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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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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

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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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The Inimitable Jeeves

The Inimitable Jeeves

"To dive into a Wodehouse novel is to swim in some of the most elegantly turned phrases in the English language." -- Ben Schott Follow the adventures of Bertie Wooster and his gentleman's gentleman, Jeeves, in this stunning new edition of one of the greatest comic...

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The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules

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When Will Jesus Bring the Pork chops?

When Will Jesus Bring the Pork chops?

On the heels of George Carlin's #1 New York Times bestseller Napalm & Silly Putty comes When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? -- infused with Carlin's trademark irreverent humor and biting cultural observations. Here we go again... George Carlin's hilarious When Will...

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Good Omens

Good Omens

The classic collaboration from the internationally bestselling authors Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, soon to be an original series starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant. ?Season 2 of Good Omens coming soon! "Good Omens... is something like what would have...

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The Dutch House

The Dutch House

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize New York Times Bestseller | A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick | A New York Times Book Review Notable Book | TIME Magazine's 100 Must-Read Books of 2019 Named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, The Washington Post; O:...

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I Hate Everyone… Starting with Me

I Hate Everyone… Starting with Me

“An entertaining rant…The only thing missing is the sound of a drumroll and cymbals to feel as though one is sitting in a nightclub watching a live comedy marathon…A raucous, biting look at life.”—Kirkus Reviews  ...

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The Doomsday Machine

The Doomsday Machine

Could you work with your ex? Could you trust them to keep your secrets? In the first book of this science fiction comedy space opera series, garbage freighter Space Scrap 17 is selected for a top-secret mission. Captain Daisy Daryl and XO Michigan Jones must forget...

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Don’t Lick the Minivan

Don’t Lick the Minivan

As a woman used to traveling and living the high life in Bangkok, Leanne Shirtliffe recognized the constant fodder for humor while pregnant with twins in Asia’s sin city. But in spite of deep-fried bug cuisine and nurses who cover newborn bassinets with plastic...

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Campusland

Campusland

"This high-spirited, richly imagined, and brave novel is a delight to read... Smart and hilarious." — Kirkus Reviews Joyous, fast and funny, Scott Johnston’s Campusland is a satiric howl at today’s elite educational...

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Monsters in the Movies

Monsters in the Movies

From B-movie bogeymen and outer space oddities to big-budget terrors, Monsters in the Movies by legendary filmmaker John Landis showcases the greatest monsters ever to creep, fly, slither, stalk, or rampage across the Silver Screen! Landis provides his own fascinating...

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My Not So Perfect Life

My Not So Perfect Life

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ? Part love story, part workplace drama, this sharply observed novel is a witty critique of the false judgments we make in a social-media-obsessed world. New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella has written her most timely novel yet....

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Special Topics in Calamity Physics

Special Topics in Calamity Physics

The mesmerizing New York Times bestseller by the author of Night Film Marisha Pessl's dazzling debut sparked raves from critics and heralded the arrival of a vibrant new voice in American fiction. At the center of Special Topics in Calamity Physics is clever, deadpan...

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Fields' Guide to Abduction

Fields' Guide to Abduction

Poppy Fields has a movie-star mother, 84 million Instagram followers, paparazzi following her every move, and a problem. Her Mexican vacation just went sideways (abducted-by-a-drug-lord sideways). Suddenly her life resembles one of her mother's movies, except the...

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The Accidental Werewolf

The Accidental Werewolf

When Marty Andrews gets bitten by a mutt, the hair on her legs starts growing at an alarming rate and her mood swings put her dream job as a cosmetic sales rep in serious jeopardy. Then a drool-worthy man shows up at her door claiming that he accidentally bit Marty....

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The Gun Seller

The Gun Seller

"A skillful mix of Bertie Wooster and James Bond... A thoroughgoing pleasure from beginning to end" (Booklist). From the multitalented British actor, beloved for his roles on Blackadder, Jeeves and Wooster, and House, this is a spot-on spy spoof about hapless...

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Men to Avoid in Art and Life

Men to Avoid in Art and Life

Men to Avoid in Art and Life pairs classical fine art with modern captions that epitomize the spirit of mansplaining. This hilarious book perfectly captures those relatable moments when a man explains to a woman a subject about which he knows considerably less than...

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Don't Tell My Mum!

Don't Tell My Mum!

Second book in the series. Following on from Don't Look At Me In That Tone Of Voice! - Memories of a Confused Sixties Childhood, we pick up from where the last book left off. It is now 1973 and we follow Alex through her first day at high school, meeting stranger...

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