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The Handmaid's Tale The Handmaid's Tale
By Atwood, Margaret
2006-10 - Everyman's Library
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It is the world of the near future, and Offred is a handmaid. She is hoping the commander makes her pregnant because she is only valued if her ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she had a job of her own, a husband, and a child, but all of that is gone now. …More

Ender's Game Ender's Game
By Card, Orson Scott
2006-10 - Tor Books
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Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards, one of the most beloved science fictionnovels is now available in a special gift edition. …More

Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters
By Dunn, Mark
2002-09 - Anchor Books
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Ella Minnow Pea is a girl living happily on the fictional island of Nollop off the coast of South Carolina. Nollop was named after Nevin Nollop, author of the immortal pangram, * "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." Now Ella finds herself acting to save her friends, family, and fellow citizens from the encroaching totalitarianism of the island's Council, which has banned the use of certain letters of the alphabet as they fall from a memorial statue of Nevin Nollop. …More

Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron
By Fforde, Jasper
2011-03 - Penguin Books
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Fforde's latest "New York Times"-bestseller--part social satire, part romance, part revolutionary thriller--about a world where social order and destiny are dictated by the colors one can see. …More

Neuromancer Neuromancer
By Gibson, William
2000-07 - Ace Books
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Now in paperback comes the multiple award-winning novel that is the first fully-realized glimpse of humankind's digital future . . . a shocking vision that has challenged our assumptions about technology and forever altered the landscape of our imaginations. …More

Never Let Me Go Never Let Me Go
By Ishiguro, Kazuo
2006-03 - Vintage Books USA
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From the Booker Prize-winning author of "The Remains of the Day" and "When We Were Orphans" comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human. …More

The Children of Men The Children of Men
By James, P. D.
2006-12 - Vintage Books USA
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Told with P. D. James's trademark suspense, insightful characterization, and riveting storytelling, "The Children of Men" is a story of a world with no children and no future.
The human race has become infertile, and the last generation to be born is now adult. Civilization itself is crumbling as suicide and despair become commonplace. Oxford historian Theodore Faron, apathetic toward a future without a future, spends most of his time reminiscing. …More

The Stand The Stand
By King, Stephen
2012-08 - Anchor Books
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This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides -- or are chosen.  …More

The Left Hand of Darkness The Left Hand of Darkness
By Le Guin, Ursula K.
2000-07 - Ace Books
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Praised as a groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary's mission to Winter, an unknown alien world whose inhabitants can choose -- and change -- their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters.. …More

The Iron Heel The Iron Heel
By London, Jack
2009-09 - Dover Publications
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Spinning science fiction and fantasy into a political adventure, this harrowing tale of class warfare recounts a powerful state organization's determination to crush the working class at any cost. …More

I Am Legend I Am Legend
By Matheson, Richard
1997-09 - Orb Books
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Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth . . . but he is not alone. Every man, woman, and child in the world has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. Now available in an Orb Books paperback edition, this classic novel is universally regarded as one of the most frightening and influential vampire novels ever written. …More

The Road The Road
By McCarthy, Cormac
2007-03 - Vintage Books USA
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The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation. …More

V for Vendetta V for Vendetta
By Moore, Alan
2008-10 - Vertigo
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In an alternate future in which Germany wins World War II and Britain becomes a fascist state, a vigilante named "V" tries to free England of its ideological chains. …More

Altered Carbon Altered Carbon
By Morgan, Richard K.
2003-03 - Del Rey Books
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In the twenty-fifth century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen. . . . . …More

The Leftovers The Leftovers
By Perrotta, Tom
2012-05 - St. Martin's Griffin
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What if the Rapture happened? The bewildered citizens of Mapleton have lost over 100 people to this OSudden Departure.O In this story, Perotta illuminates a familiar America made strange by grief and apocalyptic anxiety. …More

Super Sad True Love Story Super Sad True Love Story
By Shteyngart, Gary
2011-05 - Random House Trade
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In the near future, America is crushed by a financial crisis, and Chinese creditors may just be ready to foreclose on the whole mess. Then Lenny Abramov, son of an Russian immigrant janitor an ardent fan of "printed, bound media artifacts" (books), meets Eunice Park, an impossibly cute Korean-American woman with a major in Images and a minor in Assertiveness. Could falling in love redeem a planet falling apart? …More

Cat's Cradle Cat's Cradle
By Vonnegut, Kurt, Jr.
1998-09 - Dial Press
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One of Vonnegut's major works, this is an apocalyptic tale of the planet's ultimate fate, featuring a cast of unlikely heroes. …More

The Age of Miracles The Age of Miracles
By Walker, Karen Thompson
2012-06 - Random House
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A haunting and unforgettable coming-of-age debut for fans of speculative fiction set against the backdrop of a world where the earth has slowed, and the days grow longer. Julia is coping with the fissures in her parents' marriage, the hopeful anguish of first love, and the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who is convinced of a government conspiracy.…More