn Castillo is as flawed as they come. You can't help but root for him though especially when you realize who...and what he is up against.  Girard skillfully combines philosophy,  bio-ethics, history, psychology and political...