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February 21, 2018

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Popular Science Fiction books for adults

 

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

 

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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.


Format: Book
Holds: 18 on 8 copies

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Just One Damned Thing After Another

Just One Damned Thing After Another
Taylor, Jodi

"Madeline "Max" Maxwell has stumbled on the dream of a lifetime: a career as a time-traveling historian with St. Mary's Institute of Historical Research. The researchers are under strict orders to observe only--no interaction with the locals is allowed. But from her first mission rescuing artifacts from the Great Library of Alexandria, Max realized that time travel is a dangerous activity and that history--and other historians--will go to elaborate lengths to protect themselves." --adapted from Library Journal review.


Format: Book
Holds: 18 on 5 copies

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The Wise Man's Fear

The Wise Man's Fear
Rothfuss, Patrick, 1973-

Kvothe takes his first steps on the path of the hero as he attempts to uncover the truth about the mysterious Amyr, the Chandrian, and the death of his parents. Along the way, Kvothe is put on trial by the legendary Adem mercenaries, forced to reclaim the honor of the Edema Ruh, and travels into the Fae realm where he meets Felurian, the faerie woman no man can resist.


Format: Book
Holds: 18 on 12 copies

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Binti: The Night Masquerade

Binti: The Night Masquerade
Okorafor, Nnedi

Binti has returned to her home planet, believing that the violence of the Meduse has been left behind. Unfortunately, although her people are peaceful on the whole, the same cannot be said for the Khoush, who fan the flames of their ancient rivalry with the Meduse.


Format: Book
Holds: 18 on 20 copies

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The Lies of Locke Lamora

The Lies of Locke Lamora
Lynch, Scott, 1978-

Vowing to bring down the crime boss running the city, a group of Gentlemen Bastards, led by Locke Lamora, sets out to beat the Capa at his own game, taking on other thieves, murderers, beggars, prostitutes, and thugs in the process.


Format: Book
Holds: 18 on 6 copies

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Dark State

Dark State
Stross, Charles

In the near-future, the collision of two nuclear superpowers across timelines, one in the midst of a technological revolution and the other a hyper-police state, is imminent. In Commissioner Miriam Burgeson's timeline, her top level agents run a high risk extraction of a major political player. Meanwhile, a sleeper cell activated in Rita's, the Commissioner's adopted daughter and newly-minted spy, timeline threatens to unravel everything.


Format: Book
Holds: 18 on 6 copies

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Who Fears Death

Who Fears Death
Okorafor, Nnedi

Born into post-apocalyptic Africa to a mother who was raped after the slaughter of her entire tribe, Onyesonwu is tutored by a shaman and discovers that her magical destiny is to end the genocide of her people.


Format: Book
Holds: 16 on 14 copies

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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O: A Novel

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O: A Novel
Stephenson, Neal

From bestselling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.When Melisande Stokes, an expert in linguistics and languages, accidently meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a hallway at Harvard University, it is the beginning of a chain of events that will alter their lives and human history itself. The young man from a shadowy government entity approaches Mel, a low-level faculty member, with an incredible offer. The only condition: she must sign a nondisclosure agreement in return for the rather large sum of money. Tristan needs Mel to translate some very old documents, which, if authentic, are earth-shattering. They prove that magic actually existed and was practiced for centuries. But the arrival of the scientific revolution and the Age of Enlightenment weakened its power and endangered its practitioners. Magic stopped working altogether in 1851, at the time of the Great Exhibition at London's Crystal Palace--the world's fair celebrating the rise of industrial technology and commerce. Something about the modern world "jams" the "frequencies" used by magic, and it's up to Tristan to find out why.And so the Department of Diachronic Operations (D.O.D.O.) gets cracking on its real mission: to develop a device that can bring magic back, and send Diachronic Operatives back in time to keep it alive . . . and meddle with a little history at the same time. But while Tristan and his expanding operation master the science and build the technology, they overlook the mercurial--and treacherous--nature of the human heart.Written with the genius, complexity, and innovation that characterize all of Neal Stephenson's work and steeped with the down-to-earth warmth and humor of Nicole Galland's storytelling style, this exciting and vividly realized work of science fiction will make you believe in the impossible, and take you to places--and times--beyond imagining.


Format: Book
Holds: 16 on 46 copies

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The Unreal and the Real: The Selected Short Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin

The Unreal and the Real: The Selected Short Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin
Le Guin, Ursula K., 1929-

"A collection of short stories by the legendary and iconic Ursula K. Le Guin --- selected by the author, and combined in one volume for the first time. The Unreal and the Real is a collection of some of Ursula K. Le Guin's best short stories. She has won multiple prizes and accolades from the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to the Newbery Honor, the Nebula, Hugo, World Fantasy, and PEN/Malamud Awards. She has had her work collected over the years, but this is the first short story volume combining a full range of her work."--Provided by publisher.


Format: Book
Holds: 16 on 6 copies

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Borne

Borne
VanderMeer, Jeff

"A story about two humans, and two creatures. The humans are Rachel and Wick--a scavenger and a drug dealer--both with too many secrets and fears, ready with traps to be set and sprung. The creatures are Mord and Borne--animal, perhaps plant, maybe company discard, biotech, cruel experiment, dinner, deity, or source of spare parts"--Provided by publisher.


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Holds: 15 on 25 copies

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