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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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The Quarry

Eighteen-year-old Kit is weird: big, strange, odd, socially disabled, on a spectrum that stretches from "highly gifted" at one end, to "nutter" at the other. At least Kit knows who his father is; he and Guy live together in a decaying country house on the unstable...

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The Heirs

Named one of NPR's Best Books of 2017 "Both original and moving—and a whole lot of fun."—CAROLINE LEAVITT, New York Times Book Review "A must-read."—People "Fans of Salinger's stories about Manhattan's...

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Love and Summer

It?s summer and nothing much is happening in Rathmoye. So it doesn?t go unnoticed when a dark-haired stranger appears on his bicycle and begins photographing the mourners at Mrs. Connulty?s funeral. Florian Kilderry couldn?t know that the Connultys are said to own...

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Spring

From Man Booker Prize Finalist Ali Smith comes the third novel in her Seasonal Quartet—a New York Times Notable Book and longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2020 What unites Katherine Mansfield, Charlie Chaplin, Shakespeare, Rilke,...

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Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932

A richly imagined and stunningly inventive literary masterpiece of love, art, and betrayal, exploring the genesis of evil, the unforeseen consequences of love, and the ultimate unreliability of storytelling itself.Paris in the 1920s shimmers with excitement,...

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The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow

A magical debut novel from Rita Leganski, The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow is the tale of a mute boy whose gift of wondrous hearing reveals family secrets and forgotten voodoo lore, and exposes a murder that threatens the souls of those who love him.Bonaventure Arrow...

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The Toughest Indian in the World

“Stunning” short stories by the National Book Award–winning author of The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution).  In this bestselling volume of stories, National Book Award winner Sherman Alexie challenges readers to see Native...

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Indian Horse

A First Nations former hockey star looks back on his life as he undergoes treatment for alcoholism in this novel from the author of Dream Wheels. Saul Indian Horse is a child when his family retreats into the woods. Among the lakes and the cedars, they attempt to...

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Above the Waterfall

In this poetic and haunting tale set in contemporary Appalachia, New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash illuminates lives shaped by violence and a powerful connection to the land.Les, a long-time sheriff just three-weeks from retirement, contends with the ravages...

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The Secret Sisters

Exploring the timeless themes of family, self, misfortune, and hope that have made the novels of Anna Quindlen and Sue Miller bestsellers, Joni Rodgers's moving and powerful tale tells the story of three women bound together by loss and set free by love.Pia feels...

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The Last Resort

A Pulitzer Prize–winning author’s “sparkling, smart” tale of an aging writer and his younger wife looking for new life—or a way to end it—in Key West (The New York Times).   Every schoolboy in America knows the work of...

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Small Great Things

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • With richly layered characters and a gripping moral dilemma that will lead readers to question everything they know about privilege, power, and race, Small Great Things is the stunning new page-turner from Jodi Picoult. SOON...

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Dear Committee Members

A Best Book of the Year:  NPR and Boston Globe Finally a novel that puts the "pissed" back into "epistolary." Jason Fitger is a beleaguered professor of creative writing and literature at Payne University, a small and not very distinguished...

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The Best American Short Stories 2020

“To read their stories felt to me the way I suspect other people feel hearing jazz for the first time,” recalls Curtis Sittenfeld of her initial encounter with the Best American Short Stories series. “They were windows into emotions I...

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Invisible Cities

“Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.” — from Invisible Cities In a garden sit the aged Kublai Khan and the...

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Harry’s Trees

USA TODAY BESTSELLER!A grieving widower, a determined girl, a courageous librarian and a mysterious book come together in an uplifting tale of love, loss, friendship and redemption.Thirty-four-year-old Harry Crane works as an analyst for the US Forest Service. When...

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The New Me

"[A] definitive work of millennial literature . . . wretchedly riveting." —Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker “Girls + Office Space + My Year of Rest and Relaxation + anxious sweating = The New...

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Omeros

Derek Walcott's Omeros is a poem in five books, of circular narrative design, titled with the Greek name for Homer, which simultaneously charts two currents of history: the visible history charted in events -- the tribal losses of the American Indian, the tragedy...

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The Prince of Tides

Pat Conroy’s New York Times–bestselling Southern drama about the destructive repercussions of keeping an unspeakable family secret   Tom Wingo has lost his job, and is on the verge of losing his marriage, when he learns that his twin sister, Savannah,...

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The Past

Winner of the Windham Campbell Prize • A Washington Post Best Book of the Year • A Time Best Book of the Year • A San Francisco Chronicle Top 10 Book of the Year • A Huffington Post Best Fiction Book of the Year...

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The Good Daughters

“A story of choices and events so intimate I felt I was part of it. The novel is wrenching, the emotions radiant, and it will leave readers transformed” —Luanne Rice, author of The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners “Joyce Maynard has outdone...

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Sideways

Sideways is the story of two friends-Miles and Jack-going away together for the last time to steep themselves in everything that makes it good to be young and single: pinot, putting, and prowling bars. In the week before Jack plans to marry, the pair heads out from...

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100 Years of the Best American Short Stories

Witness the ever-changing history and identity of America in this collection of 40 stories collected from the first 100 years of this bestselling series.For the centennial celebration of this annual series, The Best American Short Stories, master of the form Lorrie...

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The Winter People

The New York Times bestselling author of Promise Not to Tell returns with a simmering literary thriller about ghostly secrets, dark choices, and the unbreakable bond between mothers and daughters . . . sometimes too unbreakable. West Hall, Vermont, has always been a...

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In Every Moment We Are Still Alive

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK of 2018 * Amazon Book of the Month ✳︎ Indies Introduce 2018 ✳︎ INDIES NEXT 2018 Selection "In Every Moment We Are Still Alive is a tremendous feat of emotional and artistic discipline. ... a...

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Sideways

Sideways is the story of two friends-Miles and Jack-going away together for the last time to steep themselves in everything that makes it good to be young and single: pinot, putting, and prowling bars. In the week before Jack plans to marry, the pair heads out from...

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We Want Our Bodies Back

“WE WANT OUR BODIES BACK URGES BLACK WOMEN TO DEMAND BETTER FROM MEN.” -ESSENCE“MASTER POET JESSICA CARE MOORE GIFTS US THIS LATEST COLLECTION OF SHARP, SMART AND DEFIANT PIECES.” -MS. MAGAZINE BOOKS BY BLACK WOMEN WE CAN’T WAIT TO...

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The Gopher King

"Imaginative and often beguiling, like a mashup of Platoon and Gremlins scripted by William S. Burroughs." –Kirkus Reviews"Nikolich's story shimmers with intersecting layers of identity and fantastical complexities." –Authors ReadingA suicidal former platoon sergeant,...

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Unless

“Nothing short of astonishing.”  — New Yorker“A thing of beauty—lucidly written, artfully ordered, riddled with riddles and undergirded with dark layers of philosophical meditations.”  — Los Angeles...

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Developing Minds

-Recommended by Kirkus Reviews  -Winner of 2015 Stargazer Literary Prizes (Visionary and Metaphysical Fiction category)  -Bronze medal winner of 2016 FAPA President's Awards (Adult eBook category)  Developing Minds: An American Ghost Story follows a group of recent...

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Emily & Einstein

He was a man who didn't deserve a second chance. But he needed one… Emily and her husband Sandy Portman seemed to live a gracious if busy life in an old-world, Upper West Side apartment in the famous Dakota building. But one night on the way to meet Emily,...

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Fruit of the Drunken Tree

“One of the most dazzling and devastating novels I’ve read in a long time...Readers of Fruit of the Drunken Tree will surely be transformed.” --San Francisco Chronicle “Simultaneously propulsive and poetic, reminiscent of Isabel...

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The Milagro Beanfield War

Joe Mondragon, a feisty hustler with a talent for trouble, slammed his battered pickup to a stop, tugged on his gumboots, and marched into the arid patch of ground. Carefully (and also illegally), he tapped into the main irrigation channel. And so began-though few...

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Trash

Trash, Allison's landmark collection, laid the groundwork for her critically acclaimed Bastard Out of Carolina, the National Book Award finalist that was hailed by The New York Times Book Review as "simply stunning...a wonderful work of fiction by a major talent." In...

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Notes from a Black Woman’s Diary

A RECOMMENDED BOOK OF 2019 FROM Vanity Fair * Vogue * The Huffington PostA stunning collection of fiction, diary entries, screenplays, and scripts by the brilliant African-American artist and filmmakerRelatively unknown during her life, the artist, filmmaker, and...

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The Ballad of the Sad Café

A Southern woman is undone by love and gossip in the classic novella, one of seven stories in this “brilliant . . . panorama of remarkable talent” (The New York Times).   One of the most celebrated and enduringly popular works in Southern literature, this collection...

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