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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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Z Is for Zombie

Z Is for Zombie

A short story about Zombies inspired by the TV show 'New Girl'.In a world where anything can happen, where Zombies come in all forms, a gorilla, a squirrel, a man, only one thing can make it all OK:Rythim.I mean, Rithym.Dammit! Rhithm. Rythm. Rhthm.Rhythm.Only Rithim...

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Fun Stories Greatest Hits

Fun Stories Greatest Hits

Need a quick pick-me-up to put a smile on your face? This engaging and hilarious collection of bite-sized delights will do the trick. Always on the lookout for a chuckle? Enjoy that aha moment in clever humor? Planning ahead for the next time you need a trusty...

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Relatively Normal

Relatively Normal

First Place, Top Shelf Book Awards Award Winner at the 2019 International Readers Favorite Awards "I laughed, I cried, and I laughed some more--this is one you don't want to miss!" -Loretta Nyhan, bestselling author of Digging In"The perfect blend of laugh-out-loud...

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Not, Book Club Material

Not, Book Club Material

"Your book," she said in her completely honest and unfiltered style, "is not book club material." So begins Aaron Zevy's new story collection, Not Book Club Material. Stories, memoirs and vignettes which are funny, often poignant, and sometimes thought provoking. And...

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Simon’s Cat: Off to the Vet

Simon’s Cat: Off to the Vet

A hilarious take on every cat’s worst nightmare. “Guaranteed laugh out loud material . . . Simon’s cat is certainly the Snoopy of the cat world.”—Chicago Tribune   In the last five years, Simon’s Cat has become a global phenomenon. Star of thirty-nine films, which...

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Ebert’s Bigger Little Movie Glossary

Ebert’s Bigger Little Movie Glossary

The popular film critic offers a compilation of witty and wise observations about the film lexicon, including "Fruit Cart," a chase scene through an ethnic or foreign locale, or "The Non-Answering Pet," referring to a dead pet in a horror movie. 

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Stupid American History

Stupid American History

America is the home of the brave and, apparently, the stupid and gullible. Satirist Leland Gregory teaches us a lesson in historical hilarity with Stupid American History. From Columbus to George W. Bush (that's a lot of material, people), Leland leads us through...

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Guilty as Sin

Guilty as Sin

There are secrets. There are sinful secrets. And then there's switching places with your twin. Paige Hollander and her identical twin Lily stopped switching places a decade ago. But Lily’s run into trouble, and Paige is on leave from the SFPD, recovering from a...

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Early Riser

Early Riser

An instant New York Times bestseller The latest standalone novel from Jasper Fforde, the bestselling author the Thursday Next series and the forthcoming standalone The Constant Rabbit Every Winter, the human population hibernates. During those bitterly cold four...

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Guys Can Be Cat Ladies Too

Guys Can Be Cat Ladies Too

“Mixes the funny with the feline . . . Showalter makes us laugh while revealing that he’s a big softie who cares a lot about the future of felines.” —Catster Michael Showalter’s Guys Can Be Cat Ladies Too is the hilarious all-access guide to help a man comprehend,...

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Three Bags Full

Three Bags Full

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER • A witty philosophical murder mystery with a charming twist: the crack detectives are sheep determined to discover who killed their beloved shepherd “Delightfully different . . . The combination of sly humor and naiveté makes this novel a...

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The Curse of the Lonesome Mariner

The Curse of the Lonesome Mariner

Man's best friend or waggy-tail jester...? Harry Straight doesn’t want any complications in his life. Recently divorced, rapidly approaching forty and shy around women, he's about to set off on a solitary journey of self-discovery and reconciliation. But when Harry’s...

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Texts From Dog

Texts From Dog

He’s a dog with a phone . . .   My dog sends me texts. Yeah. It’s weird.   When October Jones figured out he could send text messages to himself on his mobile phone, he naturally decided that the best use of this discovery was to send passive-aggressive messages to...

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Word Freak

Word Freak

This “marvelously absorbing” book is “a walk on the wild side of words and ventures into the zone where language and mathematics intersect” ( San Jose Mercury News ). A former Wall Street Journal reporter and NPR regular, Stefan Fatsis recounts his remarkable rise...

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A Taste of Sage

A Taste of Sage

An Entertainment Weekly "New Books to Read" Pick • One of Buzzfeed's "Summer Romance Novels to Read" From talented new writer Yaffa S. Santos, a hilarious and heartwarming rom-com about chefs, cooking, love, and self-discovery—a cross between The Hating Game and...

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The Rabbit Factor

The Rabbit Factor

An insurance mathematician's carefully ordered life is turned on its head when he unexpectedly loses his job and inherits an adventure park ... with a whole host of problems. A quirky, tense and warmly funny thriller from award-winning Finnish author Antti Tuomainen....

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Fifty Shades of Silver Hair and Socks

Fifty Shades of Silver Hair and Socks

A parody. Book #1.When old fart blogger Mormon Silver goes to interview young entrepreneur Bea Plastique, he encounters a woman who is stunning, smart, and scary. The unsophisticated, horny Silver is startled to realize he wants this woman (from behind, mostly) and,...

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Drop Dead Gorgeous

Drop Dead Gorgeous

I see dead people.No, not like that movie.I’m a coroner, and yes it's the kiss of death on my dating life. When men find out what I do, I'm lucky to hear “it was nice meeting you.”Until I almost accidentally kill Blake Hale with my car.Instead of being freaked out by...

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The Bad Mother Begins

The Bad Mother Begins

THE HILARIOUS PREQUEL TO THE BESTSELLING BAD MOTHER SERIES, PERFECT FOR JOJO MOYES, CECELIA AHERN AND SOPHIE KINSELLA FANS.UH OH! JULIETTE GOT PREGNANT BY THE WRONG MAN. NOW WHAT? So I’m knocked up. Preggers. Up the duff. Or to put it another way … whoops. And I am in...

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Straight White Male

Straight White Male

From the bestselling author of Kill Your Friends, a wildly funny look at the midlife crisis of a loveable rogue. “A high-octane novel of excess” (Ian Rankin).   Irish novelist Kennedy Marr is a first rate bad boy. When he is not earning a fortune as one of Hollywood’s...

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The Chai Factor

The Chai Factor

Amira Khan has no plans to break her no-dating rule. Thirty-year-old engineer Amira Khan has set one rule for herself: no dating until her grad-school thesis is done. Nothing can distract her from completing a paper that is so good her boss will give her the promotion...

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A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length

A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length

Roger Ebert's I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie and Your Movie Sucks, which gathered some of his most scathing reviews, were best-sellers. This new collection continues the tradition, reviewing not only movies that were at the bottom of the barrel, but also movies that...

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How Not to Write

How Not to Write

These fifty humorous misrules of grammar will open the eyes of writers of all levels to fine style. How Not to Write is a wickedly witty book about grammar, usage, and style. William Safire, the author of the New York Times Magazine column "On Language," homes in on...

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The Dangerous Book for Dogs

The Dangerous Book for Dogs

A LAUGH-OUT-LOUD PARODY: AN lLLUSTRATED GUIDE FOR--AND BY--DOGS, UNLOCKING THE MYSTERIES OF DOGHOOD AND TEACHING THEM HOW TO DO THE VERY ACTIVITIES THAT HUMAN SOCIETY SAYS ARE WRONG. The Dangerous Book for Dogs asks a simple question: isn't there more to being a dog...

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The Startup Wife

The Startup Wife

Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR? In this “wise and wickedly funny novel about love, creativity, and the limitations of the tech-verse” ( Vogue ) newlyweds Asha and Cyrus find themselves running one of the most popular social media platforms in the world. Meet...

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The Amazing Thing About the Way It Goes

The Amazing Thing About the Way It Goes

The Amazing Thing About the Way It Goes takes on the amazing in the ordinary in this side-splitting series of short commentaries. Pearl-McPhee turns her trademark wit and perspective to everything from creative discipline to a way you would never think about fixing...

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Will Save the Galaxy for Food

Will Save the Galaxy for Food

A not-quite epic science fiction adventure about a down-on-his luck galactic pilot caught in a cross-galaxy struggle for survival! Space travel just isn't what it used to be. With the invention of Quantum Teleportation, space heroes aren't needed anymore. When one...

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Round Robin

Round Robin

Round Robin Phinney…She’s 230 pounds of bad attitude. She dishes out sandwiches and insults to the customers at Screaming Mimi’s deli. She takes a dim view of people in general and men in particular.Her home is her sanctuary. She has an apartment upstairs. Downstairs,...

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The Book of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks

The Book of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks

From the popular blog, a hilarious and horrifying survey of quotation mark abuse in all its forms. From the sarcastic to the suggestive, here are quotation marks as we love them best, doing horrible damage to the English language. Who wouldn’t have second thoughts...

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As They Slept

As They Slept

As They Slept - Part 2 is the return of the hugely successful debut book "As They Slept" by Andy Leeks.In September 2012, Andy, infuriated by the snoozing passengers surrounding him, posted a status on Facebook declaring that sleeping on trains is a complete waste of...

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Crooked Man

Crooked Man

IF A GYM BAG OF CASH FELL INTO YOUR HANDS, WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO KEEP IT? The FIRST offbeat mystery in the TUBBY DUBONNET series by Anthony- and Edgar-nominated author Tony Dunbar. A simple man with a refined palate, maverick New Orleans lawyer Tubby Dubonnet has a...

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George Washington’s Expense Account

George Washington’s Expense Account

A journalist takes a close look at the Founding Father’s creative accounting skills in “a very funny book” (The New York Times Book Review).   George Washington made a noble gesture of refusing payment for his services as commander in chief of the Continental Army—but...

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George Washington’s Expense Account

George Washington’s Expense Account

A journalist takes a close look at the Founding Father’s creative accounting skills in “a very funny book” (The New York Times Book Review). George Washington made a noble gesture of refusing payment for his services as commander in chief of the Continental Army—but...

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A Comedian Walks Into A Funeral Home

A Comedian Walks Into A Funeral Home

Vince Locker's life is tragic. His comedy act for the LaughCom competition has just bombed, ruining any chance of the cash prize he desperately needed. His life is in tatters; abandoned by his father as a child, an estranged wife, Jessica, who he seems to disappoint...

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Being a Dad Is Weird

Being a Dad Is Weird

A funny and intimate look at fatherhood from the actor and writer/director of The Boss and Tammy that combines stories about his own larger-than-life dad and how his experiences raising two daughters with his wife, Melissa McCarthy, who also penned the Foreword, are...

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