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Sci Fi stories have a unique place in the world of fiction. They contain all the imaginative elements that all fiction contains, and requires – but they have one element that none others have. And that one element elevates them, in some people’s minds, to a higher status of creativity – to the status of prediction, of prophecy, and of creative theoretical science itself. The best science fiction books do more than simply spin a yarn (although there are very many great story tellers in the sci fi book world) – they stretch, imaginatively, into scientific knowledge as it stands today and imagines where that knowledge may take us tomorrow. And then they make it human – and, therefore, ‘real’.

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Fantasy Novels  contain unrealistic settings, or magic, and are often set in a medieval universe, or involve mythical or magical beings as a primary element of the plot, theme, or setting. Magic is a mainstay of fantasy, in the setting or plot, or being practiced by the characters. Fantasy stories are closely related to fairy stories and couldn’t happen in real life.

Some examples of books you’ll find in this category, are: J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings; T.H. White’s The Once and Future King; George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones…

Back in 1953, in what was still the early days of the Science Fiction genre, the great sci fi author Isaac Asimov defined it as “that branch of literature which is concerned with the impact of scientific advance upon human beings”. It is a branch of literature which has grown exponentially, hand-in-hand with the growth of human advances in science and technology and, by the 1970s its purpose, as evidenced in the new style of writing that had developed, had matured into one which wasn’t only concerned with science, but with consequences of scientific and technological advancement. Sci fi author Pamela Sargent then defined it as “the literature of ideas.”

But even that definition doesn’t go far enough. ‘Ideas’ and ‘consequences of ideas’ are now, almost too-limited a way of looking at what science fiction has become. Not only do authors project the advancement of science into the future and calculate the consequences – they assess, in advance, the moral consequences of these advances. They seek to pre-empt the kind of philosophical, moral and ethical issues that might ensue, and consider how to react. Or how our philosophical reasoning might also advance, along with technologies. As such, the best science fiction books are works of the philosophy of technology, and ethics. As new scientists, studying at university, have their work and theories swayed by the latest sci fi novel they read – so, philosophers may find themselves re-reading the self-same novels to obtain a head-start on the new frontiers of philosophy.

But not all science fiction is heavy with tech and theses on the human condition! There is something for everyone in this wide and deep genre of ideas. For pure action and adventure enthusiasts, thriller aficionados, and those wishing to, simply, be entertained – there are books and authors a plenty to go around. And you can start by looking in our list of books below…

Science Fiction Books - Dune by Frank Herbert

When humor was still the domain of ‘funny people’ the hilarious Groucho and Me, by Groucho Marx

Science Fiction Books - Enders Game by Orson Scott Card

Popular contemporary humor – absurd and indifferent: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by by Jane Austen with help by Seth Grahame-Smith

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Jerry Seinfeld talks about how he writes a joke

Here’s a short, 5 minute, video of Jerry Seinfeld talking about joke-writing. Do you find the word ‘poptart’ funny? He does! And here’s how he wrote a joke starting with a word he thought was funny. That and ‘chips’. A great comedic mind at work…

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How to Be a Dictator

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The Travel Auction

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Nuts at Christmas

Nuts at Christmas

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Dog Logic

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Gil’s All Fright Diner

Gil’s All Fright Diner

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I’m Judging You

I’m Judging You

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Raising Steam

Raising Steam

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The international bestselling author of the hilarious Discworld series—a writer who’s been compared to Mark Twain and Kurt Vonnegut—introduces the first steam engine into his complex, zany fantasy world.  “Everything that makes Pratchett...

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Being There

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A quirky, brilliant novel starring Chauncey Gardiner, an enigmatic man who rises from nowhere to become a media phenomenon—“a fabulous creature of our age” ( Newsweek ).   One of the most beloved novels by the New York Times –bestselling and National Book...

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Why Bad Governments Happen to Good People

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“With wit and clarity, Katch argues for social movements, political activism, and socialism as the alternatives we need to win the world we want” (Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation).   The election of Donald Trump has sent...

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Alphabet of Manliness

Alphabet of Manliness

  The hilarious New York Times –bestselling parody guide to all things alpha male, now revised and updated. Sometimes in life you say certain words in conjunction with other words that you normally wouldn’t, such as the word “holy” and the word “shit.” Those times are...

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The Wreckage of My Presence

The Wreckage of My Presence

"Magnificent." —People Magazine The instant New York Times bestseller: Laugh-out-loud, deeply insightful, and emotion-filled essays from multitalented actress, comedian, podcaster, and writer Casey Wilson. Casey Wilson has a lot on her mind and she isn’t afraid to...

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Drop Dead Gorgeous

Drop Dead Gorgeous

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Cold Storage, Alaska

Cold Storage, Alaska

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Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin

Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin

He’s inherited every English boy’s dream car. But to hold on to it, he’ll have to get his hands dirty. Eric Sibley loves his upscale job and the good life it provides. So when the corporate climber inherits his father’s Aston Martin DB4, he’s excited to drive his wife...

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Go the F**k to Sleep

Go the F**k to Sleep

The #1 New York Times Bestseller: “A hilarious take on that age-old problem: getting the beloved child to go to sleep” (NPR). “Hell no, you can’t go to the bathroom. You know where you can go? The f**k to sleep.” Go the Fuck to Sleep is a book for parents who live in...

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Dilbert Gives You the Business

Dilbert Gives You the Business

A collection of some of the most requested Dilbert comic strips, featuring the hilarious satirical office humor fans know and love.   Dilbert is universally recognized as the definitive source of office humor. Celebrating the first ten years of syndication, this book...

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Poe for Your Problems

Poe for Your Problems

When life’s got you down and things aren’t going your way, who better to turn to than Edgar Allan Poe? Discover how to say "nevermore" to your problems in this darkly comedic and refreshing self-help guide. Of all the writers anywhere, Poe would seem to be the least...

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1001 Would You Rather

1001 Would You Rather

Tough choices. Big laughs. It's a timeless game for everyone. Would you like to know more about your crush, but you’re too shy to make the first move? Do you want to make your regular family get-togethers more intellectually stimulating, yet still be fun? Are you...

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1001 Outrageous Dad Jokes

1001 Outrageous Dad Jokes

Show off your comedic skills with these hysterically cringe-worthy dad jokes Don’t you just love seeing your kids’ exasperated reactions after an expertly delivered one-liner? Isn’t it incredibly satisfying to provoke eyerolls with your intentionally cheesy puns? The...

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Stephen Florida

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This dark, gripping tale of an obsessed college wrestler is “one of the best novels of the year” (NPR).   Stephen is in his final wrestling season at his North Dakota school, and he intends to win the divisional championship in his weight class. He thinks about little...

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Gumption

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The star of Parks and Recreation and author of the New York Times bestseller Paddle Your Own Canoe returns with a second book that humorously highlights twenty-one figures from our nation’s history, from her inception to present day—Nick’s personal pantheon of “great...

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Holidays in Heck

Holidays in Heck

Humorous essays from the #1 New York Times –bestselling author on travel, late-life parenting, and other perils.   P. J. O’Rourke, hailed as “one of America’s most hilarious writers” by  Time , is the author of the classic travelogue  Holidays in Hell , in which he...

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I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie

I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie

Roger Ebert awards at least two out of four stars to most of the more than 150 movies he reviews each year. But when the noted film critic does pan a movie, the result is a humorous, scathing critique far more entertaining than the movie itself. I Hated, Hated, Hated...

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The Family Fang

The Family Fang

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY TIME, PEOPLE, SALON, AND ESQUIRE “The Family Fang is a comedy, a tragedy, and a tour-de-force examination of what it means to make art and survive your family….The best single word description...

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Simon’s Cat in Kitten Chaos

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Two Old Men and a Baby

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You Are Dead. (Sign Here Please.)

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The Seal Cove Theoretical Society

The Seal Cove Theoretical Society

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Broken

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No Land’s Man

No Land’s Man

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How to Build a Girl

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Timeless Trivia

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