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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 ...
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Heather E Heying
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 - Jan 01, 2011 (first published in 1978)
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First come the days of the plague. Then come the dreams.Dreams that warn of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of the charnel house and Prince of Evil.His time is at hand. His empire grows in the west and the Apocalypse looms....
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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... ...
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...
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
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
Death's End
Cixin Liu - Sep 20, 2016 (first published in 2010)
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Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, the uneasy balance of Dark Forest Deterrence keeps the Trisolaran invaders at bay. Earth enjoys unprecedented prosperity due to the infusion of Trisolaran knowledge. With human science advancing daily and the Trisolarans adopting Earth culture, it seems that the two civilizations will soon be able to co-exi...
The Dark Forest
Cixin Liu - Aug 16, 2016 (first published in 2008)
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This is the second novel in the "Remembrance of Earth’s Past" near-future trilogy. Written by the China's multiple-award-winning science fiction author, Cixin Liu. In Dark Forest, Earth is reeling from the revelation of a coming alien invasion—four centuries in the future. The aliens' human collaborators have been defeated, but the presence of the ...
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Exhalation
Ted Chiang - Jun 30, 2020 (first published in 2008)
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From an award-winning science fiction writer (whose short story "The Story of Your Life" was the basis for the Academy Award-nominated movie Arrival), the long-awaited new collection of stunningly original, humane, and already celebrated short storiesThis much-anticipated second collection of stories is signature Ted Chiang, full of revelatory idea...
Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee
The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch
Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov
A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge
The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks
Excession by Iain M. Banks
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Tiamat's Wrath by James S. A. Corey
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Network Effect by Martha Wells
Nemesis Games by James S. A. Corey
Persepolis Rising by James S. A. Corey
Watchmen by Alan Moore
The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin
The System of the World by Neal Stephenson
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
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges
Morning Star by Pierce Brown
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Vol. 1 by Hayao Miyazaki
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
Akira, Vol. 1 by Katsuhiro Otomo
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
Divergent / Insurgent / Allegiant / Four 4 Volumes by Veronica Roth
Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Caliban's War by James S. A. Corey
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
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