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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

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The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

*A New York Times Bestseller*Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman reveal the full story behind their epic romance—presented in a series of intimate conversations between the couple, including photos, anecdotes, and the occasional puzzle.The year: 2000. The setting: Los...

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Fluffy

An all-new STANDALONE from New York Times bestselling author Julia KentIt all started with the wrong Help Wanted ad. Of course it did.I’m a professional fluffer. It’s NOT what you think. I stage homes for a living. Real estate agents love me, and my work stands on its...

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The Royal Wedding

Don't miss the irresistibly funny second installment of The Crown Jewels Romantic Comedy Series for fans of both Bridget Jones and The Princess Diaries…When most girls get engaged, at most they face a disapproving mother-in-law, but in Tessa Sharpe’s case, it’s a...

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A Bucket Full of Lies

Private Detective Bob Roosevelt is not your normal private eye. Roosevelt is an old hippie, war vet, who is desperately trying to find his center and the love of his life, but everytime he seems to be gaining ground he falls smack dab in the center of a murder. To top...

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Extremely funny . . . inspired lunacy . . . [and] over much too soon.”—The Washington Post Book WorldSOON TO BE A HULU SERIES • Now celebrating the pivotal 42nd anniversary of the original radio show on which the book was based.Nominated...

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The Holder of the Special Bowl Series

Tired of reading about the rich surviving their summer days off the coast of Italy? Does reading the news of the day get you down?Getting anxiety attacks from the headlines of the corruption in politics or the ridiculously wealthy?The Holder of the Special Bowl Series...

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Travels With Tinkerbelle

The author and her husband devised a simple plan – to take a tent and the dog and drive around the perimeter of France. Like many simple plans it went wrong before it started and they ended up with two dogs and a campervan named Tinkerbelle. Starting in Brittany, they...

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Aunt Sookie & Me

*****Publishers Weekly - Booklife Finalist*****Indie Brag Award Winner*****Pinnacle Book Award Winner*****Shelf Unbound Notable 100 Books*****BIBA Star Award*****Book Excellence Award Winner*****Golden Crown Winner*****Winner of The Beverly Hills Book...

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Seinfeldia

The New York Times bestseller about two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld—“A wildly entertaining must-read not only for Seinfeld fans but for anyone who wants a better understanding of how television series are made” (Booklist, starred...

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The Bumbling Buyout

Welcome to the start-up that is about to change the world… If only its founders knew what the hell they were supposed to do… When Shuki, a young software tester, realizes his career has reached a dead end, he decides to quit his job and venture out on a business of...

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Endangered Phrases

As the world changes, so does language . . . An A-to-Z guide to expressions from yesteryear that are becoming increasingly scarce.   “Person to person” (and “station to station”), “bar sinister,” “the weed of crime bears bitter fruit,” “between the devil and the deep...

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My Year as Clown

With My Year as a Clown, Williams introduces us to the Philadelphia Eagles-obsessed Chuck Morgan, reeling after being blindsided by the abrupt collapse of his 20-year marriage. Morgan is a new kind of male hero, imperfect and uncertain, who—like his favorite football...

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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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The Uncensored Bible

Strange but True Bible FactsDid you know:that King David swore like a sailor?that the Book of Ecclesiastes encourages drinking, especially beer?that mandrakes were the biblical equivalent of Viagra®?that the law of Moses prescribes bikini waxing?that Joseph's "coat of...

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Mental Floss: Cocktail Party Cheat Sheets

Friends? Romans? Countrymen?You never know whom you'll have to impressat your next corporate shindig or keg party.Whatever the target audience, mental_floss knows staring facedown into the punch bowl isn't the trick. In fact, that's exactly why we're handing you...

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The All or Nothing Girl

What happens when your comfortable life is suddenly denied you?When the Chanel make up’s dried up, the designer gear’s been flogged on eBayand the Persian rug has been well and truly pulled out from under you?Meet Francesca Milton-Harris as she realises that one...

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Where Seagulls Dare

"Salmon Fishing In The Yemen meets Pulp Fiction."ECOLOGY. SABOTAGE. THEFT. PANTO.What's the connection between a scheming Russian oligarch and his bungling henchmen, an ardent eco-protester and a faded Hollywood bombshell? And why are they leaving crime scenes all...

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Dad Jokes

Have you ever noticed when you’re out to dinner and your dad takes it upon himself to antagonize your server with a lame joke? Has he ever made a pun that made everyone at a family gathering roll their eyes? Has he ever made a corny comment about things simply lying...

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The Funny Club

Hello and welcome to the Funny Club. This book is an eclectic mix of 12 authors who write different shades of humour in a variety of genres. From satire to smirk, laugh out loud to giggle, we’ve got your funny bones covered. Strap yourself in and refuse to move until...

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Missing Gretyl

SOME SAY GRETYL IS LOUD, HAIRY AND OBNOXIOUS. OTHERS ARE LESS COMPLIMENTARY.Buckle up for a comedic roller coaster ride, with bad wigs, waxing disasters, holiday scams, a deluded hitman, lust, arson and murder.Albert Trollop takes refuge at his allotment and the...

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A Sidecar Named Desire

A rollicking illustrated history of alcohol and its literary imbibers, from Jane Austen’s beer brewing to James Joyce’s passion for Guinness to E.B. White’s cure for writers’ block—a dry martini—by celebrated illustrator Greg Clarke and award-winning editor/art...

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Snafu Fubar: Nothing Heroic

*****WARNING***** If you are easily offended, then this is NOT the book for you. Please put it down and back away slowly. However, if you have a warped sense of humor, please read on. In the town of Lost Hope, Florida reside two heroes unlike any others. These...

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Two Friends One Bare Bottom And A Dead Cow In A Lift

THE FIRST BOOK OF THE DEAD COW TRILOGY.This is the story of one man’s hapless journey through life. If you’ve ever questioned your understanding of life as you know it, you won’t quite believe the understanding of life as he knows it. This book will make you laugh out...

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Janine, Eggs and Lemons

This is a novella.When Emily Palmer finds herself in the waiting area of the labour ward with an irate mother-to-be, she recounts the story of how she happens to be there, alone, to calm the situation.Her bizarre courtroom tale, of the oddest custody battle in...

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A Grand Old Time

‘I absolutely loved everything about this book… 5* out of 5*’ The Ginger Book GeekIt’s never too late to have the time of your life . . .Evie Gallagher is regretting her hasty move into a care home. She may be seventy-five and recently widowed, but she’s absolutely...

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Jane and the Damned

The “stakes” are high and vampires rule when legendary author Jane Austen joins the ranks of the undead in Janet Mullany’s bloody wonderful literary mash-up, Jane and the Damned. In the bestselling tradition of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies; Sense and Sensibility...

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Crafted at the height of his powers, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is a brilliantly written three act drama rife with witty jokes and ingenious one-liners which still feel as fresh and insightful today as when they were first written, over a century...

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Is It Safe to Kiss My Cat?

Ever wondered whether it’s okay to touch your pet turtle? Share a bed with your pet boa constrictor? Or kiss your adorable cat? Have no fear. No longer will you have to delete your Internet history because you don’t want anyone to know you searched such a seemingly...

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Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools

*Wall Street Journal Top 10 bestseller**New York Times bestselling author*If Joe and Vicky had known what relocating to a tiny mountain village in Andalucía would REALLY be like, they might have hesitated... They have no idea of the culture shock in store. No idea...

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Queen of Klutz

Choose the best phrase to describe Sibby Goldstein's life:1) Sucky.2) Really sucky.3) Major suck-fest.D) All of the above.I started my day with a boyfriend and a job. I ended my day with a bottle of tequila. I'll let you connect the dots.Somehow, I wound up working as...

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Mind If I Come In

Vampires and giants and turtles — oh, my!On a recent trip to Vegas, Katrina Parker really crapped out. Married, widowed, and with no memory of either event, Kat suddenly develops the ability to communicate with comatose people. But what happens in Vegas doesn't always...

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Woman At 1,000 Degrees

“THE HOTTEST NEW BOOK FROM ICELAND IS WOMAN AT 1,000 DEGREES . . . What a story it is, one worth reading to further understand the complexity of World War II—and to enjoy the quick wit of a woman you won’t forget.” —Bethanne Patrick, The Washington Post “I live here...

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Rides of the Midway

"With this eruptive debut novel, Lee Durkee…has just kicked in the door of Southern literature." —SalonMeet Mississippi teenager Noel Weatherspoon: ghost-seeing insomniac, endearing dopehead, wanna-be erotic photographer, and possible Baptist faith healer. Noel, who...

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Just the Funny Parts

You’ve almost certainly laughed at Scovell’s jokes—you just didn’t know it until now.Just the Funny Parts is a juicy and scathingly funny insider look at how pop culture gets made. For more than thirty years, writer, producer and director Nell Scovell worked behind...

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Fleishman Is in Trouble

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLIST • “A feminist jeremiad nested inside a brilliant comic novel—a book that makes you laugh so hard you don’t notice till later that your eyebrows have been singed off.”—Ron Charles, The Washington Post FINALIST...

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Just the Funny Parts

You’ve almost certainly laughed at Scovell’s jokes—you just didn’t know it until now.Just the Funny Parts is a juicy and scathingly funny insider look at how pop culture gets made. For more than thirty years, writer, producer and director Nell Scovell worked behind...

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