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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 Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

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A Cure for Dreams

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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

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When We Fell Apart

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Song at Dawn

Song at Dawn

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Postcards From a Stranger

Postcards From a Stranger

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The Peacekeeper

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Underworld

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Sankofa

Sankofa

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The Grandmothers

The Grandmothers

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Poems 1962-2012

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Ohio

Ohio

“Extraordinary...beautifully precise...[an] earnestly ambitious debut.” —The New York Times Book Review “A wild, angry, and devastating masterpiece of a book.” —NPR “[A] descendent of the Dickensian ‘social novel’ by way of Jonathan Franzen: epic fiction that lays...

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A Separation

A Separation

A PBS NewsHour/New York Times Book Club Pick A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK Named a best book of the year by the New York Times, NPR, Huffington Post, The A.V. Club, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian, Refinery29, Town & Country, Harper's Bazaar, NYLON,...

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The Collected Novels (Volume 2)

The Collected Novels (Volume 2)

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The Son of Mr. Suleman

The Son of Mr. Suleman

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The Position

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The Leisure Seeker

The Leisure Seeker

The unforgettable cross country journey of a runaway couple in their twilight years determined to meet the end of all roads on their own terms—a major motion picture from Sony Pictures Classics starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland. The Robinas have shared a...

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The Borrower

The Borrower

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Tidelands

Tidelands

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Rich Man, Poor Man

Rich Man, Poor Man

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The Grandmothers (Four Short Novels)

The Grandmothers (Four Short Novels)

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The Red Badge of Courage

The Red Badge of Courage

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The Borrower

The Borrower

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Tales of the Late Twentieth Century

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An American soldier meets his femme fatale in Cold War Germany…An aging, ex-musician, working inside the incinerator chamber of an old 19th century hotel, discovers a locked room that contains a Book of Souls of tenants from the past century…The son of a mobster...

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Tales of the Late Twentieth Century

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Mason & Dixon

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A Time magazine and New York Times Best Book of the Year  Charles Mason (1728–1786) and Jeremiah Dixon (1733–1779) were the British surveyors best remembered for running the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland that we know today as the Mason-Dixon Line. Here is...

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On the Bright Side

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A Children’s Bible

A Children’s Bible

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The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

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Tales of the Late Twentieth Century

Tales of the Late Twentieth Century

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Tales of the Late Twentieth Century

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A Town Called Solace

A Town Called Solace

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The Odyssey

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Everything Will Be All Right

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