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1984
by George Orwell Details
This novel, published in 1949, takes place in a totalitarian society in the year 1984. Winston Smith is a employee of the Ministry of Truth, which creates propaganda that promotes the government. He begins to rebel as he realizes that the regime's constant survellience and mind control have brainwashed humanity.
Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley Details
In this futuristic novel, all love, individuality and emotion have been replaced by social stability through the use of medications and government mind control. But Bernard Marx feels something is missing and senses that his relationship with a young women has the potential to be much more than their society would allow.
Buyout
by Alexander C. Irvine Details
It's the year 2040 in L.A., where global warming and high-tech identity theft are daily facts of life. Martin Kindred, a mid-level insurance executive, works for a company pioneering a radical new prison cost-cutting program. Convicts serving life without parole are offered millions of dollars in exchange for immediately taking the needle, and Martin is tasked with vetting the prisoners for execution and presenting the awards to their beneficiaries. The controversial program immediately revitalizes the pro-life movement and puts increased strains on Martin's already fragile marriage. Then Martin's brother, a cop, is murdered, and both the program and his life begin to unravel.
Cat's Cradle
by Kurt Vonnegut Details
Narrator John sets out to write a book about the day the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. In a wacky chain of events, his research leads to an apocalyptic showdown on the shores of a seedy banana republic in the Caribbean.
Daughters of the North: A Novel
by Sarah Hall Details
Set in a dystopian near-future northern U.K. where global warming, a fuel crisis, drug epidemics and a cruel totalitarian regime known as the Authority have savaged the land and people, the story is told by Sister, a young woman living in cramped terrace quarters. Sterilized against her will (the result of the Authority's female sterilization policy) and forced to work in a New Fuel factory, Sister escapes to seek out Carhullan, a shadowy all-female commune run by the enigmatic Jackie Nixon. As the threat of the Authority grows, Sister rises in the ranks of the Carhullan resistance force, oblivious to the increasing similarities between the Authority and Jackie's seductive, psychological control.
Destroyer of Worlds
by Larry Niven Details
A tale set ten years after the events in "Juggler of Worlds" traces the reluctant efforts of the Puppeteers to counter onrushing alien refugees who are ransacking the planets they pass on their way toward the Fleet of Worlds.
East of the Sun, West of the Moon
by John Ringo Details
The New Dynasty warlords are bringing in a shipload of fuel that could give them a vital edge; their opponents have planned to hijack it. Unfortunately, the first Team Icarus has been destroyed, and Herzer Herrick and Megan Travante have to improvise a new one. The question remains: Is the bioengineering of the New Dynasty out as well as down? Probably not, since the book's orcs have started thinking for themselves.
Enclave
by Kit Reed Details
The world is in chaos: war, plague, global ecological collapse. Seeking sanctuary for their children, parents enroll them in the elite Clothos Academy, which is completely cut-off from the outside. Two boys discover that there are real dangers beyond the supposedly safe stone walls when they hack the Academy's self-contained computer network and connect, for a brief but disastrous moment, to the outside world. Worse, a stranger has penetrated the Academy's defenses.
Little Brother
by Cory Doctorow Details
After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.
Makers
by Cory Doctorow Details
What happens to America when two geeks working from a garage invent easy 3D printing, a cure for obesity, and crowd-sourced theme parks? Lawsuits against Disney are only the beginning in this major novel of the booms, busts, and further booms in store for America in the age of open source and its hero/hacker culture.
Matter: A Culture Novel
by Iain Banks Details
In a distant-future, highly advanced society of seemingly unlimited technological capability, a crime is committed within a war. For one brother it means a desperate flight, and a search for the one -- maybe two -- people who could clear his name. For his brother it means a life lived under constant threat of treachery and murder. And for their sister, it means returning to a place she'd thought abandoned forever.
Never Let Me Go
by Kazuo Ishiguro Details
As a child, Kathy, now 31 years old, lived at Hailsham, a private school in the scenic English countryside where the children were sheltered from the outside world. Kathy had long ago put the past behind her, but when two of her Hailsham friends come back into her life, she stops resisting the pull of memory. With the dawning clarity of hindsight, the three friends are compelled to face the truth about their childhood -- and about their lives now.
One Second After
by William R. Forstchen Details
One man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war, in one second, a war based upon an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) weapon that will send America back to the Dark Ages.
Oryx and Crake: A Novel
by Margaret Atwood Details
Margaret Atwood depicts a near-future world that turns from the merely horrible to the horrific, from a fool's paradise to a bio-wasteland. Snowman (a man once known as Jimmy) sleeps in a tree and just might be the only human left on our devastated planet. He is not entirely alone, however, as he considers himself the shepherd of a group of experimental, human-like creatures called the Children of Crake. As he scavenges and tends to his insect bites, Snowman recalls in flashbacks how the world fell apart.
The Dream of Perpetual Motion
by Dexter Palmer Details
Imprisoned for life aboard a zeppelin that floats high above a fantastic metropolis, the greeting-card writer Harold Winslow pens his memoirs. His only companions are the disembodied voice of Miranda Taligent, the only woman he has ever loved, and the cryogenically frozen body of her father Prospero, the genius and industrial magnate who drove her insane.
The Handmaid's Tale
by Margaret Atwood Details
In the Republic of Gilead, a new theocratic military dictatorship, Offred is one of a class of individuals kept as a concubine ("handmaid") for reproductive purposes by the ruling class. She relates the details of her grim life and the events that led up to her situation and the world she finds herself in.
The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins Details
In a not-too-distant future, the USA has collapsed and been replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally.
The Return
by Ben Bova Details
After more than a century of exploring the stars, Keith Stoner returns to Earth to find the planet in peril. Stoner wants to save Earth's people, but first he must save himself from the frightened zealots who want to destroy this stranger -- and the terrifying message he brings from the stars.
The Road
by Cormac McCarthy Details
A father and his son walk alone through burned, ravaged America. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food and each other.
The Story of General Dann and Mara's Daughter, Griot and the Snow Dog: A Novel
by Doris Lessing Details
This sequel to Lessing's futuristic novel "Mara and Dann" continues the saga of Dann, the refugee boy prince of the Mahondi, who searched with his older sister Mara for habitable land on a planet Earth beset by a new ice age. Several characters from that novel reappear, including Griot, a soldier who served under Dann, but Mara has died in childbirth. Grief deafens General Dann to the pleas of those who believe he alone can save civilization from the warring chaos of displaced populations.
The Time Machine
by H.G. Wells Details
This novel follows the Time Traveller as he hurtles one million years into the future and encounters a world populated by two distinct races, the childlike Eloi and the disgusting Morlocks who prey on the Eloi. It is a major influence on steampunk, with its Victorian setting and technology that didn't exist but is described in enough detail to make it seem real.
The Unit: A Novel
by Ninni Holmqvist Details
One day in early spring, Dorrit Weger is checked into the Second Reserve Bank Unit for biological material. Here, women over the age of 50 and men over 60 -- single, childless, and without jobs in progressive industries -- are sequestered for their final few years. They are expected to contribute themselves for drug and psychological testing, and ultimately donate their organs, little by little, until the final donation.
The Windup Girl
by Paolo Bacigalupi Details
What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits? And what happens when this forces humanity to the cusp of post-human evolution? This is a tale of Bangkok struggling for survival in a post-oil era of rising sea levels and out-of-control mutation.
Things We Didn't See Coming
by Steven Amsterdam Details
Richly imagined, dark, and darkly comic, these nine connected stories follow the narrator over three decades as he tries to survive in a world that is becoming more savage as cataclysmic events unfold one after another.
When She Woke
by Hillary Jordan Details
In the future, abortion has become a crime as a series of events threatens the existence of the United States. One woman wakes up to discover that her skin color has been changed to red as punishment for having the procedure done. Now she must embark on a dangerous journey in order to find refuge from a hostile and threatening society.
Updated 02/24/2012
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