Recommended Science Fiction Books


Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow...

Published: Nov 1991

Passion Model

Megan Hart

Protect and Serve just took on a whole new meaning. For Recreational Intercourse Operative Gemma, patrolling Newcity's Lovehuts and Pleasurebots isn't much of a pleasure. But it's work she clings to after an accident destroyed her ma...

Published: Mar 2011

The Children of Men

P. D. James

Told with P. D. James's trademark suspense, insightful characterization, and riveting storytelling, The Children of Men is a story of a world with no children and no future. The human race has become infertile, and the last generatio...

Published: Feb 1994

The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's I...

Neal Stephenson

In Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson took science fiction to dazzling new levels. Now, in The Diamond Age, he delivers another stunning tale. Set in twenty-first century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens when a state-of-the-art inte...

Published: May 2000


Crystal Jordan

  There is only one rule in the Wasteland. Survive. The Wanderer by Crystal Jordan For his inventions, Ezra can demand whatever price he wants, and now he wants the fierce warrior, Kadira. Kadira fights her unexpected need for him ...

Published: Apr 2011

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

Frank Miller

If any comic has a claim to have truly reinvigorated the genre, then The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller--known also for his excellent Sin City series and his superb rendering of the blind superhero Daredevil--is probably the top ...

Published: May 1997

Amaryllis and Other Stories

Carrie Vaughn

For more than fifteen years Carrie Vaughn has published short fiction across all genres, through time and space, earning praise from critics and readers for twists and turns, shocks and delights, and emotional heart. This collection b...

Published: Aug 2016

MultiReal (The Jump 225 Trilogy)

David Louis Edelman

David Louis Edelman's debut novel Infoquake was called 'the love child of Donald Trump and Vernor Vinge' and hailed as the best science fiction debut of 2006. The story continues with MultReal, the stunning second book in the Jump 225...

Published: Jul 2008

Shadow Baby (Today Show Book Club #14...

Alison McGhee

SHADOW BABY is a tale told by a 12-year-old named Clara Winter, who seeks the truth about the sad and bizarre circumstances of her birth. Retreating into her own world, Clara surrounds herself with imaginary books, characters, and eve...

Published: Aug 2003

Working Stiff: A Revivalist Novel

Rachel Caine

Bryn Davis was killed on the job after discovering her bosses were selling a drug designed to resurrect the dead. Now, revived by that same drug, she becomes an undead soldier in a corporate war to take down the very pharmaceutical co...

Published: Aug 2011

Alas, Babylon

Pat Frank

The classic apocalyptic novel that stunned the world.

Published: Jul 2005

In Fire Forged (Worlds of Honor)

David Weber

The hottest military science fiction series of all time continues.  The mission: to boldly explore David Weber's Honorverse; to deliver all the action, courage, derring-do, and pulse-pounding excitement of space naval adventure with ...

Published: Jan 2012

Under a Spell

Hannah Jayne

Sophie Lawson was seriously hoping life at the UDA would get back to relative normal now that her boss Pete Sampson has been reinstated. Unfortunately, her new assignment is sending her undercover into a realm where even the most powe...

Published: Aug 2013

An Artificial Night: An October Daye ...

Seanan McGuire

Experience the thrill of the hunt in the third October Daye urban fantasy novel. October "Toby" Daye is a changeling-half human and half fae-and the only one who has earned knighthood. Now she must take on a nightmarish new...

Published: Sep 2010

Islands of Rage and Hope (Black Tide ...

John Ringo

BOOK 3 IN THE BLACK TIDE RISING SERIES FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR. Sequel to To Sail a Darkling Sea and Under a Graveyard Sky. A hardened group of survivors fights back against a zombie plague that has brought down ci...

Published: Feb 2015

The Second Ship

Richard Phillips

In 1948, an alien starship fell from the New Mexico sky—and immediately vanished behind the walls of the Los Alamos Laboratory. Since that day the US military has endeavored to reverse engineer the ship's alien technology through ...

Published: Oct 2012

On the Oceans of Eternity

S. M. Stirling

When modern and Bronze Age worlds are thrown together, the Republic of Nantucket struggles to integrate past and present while a renegade Coast Guard officer struggles to assert his tyrannical rule, in the sequel to Against the Tide o...

Published: Apr 2000

The V'Dan

Jean Johnson

A thrilling new perspective of the world created in the explosive, national bestselling Theirs Not to Reason Why series. It's two hundred years earlier—the age of the First Salik War. And the battle against humanity has been engaged...

Published: Dec 2015

Ecotopia: 40th Anniversary Epistle Ed...

Ernest Callenbach

Nearly one million copies sold in nine languages Twenty years have passed since northern California, Oregon, and Washington seceded from the United States to create a new nation, Ecotopia. Now, this isolated, mysterious country welcom...

Published: Mar 1990

Shards of Honor (Vorkosigan Saga)

Lois McMaster Bujold

FIRST BOOK FEATURING CORDELIA NAISMITH. Journey back to where it all started, from multiple New York Times best selling author, Hugo Award winner, Lois McMaster Bujold.When Cordelia Naismith and her survey crew are attacked by a reneg...

Published: Nov 2015

How Firm a Foundation (Safehold)

David Weber

The Charisian Empire, born in war, has always known it must fight for its very survival. What most of its subjects don't know even now, however, is how much more it's fighting for. Emperor Cayleb, Empress Sharleyan, Merlin Athrawes, a...

Published: Jul 2012

Barrayar (Vorkosigan Saga)

Lois McMaster Bujold

THIRD ENTRY IN A BELOVED SERIES.The Vorkosigan Saga spans over a dozen novels and has won multiple awards and sold 1.8 million copies.Sick of combat and betrayal, Cordelia Vorkosigan is ready to settle down to a quiet life. But wh...

Published: Jan 2016

The Ultimate Super-Villains: New Stor...

Stan Lee

This groundbreaking anthology features over a dozen brand-new, never-before-published tales starring the most vicious foes of Marvel's super heroes: the Super Skrull's conflict with the Avengers; the evil god Loki's latest attempt to ...

Published: Aug 1996

The Best of Kim Stanley Robinson

Kim Stanley Robinson

Adventurers, scientists, artists, workers, and visionaries - these are the men and women you will encounter in the short fiction of Kim Stanley Robinson. In settings ranging from the sunken ruins of Venice to the upper reaches of the ...

Published: Feb 2011

The Mountains of Mourning-A Miles Vor...

Lois McMaster Bujold

While being a space-faring empire, Barrayar still harbors deep-rooted prejudices and superstitions, including those against "mutants." *** When a Dendarii hill-woman comes before Aral Vorkosigan seeking justice for the murd...

Published: Jan 2014

Romulus Buckle & the City of the Foun...

Richard Preston

In a post-apocalyptic world of endless snow, Captain Romulus Buckle and the stalwart crew of the Pneumatic Zeppelin must embark on a perilous mission to rescue their kidnapped leader, Balthazar Crankshaft, from the impenetrable City o...

Published: Jun 2013

Mordred, Bastard Son

Douglas Clegg

'Inspired.'-Booklist 'Refreshingly original.'-Publishers Weekly A monk becomes enthralled by the story prisoner Mordred has to tell, one of ambition, power, and betrayal. Here, Mordred emerges as a sympathetic...

Published: Feb 2007

Steampunk Prime: A Vintage Steampunk ...

Mike Ashley

Discover original steampunk tales in this anthology of stories written before there were actual rocketships, atomic power, digital computers, or readily available electricity. The modern day steampunk genre is a reinventing of the pas...

Published: Jul 2010


Arwen Elys Dayton

The Kinley built a ship capable of traveling faster than light. It carried a group of scientists to a small, distant planet—a primitive place called Earth. It's mission was peaceful observation. But when the ship was destroyed, the ...

Published: Jan 2012

Chasing the Dragon (Quantum Gravity, ...

Justina Robson

Lila Black returns in the fourth volume of high-octane, high-magic, high-tech adventures.Ever since the Quantum Bomb of 2015 things have been different; the dimensions have fused and suddenly our world is accessible to elves, demons, ...

Published: Aug 2009


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