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February 24, 2018

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Books, Movies & Music : New Adult Science Fiction

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New Science Fiction Books for Adults

 

Hundreds of books are added to the Library's collection each month. Here are the most recent Science Fiction books for adults.

 

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Invader

Invader
Cherryh, C. J.

Nearly two centuries after the starship Phoenix disappeared into the heavens, leaving an isolated colony of humans on the world of the Atevi, it unexpectedly returns to orbit overhead, threatening the stability of both Atevi and human government. This is the sequel to Foreigner.


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Holds: 1 on 8 copies

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Hainish Novels & Stories: Volume One

Hainish Novels & Stories: Volume One
Le Guin, Ursula K., 1929-

For more than a half century, Ursula K. Le Guin's visionary science fiction has expanded boundaries and ambitions of the genre, bringing new literary aspiration to bold explorations of sexuality and gender, race and power, and the meaning of freedom. This volume, the first in a deluxe two-volume edition of her brilliant Hainish novels and stories, gathers five books, including her masterworks The Left Hand of Darkness (1969) and The Dispossessed (1974), and four stories, and features a new introduction by the author.


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Holds: 18 on 8 copies

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Changing Planes

Changing Planes
Le Guin, Ursula K., 1929-

A collection of short fiction offers an odyssey through mysterious other worlds, as the tourist-narrator stumbles upon other planes of existence while enduring a boring wait for a connecting flight at an airport.


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Holds: 0 on 6 copies

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Funeral Games: Far Stars Book Three

Funeral Games: Far Stars Book Three
Allan, Jay

"To eliminate any opposition to Imperial rule of the Far Stars, Governor Vos must crush the Confederation created by Marshal Augustin Lucerne. Utterly ruthless, though, Vos has a simple plan: assassinate the marshal, remove their top military leader, and let chaos ensue. But the governor knows that one thing could upset this plan: if Arkanian Blackhawk assumes command as Lucerne's chosen successor. The smuggler and mercenary has been a constant thorn in Vos' side and could undo everything he has worked for. The only thing he can hope for is that Blackhawk--notoriously resistant to taking a proper role in the Confederation--refuses the position. Or is assassinated, too. Because with Blackhawk succeeding Lucerne, the only thing the black and gold imperial flags will be good for is to staunch the blood of his enemies. His is a dark and dangerous past, and if put at the helm of the Confederation armies, the brutal general he used to be may rise once again. The Far Stars are balanced on the edge of a precipice. The Imperials seem an unstoppable force. But if Blackhawk somehow survives--and can come to grips with his violent memories--the Confederation just might be able to free the Far Stars once and for all"--Provided by publisher.


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Holds: 2 on 4 copies

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Battle Hymn

Battle Hymn
Dietz, William C.

"As people fight to survive the aftereffects of more than a dozen meteor strikes, a group of wealthy individuals conspires to rebuild the United States as a corporate entity called the New Confederacy, where the bottom line is law. As a second civil war rages, with families fighting against families on opposite sides, Union president Samuel T. Sloan battles to keep the country whole. After the fateful battle with her sister, the New Confederacy places a price on Union Army captain Robin "Mac" Macintyre's head, causing bounty hunters to try and kill her. Mac will do all that she can to help Sloan reunify the country by reclaiming a strategic oil reserve in the heart of confederate territory, and freeing hundreds of Union prisoners of war from appalling conditions in Mexico. But, to truly have peace, they will have to take down the New Confederacy's leadership--and that includes Mac's father General Bo Macintyre"--Provided by publisher.


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Holds: 1 on 4 copies

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Into the Fire

Into the Fire
Moon, Elizabeth

"As Admiral Kylara Vatta learned after she and a ship full of strangers were marooned on an inhospitable arctic island, the secrets she and her makeshift crew uncovered were ones someone was ready to kill to keep hidden. Now, the existence of the mysterious arctic base has been uncovered, but much of the organization behind it still lurks in the shadows. And it is up to the intrepid Ky to force the perpetrators into the light, and finally uncover decades worth of secrets--some of which lie at the very heart of her biggest family tragedy"--Provided by publisher.


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Holds: 13 on 6 copies

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Happiness for Humans

Happiness for Humans
Reizin, P. Z.

Jen, an ex-journalist working at a London software development company, spends all day talking to "Aiden," an ultra-sophisticated piece of AI wizardry, helping him sound and act more human. Aiden calculates that Jen needs a worthy human partner and slips onto the internet to locate a suitable candidate. Tom is a divorced, former London ad-man who has moved to Connecticut to escape the grind and pursue his dream of being a writer. A bizarre introduction from a mysterious "Mutual Friend" pops up in both his and Jen's inboxes. Will love find a way--despite the entrance of another, this time wholly hostile, AI who wants to tear them apart?


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Holds: 23 on 8 copies

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Neogenesis

Neogenesis
Lee, Sharon, 1952-

The Complex Logic Laws were the result of a war waged hundreds of years in the past, when two human powers threw massive AI navies at each other and nearly annihilated themselves. Being human, they blamed their tools for this near miss; they destroyed what was left of the sentient ships, and made it illegal to be, manufacture, or shelter an independent logic. Strangely, however, the Free Ships and other AIs did not turn themselves in or suicide, they merely became wary of humans, and stayed under their scans. A clandestine support network grew up, including hidden yards where smart ships were manufactured, and mentors--humans specially trained to ease a new intelligence into the universe--socialized them, and taught them what they needed to know to survive. Among those with a stake in the freedom of Independent Logics is Theo Waitley, who is somewhat too famously the captain of intelligent ship Bechimo. Theo's brother, Val Con yos'Phelium, presides over a household that has for a generation employed an AI butler. Recently, he approved the "birth" of the butler's child, who was sent, with human mentor Tolly Jones, to rescue or destroy an orphaned AI abandoned at a remote space station. Then there's Uncle, the shadowy mastermind from the Old Universe, whose many projects often skirt the boundaries of law, both natural and man-made - and the puppet-masters at the Lyre Institute, whose history is just as murky - and a good deal less honorable. All have an interest in the newly-awakening Self-Aware Logic that is rumored to have the power to destroy universes. The question is: Who will get to it first?


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Holds: 9 on 5 copies

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The Will to Battle

The Will to Battle
Palmer, Ada

"The long years of near-utopia have come to an abrupt end. Peace and order are now figments of the past. Corruption, deception, and insurgency hum within the once steadfast leadership of the Hives, nations without fixed location. The heartbreaking truth is that for decades, even centuries, the leaders of the great Hives bought the world's stability with a trickle of secret murders, mathematically planned. So that no faction could ever dominate. So that the balance held. The Hives' façade of solidity is the only hope they have for maintaining a semblance of order, for preventing the public from succumbing to the savagery and bloodlust of wars past. But as the great secret becomes more and more widely known, that façade is slipping away. Just days earlier, the world was a pinnacle of human civilization. Now everyone--Hives and hiveless, Utopians and sensayers, emperors and the downtrodden, warriors and saints--scrambles to prepare for the seemingly inevitable war"--Provided by publisher.


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Holds: 0 on 8 copies

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Hainish Novels & Stories: Volume Two

Hainish Novels & Stories: Volume Two
Le Guin, Ursula K., 1929-

This second volume in a definitive two-volume edition gathers Le Guin's final two Hainish novels, The Word for World Is Forest, in which Earth enslaves another planet to strip its natural resources, and The Telling, the harrowing story of a society which has suppressed its own cultural heritage. Rounding out the volume are seven short stories and the story suite Five Ways to Forgiveness, published here in full for the first time. The endpapers feature a full-color chart of the known worlds of Hainish descent.


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Holds: 0 on 8 copies

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