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In the belly of the whale  by Michael (Michael F.) Flynn

In the belly of the whale

Michael (Michael F.) Flynn

"In the Belly of the Whale is a gripping epic that takes readers on a profound voyage through time and space aboard an enormous generation ship. The narrative captures the poignant transformation of Earth's finest minds into a stifling regime, their rigid...

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Zero stars, do not recommend  by M J Wassmer

Zero stars, do not recommend

M J Wassmer

"Professional underachiever Dan Foster is finally taking a break. Sure, his life has been average at best and, yes, he has never has quite lived up to his potential. But after a few Bud Lights in paradise with his girlfriend Mara, things are starting to look...

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Again, dangerous visions

Again, dangerous visions

"A collection of original science fiction stories by such noted authors as Ray Bradbury, Ben Bova, and Kurt Vonnegut."--Publisher.

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Influx  by Daniel Suarez

Influx

Daniel Suarez

"A tale set in a world in which technological advances have been suppressed finds particle physicist Jon Grady helping to innovate a device capable of reflecting gravity only to be targeted by a shadowy organization from the future."--Publisher.

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Ghost of the neon god  by Tim Napper

Ghost of the neon god

Tim Napper

"Jackson Nguyen is a petty crook living slim on the mean streets of Melbourne. When he crosses paths with a desperate, but wealthy, Chinese dissident, begging for his help, Jack responds in the only natural way: he steals her shoes. And yet, despite every...

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The failures  by Benjamin Liar

The failures

Benjamin Liar

"A vast machine made for reasons unknown, the Wanderlands was broken long ago. First went the sky, splintering and cracking, and then very slowly, the whole machine - the whole world - began to go dark. Following the summons of a strange dream, a scattering of...

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Little sisters and other stories  by Vonda N. McIntyre

Little sisters and other stories

Vonda N. McIntyre

"This volume presents a selection of short fiction by Vonda Neel McIntyre (1948-2019), one of the most acclaimed writers of post-war US American science fiction, and the winner of multiple awards for both novels and short fiction. These stories, which span the...

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Escape velocity  by Victor Manibo

Escape velocity

Victor Manibo

"A decades-old murder looms over the glamorous clientele of a high-end space hotel ... while an unforeseen threat percolates in the service corridors. The guests are about to experience the hospitality they deserve."--

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World of wreckage  by Abby Goldsmith

World of wreckage

Abby Goldsmith

"Ariock Dovanack never asked to be a hero, let alone a demigod. But when a prophecy deemed him The One,' he dutifully amassed thousands of messianic followers in the sun-starved civilization beneath the Torth Empire's capital. Now, destined to lead the...

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Rachel's story  by Leigh Russell

Rachel's story

Leigh Russell

"As a child, living in a post-apocalyptic world, the only person Rachel can rely on is her mother. But when her mother is killed, Rachel is initiated into The Programme, where selected young girls are medicated to make them fertile. Fearing for her future,...

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Station eleven  by Emily St. John Mandel

Station eleven

Emily St. John Mandel

"What was lost in the collapse: almost everything, almost everyone, but there is still such beauty. One snowy night in Toronto famous actor Arthur Leander dies on stage whilst performing the role of a lifetime. That same evening a deadly virus touches down in...

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The crystal singer  by Anne McCaffrey

The crystal singer

Anne McCaffrey

"Killashandra thought her world had ended when she was told she would never become a concert singer. And then she met the stranger from off-world... He said he was a Crystal Singer - one of the unique ones of the Galaxy - and when Killashandra tried to find...

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Earthsong  by Suzette Haden Elgin

Earthsong

Suzette Haden Elgin

"In the concluding book of the Native Tongue trilogy, women are forced to abandon their secret language, Láadan, and find new ways to save Earth from humanity's destructive and oppressive behaviors."--

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Marshal the stars  by Jamie Davis

Marshal the stars

Jamie Davis

"A Lone Wolf Pilot, a Debt of Honor, and Pirates on the Federation Frontier Fighter pilot Beau Ward was always willing to bend the rules to get the job done. His "independent" attitude got him bounced around the Federation Fleet for years-until he took it too...

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On Basilisk Station  by David Weber

On Basilisk Station

David Weber

"She has been exiled to Basilisk Station in disgrace and set up for ruin by a superior who hates her. Her demoralized crew blames her for their ship's humiliating posting to an out-of the-way picket station. The aborigines of the system's only habitable planet...

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The knife and the serpent  by Tim Pratt

The knife and the serpent

Tim Pratt

"After her grandmother is murdered in a home invasion, Tamsin Culver leaves her cushy programming job in San Francisco and returns to her Midwestern hometown to settle the estate. What she doesn't expect is to find out her grandmother's life-changing secret:...

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You're safe here  by Leslie (Novelist) Stephens

You're safe here

Leslie (Novelist) Stephens

"In 2060, the WellPod, a fleet of floating personal paradises focused on health, solitude and relaxation are scattered throughout the Pacific Ocean, and Noa, when her pregnant fiancée signs up for the program, discovers a history of faulty tech and dangerous...

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The bound worlds  by Megan E. O'Keefe

The bound worlds

Megan E. O'Keefe

"Naira and Tarquin have found a new home on Seventh Cradle. But the peace they've built is short-lived as mysterious assailants ambush the settlement and Naira is haunted by visions of a monstrous future. Catastrophe strikes when Tarquin uncovers a plot to...

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Rakesfall  by Vajra Chandrasekera

Rakesfall

Vajra Chandrasekera

"Some stories take more than one lifetime to tell. There are wrongs that echo through the ages, friendships that outpace the claws of death, loves that leave their mark on civilization, and promises that nothing can break. This is one such story. Annelid and...

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Unexploded remnants  by Elaine Gallagher

Unexploded remnants

Elaine Gallagher

"An A.I. wages war on a future it doesn't understand. Alice is the last human. Street-smart and bad-ass. After discovering what appears to be an A.I. personality in an antique data core, Alice decides to locate its home somewhere in the stargate network. At...

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Killing time  by Jodi Taylor

Killing time

Jodi Taylor

"A ghost train, lost in Time, hurtles through the night... Two members of Team 236 are trapped on board. Not ideal under any circumstances but catastrophic when they're at each other's throats. Hot on their heels, but never quite able to catch up, can Lt Grint...

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Echo of worlds  by M. R. Carey

Echo of worlds

M. R. Carey

"Two mighty empires are at war - and both will lose, with thousands of planets falling to the extinction event called the Scour. At least that's what the artificial intelligence known as Rupshe believes. But somewhere in the multiverse there exists a force -...

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God emperor of Dune  by Frank Herbert

God emperor of Dune

Frank Herbert

"Millennia have passed on Arrakis, and the once-desert planet is green with life. Leto Atreides, the son of the world's savior, the Emperor Paul Muad'Dib, is still alive but far from human. To preserve humanity's future, he sacrificed his own by merging with a...

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Kraken  by China Miéville

Kraken

China Miéville

"When a nine-meter-long dead squid is stolen, tank and all, from a London museum, curator Billy Harrow finds himself swept up in a world he didn't know existed: one of worshipers of the giant squid, animated golems, talking tattoos, and animal familiars on...

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Earthflown  by Frances J. Wren

Earthflown

Frances J. Wren

"When Ethan saves the life of a firestarter, it's nothing unusual. He's the only healer on-call at the hospital - and that gunshot wound isn't going to regenerate itself. His patient turns out to be Corinna Arden, heiress to a pharmaceutical empire controlling...

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The rose in darkness  by Danie Ware

The rose in darkness

Danie Ware

"Opal is a gleaming shrine world of saints and soldiers, beloved of the Emperor Himself. Sent to retrieve the skull of the revered Saint Veres, Sister Superior Augusta of the Order of the Bloody Rose and her squad find themselves in the midst of the capital's...

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Icehenge  by Kim Stanley Robinson

Icehenge

Kim Stanley Robinson

"On the North Pole of Pluto there stands an enigma: a huge circle of standing blocks of ice, built on the pattern of Earth's Stonehenge - but ten times the size, standing alone at the edge of the Solar System. What is it? Who could have built it? The secret...

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Rogue sequence  by Zac Topping

Rogue sequence

Zac Topping

"It's 2091 and independent contract companies around the world are producing genetically modified soldiers... to be sold to the highest bidders. Ander Rade is a super-soldier, a genetically engineered living weapon, and has been dutifully following orders...

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The stardust grail  by Yume Kitasei

The stardust grail

Yume Kitasei

"Maya Hoshimoto was once the best art thief in the galaxy. For ten years, she returned stolen artifacts to alien civilizations--until a disastrous job forced her into hiding. Born off-world and infected by an alien virus from a young age, she receives the...

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Mevlido's dreams  by Antoine Volodine

Mevlido's dreams

Antoine Volodine

"A double agent working for the police and living in the last habitable city on the planet, Mevlido clings to life and hope in the city's vast slums, dreaming of a mysterious mission he is told he must accomplish. A key work in Antoine Volodine's post-exotic...

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Ribbon dance  by Sharon Lee

Ribbon dance

Sharon Lee

"On a world where cake is a necessity, it takes the Grid to protect the civilized and the deaf from the dire influences of the ambient and to keep the chaotic Haosa at bay. Having arrived at recently Dust-bound Colemeno, Trader Padi yos'Galan is essential to...

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Time of the cat  by Tansy Rayner Roberts

Time of the cat

Tansy Rayner Roberts

"It's time to take history seriously. The cats and humans of Chronos College know that time travel is the best job in the world, and nothing bad can ever happen to them in the past... except that one time they lost a traveller. And that other time they lost a...

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Lift  by Ray Anderson

Lift

Ray Anderson

"If music is a universal language, and mathematics a universal truth, could the two be combined to form a new world language that would create common understanding across all cultures? In 2422, mathematicians who govern the world calculate that if our species...

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Alliance  by Dwain Worrell

Alliance

Dwain Worrell

"It's a fight for the future as the past aims to destroy the present. As an orphaned girl, Harmony survived a strange war waged by an enemy called the Quondam. They crushed every technological advancement in the world, eviscerated the landscape, and killed...

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Logical fantasy  by John Wyndham

Logical fantasy

John Wyndham

"A MAN INVISIBLE Any revival, rediscovery, or reappraisal of the singular work of John Wyndham is cause for celebration, and Logical Fantasy: The Many Worlds of John Wyndham brings treasures aplenty to the table a rich sampler of the variant voices of a single...

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Fiasco  by Constance Fay

Fiasco

Constance Fay

"Cynbelline Khaw is a woman of many names. She's Generosity, a cultist who never quite fit in. She's Bella, the daughter who failed to save her cousin's life. And then there's Cyn, the notorious bounty hunter who spaced a ship of slavers. Hunting a kidnapper...

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Apostles of mercy  by Lindsay Ellis

Apostles of mercy

Lindsay Ellis

"First Contact has not been going well. The nations of Earth are rapidly militarizing against the arrival of the Superorganism, an alien civilization that promises to destroy humanity before it can develop into a real threat. The Superorganism has done it...

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Moonbound  by Robin Sloan

Moonbound

Robin Sloan

"It is eleven thousand years from now . . . A lot has happened, and yet a lot is still very familiar. Ariel is a boy in a small town under a wizard's rule. Like many adventurers before him, Ariel is called to explore a world full of unimaginable glories and...

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Service model  by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Service model

Adrian Tchaikovsky

"To fix the world they must first break it, further. Humanity is a dying breed, utterly reliant on artificial labor and service. When a domesticated robot gets a nasty little idea downloaded into its core programming, they murder their owner. The robot...

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Ciaphas Cain  by Sandy Mitchell

Ciaphas Cain

Sandy Mitchell

"Ciaphas Cain is nearing retirement, but of course his fate leads him into a twisted web of deception, corruption, and an unfortunate amount of mortal peril. This time, it's the Adeptus Mechanicus throwing spanners into his future plans of heroic rest and...

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No-one to the rescue  by Barbara Ker-Mann

No-one to the rescue

Barbara Ker-Mann

"…I could not speak. I could but recall how I had seen my village residents get onto the EDribuses to get to the secondary school on the hill and had done a count to make certain none were left behind. Then, nicest of all, Allan had air-lifted me to be with...

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Pairing up

Pairing up

"An alien virus has ravaged the world. Survivors may draw an ace and receive superpowers, or the joker and become bizarrely mutated. And yet love still reigns supreme. In this fantastical collection of all-new stories * A jewel thief seduces a popular actor...

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The thermopylae protocol  by David Weber

The thermopylae protocol

David Weber

"After an industrial ship carrying advanced self-replicating machines explodes on its way to Mercury, analysis of the wreckage reveals it to be forty years too old. Raibert Kaminski, the Gordian Division's top agent, and his crew on the TransTemporal Vehicle...

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Always coming home  by Ursula K. Le Guin

Always coming home

Ursula K. Le Guin

"A long, long time from now, in the valleys of what will no longer be called Northern California, might be going to have lived a people called the Kesh. But this book is not the story of the Kesh. Rather it is the stories of the Kesh stories, poems, songs,...

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What if ... Loki was worthy?  by Madeleine Roux

What if ... Loki was worthy?

Madeleine Roux

"It was only meant to be a joke--tampering with the Destroyer, changing Thor's course to Midgard--a bit of mischief with a chance of maiming. But Loki's harmless prank spiraled out of control, unleashing death and destruction on New York City and the heroes...

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Dry land  by Elizabeth Anne Martins

Dry land

Elizabeth Anne Martins

"After a cataclysmic flood submerges half the world underwater, cannibalistic gangs and corrupt encampments become a constant threat to the remaining dry lands. Liv and her precocious three-year-old son Milo are some of the lucky ones who have survived. With...

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NecroTek  by Jonathan Maberry

NecroTek

Jonathan Maberry

"Neither cosmic philosopher Lars Soren, hotshot pilot Bianca Petrescu, nor the high priestess Jessica McHugh - Lady Death herself - can say quite where in the galaxy they are. But after an experiment gone horribly wrong, one thing is clear: Asphodel Station...

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Spaceman of Bohemia  by Jaroslav Kalfar

Spaceman of Bohemia

Jaroslav Kalfar

"Set in the near-distant future, Spaceman of Bohemia follows a Czech astronaut as he launches into space to investigate a mysterious dust cloud covering Venus, a suicide mission sponsored by a proud nation. Suddenly a world celebrity, Jakub's marriage starts...

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We speak through the mountain  by Premee Mohamed

We speak through the mountain

Premee Mohamed

"Traveling alone through the climate-crisis-ravaged wilds of Alberta's Rocky Mountains, 19-year-old Reid Graham battles the elements and her lifelong chronic illness to reach the utopia of Howse University. But life in one of the storied 'domes' -- the last...

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Cloaked deception  by Timothy Zahn

Cloaked deception

Timothy Zahn

"A tactical nuclear weapon is stolen from an Indian research facility, setting off a chain of events that spans the globe. Those behind the heist plan to use it to take out thousands of innocent people--all to assure death of a single man who they believe is...

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Athena's wrath  by W. Michael Gear

Athena's wrath

W. Michael Gear

"Determined to rescue Christal Anaya, Sheela Marks plays the role of a lifetime as she adopts her Oscar-nominated character of 'Jennifer Weaver' in order to infiltrate the shadowy organization known as Genesis Athena. When she's ferried to the mysterious...

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Genesis Athena  by W. Michael Gear

Genesis Athena

W. Michael Gear

"Taken from today's headlines and insidiously prophetic, part two in the evocative and acclaimed Athena Trilogy will have you questioning the boundaries of morality and the sordid depths of today's celebrity obsession. As the eerie game of cat and mouse...

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Athena unleashed  by W. Michael Gear

Athena unleashed

W. Michael Gear

"Sheela Marks, her new Oscar in hand, has just reached the peak of Hollywood fame, commanding a staggering thirty million dollars per film. Stalked by all, her safety depends on her bodyguard, Lymon Bridges. When Sheela falls victim to a brutal assault in a...

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Those beyond the wall  by Micaiah Johnson

Those beyond the wall

Micaiah Johnson

"In Ashtown, a rough-and-tumble desert community, the Emperor rules with poisoned claws and an iron fist. He can't show any sign of weakness, as the neighboring Wiley City has spent lifetimes beating down the people of Ashtown and would love nothing more than...

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The stars too fondly  by Emily (Science fiction writer) Hamilton

The stars too fondly

Emily (Science fiction writer) Hami...

"So, here's the thing: Cleo and her friends really, truly didn't mean to steal this spaceship. They just wanted to know why, twenty years ago, the entire Providence crew vanished without a trace. But then the stupid dark matter engine started all on its own,...

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In our stars  by Jack (Naval officer) Campbell

In our stars

Jack (Naval officer) Campbell

"Earth, 2180. Genetically engineered with partly-alien DNA, Lieutenant Selene Genji is different than ordinary humans. And they hate her for it. Still, she's spent her life trying to overcome society's prejudice by serving in the Unified Fleet as Earth's...

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The big book of cyberpunk. Volume two

The big book of cyberpunk. Volume two

"This is volume two of two of a genre-defining-and redefining collection of fiction's boldest, most rebellious, and most prescient genre, featuring a smorgasbord of stories from all over the globe. Jared Shurin brings together over a hundred stories from more...

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Fight me  by Austin Grossman

Fight me

Austin Grossman

"Dr. Rick Tower is a mild-mannered English professor easing into middle-age at a medium-sized New England college. A genial blur, he thinks. Even his vices are unremarkable. But it wasn't always like this. Not until they changed his name, altered his looks and...

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Lost ark dreaming  by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

Lost ark dreaming

Suyi Davies Okungbowa

"Off the coast of West Africa, decades after the dangerous rise of the Atlantic Ocean, the region's survivors live inside five partially submerged, kilometers-high towers originally created as a playground for the wealthy. Now the towers' most affluent rule...

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Sandworms of Dune  by Brian Herbert

Sandworms of Dune

Brian Herbert

"At the end of Frank Herbert's final novel, Chapterhouse: Dune, a ship carrying a crew of refugees escapes into the uncharted galaxy, fleeing from a terrifying, mysterious Enemy. The fugitives used genetic technology to revive key figures from Dune's past -...

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Hurdy Gurdy  by Jenny Ackland

Hurdy Gurdy

Jenny Ackland

"In a near-future Australia, the world has changed. A small circus caravan travels the countryside performing for dwindling audiences. Matriarch Queenie works outside the law, helped by high-diver Win, nineteen and yearning for love. By night, they gather...

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Stand on Zanzibar  by John Brunner

Stand on Zanzibar

John Brunner

"Originally published in 1968, Stand on Zanzibar was a breakthrough in science fiction storytelling technique, and a prophetic look at a dystopian 2010 that remains compelling today. Corporations have usurped democracy, ubiquitous information technology...

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Heavenbreaker  by Sara Wolf

Heavenbreaker

Sara Wolf

The duke of the powerful House Hauteclare is the first to die. With my dagger in his back. He didn't see it coming. Didn't anticipate the bastard daughter who was supposed to die with her mother on his order. He should have left us with the rest of the...

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Halo  by William C. Dietz

Halo

William C. Dietz

"2552. Having barely escaped the final battle for Reach against the vast alien alliance known as the Covenant, the crew of the Pillar of Autumn, including Spartan John-117--the Master Chief--and his AI companion Cortana, is forced to make a desperate escape...

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The family experiment  by John (Freelance journalist) Marrs

The family experiment

John (Freelance journalist) Marrs

"Some families are virtually perfect... The world's population is soaring, creating overcrowded cities and an economic crisis. And in the UK, breaking point has arrived. A growing number of people can no longer afford to start families let alone raise them....

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Thrawn  by Timothy Zahn

Thrawn

Timothy Zahn

"After Thrawn is rescued from exile by Imperial soldiers, his deadly ingenuity and keen tactical abilities swiftly capture the attention of Emperor Palpatine. And just as quickly, Thrawn proves to be as indispensable to the Empire as he is ambitious; as...

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Fugue for a darkening island  by Christopher Priest

Fugue for a darkening island

Christopher Priest

"Survivors of a terrible African war flee their blighted continent, and look for refuge in the countries of the West. But Britain is falling into civil war and anarchy."--Publisher.

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The galaxy game  by Karen Lord

The galaxy game

Karen Lord

"For years, Rafi Delarua saw his family suffer under his father's unethical use of psionic power. Now the government has Rafi under close watch but, hating their crude attempts to analyse his brain, he escapes to the planet Punartam, where his abilities are...

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The ship who sang  by Anne McCaffrey

The ship who sang

Anne McCaffrey

"Helva had been born human, but only her brain had been saved and implanted into the titanium body of an intergalactic scout ship. But first she had to choose a human partner, to soar with her through the daring adventures and exhilarating escapades in...

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Melancholy  by Charlotte McConaghy

Melancholy

Charlotte McConaghy

"Here in the west they know a lot about hope. They know how to ration it just as they do with food and water. Josephine is at last free of the blood moon. But in a desperate rush to find help for a comatose Luke, she discovers the strange and dangerous world...

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Jack the Bodiless  by Julian May

Jack the Bodiless

Julian May

"In the year 2051 Earth stands on the brink of acceptance as a full member of the Galactic Milieu, a confederation of worlds spread across the galaxy. Leading humanity is the powerful Remillard family, but somebody - or something, known only as Fury, wants the...

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Valis  by Philip K. Dick

Valis

Philip K. Dick

"VALIS is a theological detective story in which God is both a missing person and the perpetrator of the ultimate crime. The schizophrenic hero, a Dick alter-ego named Horselover Fat, begins receiving revelatory visions through a burst of pink laser light from...

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Hyperion  by Dan Simmons

Hyperion

Dan Simmons

"It is the 29th century and the universe of the Human Hegemony is under threat. Invasion by the warlike Ousters looms, and the mysterious schemes of the secessionist AI TechnoCore bring chaos ever closer. On the eve of disaster, with the entire galaxy at war,...

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Deathworlder  by Victoria (Crime fiction author) Hayward

Deathworlder

Victoria (Crime fiction author) Hay...

"Lazulai is a world beyond the brink, its battle against the tyranids all but lost. Once-magnificent cities lie in ruin. The seas boil. The skies crack. Horrific alien bioforms devour. In mere days the planet will be consumed. The 903rd Catachan 'Night...

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Shadow of the eighth / Justin D Hill. by Justin D. Hill

Shadow of the eighth / Justin D Hill.

Justin D. Hill

"As Cadia burned, one young recruit rose to prominence. Now a respected captain, Minka Lesk and her Cadian 101st are on a mission to track down the missing 8th Regiment on a nightmarish war-wracked planet"--Provided by publisher.

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The ark sakura  by Kōbō Abe

The ark sakura

Kōbō Abe

" Taking us from a sun-drenched affair in a seaside town to an underground 'ark' full of shadows and eccentrics, with stops at mountains of skulls, lonely apartments and boarding school dormitories, this series is perfect for new and long-time readers of...

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Hunters of Dune  by Brian Herbert

Hunters of Dune

Brian Herbert

"At the end of Chapterhouse: Dune - Frank Herbert's final novel, a ship carrying the ghola of Duncan Idaho, Sheeana (a young woman who can control sandworms), and a crew of various refugees escapes into the uncharted galaxy, fleeing from the monstrous Honored...

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Drive or be driven  by Aliya Whiteley

Drive or be driven

Aliya Whiteley

"A new collection from one of the most exciting voices in genre fiction. Nineteen stories, eleven of them original to this collection, all themed on travel, be it a desperate need to be somewhere else or a burning desire to escape what's been left...

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Calypso  by Oliver K. Langmead

Calypso

Oliver K. Langmead

"Rochelle wakes from cryostasis to take up her role as engineer on the colony ark, Calypso. But she finds the ship has transformed into a forest, populated by the original crew's descendants, who revere her like a saint. She travels the ship with the Calypso's...

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The ministry of time  by Kaliane Bradley

The ministry of time

Kaliane Bradley

"In the near future, a civil servant is offered the salary of her dreams and is, shortly afterward, told what project she'll be working on. A recently established government ministry is gathering 'expats' from across history to establish whether time travel is...

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Beyond the ranges  by John Ringo

Beyond the ranges

John Ringo

"Jason Graham dies when the world ends. Then he wakes up on a space station on the other side of the galaxy, and the adventure begins. Jason and five hundred million other humans have been resurrected (and rejuvenated to young adulthood) by alien benefactors...

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Adventures in space

Adventures in space

"An impressive joint project, this outstanding new anthology brings the best of Chinese and English-language science fiction in a mediation on the theme of Exploration in Space. New, emerging, established and much-lauded writers from both cultures are brought...

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Sisters of the sands  by J. B. Villinger

Sisters of the sands

J. B. Villinger

"16-cycle old Sacet was once a child soldier for the Female Dominion. Along with an army of brainwashed squad sisters, it was her job to capture, kill, or otherwise defeat the male population of their desert world. But now that she's free and has the power to...

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The atrocity engine  by Tim Waggoner

The atrocity engine

Tim Waggoner

"Creatures from dark dimensions infesting your home? Demonic beings trying to drive you insane? Alien gods attempting to destroy your universe? Just call Maintenance. This underpaid and overworked secret organization is dedicated to battling forces that seek...

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Of gods & globes III

Of gods & globes III

"20 speculative stories based on the world's astronomical myths. We know that the moon holds sway over the ocean tide and the almost universal testimony of the effect of a full moon on people. Are planetary effects more mysterious than we have discovered?...

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Death wave  by Ben Bova

Death wave

Ben Bova

"In the precursor to the Star Quest Trilogy, New Earth, Jordan Kell led the first human mission beyond the solar system. They discovered the ruins of an ancient alien civilization. But one alien AI survived, and it revealed to Jordan Kell that an explosion in...

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Earth abides  by George R. Stewart

Earth abides

George R. Stewart

"The cabin had always been a special retreat for Isherwood Williams, a haven from the demands of society. But one day while hiking, Ish was bitten by a rattlesnake, and the solitude he had so desired took on dire new significance. He was sick for days - and...

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A door into ocean  by Joan Slonczewski

A door into ocean

Joan Slonczewski

"The Sharers of Shora are a nation of women on a distant moon in the far future who are pacifists, who are highly advanced in biological sciences, and who reproduce by parthenogenesis - because there are no males. Conflict erupts when a neighboring...

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In universes  by Emet North

In universes

Emet North

"Raffi works in an observational cosmology lab, searching for dark matter. Every chance they get, they escape to see Britt, a queer sculptor who fascinates them for reasons they can't understand. As Raffi's carefully constructed life begins to collapse, they...

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The mark  by author Fríða Ísberg

The mark

author Fríða Ísberg

"In the near future, in Reykavik, in a world like our own, society is divided about the controversial Empathy Test, which measures an individual's capacity for compassion and identifies anti-social behaviour in citizens. Two thirds of the country, including...

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City at the end of time  by Greg Bear

City at the end of time

Greg Bear

"In a post-human future, one city, guarded by reality generators and surrounded by the terrible maelstrom of Chaos, is the sole bastion of order. In our time, three young people--Ginny, Jack, and Daniel--who can alter the course of fate, a murky past, and the...

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Secret invasion  by Paul Cornell

Secret invasion

Paul Cornell

"The shapeshifting alien race known as the Skrulls have infiltrated every branch of the Marvel Universe, from S.H.I.E.L.D., to the Avengers, and even interplanetary defence force S.W.O.R.D. As the New Avengers watch leader of the Hand, Elektra, transform into...

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The Ministry of Time  by Kaliane Bradley

The Ministry of Time

Kaliane Bradley

"In the near future, a disaffected civil servant is offered a lucrative job in a mysterious new government ministry gathering 'expats' from across history to test the limits of time-travel. Her role is to work as a 'bridge': living with, assisting and...

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Anomaly  by Andrej Nikolaidis

Anomaly

Andrej Nikolaidis

"New Year's Eve. The last day of the last year of human existence. A high-ranking minister criss-crosses the city with blood on his hands, a dying necrophile attempts to go clean before God, and a traumatized nurse is pressured into keeping a powerful secret....

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2001  by Arthur C. (Arthur Charles) Clarke

2001

Arthur C. (Arthur Charles) Clarke

"Written when landing on the moon was still a dream, and made into one of the most influential films of all time, 2001: A Space odyssey remains a classic work of science fiction fifty years after its original publication. The discovery of a black monolith on...

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