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ISBN: 9781447273301
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Published: Pan Macmillan - July 1st, 2016


THIS BOOK! This book - right here - is what I love about science fiction. I can hardly believe it was written in 2016 -- the wonderfully paced story, the
twisting development of the  characters as they evolve, grand philosophical themes, celebration of glorious otherness, and hard biology are reminiscent of the works of the older masters of science fiction. It is a race for the stars. It is the end and the beginning of "humanity". It is masterful world building. It is no
wonder it was awarded The Arthur C Clarke Award.

(There’s a word I’m purposely not using in this
description, and you’ll just have to read the book to figure out what It is…)

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By Alvin Schwartz, Stephen Gammell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062682826
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Published: HarperCollins - July 25th, 2017

I'm not sure this book needs an introduction. The title really says it all. And then those illustrations say just a little bit more and then.... BAM! Suddenly I'm 10 years old again at a sleepover with my best friends, shining flashlights down dark hallways, whispering, wide eyed, in our pillow fort. This book defined the word spooky for an entire generation. Every single kid I knew had their favorite Scary Story to Tell in the Dark. Embrace the Halloween season!
They are just stories after all... aren't they?

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By Knut Hamsun, Sverre Lyngstad (Translated by), Brad Leithauser (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780143105107
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Published: Penguin Classics - September 25th, 2007

JULY 2017

One of my favorite things about the science fiction genre is that it gives the author the ability to create huge, brilliant novel-length metaphors that forever change a readers' perception. The Time Traveller's Wife did that for me in 2003 and I've never forgotten it, because this science fiction book is also... a love story.

This is the story about one man traveling through time and back again many times throughout his life, and the wonderfully technical web of confusion which that ability causes. And this is also the story of his wife. The author Niffenegger, frustrated in love she began the work, wrote it as a metaphor for her failed relationships. It uses time travel to explore miscommunication and distance in relationships, while also investigating deeper existential questions.

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ISBN: 9781476764832
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Published: Scribner - May 6th, 2014

JUNE 2017

Buckle up, sci-fi fans. We're going to the moon and there is a Revolution afoot. Or is there? It's complicated.
Winner of the Hugo Award for best science fiction novel in 1967, written by science fiction heavyweight Robert A Heinlein, this novel is all kinds of fun -- while tackling big issues of political importance, economics, human rights. Our unlikely band of hero "Loonies" are criminals, political exiles, or descendants thereof, (and let's not forget the sentient computer named for Mycroft Holmes) but that doesn't make their struggle any less important. By the end of this you'll be yelling **TANSTAAFL!! ...and meaning it.

**Ever wondered where the phrase: There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch comes from? Yeah, that was this book.

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ISBN: 9780312863555
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Published: Orb Books - June 15th, 1997

MAY 2017

A friend gave me this book about 10 years ago, and I finally picked it up this month... and then I promptly called and apologized for ever doubting his recommendation. If you like science fiction at all and have never gotten around to reading HYPERION, do it. This Hugo and Locus Award Winner -- and member of every "must read" sci-fi list you'll ever see -- is actually seven completely seperate tales in one fascinating, intricately woven story. Seven different voices, spanning centuries and universes, allows the author to explore religion, artificial intelligence, the nature of time, matters of the human heart, interstellar war and politics, and the power of the written word.

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ISBN: 9780575099432
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Published: Gollancz - May 1st, 2011

APRIL 2017

The human race is now completely infertile. We are without youth, without a future, without a reason to hope. Civilization is crumbling. One scholar and a band of outlaws test the limits of their  morality. You may think you know this story from the 2006 film adaptation — you do not. The book boasts characters, plot details and an ending that will have you wondering how the filmmakers possibly came up with the interpretation they did. This provoking work of literary fiction deserves to be considered as a masterpiece all it’s own.

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ISBN: 9780307275431
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Published: Vintage - May 16th, 2006

MARCH 2017

"Growth of the Soil impresses me as among the very best novels I have ever read. It is wholly beautiful; it is saturated with wisdom and humor and tenderness." -- H.G. Wells

I keep coming back to this book in my mind, even years after first reading it. Winner of the Nobel Prize in 1920, this novel tells the life of a man named Isak and his family in rural Norway. Demonstrating his aversion to modernity, Hamsun's characters' relationship with the land and nature hearkens back to a simpler time. But the human heart is anything but simple. 

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