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Science Fiction and Fantasy


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Seveneves
Seveneves
by Neal Stephenson
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon comes an exciting and thought-provoking science fiction epic—a grand story of annihilation and survival spanning five thousand years. What would happen if... (read more)

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Station Eleven
Station Eleven
by Emily St. John Mandel
Staff Pick
Station Eleven has that magical quality of the best books: it transports you completely to another reality while secretly expanding your understanding of this one. I read a lot of books this year that I loved, but this was the only one that gave me a... (read more)

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Watership Down: A Novel
Watership Down: A Novel
by Richard Adams
Staff Pick
Bunnies, community, fantasy, adventure, danger — a classic pick for anyone who likes Brian Jacques, C. S. Lewis, or Erin Hunter.... (read more)

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Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy #1)
Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy #1)
by Jeff VanderMeer
Staff Pick
Annihilation is haunting and dreamlike, eerily menacing and appealingly open to interpretation. Immersion in VanderMeer's intriguing and beautifully drawn dystopian world will keep you up at night.... (read more)

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The Martian
The Martian
by Andy Weir
Staff Pick
An absolutely riveting adventure about an astronaut stranded on Mars and what he must do to survive. White-knuckle, nail-biting sci-fi adventure at its best. You will never look at a potato the same way after reading this.... (read more)

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The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale
by Margaret Atwood
Staff Pick
Atwood's classic dystopian novel of a terrifying (and terrifyingly plausible) future America has rewarded rereading like no other book; I've probably read it 30 times by now. The world of the narrator, Offred (from "Of Fred" — women no longer have... (read more)

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The Alchemist (Insight)
The Alchemist (Insight)
by Paulo Coelho
Staff Pick
Whether you want to take a journey or to be reassured that life is filled with wonder and magic, this beautifully optimistic book is for you. Follow Santiago, a shepherd who follows a dream to find treasure hidden under the pyramids, but ends up finding... (read more)

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Ready Player One
Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline
Staff Pick
I had many books on my to-read list, but this one jumped straight to the top as soon as I got my hands on a copy. It has everything I love about video games and cartoons and anime from the '80s. The pacing of the book is great, and it quickly became one... (read more)

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Fahrenheit 451: The Temperature at Which Book Paper Catches Fire, and Burns
Fahrenheit 451: The Temperature at Which Book Paper Catches Fire, and Burns
by Ray Bradbury
Staff Pick
Fahrenheit 451 is probably one of the most important books ever written. If the world of this novel comes to pass, I will be this book. (You'll have to read it to see what I mean.)... (read more)

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The Left Hand of Darkness
The Left Hand of Darkness
by Ursula K. Le Guin
Staff Pick
Not only is The Left Hand of Darkness a masterpiece of ideas, invention, and language, but it takes conventional assumptions about gender and grinds them into a fine, powdery dust. Published in 1969, the book won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards and went... (read more)

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1)
by Douglas Adams
Staff Pick
Parodying practically every well-worn sci-fi plot device in existence, Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has become a classic in its own right. A hapless hero with astonishing luck? Ill-tempered aliens hell-bent on destroying Earth? Pithy advice... (read more)

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Wool
Wool
by Hugh Howey
Staff Pick
I don't usually read too much in the post-apocalypse genre, but two employees chose this self-published book in their Top 5 list last year, and when Simon & Schuster produced it this year, I just had to give it a try. And, yeah, the title and cover are... (read more)

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As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride
by Cary Elwes and Joe Layden
Staff Pick
Did you know that Mandy Patinkin will gladly say to whoever may ask, "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die"? Written by Westley himself, this memoir will tell you everything about the making of The Princess Bride movie. Read it!... (read more)

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Slaughterhouse-Five
Slaughterhouse-Five
by Kurt Vonnegut
Staff Pick
What Kurt Vonnegut set out to do was write a book about war, and in particular the firebombing of Dresden in World War II. What he ended up doing was writing clean around it — traveling in and out of time warps, bouncing on and off the earth... (read more)

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The Color of Magic: A Novel of Discworld
The Color of Magic: A Novel of Discworld
by Terry Pratchett
Staff Pick
The worst wizard in the world, a Tourist, and Luggage walk into a bar... The Color of Magic is the first novel in a long series by Terry Pratchett, set on a flat world that rides through space on the back of a giant turtle. Welcome to the Discworld! The... (read more)

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Dune
Dune
by Frank Herbert
Staff Pick
I'm sure other Powell's employees have chosen Dune as a staff pick, and for good reason: It's a science fiction classic. It is densely written and almost prophetic in nature. The spice, and the desert wars over it, sound so very much like our current... (read more)

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Authority (Southern Reach Trilogy #2)
Authority (Southern Reach Trilogy #2)
by Jeff VanderMeer
Staff Pick
Prepare yourself for another psychologically intense narrative in this second installment of the Southern Reach Trilogy. This time we are taken behind the scenes of the agency and learn many of Area X's secrets, only to discover how much more there is to... (read more)

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The Doubt Factory
The Doubt Factory
by Paolo Bacigalupi
Staff Pick
Bacigalupi's counterculture take on the teen thriller turns what could be a by-the-book page-turner into a how-to for critical thinking and media literacy. A good stepping stone for teens who aren't quite ready for Cory Doctorow's Little Brother.... (read more)

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California
California
by Edan Lepucki
Staff Pick
This book proves definitively that when Sherman Alexie and Stephen Colbert tell you to read a book, you should probably go ahead and do it. Edan Lepucki creates a world full of morally ambiguous characters who force you to examine the systems of security... (read more)

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Perdido Street Station
Perdido Street Station
by China Mieville
Staff Pick
Perdido Street Station is an excellent tale. The characters are realistic, as is the city they live in (even though it is a far-fetched fantasy land). The story is well paced and carries the reader forward — it will keep your interest piqued till the... (read more)

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