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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’.

What will I find in a ‘Literary Fiction’ Book?

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

One of the Great Classics of Literary Fiction Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Science Fiction Books - Enders Game by Orson Scott Card

A Modern Classic of Literary Fiction: Black Swan by David Mitchell

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Before We Were Yours

Before We Were Yours

THE BLOCKBUSTER HIT—Over two million copies sold! A New York Times , USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly Bestseller “Poignant, engrossing.”— People • “Lisa Wingate takes an almost unthinkable chapter in our nation’s history and weaves a tale of...

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The Stone Raft

The Stone Raft

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Speaking of Summer

Speaking of Summer

“Powerful.” —The Washington Post “Fiercely astute.” —Tayari Jones, O, The Oprah Magazine “A voice for the invisible.” —Essence A sister seeks to uncover the truth about her twin’s disappearance in this critically acclaimed novel hailed as “a powerful song about what...

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The Odyssey

The Odyssey

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by The Millions, a Best Book to Read in April by Town & Country and The AV Club, and one of 2022’s Best Beach Reads by Southern Living “Read if you like: Ottessa Moshfegh’s My Year of Rest and Relaxation, artificial flavors,...

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The Barbara Pym Collection (Volume 1)

The Barbara Pym Collection (Volume 1)

Three comedies of manners set in postwar England by the New York Times–bestselling author of Excellent Women and “the rarest of treasures” (Anne Tyler). Often characterized as the twentieth-century literary heiress to Jane Austen, and heralded by Phillip Larkin as...

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Dominicana

Dominicana

A GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK Shortlisted for the 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction “Through a novel with so much depth, beauty, and grace, we, like Ana, are forever changed.” —Jacqueline Woodson, Vanity Fair “Gorgeous writing, gorgeous story.” —Sandra Cisneros...

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Resistance, Revolution and Other Love Stories

Resistance, Revolution and Other Love Stories

Is love the most revolutionary of all acts? In this wide-ranging collection of twelve short stories, a startling array of characters explore their perspectives on love. The stories sweep from sharp realism to heady allegory, haunting fables. Join the struggle against...

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Resistance, Revolution and Other Love Stories

Resistance, Revolution and Other Love Stories

Is love the most revolutionary of all acts? In this wide-ranging collection of twelve short stories, a startling array of characters explore their perspectives on love. The stories sweep from sharp realism to heady allegory, haunting fables. Join the struggle against...

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The Beauty of Your Face

The Beauty of Your Face

One of the New York Times's 100 Notable Books of 2020Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, The Beauty of Your Face is “a story of outsiders coming together in surprising and uplifting ways” (New York Times Book Review, Editors’ Choice). The Beauty...

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Resistance, Revolution and Other Love Stories

Resistance, Revolution and Other Love Stories

Is love the most revolutionary of all acts? In this wide-ranging collection of twelve short stories, a startling array of characters explore their perspectives on love. The stories sweep from sharp realism to heady allegory, haunting fables. Join the struggle against...

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Resistance, Revolution and Other Love Stories

Resistance, Revolution and Other Love Stories

Is love the most revolutionary of all acts? In this wide-ranging collection of twelve short stories, a startling array of characters explore their perspectives on love. The stories sweep from sharp realism to heady allegory, haunting fables. Join the struggle against...

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Ten North Frederick

Ten North Frederick

The National Book Award–winning novel by the writer whom Fran Lebowitz called “the real F. Scott Fitzgerald” Joe Chapin led a storybook life. A successful small-town lawyer with a beautiful wife, two over-achieving children, and aspirations to be president, he seemed...

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Akin

Akin

This "soul stirring" novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Room ( O Magazine ) is one of the New York Post 's best books of the year. Noah Selvaggio is a retired chemistry professor and widower living on the Upper West Side, but born in the South of...

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Normal People

Normal People

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Life After Life

Life After Life

What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a...

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A Wild Sheep Chase

A Wild Sheep Chase

A New York Times bestselling author—and “a mythmaker for the millennium, a wiseacre wiseman” (New York Times Book Review)—delivers a surreal and elaborate quest that takes readers from Tokyo to the remote mountains of northern Japan, where the unnamed protagonist has...

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My Year Abroad

My Year Abroad

INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER A New York Times Notable Book * Named a Best Book of the Year by Vogue, TIME, and Marie Claire “A manifesto to happiness—the one found when you stop running from who you are.” –New York Times Book Review “An extraordinary book, acrobatic on...

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Strange as this Weather Has Been

Strange as this Weather Has Been

A West Virginia family struggles amid the booms and busts of the Appalachian coal industry in this “powerful, sure-footed, and haunting” environmental novel from an author with echoes of John Steinbeck (The New York Times Book Review) Set in present day West Virginia,...

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Centennial

Centennial

Written to commemorate the Bicentennial in 1976, James A. Michener’s magnificent saga of the Westis an enthralling celebration of the frontier. Brimming with the glory of America’s past, the story of Colorado—the Centennial State—is manifested through its people: Lame...

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Moses, Man of the Mountain

Moses, Man of the Mountain

“A narrative of great power. Warm with friendly personality and pulsating with . . . profound eloquence and religious fervor.” —New York Times In this novel based on the familiar story of the Exodus, Zora Neale Hurston blends the Moses of the Old Testament with the...

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Poison for Breakfast

Poison for Breakfast

Washington Post Bestseller A new stand-alone adventure—appropriate for all ages—by Lemony Snicket, one of the twenty-first century’s most beloved authors. In the years since this publishing house was founded, we have worked with an array of wondrous authors who have...

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Falling from Horses

Falling from Horses

A cowboy turns Hollywood stuntman only to discover the truth behind the silver screen in this “beautiful, moving novel, cut from the American heartwood” (Ursula K. Le Guin). In 1938, the country is moving past the Great Depression, but times are still tough in Oregon....

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Cain

Cain

A “winkingly blasphemous retelling of the Old Testament” by the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Gospel According the Jesus Christ (The New Yorker). In José Saramago final novel, he daringly reimagines the characters and narratives of the Old Testament. Placing the...

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A Wild Sheep Chase

A Wild Sheep Chase

A New York Times bestselling author—and “a mythmaker for the millennium, a wiseacre wiseman” ( New York Times Book Review )—delivers a surreal and elaborate quest that takes readers from Tokyo to the remote mountains of northern Japan, where the unnamed protagonist...

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Werewolves in Their Youth

Werewolves in Their Youth

By the New York Times –bestselling author of Moonglow : “When you read these stories, it may strike you how seldom you come across really beautiful writing” ( USA Today ). Cherished by readers and critics alike for such extraordinary novels as The Amazing Adventures...

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The Ravaged

The Ravaged

New York Times Bestseller Los Angeles Times Bestseller USA Today Bestseller The highly anticipated debut novel from Norman Reedus, acclaimed star of The Walking Dead “A wild, gritty, propulsive work of fiction…You’ll take the ride of your life with Reedus’s fierce and...

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The Bookshop

The Bookshop

National Book Critics Circle Award–winning author Penelope Fitzgerald's The Bookshop is "a marvelously piercing fiction" (Times Literary Supplement), short-listed for the Booker Prize. With an Introduction by David Nicholls, international best-selling author of One...

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The Index of Self-Destructive Acts

The Index of Self-Destructive Acts

“Beha tackles finance, faith, war, entitlement, and no end of self-destructive acts. I greatly admired both the writing and the ambition.” —Ann Patchett A New York Times Editors’ ChoiceLonglisted for the National Book AwardFinalist for the Gotham Book Prize and the...

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Faithful

Faithful

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Marriage of Opposites and The Dovekeepers comes a soul-searching story about a young woman struggling to redefine herself and the power of love, family, and fate. Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an...

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Tracy Flick Can’t Win

Tracy Flick Can’t Win

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Vigil Harbor

Vigil Harbor

From the National Book Award-winning, bestselling author of Three Junes comes "an engrossing, richly drawn and exquisitely told story of small-town residents grappling with the difficulties of changing times" (People). When two unexpected visitors arrive in an insular...

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Language Arts

Language Arts

A novel that is “utterly absorbing, and full of wit [with] a doozy of a twist . . . An all-around delight” (Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette?).   Charles Marlow teaches his high school English students that language will expand their worlds. But...

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The World to Come

The World to Come

"Nothing short of amazing." —Entertainment Weekly A million-dollar Chagall is stolen from a museum during a singles' cocktail hour. The unlikely thief, former child prodigy Benjamin Ziskind, is convinced that the painting once hung in his parents' living room. This...

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War and Peace

War and Peace

War and Peace is considered one of the world’s greatest works of fiction. It is regarded, along with Anna Karenina, as Tolstoy’s finest literary achievement. Epic in scale, War and Peace delineates in graphic detail events leading up to Napoleon’s invasion of Russia,...

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The Lamplighters

The Lamplighters

“Transported me effortlessly…Haunting, harrowing and heartbreaking, this is a novel that will stay with you.” --Ashley Audrain, New York Times bestselling author of The Push “A ghost story and fantastically gripping psychological investigation rolled into one. It is...

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The Travelling Cat Chronicles

The Travelling Cat Chronicles

A book that “speak[s] volumes about our need for connection—human, feline or otherwise” (The San Francisco Chronicle), The Travelling Cat Chronicles is a life-affirming anthem to kindness and self-sacrifice that shows how the smallest things can provide the greatest...

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