Science Fiction


Space opera. Parallel universes. Cryonics. Time travel. Artificial intelligence. Technology. Extraterrestrials. Military adventures. Cyberpunk. Social commentary?



The Scorpion RulesScorpion Rules by Erin Bow
Talis, the great Artificial Intelligence, has decided it’s had enough of human violence. So, there's a new system. Rulers of each nation must send one of their children to out-in-the-middle-of-nowhere Precepture – a boarding school, torture chamber, and prison rolled into one desolate place. If a ruler commits an act of aggression, the hostage child is killed, for they are the Children of Peace.



Lilith's BroodLilith's Brood by Octavia Butler

Lilith Iyapo is in the Andes, mourning the death of her family, when war destroys Earth. Centuries later, she is resurrected - by the alien Oankali. The Oankali are rescuing our dying planet by merging genetically (you know what that means!) with mankind. They are intergalactic gene traders, and extremely seductive. But now Lilith and all humanity must share the world with unimaginably alien creatures - their own children. Also known as the Xenogenesis trilogy.


On the Edge of GoneOn the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

Okay, a comet is approaching and life on earth is about to end – at least, life as we know it. Humanity has sent some of the population out in generation ships. Others are assigned to underground shelters meant to last for generations. The rest have reservations at temporary shelters, which won’t last long. This engaging, thought-provoking novel features a teenager with autism, a mother addicted to prescription drugs, and an older sister with a different idea about survival. Set in Amsterdam.

Man in the High CastleMan the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

In this grim alternate history, the United States came out on the losing side in World War II, and is occupied by Nazi Germany and Japan. Now an Amazon Original series.



All the birds in the skyAll the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

"Reunited as adults in the hipster mecca San Francisco as the planet falls apart around them, childhood friends Patricia Delfine, who is magically gifted, and Laurence Armstead, an engineering genius, discover that something bigger than either of them has brought them together to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages."


Earth GirlEarth Girl by Janet Edwards

2788. In a quirky twist of fate, a very small percentarge of space-faring humanity turns out to have an immune deficiency that prohibits them from leaving earth. Once a "handicapped" person pops out of the wormhole, they're dead in about 2 minutes. Our hero tried it, just to make sure it was true. They had to toss her back into the wormhole pronto! This has lead to prejudice of the most revolting kind. But Jarra has a plan to show those "normals" what an earth girl can do. Followed by Earth Star.  


Adaptatin by Malinda LoAdaptation by Malinda Lo

For Reese and David, it starts with birds. Birds crashing into airplanes. Airplanes crashing to the ground. Next comes medical treatment at a secret government facility and, according to their conspiracy-theorist friend, UFOs and aliens. Followed by Inheritance.



Planesrunner by Ian McDonaldPlanesrunner by Ian McDonald

When Everett Singh’s scientist father (inventor of the Heisenberg Gate) is kidnapped from the streets of London, he leaves Everett a mysterious app on his computer. Suddenly, this teenager has become the owner of the most valuable object in the multiverse—the Infundibulum—the map of all the parallel earths. Don't miss the fantabulosa Palari glossary at the end of the story. This is book 1 of the Everness series.


Confusion of Princes by Garth NixConfusion of Princes by Garth Nix

The insufferably over-privileged and egotistic Prince Khemri learns a thing or two about the real world in this fast-paced and entertaining space opera. Psitek. Mektek. Bitek. Ultra-bioengineered humans. Gadgets galore. What's not to like?



LagoonLagoon by Nnedi Okorafor
A rap artist, a biologist, and a soldier meet on a night that changes the world forever. Think spaceship! Set in Lagos, Nigeria.

Across the Universe by Beth RevisAcross the Universe by Beth Revis

Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed. She expects to wake up on a new planet, 300 years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed's scheduled landing, Amy's cryo chamber is unplugged, and she is nearly killed. Read chapter one for a breathtaking description of what it's like to be cryogenically frozen. Followed by A Million Suns and Shades of Earth.


Grasshopper JungleGrasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

The book opens with Robby and Austin getting beaten up by three kids from Hoover High while the fourth films it. This is a disturbing, but funny (!) story about love, sex, lust—and  the end of the world. Watch out for the 6-foot tall praying mantises.



Pluto: Urasawaa x Tezuka Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka by Naoki Urasawa

In a distant future where sentient humanoid robots pass for human, someone or some thing is out to destroy the seven great robots of the world. Europol’s top detective Gesicht is assigned to investigate these mysterious robot serial murders—the only catch is that he himself is one of the seven targets. A manga series.


Noggin by John WhaleyNoggin by John Corey Whaley

Travis Coates is dying of cancer. So of course he agrees to have his head cryogenically frozen. Fast forward 5 years. Now his thawed head sits atop a new body. Only problem is - everyone and everything from his old life has changed. A lot.



The 5th Wave by Rick YanceyThe 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Alien invasion!  Movie version currently in production.



More science fiction authors

Robert Charles Wilson  |  Nancy Kress  |  Orson Scott Card  |  Connie Willis  |  Douglas Adams  |  Isaac Asimov  |  Lois McMaster Bujold  |  Scott Westerfeld  |  Ursula K. Le Guin