Science Fiction

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams follows the titular character, Dirk Gently, as he attempts to run his business that specializes in helping people find “whole” solutions to their problems, and in the process ends up coming face-to-face with ghosts, time travel, the potential apocalypse, and of course, missing cats.

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Ubik

Ubik by Philip K. Dick is a science-fiction novel which follows a group of anti-psychics who work for corporate clients seeking safety from psychic spies. Not long after a bloody ambush by another group, the surviving members of the team find themselves racing to uncover the cause of time shifts in their world which seem to make the world move backwards.

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Ancillary Justice

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie is the author's debut novel (highly-acclaimed too) and tells a vast and expansive science-fiction story revolving mainly around a race of humans who consider themselves superior trying to impose their brand of unity and justice on the galaxy, and an AI with a real identity crisis, stuck in a human body.

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Ancillary Sword

Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie is the second book in the Imperial Radch trilogy and takes off where the previous book left off, with Breq now having been promoted to the position of Fleet Commander, and, amongst countless other things, is tasked with protecting the family of a lieutenant she herself murdered a long time ago.

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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick tells the story of Rick Deckard, a bounty hunter whose latest assignment has him hunting down six androids made to resemble humans in every conceivable way in a dystopian society where the Earth is running thin on survivable conditions. The book was also adapted into the cult classic movie, Blade Runner.

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Artemis Awakening

Artemis Awakening by Jane Lindskold is the first part of a new science-fiction series, chronicling the adventures of a young archeologist, Griffin Dane, as he goes on the search for the fabled, long lost and supposedly-idyllic planet of Artemis, one likened to a mythical paradise only fools search for... and Griffin Dane proves himself to be the smartest of them.

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Lines of Departure

Lines of Departure by Marko Kloos is the sequel to Terms of Enlistment, and this time around Andrew Grayson, North American Defense Crops officer, is re-assigned to a new ship headed for a distant colony after surviving a brutal assault. As it happens, Grayson becomes one of the few pegs standing between mankind either making history, or becoming it.

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Exodus 2022

Exodus 2022 by Kenneth G. Bennett is a science-fiction novel, following the story of Joe Stanton, a man who mourns the loss of his daughter, loses control of himself in public, only to find out that he never had one in the first place. As it is discovered that such cases are increasingly common and bear deadly results, Joe must race against time, along with girlfriend, to find the significance behind the whole thing.

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A Scanner Darkly

A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick is a classic science-fiction novel telling the story of Bob Arctor the junkie, and Fred, the undercover law enforcement agent tasked with taking him down. The only problem is that Bob and Fred are, unbeknownst to everyone, the same person.

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Hollow World

Hollow World by Michael J. Sullivan is a science-fiction novel, following a terminally-ill man by the name of Ellis Rogers who decides to make one final gamble: assemble a time machine and search for a cure in the world of tomorrow. However, this adventure ends up taking Ellis on an unexpected path, challenging and teaching him in ways he did not think possible.

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The Martian

The Martian is Andy Weir’s debut novel, and it follows a lonely astronaut on Mars who, after his crew is killed and machinery damaged by the hostile environment, trudges onwards to face one seemingly impossible challenge after the next, all while working towards the logically-unachievable hope of returning back to Earth.

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Terms of Enlistment

Terms of Enlistment by Marko Kloos takes place in the year 2108, and follows a young and poor man living on Earth by the name of Andrew Grayson. His only shot to escape the slums, like countless others, is to join up with the military. However, as Grayson begins his service, he realizes that the macabre life he knew on Earth could never even come close to preparing him for the horrors of the vast and infinite space.

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The Man in the High Castle

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick tells a story set in a nightmarish reality, one where the forces of Axis (more precisely, Nazi Germany and Japan) have won the Second World War and have occupied the United States.

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This Changes Everything

This Changes Everything by Sally Ember is a science-fiction novel in which we follow, amongst other things, the life of Clara Branon, a middle-aged but young-at-heart woman who serves as the central point of contact between humanity and an intergalactic committee of alien species that are trying to help humans integrate with them.

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Oryx and Crake

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood tells the story of Snowman, a man who may or may not be the last human on Earth. He sets out on a journey through the apocalyptic wasteland in search of all matters of answers, alongside the green-eyed children of his deceased best friend, Crake.

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The Year of the Flood

The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood is the second part of her trilogy, this time following two characters as they find themselves luckily barricaded in relatively safe places as the much-feared waterless flood has finally dawned on humanity.

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MaddAddam

MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood is the final chapter in her MaddAddam trilogy, taking off right where The Year of the Flood Ended. This time around, we follow the stories of Toby and Zeb, told through the former’s perspective, as she must take on the role of preacher as Snowman-The-Jimmy is ill, and as he searches on for Adam One, the founder of God’s Gardeners.

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Time and Again

Time and Again is one of Jack Finney’s most recognized novels, telling the story of an illustrator by the name of Si Morley who suddenly and unexpectedly travels back in time to New York in the 1880s, relishing the joys of a simpler and quainter time.

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The Martian Chronicles

The Martian Chronicles is a classic science-fiction novel written by Ray Bradbury, and it is a glorious and in-depth exploration of how humanity conquered Mars, and then became strangely, and perhaps even dangerously infatuated with the planet and its mysterious native race.

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Wool

Wool by Hugh Howey takes place in a ruined and toxic future, where a community of survivors have been living in a silo underground for many years. However, one day the sheriff breaks the most important law of all, that of never going outside. From that moment on, things will never be the same in the silo, as its people have finally begun to ask questions.

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Shift

Shift by Hugh Howey contains the First, Second and Third Shifts, providing a lot of background information and context on the story of Wool, essentially chronicling humanity's downfall at the hands of its own medicinal and scientific advancements.

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Dust

Dust by Hugh Howey is the third and last part of the Silo Saga. While the first two parts, Wool and Shift introduced the world to us and explained its creation, this one is geared entirely towards the inevitably downfall awaiting mankind, about how Man is consumed by his own power.

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The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams contains a collection of five classic novels from the author’s highly-regarded series in their full glory.

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Apocalypse Z

In Apocalypse Z by Manel Loureiro and translated by Pamela Carmell, we get to see what humanity’s final days look like when faced with a massive viral infestation turning people into zombies. While most books deal with survival after the fact, this one looks into what happens when the virus breaks out.

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Anathem

Anathem by Neal Stephenson takes place in an alternate reality where mathematicians, philosophers and scientists all live in seclusion behind the walls of a monastery. However, as a giant cataclysm looms over mankind, those men are called back into the world in hopes of dealing with such a crisis.

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Insurgent

Insurgent by Veronica Roth is the second book in the Divergent series, and this time around the story follows Tris, who has to choose sides in an impending war as the relationship between the rival factions grows more and more unstable. Tris and her people are caught up in all this madness, and she must do all she can to save them, no matter the cost.

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Wormhole

Wormhole by Richard Phillips is the third and last part of the Rho Agenda trilogy, and just like in the two other books, we follow Heather, Mark and Jennifer, now altered humans, to stop Dr. Donald Stephenson and his final master project, with a ginormous war ensuing, with humanity’s survival being at stake.

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Immune

The second novel in the Rho Agenda Trilogy, Immune by Richard Phillips, takes off where the previous book got off, dealing with the Rho Agenda as it is infiltrated into the government. An assassin known as El Chupacabra is eliminating any opposition to the Rho Agenda, and his primary targets are the three teenagers who were first exposed to it.

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The Second Ship

The Rho Agenda Trilogy by Richard Phillips is a somewhat epic story about how three teenagers come into contact with alien technology and are subsequently thrust into violence, mayhem, and the biggest war of all time, one which will redefine our understanding of humans. The Second Ship is the first book in that trilogy.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon is the story of an unconventional detective who is superhumanly intelligent, and yet has tremendous social issues, being much better with animals than people. As he is tasked to investigate a grizzly murder, his only companion is his dog.

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Divergent

Divergent by Veronica Roth, as many know it, is the first novel in a science-fiction trilogy, taking place in a future ruled by five different factions, each one claiming members when they turn sixteen of age. A war is brewing on the horizon, and only a few people can decide which way the wind will blow.

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World War Z

World War Z by Max Brooks is a book about how the zombies have taken over our planet, how the few of us that survived have split into small tribes, with all the horrors and beauties of the post-apocalyptic wasteland being told from the perspective of a post-war journalist.

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The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower series boxed set is one of the Stephen King’s most recognized works, set in a dark and macabre world, telling the story of a mysterious gunslinger, a lone warrior who travels across plains, towns and deserts in hopes of finding the Dark Tower that has been calling to him in his dreams.

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The Green Mile

The Green Mile by Stephen King, also made into a full-feature film, tells the story of a prisoner on death row, John Coffey, who is to be executed to raping and murdering two nine year-old twins. However, his guilt is put in doubt when it is discovered that he actually has the power to heal others and isn’t as much a monster as his giant appearance makes him out to be.

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