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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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My Life as a Mankiewicz

My Life as a Mankiewicz

“A treasure trove of observations and anecdotes about Hollywood from the 1960s to the 1980s and the people who made the movies back then.” —Associated PressThe son of famed director and screenwriter Joseph L. Mankiewicz and the nephew of Citizen Kane screenwriter...

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For This We Left Egypt?

For This We Left Egypt?

The book you hold before you is no ordinary Haggadah. If you’ve ever suffered through a Seder, you’re well aware of the fact that the entire evening can last as long as the exodus from Egypt itself. There are countless stories, dozens of blessings, and...

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Does the Name Pavlov Ring a Bell?

Does the Name Pavlov Ring a Bell?

Everyone loves wordplay! This collection of more than eight hundred quips and pun-filled anecdotes will have your friends in stitches! Classics and new inventions fill these pages with humor and wit. Divided into chapters according to theme—animals,...

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This Is Where I Leave You

This Is Where I Leave You

A riotously funny, emotionally raw New York Times bestselling novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind—whether we like it or not. The death of Judd Foxman’s father marks the first time that the entire Foxman clan has congregated in years....

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Fobbit

Fobbit

An Iraq war comedy that “is everything that terrible conflict was not: beautifully planned and perfectly executed; funny and smart and lyrical; a triumph” (Darin Strauss, author of Half a Life).   Fobbit ’fä-bit, noun. Definition: A US soldier stationed at a Forward...

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Here’s Looking At You

Here’s Looking At You

A laugh-out-loud romantic (mis)adventure from the internationally bestselling author Mhairi McFarlane.Anna Alessi – history expert, possessor of a lot of hair and an occasionally filthy mouth – seeks nice man for intelligent conversation and Harlequin romance...

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Astonishing Bathroom Reader

Astonishing Bathroom Reader

600 pages of fascinating facts about everything from science to history to pop culture Did you know the longest mountain range on earth is under water? How about the fact that June was named after Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage? If not, don’t worry! You...

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Parakeet

Parakeet

A Best Book of 2020 at Lit Hub, Electric Literature, and Refinery29 A Best Book of Summer at Vulture, Refinery29, Yahoo! Life, Alma, Subway Book Review, and Lit HubA Best Book of the Month at Entertainment Weekly, Hello Giggles, and PopSugarEDITORS' CHOICE AT THE NEW...

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The Heap

The Heap

A New York Times Book Review Editors' ChoiceFeatured on recommended reading lists by the New York Times • New York Post • Library Journal • Thrillist • Locus • USA TODAY"The first great science fiction novel of 2020. " —NPR “As intellectually playful as the best of...

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Notes from the Underwire

Notes from the Underwire

A series of humorous essays on parenting and modern life, from a former child star hailed as “Erma Bombeck with an edge” (USA Today). Meet Quinn Cummings. Former child star, mother, and modern woman, she just wants to be a good person. Quinn grew up in...

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Billy

Billy

By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, this intimate biography of the British comic is “a triumph of the will, an Angela’s Ashes with punch lines” (Publishers Weekly).   One of the UK’s most beloved stand-up comedians, Billy Connolly is...

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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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Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties

Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties

From bestselling author Camille Pagán comes a hilarious and hopeful story about a woman on the verge of a nervous breakthrough.At fifty-three, Maggie Harris has a good marriage and two mostly happy children. Perpetually anxious, she’s also accumulated a list of...

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The F Word

The F Word

“Pearls of wisdom on surviving dysfunctional blood relationships” from the Emmy Award-winning actor, comedian, and New York Times–bestselling author (Publishers Weekly). Take it from a man whose family background includes brawls, visits from...

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Zombie

Zombie

A zombie-obsessed teenager has his own way of navigating high school and family dysfunction in this “crazy, wicked, knockout of a book” (Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain).   High school may be hell. But for fourteen-year-old Jeremy Barker, hell...

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The Late Shift

The Late Shift

This “gripping” New York Times bestseller from the host of CNN podcast Behind the Desk tells the true story—and backstage drama—of late-night comedy (Los Angeles Times).   When beloved host Johnny Carson announced his retirement after thirty years on The Tonight Show,...

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A Bad Idea I’m About to Do

A Bad Idea I’m About to Do

“In this collection of tales from a nerdy, stumbling adolescence . . . Chris Gethard will make you laugh, cry, and be glad that you aren’t him.” —The Huffington Post Chris Gethard has often found himself in awkward situations most...

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Aunt Erma’s Cope Book

Aunt Erma’s Cope Book

The #1 New York Times bestseller about one woman’s doomed quest for self-improvement by a writer “blessed with the comic equivalent of perfect pitch” (The Boston Globe). As far as Erma can tell, her life is going well. Her children speak to her,...

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The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules

#1 International BestsellerThe Best Exotic Marigold Hotel meets The Italian Job in internationally-bestselling author Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg’s witty and insightful comedy of errors about a group of delinquent seniors whose desire for a better quality of life...

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The Smart Words and Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill

The Smart Words and Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill

“For myself I am an optimist,” said legendary British politician Winston Churchill. “It does not seem to be much use being anything else.” Have you ever wanted to deliver the ultimate Churchillian wisecrack? Give sound advice to a peer on how...

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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, this big, brilliant, profoundly observed novel by National Book Award Finalist Joshua Ferris explores the absurdities of modern life and one man's search for meaning. Paul O'Rourke is a man made of contradictions: he loves the...

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Meddling Kids

Meddling Kids

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Freaky pleasure... it scratches a nostalgic itch for those who grew up on Saturday morning Scooby-Doo cartoons and sugar-bombed breakfast cereal" --USA Today "Deliriously wild, funny and imaginative. Cantero is an original voice." --Charles...

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Bless Me, Father

Bless Me, Father

The inspiration for the hit London Weekend Television series of the same name, this is one confessional you’ll want to make a point of visiting Young Neil Boyd has just finished divinity school and has been newly ordained as a priest. His first post? St....

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Quiet, Please

Quiet, Please

A humorist and honest look at a life in public service. For most of us, librarians are the quiet people behind the desk, who, apart from the occasional "shush," vanish into the background. But in Quiet, Please, McSweeney's contributor Scott Douglas puts the...

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Shockaholic

Shockaholic

This memoir from the bestselling author of Postcards from the Edge and Wishful Drinking gives you an intimate, gossip-filled look at what it's like to be the daughter of Hollywood royalty. Told with the same intimate style, brutal honesty, and uproarious wisdom that...

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Island of the Sequined Love Nun

Island of the Sequined Love Nun

Take a wonderfully crazed excursion into the demented heart of a tropical paradise—a world of cargo cults, cannibals, mad scientists, ninjas, and talking fruit bats. Our bumbling hero is Tucker Case, a hopeless geek trapped in a cool guy's body, who makes...

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Texts from Jane Eyre

Texts from Jane Eyre

Hilariously imagined text conversations -- the passive aggressive, the clever, and the strange -- from classic and modern literary figures, from Scarlett O'Hara to Jessica Wakefield Mallory Ortberg, the co-creator of the cult-favorite website The Toast, presents this...

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The Bedwetter

The Bedwetter

From the outrageously filthy and oddly innocent comedienne and star of the powerful 2015 film I Smile Back Sarah Silverman comes a memoir -- her first book -- that is at once shockingly personal, surprisingly poignant, and still pee-in-your-pants funny. In this...

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The Worst Day of My Life, So Far

The Worst Day of My Life, So Far

“Readers… will find themselves laughing out loud and moved to tears. An immense and original talent.” –The TIMES-PICAYUNE (New Orleans)IT’S A GOOD DAY WHEN YOU DON'T RESORT TO RAT POISON… M.A. Harper’s acerbic wit...

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The Bedwetter

The Bedwetter

From the outrageously filthy and oddly innocent comedienne and star of the powerful 2015 film I Smile Back Sarah Silverman comes a memoir—her first book—that is at once shockingly personal, surprisingly poignant, and still pee-in-your-pants...

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Swallows & Robins

Swallows & Robins

'It's absolutely brilliant, it made me laugh - in fact snort - out loud and then cry. Susie is a marvellous writer.' The Good Life France. As the world's worst housekeeper, running holiday homes wasn't, with hindsight, a sensible idea. But two collapsing buildings on...

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Matchmaking for Beginners

Matchmaking for Beginners

A Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestseller. "A delightful, light-as-air romance that successfully straddles the line between sweet and smart without ever being silly... The novel is simply captivating from beginning to end." -- Associated Press Marnie MacGraw...

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Enchanted, Inc.

Enchanted, Inc.

"A totally captivating, hilarious, and clever look on the magical kingdom of Manhattan, where kissing frogs has never been this fun." -- Melissa de la Cruz, author of The Au Pairs Katie Chandler had always heard that New York is a weird and wonderful place, but this...

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Good Clean Fun

Good Clean Fun

After two New York Times bestsellers, Nick Offerman—woodworker, actor, comedian, and co-host of NBC’s crafting competition series Making It—returns with the subject for which he’s known best—his incredible real-life...

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William Shakespeare's Get Thee Back to the Future!

William Shakespeare's Get Thee Back to the Future!

Celebrate Back to the Future with this illustrated adaptation of the cult classic script, retold in Shakespearean verse by the best-selling author of William Shakespeare's Star Wars. In the iconic film by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, teenaged Marty McFly travels back...

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Rules for Aging

Rules for Aging

Rule #1: It doesn't matter. One of USA Today's Best Self-Help Books of the Year: "Hilarious." -- People Prize-winning essayist Roger Rosenblatt has commented on some of the most important trends and events of our time in insightful columns in Time and discerning...

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