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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…
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Maverick or hero, outlaw or savior? Max Stormer is looking at his small town’s first state championship, when a remarkable and mysterious girl strolls out of the mountains and punts all his plans. Max soon finds himself captain of something much bigger than a football...read more
New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini's compelling historical novel unveils the private lives of Abraham and Mary Lincoln through the perspective of the First Lady's most trusted confidante and friend, her dressmaker, Elizabeth Keckley. In a life that...read more
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Can a house keep secrets? 1840's - When Lord Edward Armstrong builds the house for his bride, Anna, the family is at the climax of its power. But its world is threatened when no heir is born. Anna could restore their fortunes, but it would mean the ultimate betrayal....read more
In Lisa Genova’s extraordinary New York Times bestselling novel, an accomplished woman slowly loses her thoughts and memories to Alzheimer’s disease—only to discover that each day brings a new way of living and loving. Now a major motion picture starring Julianne...read more
The "magnificent" Pulitzer Prize-winning and #1 New York Times-bestselling novel about the preacher who led America's bloodiest slave revolt (The New York Times). The Confessions of Nat Turner is William Styron's complex and richly drawn imagining of Nat Turner, the...read more
A woman falls in love with a wounded Civil War solider in this "fine novel embroidered with rich imagery"about the line between sanity and madness (Kirkus Reviews). When Virginia plantation wife Iris Dunleavy is put on trial and convicted of madness, she knows the...read more
YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE? Readers' Favorite 2017 Book Awards silver medal winner. When he wakes up, naked and alone, in the Mount of Olives Cemetery, Moshe Karlin finds that the afterlife is not what he had expected. But he's not going to take his death lying down. He'll...read more
"One of the most vital and original novelists of her generation." -- Larissa MacFarquhar, The New Yorker From the bestselling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists Fifteen-year-old Kambili and her older brother Jaja lead a privileged life in Enugu,...read more
Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation...read more
One of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year National Bestseller Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize Winner of the RSL Encore Award Finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize A New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Named a Best Book of...read more
A forbidden marriage, jealous colleagues, the struggle for power, and murder. It’s a story as old as time —and as old as Shakespeare.Modern day Manhattan. A hundred-hour-plus workweek, minimum. No complaints. TGO fed you and, if necessary seduced and bedded you in...read more
A “vivid and extremely interesting” novel of an upper-class Chinese wife’s quest for freedom, from the Nobel Prize–winning author of The Good Earth (The New Yorker). At forty, Madame Wu is beautiful and much respected as the wife of one of China’s oldest upper-class...read more
Short fiction about love in the face of mortal threats, in a prize-winning collection by the author of You Came Back. In this extraordinary collection of short fiction, characters wrestle with the moments in life that test us most deeply, in ways both dramatic and...read more
Golding’s iconic 1954 novel, now with a new foreword by Lois Lowry, remains one of the greatest books ever written for young adults and an unforgettable classic for readers of any age. This edition includes a new Suggestions for Further Reading by Jennifer...read more
Soon to be a feature film from the creators of Downton Abbey starring Elizabeth McGovern, The Chaperone is a New York Times-bestselling novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in the 1920s and the summer that would change them...read more
The #1 New York Times Bestseller Now featuring a sneak peek at Christina's forthcoming novel A Piece of the World, coming February 2017. Christina Baker Kline's #1 New York Times bestselling novel -- the captivating story of a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as...read more
Inspired by a true story, My Mother’s Secret is a captivating and ultimately uplifting tale intertwining the lives of two Jewish families in hiding from the Nazis, a fleeing German soldier, and the mother and daughter who save them all. Franciszka and her daughter,...read more
Haunted all her life by feelings of terror and emptiness, forty-nine-year-old Urania Cabral returns to her native Dominican Republic - and finds herself reliving the events of l961, when the capital was still called Trujillo City and one old man terrorized a nation of...read more
Forty of the greatest fictional festivities as seen through the eyes of the world's greatest writers.People love to party. And writers love to attend and document these occasions. The party is a useful literary device, not only for social commentary and satire but...read more
From the internationally celebrated author of the Original Sinners series comes a brand-new tale of betrayal, revenge and a family scandal that bore a 150-year-old mystery When Cooper McQueen wakes up from a night with a beautiful stranger, it's to discover he's been...read more
"Love is a great teacher and we are all a little unadoptable. Readers of Garth Stein and Carolyn Parkhurst will adore this" (Library Journal). A People Best New Book of the Week The Sanctuary is a refuge for strays and rescued dogs. Evie has joined a training program...read more
First in the Old Filth trilogy. A New York Times Notable Book. “Old Filth belongs in the Dickensian pantheon of memorable characters” (The New York Times Book Review).Sir Edward Feathers has had a brilliant career, from his early days as a lawyer in Southeast Asia,...read more
When Ruby Clare's father was alive, they toiled together happily on their dairy farm in Northern Ireland. Since his death, Ruby -- thirty-three, plump but comely -- has been forced indoors and made a domestic drudge for Martha, her endlessly critical mother, and her...read more
All she wanted was the truth, but she'll wish she never found out. When Catherine wakes up alone one morning, she thinks her husband has gone for a run before work. But Simon never makes it to the office. His running shoes are by the front door. Nothing is missing --...read more
The Edgar Award-winning, internationally bestselling author delivers a bone-chilling novel about a family held hostage in their country home. Wolf kicks off when a vagrant -- the Walking Man, an enigmatic, recurring character in Hayder's fiction -- finds a dog...read more
San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book of the YearBoston Globe’s “Best Fiction of 2014”Roxane Gay’s Top Ten Books of the Year An Amazon Best Short Story Collection of 2014An iBook Best of 2014 A refreshingly imaginative, daring debut collection of stories which...read more
What would you do if you found a shark in a hotel bath? The hotel manager was horrified. Well, he would be, wouldn’t he? There’s a shark in a guest’s bath. How did it get there? Only author John Reid Young knows. He also knows he’s in deep trouble. Hotel sharks aren’t...read more
For James Campbell, winning the 1976 International Surf Competition is the ticket to his future. It's his chance to finally reclaim his life, move on from the war, and make a living doing the only thing that keeps him from walking away from it all. But his best laid...read more
"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...read more
Devour the bestselling novel that is a "rollickingly good literary thriller" about a marriage counselor who learns that her perfect life is only a mirage leaving her to dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself (Vanity Fair). Grace Reinhart Sachs...read more
A Wall Street Journal Best Science Fiction Book of 2018 "Just try to put this gripping thriller down once you pick it up." -- AARP "A shock on every other page." -- Wall Street Journal How far would you go to find The One? A simple DNA test is all it takes. Just a...read more
Lupé might be the very last Guadalupe petrel alive, and he knows the best way to save his flock is to find the Islands of Life and a mate. The problem is the well-meaning man-flock that's decided to keep him safe... in a cage. But Lupé has hatched an escape plan all...read more
The New York Times-bestselling author's Whitbread Prize-winning debut -- "Winterson has mastered both comedy and tragedy in this rich little novel" (The Washington Post Book World). When it first appeared, Jeanette Winterson's extraordinary debut novel received...read more
A struggling musician suddenly finds himself father to a teenage boy, in this "compelling" novel by the author of The Art of Racing in the Rain (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). Fathers never forget seeing their kids for the first time. But Evan is greeting his son, Dean,...read more
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