All Time Faves: Space Travel Novels

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The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
By Adams, Douglas
2002-04 - Del Rey Books
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At last in paperback in one complete volume, here are the five classic novels from Douglas Adams's beloved Hitchiker series.
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Seconds before the Earth is demolished for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is saved by Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised "Guide. Together they stick out their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild journey through time and space.  …More

Hidden Empire Hidden Empire
By Anderson, Kevin J.
2007-11 - Orbit
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Having colonized other worlds, humans are certain the galaxy is theirs for the taking. But they soon discover the horrifying price of their arrogance when a scientific experiment awakens the wrath of the previously unknown Hydrogues and begins a war. …More

Foundation Foundation
By Asimov, Isaac
1991-10 - Spectra Books
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The fledgling Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords rising in the wake of the receding Empire. Mankind's last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice: submit to the barbarians and be overrun, or fight them and be destroyed. …More

Ender's Game Ender's Game
By Card, Orson Scott
1996-04 - Tor Books
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The Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic--the revised, definitive edition, from the bestselling author of Xenocide. The alien Buggers threaten humanity with extinction, and Earth's ultimate savior may be one small boy. Andrew "Ender" Wiggins thinks he is only playing computer games, but he is really commanding Earth's last great fleet. …More

2001: A Space Odyssey 2001: A Space Odyssey
By Clarke, Arthur Charles
1993-08 - Roc
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2001: A Space Odyssey confirmed Arthur C. Clarke's reputation as one of the best-known and most influential science fiction writers ever. The book and the 1968 movie are icons of the modern age. Now comes a special trade paperback edition, with a new introduction by the author which sheds light on the powerful synergy between the book and the movie. …More

Leviathan Wakes Leviathan Wakes
By Corey, James S. a.
2011-06 - Orbit
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Humanity has colonized the solar system. Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, "The Scopuli," they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. …More

Starbound Starbound
By Haldeman, Joe
2010-12 - Ace Books
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Carmen Dula and her husband have spent six years traveling to a distant solar system that is home to the enigmatic, powerful race known as The Others. The Others have more power than any could imagine, and they will brook no insolence from the human race. …More

Starship Troopers Starship Troopers
By Heinlein, Robert A.
1997-03 - Ace Books
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In one of Robert A. Heinlein's most controversial bestsellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe--and into battle with the Terran Mobile Infantry against mankind's most frightening enemy. …More

Dune Dune
By Herbert, Frank
1990-09 - ACE Charter
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Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Muad'Dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family -- and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream. A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.

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Eden Eden
By Lem, Stanislaw
T1991-10 - Harvest Books
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A six-man crew crash-lands on Eden, fourth planet from another sun. The men find a strange world that grows ever stranger, and everywhere there are images of death. The crew's attempt to communicate with this civilization leads to violence and to a cruel truth-cruel precisely because it is so human. Translated by Marc E. Heine. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
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Moonfall Moonfall
By McDevitt, Jack
1998-04 - Eos
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April 8, 2024: Carefully timed to coincide with a rare total solar eclipse, the American Moonbase is about to be opened officially, with Vice President Charlie Haskell on hand to cut the ribbon. But this same eclipse also reveals a giant interstellar comet hurtling toward the Moon and--with only a limited number of shuttles available--Haskell finds himself having to make some very big decisions of life or death for the human race. …More

Trading in Danger Trading in Danger
By Moon, Elizabeth
2004-08 - Del Rey Books
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Kylara Vatta is the only daughter in a family full of sons, and her father's only child to buck tradition by choosing a military career instead of joining the family business. For Ky, it's no contest: Even running the prestigious Vatta Transport Ltd. shipping concern can't hold a candle to shipping out as an officer aboard an interstellar cruiser. It's adventure, not commerce, that stirs her soul. And despite her family's misgivings, there can be no doubt that a Vatta in the service will prove a valuable asset. But with a single error in judgment, it all comes crumbling down.
Expelled from the Academy in disgrace-and returning home to her humiliated family, a storm of high-profile media coverage, and the gaping void of her own future-Ky is ready to face the inevitable onslaught of anger, disappointment, even pity. But soon after opportunity's door slams shut, Ky finds herself with a ticket to ride- and a shot at redemption-as captain of a Vatta Transport ship. …More


Gateway Gateway
By Pohl, Frederik
2004-10 - Del Rey Books
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Gateway opened on all the wealth of the Universe...and on reaches of unimaginable horror. When prospector Bob Broadhead went out to Gateway on the Heechee spacecraft, he decided he would know which was the right mission to make him his fortune. Three missions later, now famous and permanently rich, Robinette Broadhead has to face what happened to him and what he is...in a journey into himself as perilous and even more horrifying than the nightmare trip through the interstellar void that he drove himself to take! …More


Across the Universe Across the Universe
By Revis, Beth
2011-01 - Razorbill
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Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship "Godspeed" and expects to awaken on a new planet in 300 years. Never could she have known that she would be thrust into the world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules. …More

2312 2312
By Robinson, Kim Stanley
2013-06 - Orbit
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The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. But a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future. …More

Old Man's War Old Man's War
By Scalzi, John
2007-01 - Tor Books
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"Though a lot of SF writers are more or less efficiently continuing the tradition of Robert A. Heinlein, Scalzi's astonishingly proficient first novel reads like an original work by the late grand master."--"Publishers Weekly," starred review. A Hugo Award finalist. …More

Singularity Sky Singularity Sky
By Stross, Charles
2004-06 - Ace Books
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Now in paperback--a truly visionary first novel from the most talked-about new voice in science fiction. In the 21st century, faster-than-light travel is perfected and the Eschaton, a superhuman artificial intelligence, is "born." Targeted print add. …More

A Deepness in the Sky A Deepness in the Sky
By Vinge, Vernor
2000-01 - Tor Books
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Winner - 2000 Hugo Awards
A renowned professor of computer science and mathematics pens a spellbinding novel about two rival trading societies--one good and one evil--that are awaiting a planet's 200-year awakening into a Golden Age of technology so they can pursue commerce with the planet's inhabitants. …More

In Fury Born In Fury Born
By Weber, David
2007-07 - Baen Books
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Weber's popular novel "Path of the Fury" is greatly expanded for this new version, in which Weber adds considerable new material, revealing the earlier life of Alicia DeVries before she embarked on her mission of vengeance. …More

The Risen Empire The Risen Empire
By Westerfeld, Scott
2008-07 - Tor Books
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"The Risen Empire" is the first great space opera of the 21st century.
"The action moves with the pace of a well-executed military operation; a fascinating clash of supertechnologies. This story has everything: combat, intrigue, politics, and even an undead cat collection." -John C. Wright The undead Emperor has ruled his mighty interstellar empire of eighty human worlds for sixteen hundred years. Because he can grant a form of eternal life, creating an elite known as the Risen, his power has been absolute. He is worshipped as a living god. No one can touch him.
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