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Here are some of the best science fiction books's writers and editors have read and loved — an incomplete (but growing) list. This month's new science fiction and fantasy novels include stories of alternate realities, futuristic tech corporations, and sentient spiders from. If you're looking for recommendations, here are 13 science fiction books that stand on their own (or are loosely part of a bigger world) to start off.

But then a body turns up at the site of her last job -- murdered in a way that only someone like Teagan could have pulled off. She's got 24 hours to clear her name - and it's not just her life at stake.

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If she can't unravel the conspiracy in time, her hometown of Los Angeles will be in the crosshairs of an underground battle that's on the brink of exploding. The essential short story collection set in the universe of the Hugo Award nominated Machineries of Empire series!

An ex-Kel art thief has to save the world from a galaxy-shattering prototype weapon A general outnumbered eight-to-one must outsmart his opponent A renegade returns from seclusion to bury an old comrade From the incredible imagination of Hugo- and Arthur C. Eleven-year-old Nedda Papas is obsessed with becoming an astronaut.

In in Easter, a small Florida Space Coast town, her dreams seem almost within reach--if she can just grow up fast enough. Theo, the scientist father she idolizes, is consumed by his own obsessions. Laid off from his job at NASA and still reeling from the loss of Nedda's newborn brother several years before, Theo turns to the dangerous dream of extending his living daughter's childhood just a little longer. The result is an invention that alters the fabric of time.

Amidst the chaos that erupts, Nedda must confront her father and his secrets, the ramifications of which will irrevocably change her life, her community, and the entire world. But she finds an unexpected ally in Betheen, the mother she's never quite understood, who surprises Nedda by seeing her more clearly than anyone else.

Decades later, Nedda has achieved her long-held dream, and as she floats in antigravity, far from earth, she and her crewmates face a serious crisis. Amit Katwala , View on site.

In , Wired US readers voted Dune the best science-fiction novel of all time. A hopefully better effort is currently in production, directed by Denis Villeneuve.

The series is set 20, years in the future in galaxies stuck in the feudal ages, where computers are banned for religious reasons and noble families rule whole planets. We focus on the planet Arrakis, which holds a material used as a currency throughout the Universe for its rarity and mind-enhancing powers.

Lots of giant sandworms, too. WB , View on site. Le Guin alternated between genres during her prolific career, and this intricate novel came out the year after the classic fantasy book A Wizard of Earthsea.

It was one of the first novels to touch on ideas of androgyny — which is viewed from the lens of protagonist Genly Ai, a visitor from Earth who struggles to understand this alien culture.

In a near-future California, vice cop Bob Arctor lives undercover with a community of drug addicts hooked on devastating psychoactive dope Substance D. Gian Volpicelli , View on site. Set in a dystopian Japanese underworld, the novel touches on all manner of futuristic technology, from AI to cryonics, and features a cast of creative characters that will stick with you long after you turn the last page. Victoria Turk , View on site. Back in , after four acclaimed fiction novels, Iain Banks published his first sci-fi book, Consider Phlebas , a true space opera and his first book of many to feature the Culture, an interstellar utopian society of humanoids, aliens and sentient machines ostensibly run by hyper-intelligent AI "Minds".


A war rages across the galaxy with one side fighting for faith, the other a moral right to exist. Banks melds this conflict with something approaching a traditional fantasy quest: Jeremy White , View on site.

A number of television adaptations have been mooted, including a now-defunct HBO project with Darren Aronofsky, but this might be one to place alongside The Stars My Destination in the impossible-to-adapt file. The world of the book is vibrant, surreal and disturbing enough.

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The premise is simple: Will Bedingfield , View on site. Atwood mentored the author, Naomi Alderman, as she wrote this story about women and girls discovering a powerful new ability to emit electricity from their hands, up-ending civilisation as a result.

What many find annoying about the book — and the movie — is its intricate web of geeky references to s films, comics and boardgames. Still, at its core, Ready Player One is a captivating quest story, with the added value of taking place in a VR world. GV , View on site. An odd cocktail of a novel: Salvation arrives under the guise of an offer to move to the Positron Project — a gated community modelled after an American s suburb.Delaney while crafting a story all their own.

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The premise is simple: Lots of giant sandworms, too. Clarke A must-read if: you're interested in intelligent people who care about intelligence. The Dispossessed, like a lot of the best sci-fi, is about technology but also and more importantly about political philosophies and how they affect the worlds that birth them.

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The binding seems fine to me. This list tries to balance "modern" science fiction with classic reads. What are you waiting for?