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Deluxe Edition
Frank Herbert - 2019-10-01 (first published in 1965)
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A deluxe hardcover edition of Frank Herbert's epic masterpiece--a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time. This deluxe hardcover edition of Dune includes: - An iconic new cover- Stained edges and fully illustrated endpapers- A beautifully designed poster on the interior of the jacket- A redesigned wo...
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams - 1995-09-27 (first published in 1979)
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Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space ai...
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Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card - 2014-03-04 (first published in 1985)
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The worldwide bestseller, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card comes to the screen at last in a major motion picture event in November 2013. Starring Hugo's Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, and Ben Kingsley, the movie is sure to inspire a new audience of fans to read the book that started it all.Once again, Earth is under attack. An alien species is poi...
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Snow Crash
Neal Stephenson - 2011-01-01 (first published in 1992)
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After the Internet, what came next?Enter the Metaverse - cyberspace home to avatars and software daemons, where anything and just about everything goes. Newly available on the Street - the Metaverse's main drag - is Snow Crash, a cyberdrug. Trouble is Snow Crash is also a computer virus - and something more. Because once taken it infects the person...
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The Left Hand of Darkness
50th Anniversary Edition (Ace Science Fiction)
Ursula K. le Guin - 2000-07-01 (first published in 1969)
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50th Anniversary Edition, with a new introduction by David Mitchell and a new afterword by Charlie Jane AndersUrsula K. Le Guin’s groundbreaking work of science fiction—winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards.A lone human ambassador is sent to the icebound planet of Winter, a world without sexual prejudice, where the inhabitants’ gender is fluid. His ...
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The Forever War
Joe Haldeman - 2009-02-17 (first published in 1974)
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Series Info:This is the first part of the "Forever War" series, however it can be read as a standalone.Book Description:The Earth's leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sanddespite the fact that the fierce alien enemy that they would oppose is inscrutable, unconquerable, and very far away. A reluctant conscript drafted into an elite Milita...
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The Martian
Andy Weir - 2014-10-28 (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...
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Dan Simmons - 2017-08-15 (first published in 1989)
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A stunning tour de force filled with transcendent awe and wonder, Hyperion is a masterwork of science fiction that resonates with excitement and invention, the first volume in a remarkable epic by the multiple-award-winning author of The Hollow Man.On the world called Hyperion, beyond the reach of galactic law, waits a creature called the Shrike. T...
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Ready Player One
A Novel
Ernest Cline - 2012-06-05 (first published in 2011)
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In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that...
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The Three-Body Problem
Cixin Liu - 2016-01-12 (first published in 2006)
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The Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple award winning phenomenon from China's most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin.Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization o...
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Isaac-Asimov - 2016-10-06
The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. le Guin
2001 by Arthur C. Clarke
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Contact by Carl Sagan
Old Man's War by John Scalzi
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven
The Stand by Stephen King
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
Pandora's Star by Peter F. Hamilton
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
All Systems Red by Martha Wells
The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
Anathem by Neal Stephenson
Recursion by Blake Crouch
A Fire Upon The Deep by Vernor Vinge
The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
Ammonite by Nicola Griffith
The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu
Exhalation by Ted Chiang
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
BLINDSIGHT by Peter Watts
Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
The Female Man by Joanna Russ
Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
Death's End by Cixin Liu
Roadside Picnic by Arkady Strugatsky
Dawn by Octavia E. Butler
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
Shadow & Claw by Gene Wolfe
Gateway by Frederik Pohl
Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson
Accelerando by Charles Stross
Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov
The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Heir To The Empire by Timothy Zahn
The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin
The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee
BINTI by Nnedi Okorafor
Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky
An Unkindness Of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch
Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress
Semiosis by Sue Burke
Downbelow Station by C. J. Cherryh
Tau Zero by Poul Anderson
Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty
The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz
City in the Middle of the Night by Anders
The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley
Network Effect by Martha Wells
Watchmen by Alan Moore
The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin
A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge
Wool by Hugh Howey
Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov
Excession by Iain M. Banks
The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov
Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie
The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher
Winter World by A. G. Riddle
Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds
Head On by John Scalzi
The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley
Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone
Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear