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Leviathan Wakes
James S. A. Corey - 2011-06-15
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Humanity has colonized the solar system - Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond - but the stars are still out of our reach.Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, "The Scopuli," they find themselves in possession of a secret t...
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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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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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Ancillary Justice
Ann Leckie - 2013-10-01
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On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Once, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one ...
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Revelation Space
Alastair Reynolds - 2002-05-28 (first published in 2000)
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Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the c...
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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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Shards of Honor
Lois McMaster Bujold - 2015-11-03 (first published in 1986)
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When Cordelia Naismith and her survey crew are attacked by a renegade group from Barrayar, she is taken prisoner by Aral Vorkosigan, commander of the Barrayan ship that has been taken over by an ambitious and ruthless crew member. Aral and Cordelia survive countless mishaps while their mutual admiration and even stronger feelings emerge....
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Isaac-Asimov - 2016-10-06 (first published in 1951)
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For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future -- to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in th...
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A Fire Upon The Deep
Vernor Vinge - 1993-02-15 (first published in 1992)
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Alternate Cover Edition can be found here. A Fire upon the Deep is the big, breakout book that fulfills the promise of Vinge's career to date: a gripping tale of galactic war told on a cosmic scale.Thousands of years hence, many races inhabit a universe where a mind's potential is determined by its location in space, from superintelligent entities ...
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Startide Rising
David Brin - 1984-03-01
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David Brin's Uplift novels are among the most thrilling and extraordinary science fiction ever written. Sundiver, Startide Rising, and The Uplift War--a New York Times bestseller--together make up one of the most beloved sagas of all time. Brin's tales are set in a future universe in which no species can reach sentience without being "uplifted" by ...
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Falling Free
Lois McMaster Bujold - 1988-04-01
Old Man's War by John Scalzi
The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
On Basilisk Station by David Weber
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon
Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks
Triplanetary by Edward E. Smith
Pandora's Star by Peter F. Hamilton
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
Gateway by Frederik Pohl
Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton
An Unkindness Of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
Ringworld by Larry Niven
Cities in Flight by James Blish
The Paradox Men by Charles Harness
The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley
Cordelia's Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks
Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold
Judas Unchained by Peter F. Hamilton
ThrawnStar Wars by Timothy Zahn
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
Excession by Iain M. Banks
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds
Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks
The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons
All Systems Red by Martha Wells
Duel in the Dark by Jay Allan
Dawn by Octavia E. Butler
The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds
Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven
The Uplift War by David Brin
Vacuum diagrams by Stephen Baxter
The Killing of Worlds by Scott Westerfeld
The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks
Empire of Silence by Christopher Ruocchio
The Rise of Skywalker by Rae Carson
The Ship Who Sang - 01881-8 by Anne McCaffrey -
Solaris by Stanislaw Lem
Gray Lensman by Edward E. Smith
Galactic Patrol by Edward E. Smith
Children of the Lens by Edward E. Smith
Fortune's Pawn by Rachel Bach
The Risen Empire by Scott Westerfeld
First Lensman by Edward E. Smith
To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
Tau Zero by Poul Anderson
The Last Human by Zack Jordan
A Talent for War by Jack McDevitt
Cassastar by Alex J. Cavanaugh
Tiamat's Wrath by James S. A. Corey
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
Dark Age by Pierce Brown
The Complete Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Boxset by Douglas Adams
Nemesis Games by James S. A. Corey
A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold
Caliban's War by James S. A. Corey
Exhalation by Ted Chiang
Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold
A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge
Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks
Komarr by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Companions by R. A. Salvatore
The Warrior's Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold
Honor Among Enemies by David Weber
Thrawn by Timothy Zahn
Echoes of Honor by David Weber
In Enemy Hands by David Weber
Mission of Honor by David Weber
The Star Wars Trilogy by George Lucas
At All Costs by David Weber
Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal
Master & Apprentice by Claudia Gray
Persepolis Rising by James S. A. Corey
Fields of Fire by Marko Kloos
The Evolutionary Void by Peter F. Hamilton