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December 18, 2017

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Books, Movies & Music : Science Fiction Classics

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Science Fiction Classics

 

Here are some of our favorite classic science fiction writers and their works, representing a variety of different styles, along with some suggestions for further reading.

 

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The Man in the High Castle

The Man in the High Castle
Dick, Philip K.

An alternative history dramatizes the tragic results of a world in which Germany and Japan win World War II and share political power over the entire globe.


Format: Book
Holds: 8 on 16 copies

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Mona Lisa Overdrive

Mona Lisa Overdrive
Gibson, William

A celebrity whose mind links directly into cyberspace; a young girl and a kidnapping plot; the shadowy Japanese mafia manipulating people at will: all create a poetically gritty story set against Gibson’s revolutionary cyberspace.


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 7 copies

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The Forever War

The Forever War
Haldeman, Joe W.

Tracing William Mandella’s military career as he fights in a thousand-year war, this early novel of space travel illustrates the physics of relativity as past and present seem to occur simultaneously for Mandella.


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 11 copies

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Stranger in A Strange Land

Stranger in A Strange Land
Heinlein, Robert A.

Valentine Michael Smith, raised by Martians on Mars, returns to Earth with mental powers that surpass his peers’ abilities and understanding, catapulting him into a life of fame and danger.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 0 copies

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Dune

Dune
Herbert, Frank

Ecology, politics and culture combine on a planet so real you can feel the dust on your face. “Dune” is to Sci-Fi as “The Lord of the Rings” is to Fantasy.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 0 copies

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Beggars in Spain

Beggars in Spain
Kress, Nancy

Leisha Camden was born without the need to sleep. But as prejudice builds against the hyper-intelligent, hyper-productive Sleepless, Leisha faces more challenges than her talents prepared her for.


Format: Book
Holds: 4 on 8 copies

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The Dispossessed: A Novel

The Dispossessed: A Novel
Le Guin, Ursula K.

Shevek, a brilliant physicist from the anarchist moon Anarres, risks his life by traveling to the mother planet of Urras in the hope of offering wisdom to its inhabitants and to reunite the two long-alienated worlds.


Format: Book
Holds: 4 on 14 copies

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Ringworld

Ringworld
Niven, Larry

It’s 2858 and human Louis Wu is sent with a two-headed companion and cat-like warrior creature by an alien named Nessus to explore a mysterious ring surrounding a star.


Format: Book
Holds: 2 on 8 copies

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Gateway: A Novel

Gateway: A Novel
Pohl, Frederik

Famous space prospector Bob Broadhead meets regularly with his robot analyst, whom he calls Sigfrid von Shrink, but avoids talking about his past. What really happened to him on his last mission?


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 1 copies

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Red Mars

Red Mars
Robinson, Kim Stanley

In 2026 the first hundred men and women who arrive to terraform Mars find a schism in the newly populated, multi-ethnic world they have created that could threaten the planet’s future.


Format: Book
Holds: 3 on 8 copies

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