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The Martian
Andy Weir - Oct 28, 2014 (first published in 2012)
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Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars's surface, with no way to signal Earth that he's alive. And even if he could get word out, h...
The Dispossessed
Ursula K. Le Guin - Oct 20, 1994 (first published in 1974)
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Shevek, a brilliant physicist, decides to take action. He will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have isolated his planet of anarchists from the rest of the civilized universe. To do this dangerous task will mean giving up his family and possibly his life—Shevek must make the unprecedented ...
The Fifth Season
N. K. Jemisin - Aug 04, 2015
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Original cover edition here THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS. AGAIN.Three terrible things happen in a single day.Essun, masquerading as an ordinary schoolteacher in a quiet small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Mighty Sanze, the empire whose innovations have been civilization's ...
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Sahil Lavingia
The Stand
Stephen King - Jun 28, 2011 (first published in 1978)
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Stephen King's apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and tangled in an elemental struggle between good and evil remains as riveting and eerily plausible as when it was first published.Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read A patient escapes from a biological testing facility, unknowingly carrying ...
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Harry Khachatrian
Pandora's Star
Peter F. Hamilton - Jan 25, 2005
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The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some four hundred light-years in diameter, contains more than six hundred worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over one thousand light-years away, a star... ...
Roadside Picnic
Arkady Strugatsky - May 01, 2012 (first published in 1972)
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Red Schuhart is a stalker, one of those young rebels who are compelled, in spite of extreme danger, to venture illegally into the Zone to collect the mysterious artifacts that the alien visitors left scattered around. His life is dominated by the place and the thriving black market in the alien products. But when he and his friend Kirill go into th...
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Charles Arthur
Stories of Your Life and Others
Ted Chiang - Jul 05, 2002
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Ted Chiang's first published story, "Tower of Babylon," won the Nebula Award in 1990. Subsequent stories have won the Asimov's SF Magazine reader poll, a second Nebula Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and the Sidewise Award for alternate history. He won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1992. Story for story, he is the m...
The Gone World
Tom Sweterlitsch - Feb 05, 2019
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“I promise you have never read a story like this.” —Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Dark MatterInception meets True Detective in this science fiction thriller of spellbinding tension and staggering scope that follows a special agent into a savage murder case with grave implications for the fate of mankind...Shannon Moss is part o...
Foundation Trilogy
Isaac Asimov - Oct 01, 2010 (first published in 1953)
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It is the story of the Galactic Empire, crumbling after twelve thousand years of rule. And it is the particular story of psycho-historian Hari Seldon, the only man who can see the horrors the future has in store: a dark age of ignorance, barbarism and violence that will last for thirty thousand years. Gathering together a band of courageous men and...
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Michio Kaku
The Player of Games
Iain M. Banks - Mar 26, 2008 (first published in 1988)
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The Culture--a humanoid/machine symbiotic society--has thrown up many great Game Players. One of the best is Jernau Morat Gurgeh, Player of Games, master of every board, computer and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel & incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game, a game so complex, so like life itself, tha...
Children of Time
Adrian Tchaikovsky - Dec 11, 2018 (first published in 2015)
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A race for survival among the stars... Humanity's last survivors escaped earth's ruins to find a new home. But when they find it, can their desperation overcome its dangers?WHO WILL INHERIT THIS NEW EARTH?The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancesto...
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Seb Lee-Delisle
Excession by Iain M. Banks
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee
Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds
Death's End by Cixin Liu
The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu
Nemesis Games by James S. A. Corey
Watchmen by Alan Moore
The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin
Exhalation by Ted Chiang
A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol. 1 by Robert Silverberg
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree Jr.
Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Tiamat's Wrath by James S. A. Corey
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges
Morning Star by Pierce Brown
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Vol. 1 by Hayao Miyazaki
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Golden Son by Pierce Brown
A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold
Martian FILM TIE by Andy Weir
Martian by Andy Weir
The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter
The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu
Divergent / Insurgent / Allegiant / Four 4 Volumes by Veronica Roth
Akira, Vol. 1 by Katsuhiro Otomo
Persepolis Rising by James S. A. Corey
Cordelia's Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Lilith's Brood by Octavia E. Butler
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Caliban's War by James S. A. Corey
The System of the World by Neal Stephenson
A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny
Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold
Komarr by Lois McMaster Bujold
The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin
Young Miles by Lois McMaster Bujold
Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Masterminds by Gordon Korman
Star Wars by Jeffrey Brown
Space Case by Stuart Gibbs
Spaced Out by Stuart Gibbs
Saga Book One by Brian K Vaughan
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon
A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman
Saga, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan
Saga, Vol. 3 by Brian K Vaughan
Saga Volume 7 by Brian K Vaughan
Gemina by Amie Kaufman
Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
Saga Volume 6 by Brian K Vaughan
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Dark Age by Pierce Brown
Saga, Vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughan
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
Winter by Marissa Meyer
A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Saga, Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan
Supernova by Marissa Meyer
Network Effect by Martha Wells
A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
Exit Strategy by Martha Wells
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
All These Worlds by Dennis E Taylor
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Saga Book Two by Brian K Vaughan
For We Are Many by Dennis E. Taylor
The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown
What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
Watchmen by Alan Moore