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Science Fiction Classics

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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In this futuristic novel, all love, individuality and emotion have been replaced by social stability through the use of medications and government mind control.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.
Childhood's End
by Arthur C. Clarke Details
This novel tells the tale of the last generation of mankind on Earth. All man's development in space and travel are stopped by alien "overlords" who take over Earth, establishing a benevolent dictatorship which eliminates poverty, ignorance and disease. This golden age ends abruptly as the overlords bend to the will of a superior intelligence which demands Earth's destruction.
Day of the Triffids
by John Wyndham Details
This classic science fiction novel traces the fate of the world after a comet shower blinds most of the world's population. The few with sight must struggle to reconstruct society while fighting mobile, flesh-eating plants called triffids.
Doomsday Book
by Connie Willis Details
A history student in 2048 is transported to an English village in the 14th century. The student arrives mistakenly on the eve of the onset of the Black Plague. Her dealings with a family of "contemps" in 1348 and with her historian cohorts lead to complications as the book unfolds into a surprisingly dark, deep conclusion. The book won Hugo and Nebula Awards.
Dune
by Frank Herbert Details
Set on the desert planet Arrakis, "Dune" is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family--and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.
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Dune Chronicles
Fahrenheit 451
by Ray Bradbury Details
Guy Montag is a fireman whose job is to start fires, and he enjoys his job. He has never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames. He never questions anything until he meets a 17-year-old girl who tells him of a past when people were not afraid and a professor who speaks of a future in which people can think.
Foundation
by Isaac Asimov Details
"Foundation" marks the first of a series of tales set so far in the future that Earth is all but forgotten by humans who live throughout the galaxy. Yet all is not well with the Galactic Empire. Its vast size is crippling to it. In particular, the administrative planet, honeycombed and tunneled with offices and staff, is vulnerable to attack or breakdown.
I, Robot
by Isaac Asimov Details
In this collection, Asimov set out the principles of robot behavior known as the Three Laws of Robotics. Here are stories of robots gone mad, mind-reading robots, robots with a sense of humor, robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the world, all told with Asimov's trademark dramatic blend of science fact and science fiction.
Left Hand of Darkness
by Ursula K. Le Guin Details
Genly Ai is an emissary from the human galaxy to Winter, a lost, stray world. His mission is to bring the planet back into the fold of an evolving galactic civilization, but to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own culture and prejudices and those that he encounters. On a planet where people are of no gender -- or both -- this is a broad gulf indeed.
Out of the Silent Planet
by C.S. Lewis Details
First published in 1943, this classic interplanetary fantasy continues to delight readers around the world. The first book of C.S. Lewis's legendary science fiction trilogy, Dr. Ransom is kidnapped and spirited by spaceship to the mysterious red planet of Malandra. He escapes and goes on the run, jeopardizing both his chances of ever returning to Earth and his very life.
Slaughterhouse Five
by Kurt Vonnegut Details
Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.
Starship Troopers
by Robert Heinlein Details
In one of Heinleins 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 mankinds most frightening enemy.
Stranger in a Strange Land
by Robert Heinlein Details
"Stranger in a Strange Land," winner of the 1962 Hugo Award, is the story of Valentine Michael Smith, born during, and the only survivor of, the first manned mission to Mars. Michael is raised by Martians, and he arrives on Earth as a true innocent: he has never seen a woman and has no knowledge of Earth's cultures or religions. But he brings turmoil with him, as he is the legal heir to an enormous financial empire, not to mention de facto owner of the planet Mars.
Updated 12/16/2011
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